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April 29, 2022

Ukraine - Doubling Down

The Russian side is making some progress in the war in Ukraine. While the differences on the map look small the repositioning of forces that had threatened Kiev is finished and the Russian military is now seriously degrading and grinding down the Ukrainian forces in Donbas.

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According to the daily reports of Russia's Ministry of Defense the Ukraine is losing several hundred soldiers and some 30 armored vehicles per day, most of them to artillery. A flood of gruel pictures posted on Telegram by both sides confirm this. Several Ukrainian attempts to counterattack Russian forces have failed.

'Western' propagandists are noting that their side is losing.

Anders Åslund @anders_aslund 14:02 UTC · Apr 28, 2022
The War: Ukraine has experienced setback in the past few days. A senior Ukrainian official announced yesterday that Russian troops had taken part of the Kharkiv region. Yesterday, Russia announced that it has captured the entire Kherson region. No Ukrainian advances.
Not good.

The typical U.S. reaction to losing is to double down.

This can be done financially:

Jack Detsch @JackDetsch - 19:25 UTC · Apr 28, 2022
DATA: A cumulative total of U.S. military aid to Ukraine since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion.
February 25: $350m
March 12: $550m
March 16: $1.35b
April 1: $1.65b
April 5: $1.75b
April 13: $2.55b
April 21: $3.35b
April 24: $3.67b
April 28: $14.67b (if approved by Congress)

Most of above sums will go the U.S. arms industry to deliver weapons for which the Ukraine has little use or which never will reach the frontline. The rest will be pilfered by Ukrainian oligarchs.

That financial doubling down will not be very effective.

There is also the possibility of doubling down by widening the war. This could be in Bosnia where attacks on the Serbian population could drag the Russian ally Serbia into another war. An additional war could also be created in Transnistria (marked as a lengthy strip on the left of the above maps). This could involve not only forces from the Ukraine but also from Moldova, Romania and Poland. In the early 1990s a small war between Moldova and the Russian population in Transnistria ended in 1992 with a ceasefire and Russian peacekeeper troops on the ground.

In a piece about Biden's new pledge of money to Ukraine the NYT notes:

The Ukrainian military said it was moving more troops to the border with Transnistria, a small breakaway region in Moldova, on Ukraine’s southwest flank, hundreds of miles from the fighting on the eastern front.

Should those troops do something Russia does not like it will likely use its air and missile capabilities to destroy their fighting power. President Putin certainly did not mean Transnistria when he recently spoke to Russian lawmakers and threatened retaliation:

Let me emphasise once again: if anyone intends to intervene from the outside and create a strategic threat to Russia that is unacceptable to us, they should know that our retaliatory strikes will be lightning-fast. We have the tools we need for this, the likes of which no one else can claim at this point. We will not just brag; we will use them if necessary. And I want everyone to know this; we have made all the decisions on this matter.

That threat was likely a response to rumors that the U.S. and UK are planing to deliver longer range missiles to Ukraine to be use against targets on Russian grounds. That would be another form of doubling down but also a way more dangerous one.

Ukraine is a victim here but not a victim of Russia but of much bigger plans in the U.S. which did its best to instigate this war (recommended).

As Michael Hudson explains (vid), the economic consequences of this war will be catastrophic for many countries and people. But the neocons who are running the war do not care about those. They have a plan to profit from it. They want to stay the unipolar power of the globe. To them it is a game and their main motives include an ingrained hatred towards Russia.

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@ Richard Steven Hack | Apr 30 2022 6:08 utc | 211

I sent the original link to this (Weapons! in the news), posted by debsisdead, to the steering committee of my US state-level democracy advocacy group. The group has as its sole mission a US constitutional amendment to establish that only humans (and not corporations) have constitutional rights and that money spent to influence elections is not protected free speech. So far so good. Somewhat ironically, most of them are Russophobic and lean Democratic.

I got two emails back, one anti-Russian ("Putin = Hitler") and the other more circumspect, recognizing the defense contractor money chase. I followed up the private Hitler comment with a link to a Scott Ritter interview. Comment back was to "warn" me that Ritter writes for RT. Of course I knew that. I replied that I don't care about the publisher if the person is knowledgeable and tells the truth. End of discussion. No surprises, but oddly satisfying.

I have trained myself to expect cognitive dissonance to be alive and well in most of my friends and associates. Otherwise my head would explode daily. This video provided welcome comic relief. Thanks, debsisdead, and RSH for re-posting.

Posted by: Tiger Lily | Apr 30 2022 13:17 utc | 301

#---Posted by: Arganthonios | Apr 30 2022 9:46 utc | 256

I know it's large pill to swallow.
Especially for one who are steeped in western enlightenment. But it is not as much their identity as a people, as the ideas and knowledge they bring with them. If you follow the money through European history, you can't ignore their presence.

