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April 21, 2021

Vladimir Putin On Petty Tabaquis And International Issues


“Nice sidekick, Shere Khan. A hyena who laughs at his own bad jokes.”
― Bagheera to Shere Khan about Tabaqui

Today Russia's President Vladimir Putin gave his annual Address to the Federal Assembly (English transcript).

Most of his talk was about domestic and economic issues. At the end he made some remarks towards international developments and other governments.

The warnings he is giving seems stronger than usual. Here are some snippets with emphasis added by me:

Setting the general tone:

Russia certainly has its own interests we defend and will continue to defend within the framework of international law, as all other states do. And if someone refuses to understand this obvious thing or does not want to conduct a dialogue and chooses a selfish and arrogant tone with us, Russia will always find a way to defend its stance.

On the coup attempt in Belarus which seems to have been planned with outside actors:

[L]isten, you can think whatever you like of, say, Ukrainian President [Viktor] Yanukovych or [Nicolas] Maduro in Venezuela. I repeat, you can like or dislike them, including Yanukovych who almost got killed, too, and removed from power via an armed coup. You can have your own opinion of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko’s policy. But the practice of staging coups d’état and planning political assassinations, including those of high-ranking officials – well, this goes too far. This is beyond any limits.

Suffice it to mention the admission made by the detained participants in the conspiracy about a planned siege of Minsk, including plans to block the city infrastructure and communications, and a complete shutdown of the entire power system in the capital of Belarus! This actually means they were preparing a massive cyberattack. What else could it be? You know, you cannot just do it all with one switch.
...
What if there had been a real attempt at a coup d’état in Belarus? After all, this was the ultimate goal. How many people would have been hurt? What would have become of Belarus? Nobody is thinking about this.

Just as no one was thinking about the future of Ukraine during the coup in that country.

A remark on the ankle-biters in the international scene who serve as U.S. proxies:

All the while, unfriendly moves towards Russia have also continued unabated. Some countries have taken up an unseemly routine where they pick on Russia for any reason, most often, for no reason at all. It is some kind of new sport of who shouts the loudest.

In this regard, we behave in an extremely restrained manner, I would even say, modestly, and I am saying this without irony. Often, we prefer not to respond at all, not just to unfriendly moves, but even to outright rudeness. We want to maintain good relations with everyone who participates in the international dialogue. But we see what is happening in real life. As I said, every now and then they are picking on Russia, for no reason. And of course, all sorts of petty Tabaquis are running around them like Tabaqui ran around Shere Khan – everything is like in Kipling's book – howling along in order to make their sovereign happy. Kipling was a great writer.

A clear warning. Likely aimed at U.S. plans to cut Russia off from the international bank messaging system SWIFT:

We really want to maintain good relations with all those engaged in international communication, including, by the way, those with whom we have not been getting along lately, to put it mildly. We really do not want to burn bridges. But if someone mistakes our good intentions for indifference or weakness and intends to burn or even blow up these bridges, they must know that Russia's response will be asymmetrical, swift and tough.

Those behind provocations that threaten the core interests of our security will regret what they have done in a way they have not regretted anything for a long time.

Sowing doubt in those who think they can predict Russia's reactions to their nefarious plans:

At the same time, I just have to make it clear, we have enough patience, responsibility, professionalism, self-confidence and certainty in our cause, as well as common sense, when making a decision of any kind. But I hope that no one will think about crossing the “red line” with regard to Russia. We ourselves will determine in each specific case where it will be drawn.

Putin (again) offers far reaching strategic weapon (nuclear and nonnuclear(!)) talks with the U.S. and other permanent members of the UN Security Council:

As the leader in the creation of new-generation combat systems and in the development of modern nuclear forces, Russia is urging its partners once again to discuss the issues related to strategic armaments and to ensuring global stability. The subject matter and the goal of these talks could be the creation of an environment for a conflict-free coexistence based on the security equation, which would include not only the traditional strategic armaments, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, heavy bombers and submarines, but – I would like to emphasise this – all offensive and defensive systems capable of attaining strategic goals regardless of the armament.

That is an offer Biden should and probably will take up.

Putin also repeated his offer for a cyberweapon agreement. He again proposed a meeting of the five permanent UNSC members.

Unfortunately the U.S. is likely to ignore both of these.

Posted by b on April 21, 2021 at 17:23 UTC | Permalink

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Probably right, Kissinger called on Washington to change policy and prepare for a multilateral world. - https://en.politus.ru/politics/4772-kissinger-warned-of-the-need-to-adopt-a-new-global-system-otherwise-a-disaster.html

Posted by: Serg | Apr 21 2021 17:33 utc | 1

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping are the only two heads of state worth listening to at the moment. It's sad what the Zionists have done to the Western leadership.

Posted by: Steve | Apr 21 2021 17:40 utc | 2

Thanks for the update on our civilization war b

I hope you are wrong about the US ignoring calls for nuclear disarmament entirely. Empire has not had its head handed to it on a plate yet to eliminate some hubris but I see it coming fairly soon.

The international community is certainly getting an education about the depravity of failing empire and expect when the fall comes the hyenas will be howling a different tune for sure.

We are seeing death by a thousand cuts behind the scenes I believe at this time. Where is all the reporting of the bombings in Syria, SA and Occupied Palestine indicating other aspects of this civilization war not covered by the MSM?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 21 2021 17:48 utc | 3

Very dry and wry of V.V.P to praise an arch-Imperialist and Round Table member....the sly wit of the man....

Posted by: Emmanuel Goldstein | Apr 21 2021 17:51 utc | 4

Are there any non-Russian/non-Belarusian sources about the coup attempt in Belarus?

Posted by: m | Apr 21 2021 17:55 utc | 5

If the US/UK with the Vimirati organized a coup in Belarus--complete with murdering Luka and family and numerous members of the armed forces and cyber attack on civilian infrastrutcure--is crossing a red line, then what "asymmetrical, swift and tough" actions should be expected?

Posted by: j. casey | Apr 21 2021 18:09 utc | 6

Much like the 2006 speech, 15 years ago, where Putin offered peace and stability, all such offers that were made now will be ignored by the exceptionalists -- the difference here is that while he makes the offers, he acknowledges that he is aware that the true powers-that-be, the neocons and the MIC, will never give up their effort for domination and tries to open their minds by reminding them that Russia has the power to make America a nuclear wasteland if America is arrogant and foolish enough to 'cross the red line'.

Posted by: chet380 | Apr 21 2021 18:12 utc | 7

This is the teaser. For the Public. The main indication of what he/Russia will do will come after the meeting on the 23rd.

It would be nice if some of those expensively paid politicians in Brussels and the EU actually held a press day where they spelled out what they have planned for the future, and how they want to do it, honestly.
Or maybe I should just go back to sleep and dream dreams of Kipling's animals?

While the men that walk beside,
Dusty, silent, heavy eyed,
Cannot tell why we or they
March and suffer day by day

From "The parade-song of the camp-animals"
Kipling; Jungle Book ed. 1951.
I surprised myself by finding I still had a hardback copy!

Posted by: Stonebird | Apr 21 2021 18:44 utc | 8

Well put, Stonebird--you inspired me to look at my hardback of the Jungle Book as well to find that poem at the end of the book.

Posted by: worldblee | Apr 21 2021 18:56 utc | 9

After reading the whole speech one admires the structure and focus of the remarks. He has a hardcore sell to the 'people' as regards accomplishments and future plans. The list of projects is impressive and 'progressive'. It's no wonder Putin enjoys the supports of a good majority of citizens. His final part of the speech, devoted to the international scene was brilliantly executed - he calls out the 'west' for its egregious crimes of International Law, draws invisible but concrete lines in the sand and double dares the USAetc. not to cross them.

