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May 12, 2022

Matthew VanDyke - Some 3 Letter Agency Dude With An Obsessive Compulsion For Publicity

An American who fought alongside Libyan rebels, and who was detained in Tripoli's Abu Salim prison for six months before returning home to Baltimore in late 2011, has turned up on the frontline of the uprising in Syria.

Matthew VanDyke said that he was in Aleppo to film a documentary alongside the Syrian rebel army. But he claims he is also advising the rebels on weaponry based on his experience in Libya.

"I go to sleep and wake up to the sound of artillery shells, and Assad's jets flying overhead and bombing the city," VanDyke, 33, wrote in the first of a series of emails with the Guardian. "Most of these booms signal the death of more civilians in Aleppo."

VanDyke claims to be a journalist-turned-freedom-fighter-turned documentarian, but others accuse him of being a misguided thrillseeker who repeatedly puts himself at risk.
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He said he was also offering advice on weaponry, including the anti-aircraft Dushka machine guns he used while fighting in Libya, though that claim has been questioned by people who know him and who have spent time on the ground in Syria.

Yet for all the exciting adventures VanDyke experiences, it is impossible to get out of one’s head the idea of a reenactment, of middle-aged office workers walking through the woods in Civil War uniforms and young men playing paintball between mounds of dirt. It is all so clumsy, so sad and trivial. He travels to Afghanistan to place an American flag in Bin Laden’s house. He makes the first real friends of his life in combat. Van Dyke’s whole life, his whole idea of freedom, consists in this idea of acting, repeating typically dangerous situations under the gaze of the camera; and while the adventures he finds himself in are ostensibly new, they feel old and worn out.
VanDyke very much wants to believe otherwise. He wants to believe his experiences are immediately made hallowed through the ever-present camera, which turns the ephemeral and pointless violence he witnesses, the aimless and meandering journey he travels, into something much more. But it doesn’t quite come off. The camera instead dictates his adventures, hollowing out his experiences, transforming a war and people’s lives into an unfunny Jackass skit.

In late February, a Baltimore-born, self-proclaimed freedom fighter named Matthew VanDyke beamed into Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show from Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region. A few days earlier, he had announced on Facebook that he was in Iraq to “raise and train a Christian army to fight” ISIS and that he had formed a company called Sons of Liberty International (SOLI) to provide “free military consulting and training to local forces fighting terrorists and oppressive regimes.” For months, the so-called Islamic State had terrorized Iraq’s Assyrian Christians, forcing many to flee their homes and villages and seek safe haven among the Kurds. With ISIS on the march across Iraq and Syria—and making headlines for its brutal beheadings of journalists and aid workers—the story of an American taking an on-the-ground role in the fight sparked a media frenzy. VanDyke, who is 35 and holds a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown, was soon featured by media outlets across the country, including the New York Times, USA Today, the Baltimore Sun, and MSNBC.

This wasn’t the first time VanDyke had become a media sensation. A few years earlier VanDyke had made international headlines after he was captured in Libya, where he had been fighting alongside rebel forces to overturn the regime of Moammar Qaddafi. He eventually escaped, and he would later say that his Christian faith deepened during his six-month imprisonment. A film about VanDyke, who had traveled across the Arab world by motorcycle, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.

In 2004, VanDyke graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a master's degree in Security Studies with a Middle East concentration. Georgetown is known to be a major CIA recruiting ground. He has since been 'filming', 'fighting with' and 'training' U.S. aligned forces in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iraq - all more or less in the Middle East. The Ukraine is thereby a curious geographic choice for new activities. Unless you probably work for some U.S. 3 letter agency.


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The war in Ukraine has attracted U.S. military veterans and Western legionnaires like no foreign battlefield in recent memory. But what motivates midcareer professionals – often now married, with children, and with their former military lives receding into memory – to drop everything and step into the trenches of another nation’s fight?
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“In the past, we didn’t get involved in Ukraine because, when it was just involving Donbas, there was no way to have an effect on the outcome of the conflict. Now there is,” says Matthew VanDyke, who founded SOLI in 2015. The former documentary filmmaker was motivated at the time by his own experiences being held captive for five months in Libya while fighting with Libyan revolutionary forces in 2011.

“It’s also just a very clear conflict, with a democracy being invaded by essentially an authoritarian state, and a land grab,” says Mr. VanDyke, who wears a beard, hair combed back, and tactical military clothes. “It’s a no-brainer as far as right and wrong in this.”

Well, if you say so ...

Related:

The United States has long used democracy as a tool and a weapon to undermine democracy in the name of democracy, to incite division and confrontation, and to meddle in other countries’ internal affairs, causing catastrophic consequences. 

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), as one of the US government’s main “foot soldiers”, “white gloves” and “democracy crusaders”, has subverted lawful governments and cultivated pro-US puppet forces around the world under the pretext of promoting democracy. Its disgraceful record has aroused strong discontent in the international community. 

In today’s world, peace and development is the theme of the times, and the trend towards greater democracy in international relations is unstoppable. Any attempt to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs in the name of democracy is unpopular and is doomed to failure.
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Small typo where the last ' should be a " in the second paragraph.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 12 2022 20:39 utc | 101

@ Apostate1984 | May 12 2022 18:46 utc | 84

Thanks much for your insights on Finland.

I wish Finns would heed what Scott Ritter has to say -- foreseeing missiles bound for Finland the next time conflict breaks out anywhere. "Do you really want to die for Transnistria?"

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 12 2022 20:40 utc | 102

Ehret's latest is a good review, "The Race to Break the Russia-China Alliance and the ‘Ukraine of the Asia Pacific’", and serves as a useful follow-up to his wife's series of articles. I recall an old Bond movie where Sean Connery says--Ah, that old dream of global domination--to that episode's fiend. That the plot of a Bond movie is now reality probably shouldn't be a surprise, but so many are essentially driving while blind in search of a Few Dollars More, they are probably incapable of being awakened by that reality, although they likely dream of the Bond Women.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 20:53 utc | 103

Fun Point - it is always easier to look at other peoples problems but well... your problems dont solve like that ,)

Posted by: Macpott | May 12 2022 20:55 utc | 104

I doubt either Russia or China is surprised about the biowarfare labs
Posted by: Scorpion | May 12 2022 19:45 utc | 93


The only ones surprised are those who bought into the idea that the ebola epidemic in 2014 was caused by consuming grilled "bush meat" (bat) on a stick. These are the same people who didn't notice when US-Guinea BLS-3 shut down. Who inexplicably applauded Obama deploying 3K USAF boots to west africa who didn't provide health care other than drone mapping. The same who applauded Fauci's bogus rapid ebola "test kit" marketing and ebola "vaccine" joint-ventures in Candadian labs.

NIH chief details plans for Ebola vaccine trials, 2014
Doctor treated for Ebola at NIH, 2014
NIH chief details plans for Ebola vaccine trials, 2014

The same who wept with relief when US, UK, EU "responders" and missionaries miraculously cheated death by rapid evacuation to advanced "infectious disease". The same people who've no idea where "dual-use" exemptions appear in the UNConvention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction.

Inside America's secretive biolabs, 2015
GAO, "CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE, Designated Entity Needed to Identify, Align, and Manage DOD's Infrastructure, 2015
GAO, "BIOLOGICAL SELECT AGENTS AND TOXINS, Actions Needed to Improve Management of DOD's Biosafety and Biosecurity Program ", 2018
Health.mil,
The Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) partner network

Posted by: sln2002 | May 12 2022 21:02 utc | 105

Thank you, Bernhard. This story is exemplary: there is no longer any distance between the object and the subject. The object of the subject who films, is the subject who films. Propaganda has become totally solipsistic: it has only itself to offer. Propaganda films propaganda.

Posted by: Leuk | May 12 2022 21:02 utc | 106

sln2002 @104--

The plot for the film Outbreak and book it was based on are very realistic and plausible. The morality displayed is very close to reality.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 21:09 utc | 107

The 2011 Hollywood movie "Contagion," on the other hand, was propaganda meant to fix the public reaction to the pandemic that they were already planning and that would occur nearly a decade later.

Posted by: Lysias | May 12 2022 21:34 utc | 108

Posted by: Anne B | May 12 2022 18:17 utc | 77

Apologies if this is OT, but to answer you and Paul Greenwood above, Orthodox Christians would not consider the term "Judeo-Christian" oxymoric, although they would perhaps think it was redundant. Those of Jewish faith would however, I think, find it objectionable to say Jesus is God, which of course is Christian Orthodox teaching.

