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Mary Robinson and Fallacy of War and Peace

by Oui Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 09:51:51 AM EST

Mary Robinson is a valiant fighter for Our Planet

Then the war in Ukraine erupted, not suddenly, but with a long history leading towards war!

Mary Robinson: Ukraine fallout should serve as catalyst for move to clean energy | May 4, 2022 |

A fallacy as she should know ☮️

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger


    Former President of Ireland and Chair of the Elders Mary Robinson has warned that the fallout from the Ukraine war should not catapult Ireland in the direction of increased fossil fuel usage but should instead serve as a catalyst for a move to clean energy.

    She is concerned that the war on our doorstep in Europe could cause the climate change issue to slip down the agenda and potentially put pressure on people to accelerate their use of fossil fuels.

    "... it does put pressure to get out of Russian oil and gas."

    "Frankly Europe should do that now but it should then pivot to getting gas in the very short-term from, as is happening, from Qatar, from the US, from Azerbaijan, possibly from parts of Africa even. And pivot in the short-term so people don't have complete no energy."

The leaders in power in Europe do think on the same lines as you mention ...

However, Mrs Robinson said the plan should not then be to open new North Sea oil fields or get involved in fracking "or any solution like that."

But Mrs. Robinson, the 2014 Coup d'état was about a push for fracking .... not only in Ukraine, but across other European nations.

The LNG transported by vessels from Texas, Louisiana and Newfoundland comes from fracking. That is no secret as president Joe Biden was well aware before the war started and he promised NATO leaders in Europe they can count on the United States of America by shunning any future supply of oil and gas from pariah state Russia. #stopnordstream

A decision with American self-interest in mind. MAGA MAGA ...Biden and Trump in unison.

Greece Doubles Production Lignite Mining in 2022

Greece delays closure of three coal plant units to 2025 | Balkan Green Energy News - Dec. 16, 2022 |

PPC's lignite plants are to continue to operate beyond 2023, in a reversal of the government's decarbonization policy.

The government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis promised in 2019 a quick decarbonization of the country's power sector through the decommissioning of almost all lignite-fired plants by 2023.

Lignite-fired output to double, PPC sets conditions for return

Greece to ramp up coal mining to help cut reliance on gas, PM says | Reuters - April 6, 2022 |

Energy Subsidies Per Country In Europe

Meet the Elders': Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Muhammad Yunus and Many More | ABC News - Jan. 8, 2009 |

The Elders comprising Annan, Robinson `devastated' by death of founding member Tutu | Dec. 26, 2021 |

Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former President of Ireland, remembers the light that Archbishop Desmond Tutu brought to the world and the lessons that can be learned from his legacy. Initial broadcast July 2022.

High Seas Enclaves of the Western and Central Pacific | Greenpeace |


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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 10:32:18 AM EST

Melting glaciers in Alps, a future for severe drought down Rhine River countries ...

Assessment of climate change impacts on discharge in the Rhine River Basin: Results of the RheinBlick2050 project | ResearchGate - 2016 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 10:33:23 AM EST

Disappearing glaciers - New study on meltwater in the Rhine | CHR Utrecht - 2018 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 10:34:07 AM EST
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Everything has changed in Europe after 2014

My recent diary ...

Will Planet Earth Survive Capitalism?

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 10:34:58 AM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 09:00:03 PM EST
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Germany: Police prepare for coal mine protest clearance | DW News |

Police on Tuesday began breaking down barricades and forcibly removing climate activists staging a sit-in protest against the expansion of a coal mine, highlighting tensions over Germany's environmental policy amid an energy crisis.

Several hundred climate activists tried to prevent heavy machinery from reaching the abandoned village of Lützerath in North Rhine-Westphalia by constructing barricades and digging trenches to halt police in their tracks.

Activists have occupied the remaining buildings in the village to the west of Cologne and near the Dutch border on the face of the opencast lignite mine -- long scheduled for demolition and cleared of residents -- for almost two years.



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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 09:00:52 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 10th, 2023 at 09:01:48 PM EST
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I suppose the main problem with renewables is that they are capital intensive and require a long time to ramp up. The Ukraine war has created a short term problem and politicians can't be expected to allow old people die of hypothermia or industry requiring carbon feedstocks to collapse.

