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February 28, 2024

Palestine Open Thread 2024-065

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Ukraine Open Thread 2024-064

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Peinlich

The daily embarrassment about the current government of Germany has reached a new level.

German Embassy London @GermanEmbassy - 15:24 UTC · Feb 28, 2024

German frigate FGS Hessen, part of the EU-led defensive maritime security operation EUNAVFOR Aspides in the Red Sea, shot down two drones yesterday.
Pic: FGS Hessen

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Disclose.tv @disclosetv - 16:34 UTC · Feb 28, 2024

JUST IN - German frigate "Hessen" mistakenly fired at a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Red Sea on Monday; both missiles malfunctioned and fell into the sea — BILD

Such happens to ones defense forces when consecutive governments prioritize the support of imperial adventures on the other side of the planet over serious territorial self defense capabilities.

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February 27, 2024

France Wants To Fight Russia In Ukraine

The little French rascal is leaning over his skis a bit:

Sending Western troops to Ukraine “cannot be ruled out," French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday after hosting a conference in Paris where European leaders discussed the prospect.

There was “no agreement this evening to officially send troops onto the ground but we cannot exclude anything,” he told reporters.
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We will do anything we can to prevent Russia from winning this war,” Macron said. “And I say this with determination, but also with a collective humility that we need to have, in the light of the last two years."

After two years of following a losing U.S. strategy against Russia one would expect a little more humility than that.

None of Macron's colleagues agreed with him:

Germany, Britain and other European countries said on Tuesday they had no plans to send ground troops to Ukraine, after France hinted at the possibility, and the Kremlin warned that any such move would inevitably lead to conflict between Russia and Nato.

French President Emmanuel Macron had said on Monday that Western allies should exclude no options in seeking to avert a Russian victory in Ukraine, though he stressed there was no consensus at this stage.

“Nothing should be excluded. We will do everything that we must so that Russia does not win,” Macron told reporters at a hastily convened gathering of European leaders in Paris to mull how to bolster support for Ukraine against Russia’s invasion.
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However, Germany, Britain, Spain, Poland and the Czech Republic distanced themselves on Tuesday from any suggestion they might commit ground troops to the Ukraine war, now in its third year.

“ … There will be no ground troops, no soldiers on Ukrainian soil sent there by European countries or Nato states,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on the sidelines of an event.

The Russian government declared that any positioning of western troops in Ukraine would inevitably lead to a larger war:

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February 26, 2024

Ukraine Open Thread 2024-063

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Aaron Burned Himself To Make Us Look At Gaza

Like many readers here I feel helpless about the ongoing genocide against Palestinians committed by U.S. supported Zionist settlers in the West Bank and Gaza. I can not even find the right words to express myself about it.

Others are more consequential. And powerful. Disgust about the cruelty imposed on Palestinians can induce the utmost will to change things.

U.S. Air Force Member Sets Self on Fire Outside Israel’s Embassy in D.C. to Protest War in Gaza - Time, Feb 25 2024

An active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, in apparent protest of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, which he described as a “genocide.”
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The burn victim, who identified himself in video of the incident as 25-year-old Aaron Bushnell, reportedly succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night, according to independent journalist Talia Jane, who posted on social media that she is in contact with Bushnell’s family and friends.

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Bushnell reportedly sent a message to media outlets before his planned self-immolation. “​​Today, I am planning to engage in an extreme act of protest against the genocide of the Palestinian people,” he warned. ...

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February 25, 2024

Palestine Open Thread 2024-062

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Ukraine Open Thread 2024-061

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The MoA Week In Review - OT 2024-060

Last week's post on Moon of Alabama:

Ukraine:

Middle East:

Election:

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Other issues:

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February 24, 2024

Ukraine Open Thread 2024-059

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