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Winston Churchill Explains Enigma Russia

by Oui Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 10:56:32 AM EST

Putin is preparing for an Ice Cold future with the West and seeks security to live without fear of a military confrontation with an aggressive NATO commanded by Washington DC. Apparently as a weed, the military in Brussels NATO HQ - the seat of the European Union - has overgrown the political force and stands to suffocate European democracy ... this has to stop before another devastating war hits Europe. In de vise of two super powers ... why do the European media not care?  

Latest post about NATO ...

NATO briefing: Stoltenberg Heat Under the Collar

Where are the grown-ups inside the EU-27? A number of states have more than enough on domestic issues or are recovering from recent elections or are in a new election campaign. Brussels has taken action by placing sanctions on Poland, illustrating how unhinged some of the new EU states are. I expect some push-back from Italy, France, Germany, Belgium ... a majority of the original six nations that founded the EEC. Most likely Greece will let its voice be heard, not sufficient to detract Washington from another grave error in judgement. The old man Joe Biden is cornered by domestic issues and a lame US Congress. The November elections are looming and a full Republican House and Senate is already written in the stars.

The Red States and the Trump loyalists aren't taking their defeat of the insurrection lying down. As so often, when failures are stacking up into a tall pile of problems, the rationale thinking will be blurred by emotions and a decision based on dogma and nationalist pride. The beginnings of fascism has been just around the corner of populism in politics, carried on the wave of the avengers after 9/11.

Two decades with George Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld setting the stage for Obama pause, fast forward under Donald Trump, Bolton and Pompeo, followed by a lame duck president Joe Biden who has the theoretical of a Senate majority, but two senators from Arizona and West-Virginia who vote according to the wishes of their constituents. For practical purpose two red states. The Republican senators voting to censoring the former president will be ousted form their party ... confirming growing fascism in America.

Just as in Washington DC, so too in Dutch Parliament the members are unable to have a debate or live by example for the nation. The populist rhetoric is overwhelming and is suffocating free speech and puts the axe in the roots of democracy.

Green Left party leader Jesse Klaver calls FvD statements dangerous to the state: 'This ends in violence'

Forum for Democracy of party leader Baudet and FvD MPs Van Houwelingen and Van Meijeren make state-threatening statements and aim for political violence. GroenLinks leader Klaver draws these conclusions in a publication on his party's site.

About the comparisons that Baudet makes of the corona measures with the Holocaust, he says: "You cannot sink much deeper. But the bottom is not yet in sight. This will end in violence, I fear. And we are closer than many think."

Klaver does not call the incident at the home of D66 leader Kaag "a coincidence action by one conspiracy remist". A man with a flaming torch shouted slogans and rang her doorbell. It is a 29-year-old from Amsterdam who has been arrested several times in the past year for criminal offences. He is in custody and will be arraigned today.

Following Clover, this incident is part of something bigger. The same evening, FvD Member of Parliament Van Houwelingen emphasized on the internet that Kaag is `responsible for the implementation of WEF policy'. "These words and frames are anti-democratic. And dangerous to the state."

The WEF is the World Economic Forum, an organization in which politicians, businessmen and scientists exchange ideas, which conspiracy theorists see as the evil genius behind many developments.

Political violence

According to Klaver, abandoning democratic principles leads to political violence. "That is where we are heading. The seed for this is deliberately planted by a political group in our country." He therefore thinks it is time for politicians to voice a dissenting voice and draw boundaries to protect the democratic constitutional state.

He expects social media companies to "take their responsibility and not let their platforms be misused for an attack on democracy". And in the House of Representatives, he wants to deprive the FvD MPs "the floor if the plenary hall of the parliament is used to undermine the rule of law".

Baudet said he did not agree with the accusations in his direction. He thinks that he and his allies, whom he mockingly calls `wappies', are being demonized. Van Meijeren said in an interview with the NOS that he sees calls for civil disobedience and statements about tribunals and lawsuits against ministers as peaceful and loving resistance to the corona policy.

Baudet in Putsch for party purge ...

Leader Thierry Baudet "quits" far-right party over Nazi controversy | Al Jazeera - Nov. 20, 2020 |

Coverage Live! on social media. A threatening act against D66 party leader Sigrid Kaag. Words in Dutch parliament do matter!!

Dutch police arrest man for threatening doctor promoting vaccinations | Irish Times |

Her stand-in as vice-chairwoman is Ockje Tellegen from the VVD leading party. I know her well from her youth. In committee hearing she fails to communicate and perform in a manner the debate meets minimum requirements of decency towards one another. The debate in parliament are often viewed in the classroom by students. Yesterday there were numerous calls from teachers the words and views expressed in the debate were beyond pale. Decision was made to turn the "civic" lesson off.  