So some prolongation of existing carbon based energy production is unavoidable in the short term. The key thing is to ensure that a short term fix doesn't become the long term solution.

Part of the solution has to be the increased price of carbon fuels themselves - they have made renewables much more price competitive and profitable. Hopefully that will lead to much greater investment and a more rapid transition to renewables.

In the meantime, the best we can do is ensure that carbon fuels aren't subsidised while capital is made available for as rapid a roll-out of renewables as possible.

Longer term that will be extremely damaging to the Russian economy, but unfortunately not immediately enough to encourage them to stop the war.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jan 11th, 2023 at 12:57:36 PM EST
The legal system had to force the executive of PM Mark Rutte to make haste in emission reduction as was legislated by the EU in Brussels ... due to lousy implementation of BreXit by the UK taking many years, Rutte's window for NeXit passed.

Libertarian Rutte with his Conservative party VVD wasted a full decade to be serious on sustainability and renewables. The Hague with Royal Shell, Exxon and the GasUnie went full throttle for Nord Stream and Gazprom making sweet deals to be the facilitator as Groningen gas fields went dry. The damages to homes and businesses due to earth tremors made decisions urgent. Compensation to victims of major damages of homes took many years and hasn't been resolves as of today.

Limits on emissions slows down permits to build new infrastructure, highways, homes and renovation of pre-war and ear,y houses build in the 1950s. Poorly insulated and the vast majority connected to Groninger natural gas after the coal mines closed in the sixties under Economy Minister Joop den Uyl (Labour).

    (The Hague - Nov. 6, 2011) Prime Minister Mark Rutte is one of the government leaders who are officially commissioning the Nord-Stream pipeline in Lubmin, northern Germany.

    The Nord-Stream connects the huge gas reserves in Russia to Europe via the Baltic Sea. The pipelines can supply Europe with 55 billion cubic meters per year for a period of at least 50 years.

The reason Rutte attempted to keep Royal Shell from moving to London were tax benefits ... emissions ruling made the decision for Shell stakeholders quite easy.

Royal Dutch Shell: Netherlands court orders oil giant to cut emissions | BBC News - May 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 11th, 2023 at 02:27:53 PM EST
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Diplomatic War Between Rutte and Putin | Oct. 15, 2013 |

Reset Dutch ties with Russia in a concerted effort by the free West at the time of the Sochi Winter Olympics ... a turning point. Start of the Maidan protest in Kyiv ... a coincidence?

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 11th, 2023 at 02:29:23 PM EST
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By design, the Ukraine was to become a major partner in the European H2 hub for transport. Another crucial setback for some years.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 11th, 2023 at 02:30:54 PM EST
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That pitchbook is dated 2020. I've even posted a few which also pre-date the MidCat fiasco.

I do not understand that UNPROVOKED WAR IN UKRAINE was ever a barrier to value chain income collected by these downstream European "hub" operators now raising public and private capital investment to convert existing fuel refining P&E for cracking and storing (grey | blue | pink | green) hydrogen. Conspicuously absent in these presentations (sponsored by Ukrenergo) are requisite, "competively priced" supply chain infrastructure ownership, construction, and operations.

For thirty-one years, Ukraine neither produced nor exported fuel of any significance other than coal to Europe's "energy" grid. Instead Ukrainian TSOs collected pipeline transit fees from Russian suppliers who built that infrastructure yet failed to maintain its "renewable" power plant legacy.

This model shows that during 2020-2050 in Ukraine must be put into operation 88.8 GW installed capacity of renewable energy sources for domestic consumption. [p 12]

Some one explain, Why @Equinor, @RWE_AG, @Shell, @Gasunie, #Eneco hedge funds would abandon "reliable" TTF supply chain "partners" around the world to replace them in Ukraine?

by Cat on Wed Jan 11th, 2023 at 04:09:24 PM EST
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Green hydrogen depends on massive oversupply of wind generation capacity during "peak wind" conditions (when the grid doesn't need wind generation, you use it to make H2 because the marginal price of the energy is close to zero). It's definitely a Good Thing, and probably the Next Big Thing for road transportation of goods (H2 is VERY high energy density by weight, better than diesel, but poor energy density by volume, so not suitable for cars or, um, aeroplanes)

SO... indeed, Ukraine never a player. Until they have massive eolian capacity on the Black Sea.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 11:12:39 AM EST
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I'm not inclined to sing the praises of Macron (he is currently engaged in buggering up my retirement prospects) but on energy, he has pivoted / flip-flopped to renewables in a big way. Crisis = opportunity.