The ball is clearly in Empire's court. One thing is clear to this witness; Putin is not bluffing.

Posted by: gottlieb | Apr 21 2021 18:56 utc | 10

Why does it not surprise me that he has read Kipling?

Posted by: ian | Apr 21 2021 18:56 utc | 11

That’s how a true leader talks. Level headed, serious, non confrontational but at the same time making clear that he won’t tolerate stupid games and he won’t allow his enemies to cross the red lines.

I have the greatest respect for Mr Putin.

Posted by: DG | Apr 21 2021 19:21 utc | 12

Russia is in danger, though:

BBC visits Krasnoyarsk, tells us nothing about Siberia & instead focuses on Putin, Lenin & a bear – is this the best it can do?

The independent polling company Levada reports that 48% of Russians think the country is heading in the right direction, as opposed to 42% who think the opposite.

Putin & Co. better be preparing some huge structural reforms in Russia with the little time they have left, because the Yeltsinite consensus cannot go for much longer. If Russia doesn't make amends with its Soviet past, admit the 1990s were a big mistake, and reverse course, the next generation will capitulate to the charm and prestige liberal democracy (specially, in Russia's case, the Western European variation) and plunge the Russian Federation back to a Third World status. This will happen in the next cyclical capitalist crisis, which will certainly happen and devastate Russia from within if it continues with this Yeltsinite neoliberal system (probably somewhere between the mid-2020s to the beginning of the 2030s).

If that happens, the Russian Federation will become the European Brazil: a desolate, agrarian land, condemned for eternity to foreign capitalist exploitation, at the German-American mercy.

The problem is Putin cannot delegitimize Yeltsin because, without Yeltsin, there would be no Putin. Besides, the Russian oligarchy has already cemented their power. I don't see a solution to this Gordian Knot; all I can say is this: if the Russia people is nostalgic of the Soviet era, they will be even more so after the Russian Federation (Yeltsinite Russia) collapses (and it will eventually). Putin's time is running up.

Posted by: vk | Apr 21 2021 19:21 utc | 13

I think VVP is missing a golden opportunity to appoint an unofficial 'freelance' Court Jester, or 2 or 3. The Court Jester's role would be to answer every childish slur from the West's Naughty & undisciplined Little Kiddies with an equally insulting and personal slur against the West's Spokes-Children.

If the West wants to behave like the Louts and Riff-Raff that hang around outside the Local Saloon in the Wild West, trying to start a fight, it would be fun to encourage them to push the boundaries. Considering the cornucopia if Silly Stuff the West believes, or pretends to believe, it shouldn't be difficult to goad them into crossing their own Red Lines.

The Court Jester could start by asking the West to explain, comprehensively, why it wants to Save Alexi Navalny whilst torturing Julian Assange to death?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 21 2021 19:25 utc | 14

@vk 13
I agree with your point about the liberal capitalist system, but regarding the polling: it comes after a year of Covid. Russia did better than much of EU and US, but hardly great. Few governments outside of China, Vietnam and similar can hope to retain the confidence of the population in these conditions...

Posted by: ptb | Apr 21 2021 19:29 utc | 15

here is the overtly put message of President Putin: "we drow our own red lines". one single sentence that tells more than the hours-long Bidenesque verbal diarrhea.

Posted by: nietzsche1510 | Apr 21 2021 19:43 utc | 16

thanks b... a real leader who speaks directly without bullshitting... we're not used to that here in the west...

@ 5 m.... i doubt there is... it would throw a bad light on the west and the western media is a completely controlled medium where only certain info gets out now..

@ 13 vk... a bbc poll on russia?? you can do better then that, or just skip it.. bbc is just another part of the state apparatus at this point.. look how they processed skripal.

@ Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 21 2021 19:25 utc | 14... good idea! more humour to counter the stupidity and arrogance coming from the west..

Posted by: james | Apr 21 2021 19:52 utc | 17

@ 13 vk... here is paul robinson speaking directly on that on his own website..

MORE BAD JOURNALISM ON RUSSIA

glad to know i am not the only one reading english fiction at the moment... best the uk stick to fantasy and skip reality as they seem best at that!

Posted by: james | Apr 21 2021 20:01 utc | 18

@ Posted by: james | Apr 21 2021 19:52 utc | 17

The poll is by Levada, not the BBC.

Posted by: vk | Apr 21 2021 20:04 utc | 19

VK @ 13, James @ 17:

The polling in the rubbish BBC article was done by Levada, a polling organisation recognised by the Russian govt as a foreign organisation (because over 50% of its funding comes from overseas). That in itself tells you something suspicious about Levada's "independence" and that we should suspect an anti-Russia bias in Levada's surveys and in the way it forms its questions and interprets the public's answers.

Posted by: Jen | Apr 21 2021 20:10 utc | 20

I am not so sure (though I am not dismissing the possibility) that the SWIFT system was being alluded to specifically -- it seems like whatever Russian term was used could just as easily have been translated as "rapid" or what have you.

What is more interesting to me is the Kipling reference. Is this a signal to the UK specifically, perhaps regarding the destroyer and frigate they are allegedly sending to the Black Sea in May? Or perhaps an even broader message to the Brits?

And "Kipling was a great writer" is a curious ending to that passage. Britain was a great empire; maybe it is time to stop trying to punch above your diminished weight.

Posted by: The Space Wanderer | Apr 21 2021 20:13 utc | 21

@ vk / jen... thanks - " In 2016, the Russian Ministry of Justice placed the Levada Center on the register of NGOs performing the functions of foreign agents. "

why else would the bbc broadcast it??

Posted by: james | Apr 21 2021 20:16 utc | 22

Thanks b, for the link to the speech. Can't wait for our MSM to mischaracterize it. Off to read it....

Posted by: vetinLA | Apr 21 2021 20:19 utc | 23

good one, b. thanks for that


hoarseW @14
"....The Court Jester could start by asking the West to explain, comprehensively, why it wants to Save Alexi Navalny whilst torturing Julian Assange to death?"

hear! hear!!

the great lecturers and windbags in the West who pontificate about 'human rights' know none when it comes to their own greatest journalist of the 21st century.

"When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." - Jonathan Swift, Abolishing Christianity and Other Essays

All the dunces. (including all the NY Times, WA Post, and Guardian hacks.) brilliant! Swift was a great writer, too. :)

Posted by: michaelj72 | Apr 21 2021 20:27 utc | 24

You are probably correct that Biden will take up arms control talks some how. It's good for optics, of course they will lead to nothing and the US can't be trusted to keep any agreement as its polarized domestic political and social conditions mean the next government could just walk away. Talks will be all theater on the US side.

Posted by: Babyl-on | Apr 21 2021 20:33 utc | 25

Russia consistently calls for all issues to be sorted by consensus at UN Forums.

A biggie is weapons in outer space. Nukes parked directly over your country. US intends to do this. But countries around the world are rapidly acquiring sophisticated technologies, including space access.

Therefore, what US Govt does to others now will be done to the US later.

Yet again, Russia - and now with China - takes the lead in concrete steps to arms control.

https://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/4373061

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Moscow, October 8, 2020

We have taken note of Washington’s latest statements on the possible deployment of strike weapons in outer space. These statements are fresh proof of the US’s aggressive policy in space, which is aimed at achieving military superiority and even total domination in space. Repeated US statements on plans to deploy weapons in outer space and use it as a theatre for combat operations are a direct continuation of the US doctrines in this sphere, which are set forth in the Defence Space Strategy and the Spacepower document of the US Space Command.