It is the historical order which makes one come before the other, and for Christians there is continuity from Genesis on. As far as I know all of the original apostles were of the jewish faith, as not until after the Resurrection do we find Paul making missionary journeys in order to preach to the Gentiles. One might however find those journeys a continuation of Jesus' encounter with the Canaanite woman and also his conversation with the Samaritan woman, not to mention the example he gives of loving one's neighbor as one's self. Which is why nations today don't need such as Nato to protect them from their neighbors - at least when their neighbor is Russia.

That last bit was hopefully to get this back onto the topic of the day. And I think Putin, or some other of his companions, does read MoA, since karlof1 notes that he answered (although parenthetically) the question we considered last weekend, of whether Europe could balance out favorably with the US, when he said that the nazis had commandeered most of Europe in marching on Russia, but still Russia could even so successfully fight back.

Posted by: juliania | May 12 2022 21:44 utc | 109

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 16:40 utc | 51
"Finland's accession to NATO will cause serious damage to bilateral Russian-Finnish relations"

As in "we're gonna invade Finland..."

"Russia will be forced to take reciprocal steps, both military-technical and otherwise"

In other words, "we're gonna Ukrainize Finland.."

LOL OTOH maybe after Finland sees what Ukraine ends up as, they will ask to leave NATO.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 12 2022 21:57 utc | 110

OTOH maybe after Finland sees what Ukraine ends up as, they will ask to leave NATO.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 12 2022 21:57 utc | 109


Not goona happen. Not EVER gonna happen. Finland will have to destroy itself, or be destroyed. Those are the only two options.

Same for the rest of the EU + UK.

Posted by: malenkov | May 12 2022 22:05 utc | 111

Oh, and + CH and the other fake-neutral countries.

Posted by: malenkov | May 12 2022 22:06 utc | 112

Posted by: malenkov | May 12 2022 22:05 utc | 110

Well, we all know my opinion of human stupidity, so you're undoubtedly right. 99% of humans, given a choice between a smart action and a stupid one, will unhesitatingly choose the stupid one. I do that daily with regards to my diet. :-)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 12 2022 22:22 utc | 113

Berlin inches closer to expropriating Gazprom [Germania] assets, which DE seized last month.

You know what this means, don't you? Empty pipelines will liberate Ukraine's harvest to feed starving children in around the world AND relieve India of very difficult trade-offs for years to come of EU-Indo summits.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 12 2022 22:25 utc | 114

The thing about people who make sure that they are always in the same side as The Big Guy is that they are always waiting to see their hero- who frightens them into his followers- weaken.

As soon as the US begins to show signs of weakness, definite enough for those with small rat-like brains to notice, the show collapses very quickly. And NATO folds.
The tragedy of the Scandinavians is that they are dumb enough to believe what the US-that is Biden and his chosen agents- tells them.
Still it is good to see that the Swedes have finally forgotten Charles XII, while the Finns have forgotten the treaties they signed. One of the great themes of Russian history has been the successive attempts by Teutonic and Scandinavian adventurers to carve out colonial bases on the south Baltic coast. This looks like one final kick at that can. Let us hope that they don't stake too much on it.

Posted by: bevin | May 12 2022 22:26 utc | 115

Fins (fish appendages?); ”We’ll be safe if we subsume ourselves to NATO!”
Russia: ”No, you’ll be dead.”
[nukes fly]

The escalation has to be stopped. A half dozen tactical nukes will neutralize Finland and destroy the argument ”Russia doesn’t have the balls to go that far!” The fallout (radioactive) from a limited strike like that would have almost no impact on Russia, but would definitely be felt in Finland, as it should. Important lessons should come with constant reminders.

What’s it gonna be? A few nukes now or a total strategic exchange a few months later? Unless Russia caves in and offers her throat to the Empire of Lies and Chaos then this is going nuclear no matter how you slice it. A little pain now is better than Armageddon later.

Posted by: William Gruff | May 12 2022 22:32 utc | 116

Fatal Scale Error in the Ukraine War

I think I have an explanation for what’s happening, and not happening, in Ukraine. I’ve looked and not seen anyone else make this observation, so maybe I’m a genius. It’s a fatal scale error.

https://readingjunkie.com/2022/05/12/the-fatal-scale-error-in-the-ukraine-war/

Posted by: Ian Kummer | May 12 2022 22:32 utc | 117

Posted by: karlof1 | May 12 2022 21:09 utc | 106

Art imitates life.

WH Playbook 2014

WH Playbook 2021

BONUS
Next Normal Road Map 2022

Posted by: sln2002 | May 12 2022 22:37 utc | 118

Why Are Republicans the Only Climate-Science-Denying Party in the World?

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2015/09/whys-gop-only-science-denying-party-on-earth.html

Posted by: Duncan Idaho | May 12 2022 22:38 utc | 119

@ Posted by: Scorpion | May 12 2022 19:45 utc | 93

I would strongly suspect that 'all' known class 3 bio-labs in the West. Will become victims of MIRV warheads. All of these warheads, would be set to maximum yield. In the first attack wave. All that would be left of these institutions will be a deep nuclear waste slag crater.

A class 3 bio-lab is extremely difficult to hide from public view..........

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | May 12 2022 22:43 utc | 120

Posted by: bevin | May 12 2022 19:46 utc | 94

For the first time I've encountered what looks and acts like a paywall at CAM. It's a huge blue banner for their fundraiser and I cannot get past it in my browser.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 12 2022 22:44 utc | 121

Well, we all know my opinion of human stupidity, so you're undoubtedly right. 99% of humans, given a choice between a smart action and a stupid one, will unhesitatingly choose the stupid one. I do that daily with regards to my diet. :-)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 12 2022 22:22 utc | 112


Pass the potato chips, would you please? But keep the ice cream; I recently discovered I'm lactose intolerant (dammit) . . .

On a more serious note: I really do appreciate your comments!

Posted by: malenkov | May 12 2022 22:49 utc | 122

Why Are Republicans the Only Climate-Science-Denying Party in the World?

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2015/09/whys-gop-only-science-denying-party-on-earth.html

Posted by: Duncan Idaho | May 12 2022 22:38 utc | 118


Better yet, why do Democrats claim to believe in climate science, and yet persist in pursuing predatory resource wars that involve the use -- and destruction -- of massive amounts of fossil fuels?

Posted by: malenkov | May 12 2022 22:51 utc | 123

Posted by: Seer | May 12 2022 16:52 utc | 54

How about "Je suis Azov"

Posted by: Dadda | May 12 2022 22:55 utc | 124

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 12 2022 20:29 utc | 99
Couldn't agree more that its purile level stupid.

For some reason the "Thai Caveboys" story came to mind reading this thread today.
I always found that rescue to be completely not believable, to what end I don't know.

Posted by: K | May 12 2022 23:00 utc | 125

Posted by: William Gruff | May 12 2022 22:32 utc | 115

The escalation has to be stopped. A half dozen tactical nukes will neutralize Finland and destroy the argument ”Russia doesn’t have the balls to go that far!”

You think Russia is going to nuke Finland? I don’t think so. I guess we’ll found out if Finland does join NATO.

Although I haven’t heard anyone make the argument that Russia doesn’t have the balls to do it, although it’s very American to make that kind of accusation so it’s possible it was made. But Russia isn’t going to use nukes just because some idiot in the US or wherever thinks they don’t have enough balls. Being obsessed with displaying one’s “strength” at any accusation of weakness is another western, primarily American, trait.

Not saying Russia would never use nukes but a first strike again a NATO country is not going to happen. Stationing nuclear weapons on the Finnish border and doing things to annoy Finland/NATO that’s definitely plausible.

Unlike the picture western propaganda likes to paint of him, Putin is a rational actor.

Posted by: darren price | May 12 2022 23:04 utc | 126

Posted by uncle tungsten @ 15

Here is some more on biolabs

How embarrassing. A war criminal arrested:

"The Russian armed forces arrested Canadian General Trevor Cadieu in Mariupol on the night of 2-3 May 2022. He is currently in Moscow awaiting trial.

General Trevor Kadier was apparently not on a mission for his government, but was in charge of biolaboratory No. 1, with 18 staff working under his command..."


https://www.voltairenet.org/article216731.html

More embarrassment thanks to Linh Dinh:

"...Hunter Biden’s password is AnalF**k69, by the way, and this is almost appropriate, since Hunter’s leering daddy is definitely screwing Americans up the ass, but there’s no 69, not that the prospect is too tempting..."

Posted by: Paul | May 12 2022 23:05 utc | 127

Scorpion #93

Thank you.

In any case, I doubt either Russia or China is surprised about the biowarfare labs. However, if properly handled information about them might greatly effect fence-sitting nations as well as domestic Western populations.

