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East-West Schism: Destruction Process Inside Europe

by Oui Sun Dec 29th, 2019 at 10:40:27 AM EST

I had not been aware of this manifesto by the European Parliament ... putting the final nail in revisionism of the events leading up to Nazi Germany invading and conquering most of continental Europe and the Second World War. It were the Communists and the Soviet Union that need to undergo a modern Nuremburg Trial for war crimes during Stalin's reign.

I'm aware of a long campaign to propagandize the evils of Russia and white-wash the role played by the Allied Nations. Russia and Putin weren't invited to commemorate the soldiers who fell on D-Day in Normandy as other leaders were proud to be seen as victors in the defeat of Nazi Germany. There has been a revival in commemorating the end of that Great War. Instead, Europe should be celebrating the fact that we have lived in an age without a major outbreak of hostilities. We should be thankful to the founding of the EEC of six nations and the expansion of the European Union on the principles of Four Freedoms.

More below the fold ...

After the 1990s, the aftermath of the fall of the old Soviet Union, the attacks of 9/11 set in motion an opportunity to wage a global War on Terror where the European NATO partners had to play a role in Afghanistan due to America invoking article 5 of the Charter. Ever since, U.S. Congress, Pentagon and think-tanks filled with war hawks have led the way for military confrontation with the old nemesis of the West, the smaller Russian Federation. No opportunity was left to rethink the methods and propaganda to renew a Cold War 2.0 scenario. Mostly the efforts were helped by expanding the War on Terror into a Clash of Civilizations: Iraq and the Arab Uprising of 2011 with the military engagement of America, United Kingdom, France and NATO partners in the greater Middle East. A "passive" role by Israel cannot be neglected and a role of the EU expanding into Eastern Europe contravening promises made to Gorbachov by the Reagan/Bush administration in 1989.

Under Bush II and the neocon agenda, the Afghan campaign was cut short to expand the war into Iraq which opened Pandora's Boz as the warning of Arab leaders had foretold. The multiple proxy wars that ensued with support from western states, caused the spread of jihadists across North Africa, the Sahel and in the Levant. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States were witness to the illfated invasion and occupation of Iraq. As a result, the Saudis funded and supplied arms to the Sunni population living in Anbar province. The US and Rumsfeld spread another million AK-47s under the fighters present inside Iraq. In addition billions in cash were used for buying favors of numerous war lords. In the end, it was the majority Shia population who took a major stake in the process of "democracy" with well-willing support of close neighbor the Islamic state of Iran.

As terror knows no borders in that part of the Middle East, it was a matter of time that the upheaval spread along the Euphrates river into Syria and up to the border of Turkey. The next phase we witnessed a two-pronged effort by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait versus the Muslim Brotherhood states of Egypt, Turkey, Qatar and the affiliated Hezbollah in Lebanon. As the Obama administration continued the ill-fated neocon policy under leadership of Hillary Clinton, the Middles East and North Africa was left in great turmoil, chaos and a opportunity for extremists to spread their reign of terror further and deeper into society.

The ensuing refugee crisis across Libya and later Syria made the European Union a victim of its own policy of military intervention, on the coattails of America and especially the United Kingdom.

In the meantime, the expansion of the EU into Eastern Europe opened the way for NATO expansion to the frontier of the Russian Federation. The NATO observer status of Russia was aborted and the Orange-Rose-Colour Revolutions were sufficient to effect regime change in key states where corruption still flourishes. The oligarchs change alliances just as easy as a reptile or chameleon changes colour. Presently, the Ukraine as prime example.

As the leaders in the Baltic States, Poland and Ukraine revise their part in the Nazi past and the role played in the deaths of minorities during the Second World War, we see that the influence of New Europe is setting the stage for more conflict and less diplomacy to deal with events more than 80 years ago. I would imagine this has become part of a revival of Nationalism in many states and the populist notion that Europe is white with a Judeo-Christian culture. I'm more than puzzled how this has come to pass and succeed in western democratic states.

The attack on the EU has succeeded by rightwing and conservative alliance with the British referendum and a hard Brexit looming for 2020. I do fear for a disunited Europe on how Brussels and the EU go forward to deal with the major challenges ahead. The EU needs to disengage in warmongering and a military policy of confrontation. The EU should hold their founding principles

There is more to this resolution than meets the eye ...

