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Oui, on Feb. 11, 2022:

Imagine we wait 10 days for the Russian military exercises to expire and all young recruits can go back to their bases and a small contingent will remain.

Obviously, there are not going back to their bases just yet.

As for me, I just thought this was the most likely outcome: nobody amasses that much military forces on three sides of a country to leave it unused. But it was just probability; I've never taken any bet (and certainly not on human lives): everyone who claimed to know Putin's mind was a liar or a fool (or both).

OK, now we know.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Feb 24th, 2022 at 09:21:41 AM EST
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No need to resort to metaphysical nostrums in search of a rational--perhaps, scientific--explanation for "intervention" in a political conflict whose adversaries are unwilling or unable to resolve by any other means.

Criteria of "national security" and "competition" espoused by your own elected representatives are as enigmatic as any bursts of synaptic energy recovered from his severed head.

by Cat on Thu Feb 24th, 2022 at 04:20:30 PM EST
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Tick all the right boxes ...

I'm in good company 👌🏽

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 24th, 2022 at 11:01:25 PM EST
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MoA | Disarming Ukraine - Day 1, 24 Feb
On February 15 Professor John J. Mearsheimer gave a talk (video) about the Ukraine crisis. He starts out (at 3min) by explaining who has caused it:
The United States, mainly, and its allies are responsible for this crisis.
I recommend to watch it in full.
Like me and many other analysts Mearsheimer did not expect that a Russian move into the Ukraine would happen. Why the Russian government finally decided to take that step is not clear to me. I believe that Zelensky's lose talk about acquiring nuclear weapons for the Ukraine was one of the decisive factors. Who told Zelensky to come up with that?
unattributed, California Cohort of Petty Landlords, 25 Feb
archived Sat Feb 12th, 2022
by Cat on Fri Feb 25th, 2022 at 04:30:27 PM EST
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