To justify its moves, Washington has used the traditional clichés about the alleged space threat from Russia and China. It is part of a deliberate US disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting Russia’s activities in outer space and our initiatives to prevent an arms race in space. ...

We reaffirm our commitment to the principles of non-discriminatory access to and use of outer space for peaceful purposes. Our activities are not threatening the space objects of other states and are not in violation of the norms and principles of international law.

Unlike the United States, we are not hatching plans to achieve superiority in space, whether by launching strike weapons into orbit or using outer space as a theatre for combat operations.

Evidence of this is a number of proposals that Russia has advanced with support from a large group of like-minded nations.

They include the drafting of a binding multilateral document to prevent an arms race in outer space, based on the Russian-Chinese Draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects (PPWT), as well as the globalisation of the political commitment not to be the first to place weapons in outer space.

We will continue our active and results-oriented work towards this objective./BLOCKQUOTE>

Posted by: powerandpeople | Apr 21 2021 20:36 utc | 26

@VK

I can always learn something from your posts.

But your giving now to much credit to the western charm (or what's left)

In my humble opinion there is almost not enough left to seduce the home audience, rather then to shine somewhere else.

The last polls indicate that the Russian youth is decoupling from the west.

But I don't want to argue on structural base (my English won't fit the discussion level, and I'm in no way Marxist educated)

Posted by: Kartoschka | Apr 21 2021 20:37 utc | 27

Putin speaks ever so clearly, calmly, dispassionately— and has a rather large army in the field, poised.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 21 2021 20:39 utc | 28

@VK
I want to add: you're the one posting the daly/weekly "Western" fails

Even "ze German" getting suspicious

Posted by: Kartoschka | Apr 21 2021 20:42 utc | 29

I mean to be blunt here.

Biden has appointed the most Zionist and Jewish admin ever - and the bare fact this can not be openly discussed - is a deep part of the problem.

Those who deem themselves above all criticism see all criticism as irrational hate.


https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2021/04/they-neocons-may-have-anger-issues.html

https://www.voltairenet.org/article178638.html

https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/hating-russia-is-a-full-time-job/


The sheer number of neocon Jews tells you 'who' is pulli g the strings.

It's up to you if you wish to pretend Jewish tribalism and ethnonationalism aren't excessively powerful and dangerous.

Me... I know their beliefs, and I know that part of Jewish power is preventing discussion of Jewish power.

Posted by: F. Neamtu | Apr 21 2021 20:47 utc | 30

@ Posted by: Kartoschka | Apr 21 2021 20:37 utc | 27

They may be decoupling now - but, in capitalism (and the Russian Federation is capitalist, we wanting it or not), there's nothing a cyclical economic crisis can't fix (and fast).

Posted by: vk | Apr 21 2021 20:47 utc | 31

F. Neamtu | Apr 21 2021 20:47 utc | 30

you too can write a book and call it 'the isreal lobby and u.s. foreign policy' like John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt and be labelled anti-semite for the next 13 years, just like they were!

Posted by: james | Apr 21 2021 20:55 utc | 32

@31 VK

Yes I can see the fragility.

But would you agree with me that
for now
1. Russias Economy is way more resilient to external shocks then any other economy in the capitalistic world.
2. The learning curve of the Russian elite may lead to "the right decisions" in the future
3. The Russian society with all her expiriens (kollektivistic roots, modern techaphil youth, traditional values, 90s, superpower, gasstation, Nato, China as role model at the border, u get me) will overcome the limitations of the current social contract


I'm no fool, I can see the might of propaganda all day long here in Ger.
But if a nation like Russia cannot lift herself out of this turd bowl..... I will loose all my hope

Years ago I felt like "we lost", at some point everyone have to learn THE LESSON... But we will all go down, because at the end, our people in charge don't care for the future.

Posted by: Kartoschka | Apr 21 2021 21:21 utc | 33

@The Space Wanderer:

The "Kipling was a great writer" comment immediately made me recall "Charge of the Light Brigade". Just a thought.

Posted by: Innocent Bystander | Apr 21 2021 21:40 utc | 34

From tass.ru summary of some Putin quotes.


Until now, you know, I open some school textbooks and look with amazement at what is written there. As if not about us. Who writes? Who misses such textbooks? It's just amazing. Anything is written there - and about the second front , only nothing is said about the Battle of Stalingrad. It also happens. It's just amazing. "

I imagine many a textbook publisher will be burning the midnight oil. Quite frankly, this is gut wrenching. The professional Russians who grew up during the Soviet era were thee most widely educated people I ever met. The range of learning was incredible spanning incredible number of countries and cultures. For instance, they read Mark Twain. I was glob smacked when I read about Russians debating whether high school students would have to read War and Peace to graduate. And Stalingrad not mentioned??!! Many countries cannot even produce barely literate students.

Please don't tell med Western PC has invaded Russia.

Posted by: Erelis | Apr 21 2021 21:47 utc | 35

@21 The Space Wanderer

The Kipling reference most likely has to do with the cartoon that b posted at the top of his post. Just about everyone in Russia has seen it during childhood, so everyone listening to Putin domestically would get the reference. The scene with Tabaqui comes at the very beginning of the first part, and is great character animation.

Here it is with English subtitles:
https://animatsiya.net/film.php?filmid=89

Posted by: EB | Apr 21 2021 22:29 utc | 36

VK.....

You are parroting NSA/CIA/5EYES propaganda!

Have you even been there???

Did you ever go there in Yeltsin's time???

HELL NO!

I have relatives who live in Siberia... The pace of construction and changes is breath taking....

Did you know that the Chinese drilled a 10 km tunnel for the Trans-Siberia in 18 months.... The previous Russian drilled tunnel took 10 years to dig...

But...

The Trans-Siberian is now double tracked all the way... In Yeltsin's time it was a dilapidated single track affair...

Time to wake up!

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Apr 21 2021 22:51 utc | 37

OT

Al Jazeera English reporting explosions in Israel in the vicinity of the Dimona nuclear weapons facility, Israeli airstrikes in Daraa and Damascus. False flag?

Posted by: S.P. Korolev | Apr 22 2021 0:04 utc | 38

As B noted:

But if someone mistakes our good intentions for indifference or weakness and intends to burn or even blow up these bridges, they must know that Russia's response will be asymmetrical, swift and tough.

••••••••••••••••

Rather than seeing this as a warning about SWIFT, I see a clear warning to leave the Kerch bridge alone. Or maybe both. Read into what you will. Putin leaves room for that. He's kind of interactive in that way.

Posted by: Woogs | Apr 22 2021 0:06 utc | 39

Entire transcript of President Putin's address is available at
Kremlin.ru/en (for english speaking people who might be interested).
The addreess is, in fact, very good, I would say even excellent.
I recommend reading it in its entirety.
Thank You.

Posted by: Josh | Apr 22 2021 0:15 utc | 40

Erelis | Apr 21 2021 21:47 utc | 35

Thanks the poignant mention of the WW2 Battle Of Stalingrad.
American journalist Ed Snow, fresh from on-the-spot, 1st-person reporting from China/Mao, then went to on-the-spot witness the later part of battle at Stalingrad...and was there when German Gen. vonPaulus was captured in surrender. IIRC, he was the only American there.
Awesome, 1st-person observations.