EU-Commission: Statement ahead of the Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes

"Every 23 August, we honour the memory of the millions of victims of all totalitarian regimes. [#BlackRibbonDay]

The signature of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on this day in 1939 opened a dark chapter in European history. A time during which citizens were neither free to make their own decisions nor had a say on political choices. A Europe in which freedom and democracy were not more than a dream.

Tens of millions of victims were deported, tortured and murdered under totalitarian regimes in Europe. Because of this cruelty, lack of freedom and disrespect for fundamental rights, in parts of Europe several generations never had the chance to enjoy freedom and democracy.

This year we also mark the 30 years of events in 1989 when citizens of Central and Eastern Europe stood up and broke through the Iron Curtain and accelerated its fall.   The courageous actions of citizens brought back freedom and democracy to all of Europe.

They helped overcome divisions and unify Europe. This then is a collective European legacy that we all must cherish, nourish, and defend.

EU parliament passed a resolution condemning Ribbentrop-Molotov pact

Vladimir Putin condemns EU stance on Nazi-Soviet WWII pact | DW - Dec. 11, 2019 |
Poland summons Russian ambassador over WWII spat | DW - Dec. 28, 2019 |

Reply from Russia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an angry Putin ...

Putin uninvited to join WWII Allies at Normandy ...

Russia lost the most lives during WW2. So why wasn't Putin invited to D-Day event? | CNN News |

His grandfather's war: David Eisenhower on the general and D-Day | CBS News | with 90 min. interview Gen. Eisenhower (1964)

Related reading ...

Bermuda Conference: Dwight D. Eisenhower and Winston Churchill
Ike, Winston and the Russians | NY Times - Feb. 1991 |

    "In 1944-45 Eisenhower opposed Churchill's strategic advocacies, which he regarded as controversial and dangerously anti-Russian. Eight years later Eisenhower's view of the world had become the very opposite: he regarded Churchill's proposals as too controversial and dangerously pro-Russian.

    Most of Eisenhower's recent biographers argue that in 1945 Eisenhower opposed Churchill because of military calculations (including the extraordinary episode when, at the end of March 1945, Eisenhower took it upon himself to bypass Churchill and wrote a direct letter to Josef Stalin, telling the Soviet leader that the Allied armies, rushing forward within Germany, would not advance toward Berlin and Prague). I believe that there was more than military prudence in Eisenhower's calculations. In 1945 he was in complete conformity with what he saw as the prevalent climate of opinion in Washington -- as he would be, in 1952 and after, in complete conformity with a very different climate of opinion prevalent in Washington then. That, I would contend, was the reason for his distrust of Churchill's advocacies."

Eisenhower and McCarthy: How the President Toppled a Reckless Senator

    McCarthy Uses Committee To Investigate "Ike's Army"

    Then, on August 31, 1953, McCarthy launched hearings into communist infiltration into the United States Army—Ike’s Army. While Eisenhower did not respond in public, it was only a matter of time. Joe McCarthy had signed his own political death warrant by assaulting the service to which the general had devoted his adult life.

    The controversy involved McCarthy's chief counsel, Roy Cohn, and his frantic attempts to keep Pvt. G. David Schine with him on the subcommittee. Schine had been an unpaid consultant to the subcommit­tee until he was drafted into the Army. These men were, in the words of Attorney General Herbert Brownell, "inseparable." Cohn's rage over his inability to obtain a special commission for Schine apparently pushed McCarthy into investigating the Army. The attorney's efforts to secure special privileges for Schine, often involving the senator, was what the Army-McCarthy hearings in mid-1954 were ostensibly about.

FBI releases files on President Trump's late lawyer, Roy Cohn | CNBC - Sept. 2019 |

Today's struggle on a sovereign Europe ...


Dividing East and West ...

Three Seas Initiative: the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas
Minister Szczerski: Three Seas initiative to boost European unity

From my diaries ...

G W F and McCarthyism In A Digital Age - Part 2
McCain: Russians Deserve Better Than Putin ‖ Op-ed
British Spooks Exploiting Populist Insurgency for Anti-Russia Campaign


Initiators of the EP resolution – Radislaw Sikorski (Chrześcijańscy Demokraci - Polska)

Has this former CIA agent, UK citizen, war correspondent in Afghanistan and Angola, not caused enough hostility inside and outside of Poland? A former Foreign Minister of Poland, and married to Anne Appelbaum, the American warmonger journalist in employ by radical rightwing think-tanks in London (Legatum Institute), etc., etc.

Do I detect even a whiff of an anti-American attitude by Anne – the once upon a time First Lady in waiting in Warsaw?