I have only sympathy for the ordinary Jewish people, but they, like for instance Churchill was - are groomed to become sociopaths with an inflated sense of entitlement by their own leaders.

Zelensky is a prime example of that.

You are maybe not aware that before Hitler less than one in ten European Jews wanted a new homeland?
I strongly recommend you to take a deeper dive into Jewish history and culture. Most have been hidden for all but a few until now. Praise be to the internet.
You might call me an anti-Semite, if you want to. As my grand-daughter father is from Syria, it has lost all flavor.
Both me and her father agrees they are all victims of deceit.


Posted by: Anne B | Apr 30 2022 13:30 utc | 302

New Canadian Technology Given Wide Internal Use

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 30 2022 7:44 utc | 226


On the contrary I read somewhere that Raytheon had developed fluorescent hemorrhoids to aid the canadians and their other allies. Maybe it in Scientific American?

The latest in fluorescent hemorrhoid technology has been applied to create a novel teleprompter currently used on a regular basis by Prime Minister TrudeauNDP. It incorporates an AI feature desperately needed by TrudeauNDP to compensate for a lack of native intelligence.

Washington is seeking the purchase of multiple units for Brandon and the UK is reported to be in negotiations to purchase one for Foreign Secretary Truss. The AI feature was reportedly derived from the Baysian analysis of 8 years of Zelenski speeches.

Posted by: Sushi | Apr 30 2022 13:52 utc | 303

Ukrainian forces are being trained up on military equipment all over Europe, and in the UK.


"Ukrainian military personnel are receiving American training in Europe amid the conflict with Russia, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby has revealed.

“I can announce that the United States has commenced training with the Ukrainian Armed Forces on key systems at US military installations in Germany,” Kirby said during a briefing on Friday.

As part of the program, coordinated with Berlin, the Ukrainian troops are learning to operate artillery, radars and armored vehicles.

“This new training effort in Germany and at other locations in Europe is in direct support of recent US security assistance packages that are designed to help Ukraine win their battles today and build strength for tomorrow,” the spokesman said, noting that the US has committed $4.3 billion to the Ukrainian military since 2021."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 30 2022 13:54 utc | 304

watcher 284:
nice job slandering one of the best commenters here. perhaps you are projecting?

Posted by: morongobill | Apr 30 2022 13:55 utc | 305

Re my (302) comment, it does make you wonder for just how much longer this conflict will remain within the borders of Ukraine, before spilling out into hostile neigbouring countries. What must those in the Kremlin be thinking when most of Russia's neighbouring countries, and EU countries are brazenly arming Ukraine and the US is openly tasking satellites to gather intelligence that its passing on in real time to Ukrainian forces.

I just wonder how much longer the Kremlin will put up with this before action is taken.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 30 2022 14:02 utc | 306

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 30 2022 13:30 utc | 300


You are maybe not aware that before Hitler less than one in ten European Jews wanted a new homeland

One in ten. Three in ten. Nine in ten ... Meaningless to your average Palestinian locked up in the open air prison of Gaza.

I reject attempts to cast all the sins of the Jewish Zionists upon Hitler. We all know Jewish Zionism was progressing well with stealing an entire land from beneath a people before Hitler was anybody worth noting:


Haganah (Hebrew: הַהֲגָנָה, lit. The Defence) was the main Zionist[2] paramilitary organization of the Jewish population ("Yishuv") in Mandatory Palestine between 1920 and its disestablishment in 1948, when it became the core of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

In 1940 the Haganah sabotaged the Patria, an ocean liner being used by the British to deport 1,800 Jews to Mauritius, with a bomb intended to cripple the ship. However the ship sank, killing 267 people and injuring 172.



The First Zionist Congress (Hebrew: הקונגרס הציוני הראשון) was the inaugural congress of the Zionist Organization (ZO) held in Basel (Basle), from August 29 to August 31, 1897. 208 delegates and 26 press correspondents attended the event.[1] It was convened[2] and chaired[3] by Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern Zionism movement. The Congress formulated a Zionist platform, known as the Basel program, and founded the Zionist Organization. It also adopted the Hatikvah as its anthem (already the anthem of Hovevei Zion and later to become the national anthem of the State of Israel).

The conference was covered by the international press, making a significant impression;[4] the publicity subsequently inspired the antisemitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.[5][6][7]

Even if it was one in twenty, the net result was the dispossession of an entire people of their lives by Zionist Jews and their global community of lukewarm Jewish supporters who passively stood by and gave them all the sustenance and support they needed to accomplish their enterprise, and who passively standby now in effect affirming what is done in the name of Jews, in the name of a "Jewish State".

