With ten years blogging coming up [not quite yet] and a fair amount of surfing, reading and commenting before that, was there any point? It involves resources.
The answer you’d expect is yes, even a small bookshop hidden down a lane can house things worth travelling down that lane and others for. A good example is that of The Saker who has a bee in his bonnet about the Anglo-Zionist conspiracy. He seems to know a fair bit about Russia but then again, so do I.
There was a post yesterday about Most Annoying Expressions you hear people use. One of the most annoying to me is someone reading something and starting with a variant of: “No, you’re wrong, this is how it is,” as if it’s an either/or situation. It’s quite possible for someone from a different path to come up with another angle of the same big picture and neither is wholly wrong nor wholly right, in the sense that they’re right on that point … but there are other points which complete the picture.
Thus, a commenter writes, of the Saker post:
This article misses the point. The biggest point, which is that there are forces (jewish) which want the US and Russia to go to war with each other and to see both countries get vaporized.
No, no, no, it does not miss the point, just because it’s not the angle you come in at. The Saker points to Russia’s weapons systems:
•The re-creation of the First Guards Tank Army (in progress)
•The deployment of the Iskander-M operational-tactical missile system (done)
•The deployment of the Sarmat ICBM (in progress)
•The deployment of the Status-6 strategic torpedo (in progress)
Yes, and just why is Russia beefing up the defences? My Russian mate considers Putin is crazy re-establishing the Cold War but he’s hampered with what we all are – a limited set of inputs. For example, he does not see the EU threat in the least.
Another Russian mate does and he pointed immediately to the CIA/EU/NATO presence in Kiev at the Maidan march, plus the sheer bestiality of the Trades Union building burning down and the murders before that inside, the snipers on the roofs, the Ukrainian bringing down of MH17.
One commenter points to Russia not being in any real position:
Putin is thrashing about at the moment in an attempt to appear to be much stronger than he is. While Russia has managed to upgrade some equipment, it’s training is of low quality. It excels in one thing, something it has excelled in for many years, artillery. It is the one aspect of the Russian Army western Armies genuinely fear. The rest, not so much.
Russia has nothing the west wants that it can’t buy elsewhere.
Russia has nothing to fear in the west. She will destroy herself, just as the Soviet Union did, and for the same avoidable reasons. The Russian Army, however, has an appointment with destruction on the mountains of Israel (Ezekial chapters 38 & 39).
You might but I’ll not pooh-pooh that last bit. Something which surprised me while I was there was Moscow paying off the last of the Club of Paris debt. Whaaa? What was Club of Paris doing in there? I walked out into a corridor once and there were reps of the EBRD.
But if the global capitalist system [same as the global communist imperialist system] thinks it has Russia in its debt, then they’re thinking western – that people respect debt as something to be paid off. The average Russian does not think in that way at all.
Another commenter takes the Saker to task – this was the Saker’s original statement:
Take a look at Russian generals (for example, watch the Victory Day parade in Moscow). In comparison to their western colleagues they look almost brutish, because first and foremost they are ruthless and calculating killers.
Actually, he’s right, I met a few of these men, had a couple of them as friends and they are deeply patriotic to the Motherland. The average Russian would speak of America as the N1 enemy in their west and the Chinese in vostok or their east. They cannot budge these images from their minds, not that state television wishes them to.
Another commenter says:
Meh, M.A.D. is still in full force. U.S. forces sprinkled about the globe are merely multiple lines drawn in the sand. Mere markers, tripwires. Korea, Poland, the borders around the Ukraine, the old U.S. occupations in Germany at the wall were/are tripwires. If any given tripwire is violated, or overrun, that means Americans killed.
Another, which Chuckles picked up on, was Monty’s observation [original or not, it matters not] that one does not march on Moscow.
It’s simple wisdom. Walking around a park with the gf one day, the perma-memorial to Den Pobyedi was translated by her – it was the Victory Park. Not the Memorial Park, as in today’s American Memorial Day, but Victory.
With a mindset like that, which Russians quietly exude, they’re not interested in conquest out there, although they support the sports men and women. But they’re most interested in no one thinking they can come in with impunity and take over Russia. They’ll not just see off the enemy with the help of Generals January and February but they’ll then pursue and punish all the way back to the border.
And the very sports doping scandal tells us something – Russians will not be defeated. At least they’ll not accept it, except by their own politburos. They can’t do, unless you wipe out 170 million people.