Indeed, perhaps one of the main objectives of this SMO period is to topple the West off its moral high ground perch. It's doable and certainly this biolab business can help greatly; and if achieved, a veritably world-changing dynamic which will usher in many other world-changing dynamics.

Interesting times...


Agreed and I would add that the west cannot win the biolab propaganda war very easily. The west of course can stage a false flag attack anytime as it did with Aleppo, Skripal, Navalny but the Ukraine evidence is condemning. Perhaps the captives helpful. I am fairly sure Russia knew exactly what was going on in Ukraine and executed its advance to Mariupol and other cities accordingly.

There is a permanent quiet struggle behind the scenes at all times and I suspect all non western nations are up to speed on the machinations, if not the science, at all times.

The SMO effort will likely do more than topple the west off its high ground. To date there appears to be a high potential for the west to become permanently mired in its delusional inflated world.

Thank you to all who have contributed thoughts on the biolab element in this thread.

Interesting times indeed.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 12 2022 23:14 utc | 128

SVC @ 36, Piotr Berman @ 48, HK @ 50:

The last major outbreak of bubonic plague occurred in the late 19th century and was actually global in its reach. The plague began in southern China in the second half of the 1800s and spread out of the country through Guangzhou and Hong Kong in the mid-1890s. The plague reached India, Egypt, southern Africa, Australia and the United States by the turn of the century. Outbreaks of plague were recorded in Sydney and San Francisco at about this time. It's from this plague outbreak that the Yersinia pestis bacillus escaped into native wildlife in the western United States. There are still areas in that part of the US that are out of bounds to the public because plague is endemic in the native rodent populations there.

Bubonic plague is still endemic in Mongolia: there was a plague scare in that country in 2019 when a Mongolian couple died from the plague after eating raw marmot meat. A lockdown was declared in the remote part of Mongolia where the couple lived and died and some Western tourists unlucky enough to be in that area were trapped by the quarantine.

From time to time in parts of Mongolia and surrounding areas in Russia and China, bubonic plague cases still occur and authorities in those areas still have to warn people against hunting and eating marmots.

Bubonic plague may still be endemic in the local animal populations in northeast China after plague-infected rats escaped from Japan's Unit 731 bioweapons research laboratory in Manchuria into the wild near the end of WWII in Asia, when Soviet armies were entering northern China. There is the possibility that the Japanese may have released the animals into the wild either deliberately or because they did not know what to do with the animals and could not destroy them in the proper way (incinerating them).

There is now no part of the world apart from Antarctica that has not been affected by a major bubonic plague outbreak.

Posted by: Jen | May 12 2022 23:41 utc | 129

Tom_Q_Collins@120

That is extremely annoying and-are you guys listening?-self defeating.

I get the daily newsletter. I open it in my email then "Continue to read in browser" That is when the appeal kicks in. I leave the site, then open it again. That works. Good luck, the article is very good.

Posted by: bevin | May 12 2022 23:55 utc | 130

This seems to me to be significant.

‘Dmitry Polyanskiy
@Dpol_un
7h
Russia government official
Russia demanded an open meeting of the UN Security Council to present new evidence on military biological programs carried out at the US biolabs in #Ukraine. The meeting is scheduled for 10 am NY time tomorrow, 13 May’

The MSM Narrative is about to be broken.

Posted by: DunGroanin | May 12 2022 23:59 utc | 131

Pivot to Asia, vaccine "loans," Global Gateway ... now DC Build Bac Better summit

Biden hosts ASEAN leaders as he tries to show Pacific focus

As Biden welcomed leaders from eight ASEAN nations for a dinner to start the two-day “special summit,” the White House announced the United States would commit to more than
CUE Evil pinkie
$150 million in new projects to bolster Southeast Asia’s climate, maritime and public health infrastructure.

A senior administration official, who previewed the announcement on the condition of anonymity, said the effort was meant to signal that the U.S. is looking to “step up our game in Southeast Asia.”

Posted by: sln2002 | May 13 2022 0:03 utc | 132

Posted by: malenkov | May 12 2022 22:49 utc | 121

I wish I was lactose intolerant and couldn't eat ice cream - or pizza - or... Nah, I'm lying. I just need to condition myself to eat vastly smaller portions. Instead of eating two medium pizzas at night, eat one. LOL

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 0:15 utc | 133

Thousands of millions to Ukraine. A hun fitty to all of SE Asia.

That Biden is magnanimous.

As warmongering and threats to RU increase, so do gas prices. The US economy is on the verge of collapse. $4.50 a gallon is unsustainable for ground shipping.

Posted by: Chaka Khagan | May 13 2022 0:19 utc | 134

Ian Kummer @ 116:

I get the gist of your argument in your ReadingJunkie.com article: that NATO is trying to fight Russia through its proxy Ukraine using battle tactics from previous wars fought in other countries (like Afghanistan and Iraq - and it's not all that clear as you suggest in the last paragraph of your article that NATO "is used to fighting" in those two countries as well as others, otherwise NATO would not have occupied Afghanistan and Iraq for as long as it has and those countries should have been well on the road to economic and political stability and some level of prosperity years ago) but commits the error of not adjusting or changing its tactics to suit changed conditions - such as a more organised entity that can summon trained and disciplined units of some tens or hundreds of soldiers at once and transport them and the weapons, equipment and ammunition they need quickly to the battlefield.

At the level of warfare or conflict being fought in Ukraine now, military logistics and the strategies based on military logistics become important. The Russians attacked the 250,000-strong Ukrainian forces massed along the borders of the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics not just from the east but from the north and south, and cut off the Ukrainians' supply lines from western Ukraine (and ultimately from NATO countries). The Russians were able to do this because they made sure of their own supply lines and other means of support (in case Plan A didn't work out, they needed Plan B ... and Plan C, and Plan D, and so on) and could plan their strategies based on having those supports secured with alternatives if needed.

I understand also that feinting (maskirovka) is a major part of Russian military strategy and it was part of Soviet military strategy as well.

Posted by: Jen | May 13 2022 0:19 utc | 135

Adrian Bocquet, a former French soldier who spent several weeks in the Ukraine, has come forward to expose Kiev's war crimes and open use of Nazis.

Here is a video showing him speak:

https://odysee.com/@RT:fd/volunteer-ukrainian-neo-nazis:b

And a news article on discussing the subject:

https://sputniknews.com/20220512/french-medical-volunteer-in-ukraine-opens-up-about-azov-regiments-war-crimes-1095465649.html

Posted by: Nate | May 13 2022 1:04 utc | 136

darren @125:

"...a first strike again a NATO country is not going to happen." = "Russia doesn’t have the balls to go that far!"

It is amazing how people can be so daft as to claim "Nobody ever says..." something they say a few sentences later. This is how western delusion works. People believe things without even realizing the significance of those beliefs.

Posted by: William Gruff | May 13 2022 1:16 utc | 137

DI @ 118 asked:"Why Are Republicans the Only Climate-Science-Denying Party in the World?"

Answer; Because they take more $ from the fossil fuel industry than any other party in the world, to ignore Climate science

Posted by: vetinLA | May 13 2022 1:47 utc | 138


Better yet, why do Democrats claim to believe in climate science, and yet persist in pursuing predatory resource wars that involve the use -- and destruction -- of massive amounts of fossil fuels?
Posted by: malenkov | May 12 2022 22:51 utc | 122

Duh, because they're the other side, for the most part, of the same coin.

Welcome to the "bought and paid for" duopoly...

Posted by: vetinLA | May 13 2022 2:05 utc | 139

Salman Rafi Sheikh makes a very interesting argument at NEO. Add into this equation an election in Lebanon, Assad's recent secret visit to Tehran and Hamas' delegation in Moscow and things could be getting very interesting in the Middle East.

"Even though Israel had previously refused to oppose or condemn Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine...the situation has changed in the last few days. Israel has clearly altered its previous status, as Jerusalem not only criticised Moscow’s military operation, but also signalled its willingness to assist NATO’s supply of advanced weapons systems to Ukraine against Russia. ...
"...The immediate background to Jerusalem’s change of heart is a recent phone call between Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Apparently, the Biden administration has offered Jerusalem something highly valuable that it cannot refuse. As details show, Washington has decided to ditch Tehran, yet again, to appease Jerusalem and enlist its support against Russia. The evidence for this has been supplied by none other than Bennet himself....
" Israel is one of the 40 countries that participated in the summit recently held in Germany. The core objective of this summit is, according to Mark Milley, to coordinate security assistance to Kyiv, including heavy weapons, to help it, in the words of Austin, “defeat” Russia.