I used to have empathy for ordinary Jews, recognising that my anger should be directed at those extremists called "Zionist Jews", until I saw Judge Richard Goldstone crushed into subservience by his own Jewish community in South Africa after his report on Operation Cast Lead.

It was ordinary Jews that isolated him and his family, turned their back on him and forced him to recant.

How long are a people allowed to passively stand by as genocide happens in their name before they can be considered complicit?

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 30 2022 14:03 utc | 307

At this stage it isn’t certain if Russia can win. Ukrainian Guard (Teroborona) is blending into the population or hiding in abandoned areas and Russian forces come and pass thru those areas. Then these groups activate themselves and destroy Russian supply columns. And when ukies lose a city or village they blend in with the population and evacuate with the civilians so they can go and fight another day and another way. Russians catch some with tattoos but not all of them have tattoos or previously recorded videos proving involvement in hostilities.
Try to fight this kind of enemy. You can bring 1 million Russian soldiers and more missiles yet ukies can fight like this for 1000 years and not lose

Posted by: ArmoDude | Apr 30 2022 14:09 utc | 308

morong 303
it is the fact that rsh does often post gooď stuff that launching into nuttery is suspicious. difficult to accept the same person.

Posted by: watcher | Apr 30 2022 14:14 utc | 309

Posted by: ArmoDude | Apr 30 2022 14:09 utc | 306

I'll have what he's smoking...

Posted by: gottlieb | Apr 30 2022 14:18 utc | 310

@okdo | Apr 30 2022 10:50 utc | 274

The Earth is more than 4.5 billion years old. Humanity has been around for between 200,000 and 200 million years depending on the theories going around but yet we only have recorded history and evidence of civilization for a few thousand years. I suspect we have started over more than a few times and lost the accumulated knowledge.

There is clear evidence all around the world of advanced human civilization before the present one, in places like Bolivia (Puma Punku), Peru (Sacsayhuaman), Egypt (pyramids and more), Jordan (Petra) and many other places, even Ukraine (Dovbush Caves). The Younger Dryas cataclysm - later known as the great flood - terminated it 12900 years ago.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 30 2022 14:19 utc | 311

I have doubts about details here ....

However, threats to dignity and "loosing face", this is what can touch the nerve ....

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Apr 30 2022 11:27 utc | 283

By all means, you are welcome to be more specific, otherwise I won’t understand your position well enough to correct or clarify my own.

Azovstal has had a strange aura about it ever since Macron’s utterly incongruous “humanitarian” evacuation initiatives.

It was a logical suspicion at the time, now laughably obvious in retrospect, that there was a person, or persons, in Azovstal that was worth the risk of completely burning Macron’s credibility in the eyes of Putin, just to avoid them falling into Russian hands.

Events since then have followed an almost comical trajectory: multiple near-suicide helicopter missions, multiple escape distractions (a cargo ship, then 1000+ Ukie soldiers trying to break in from the outside), ridiculous Kiev claims / pleas throughout, Kookie Nuland recently calling for direct NATO intervention in Mariupol/Azovstal (I appreciate that she is a preposterous crank but this stood out, even by her standards).

Now we are supposed to be entranced by the plight of civilians, who have apparently been trapped in Azovstal all along, but it is axiomatic that these are either human shields or civilian dirtbags with good reason to fear Russian criminal justice.

This is just the stuff that comes immediately to mind and omits the more salacious rumours, on the grounds that the obvious stuff is enough highlight the especially odd nature of the Azovstal standoff.

Apologies for any mistakes / typos, my only access is via a tablet and I’ve never got the hang of screen typing: I’m not myself trapped in Azovstal, in case you were wondering =)

Posted by: anon2020 | Apr 30 2022 14:25 utc | 312

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 30 2022 8:10 utc | 234

I would not be surprised if the mess continues for another few years but the intensity may, with luck and sense, ebb away after 1 to 2 years. I am an optimist admittedly."

The duration probably determined by politics & economics esp in West which seems, counter-intuitively, to be bent on engineering its own collapse already which this war is furthering. But without such collapse, hard to see conflict ending if weapons and men keep getting shipped in.

Posted by: Scorpion | Apr 30 2022 14:28 utc | 313

@ Stevelancs | Apr 30 2022 5:46 utc | 207 with the Michael Hudson interview... yes thanks, excellent interview

I do tend to agree more with psychohistorian, Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 30 2022 6:53 utc | 219, that this will quicker than the 30 year war that Michael Hudson suggests.

I think there is too much instability especially economically that once it starts to go in the west that it will go fast.

I think the Global South is seeing who it's true friends are and will rebuke the IMF and World Bank. Hudson is worried that the US will do an asset grab in the Global South but I think they will find that hard to do. Russia and China have too much ienterest there.