Freedom for Democracy member dutch parliament threatens minister with a tribunal

The former lover, partner and advisor to Baudet, Eva Vlaardingerbroek, has hit it big time in America in an interview by Fox News Tucker Carlson. She was chosen as an representative of the Dutch people. What else to expect of extreme righting media and representatives.

Wilders went into it harder than ever in the debate about the government mission statement. He also spoke of "terrorist" Soumaya Sahla. She responds in #Nieuwsuur to the allegations of the party leader of the PVV and says she is surprised that Wilders "blows so high from the tower."

MPs clash with Wilders over racist remarks, hijab, and terrorism accusations

In a court ruling, Thierry Baudet was ordered to remove his offensive Holocaust comparison tweet.

Who is MK Gadi Yevarkan, the representative in the Knesset Baudet likes to mirror himself.

Words of political incitement fired at Bennett, coalition - editorial | JPost - Nov. 6, 2021 |

Dutch MP ordered to delete Covid Holocaust social media posts | BBC News - Dec. 14, 2021 |

Thierry is a political clown, purely living by making statements that will hit the national media and loves social media covering. I hate to give him attention, however as populism creeps into the national discourse I had to choose and write about the imminent dangers. Baudet's political creed is very simple. Baudet has the Trump speeches translated into Dutch and waves his pamphlets with messages of incitement in the air. Hundreds of thousands Dutch citizens have voted and supported this a$$hole. The Dutch nation is turning into a Republican Red State.

In recent history, both Geert Wilders and Ayaan Hirsi Ali were welcomed by US think tanks of rightwing signature and given funds by the pro-Israel community. Xenophobia and Islamophobia 4ever.

Earlier statement about fascism and Nazi military court at Nuremberg ...

It's  |Geography, Stupid: Deciphering the Russian enigma | Brussels Times |

In a 1939 BBC broadcast, Winston Churchill famously quipped that Russia was "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma...".

When looking at the news today, many may feel that his words haven't aged a day. Indeed, the aggressive military posturing on the Ukrainian border leaves many questioning the true intent of the Kremlin. Is it planning to imminently launch an invasion of a scale not seen in Europe since the Second World War? Or perhaps this is just a palm-sweating episode of brinkmanship aimed to extract concessions from the west? Or, if anyone is willing to take what the Kremlin says at face value anymore, maybe this is indeed just a monumental training exercise (after all, no international laws are broken by moving troops around within sovereign borders).

I believe the answer lies in the second half - the seldomly quoted part - of Churchill's famous assessment of Russia above: "...but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest".

The borders of Europe that settled after the Cold War add nuance to the current situation, but there is in fact nothing new about what we are seeing. Rewinding back to its Ivan the Terrible origins, the Russian Empire has always been vulnerable to attacks by western powers through the North European Plain, which runs from the Baltic Sea in the north, to the Carpathian Mountains in the south.

A vast stretch of flat land that armies can roll through deep into the Russian heartland without much hindrance save the harsh Russian winter, the North European Plain has delivered a number of existential threats to Moscow: the Poles in 1605, the Swedes in 1708, Napoleon in 1812, and the Nazis in 1941.

In the aftermath of World War Two, the USSR padded this vulnerable artery with the freshly-minted communist satellite states, such as Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. The Iron Curtain served as a robust buffer zone for the delicate heart of the Soviet empire.

As a finish line where the caretaker Rutte III ended ... no change.

Rutte falling in line with the Johnsons, Trumps and American sanction policy. Don't expect any intelligence on policy, nor backbone to support European sovereignty from Rutte IV administration.

My diaries on the failed policies and falsehoods of PM Mark Rutte ....where democracy fails! Creeping fascism.

Putin... seeks security to live without fear of a military confrontation with an aggressive NATO commanded by Washington DC.

Sorry... bullshit.

Aggressive NATO? On what planet? In what decade?
Putin is still mad as hell about the 90s, and thinks he can roll back history a few decades, because the "west" is divided, and therefore weak.

Putin to Biden : "Listen Joe, Russia is a great power again, so you can back off out of the Baltics, Poland, Ukraine etc which are natural Russian satellites. You can keep Germany. That's my only concession, ha ha."

Biden to Putin : "You'll have to take that up bilaterally with the sovereign nations concerned, Vladimir. But NATO stands with them."

Probably Putin thinks the Germans will try to compromise : "OK so how about we take some Nato troops out of the Baltics and Poland, and you can have half of the Ukraine"...
but I think not.

Or maybe he just wants to bring the German government down in revenge for Nord stream?

I think he needs to change his meds.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 05:25:36 PM EST

A carefully worded statement from Blinken ...

Had some harsh words for the government of Ukraine to end corruption and improve judiciary. Ukrainians need to stick together, unify the nation in their shared national interest.