There are hawks in the west who plan to do just that. Another:
Unlike their Russian counterparts, US elites, for example, have very little understanding (to put it mildly) of application of military force and consequences which follow. In fact, most of those “elites” bought into their own propaganda and that is what makes them so dangerous.
Add here, such as the case of Russia, a complete ignorance of the US so called “expert” community and you have a perfect storm, which may act across the whole spectrum of the warfare, from COIN fantasies to nuclear weapons included. US is itching for conventional conflict with Russia.
Why so? It is a separate and very complex topic of escalation dynamics. Here we are opening a can of worms of actual military contingencies which may bring about the use of nukes mainly from US side.
Nothing’s really been said so far about collusion by the elites, that the whole idea is to create stand-offs and ultimatums, and NATO is certainly goading Russia at this moment in the Ukraine. How long will the Russian bear be poked?
As the commenter just said, that shows a lack of understanding of the Russian mindset – they are far more mature and in for the long game. Anyone with weaponry and developed tech second to another will choose his steps carefully. US has the tech, e.g. in SRI International, DARPA etc. but not how to adapt it, where to go next. The Russians are masters at taking western tech and improving on it.
Which contrasts with the rusting shell of the Russian version of Concorde, to go with the rusting shell of naval ships in the Black Sea, to go with the broken up Orlyoniks of yesteryear. There’s an element of the child to Russia – plays with something for a while and then let’s it go and moves on.
Far more of an issue for us are those behind these buffoons:
In 2017, our armed forces pass into their control if the UK is stupid enough to vote Remain. Outside, we’re not out of the woods but it does stymie them for a time.
There is sheer madness at elite level. GW Bush and others were quite happy with anschluss, even with Russia, certainly with Mexico and Canada [posts passim].
October 28, 1939 – In an address by John Foster Dulles [later U.S. Secretary of State], he proposes that America lead the transition to a new order of less independent, semi-sovereign states bound together by a league or federal union.
June 28, 1945 – President Truman endorses world government in a speech: “It will be just as easy for nations to get along in a republic of the world as it is for us to get along in a republic of the United States.”
October 24, 1945 – The United Nations Charter becomes effective.
Feb. 9, 1950 – The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee introduces Senate Concurrent Resolution #66 which begins: “Whereas, in order to achieve universal peace and justice, the present Charter of the United Nations should be changed to provide a true world government constitution.”
The resolution is introduced by Senator Glen Taylor (D-Idaho), who later states: “We would have to sacrifice considerable sovereignty to the world organization to enable them to levy taxes in their own right to support themselves.”
April 12, 1952 – CFR member John Foster Dulles [who later became Secretary of State, in speaking before the American Bar Association in Louisville, Kentucky, says: “Treaty law can override the Constitution. Treaties can take powers away from Congress and give them to the President.
They can take powers from the States and give them to the Federal Government or to some international body, and they can cut across the rights given to the people by their constitutional Bill of Rights.”
Y-e-e-e-s-s-s, we know all about treaties, do we not, on this side of the pond? Svali said in interview, in 2000:
Russia was never really a threat to us. Marxism was funded by the Illuminati, and espoused as a counterbalance to capitalism. The Illluminati believe strongly in balancing opposing forces, in the pull between opposites. They see history as a complex chess game, and they will fund one side, then another, while ultimately out of the chaos and division, they are laughing because they are ultimately beyond political parties. A top western financier would secretly meet with an Eastern or Russian “adversary” during those years, and have a good laugh at how the “sheep” were being deluded.
Before dismissing that out of hand, think for a moment what the motivation is for Common Purpose course takers. Here you have people of limited intellect, more often than not public servants, Cressida Dicks and they’re enormously flattered they’ve been “selected”, though what the real criteria were are never told them.
Moral ambiguity and ambition are two, being loyal little soldiers for the cause plus that overweening desire to “be the one” who makes his or her mark, for personal reasons, in the Great Work of Ages. To block any counter movement among the people is a a real power trip – they get off on being able to pull the plug on things.
Destructive, the only construction being of the fantasy project type, funded by the taxpayer of course, whose money is to splash around. Each of these toerags thinks he or she is so important in the process that public moneys are there for their disbursement.
We come back again to M.A.D. and sheer incompetence, along with genuinely wanting conflagration, really working towards it. At the micro-level – whoever prosecuted that old lady for tending to the grass verges, whoever prosecuted you for your wheelie bin being a foot out of place – that’s the mind we’re looking at.
A parting thought from contributor haiku, referring to a tale of a school bully:
The bully learnt – the hard way, as did the French with the Maginot Line – the truth of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder words: “No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force.”