" ...In short, with Israel having now picked up a side in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, it has very consciously become a tool for the West’s policy of expansionism. This is not ironical insofar as the West’s expansionism is matched only by Israel’s own for-ever exploding expansionism vis-à-vis the Palestinians and other nations. It was in this context that Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, reminded – and warned – Israel during a recent meeting of the UN Security Council that Jerusalem’s “settlement plans in occupied Syrian Golan threaten to undermine regional stability” as much as Israel’s supply of weapons systems to Kyiv."
https://journal-neo.org/2022/05/12/why-is-israel-helping-the-us-against-russia-now/

Posted by: bevin | May 13 2022 2:26 utc | 140

Georgetown.

The CIA ain't just Ivy League any more.

Posted by: Kim Philby | May 13 2022 2:28 utc | 141

VanDyke is a dick.

Posted by: TEP | May 13 2022 2:30 utc | 142

PCR's latest:
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/05/12/the-drums-of-war-beat-louder/

"
The government in Warsaw does not comprehend that the “NATO Guarantee” is worth no more than the British Government’s guarantee that launched WW II.

The governments that comprise the Western World have given Poland, once again, the decision whether there is to be a World War.

This deplorable and unsettling fact stares us in the face, but no Western media, not even online media, acknowledges it.

The situation that exists today is that either Russia and China must accept US hegemony or the neoconservaties will push Russia and China into war with the West. The hegemonic ambition of the neoconservatives is inconsistent with a peaceful world.
"
OK, so:
1. If NATO doesn't honor their 'Guarantee' as PCR says then why would there be war?
1b. Poland in Ukraine is no basis for NATO Art 5 activation though maybe - since they clearly are nuts - they might interpret it that way if that is really what they want (which I doubt).
1c. US doesn't want kinetic war with Russia (can't handle losses in ground combat) though in theory could go straight to nuclear but this is unlikely.

2. "Either Eurasia accepts US hegemony:" this operation demonstrates that they have already rejected it so basically that hegemony is now over as of 2/22/22. Nobody wins nuclear; without nuclear US-NATO have no way of defeating/cancelling Russia and with it all lose.
2b. Meanwhile the sanctions war will weaken West far more than East further undermining the hegemon status relegating it to the realm of memory and nostalgia.

In short: no need for them to accept US hegemony any more. That ship has sailed.

3 'The hegemonic ambitions of neocons are inconsistent with peaceful world.' (I think he means incompatible.) Here he is correct. But again: that's why this SMO + China supply chain slowdown + Russian counter sanctions exist: to bleed out those neo-Nazi-con ambitions by demonstration to the world, as well as the neocons, that they are now a toothless tiger and about to be broke toothless tigers. They are not toothless in the sense that they do have a military and fearsome non-nuclear weapons; but they are toothless in that they dare not use them against major powers with similar forces. If they cannot use them they are a toothless tiger. Russia can use them even though she still is far from doing much more than claw and scratch with only a fraction of her strength.

This is a multi-front war most of whose fronts are asymmetrically waged. Seems to me that the US are waging mainly on only three fronts:
a) a now defensive kinetic battle in Ukraine where they have larger numbers but are seriously out gunned;
b) sanctions: not going so well, indeed boomeranging (though there is strong possibility this is by design since most Western governments seem to be run by 'globalists' serving other agendas bent on bringing sovereign nation states to their knees (watch what WHO does this week)
c) media: the blood stream of the Empire of Lies. At this point they are only effective with those who listen to their increasingly demented narratives which is an ever lessening bubble of mass formation victims. Their era is waning.

One of Eurasia's most effective asymmetric fronts is the moral high ground. They are pushing international law (which the UN does not respect but maybe later they will), humanitarian decency (biolab story may well have legs), and a new way of international win-win cooperation which both Russia and China have demonstrated in their different ways for several years now, respectively security-related and commerce-infrastructure related.

I think PCR - who is very wise and far more experienced than most of us here, or at least certainly myself - is missing the asymmetric aspects.

Or more likely he is choosing to shape his message with extreme content to send a message to Russia to help discourage her from taking desperate fever-ridden-hegemon chum thrown into waters they have been churning up for some time now.

Posted by: Scorpion | May 13 2022 2:37 utc | 143

"In short, with Israel having now picked up a side in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine"

Hmmm, an S-400 in Syria might just decide that there is no longer any 'understandings' about Israel getting free reign to bomb Russia's ally as long as they don't hit a Russian base. These sorts of little 'understandings' can have a way of changing when the circumstances change.

Israel might need to be careful, not that I really care. Consider a situation in many neighborhoods, or at least the low-income hillbilly neighborhood where I was raised. There's a big bully, and there's a little brother. Little brother acts tough, knowing big brother will back him up. Until, one day, big brother is busy, and obnoxious little brother gets his butt kicked but good. Big Brother 'Yankee Sam' might be getting hisself real busy with his own problems.

Israel might learn what Rommel once learned. That when Europe and Russia are fighting a big war with a front north to south across Europe, then the far side of the Med becomes a definite side-show. A conflict with Nato and Russia gets decided along the Moscow-Berlin highway, or on the approaches to Leningrad, and Jerusalem is a bit out of the way.

Posted by: Kim Philby | May 13 2022 2:43 utc | 144

Insanely, according to Rybar, the Ukrainians persist in trying to recapture Snake Island, or so it appears from their movements in and around Odessa...
https://t.me/rybar/32619

The Ukrainian command is regrouping forces in the direction of Snake Island.

In the last two days, Bayraktar UAVs from the Shkolny airfield make at least two flights a day to the island area. Despite the fact that one "Bayraktar" was shot down last night.

The S-300 air defense system was deployed from the Artsyz region to Zheltyy Yar.

Near the port of Odessa, there are 4 marine security boats on constant patrol, 2 more operate east of Zatoka.

5 helicopters flew from Chervonoglinsky airfield to Buyalyk in Odessa and Fedorovka in Kirovograd regions.

At least two Su-24 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force operate from the Voznesensk airfield to patrol the airspace of the northwestern part of the Black Sea.
#Snake #Odessa #Ukraine
@rybar

Mercouris, in his video yesterday, pointed to the report that Ukraine attempted the recapture against the advice of its own General Staff, who were apparently overridden by Zelenskyy. Today he mentioned that the British MoD released a report describing a completely altered description from that given by the Russian MoD and even Ukrainian sources and that the British press, except for one deeply embedded report in The Guardian, have refused to even mention the battle. Most of the US press appears to have done so as well, emphasizing the supposed "advance" of Ukrainian troops following a pullback from Kharkiv instead.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 2:45 utc | 145

"In short, with Israel having now picked up a side in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine"

Hmmm, an S-400 in Syria might just decide that there is no longer any 'understandings' about Israel getting free reign to bomb Russia's ally as long as they don't hit a Russian base. These sorts of little 'understandings' can have a way of changing when the circumstances change.

Israel might need to be careful, not that I really care. Consider a situation in many neighborhoods, or at least the low-income hillbilly neighborhood where I was raised. There's a big bully, and there's a little brother. Little brother acts tough, knowing big brother will back him up. Until, one day, big brother is busy, and obnoxious little brother gets his butt kicked but good. Big Brother 'Yankee Sam' might be getting hisself real busy with his own problems.

Israel might learn what Rommel once learned. That when Europe and Russia are fighting a big war with a front north to south across Europe, then the far side of the Med becomes a definite side-show. A conflict with Nato and Russia gets decided along the Moscow-Berlin highway, or on the approaches to Leningrad, and Jerusalem is a bit out of the way.

Posted by: Kim Philby | May 13 2022 2:45 utc | 146

99% of humans have zero influence on what their governments do. They are powerless not stupid.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 13 2022 3:23 utc | 147

Better yet, why do Democrats claim to believe in climate science, and yet persist in pursuing predatory resource wars that involve the use -- and destruction -- of massive amounts of fossil fuels? Posted by: malenkov | May 12 2022 22:51 utc | 122

Duh, because they're the other side, for the most part, of the same coin.

Welcome to the "bought and paid for" duopoly...

Posted by: vetinLA | May 13 2022 2:05 utc | 138


Exactly.

Posted by: malenkov | May 13 2022 3:27 utc | 148

Finland -

"Between 60% and 70% of Finland’s natural gas comes from Russia, though the country’s main sources of energy are oil, biomass and nuclear power, with natural gas representing only 5% of the total consumption. According to the Finnish government, renewable energy surpassed fossil fuels and peat in total energy consumption in 2020, leaving the country less dependent on Russian energy sources." OilPrice.com

Posted by: ted001 | May 13 2022 3:31 utc | 149

Posted by: Jen | May 12 2022 23:41 utc | 128

Bubonic plague is endemic in the United States. They call it Sylvan plague, mostly caught from wild animals in the woods. On average 7 cases are recorded each year. Of course the arrival on antibiotics means the disease is treatable these days.