Ukraine is in the center of two weeks of talks ... nothing is done without your government all Ukrainians should place trust in a political way forward.

Russia tries to divide, place a financial burden on Ukraine. Blinken spoke about a path forward with the Bucharest Nine and talks in Normandy format Germany and France.

The Bucharest Nine (B9) was established on Poland's and Romania's initiative. It comprises countries on NATO eastern border - Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania Slovakia and Hungary.

* Rumsfeld called the group New Europe

From my earlier diary ...

Blinken In Kyiv, Hotspot Ukraine

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 05:52:53 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 10:58:01 AM EST
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A clear eyed view of Russian influence in Western media

Disinformation About The Current Russia-Ukraine Conflict - 7 Myths Debunked | EU vs Disinfo website |

Funded by the EU Commission

😂 LOL amateurs

Ukraine Goes On Anti-Russia Pipeline Offensive As Europe Goes Nuts | Forbes - June 20, 2017 |

Quite likely now that the U.S. House of Representatives has moved the goal posts on sanctions on Russia by an overwhelming majority - read with no opposition whatsover by a dictatorial vote of 419 for and 3 against.

I recall the Dutch too funded a group to protect us from Russian propaganda ... so preposterous poorly done, the group was disbanded within a year. The hirees were 100% Ukrainians and surpassed themselves in obvious bias and outright lies.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 28th, 2022 at 07:29:32 AM EST
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Australian journalist, writer, scholar, and filmmaker ... his career as a documentary film maker began with The Quiet Mutiny (1970)

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 28th, 2022 at 05:09:20 PM EST
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Maybe it's about the NATO that bombed Yugoslavia (without provocation), Libya (without provocation) or Afghanistan (you get the point by now...).
Maybe it's about the NATO that has sanctioned the crap out of Russia, mostly with imaginary pretexts.
Maybe it's about NATO leader unilaterally pulling out of every possible treaty meant to keep the peace, while positioning it's arms closer and closer to Russia.
Maybe it's about NATO that pours weapons, trainers and special forces to a country that claims to be at war with Russia.
Maybe it's about NATO that cheers when Ukraine bans Russian language from public places or closes Russian language media or arrests politicians who are not hell bent to have a war with Russia.
You tell me.

In any case it's not Putin, it's the great majority of the Russians. Heck, even Yeltsin (when he was sober enough) complained about NATO enough to piss Clinton off totally, and he was probably the most West's-ass-licking Russian politician ever (including Navalny).

Russians are not asking Germany to do anything. They know Washington calls the shots in NATO (and thus pretty much in the EU [and thus pretty much in the OCSE]). Germany can't decide to remove the cruise missiles from Poland or Romania. Germany can't stop the USAF from flying to Russian borders "to send a message". Germany won't even tell the US to cut it out to de-escalate before we get WW3.

Thus Germany is meaningless, just like the rest of Europe, until we can figure out our own security policy, one that is not run from Washington and has Russia as a part of it. And that can't happen while NATO exists. Which is weird, since NATO is not aggressive, I'm told - it just can't create neither peace nor security. For some reason.

by pelgus on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 07:08:48 PM EST
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NATO bombed Serbia (not Yugoslavia) and that was repulsive.
But I see where you're going with that, and I'll leave it there.

I agree about NATO, because I believe that the EU should defend itself (otherwise it has no objective right to exist). But that means mostly defending itself against Russian neo-expansionism, because the other potential belligerents are further away, and less threatening to EU members.

Bad things happens to Russia's neighbours if they don't belong to defensive alliances. Indisputable fact.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 04:19:17 PM EST
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"The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Toward Justice."

In the footsteps of a number of Serbian leaders, Kosovo President Thaci charged by ICC in The Hague.

Kosovo's President Steps Down To Face War Crimes Charges

Unfortunately there are elements out there that defy the gravitational forces of Einstein's theory.

Funding "freedom fighters" all across the globe from the America's, SE Asia, Afghanistan, Angola, Chechnya, Iraq, Levant, Libya, and on ... and on.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 05:29:01 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 08:15:49 PM EST
It's true, Bad Vlad doesn't want to annex Ukraine; he wants to sock-puppet it.
by rifek on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 05:18:21 PM EST
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You mean change back colour of sock-puppet. 😊

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 07:43:25 PM EST
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FM Baerbock parroting all the lines of NATO's Stoltenberg and/or US Secretary Blinken. Must have been a real exchange of thoughts to advance diplomacy.

Germany's Baerbock faces down top Russian diplomat Lavrov in Moscow | Politico EU |

Baerbock, who was making her first visit to the Russian capital as foreign minister from the Green party in Germany's new governing coalition, maintained steely composure throughout the encounter as she accused Russia of refusing to adhere to common rules, and challenged Lavrov on the jailing of the political opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and the shuttering of Memorial, a venerable human rights organization. 