Both Russia and China have become strong enough internally to cut off most trade with Europe and US esp since Russia and China are cooperating. It will be the US and Europe that will suffer and probably suffer a lot as various commodity derivative contracts become essentially worthless. Not to mention the resultant lack of actual commodities.

Also the US and Europe will not be able to continue to maintain their predatory status over the Global South. Russia and China are also making too many productive inroads into Africa and Latin America.

Posted by: financial matters | Apr 30 2022 14:34 utc | 314

#---Arch Bungle | Apr 30 2022 14:03 utc | 305

One in ten. Three in ten. Nine in ten ... Meaningless to your average Palestinian locked up in the open air prison of Gaza.

But we, who are not so obviously boxed in, could try to expand our horizon?

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 30 2022 14:53 utc | 315

Norwegian
not denying advanced civilization but still need a clear history.
now in Europe you must recognize that neanderthals had bigger brains than us and were probably capable of major construction in caves where they sheltered in the ice age for 20000 years.

it is insulting to the people of iran and parts of India and Pakistan to assume that water conservation at petra was extraordinary. think jasailmere or yatz to see in real life. the indus civilization was pretty advanced.

of course humans have been around for more like 200000 years rather than the 50000 that our eurocentric teachers insisted.

Posted by: watcher | Apr 30 2022 14:54 utc | 316

re: Poland tanks
WARSAW (Reuters), April 5, 2022 - Poland on Tuesday signed a deal with Washington to purchase 250 Abrams tanks as it seeks to bolster its military in an effort to deter potential Russian aggression on its eastern border.
The sale of Abrams tanks to Poland, which is also home to a future U.S. missile defence site, is another sign of a deep and growing defence relationship with the United States. It follows the deployment of nearly 5,000 additional U.S. troops to Poland as well as additional fighter aircraft, as part of Washington's response to the Ukraine crisis. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 30 2022 14:59 utc | 317

#---Arch Bungle | Apr 30 2022 14:03 utc | 305

Pressed the wrong button while trying to edit...

I am an anti-zionist and anti-jewish religion, but I am also pretty anti my own society, as we too are guilty of the same sins as the Jewish people.

As Paul warns in Ephesians 6:12

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Read Josephus - and his accounts of the fall of Jerusalem. You might also find it interesting to check out Jewish accounts on Josephus.

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 30 2022 15:04 utc | 318

Big thanks to CalDre and others here who make reading the comments worthwhile

Posted by: Richard Whitney | Apr 30 2022 15:14 utc | 319

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 30 2022 14:59 utc | 315

The subsidies Poland received from the EU Budget were equivalent to the total Net contribution of the UK, which, no longer available, suggests Poland might be facing some reduction in Subsidy GDP. No doubt US funds will flow into the requisite bank accounts offshore

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 30 2022 15:15 utc | 320

#---Also the US and Europe will not be able to continue to maintain their predatory status over the Global South. Russia and China are also making too many productive inroads into Africa and Latin America.

Posted by: financial matters | Apr 30 2022 14:34 utc | 312

As Norway is declared Europe's "battery", I expect we're in for a beating.
I always knew our sovereign wealth-fund was a fata-morgana, but I though we would do OK because of our resources.
With all the cables and gas-pipes to the continent, and US soldiers on our soil, I have an eerie feeling.

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 30 2022 15:21 utc | 321

#---of course humans have been around for more like 200000 years rather than the 50000 that our eurocentric teachers insisted.

Posted by: watcher | Apr 30 2022 14:54 utc | 314

That's a bold statement- do you have any tangible proof?

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 30 2022 15:23 utc | 322

Reading the synopsis about the three books above I’m struck by the similarity with our current times. It’s like we’ve come full circle and are back at square one.

Posted by: Down South | Apr 30 2022 10:24 utc | 265

Thanks for your posts on this. Been decades since read Sutton. Because of such similarities am not yet able to jettison the notion that this kinetic Battle of Ukraine is a manufactured crisis like Bolshevik revolution, like the Great War of 1913-1948, like 9-11, like widespread lock downs etc.

People unfamiliar with such stuff have a hard time entertaining even the possibility that their preconceptions about our shared politico-social realities may be false.

Belief trumps facts every time. Propaganda during both war and peace manipulates us all at that level through the power of narrative.

The core American shared narratives are being deliberately fractured and trashed. Without shared narrative and resultant patriotic spirit a nation cannot exist, let alone thrive or prove victorious in existential strife.

Both sides, seemingly, fervently desire the collapse of the West. Coincidence? Highly improbable.