Posted by: watcher | May 13 2022 3:32 utc | 150

Anyone notice that MoA was down for a while in the last hour? I got some long-winded message about an unknown server error message. I checked one of the "is web site down" sites and it reported MoA was down for everyone.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 3:43 utc | 151

Finland, and a 1,340 km border with Russia, is making an aggressive move against its neighbor and needs an SMO lesson.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 13 2022 3:54 utc | 152

Yes

Down for me

Posted by: watcher | May 13 2022 4:01 utc | 153

Jen @134:


I get the gist of your argument in your ReadingJunkie.com article: that NATO is trying to fight Russia through its proxy Ukraine using battle tactics from previous wars fought in other countries (like Afghanistan and Iraq - and it's not all that clear as you suggest in the last paragraph of your article that NATO "is used to fighting" in those two countries as well as others, otherwise NATO would not have occupied Afghanistan and Iraq for as long as it has and those countries should have been well on the road to economic and political stability and some level of prosperity years ago) but commits the error of not adjusting or changing its tactics to suit changed conditions - such as a more organised entity that can summon trained and disciplined units of some tens or hundreds of soldiers at once and transport them and the weapons, equipment and ammunition they need quickly to the battlefield.

Hi Jen, maybe I'm a blockhead, but I am not entirely clear what part you disagreed with. Russia isn't Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, or Syria (which certainly would have been toppled and ruined without outside help by now). It's not a battle that can be turned by a few hundred woefully obsolete APCs and hand-me-down howitzers. But I do think the folks in Washington actually do believe in what they're doing, and that they CAN turn the tide, even in the face of a high level of evidence that this perception is wrong. I hope I make myself more clear.

https://readingjunkie.com/2022/05/12/the-fatal-scale-error-in-the-ukraine-war/

Posted by: Ian Kummer | May 13 2022 4:14 utc | 154

Don Bacon #145

Agreed, most are simply resigned to being governed by fools and uglies. It seems different in those countries that put people before oligarchs. But I offer no data in support yet confident this is true.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 13 2022 4:46 utc | 155

bevin #139

That warning to israel re the planned Golan Heights settlements is a big thing. Time will tell but I don't doubt the intention.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 13 2022 4:55 utc | 156

Finland could easily be the kind of thing that takes this conflict into WWIII, especially because the British just guaranteed Swedish and Finnish security. It’s like Operation Pike 2.

Posted by: line islands | May 13 2022 5:23 utc | 157

@bevin | May 12 2022 22:26 utc | 114

As soon as the US begins to show signs of weakness, definite enough for those with small rat-like brains to notice, the show collapses very quickly. And NATO folds
I hope this is true.
The tragedy of the Scandinavians is that they are dumb enough to believe what the US-that is Biden and his chosen agents- tells them.
Sweden is part of Scandinavia, Finland is not. The Scandinavian countries are Denmark, Norway, Sweden. The Nordic countries are Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.
Still it is good to see that the Swedes have finally forgotten Charles XII, while the Finns have forgotten the treaties they signed.
Karl den 12 (Charles XII) was killed in my town of birth, Halden in Norway.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_XII_of_Sweden#Death

Posted by: Norwegian | May 13 2022 5:29 utc | 158

@malenkov | May 12 2022 22:51 utc | 122

Better yet, why do Democrats claim to believe in climate science, and yet persist in pursuing predatory resource wars that involve the use -- and destruction -- of massive amounts of fossil fuels?
Because "climate science" is the best "science" that money can buy, it comes complete with its own vocabulary of imaginary terms.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 13 2022 6:02 utc | 159

Norwegian #157

Haha. Perhaps climate science is preached by wannabe virologists ;)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 13 2022 6:09 utc | 160

@ted001 | May 13 2022 3:31 utc | 147

"Between 60% and 70% of Finland’s natural gas comes from Russia, though the country’s main sources of energy are oil, biomass and nuclear power, with natural gas representing only 5% of the total consumption
Indeed, this point seems to be completely lost on most commentators. Natural gas is not a central energy source in Finland (or Sweden, Norway), much different from central Europe.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 13 2022 6:10 utc | 161

@uncle tungsten | May 13 2022 6:09 utc | 158

Haha. Perhaps climate science is preached by wannabe virologists ;)
More precisely, these "sciences" have the same customers.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 13 2022 6:16 utc | 162

Ian Kummer @ 152:

I only disagree with the bit where you say that NATO "is used to fighting" in Afghanistan and Iraq. The statement suggests that NATO forces are somehow comfortable with fighting in those countries or know how to fight enemy forces in those countries. I don't think that NATO and its allied forces really knew what they were doing there.

If by that statement you actually mean that NATO is comfortable fighting a small enemy or a fragmented enemy that relies on living off the land (and desert land, at that) or from what small farming communities can provide, then yes I can see in that sense NATO "is used to fighting" in countries that are poor and cannot resist its forces well.

But we now have a situation where NATO is pouring its resources into fighting a proxy war in a foreign nation against an enemy that is large, is well organised, knows the terrain where it is fighting, and moreover incorporates deception into its strategies.

So perhaps NATO needs to scale up, not down. Question is, is NATO capable of doing so? Psychologically, it appears not.

Posted by: Jen | May 13 2022 6:29 utc | 163

Jen | May 13 2022 6:29 utc | 161

US had no understanding of what they where facing, no understanding of the culture. Without genocide there could be no endpoint.

I forget Putin's exact wording for when US was in Russia, but it was along the lines of 'They sat on our heads and chewed bubble gum'. The exceptional nation...

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 13 2022 6:46 utc | 164

From Rybar Telegram channel...

The main results of the SVO in Ukraine for May 12, 2022

The Russian Armed Forces launched a missile attack on the Ukrainian defense training base in Novgorod-Seversky.

In the Poltava region, the Kremenchug Oil Refinery was attacked by cruise missiles. [MY NOTE: One of three refineries - this one owned by Kolomoisky.]

Fierce battles are going on in Belogorovka and Shepilovo, the NM LPR began an assault on Privolye. From the direction of Voevodovka, the allied forces reached the line of the Borovaya River.

A full-scale assault on Severodonetsk has begun, the allied forces are advancing from three directions.

The battles for Orekhovo and Toshkovo continue. An offensive was launched from Popasnaya in the direction of Kamyshevakhi.

At the Azovstal plant, allied forces occupied the territories of auxiliary enterprises along Kalmius.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are regrouping and preparing for a new offensive on Zmeiny Island. [MY NOTE: This is the history of Ukraine since forever: they don't learn.]

#video #digest #Russia #Ukraine
@rybar

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 7:21 utc | 165

Posted by: Scorpion | May 12 2022 19:45 utc | 93

Great post, a whole bunch of subtle and interesting hypotheses, likely some useful truth in all of them.

Many thanks.

Posted by: anon2020 | May 13 2022 7:27 utc | 166

From Colonel Cassad Telegram channel...

Map of hostilities and the situation on the fronts on the evening of May 12

Perhaps it is necessary to state a fact: in the course of a special military operation, we entered the phase of "protracted confrontation." Even for the jingoistic patriots, it should become clear that we have a serious enemy (https://t.me/aleksandr_skif/2159), prepared for war, will not experience a shortage of weapons, NATO has securely covered his rear, sends money in wagons. Victory will not be quick! Although, of course, I would love to. Art works best for the enemy, it’s not for nothing that she is the “god of war”. According to the fighters from the front line, 90% of the losses are from collisions with various types of submunitions and explosions. There are losses, it is necessary to admit losses and mistakes, realizing perfectly well that silence only aggravates the situation. Only those who do nothing do not make mistakes. Our art works well too, and videoconferencing is even better! The enemy is being ground every day and will surely be defeated. But you have to sweat and be patient.

The situation on the fronts is tense, hostilities are taking place along the entire length of the line of contact:

Kharkov sector of the front. In the areas of the settlements of Pitomnik and Russian Tishki, dense artillery preparation by our troops is underway. The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to attack in the direction of Liptsy and Kazachya Lopan, intending to squeeze even further from Kharkov closer to the border. He is trying to move from Stary Saltov in the direction of the village of Ternovaya, in the area where the fighting is going on. There were reports that in this area they even managed to reach the border. We took a photo on our territory (https://t.me/readovkanews/33687) and dumped it back. Well, this info is not confirmed yet.