He has already committed us to building new nukes, but that is a decade away (in wildly optimistic mode) from having any impact. Offshore wind can come on line in a big way in a few years, and solar can ramp up even quicker.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 11:57:03 AM EST
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3 Jan 2023 to Austrian state broadcaster ORF

archived Mar 2022 in Ruble and Rupee, June 2022, GlobSec 2022, Sep 2022, 9 Nov, 11 Nov

For Modi and Indo-Pact Fallacies:Consider the plot holes in this topical commentary, India's got the BRICS blues: Those are Modi's unrequited QUAD status and Trump's vainglorious receptions of Bolsanaro in D.C. and Modi, in Houston

by Cat on Wed Jan 11th, 2023 at 02:13:17 PM EST
Onet.pl is the largest Polish web portal and online news platform. According to Digital News Report, it is the largest online news source in the country, reaching 42% Internet users every week. It is also one of the most-quoted news media in Poland.

Поляки за Украину, но против украинцев. Отчет о социологически&# 1093; исследованиях

Onet: поляков объединила неприязнь к украинским беженцам

Sociology: Poles are for Ukraine, but against Ukrainians

Sociologists claim that the general attitude of Poles towards Ukrainian refugees has changed significantly in nine months.

The Poles have a problem, and a serious one at that. In the public sphere, there is a belief that Poles are full of benevolence towards Ukrainians. We managed to give ourselves medals for this, we accept expressions of gratitude from Ukraine, but meanwhile this is no longer true. Indeed, this was the case in the first months, when we reacted sympathetically to the beginning of military operations and the Russian special operation. Fear of Russia, which is a strong factor in the integration of Poles and Ukrainians, played its role, regardless of the mood. Unfortunately, sympathy is no longer the dominant feeling among Poles.

Sociological studies that have been conducted show that in all social and age groups, in large and small cities, regardless of gender, negative feelings towards refugees from Ukraine prevail. This means that we are sitting on a time bomb. And if we are not smart enough to neutralize it, it will fall into the hands of people who can use this situation to score political points. This is exactly what happened in Germany in 2015, where the mass media and political elites could not formulate the growing hostility to refugees, and the microscopic party "Alternative for Germany" suddenly became the third political force in the country.



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 11:40:30 PM EST
Classified documents: What is the difference between the Biden and Trump cases?
One is crack, the other is cocaine.

What is the difference between the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
One is crack, the other is cocaine.

What's the difference between the US Constitution and the TFEU?
One is crack, the other is cocaine.

What is the difference between the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, Court of Justice of the European Union, and European Court of Human Rights?
location, location, location.

by Cat on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 03:38:05 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 04:39:46 PM EST
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By chance came across this article ..

Spiegel vs. Bild | by Dodo - March 1, 2011 |

Then, in March 2004, came the final sign of the neocon makeover: weeks after Spiegel On-Line posted a long article debunking in detail the then loud anti-wind-power propaganda of the traditional energy industry, the print edition posted the total opposite, with this cover:

THE WINDMILL MADNESS

From the dream of environmentally friendly energy to landscape destruction with high  subventions Crazy Horse told us that two of Der Spiegel's top technical writers resigned in protest over that article, but then I couldn't find the story - now I discovered it, and more, in the German Wikipedia article on Stefan Aust.



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 05:54:09 PM EST
Stefan Aust in Der Spiegel Windmühlen Wahn

The Spiegel title against the "windmill craze" got the wind power lobby on the barricades and caused an internal dispute, in the course of which Harald Schumann ("The Globalization Trap") from the Berlin office resigned.