Posted by: Scorpion | Apr 30 2022 15:24 utc | 323

@watcher | Apr 30 2022 14:54 utc | 314

not denying advanced civilization but still need a clear history.
now in Europe you must recognize that neanderthals had bigger brains than us and were probably capable of major construction in caves where they sheltered in the ice age for 20000 years.

This topic is very large and complex, but not really suitable in this thread. But I can say that there is an incredible amount of evidence if you know what to look for and take an engineering perspective. To stay in the region, we can include the incredible Eski-Kermen cave city outside Sevastopol, Crimea. And it goes on and on around the world (the interested should look up the granite boxes of Serapeum At Saqqara In Egypt).

it is insulting to the people of iran and parts of India and Pakistan to assume that water conservation at twas extraordinary.
?? Then don't make such assumptions, I don't. I only point to the existence of Petra as one example among many around the world.

On the subject of large brains, you don't need to go to the Neanderthals. Well known are the Enormous Cone Heads Of Paracas Peru that are 60% larger than modern humans are distinctly elongated and have very unique features showing it is markedly different from modern human skulls (different number of scull plates). DNA analyses have shown close relation to peoples of the Caucasus, and indeed Elongated Skulls have been Unearthed in Crimea.

It is a huge topic that is better discussed in an open thread.


Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 30 2022 15:27 utc | 324

@Anne B | Apr 30 2022 15:21 utc | 323

With all the cables and gas-pipes to the continent, and US soldiers on our soil, I have an eerie feeling.

We are occupied and about to be looted.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 30 2022 15:34 utc | 325


Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 30 2022 10:58 utc | 277

The global bankers are not the possession of one single race or belief system - this is the set of ages old wealth and strategic thinkers that assert their preferences today. Please don't fall for the simplicity of 'the rulers' being just one type of people. It is much more complex than that and consequently much more dangerous."

Well said. I think generally the infamous Jewish banking class/network (like Soros, Rothschild etc) are top level Secretaries, front men.

Also, elites are often just as thrilled to be fighting each other as subjugating the masses, aka We The People. Skeins within skeins. Old Tongs still powerful in China no doubt despite zero official visibility.


Posted by: Scorpion | Apr 30 2022 15:37 utc | 326

ArmoDude@310
No need to worry. Fascists don't fight on, because they fight for the wealthy who invariably make their peace with the victor. Once Russia has a territory conquered the 'left behind' guerrillas dissolve rather quickly. There is a reason why Bandera's most fervent supporters come from Canada.
What happens is not that the Nazis retreat to the forest and the mountain to wage campaigns of resistance, but that they quietly burn their uniforms, join the local service clubs, become active in the Liberal Party and make money by following orders.
Where was there ever a fascist resistance except one working for the CIA or MI6? The truth is that both Hitler and Mussolini were, at some stage in their political careers on the payroll of the Foreign Office in London.

Posted by: bevin | Apr 30 2022 15:41 utc | 327

Posted by: watcher | Apr 30 2022 11:36 utc | 287

You might enjoy Forbidden Archeology book. Also read up on Hapgood's axis tilt theory.

The troll argument is trolling itself.

Posted by: Scorpion | Apr 30 2022 15:43 utc | 328

Posted by: sln2002 | Apr 29 2022 18:03 utc | 59

Have I got news for yooose

CRS, "Instances of Use of United States Armed
Forces Abroad, 1798-2022", 38th ed: a listical

Wow. What an eye opening list of hundreds of US incursions abroad. And a nice synopsis of each thanks to Congress.
Thanks for that sln. Getting a coffee and will study further.

Posted by: Don't Flayme | Apr 30 2022 15:44 utc | 329

Republicofscotland | Apr 30 2022 13:00 utc | 301

"Unlike some RF prisoners who were shot in the legs or executed on capture by the Nazi's".

It is worse than you think as "shooting them in the leg" was designed to cut the major femoral artery. They died slowly, that's all.

The Azov have been described as "animals", which is what the shooters are.

Posted by: Stonebird | Apr 30 2022 15:45 utc | 330

Don Bacon@319

250 is a lot of Abrams. They are almost entirely useless. Need to be flatbedded to combat. Need enormous continuous maintenance. Well established that most any type of grenade launcher will kill them and this battlefield is awash in those. To the extent they work at all they are designed for deserts.

The sole purpose of an Abrams is to stuff money into the pocket of General Dynamics, which is not quite a proprietorship, but preponderantly owned by the Crown family. Which is to say the remaining Mafia.

Posted by: Oldhippie | Apr 30 2022 16:00 utc | 331

Down South

Antony Sutton's most important research for the Hoover Institution at Stanford is the 3-volume work documenting U.S. and other industrial development of the Soviet Union.