If she was at all intimidated by her far more seasoned and senior host, Baerbock did not let on. 

Her opening statement lasted nearly a minute longer than Lavrov's, and she closed her prepared remarks by delivering a bit of a lecture about the obligations of public officials to maintain peace and security for their citizens, an unmistakable poking at Russia for threatening further war against Ukraine. 

"We, who bear political responsibility, have no more important duty than to protect our people -- especially from war and violence," she said. "I am convinced that we can achieve this best through successful talks, not against each other but with each other." 

Baerbock was also firm in insisting that Moscow was responsible for the recent security tensions and destabilization of relations

"I came with a thick discussion folder," she said. "It is thick because there is a whole range of topics where we have major, sometimes fundamental, differences of opinion. But it is also thick because there are so many issues where we see opportunities for more cooperation." 

At several points, she stressed that Germany was a trading nation that relied on stability to do business.

    "We have an even more fundamental interest in maintaining the European peace order, in which equal and binding rules apply to all, and on which all could rely. There will be no security in our common house of Europe if there are not common rules on which all can always refer to and rely on -- be it in the exchange of economy, be it in the exchange of culture, be it in friendships, be it in families or even in the exchange of our two countries." 

So Baerbock came to the Kremlin and lectured 72 year old Lavrov ... nice, what did she achieve?? ... I'm certain she has not invited Lavrov to Berlin for further talks. The Soviet Army was first in the Nazi capital to free Europe from fascism ... losing over 20 million citizens. Did Baerbock pay her respects to any Soviet War Memorial?

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 10:37:47 PM EST
Annalena Baerbock's message to America: She's in sync with Biden | Atlantic Council - May 6, 2021 |

No more "behaving very passively" in world affairs

Aggression by Russian President Vladimir Putin, such as his recent massing of troops along the border with Ukraine, stems in part from a lack of an "active foreign policy" from Germany and the EU in standing up for Eastern European allies, Baerbock said. "Germany is the biggest player in the EU and it's crucial that if the EU wants to be strong, if the EU wants to play an international role and also a role in its own neighborhood, that it needs a strong, open, but active German foreign policy. It's not about Germany telling the others what to do, but if we are behaving very passively, it's hard for the others." 

On the question of whether to go forward with the Nord Stream 2 natural-gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, Baerbock is a hard "no," in contrast to Merkel and Armin Laschet, the new leader of the CDU and Baerbock's chief rival to become chancellor. Laschet has said he wants to continue with the project. In Baerbock's view, the pipeline would violate the spirit of the EU's economic sanctions retaliating against Russian aggression. "This pipeline contradicts our sanctions, so it cannot go in place," she said. "It cannot start."

Baaerbock's reasoning on this point isn't just geopolitical. She instead wants to work with Ukraine to set up a hydrogen pipeline. "We need some hydrogen in Europe to be carbon-neutral in the future," she said. "There's a high potential in Ukraine for renewable energy, for wind and solar. We have already this pipeline there to transfer now fossil [fuel] gas. We can set it up for [a] green hydrogen pipeline in the future."

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 10:39:15 PM EST
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exchange of thoughts

No way. Putin knows better  than to get into that type of nonsense. He let her go on about Navalny, without bringing up Assange.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 11:18:39 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 11:16:49 PM EST
In the meantime, Russia is causing trouble in Moldova, threatening to stop gas deliveries unless they pay their bills. Maybe the EU can help them?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 11:20:41 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 12:17:29 AM EST
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France's EU presidency: Macron calls for European 'collective security' pact, dialogue with Russia | France24 |

AUKUS still hurting? Canada, UK and the US sending lethal weapons and advisors into Ukraine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 11:19:02 PM EST
PM awaits Sue Gray report as Tory MP claims Met is `abusing power' | The Guardian |

Clown 🤡 Boris will visit under siege capital Kyiv for some peace of mind, however the Kremlin and Putin cannot make arrangements for a visit for UK PM. Time of Putin is too precious  ... as does #Boris have a busy schedule?

"My colleague Boris Johnson has recently said that he has no proof that Russia interfered with the U.K. referendum on Brexit," said Lavrov at a news conference in Moscow.

Johnson swiftly shot back: "Not successfully, not successfully, I think is the word."

"He is afraid that if he doesn't contradict me, it will ruin his reputation with media back home," Lavrov quipped.

"Sergey, it's your reputation I am worried about," Johnson responded.

Johnson then said that had Russia been successful at influencing the referendum or election results in Britain, "it would have been an entirely different matter."

After Brexit is he as PM to be taken seriously by anyone in the Kremlin?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 29th, 2022 at 02:03:06 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 29th, 2022 at 05:02:25 PM EST
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