Book Review : Hans-Peter Martin and Harald Schumann (1997): The global trap: Globalization and the assault on democracy and prosperity

Summary:
This work explores and critiques the consequences of globalization for both democratic institutions and jobs. Pointing to the weakening of the nation state, it contends that the "one world" created by globalization is collapsing. The authors argue that in future only a fifth of the world's labour force will be needed, creating the 20:80 society; a global economy out of control will lead to social upheaval and, in the end, war. The book aims to provide an alarm call for the restoration of democracy, politics and the state.

Interesting read, although the Digital Revolution and its impact were not foreseen. The risk of upheaval in society was well illustrated..

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 05:55:27 PM EST
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An EU Love Affair with Fossil Fuel | July 27, 2020 |

In this tenth episode, German investigative reporter Harald Schumann describes how and why many EU member states seem to still have a crush on fossil fuels. Despite the overwhelming knowledge and practical evidence of the effects of climate change, governments keep subsidizing the use of fossil fuels. Schumann and his colleagues from the pan-European journalistic platform Investigate Europe just published a series of articles that expose this ridiculous and counter-productive policy of European governments. 

The European Green Deal (EGD) could be one of the most important and inspiring EU policy initiatives. It is testimony to civil society and citizens movement's impact. Excluding public investment funds to fossil fuel industries is key to foster a sustainable and just transition. But Investigate Europe's findings show that Europe subsidises its fossil fuel sectors by more than €137 billion per year. In comparison, the total annual budget of the EU is around €155bn.



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 05:56:39 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 11:12:30 PM EST

Thank goodness for this voice of reason, still lucid well into his 90s. One of the greatest minds in the history of our species.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 11:17:36 PM EST
Just fill in the blanks with the new names of today ... shaping a NWO.

In the economic history of the German Republic, three consecutive phases can be discerned - inflation, concentration, rationalisation.

    The big war-profiteers like Stinnes, Thyssen, Otto Wolff, [26] et hoc genus omne, [27] who had known how to distil minted gold out of millions of corpses, now transformed themselves into revolution and inflation profiteers, or were overtaken by newcomers.

If the war had meant for these a source of new capital, the revolution and its child the Weimar Republic had provided new chances. It is true that the Republic at the outset aimed at getting rid of large fortunes, but its good intentions proved, especially in its economic policy, to be again the stones paving the way to Hell. In its unparalleled self-denial, this `social state' actually bred types like Stinnes and Flick, [28] who hated the Republic and used this hatred as a moral justification for tax-defaulting, robbery of the state, and financing counter-revolutionary plots. Yet the state continued to feed them with credits which they used to further inflation, and which they `repaid' in valueless paper marks.

This time of whirlwind-raging proletarianisation of the middle class, which diverted huge slices of the property of the people into the gaping jaws of industrial sharks, gave birth to that type of capitalist which indiscriminately bought up concerns and enterprises of all descriptions - the type which in the minds of their contemporaries is indissolubly bound up with the name of Stinnes. Stinnes was not the creator of mighty concerns systematically built up and internally connected. At random he bought anything: steel-works, newspapers, hotels, ships, coalmines, textile mills, foodstuffs - and politicians. Though these blown-up trusts and concerns soon burst like soap bubbles, many ruined small and medium businessmen strewed the path, and these, together with the unemployed officers and the impoverished intellectuals, formed the shock battalions of the coming counter-revolution.

When again - at the expense of the working class - the mark was stabilised, the inflation profiteers gave way to deflation profiteers; or became such. A period of comparatively coherent concentration followed, combining industrial enterprises of a definite interconnection into powerful trusts: the epoch of monopoly capitalism dawned.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 08:56:53 AM EST
As both East and West sink deeper in the quagmire of hostilities, sanctions, trade war and refusal to communicate at a diplomatic level, the risk for a big blow-up increases as parties escalate in weapons and manpower.

The moment the Russian invasion became reality on Feb. 24, it compared to that one shot heard round the world a little over 100 years ago. Or were the shots fired at the protesters on Feb. 24, 2014 - the Maidan massacre - the true spark of events leading to military escalation between East and West culminating in the Ukraine War of 2022.

