Sat Mar 19th, 2022 at 02:37:40 PM EST
Update - finished diary with the Jewish support by Putin and ties to Chabad-Lubovitch, Rabbi Lazar, Bibi Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett and the Jewish oligarchs in both Kyiv and Moscow.
First of all I do appreciate the views expressed in the article, a broad sense of human rights and views on injustice. Especially the highlight about the hypocrisy of the UK government on racist and xenophobic policy about refugees and asylum seekers.
Johnson said Britain was being "very, very generous", but we need checks at our borders (sic) | ABC News |
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that hundreds of Ukrainian refugees in the English Channel port of Calais had been turned away and told by British authorities that they must obtain visas at U.K. embassies in Paris or Brussels.
A Thousand Red Flags
This is another tactic, they're justifying Putin's actions by declaring retroactive support for Milosevic. Chomsky fans (🚩!!) are out there rewriting narratives for their own political gain at the expense of people who witnessed and survived genocide. Ignoring people who still live with these experiences who try to point out, for example, that Milosevic was a racist genocidal criminal [TRUE], or how Russia committed genocide against half a million Muslims in Ukraine in 1944 [FALSE], or that Putin is an absolute antisemite [FALSE]. Behind every person speaking out with remarkable clarity to explain why Russia's invasion of Ukraine is not aptly comparable to NATO's intervention in Kosovo, there's a load of 🚩 QTs calling them liars.
Bad-faith accusations of Russophobia are corrupting our ability to properly criticise how pointless it is to arbitrarily ban everything Russian. I get that Russian people often get tied closely to the actions of the state and it makes sense, Russians have famously played a big part in the formation and destruction of governments. Russians and Russian things are often seen as political even if they're not. Everything is pushed through some ideological prism and used for endless manipulations of the political spectrum. And while it is truly understandable that many people hate Russia and Russians and anything to do with Russia, part of the narrative Putin is giving to Russians is that he is the only person on their side. "It's us against them".
Theorem: "Russia committed genocide against half a million Muslims in Ukraine in 1944."
Is not even a half-truth as based on Ukraine's recent revisionism of historical facts.
Parliament passes resolution recognising World War II-era deportation of Muslim minority from Crimea as `genocide' | Al Jazeera - Nov. 19, 2005 |
Ukraine's parliament has passed legislation recognising the World War II deportation of Tatars - a Muslim minority in the Crimean peninsula - as "genocide".
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the 1944 deportation of some 180,000 Tatars for their alleged collaboration with advancing Nazi Germany troops.
Nearly half of the deported population died of starvation and hardship en route or within months after their arrival in Soviet Central Asia, the Ukrainian parliament, called the Verkhovna Rada, said in a statement.
1944 ... the Soviet Union lost upwards from 27 million of its citizens due to German Nazi attack. This by no means is a permit for revenge killings in the aftermath of a battle victory ... history has always witnessed and given evidence of the utter disgust and brutality of wars. That is why I strongly advocate to prevent war.
What's next in Poland? | by MarekNYC - Oct 26th, 2005 |
It would be based on a turn to the left in economic policy and a very sharp turn to Europhobia and Russophobia in foreign policy. Its policy towards America would be very difficult to figure out. The PiS loves the neocon foreign policy and the Christian right, hates Germany, hates Russia even more, dislikes France and is moderately Europhobic.
Russia -- ex-East-Bloc Realignment | by DoDo - Apr 20th, 2007 |
Historic moment of Neocon policy taking hold in both Republican and Democratic parties, US Congress and the man in the White House executing foreign policy. Poison of wars and Islamophobia ... thanking Ariel Sharon and Bibi Netanyahu.
BTW ... I will always be a Noam Chomsky fan and appreciate the courage and knowledge of John Mearsheimer.
The Crimean War (1853-1856) was a brutal conflict that took its name from the Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea. The war, which claimed an estimated 650,000 lives, pitted Britain, France, Turkey and Sardinia against Russia.