My diaries about Radek and Anne … don’t they just love their American president Trump and his allegiance to Putin, Lavrov and Russia? Perhaps their views have adapted to Trump’s hatred for Zelenski and the Ukraine? Applebaum and Brexit – disillusionment.

Anne Sikorski-Applebaum the Raving War Lunatic
MH-17 report: Dutch Media Uses Anne [Neocon] Applebaum as Putin Expert
Radek Sikorski Returns to Ukraine’s Headlines: Putin’s Coup

From the Christian Science Monitor link above ...

Now, as chairman of the European Parliament's delegation for U.S. relations, Mr. Sikorski aims to strengthen ties between European legislators and Congress.

"I see my mission as, first, telling Americans that Europe has a parliament, too, and that it is increasingly important," he says.

Personal relationships are also relevant. Ironically, he's an old university mate of the very man who is leading the U.K. out of the EU - Prime Minister Johnson.

"I was in the same faction with Boris at the Oxford Union [debating society], and we got him elected as president," Mr. Sikorski says.  

The two also belonged to the private Bullingdon Club, known for members' rowdy behavior. When a reporter pressed for details, he demurred.

"Look, there are national secrets and there are club secrets," he said.


Mr. Sikorski wasn't surprised by his old friend's sweeping victory Dec. 12.

"He had a brilliant election slogan and a really poor competitor," Mr. Sikorski says. "I'm glad that the combination of Marxism and antisemitism doesn't seem to command the majority in Britain, which is a rare piece of good news."

Back to the matter at hand: the growing importance, in his view, of the European Parliament. Last week, Europe's new president unveiled a "European Green Deal," which will go to the parliament for consideration. The initiative aims to make the EU's member countries "carbon neutral" by 2050 - more ambitious than the Paris climate accord.

"There is now a real politics in the European Parliament, with different coalitions on different issues," Mr. Sikorski says.  

The European Parliament also approves the EU's budget - about a trillion euros over seven years, "real money," he says. And for the first time, the EU will have a defense budget, which will go for research, operations, and procurement of new types of equipment, like drones.

"We should be able to secure ourselves against criminal activity stemming from Libya," Mr. Sikorski says. But "there will not be a European army."

Merkel joins Macron in calling for EU army to complement NATO | Politico - Nov. 2019 |

From my earlier writings ...

Minister Sikorski on Ukraine's future at Yalta European Strategy meeting | Oct. 2013 |
Our Man at Ukraine's Orange Revolution

Re: Perhaps Radek is the mystery man in photo Bullingdon Club? See images Afghanistan and Angola.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 29th, 2019 at 02:53:03 PM EST
Auschwitz, the Director's Cut: How Poland Is Rewriting the Holocaust Narrative

Polish officials are going to lengths to stress the suffering endured by their countrymen in World War II, while downplaying discussion of the Shoah and of the help Poles gave the Nazis. Israel's government is ignoring this trend, but may soon be forced to face shifts in the collective memory of the war

by das monde on Sun Dec 29th, 2019 at 04:28:48 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 29th, 2019 at 06:30:41 PM EST
Introduction paragraph written in the following DIA Report 2017 ...

Vladimir Putin's address to the Russian Federal Assembly following the referendum  on annexation of Crimea, 18 March, 2014:"

The USA prefers to follow the rule of the strongest and not by the international law. They are convinced that they have been chosen and they are exceptional, that they are allowed to shape the destiny of the world, that it is only them that can be right. They act as they please. Here and there they use force against sovereign states, set up coalitions in accordance with the principle: who is not with us is against us."

Russia: Building A Military to Support Great Power Aspirations

The  international  order  established  after  the  Second  World  War  and  developed  throughout  the  Cold War largely ensured widespread peace and stability even as it saw new conflicts--large and small--take  place  in  different  regions  of  the  world.  This  post-war  era,  underwritten  primarily  by  the strength of the United States, also gave rise to the greatest period of prosperity in history, witnessing countries rebuild from war and emerge from colonialism to become vibrant and valuable members of the international community. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States  emerged  as  a  world  leader  militarily,  economically  and  diplomatically.  Today,  however,  the  United States faces an increasingly complex array of challenges to our national security.

The resurgence of Russia on the world stage--seizing the Crimean Peninsula, destabilizing eastern Ukraine, intervening on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and shaping the information environment to suit its interests--poses a major challenge to the United States. Moscow will continue to aggressively pursue its foreign policy and security objectives by employing the full spectrum of the state's capabilities. Its powerful military, coupled with the actual or perceived threat of intervention, allows its whole-of-government efforts to resonate widely.