In addition to the American Revolution, the "shot heard round the world" became associated with other historical events, such as the 1914 assassination of Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which helped trigger World War I.

Bosnia marks end of Europe's violent century | TOI - June 29, 2014 |

On June 28, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian crown prince Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, where he had come to inspect his occupying troops in the empire's eastern province.

The shots fired by Serb teenager Gavrilo Princip sparked the Great War, which was followed decades later by a second world conflict. Together the two wars cost some 80 million European their lives, ended four empires -- including the Austro-Hungarian -- and changed the world forever.

Europe living on a knife's edge ... in reality there is no cultural unity or stability in internal security. The flag of nationalism is flying high.

Eastern European Nationalism in the Twentieth Century (1995)

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 10:39:29 AM EST
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Germany doling blindfolded under the Traffic-light regime of Scholz-Habeck/Baerbock-Lindner ... reaching out to Uncle Joe Biden who makes sure the arms are buckled behind their backs so the wrists are shackled. Trump was distrusted, but he succeeded where Joe took the baton and ran with it.


Trump threatens German carmakers with 35 percent U.S. import tariff

Like I have written, the War in Ukraine is America's attack on Europe.

Cheese, French wines, planes on Trump target list for $7.5B retaliation award

Brussels leaning over getting kicked in the a$$ ... Germany way behind the curve, still don't know what hit them. History will judge harshly on faint leadership in Brussels-Berlin-Paris-Rome.

Perplexed - Charles Michel

Only in times of peril will leadership show. Nothing here to see ... very compliant. Rutte doing his utmost to be the successor of Jens by NATO. Or as the job already been handed out?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 11:29:14 AM EST
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Astronaut Ron Garan destroys the fascist theme of Josep Borrell ...

  • There is no them, only us...
  • Too much noise falsehoods, misinformation
  • MLK: we are all in this together

We need to jettison the old mindset ...

So true, great presentation ☮️

Americans live in fear of domestic gun violence ... they do not know what freedom is.

MLK: "I Have A Dream"

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 21st, 2023 at 02:10:09 PM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 24th, 2023 at 07:59:50 PM EST
Leading NATO into the Ukraine quagmire, refusing any form of diplomacy, backed by a disfunctioneel U.S. Congress and declining democracy.



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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 24th, 2023 at 08:02:05 PM EST
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Who rules the waves?

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 08:33:52 PM EST
Why Stoltenberg's speech was so blatant in Tokyo | Global Times editorial |

Before visiting Japan, Stoltenberg went to South Korea. Although he also played up the "China threat" in South Korea and tied China, Russia and North Korea together with malicious intent, his words were far less straightforward and blatant than in Tokyo. Facing the Japanese audience, Stoltenberg spent a lot of time attacking China. He said in a sensational tone, "What is happening in Europe today could happen in East Asia tomorrow." He also said unctuously, "China is not our adversary," but what he said later was basically to smear and slander China. He accused China of "substantially building up its military forces, including nuclear weapons, without any transparency" and said that China (the Chinese mainland) is attempting to assert control over the South China Sea, and threatening Taiwan.

A joint statement was issued after talks between Stoltenberg and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on January 31, in which the common stance against China and Russia was very prominent, and the intention to interfere in the situation across the Taiwan Straits was very strong. These will undoubtedly create risks of camp confrontation and division in the Asia-Pacific region. The role NATO is playing is exactly the same as it has played on the European soil. In other words, it is actually NATO itself that is promoting the idea that "what is happening in Europe today could happen in East Asia tomorrow."

A wolf whose base camp and activities have been in the far west for a long time has found a foothold in East Asia with great ambitions. Japan is the one who lured the wolf into the house, and also seeks a high-sounding reason. As the secretary general of NATO, Stoltenberg is not qualified to dictate East Asian affairs, not to mention even giving outrageous statements. To some extent, Japan created such an opportunity for him and NATO. Stoltenberg did not hesitate to speak sweetly about Japan, saying that among NATO's partners, none is closer or more capable than Japan. He also praised Japan's substantial increase in defense budget and revision of its security strategy, behaviors that have been widely questioned in the Asia-Pacific region. NATO and Japan formed a vicious mutual reinforcement.



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