Take a good look at the map above. It shows clearly that fighting is taking place from the Black Sea in the south to the border of Belarus in the north. That is roughly 1,000 miles. Now, ask yourself, who has the manpower, weapons and resources to press the fight along this broad front? Simple answer, only Russia.
Russia still has at least 500,000 troops in reserve that have not been committed to the battles. Ukraine does not. Ukraine is running out of artillery shells and neither the United States nor NATO have the ability to replace and sustain Ukraine’s rate of fire, according to the Washington Post and the New York Times. Russia, notwithstanding Western claims that it too is running dry, continues to show otherwise:
Russian Forces launched a massive kamikaze drone strike against targets in Ukraine this evening.
Targets have been hit (https://t.me/rybar/44768) in #Novomoskovsk in #Dnepropetrovsk region, #Konstantinovka, #Dnepropetrovsk and #Kiev region. Explosions have also been reported in #Zhytomyr, #Rovno, #Khmelnytsky and #Volyn region.https://t.me/sitreports/5952
The situation on the ground, as I reported in my previous post, is beyond grim.
Ukraine has demoted a top battlefield commander after he admitted his unit had been decimated in fighting around the city of Bakhmut.
The battalion commander, known by his call sign Kupol, gave an unusually frank assessment of Ukrainian losses in an interview from the front lines earlier this week.
He revealed that all of the original 500 soldiers in his unit had either been killed or injured, a rare acknowledgement from inside the Ukrainian ranks, where losses are kept strictly confidential.
The Ukrainian high command is at pains to present a positive spin on the increasingly bloody defence of the East. US officials have estimated that the Ukrainian army may have taken 120,000 casualties compared to 200,000 by the Russian army.
Kupol told the Washington Post this week that the Ukrainian army training was often poor and that some of the rookie replacements didn’t know how to throw a hand grenade or fire a rifle.
No amount of spin can cover up the catastrophic casualties Ukrainian troops are suffering because of unrelenting Russian artillery strikes. Demoting officers who dare to tell the truth about the situation is but one more symptom of the growing dysfunction and ineffectiveness of the Ukrainian military.
There also is the canard that Russian soldiers are incompetent and the Ukrainians are masterful warriors. More nonsense. Watch the following video. You will see a Russian soldier, Alexander Maltsev, creep up on the bottom of the screen on a well defended Ukrainian trench. He is outnumbered at least six to one. Also pay close attention to the Ukrainian soldiers. They are clearly poorly trained and undisciplined. Look at them firing their riles using the old “pray and spray” method — i.e., hold the rifle above your head, do not aim and empty your clip. Maltsev, by contrast, does it right. He aims and makes accurate shots, killing at least two of the Ukrainian troops and taking the rest as captive. Shades of Sergeant Alvin York.
The war is not just being fought on the battlefield. On the eve of next week’s summit between Russia’s President Putin and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping the International Court at the Hague announced a false, unfounded indictment of Putin for alleged crimes against children. Pure garbage, but smearing people is the only weapon the West apparently has left to launch against Russia. The Western media was filled with reports declaring Putin is a War criminal and stating that foreign leaders should shun him. Curious thing about indictments — they are allegations of criminal conduct and must be proven in court. But most in the West are not waiting for that judicial process to run its course, they already have decided that Putin is guilty as charged.
This will have no detrimental effect on the Putin/Xi summit next week. If anything, it will remind Xi that the so-called “rules based international order” is a one-way street that is only used to serve the interests of Washington. Like the American founders in 1776, Putin and Xi understand that if they don’t hang together they will hand separately if the West gets its way.
Russia’s incredible Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, called out the staggering hypocrisy of the West in leveling such charges:
The experiments of the “enlightened West” on sex change in children, the persecution of doctors who believe that there are only two sexes, the perverted interpretation of juvenile law, the destruction of the institution of the family, the replacement of “mom” and “dad” with degenerate terms “parent A” and “parent B”, the propaganda of perversions among minors – all these are not annoying accidents, but a large-scale policy in NATO-centric countries. And those states that, like Hungary, are trying to resist within the Alliance, are being subjected to real persecution.
Sanctions and harassment against Leonid Roshal (Noted pediatritian, Chairman of International Charity Fund to Help Children in Disasters and Wars) and Maria Lvova-Belova (Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Russia) are signs of the dehumanization of liberal dictatorships.https://t.me/azmilitary11/41184
Zakharova’s comments will resonate with parents in the Western world who still believe in science, particularly biology, and are fighting against the deviant agenda trying to erase the reality of the differences between men and women. Russia understands that this war is not just about eliminating Nazis in Ukraine and saving the people of the Donbas. There is a global cultural war underway and the very foundation of Western culture’s philosophical and religious roots is at risk. Russia realizes that it is fighting to preserve the religious truth embraced by Christianity, Judaism and Islam — God created man and woman.