The Ethnogenesis of the Crimean Tatars. An Historical Reinterpretation | Nov. 2001 |
"I'm not going to start Third World War for you," Jackson told Clark | The Guardian - Aug. 2, 1999 |
British K-FOR Commander Lieutenant Michael Jackson has met with his Russian counterpart General Yeftokovic at Pristina airport in Kosovo.
Yeftokovic had arrived in Pristina on Tuesday along with the first plane load of new Russian peacekeepers.
Their arrival comes just a day after NATO brokered an agreement with Moscow on their deployment.
Red card conflict
Jackson invoked an informal procedure at NATO which allows any country, including the United States, to figuratively hold up a red card, if given orders that conflict with an individual country's national interest.
"Stuck in a Cold War mentality"
"Once you've decided to use force," Clark told a BBC documentary crew after the war, "you should use it as rapidly as possible and as decisively as possible."
It was a maxim that the four-star General, who had been decorated for bravery in Vietnam, definitely lived by. Both Jackson and Ellis had already witnessed this first hand. KFOR was a multinational force, with a variety of different military styles and cultures. As a result, it needed to be sensitively handled. During an early video conference with its senior commanders, however, Clark had decided to indulge in a piece of Patton-esque bravado.
"We are moving to total war." He said. "If there is a battle it will be tough. Very tough. Hill to hill. House to house. Street to street. It will be bayonets and close combat in guerrilla war. NATO solidiers must re-learn the spirit of the bayonet!"
There was an awkward silence. Sensing he wasn't getting the reaction he wanted, Clark broke it himself.
"Do you understand the spirit of the bayonet?!" He demanded of the General in charge of the German contingent.
Kosovo1999: Ethnic cleansing as business opportunity | by talos - Apr 11th, 2008 |
Related reading ...
Kosovo's president Thaçi resigns to face war crimes charges in The Hague | The Guardian - Nov. 5, 2020 |
European Union, NATO and relations with Turkey's strongman Erdoğan
An opportunity to reject the West, finding common ground ...
Collusion or Collision?
Turkey-Russia Relations Under Erdogan and Putin | FDD - Dec. 3, 2021 |
The authors carefully document how the regimes of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin have managed to compartmentalize their relationship, mixing competition with substantial -- if transactional -- cooperation across a range of areas. Many in Washington continue to see Turkey as a bulwark against Russia, yet this report capably demonstrates that such notions are fanciful, at least for as long as Erdogan remains in charge.
Economic ties, particularly in the energy sector, drove Russian-Turkish rapprochement following the Soviet Union's collapse. These ties remain a key pillar of their relationship, helping to buffer against growing Russian-Turkish geopolitical competition across multiple regions.
But there are also broader and deeper forces at play. Erdogan and Putin both reject the post-Cold War liberal international order and view Turkish-Russian cooperation as a means of advancing their revisionist geopolitical agendas. Cultivating ties with Moscow helps Ankara achieve independence from the West. For the Kremlin, Turkey's drift from the West supports Moscow's longstanding efforts to undermine NATO, as seen with Ankara's purchase of the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system.
Turkish Strongman's Western Charm Offensive is Born of Desperation | Balkan Insight - Juli 6, 2021 |
After years of crises and fraught relations with old Western allies, President Erdogan is putting out feelers to the West - to save the economy and his regime, experts say.
"Tensions have eased in our relations. We will ... reengage in joint work," French President Emanuel Macron announced on June 25 at the EU summit, where Brussels pledged 3 billion euros to help Turkey to deal with the refugees piling up at the EU's gates.
Macron's words reflected the recent improvement in Turkey-EU relations after years of tension - but many experts doubt the prospect of a new era in relations despite President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempted rapprochement.
Once the West's trusted ally on its eastern border, Turkey's ties with the West under Erdogan have soured in the last decade, unlike the case in Erdogan's first years in power.
The causes include several international crises, from refugee crises to tensions in the Eastern Med, as well as the country's worsening human rights and democracy record.
Erdogan's rapprochement with Russia and his decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile systems in 2019 delivered a serious blow to relations.