And significantly Snow stated, almost unbelievably, in his reports that Hitler and his General Staff had no knowledge that Stalin from 1920s had secretly moved enormous military production to West of the Ural Mts. in clear anticipation of another war with Germany.

Only recently, I learned the existence of the only known audio recordings of Hitler in private conversations...and in which Hitler exasperatingly explains his horror in learning of Russia's fielding 10s of 1000s of new tanks against the Barbarossa invasion...and tank factories employing 60,000 workers...This was Hitler's conversation with Finnish General Mannerheim about March 1942 [prior to Stalingrad battle] and made public maybe early 1960s, but few knew of it. A Finnish engineer surreptitiously made the 11 minutes of audio before he was discovered, and had promised to destroy them.

Here is one utube source of the tapes with English subtitles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrZNMPRhrT8

For me, awesome historical discovery which apparently confirms Snow,s revelation.

Posted by: chuteh | Apr 22 2021 0:18 utc | 41

Thanks b.
A great week after another great week. "until it doesn't?" ;-) [@psh].
Once again nightshift, a lot of time to read...
To all of you, just have a look and add your own favorite events

1/ V. Putin speech
2/ Merkel rebuttal of EU Council and maintains support to NS2 as not to be connected with politics
3/ Ze looking at V. Putin to save his face
4/ Iran repair Natanz produces first batch of 60% enriched uranium. At the same time "Powerful Explosion Rocks Sensitive Israeli Missile Factory During Test :-))
5/ Israel government desired by Netanyahu or Bennett will be “a paralyzing and paralyzed government”
6/ european peoples awaking from Covid-19 hysteria
7/ States of America "United" as never before
...
If we don't pay so much attention to Cnn/BBC narrative, what's about fact!

Fake polls, rigged elections, endless propaganda, unlimited arrogance... DON'T CHANGE FACTS.

V. Putin annual adress expose facts. The declining Empire must negociate his own downgrade. Whether this is Kissinger's (last = 97years) tip is cause for though and celebration.

"Cuba Libre" for everyone. "C'est ma tournée" with Hendrix background

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 22 2021 0:33 utc | 42

@38

Apologies for the OT, J Post reporting just a loose Syrian SA-5 that lost its lock and went ballistic.

Posted by: S.P. Korolev | Apr 22 2021 0:48 utc | 43

i am back to reading daily usa press briefings... its your basic depressing reading material.. they usually touch on russia and ukraine though and i want to know what the propaganda spin looks like...

here it is for today..Department Press Briefing – April 21, 2021

Posted by: james | Apr 22 2021 0:54 utc | 44

chuteh | Apr 22 2021 0:18 utc | 41

Error...,meant moved to East [not West] of the Ural Mts. in clear anticipation of another war with Germany.

Posted by: chu teh | Apr 22 2021 1:01 utc | 45

What happened in Dimona today? Supposedly, a Syrian missile hit Dimona. Will Putin defend Syria, in the event of Zionist Entity's retaliations?

Posted by: peter | Apr 22 2021 1:06 utc | 46

what happened in iran a week or more ago at their nuclear site and are these events connected?

Posted by: james | Apr 22 2021 1:16 utc | 47

Posted by: chuteh | Apr 22 2021 0:18 utc | 41

Thanks chuteh. What a revelation. I read Snows book on the Long March decades ago but just past me he was also at Stalingrad. Yup, what a first person reporting.

Posted by: Erelis | Apr 22 2021 1:41 utc | 48

La référence de putin à kippling peut et doit être lue à plusieurs niveaux.
L'histoire est connu et compréhensible du monde entier, popularisée par le cinéma, les animaux, tigre et chacal sont quasi caricaturaux.


V. Putins reference to R. Kippling can and should be read on several levels.
With him no any word worth bullet.


"And of course, all sorts of petty Tabaquis are running around them like Tabaqui ran around Shere Khan – everything is like in Kipling's book – howling along in order to make their sovereign happy. Kipling was a great writer."

1/ The story is known and understandable by the whole world, popularized by the cinema, the animals, tiger and jackal are almost caricatural.
Do you prefer to be called a Tiger or petty Tabaquis (one from many, not even Tabaqui)

2/ what's about Tabaqui?
And be careful.
Do you missed:"– everything is like in Kipling's book –"


It was the jackal--Tabaqui, the Dish-licker--and the wolves of India despise Tabaqui because he runs about making mischief, and telling tales, and eating rags and pieces of leather from the village rubbish-heaps. But they are afraid of him too, because Tabaqui, more than anyone else in the jungle, is apt to go mad, and then he forgets that he was ever afraid of anyone, and runs through the forest biting everything in his way. Even the tiger runs and hides when little Tabaqui goes mad, for madness is the most disgraceful thing that can overtake a wild creature. We call it hydrophobia, but they call it dewanee--the madness-- and run.

3/ R. Kippling was a great author, but English. And at at time of weakening empire, when the rollercoaster come to the top, just before the big tumble...

Turn back to your hard-copy, I'm just on Net

A great song for a backgrounds,
all I got is you featuring 4 rookies still alive and well.


I guess I just don't have it in me
To keep you satisfied
To be honest with you, babe
I'm only in it for the ride
And you may never bring yourself
To take me as I am
But in case you haven't noticed
I don't give a fucking damn!

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 22 2021 1:43 utc | 49

@ F Neamtu (30)

I wouldn't worry about the new appointees if I were you, they have been in control for decades, they are just being a bit more blatant about it. It is the same here in the UK, 2/3 of the UK parliament are in 'Friends of Israel' groups. After all the things that have happened in (and to) Europe and the US in recent years it is astonishing that so many people still believe that the deep state is controlled by white, conservative Christians.

@ peter (46)

What a surreal world it is where Israel can rain missiles down on Damascus on a regular basis but if a Syrian missile lands in Israel then Israel might decide to 'retaliate'.

Posted by: MarkU | Apr 22 2021 1:56 utc | 50

@james
@MarkU
Conspiracy theorists (like me), will jump at the opportunity to make light of the fact that, "there are no coincidences".

Posted by: peter | Apr 22 2021 2:19 utc | 51

It will be very interesting to see what happens as the official Amerikastani withdrawal date in Afghanistan nears, I mean the unilaterally extended date to 11 September. Bidet - in the far from guaranteed case that he is still in office in September- will be under immense pressure to either extend the date again or ignore it altogether. An artificial war scare with Russia would go some way to doing that job.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Apr 22 2021 2:40 utc | 52

@ james | Apr 22 2021 0:54 utc | 44
@ Innocent Bystander | Apr 21 2021 21:40 utc | 34

"Charge of the Light Brigade"


G. Floyd & A. Navalny, the "21th century" American Heroes


We're nothing, and nothing will help us
Maybe we're lying, then you better not stay
But we could be safer just for one day

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 22 2021 2:44 utc | 53

Hydrophobia in Kipling's time is the (now archaic) name for rabies (for those who haven't heard that before), and closely connected to the word rabies is the word rabid.

"Hydrophobic" in more modern and current mostly scientific use is literal and the Latin directly translates to "water-fearing" ie. anything that repels or moves away from water is hydrophobic. The opposite is hydrophilic which means "water-loving" ie. attracting.

Back in Kipling's time they mistakenly thought rabies as a disease was connected to some kind of bodily expulsion and repelling of water due to the foaming at the mouth or something along those lines.