Antony C.Sutton:

"Western technology and Soviet economic development, 1917 to 1930"

"Western technology and Soviet economic development, 1930 to 1945"

"Western technology and Soviet economic development, 1945 to 1965"

Posted by: Linda Wood | Apr 30 2022 18:28 utc | 332

Haassaan #263:

„The Russian Revolution led to Russia being the only nation on Earth to never be colonized by the Anglo Empire. Without the Soviet Union, China never would have survived...the New World Order would already be fully implemented.“

I understand that Thailand has also never been colonized although the US is still trying.

Posted by: K | Apr 30 2022 20:20 utc | 333

Sushi #304

Thank you. I was shopping at aliexpress a few days ago for ultrabright led pointers and they are so tiny they could be implanted on one's forehead. Raytheon should partner with China. It could be profitable given that so many people have their head up the MSNBC rs.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 30 2022 20:43 utc | 334

@ K | Apr 30 2022 20:20 utc | 334

Thailand has never been colonized, true, although the Siamese Kingdom had to make territorial concessions to both the French and British empires, and (now rebranded as Thailand) pretended to fight Japan for about thirty minutes before surrendering to that country, which happened to be the one its dictator most admired anyway.

The one competent action on the part of the current junta (don't kid yourself; the military has run the country since 1932 with few and brief exceptions, most notably during the years of Japanese occupation; attempts at democracy are quickly quashed, which is why Bangkok has a Democracy Monument -- one erects monuments to dead things) has been to play off US interests ($$$ and bombombombs) against Chinese interests (territorial proximity and family ties -- the members of the Thai elite class are part- and often fully-blooded Chinese -- and, most recently, submarines). With the necessary consequence that any time a group of students protests the endemic corruption, the disappearance and murder of dissidents, the lese-majeste law and its absurdly broad application, etc. etc., the protesters are immediately decried as stooges of the CIA/NED . . . not by the junta fanbois, curiously enough, but by Western leftists, as it fits their one-size-fits-all narrative. There is at best scant evidence of such collusion with American imperialists, unlike the cases in Belarus, Hong Kong, Hungary, etc. etc. etc.

Posted by: malenkov | Apr 30 2022 20:54 utc | 335

“ For anyone seeking a fairer assessment to Germany's NSDAP and its actions…”

I’m asking b right now to ban NemesisCalling, whose constant shilling for Nazism makes a mockery of Russian anti-Nazism and pollutes the board. This person has had ample opportunity to express these pro-Nazi viewpoints. I think it’s enough.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 30 2022 21:08 utc | 336

Seems little discussion of Transnistra.
Seems like that Ukraine can take it. Likely they will do nothing but use it as a bargaining chip in effort to extract the military trapped in Azovstahl. This may take things to another level.

Posted by: jared | Apr 30 2022 21:08 utc | 337

“Antony Sutton's most important research for the Hoover Institution at Stanford is the 3-volume work documenting U.S. and other industrial development of the Soviet Union.”

Sutton’s research was meticulous, but his belief that Western corporations were “socialist” and therefore helped build socialism in the Soviet Union was beyond ridiculous.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 30 2022 21:10 utc | 338

@ jared | Apr 30 2022 21:08 utc | 338

Doubtful that 404 has the wherewithal to take Transnistria, which has its own armed forces, about 1500 Russian peacekeepers, and lots of armaments.

Romanian and (despite its pacifist whining) Moldavian armed forces, on the other hand, could muster an initially overwhelming attack, although Russia could thwart much of it from the air.

I'm no expert on military strategy, but it seems to me Russia should build a land bridge across Novorossiya sooner rather than later. Certainly 404 shouldn't be trusted with any sea access once the dust settles on the SMO.

Posted by: malenkov | Apr 30 2022 21:25 utc | 339

@303 Anne B

“You might call me an anti-Semite, if you want to.”

You are unquestionably an anti-Semite. You’ve made that clear through so many of your own posts expressing your personal hatred of Jews. To the extent you try to disingenuously shake the label by saying it can apply to Arabs and you don’t hate Arabs, we can narrow it down: you’re a Jew-hater and a neo-Nazi. I see very little difference between you and Azov, except in the tactical alliances you make.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 30 2022 21:30 utc | 340

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 30 2022 15:27 utc | 325

Interesting stuff, but as you say not for this thread. I will do a little reading on the Peruvians.

Posted by: watcher | Apr 30 2022 22:08 utc | 341

Bevin @ 328

I’m late.That is brilliant.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 30 2022 23:13 utc | 342

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 29 2022 23:05 utc | 139

Alas, the Ministry of Truth has arrived in HREF="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-29/australia-joins-57-of-nations-committing-to-democratic-internet/101024208">Australia too.

"Australia is among 56 nations signing a political commitment to push for the future of the internet to be underpinned by democratic values, in the face of hostile internet policies from countries such as China and Russia."