Consequently, in September 2020, the US Congress introduced sanctions on Turkey and Ankara was kicked of the new generation F-35 fighter jet project.
However, in the last few months, Erdogan's has been trying to reengage with former allies, as the Turkish economy deteriorates and the strongman's electoral support falls, according to experts.
Turkey: Background and U.S. Relations In Brief | CRS Reports - Dec. 30, 2021 |
How the July 15 coup attempt has impacted Turkey's foreign policy | July 16, 2021 |
On the night of July 15 five years ago, Turkey was cold-shouldered by its traditional NATO allies, primarily the US, while a rogue part of the Turkish army affiliated with Fetullah Terror Organisation (FETO) attacked the country's key institutions both aerially and by land, even running over protesting civilians with tanks.
Turkey's friends in the Gulf except Qatar were not supportive of Ankara either as later reports indicated that the UAE had supplied funds to coup plotters. Abu Dhabi's official condemnation of the coup came 16 hours late after the coup plotters' attempt was foiled by the Turkish government and its people.
As the coup unfolded, it not only targeted the Turkish institutions but also civilians. At least 250 Turkish citizens were killed and several thousand wounded by the coup plotters.
With the deafening silence from its NATO allies, especially the US, one thing became clear for Turkey's governing establishment led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Ankara cannot trust its NATO allies much in its time of need.
The failed coup raised serious questions in Ankara "on the loyalty of NATO partners", says Richard Falk, professor of international law at Princeton University, who was in Istanbul during the night of the coup attempt.
"There was not only a display of `wait and see' attitudes in the principal capitals of Western Europe and of Washington as the coup unfolded, but there was no show of support for the legitimate government of Turkey from longtime allies."
"This seemed to send a message to Ankara that it should diversify its relations with other countries, and in particular, seek to deepen relations with important other countries, including Russia and China," the professor said.
Ankara and Abu Dhabi sign unprecedented declaration to begin free trade talks during a visit by Erdogan | MEE - Feb. 14, 2022 |
Views from the old colonial West are often a bit tainted to reality in Middle-East relationships.
Erdogan in Moscow opening Grand Mosque during Putin visit | Sep 23, 2015 |
Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow opened one of the biggest mosques in Europe, warning against the lure of jihadists as the government frets over its citizens fighting for the Islamic State group.
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas were the guests of honour at the unveiling of the 20,000-sq. meter mosque in the Russian capital.
The United States says Moscow has recently sent troops, tanks and fighter jets to Syria, sparking fears that Russia could be looking to join the fight alongside its ally President Bashar al-Assad.
Turkey and Russia stand on opposing sides over the crisis in Syria, with Ankara fiercely backing the rebels trying to oust Assad.
How PM Bennett spent Shabbat in Sochi | JPost |
Think again! Who is closer to Chabad-Lubovitch and its worldly oligarchs: Vladimir Putin or Benjamin Netanyahu?
Chabad, Vekselberg, Putin and the Schneerson Library
Yad Vashem and Holocaust: Putin's Private Party | Jan 24, 2020 |
A German journalist has come under fire for writing that Russia and Israel exploited a Holocaust remembrance ceremony for their own agendas. She said the memorial missed an opportunity to stand against anti-Semitism.
A commentator for German public broadcaster HR has come under fire after accusing Russia and Israel of "seizing" control a ceremony held Thursday at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Red Army.
While praising German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's speech as "moving and empathic," Sabine Müller said Russia and Israel used the ceremony for their own political and memorial "private party".
Rewriting history … liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Ukrainian soldiers
Auschwitz Ceremony Lays Bare Russian Tension with New Europe | RFERL – Jan 23, 2015 |
But a senior official in Kyiv is now crediting Ukrainian soldiers for shouldering most of the work of liberating inmates at the camp, echoing earlier statements by Poland’s foreign minister that have enraged Russia.
"Ukrainians made up the majority of those who freed Auschwitz -- the Ukrainian Front," Valeriy Chaliy, deputy head of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s administration, told a January 23 press briefing.
Ukrainians also played the most significant role in liberating other concentration camps and "Europe overall," Chaliy added.