- - - -

I've only read a little bit of the western coverage of the speech but what I have read of their (supposedly "our") take on it is truly pathetic and embarrassing in its overt and shallow propagandizing, and of course nothing about Belarus just as if that wasn't a significant point being made by Putin. "Our" own propaganda is killing us one way or another, the hidden cost is extreme.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Apr 22 2021 2:45 utc | 54

It hss become apparent that the West's spokes-children have infantilised each other to such a degree that they barely qualify as a Peanut Gallery.*

*Peanut Gallery: The top gallery in a theatre where the cheaper seats are located.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 22 2021 2:50 utc | 55

@ Sunny Runny Burger | Apr 22 2021 2:45 utc | 54

Thanks a lot. So Hydrophobic = rabies
Amerika is called "un chacal enragé" !

More interesting "la rage" (rabies) is a mortal desease. Can be cured. Louis Pasteur done it. It's the invention of vaccine.

Impressive, if we well understood

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 22 2021 3:30 utc | 56

I suggest the "bridges" Putin speaks of protecting in the abstract to ensure Russia's security go beyond the Kerch Strait Bridge, include: arms control agreements that have been abrogated, countries incl. Ukraine & Belarus & Georgia & Azerbaijan being used as conduits of revolution or military adventurism while hatred and fear are fomented in Balkan countries, NATO impingement of forces near Russia's borders, Western media honesty & integrity that is utterly discarded, and internal dissent/dissidence stirred up within Russia (and against its trading partners such as China and others) through external clandestine support. IOW there are many "bridges too far" in the attempts at full spectrum dominance.

Posted by: norecovery | Apr 22 2021 3:36 utc | 57

Regarding the Belarus assassination play, Rostislav Ischenko has an article that offers a very broad outline of major disturbances planned against Russia in Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine of course, and Russia itself - all simultaneously and all, of course directed by the US.

Apologies if these links have appeared in other threads or comments. Ischenko's article is here in Russian. And Dr. George W Oprisko has posted an English translation of the article in one long comment on the Saker's open thread on Belarus.

I would love to post the whole thing here but that seems extreme. Here is an extract to illustrate some of the dynamic:

But the Americans would get a political advantage in putting pressure on their obstinate Western European partners. Their interpretation of events would be as follows:

• the Belarusian people overthrew the bloody tyrant;
• accomplices of tyranny unleashed a war against the rebellious people;
• the people asked the “civilized world” for help;
• all neighbors of Belarus (including Ukraine) responded immediately;
• Russia alone sent an army to suppress a popular uprising, and at the same time began an aggression against the freedom-loving Balts and Ukrainians (in the confusion, no one would have begun to figure out who attacked whom in Donbass, Russia would be to blame).

It would be very difficult for Western Europeans to “disbelieve” this interpretation. Moreover, the Americans were clearly preparing to involve Georgia in the war as well. In Tbilisi, in recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the need to return Abkhazia and Ossetia by armed means.

The plan itself was pretty good. Formally, no one encroaches on Russian territory. The hostilities are unfolding in the territories of Belarus, Ukraine (Donbass) and Abkhazia with Ossetia, which the West recognizes as Georgia, and Russia as independent states. The Russian army, instead of a concentrated strike on the Ukraine that attacked the Donbass, is forced to operate throughout the entire space from the Baltic to the Caspian, and it is not rubber. It is not Ukraine that is involved in the war with Russia, but a whole coalition of six or seven countries. Moreover, they all claim that Russia attacked them. Whom should Paris and Berlin “believe” in this case?

Yes, Russia will win the war, but at the cost of a complete break with Europe, which is what the Americans want.

Pepe Escobar calls Ischenko's piece the best analysis so far of the Belarus action. What's key from the piece is the coordinated attack on several fronts along Russia's borders. Also, the US cannot afford to wait to regroup in another half a year (as they had to wait following the initial color revolution attempt to gather forces to mount this literal coup attempt). So the US must try some actions very soon, or continue to lose force here.

By the way, Petri Krohn has gathered a number of links on the Belarusian coup plot.

The US has forgotten or never understood that just as Russia can conduct military actions simultaneously in multiple theaters in its neighboring region, so too can its FSB range across theaters at the clandestine level.

As mentioned up-thread here (I think), western players are enraged that none of this has rated more than a passing mention from Putin. He was busy managing the domestic well being of the people and the nation in his address. What mention he did make of these things took the form of a typical Russian warning that will only be given once.

Posted by: Grieved | Apr 22 2021 3:41 utc | 58

A few more bridges too far: sanctions and expulsions based on false charges without evidence of wrongdoing, seizure of Russian property, negative influence of EU by proxy against Russia.

Posted by: norecovery | Apr 22 2021 3:42 utc | 59

Added to mine #44

8/ A missile launched from Syria struck southern Israel early Thursday, setting off air raid sirens near the country’s top-secret nuclear reactor, the Israeli military said. In response, it said it attacked the missile launcher and air-defense systems in neighboring Syria.

The incident, marking the most serious violence between Israel and Syria in years, pointed to likely Iranian involvement. Iran, which maintains troops and proxies in Syria, has accused Israel of a series of attacks on its nuclear facilities, including sabotage at its Natanz nuclear facility on April 11, and vowed revenge. It also threatened to complicate U.S.-led attempts to revive the international nuclear deal with Iran.

The Israeli army said the missile landed in the Negev region and the air raid sirens were sounded in Abu Krinat, a village just a few kilometers (miles) from Dimona, where Israel’s nuclear reactor is located, and explosions were reported across Israel. The army later said the incoming missile had caused no damage.

The Israeli military initially described the weapon fired as a surface-to-air missile, which is usually used for air defense against warplanes or other missiles. That could suggest the Syrian missile had targeted Israeli warplanes but missed and flown off errantly. However, Dimona is some 300 kilometers (185 miles) south of Damascus, a long range for an errantly fired surface-to-air missile.

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 22 2021 3:51 utc | 60

Asymmetrical. This word stands out for me in VVP's speech. The referendum in Crimea may be an example of this IMHO. The US, which holds itself up as the best democracy ever seen on the planet, was taken to school when approximately 97% of Crimea voted to rejoin Russia. Who saw that coming? Obama/Biden were dumbstruck. Putin gets to say "this is what democracy looks like" (my quotes). I do not know if a new war breaks in east Ukraine, though it seems likely. If a conflict should erupt, the Russian response may again catch the US/Nato on the back foot.

Posted by: Michael Crockett | Apr 22 2021 3:52 utc | 61

@17 james
Non-Russian/non-Belarusian doesn't necessarily mean Western. What about China for instance?

Posted by: m | Apr 22 2021 4:47 utc | 62

Nice speech by Putin but no-one is listening except those that already know.

I'd like to think a war was unlikely but what is Erdogan up to? Would he really piss off the Russians unless he thought it was on? I don't think anyone will be pleased by the final result.

Posted by: MarkU | Apr 22 2021 4:52 utc | 63

Posted by: Innocent Bystander | Apr 21 2021 21:40 utc | 34

Perhaps Putin will mention this Kipling poem when the time is right.

The Last of the Light Bigrade

There were thirty million English who talked of England's might,
There were twenty broken troopers who lacked a bed for the night.
They had neither food nor money, they had neither service nor trade;
They were only shiftless soldiers, the last of the Light Brigade.


http://kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_brigade.htm

Posted by: Tom | Apr 22 2021 5:20 utc | 64

The Last of the Light Brigade

It is hard to read this poem and not think of today's homeless veterans scattered across western nations who are suffering the same fate of the last of the light brigade. Poems written for these souls are as forgotten as Kipling's poem, Last of the Light Brigade.