At least the turds are honest about their bullshit excuses for ushering in a fascist police-state.

Posted by: Jon_in_AU | May 1 2022 0:05 utc | 343

I imagine that almost all on this blog (board?, thread? discussion?) want to see Russia prevail in Ukraine, especially after considering that the only other possible outcome is WW III. Nonetheless, no one seems to accurately identify who the enemy is. Andrei Martyanov occasionally calls out the 'neocon cabal', but never mentions Jews. And he calls out the 'Nazis' 20 times for every mention of the neocons. On this page you're reading the Nazis have been called out 40+ times. Here is the reality - the Jews control western society, the US, and NATO. Their influence has been extraordinary from at least 1910 on. The only real opposition the Jews have faced in the west since 1900 was Hitler and the Nazis. If you read Mein Kampf you can see that it is to a large part based on hatred of Jews. The Azov Nazis are an aberration, produced by the Jewish Marxists who decimated Ukraine in the 1930s. Their hatred of Russia comes naturally, because of the Jewish rulers of Russia after WW I, and now they have been co-opted by the Jews. The point here is that 'Nazis' are not the enemy, the Nazis were wiped out in 1945, the Jews now label their enemies as Nazis and that is a part of the mind-control that they exercise in the west. Please, even if you think all the above is idiocy, watch this 5-minute video - Why Hitler hated the Jews - by Rabbi Yosef ben Porat - I guarantee you will learn something - https://odysee.com/@rumpelstiltskin:5/Why-did-Hitler-hate-jews_-Rabbi-Yosef-Tzvi-ben-Porat-will-explain-to-you:4

Posted by: Saggy | May 1 2022 4:43 utc | 344

@NemisisCalling I am of the opinion that either Western Europeans as a people will die out or the accepted history of the second world war will change dramatically. Any Western European or Western European Diaspora country led not by greedy rootless oligarchs but by it's own people will eventually come around to the same conclusions about their own history you and I have. The U.S. had the America First Party in the 1930's, England had the BUF, France had Vichy, Italy had Mussolini, Spain had Franco, Norway had a significant number of SS volunteers and so on.

Taking a look back at the west pre-1945 either future Western European leaders will have to embrace ethno masochism as they do now or ask themselves "Do masturbation machines, pedal powered brain bashers, magic disintegrating electric floors, saloon style gas chamber doors, lack of chemical traces of HCN in masonry, and conveniently spread gravel that interrupts ground penetrating radar as a "memorial" make any sense or is somebody pulling our leg here?". And I understand on the part of Russians (I know this blog isn't Russian but there are a lot of Russian sympathizers) the desire to dismiss all of this and point and shout Nazi! and ignore opportunities for discussion. 27 million Russians died in the war, and at the end of the war, the main beneficiary of all that blood was the country that immediatly turned and pointed nukes at them for four decades, and anyone would be angry beyond desire for discussion at all of that, but assuming Western Europeans survive as a people an open dialogue has to happen.

Take for example what is going on in Ukraine right now. Ukrainians and Russians are not very distinguishable from one another to outsiders and some claim, as Putin has, that Ukraine isn't a real country and has always been a part of Russia. That's a serious statement with a lot of historical grounding behind it. But due to the terrible events of the last century surrounding the interwar period and the second world war, Ukrainians have been propagandized to hate their brothers in Russia. Is a lot of that as a result of western propaganda, sure, but why are their Banderistas in Ukraine? Could the Holodomor perhaps have something to do with that? I don't mean to stand up for essentially gangs of mentally sick criminals Running around killing civilians but unrepentant Soviet apologia from Russia doesn't help prevent things like this from happening in the future and unless Europe and Europeans want to spend more centuries killing one another over historical enmities that do not have to be held on to so tightly, there has to be some sort of international reconciliation, and that would include admitting that maybe the second world war was not a totally black and white good vs evil event.

Posted by: Cthulhu | May 1 2022 5:54 utc | 345

@ Saggy | May 1 2022 4:43 utc | 345 who writes that Jews control Western society

I don't buy it. Got names?

I believe there is a cult at the top of the global private finance system but I don't think they are all Jews.

I think that the cult is using the centuries of private finance supported monotheisms as part of the control strategy......just get folks to have more faith and extend that faith to the God of Mammon instantiated as Hand, The Invisible.

It doesn't matter who controls Western society in the present because, IMO, they won't in the future....Might-Makes-Right has met its match.

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 1 2022 6:04 utc | 346

"The subsidies Poland received from the EU Budget were equivalent to the total Net contribution of the UK, which, no longer available, suggests Poland might be facing some reduction in Subsidy GDP."