Izyum Front. Fighting continues in the area of ​​Kurulka and Pashkovo, as well as near Velikaya Kamyshevakha. A Ukrainian MIG-29 was shot down near Lozova (https://t.me/boris_rozhin/48342). Near Yampol, the enemy suffered heavy losses and was forced to withdraw. Fighting near Liman. The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is trying to "plug the holes" by transferring reserves here in order to support the sagging front. Russian troops are making so far unsuccessful attempts to gain a foothold on the left bank of the Seversky Donets River, near the settlement. Belogorovka. We have heavy losses (https://t.me/voenkorKotenok/36215) at the pontoon crossing. But the Russians stubbornly continue to carry out the maneuver.

Lugansk front. In the Severodonetsk direction, our troops continue assault operations (https://t.me/boris_rozhin/48341). Having suffered a defeat in the battles for Voevodovka, the enemy blew up the bridge (https://t.me/boris_rozhin/48338) between Rubizhny and Severodonetsk. It is reported about the beginning of clashes in the city (https://t.me/akimapachev/2450) of the city of Severodonetsk. Russian troops and units of the NM of the LPR are trying to encircle the Ukrainian grouping, they are trying to attack north of Popasna (https://t.me/boris_rozhin/48318), the enemy is backing away and retreating. There are battles for Privolye (https://t.me/boris_rozhin/48345).

Donetsk front. The allied forces, using aviation, mortars, cannon artillery, multiple launch rocket systems, tirelessly pound the enemy in order to destroy the fortifications of Ukrainian units. On the Bakhmut, Avdeevsky and Kurakhovsky directions, "assault operations are being carried out in order to improve the tactical situation." Allied forces are advancing (https://t.me/akimapachev/2454) on Stepnoye-Novomikhaylovka, Slavnoye-Novomikhaylovka and Aleksandrovka-Maryinka. In the Avdeevsky direction, the assault on the villages of Novokalinovo and Novobakhmutovka began.

No significant changes in Mariupol. The enemy is under a complete blockade on the territory of the Azovstal plant. At times it tries to "bite", crawling out of underground utilities. With details, as always, Vladlen (https://t.me/vladlentatarsky/13588).

On the southern front, the battles are positional in nature. Kherson-Nikolaev - exchange of arrivals and missiles. The enemy stopped trying to land on Zmeiny Island, having suffered serious losses. But it is reported that the attack may be repeated, dill is regrouping and transferring helicopters and S-300 systems here. On the beaches of the Southern community in the Odessa region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have placed anti-personnel mines (https://t.me/russianonwars/556) - they are sleeping and watching [for] the landing of our troops.

Calibration was carried out in Mykolaiv, Kherson, Poltava (https://t.me/readovkanews/33705), Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Zaporozhye regions. The Kremenchug Oil Refinery (https://t.me/russianonwars/560) was especially hard hit. [MY NOTE: Again - Kolomoisky's...]

Upon arrival. Powerful explosions sounded in the center of Kherson today (https://t.me/readovkanews/33711) — the city was shelled from the direction of Nikolaev, but Russian air defense worked perfectly. The Central City district of Horlivka was again shelled (https://t.me/readovkanews/33656) from Ukraine.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 7:28 utc | 167

Latest briefing from Russian MoD Telegram channel...

Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.

High-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces have hit 4 command posts, 38 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration, 4 ammunition depots near Soledar in the Donetsk People's Republic, and 1 US-made counter-battery radar station near Kharkov.

The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 170 nationalists and up to 41 armored and motor vehicles.

Operational-tactical and army aviation have hit 45 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration as well as 1 fuel depot for Ukrainian military equipment near Vrubovka, Lugansk People's Republic.

Artillery units have hit 14 command posts, 7 artillery units at firing positions and 358 areas of Ukrainian manpower and military equipment concentration.

In addition, 1 S-300 anti-aircraft missile launcher has been also destroyed near Dolina, Kharkov Region.

During the day, air defence means have shot down 5 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Glubokoe, Liptsy in Kharkov Region, Aleksandrovka and Donetsk, as well as 10 rockets from Smerch MLRS near Polevoe in the Donetsk People's Republic.

In addition, 1 unmanned aerial vehicle has been shot down in the air over Snake Island and 3 Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missiles have been intercepted.

In total, 164 Ukrainian aircraft and 125 helicopters, 827 unmanned aerial vehicles, 304 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,022 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 366 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,479 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,832 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.

#MoD #Russia #Ukraine #Briefing
@mod_russia_en

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 7:32 utc | 168

Former head of Turkish intelligence calls for a Turkish veto on Sweden and Finland's application for NATO membership...

From Donass Insider Telegram channel...

The former head of Turkish intelligence called for a veto on the expansion of NATO

Retired Lieutenant General Ismail Hakki Pekin, former head of the intelligence department of the Turkish General Staff in 2007-2011, said that Ankara should not agree to the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO.

In an interview with Turkish media, Ismail Hakki Pekin said that "the United States is trying to consolidate Europe by demonizing Russia."

"I think Turkey should veto their [Finland and Sweden's] membership if possible. Other countries can also use their right of veto, for example, Croatia," the former head of Turkish military intelligence said. In his opinion, the expansion of NATO is a "dangerous process" that leads to the division of Europe: "Russia on the one hand and NATO on the other."

In addition to the United States and Great Britain, according to the Turkish general, Germany's desire to integrate the Balkan countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and partially recognized Kosovo) into NATO has a negative impact on the situation in Europe.

"The US is putting pressure on Europe in this regard. This creates political polarization in the region. The US is trying to consolidate Europe by turning Russia into an enemy. Germany even proposed that all Balkan countries join NATO. This creates serious polarization and conflict," says the former head of Turkey's military intelligence.

In his opinion, the expansion of purchases of American weapons by European countries and the strengthening of NATO "will provide a new market for the United States," and will also allow the Americans, setting Europe against Russia, "to face China by including Japan in the alliance." I hope Turkey will veto this situation," said the former head of Turkish military intelligence.

@dplatonova (https://t.me/dplatonova/10606)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 7:34 utc | 169

From Rybar Telegram channel...

Offensive on Donbass: the situation by 9.00 on May 13, 2022

Allied forces are advancing towards Severodonetsk and Lysichansk from several directions.

From n.p. Voevodovka units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the NM of the LPR reached the line of the Borovaya River, completing the cleansing of villages on the western bank. To slow down the advance, Ukrainian sappers blew up a bridge on the road between Rubizhne and Severodonetsk.

From the northeast of the agglomeration, the clearing of forests continues. N. p. remains under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Shchedrishchevo. At the same time, units of the allied forces were advancing on Severodonetsk from the side of Metelkino and entrenched themselves on the southeastern outskirts of the city.

A difficult situation is developing to the west of the agglomeration. During the crossing of the Seversky Donets near Belogorovka over the past few days, over 70 units of Russian equipment were destroyed by artillery fire at one of the crossings.

Part of the personnel was able to cross to the other side and is fighting for Belogorovka. There are clashes in neighboring Shipilovka and Privolye, where precise missile strikes were carried out on the positions of the defense.

Allied forces are also trying to develop the attack on Lysichansk from the south in several directions.

There are intense clashes in Toshkovka and Orekhovo. Under the threat of a breakthrough, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing a second line of defense in Gorsky and on the southern outskirts of Lisichansk.

From the side of Popasnaya, units of the Allied Forces are probing the defense of the Ukrainian armed formations in Kamyshevakh and in the direction of Artemivsk.

Under Donetsk, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are under constant fire damage. The personnel of the 54th and 110th brigade in Avdeevka, Marinka and Pavlovka suffer losses, units of the 14th brigade and territorial defense detachments from under Izyum are hastily transferred to the clash zone.

There are no significant changes in the Limansky direction. The main battles are taking place in the Shandrigolovo-Drobyshevo-Novoselovka triangle for control of the road to Svyatogorsk. Liman itself is in an operational environment, the paths to it are being shot through by the RF Armed Forces.

At Azovstal in Mariupol, units of the NM of the DPR occupied the territories of auxiliary enterprises along the Kalmius embankment.

The positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the plant are under constant artillery and rocket and bomb attacks. The DPR fighters systematically storm the shops and deprive the blocked members of the Ukrainian armed formations of freedom of movement.

The city itself is slowly but gradually returning to peaceful life. Priority work has been completed to restore the main power supply, which will be supplied to healthcare facilities.

Map in high resolution

(https://i.ibb.co/QvrwXBT/12-05.jpg)#digest #Donetsk #Izyum #map #Liman #Lugansk #Popasnaya #Russia #Ukraine #Kharkov
@rybar

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 7:40 utc | 170

Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 7:40 utc | 169

That attempted crossing was a major fuck up. Won't change the course of things but many more pics in the immortal regiment. In the LPR area of operations so I guess they tried going it alone without Rus cover.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 13 2022 8:08 utc | 171

Oh, and + CH and the other fake-neutral countries.