Russia continues to modernize its extensive nuclear forces and is developing long range precision-guided conventional weapons systems. It is manipulating the global information environment, employing tools of indirect action against countries on its periphery and using its military for power projection and expeditionary force deployments far outside its borders. Its ultimate deterrent is a robust nuclear force capable of conducting a massed nuclear strike on targets in the United States within minutes.

Within the next decade, an even more confident and capable Russia could emerge. The United States needs to anticipate, rather than react, to Russian actions and pursue a greater awareness of Russian goals and capabilities to prevent potential conflicts. Our policymakers and commanders must have a complete understanding of Russia's military capabilities, especially as U.S. and Russian forces may increasingly encounter each other around the globe. DIA will continue to provide our leaders decision-space, ensuring they have the time and information necessary to protect our nation. The wrong decisions--or the right ones made too late--could have dire consequences.

This  report  examines  a  resurgent  Russia's  military  power  to  foster  a  deeper  understanding  of  its  core  capabilities, goals, and aspirations in the 21st Century.

Related reading from my diaries over the years ...

British Gen. Mike Jackson in Kosovo: "I'm not going to start the Third World War for you."
Anglo-American Relationship, Atlanticists and Israel
Middle East: Russia Is Back With Vengeance
To the victors the problems: Cameron and Sarkozy in Libya | The Guardian - Sept. 15, 2011 |

David Cameron, Libya's new interim leader, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, and Nicolas Sarkozy in Tripoli (Photo credit: CS Monitor)

Erdogan readies motion to send 3,000 troops to defend Tripoli | Hürriyet Daily News - Dec. 30, 2019 |

Related analysis:
The great Hope that became the great Disillusionment - the Eight Obama Years

The EU and US in a Multipolar World

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 11:01:59 AM EST

From one of the U.S. Ambassadors to NATO in the range of Vicky Nuland - Kurt Volker - Ivo Daalder  - :

    Just as the United States resolved in the aftermath of World War II to counter the Soviet Union and its global ambitions, Mr. Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir V. Putin's Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world, limiting its expansionist ambitions in its own neighborhood and effectively making it a pariah state.

NATO Declares Russia Nr. 1 Adversary, Starts Troops Buildup

and  a former Secretary General of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer:

"The West should respect the red lines of Russia."

And where would Wall Street prodigy Joe put the blame for the Cold War 2.0??

The Obama administration's decision to isolate Russia is a new version of "containment" | The Nation - May 2014 |
Cold War and containment from President Truman and George Kennan - 1947

A good read here @EuroTrib from 2007 ...

The dismantling of the Soviet Union, revisited.

Recent announcement by Vladimir Putin ...

Putin says Russia is the only country in the world that can deploy hypersonic weapons

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 31st, 2019 at 11:03:09 AM EST
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To halt migrants crossing Libya for Europe, former Italian PM Berlusconi had a deal in place with Muammar Gaddafi ...

* EU keen to strike deal with Libya's leader on immigration | The Guardian - Sept. 2010 |

The greatly split tribal nation is divided between UN supported government in Tripoli [allied with Italy, Turkey and Qatar] and CIA protégé Gen. Haftar leading siege of Tripoli with militants from Benghazi and oil-rich East [supported by France, UK, Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia and 3,000 fighters or jihadists from Sudan].

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 08:43:04 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 08:46:39 AM EST
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Years ago from my diaries ... a lone voice!

Bret Stephens, WSJ/Murdoch Are Inseoarable

    The stated objective to introduce Bret Stephens at The New York Times reads as follows:

    The NYT has been defending the paper's hiring of a climate science denier, fighting off its critics with what it claims is a standard fashioned from hardened "intellectual honesty".

    Editorial page editor James Bennett, told the public editor Liz Spayd: "The crux of the question is whether his work belongs inside our boundaries for intelligent debate, and I have no doubt that it does. I have no doubt he crosses our bar for intellectual honesty and fairness."

I had covered Bret Stephens / Rupert Murdoch a number of times @BooMan.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 06:11:39 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 11:27:47 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 04:02:16 AM EST
Who Could Have Predicted?
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 11:46:52 AM EST
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It's defined as "spreading freedom across the globe". See Pompeo's tweets. Purposely left out the words of the late 20th century: "democracy". We're all capitalists now!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 5th, 2020 at 12:14:14 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 11:08:44 AM EST

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