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 30 2022 15:15 utc | 321

As the British net contribution was not very great, no doubt this is all not a big issue. Although Brexiters, of whom you are one I seem to remember, always made it out to be so. The important point to remember is that the UK economy, post-Brexit, has already lost the sum of its net contributions to the EU made over the entire 42 years of its membership.

Posted by: laguerre | May 1 2022 6:49 utc | 347

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 30 2022 13:30 utc | 303

I don't *ever* use the word "anti-semite", it implies that only jews are semitic (wrong) and that all jews are semitic (wrong to the point of absurdity).

The actual points comprising my bottom line are the following:

1)
Ancestry and religion of evil rich bastards are thoroughly immaterial. Their only god is money, their only motherland is money, and their only people is money: Take money away from their religious relations, and they will disolve; if their country hits their moneymaking ability, they will flee; if they can't fleece their nationals, they'll act against them with all prejudice.

2)
Your run-of-the-mill judeophobe will cry to high heavens against evil rich bastards not for being evil rich bastards, but for being allegedly jewish, the "logical" conclusion being that a Christian or Muslim evil rich bastard would be so much better, which is an absurd proposition; and will make all sorts of mental somersaults to keep justifying the first assertion but keep avoiding its "logical" conclusion.

3)
It serves as a smokescreen for shifting blame from international meddling. Ah, so a few American/British/Israeli/wherever bastards are ruining things for as many people as possible? No worry, they're jews! I'm sorry, that's entirely secondary, I cannot give a fuck what those agents allegedly believe, or what ancestry they claim (they could be children of the milkman anyways). Their nationalities are clearly determined under the law.

Since these extremely obvious points don't easily get through some skulls, I'll keep hammering them as the opportunity arises.

Posted by: Arganthonios | May 1 2022 10:21 utc | 348

>Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 30 2022 11:05 utc | 281

I like this science-fictional diversion.

If the reports of "grays" are actually true and not delusion/deception - very big "if".

According to biology, there's only one thing they can be: hominids. The body plan is entirely the same.

There are three possible explanations for that:

-Life on earth doesn't originate from the earth.
-Grays come from the future.
-Grays originated in earth in the past.

Occam's razor heavily favors the third option.

Posted by: Arganthonios | May 1 2022 10:30 utc | 349

Posted by: Arganthonios | May 1 2022 10:21 utc | 349

excellent post. the number of posters on here blaming the jews for everything is disturbing.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 1 2022 10:49 utc | 350

>Posted by: pretzelattack | May 1 2022 10:49 utc | 351

I am not religious and I wish I didn't have to be doing this.

But singling out scapegoats between people of the book, not on my fucking watch.

Posted by: Arganthonios | May 1 2022 12:19 utc | 351

Arganthonios | May 1 2022 10:21 utc | 349

Nice:

"Their only God is money."

And their only religion is being superior.

Posted by: njet | May 1 2022 12:36 utc | 352

By all means, you [Piotr] are welcome to be more specific, otherwise I won’t understand your position well enough to correct or clarify my own.

Azovstal has had a strange aura about it ever since Macron’s utterly incongruous “humanitarian” evacuation initiatives.

Posted by: anon2020 | Apr 30 2022 14:25 utc | 313

I have doubts if people in Azovstal are not disposable schmucks of "they knew the risks" type. Macron may merely go through motions of "showing concern, trying to do something" if there are any French there. Macron loves initiatives, often quickly forgotten. But it is not an essential premise for you, so my doubt is a quibble.

If Azovstal falls as predicted, he may have harder time in upcoming parliamentary elections. France is the strongest of the weak links in Eurocom part of the Empire. Mind you, the lords of EU delayed push for embargo on Russian oil products to decrease the probability of LePen winning the presidency, and diesel prices shoot up even without the embargo officially in place. Even in USA, mind you. So grumpy farmers, truckers and shoppers (inflation).

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 1 2022 14:01 utc | 353

Posted by: watcher | Apr 29 2022 20:53 utc | 100

You surely are not alone in this. I've always found the description of the UK as the US poodle heavily exaggerated. But although I live in Europe, less than 100km from England, I know very little about the country. Visited three times but had very little contact with locals. Except for some Eastern Europe countries I've travelled extensively through the whole of Europe and the English population definitely was an outlier. The only reason I can imagine is a left over of a certain empire attitude with the accompanying bond with ex-colonies. Just like one often refers back to Holland/France/Belgium if it concerns their former colonies. They did have the largest and widest spread collection of colonies which they still have trouble in letting go, just look at the BVI just now.

Posted by: peter | May 1 2022 15:13 utc | 354

the matter is the milk carrier is,if the is mother is jewish>

Posted by: dahoit | May 1 2022 16:33 utc | 355

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