Posted by: malenkov | May 12 2022 22:06 utc | 111

16th Feb: Felicity Ace catches fire, the cream of the EU car industry is now on the hook for an enormous insurance claim. Given the current geopolitical climate, anyone who believes the payout will be decided on objective grounds shouldn’t be allowed outside on their own.

20th Feb: Credit Suisse leak, 18000+ most secret accounts, the 5-Eyes message being, if we’ve got these, we’ve got everything?

That’s Switzerland and every EU grifter with money stashed their on the hook, also everyone with an interest in the EU car industry, so that’s German plus lots of old and new European money (aristos, oligarchs etc).

24th Feb: SMO

“... The vessel, which switched to the Britannia P&I Club for its insurance at the start of the year ...”

https://splash247.com/massive-claims-expected-from-felicity-ace-blaze/

Wonder whose idea that was, and whose idea it was to transport so much value in one go.

Typical aristo risk profile, utterly vapid cost cutting, because they always cheat their way out of any losses - well, almost always.

Posted by: anon2020 | May 13 2022 8:25 utc | 172

115/125

What's it with all the talk of nuking of Finland - calm down.

Finland is going to get what's coming to them in form of electronic warfare, they're not going to be able to operate anything that require GPS and communication with other sensitive satellite systems in large part of the country.

Russia can put EW systems on blast on their side border 24/7-365 - making "modern living" in Finland difficult. Russia have already tried it out during NATO exercises in Northern-Norway, piss*ng off both military and civilian aeroplane industry.

Stop going to the nukes right away, you're supposed to be the rational ones.

Posted by: Cato | May 13 2022 8:56 utc | 173

Something of Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" character Jeff Redfern/Red Rascal here?

Posted by: Ben McDonnell | May 13 2022 9:48 utc | 174

Posted by: Cato | May 13 2022 8:56 utc | 172

I agree. And one step beyond the ECM is the hypersonic missiles and even Russia's more conventional missiles. If Finland starts receiving NATO help, before or after the ECM trick, Russia can simply "Ukrainize" them. No nukes required.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 10:04 utc | 175

Purports to be recruitment video for military Psyops group

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VA4e0NqyYMw

Posted by: Exile | May 13 2022 10:06 utc | 176

Still being confronted with the Butscha-lie.

What is the best source / summary of what happend in Butscha?
Thank you.

Posted by: njet | May 13 2022 10:29 utc | 177

The more I read the Sitreps and records of just how much UKR equipment is destroyed daily in Ukraine the more I am astounded at just how much they appear to have accumulated. There cannot be any other land power in Europe with such deep stocks of hardware even if much of it was USSR legacy kit.

No European NATO country could afford to maintain so many APVS, MBTs, MLRS let alone aircraft and ammunition. How a country like Ukraine looted over 30 years could have maintained so many installations and facilities is incomprehensible.

The place is the size of Afghanistan and unlike Afghanistan is as flat as a pancake with wide open spaces but seemingly unending supply of human and mechanical targets for incoming artillery and stand-off missiles. It is uncanny.

No doubt NATO is funnelling more across the Romanian border and that is why they want the Odessa/Black Sea foothold and to blind Russian radar systems in the hope of establishing a heavy artillery counterpoint. I presume Dvornikov is now drawing his trusted officer corps from Syria to coordinate the meat-grinder in the cauldrons so he can sweep behind Odessa

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 13 2022 10:34 utc | 178

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 13 2022 10:34 utc | 177

What surprises me is that these corrupt turkeys haven't already sold off most of their old stuff. Maybe it has something to do with the difficulty of getting proper End User Licenses, etc. But I would have expected a lot of their military hardware to have been shipped out long ago. Of course, it's mostly old Soviet stuff, but some countries would take it.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 10:41 utc | 179

Posted by: anon2020 | May 13 2022 8:25 utc | 171

Bizarre comment. The cargo was from VW and it was destined for US market. The fire was apparently caused by an EV battery.

Since all the cargo came from VW they will have fun with litigation. As for Britannia P&I it covers itself through Lloyds of London Reinsurance. They will probably have Clyde & Co. or some specialist law firm in London handling the claim but I doubt VW will gain full value in view of "manufacturing fault", "known risk",

It might lead to insurers refusing cover to EVs in confined spaces or where other cargoes are at risk

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 13 2022 10:43 utc | 180

@Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 7:34 utc | 168

The former head of Turkish intelligence called for a veto on the expansion of NATO
Retired Lieutenant General Ismail Hakki Pekin, former head of the intelligence department of the Turkish General Staff in 2007-2011, said that Ankara should not agree to the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO.

Wise words from Turkey here, I hope they do that (but I guess not).

If I had any say, I would instruct Norway to veto accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO, it is not in the interest of Norway. I strongly believe it is not in the interest of Sweden or Finland. For the record, I have been for Norway leaving NATO since many years ago. This development proves me right.

NATO is a form of occupation. On May 8, when we celebrated the liberation from the Nazis in 1945, my house was overflown by a formation of 4 US F-35 planes, as if to say "We do not respect your independence".

Posted by: Norwegian | May 13 2022 10:56 utc | 181

Looks like the finnish "elite", deep down, know their country needs a sensible, comprehensive and human-centered program moving forwards towards eurasian integration and indivisible security in the 21st century.

But they don't seem to remember how to ask politely, or are afraid to do so - in these cases the condition deteriorates until an emergency procedure is required.

Unfortunately, the emergency procedure involves such measures as degasification, calibration, and demilitarization. 😬

Posted by: Arganthonios | May 13 2022 11:12 utc | 182

Cato @172

Sure, there are many ways Russia could respond, but a "measured" and gentle response will not break the rhythm of escalation and thus we still end up with the nukes eventually flying. Any reasonable and "measured" response by Russia will just feed and reinforce the current mindless hysteria in the West.

Honestly, read Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine" and try to understand the instrumental use of shock in changing the narrative that is driving a population. The CIA and their Mockingbird mass media are certainly nowhere near as bright as they imagine themselves to be, but they are not entirely without sentience either. There is a reason they employ "shock doctrine" and that is because it works.

A farmer sells a mule. He says the mule is very obedient, and all you have to do is whisper in his ear.

The buyer can't get the mule to do anything. He whispers, he yells, he curses and smacks the mule but the mule won't move. He calls the farmer to complain.

The farmer comes, picks up a two by four, and hits the mule in the head. He gives the mule a simple command, and the mule obeys. "All you have to do is whisper in his ear," says the farmer. "But first you have to get his attention."

The point of using the nukes is not simply to achieve the immediate objective of expressing displeasure with the Fins but rather to break the escalation cycle. If you put off using the nukes until doing so is the measured and reasonable response then it will be too late.

Posted by: William Gruff | May 13 2022 11:20 utc | 183

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 13 2022 10:43 utc | 179

"...Since all the cargo came from VW they will have fun with litigation. As for Britannia P&I it covers itself through Lloyds of London Reinsurance. They will probably have Clyde & Co. or some specialist law firm in London handling the claim but I doubt VW will gain full value in view of "manufacturing fault", "known risk",...."

I agree. Insurance is a scam. I discovered this after the super typhoon wrecked two international airports, I had return airfares and hotels bookings for two people cancelled. Later that day I became sick and went to hospital. Zurich Australia, trading as 'Covermore' paid out nothing. My first ever insurance claim.

Worse, the government" regulator" took the crooked insurance company's side. I suppose they expect me to follow the government unconditionally now?

I have avoided insurance since and told the broker why when they called on me to renew.

Posted by: Paul | May 13 2022 11:21 utc | 184

Those Pentagon bio warfare bases just keep on being the main story. Ducking and weaving idiot distractions and reruns of snake island invasions just let the lizard brains off the hook.

You won't see these stories in the German 'free press'.

ant-spiegel takes a peek at the Russian pronouncements of late.

Page translate needed.

Let me remind you that the Russian statements about the US bioweapons program are not Russian propaganda, but that me and my informant, with whom I researched for the book Inside Corona , already have much of the information now published by Russia from publicly available sources were known. However, the Pentagon recently took most of it offline to cover their tracks, as I have pointed out here .

The publications of the Russian Ministry of Defense did not surprise me, because, firstly, there had already been publications by investigative journalists (see, for example , this summary ) and secondly, after researching "Inside Corona", I was already aware, because in Ukraine, for example, the The same Peter Daszak researched coronaviruses from bats, who also did research on it in Wuhan, China. None of this is bad Russian propaganda, you can find that out on the website of his NGO EcoHealth Alliance, details can be found here .

