Sun Feb 13th, 2022 at 05:49:37 PM EST
Damn irresponsible fools at the controls of war and devastation ... freedom of Europe at stake. Do not expect any rational leadership out of Washington DC. Mainland Europe should take a long lead what has happened to American democracy after the 9/11 attacks.
Where are the mass protests?
Briefing by Aide to the President Yury Ushakov following a telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden
UK minister likens Russia-Ukraine to WWII appeasement: `Whiff of Munich in the air' | Times of Israel |
British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has compared Western diplomatic efforts to head off a Russian invasion of Ukraine to the appeasement of Nazi Germany ahead of World War II.
Wallace told the Sunday Times that Russian President Vladimir Putin could send his massed troops into Ukraine "at any time."
And he suggested unnamed Western countries were not being tough enough with Moscow.
"It may be that he (Putin) just switches off his tanks and we all go home but there is a whiff of Munich in the air from some in the West," Wallace said.
The 1938 Munich Agreement handed Nazi Germany parts of Czechoslovakia in a failed bid to head off major conflict in Europe.
The Spirit of #Elba is alive as shown in the photo with #Wallace, #Shoigu and their respective chiefs of staff in front of the fresco depicting #Montgomery and #Zhukov in Berlin immediately after Allied #victory over the Hitler's Nazis. Let's stop the warlord world war machine!
The man who really defeated Hitler | Irish Times - May 2005 |
Acts of Provocation Into Violence
The US Strategic Provocations before and during the Olympic Games
To make your foe act in a definite way through the planned escalation of events, thereby making him lose his position and assets is the essence of any international provocation. [Author: Evgeny Pashentsev]
War and Peace by Tolstoy
Ukraine: U.S. hegemonic rhetoric is there, so what is the hegemonic intent? | CGTN Opinion - by Keith Lamb |
Consequently, Russia's actions are not driven by the madness of one leader, and the aim of the U.S. is not to fight Russia head-on. Then what are the intentions behind the hegemonic rhetoric?
Former U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard recently warned that conflict could be adverted if the U.S. gave guarantees that Ukraine remained a neutral state, out of NATO, which would reassure Russia that its security wasn't being threatened. Indeed, she believed, no matter what, that Ukraine's admittance into NATO would be almost impossible. As such, Gabbard believes there has been a purposeful push by the U.S. to use Ukraine as a pawn to provoke Russia.
Her conclusion is based on the assessment that the U.S. democratic process, controlled by the business interests of the military-industrial complex, has been pushing for Russia to invade so that a new Cold War is cemented to push up arms sales. She also notes that the hegemonic narrative that the "U.S. is defending Ukrainian democracy" is false as Ukrainian political opposition and media have been shut down with the support of the U.S.
Gabbard's conclusions sound conspiratorial and in opposition to Biden who said, regarding Russia, that "none of us will be fooled, there is no justification." However, the very premise of this article is that, for the sake of peace, we cannot take hegemonic rhetoric, which has fooled us before, at face value and we must look at how others justify their actions.
Of course, it is still early and as the consequences of Ukraine play out, the truth may steadily come into focus putting conjecture to rest. Today, few enlightened people would dispute the fact that the invasion of Iraq was neo-colonial plunder and similarly Afghanistan provided the military-industrial complex with twenty years of super profits. In the wider geopolitical context, the "horrible men" narrative provides little value, and, at any rate, it did not save the lives of the millions lost. Thus, for the sake of peace, we must also focus on the wider narrative surrounding Ukraine.
What the papers say - February 13, 2022
German gov't source says Ukraine situation ’critical' as tensions with Russia rise
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have reached a "critical" point, a German government source says, as Chancellor Scholz is set to depart for Kyiv tomorrow and then Moscow.
BBC News continues war rhetoric ...
UKRAINE NEWS BULLETIN
United States Mission to the OSCE
Statement on Russia's Unusual Military Activity Along the Ukrainian Border
As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to a Special Joint Session of the Forum for Security Cooperation and the Permanent Council Vienna, April 17, 2014
At first I couldn't find a source, it appears after two years of boycotting the Minsk talks, MFA Kubela has found an opening ...
Another act of deceit by Ukraine MFA for purpose of provocation?
This idea was modified, before being codified in the final treaty, signed on September 12, 1990 (Treaty of Moscow): article 6 devotes the right of reunified Germany to belong to alliances of its choice; on the other hand, article 5 prohibits the deployment of armed forces other than German forces on the territory of the former GDR. It was only after the planned withdrawal of the Soviet armed forces from the territory that "units of the German armed forces assigned to alliance structures in the same way as units stationed on the rest of German territory may also be stationed on territory in this part of Germany, albeit without nuclear weapon delivery systems".
Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany | Sept. 12, 1990 |
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