Posted by: Tom | Apr 22 2021 5:30 utc | 65

By the way, Petri Krohn has gathered a number of links on the Belarusian coup plot.

Posted by: Grieved | Apr 22 2021 3:41 utc | 58

Link goes to Rostislav Ischenko article.

Posted by: Tom | Apr 22 2021 6:04 utc | 66

"Ukraine may be left without a railway"

MOSCOW, April 21, 2021, RUSTRAT Institute. The company "Ukrzaliznytsya" representing the railways of Ukraine, published an almost panicked press release about the threat of the suspension of trains after four days due to the exhaustion of existing reserves of diesel fuel.

Until 2020, Russia supplied Ukraine with 50% of its diesel and Belarus about another 33%. So is Zelensky up shit creek without
paddle? Has he moved his army up to the border of Donbass and has little fuel left to fight or bring them back to their barracks, let alone keeping what is left of Ukrainian industry from flatlining.

https://russtrat.ru/comments/21-aprelya-2021-0010-3933

Posted by: Tom | Apr 22 2021 6:20 utc | 67

US provocations are not stopping. Apparently, more troops and armaments are being sent to Russia's bordering states to reinforce existing NATO forces. https://tass.com/defense/1277345

Posted by: norecovery | Apr 22 2021 6:39 utc | 68

I supplement my comment above (hope B reads the links)

thusly:

US Jews contribute half of all donations to the Democratic Party
https://m.jpost.com/US-Elections/US-Jews-contribute-half-of-all-donations-to-the-Democratic-party-468774

"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."

Posted by: F. Neamtu | Apr 22 2021 6:47 utc | 69

English speakers are probably thinking of either the original book or one of the cartoon movies to come out of Hollywood.

In Russia, however, this is what they think of w/r/t the Jungle Book (and Tabaqui):

https://junglebook.fandom.com/wiki/Adventures_of_Mowgli

"The Soyuzmultfilm's adaptation appeared more adult and in spirit is closer to Kipling's book. There are scenes of mass fights and duels, blood and death are shown, there is charged atmosphere, suspense."

Posted by: Sam | Apr 22 2021 7:06 utc | 70

Oh wow, I found the original 1967 Russian version of the episode which features Tabaqui. Use YouTube's closed caption to get it subtitled in the language of your choice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zATDj4oTU5w

Pretty sure Putin is implying that the Czech Republic is Tabaqui.

Posted by: Sam | Apr 22 2021 7:14 utc | 71

".. the practice of staging coups d’état and planning political assassinations, .. is beyond any limits." <= CODE="RED"status from Russia means a significant part of the entire world has simultaneously changed its status to CODE="RED" ..it will be interesting to see how many other nation states change their status to CODE="RED". A defining moment: regards the use of coups d’état and assassination?

There are two levels here to ask the same question of:

Level One: What do the economic and political leaders in Cuba, Iran, Brazil, India, USA, Uk, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Israel, China, Malaysia, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Sudan, South Africa and Australia etc. think about assassination and coup d’état as a domestic nation state<=foreign policy or as domestic corporate policy

Level Two: What do the 8 billion people, who live and work, in one of the 256 nation state divisions of the world think about <=allowing the political and economic leadership of their respective nation state to include in their respective foreign policy, military or economic strategy <=coups d'etats and assassinations? Why not conduct a global election, place these questions on a global ballet and ask every living human on earth what should be the international law on these matters?

Does the world system of nation states have the cohesive strength to outlaw policy, strategy and operations that are designed to destabilize foreign governments or that are designed to take out by assassination or imprisonment persons important to the strength, operations or success of a foreign government or important to the strength and survival or "competitive might" of a competitor operating in a foreign nation state?

What would be the result for example, if your national leader were suddenly to be eliminated by an agent of a foreign nation or if the technical genius or corporate president important to the survival or success of a foreign business competitor were to suddenly be eliminated by a would be competitor protected by a foreign nation?

I think the capacity of the nation state system to impose international law on its member states is about to be tested (its going to be economic cartels vs the people power, with the nation state in the middle), i think to assert such power, the operational functionaries will need the consent of every living being on earth? If, the opinion of the people of the world could be used to back international decisions designed to criminalize destructive behaviors by actors in foreign places, I think it might lead to a still segmented by nation state, but peaceful, globalized better place to live world.

Posted by: snake | Apr 22 2021 7:35 utc | 72

Posted by: Sam | Apr 22 2021 7:14 utc | 71

Thanks for the link. I have enjoyed watching a lot of Russian movies. One that came to mind after I heard about the failed coup in Belarus was "Kill Stalin", about a German attempt to kill Stalin by accessing tunnels under the Kremlin and blowing up Lenin's mausoleum, killing Stalin while he watched a parade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79ELa1hjEQk&list=RDCMUCuSx-lf2ft7hPceGVNHybOw&start_radio=1&t=6

Posted by: Tom | Apr 22 2021 8:00 utc | 73

MarkU | Apr 22 2021 4:52 utc | 63

Seems Erdogan has gone quiet? He is quoted as saying they sell drones to those that want them (Not that he is "supplying" drones).
ie Money Business as usual, not support. Downscaling being directly involved? Maybe he listens to Putin carefully.

****

Tom | Apr 22 2021 6:20 utc | 67
Now that would be funny, reality rears it's ugly head for Zelensky?

Posted by: Stonebird | Apr 22 2021 9:19 utc | 74

Rabies; One characteristic of rabid animals is that they approach you by "fawning", belly on the ground and a "sympathetic" air. (Other symptoms are aversion to light and foaming (late stage))

There was rabies in the Jura years ago, which was cured by leaving chicken heads with "vaccines" to be eaten by animals. Really nasty if you are bitten. You would have needed 26 painful injections in the stomach to combat. Dogs were put on a long strict quarantine and were eliminated if there was the slightest doubt. Mice, cats and other animals can carry the disease, so they were quarantined at night wherever possible. (Masks don't help.....)

Only seen one fox once with (probably) rabies, fawning as above, and we got back in the car rapidly.


Posted by: Stonebird | Apr 22 2021 9:34 utc | 75

Putin, wir verstehen Dich!!!

Posted by: Malchik Ralf | Apr 22 2021 10:18 utc | 76

Excuse me if someone has already pointed this out. Kipling is held in great affection in Russia, especially his Mowgli tales, which, incidentally, play a similar role with the Pioneers as they do with Baden-Powell's Cubs and Scouts. ("A-ke-la - we'll do our best!")

Everyone of the President's generation is familiar with all the Jungle Book stories because they were brought up with them. I dare say that the President was tempted to compare the western MSM to the Bandar-log - his audience almost certainly will have made the connection.

(BTW, if you are ever in the pleasant town of Priozersk, do go and say hello to the elegant bronze statue of Bagheera in the main park.)

Posted by: montreal | Apr 22 2021 10:28 utc | 77

Putin did mention also the Poseidon bomb.
That is new doomsday bomb:

"A cobalt bomb detonated in Washington DC could contaminate Canadian or Mexican soil. Schwartz estimates the cobalt would take 53 years to return to non-dangerous levels, and that other radioactive elements could persist for much longer."

https://www.businessinsider.com/putin-doomsday-status-6-nuclear-weapon-2018-3?r=US&IR=T

Posted by: Mikkael | Apr 22 2021 10:40 utc | 78

Visited the link at #78. It s about how Russians are non-human monsters. US nukes are humanitarian vehicles for peace while Russian nukes are demon spawn. How people read or write this crap without falling over laughing is beyond me.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 22 2021 11:48 utc | 79

Mice, cats and other animals can carry the disease, so they were quarantined at night wherever possible. (Masks don't help.....)