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 13 2022 11:23 utc | 185

What der Spiegel wont report:

Page translate needed.

It was hardly reported in Germany, but in mid-April well over 1,300 Ukrainian marines holed up in another industrial complex surrendered to the Russian army . Now their commander and his deputy have given interviews to Russian television that provide an interesting insight into the fighting in Mariupol. I translated the Russian TV report about it.

Start of translation:
The Confessions of the Ukrainian Colonel Vladimir Baranyuk

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 13 2022 11:35 utc | 186

@


99% of humans have zero influence on what their governments do. They are powerless not stupid.
Don Bacon | May 13 2022 3:23 utc | 145

Last month, France got a chance to evict Macron. 70% of populace say that they oppose his policies.
Unfortunately many of leftists, ecological dummies, yellow-blue ribboned ex-communists, so-called socialists and Christians democrats decided to vote for the "WarUnipartyofEU".
Afraid of, you know, "Nazis-LePen" .

Not so powerless
Just STUPIDITY

Posted by: La Bastille | May 13 2022 11:43 utc | 187

@


99% of humans have zero influence on what their governments do. They are powerless not stupid.
Don Bacon | May 13 2022 3:23 utc | 145

Last month, France got a chance to evict Macron. 70% of populace say that they oppose his policies.
Unfortunately many of leftists, ecological dummies, yellow-blue ribboned ex-communists, so-called socialists and Christians democrats decided to vote for the "WarUnipartyofEU".
Afraid of "Nazi-LePen".

Not so powerless
Just STUPIDITY

Posted by: La Bastille | May 13 2022 11:45 utc | 188

Posted by: William Gruff | May 12 2022 22:32 utc | 115

What’s it gonna be? A few nukes now or a total strategic exchange a few months later? Unless Russia caves in and offers her throat to the Empire of Lies and Chaos then this is going nuclear no matter how you slice it. A little pain now is better than Armageddon later.

Personally, I'd prefer that pain to be directed elsewhere, if it's all the same with you. How about the US? Surely we can all agree on the US, right?

Maybe we should vote on this.

Posted by: robin | May 13 2022 11:48 utc | 189

or perhaps it is agreed on by every major science organization, kinda like gravity. and perhaps giant fossil fuel corporations don't publish studies debunking it because they can't. so they buy governments to slow down the regulations that would put them out of business, and that includes both democrats and republicans.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 13 2022 11:49 utc | 190

robin @187: "Maybe we should vote on this."

Assuming you are European, you already did vote on it and the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of making Europe the battleground again. You want the attention directed at the imperial homelands instead then all you need to do is evict NATO.

In any event, with current course set on gradual escalation the fight will eventually reach the US as well, but only after the EU gets glassed.

Posted by: William Gruff | May 13 2022 11:59 utc | 191

Regarding obsessive compulsive publicity and other western disorders. Their is one Russian focus right now and a very clearly stated one. First they have offered treaties to NATO and USA for assured mutual indivisible security. To focus western attention they are cleaning up Ukraine and its pseudo NATO membership. Finland is acting on the fringes, it is an important issue but it is a fringe performance. Poland is a more relevant NATO belligerent right now.

The jackals are circling and shrieking at Russia but it typically a stoic and focused performer. It will likely only take on one idiot at a time - so it is for Ukraine. Meanwhile another idiot belligerent - Poland - seems to need attention to its obsessive compulsive disorder to repeat history and get another flogging. Finland is not a player here, rather an attention seeker.

The big gig is there are two NATO members that are likely going to say no and blow up the NATO 'consensus' provision. That is where the fault lines are about to emerge and NATO bosses are not very happy.

Consensus is a mighty important control on global organisations wielding sufficient power to destroy other nations. It wont topple lightly and safely imo. But it can wait.

On nukes and reports of their best use as an early deterrent: Russia has a myriad of other devices and options it could put into play to drag NATO's attention to the treaties on the table long before it needs to resort to nukes. Finland is a distraction, not a menace right now and can wait.

There is no shortage of inflammatory targets that can be selected to increase the heat in the kitchen but the key selection criteria is how those targets would assist in terminating the Ukraine rogue regime. Poland presents a few, Romania too.

But the key targets right now is to annihilate the Ukrainian army and push on to Odessa. Now there is a target that Ukraine is desperate to hold on to and likely an immediate necessary win for Russia. I would be watching that escalation closely as it strategically links to the reinforcement of Transnistria and the leg of a fatal cauldron within Ukraine. And it finally closes the sea link. All of which represents an absolute debacle for the Ukrainian pretend government.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 13 2022 12:08 utc | 192

How to lose close to 1 BTG all in one go:

https://southfront.org/russian-led-forces-suffer-heavy-losses-attempting-to-cross-river-in-bilohorivka-lpr-photos/

Big oopsie there. Despite heavy losses and defeats, Ukies are not to be underestimated, especially when provided with fresh ISR by Uncle Sam. Remember when people were saying it would take Russia a week to dismantle UAF back in February?

I cannot help wonder whether a decent fleet of drones and more use of targeted munitions by Russia could help speed things up and avoid all this loss of life and material. Cheap MLRS will get the job done eventually, but at what cost?

Posted by: Et Tu | May 13 2022 12:09 utc | 193

Posted by: William Gruff | May 13 2022 11:20 utc | 182
"The point of using the nukes is not simply to achieve the immediate objective of expressing displeasure with the Fins but rather to break the escalation cycle."

You do not need nukes for that. All you need is a defeat which is easily available with less destructive weapons.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 12:17 utc | 194

Posted by: La Bastille | May 13 2022 11:45 utc | 186

Exactly. Just as I said. People are powerlese because they are stupid.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 12:19 utc | 195

Posted by: Et Tu | May 13 2022 12:09 utc | 191

Go listen to Martyanov's video from this past Monday on how things are done and forget the concern trolling.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 13 2022 12:22 utc | 196

@ Posted by: anon2020 | May 13 2022 8:25 utc | 171

A most interesting concept. Does one know how to use "Occam's Razor"?

A 17 year old 60,000 tonne RORO 'Felicity Ace' ship catches fire at sea. Crew of 22 rescued unharmed.

Unless the on board fire control systems are tested daily. Canvas fire hoses unrolled and visibly checked for rot every two weeks. The brass main valves are inspected tested. So they open and close easily. Ensure the painters do not paint fire fittings. Check manual fire mains and fire warning systems. Check all loaded cars are fully tethered at start of voyage.

As far as EV's go there are many useless self proclaimed untrained armchair experts. Who routinely claim these vehicles are total fire hazards. Only to point out the same repetitious very few relative to annual production numbers/sales of Tesla's. Ones that have actually caught fire.

Now the bad news. Based on NHTSA data on the annual fossil fuel car collision incidents . Approximately, one in twenty one collisions involving fossil fueled vehicles. Actually catch on fire............ A statistic that is always ignored by these armchair self proclaimed experts. The fossil fueled carbon polluting car they drive. Is basically an unlit ready to burn mobile fire bomb hazard .

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | May 13 2022 12:28 utc | 197

Richard Steven Hack @192

Finland being defeated by Russia in and of itself would be no surprise at all and would thus not interrupt the escalation cycle.

Posted by: William Gruff | May 13 2022 12:41 utc | 198

Posted by: anon2020 | May 13 2022 8:25 utc | 171

Bizarre comment. The cargo was from VW and it was destined for US market. The fire was apparently caused by an EV battery.
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Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 13 2022 10:43 utc | 179

You’re right that all the marques are actually VW group, it having gradually acquired prestige brands over the years, but the financial impact is everywhere that their manufacturing centres are based, which is all over the EU. The loss of those vehicles, the need to manufacture replacements, displacing existing production schedules, at a time of global supply chain interruption, the fact that the whole group is also out of pocket for the manufacturing cost of the lost vehicles for the entire duration of the claim process.

Act of god or otherwise (it is yet another calamity that, in retrospect, would have been easy to engineer), this event appears to drop easy leverage, over EU based interests, into the lap of UK based interests, just when is might be desirable to keep EU minds focused on a pro-war agenda. The claim process could easily be strung out or concluded swiftly, the settlement amount reduced or increased, how would we be any the wiser.

Sorry, Paul, your response is inane almost to the point of trolling.

Posted by: anon2020 | May 13 2022 12:45 utc | 199

Posted by: La Bastille | May 13 2022 11:45 utc | 186

A sad political case of voter complacency and indifference.

Tragically the lazy do not want to voter turn out 36.8 % was the killing factor.

For President Macaroni. His negative popularity drove his supporters to the polling booth to the max.

For "Marine", her overall popularity did the exact opposite.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | May 13 2022 12:51 utc | 200

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