Only seen one fox once with (probably) rabies, fawning as above, and we got back in the car rapidly.

Posted by: Stonebird | Apr 22 2021 9:34 utc | 75

Quarantining mice whenever possible -- perhaps putting masks on them would work better? A mouse trap that puts a mask on the creature.... My limited experience with conventional mouse traps was that after putting them down, one mouse was (tragically) trapped in half an hour, but that was it. Later several succumbed to poison -- rodent poison (and roach poison too?) is slow acting to prevent learning, and no more mouse were seen in the apartment.

----

"A cobalt bomb detonated in Washington DC could contaminate Canadian or Mexican soil. Schwartz estimates the cobalt would take 53 years to return to non-dangerous levels, and that other radioactive elements could persist for much longer."

https://www.businessinsider.com/putin-doomsday-status-6-nuclear-weapon-2018-3?r=US&IR=T

Posted by: Mikkael | Apr 22 2021 10:40 utc | 78

Canadian and Mexican soil? Thank goodness it would not reach Pennsylvania, we have enough of radon in the basements without any bombs -- some people have to install special ventilation.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Apr 22 2021 11:58 utc | 80

Dances with Wolves Jackal

Is Tabaqui agreement capable?

No.
But trust me

Briefing with Senior State Department Official On Recent U.S. Engagement in Vienna Regarding the JCPOA


QUESTION: Okay. The Iranians were saying that they’re insisting on getting a written guarantee from the U.S. that a future administration will not abandon the deal. How does that look to you and is this negotiable? They’re also insisting on having some time to verify sanctions relief before they decrease enriching uranium or turn the switch off. How does that look? That would – at least the optics of it would seem like the U.S. is returning first.

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: So thanks, Farnaz. So on the question of a written guarantee, I think it’s clear there is no such thing as a guarantee. This is a political understanding in which – and it was clear at the time of the JCPOA that it is the sovereign right of all participants to decide whether they want to maintain their participation or not. We – I think the Biden administration, if it decides – if it reaches an understanding with Iran and the other P5+1 to come back into compliance with the deal, it would be with the intent of acting in good faith and not of departing the deal for no good – for no good reason. But there is no such thing as a guarantee and I think, again, we have made that clear to Iran that it’s not something that the U.S. can or will give.


https://www.state.gov/briefing-with-senior-state-department-official-on-recent-u-s-engagement-in-vienna-regarding-the-jcpoa-2/

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 22 2021 12:26 utc | 81

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 22 2021 12:26 utc | 81

So the JCPOA comes down to everybody agreeing to try to do better, if they still feel like it, and nothing more important comes up. "We want you to trust us, but we con't want to have to keep our word."

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 22 2021 13:00 utc | 82

OT Did Zaka serve as model for the White Helmets?
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-disgraced-zaka-founder-accused-of-sexual-assault-attempts-suicide-1.9735882

Posted by: Mina | Apr 22 2021 13:55 utc | 83

#78 Here we have a declassified indication of how the the "good guys" can be expected to behave in a potential nuclear exchange, in contrast to "Putin's doomsday device".

In 1961, the US had only one nuclear war plan, and it called for the destruction of every major Soviet city and military target. That is not surprising. However, the plan also called for the destruction of every major Chinese city and military target, even if China had not provoked the United States. In other words, the US nuclear war plan called for the destruction of the major population centers of the most populous country in the world, even in circumstances where that country had not attacked the United States or its allies.

Posted by: bill baly | Apr 22 2021 13:58 utc | 84

The Day of The Jackal(s) *


Opinion: Russia’s Vladimir Putin counts on the EU to help him again

How people read or write this crap without falling over laughing is beyond me.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 22 2021 11:48 utc | 79

One more petty Tabaqui:In extenso


By Konstantin Eggert
"There are all kinds of little Tabaqui's hanging around Shere Khan, howling to appease their sovereign," Putin said, referring to a man-eating tiger, the book's main antagonist — a not-so-subtle hint at the relationship between the US and its allies, as seen from the point-of-view of the Kremlin.
Although he did not say as much, it transpires that the Russian strongman sees himself as Mowgli, the book's main hero, a man who vanquished the tiger.

https://m.dw.com/en/opinion-russias-putin-counts-on-the-eu-to-help-him-again/a-57281936

* where, when and why I grow up.

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 22 2021 13:58 utc | 85

Bernard F. @ 60

I noticed that little 300 km discrepancy too. When the pieces of the story can’t be made to fit together do not try to solve the puzzle. You never will. Someone wrote a script. The continuity editing can never be good enough. Someone is selling something. In this instance I can’t even figure out what is being sold. Unless it is basic Syria bad, Israel good.

Posted by: Oldhippie | Apr 22 2021 14:07 utc | 86

Shere Khan = US, Tabaquis = UK? (that gonna send two ships to the Black Sea just to show, as usual, how obedient is to the master?)

Posted by: DFC | Apr 22 2021 14:17 utc | 87

Thank you, b - the speech was wonderful, and always for me has the same quality as the domes of Russian cathedrals -- not a severity about it as addressed to the servants of the people but yet as you point out, there is a directional flow in the tip of the dome which cannot be ignored. I was thinking this morning that many faiths have the significance of turning towards the east for the morning sun for the alignment of their temples or churches, the Orthodox especially so. But also for the Orthodox, the day actually begins the evening before as in Genesis (there was evening, and then there was morning...

Additionally wonderful that you emphasize Putin's reference to Kipling - goes with what we have been discussing on the open forums about literature. Putin also mentions the contributions of all faiths during the time of the pandemic. Plus as always his concern for the younger generation.

It's a very rich speech.

Posted by: juliania | Apr 22 2021 14:26 utc | 88

#86 @Oldhippie

I have an idea what might be being prepared, and it ends badly for Iran. If I am right, this is real, but a distraction from a carefully pre-prepared narrative that is unfolding, and that therefore needed to be swept under the rug.

Posted by: bill baly | Apr 22 2021 14:28 utc | 89

@81 Bernard F

So any "promises" will expire with the end of a Biden administration, and possibly sooner if they can think of a good reason. How refreshingly honest, to admit this.

Result will be Iran with nuclear weapons, which unfortunately is the only way they will ever get any kind of respect.

Posted by: ptb | Apr 22 2021 14:28 utc | 90

@66 Tom

Sorry, that link to Petri Krohn's compilation of Belarus reports is here:

Belarusian coup plot

Posted by: Grieved | Apr 22 2021 14:41 utc | 91

@ Oldhippie | Apr 22 2021 14:07 utc | 86

S300 missiles are limited to 75 km or the newer 48N6 missile (max. range 150 km/93 mi).

So, 180 km? Direct to Dimona? Flying over Al-Quds/Jérusalem.

Jérusalem Post
The IDF activated its air defense systems in an attempt to intercept the missile, but the attempt failed. The military is investigating why its air defenses failed to intercept the SA-5 and did not intercept the large warhead.

Tabaqui? Sheer Khan? Wo is sucking?

Waiting for news

Posted by: Bernard F. | Apr 22 2021 15:05 utc | 92

The Just So stories of Kipling are great also, my favorite "How the elephant got his trunk". And here's the classic "If":

Rudyard Kipling - 1865-1936

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run—
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Posted by: juliania | Apr 22 2021 15:15 utc | 93

Leaders summit on climate, the Russian transcript starts with "respected president, respected colleagues", the English translation still incomplete does not translate the "respected" part, nice answer after being called a killer.

Brief but to the point, Russia's forests absorb more CO2 than Russia expels to the atmosphere, the green deal has to be not only green but include every country on earth under the umbrella of the UN. Brief and to the point, it'll be complete shortly since it is not too long.

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/65425

complete in Russian:

http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/65425

Posted by: Paco | Apr 22 2021 15:39 utc | 94

Posted by: Paco | Apr 22 2021 15:39 utc | 94

That Biden organize a climate summit after having sending 20.000 mercenaries to Afghanistan in exchange of extracting 2.500 US troops from there to send them...to Syria!, and after causing through his ccontinuous provocations since he took office and those of his Tabakis, the greatest military build up in Europe since the verge of WWII, plus the unnecessary presence of US ships at every corner of the globe, with all of what all this means on carbon footprint, would be puzzling, if if not were laughable...

Climate agenda only means that the common people will be oblied to pay, under this disguise, a new tax to the rich so that they continue poluting, this is the new deal engineered to continue pocketing surplus in a zero to negative growth scenario...

Posted by: Lelush | Apr 22 2021 15:54 utc | 95

@ grieved 58 / 91... thanks grieved... appreciate all that... thanks to Petri Krohn for doing that...

@ 62 m... true... have you looked in the chinese media to see? i suppose one has to sleuth to find an answer.. i did find an abc news story on this from april 17th
Russia arrests two alleged Belarus coup plotters associated press wire services thingy...

@ 75 stonebird.... what is " in the Jura " ? thanks.... i gather it is a place, but it is hard to find only one place typing in "jura"...

@ 93 juliania.. thanks... that is quite good!

Posted by: james | Apr 22 2021 15:57 utc | 96

@ m... i see that abc news link i share is in petri krohns list here - Belarusian coup plot

Posted by: james | Apr 22 2021 16:01 utc | 97

Bernard @ 92

I have little to go on and don’t expect to make sense of any of it. However, doing the simplest research, wiki, tells me there were S-200 variants with range up to 300km. S-300 variants up to 400km. Most versions are much too fast for Israeli or US interception. Later S-300 are supposedly at Mach 9 and perform evasive maneuvers. So in theory what has been reported could have been possible. And just by accident an AD missile landed at Dimona. Right. Above our pay grade.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 22 2021 16:02 utc | 98

oldhippie @ 98

So in theory what has been reported could have been possible

But highly unlikely. Here's a possible and probable scenario from 'Taxi' in southern Lebanon...


Three days ago, here in the south and for the first time in quite a while, we had the israeli air force flying overhead just before sunset and doing so for at least one and a half hours – just buzzing and buzzing and buzzing away for a really long time. Then, in the early evening, we heard from the jewish press that a ‘mysterious’ explosion in an israeli missile factory near Jerusalem had occurred – this was the initial first report. Subsequently, and throughout the rest of the night, israel forced a gag order on its media releasing any further information on the ‘missile factory near Jerusalem’ story, and instead, the story of a Syrian attack “near the Dimona” began to circulate, with apparently israel attempting to retaliate against Syria, but failing due to Russian missile deterrence (the Russians used Russian missiles to deter, as opposed to destroy). Since then, little to no information on this incident has been released by israel – or by any other party, for that matter.

So, OK, let’s together look at this ‘cover up’ by the israeli military – and we know that some kind of jewish cover up is involved because the israeli press has been kiboshed by the israeli military immediately after the first initial report. We know that israel definitely attempted to strike at Syria later on in the night but failed, thanks to Russia. This attempted strike on Syria by israel is about the only fact that’s weaved into the bullshit story of ‘a Syrian attack near the Dimona’. We know there was a big explosion near Jerusalem, but, who done it?

To me, it looks like this: in order not to create panic in the jewish state, the jewish military needed to change the location of the explosion from Jerusalem to ‘near the Dimona’ – Dimona here being a trigger word for jews: a word that incites/inspires holocaust-related victimhood in the jewish mind. The jewish state would rather have the narrative of ‘we were attacked in a non residential area’, instead of ‘an explosion occurred in one of our missile factories that’s near residential Jerusalem’: because this would create many-many security questions that the jewish state does not want to answer. A real conundrum for the jew strategists here. We also know that a few years ago, Hamas sent a message to the jews by sending a couple of missiles that intentionally landed near the Dimona, as opposed to actually striking it. So, if this ‘near the Dimona’ strike came from Gaza, israel’s military would be forced to promptly respond in Gaza, but it didn’t do this, as it normally does. And even if Hamas was behind this explosion, striking at Gaza is presently undesirable for the israelis as it would destabilize israeli society, what with covid still running wild in the jewish state and army, and especially that their political decision-making is currently crippled due to the voting crisis that israel finds itself in today. For israel to strike at Gaza, for daring again to strike at the Dimona, would also be handing Hamas a HUGE PR victory, a victory that would create panic in jewish society. So, Gaza is not the culprit here – otherwise they would have claimed the strike themselves, as they normally claim all their strikes. We also know that it’s not Hezbollah’s style to go striking willy-nilly at israel, especially during Ramadan. Furthermore, we also know that Syria has no strategic logic or value to strike near the Dimona just for the sake of it – but, nevertheless, the jews retaliated against Syria because it is currently the weakest link in the Levant resistance and tel aviv needs to show israeli jews that their defensive posture is still active and working to protect jews inside israel. After all, it’s easier for israel to strike at Syria nowadays than it is to strike at Hamas or Hezbollah. This leaves, as culprit…. Iran! Yes, I’m seeing Iran in the picture. I’m seeing it as Iran’s quiet retaliation against the mosad op of last week on its nuclear facility in Natanz. A retaliation that uses cyber attack instead of launching a missile from Iranian or Syrian territory. And here is the cherry on the cake: israel cannot say it’s an Iranian cyber attack on an israeli missile factory – tantamount to admitting that a mega sabotage of israeli cyber security by Iranians had caused the explosion. This in itself would create a much bigger panic in the minds of jews than even ‘Hamas or Hezbollah did it’. Admitting to a successful Iranian cyber attack against an israeli military compound is about the worst thing that tel aviv can admit to.

In conclusion, I see this incident as a very successful Iranian cyber attack against the terrorist jewish state. This explains the unusual hush-hush approach that the israeli military has enforced on this story. And of course, Iran too is hush-hush about it as well. They don’t need to be dancing in the streets at the success of this cyber attack for us to know that Tehran is behind this incident. The Iranians retaliated with a very forceful message: ‘you touch our facilities again and we guarantee we will touch yours, again’.

The truth is that israeli deterrence is now at its weakest ever, all due to the Resistors’ continuous advancing technological stride. The security of israel has never been so open to targeting. Nothing in israel is beyond reach now – everywhere is presently checked by the Resistance. And THIS is the very news that the jewish military wants to keep away from jewish residents in israel. If israeli jews really-really knew how geostrategically weak they’ve become, and with no reversal in sight, they would start packing suitcases and leaving israel pronto. Israeli strategists consider reverse-Aliya (leaving israel) to be a very dangerous thing for the continuation of the state’s very existence – on par with the existential danger that Hezbollah presents to the jewish state. Tel aviv will do absolutely anything to avoid reverse-Aliya.

Posted by: john | Apr 22 2021 16:12 utc | 99

@ 99 john... thanks.. kinda confirms my speculation @ 47...

Posted by: james | Apr 22 2021 16:17 utc | 100

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