Russian attempts to save children from the ravages of war is being viciously attacked while most Western governments and media outlets remain mum on the murder of Ukrainian children during the last 9 years by the Government of Ukraine in its relentless shelling of civilians in the Donbas.
I anticipate more moves by Washington and NATO to try to disrupt the meeting of Putin and Xi. Those moves will fail and the summit will solidify the agenda to create a new multi-polar world that eschews Western control.
Your remarks about the social perversion, degeneracy of the west are certainly necessary, Johnson, given the fact that their malignity is not only destroying western societies but it is also driving western imperial policies of murderous aggression against all countries that reject such soul-destroying ideology of death. Russia is obviously the chief enemy of their depravities.
The ultimate degeneracy is the insistence on measuring the world by digits in off-shore bank accounts. And if social perversion means the libertarian’s insistence on imposing his own personal terms on the world, then I agree.
Art Thomas says
You are showing your ignorance as to the meaning of libertarian. Libertarian is the philosophy based on the non aggression principal in which case one has the right to use force against the aggressor to defend one’s self as I believe Russia is doing against the US/NATO and its proxy puppet, the Kiev regime.
The proper term for what you are referring to is “libertine”. Dictionaries come in handy.
boorish manner says
Interesting video from Prigozhin.
Because new offensives are declared ever day and then they disappear somewhere, our actions, of course, cause envy.
I know why they are disappearing. Because the management system must be built locally, not by orders from far away.
We have successes, while in other places, successes are not what they’d like to be, then instead of rewarding success, they insist that we should only get the ammunition of the unsuccessful,… remember what grandpa Lenin said: We all thought we were all meant to live well, but instead, they made it so that everyone lived the same but poorly.
Anyway, the objective is simple: PMC Wagner must not take Bakhmut.
We had enough glory from Soledar, the whole country supported PMC Wagner.
So PMC Wagner should not be capturing Bakhmut under any circumstances!
Obviously, the restriction of ammunition is the basis to prevent PMC Wagner taking Bakhmut.
But PMC Wagner will take Bakhmut anyway. We’ll take it anyway.
Not because Prigozhin wants it.
And, not because Prigozhin now has,… excuse me,… “huge political ambitions” and he must take Bakhmut to promote himself.
B*tch,… we must prove to the whole world that Russia can!
What’s the difference, Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Avdiivka, or some other shithole in (the) Svatove-Kreminna (line).
No matter what it is, take fu*king something.
So I think that the restriction of ammunition is the first part in a Ballet de la Merlaison (a sudden turn of events).
It’s no just the restriction of ammunition, it’s about cut flights, about removed military phones, which I cannot use to call anyone, and no one can call me. Leave me the phone! Wiretap it if you like. Know what I am talking about and call me sometimes. and say “Prigozhin, you’re a dick, go f*ck yourself” and hang up. At least this. What’s the point of cutting the phone.
Is it so that my pilot, when he plans to fly, couldn’t warn air defense not to shoot me down because I’m flying? Why cut it? Kindergarten. You shouldn’t be playing kindergarten, war is very serious work.
So when they cut off our ammunition we couldn’t do anything, so we would be like everyone else (and do nothing).
But if I now say, thank you Founding Fathers, thanks for everything, then what would that be? Sarcasm!
It would be Prigozhin who, in his boorish manner, trolled respected people.
Prigozhin & the whole ” ammunition sage”…. more PR & political manoeuvring than reality ?
Don’t know — just speculating……
Darth Readius says
@shtove Yes I am so glad you pointed out that the true evil is not starting unjust and pointless wars or convincing kids to castrate themselves but is having money in bank accounts. It is truly unfortunate that the Soviets could not complete world dekulakization. There are simply too many people alive today who not only own a cow but even have money in banks. It’s important to stay focused on the true enemy.
And lets not forget those damn libertarians who want to be left alone with their cow and children with functioning sexual organs! Damn those bastards!
Tom S. says
As the Bolshevik said of Zhivago, “God rot good men.” So assiduously applied by the Party for the next 70+ years one could mistake it for a focus grouped official motto rather than an off the cuff remark.
Darth Readius says
@Tom I can’t stand modern movies so been watching old movies and bollywood movies and I just watched that movie a few weeks ago! Good movie and agree.
The old Bolshies loved those “class allies” aka criminals.
If China signed a deal where they would, under no circumstances set up military operations jointly with North Korea in Mexico and Cuba, but then did just that, complete with bioweapon labs and an ever growing military might, would The US be guilty of starting an evil, unjust and pointless war if they decided to stop it?
Or should we do as you think Russia should and just forget about those deals. Russia has tried diplomacy for years but the Ukrainians have continued to abuse and slaughter Russians living in former Russian,/Soviet territory?
Of course we would do the same as Russia. BTW, your CNN, cnbc and all other legacy media won’t give you that real perspective or any real perspective, if you haven’t figured that out. Try Epoch for fully balanced news
k. talaat says
What you have described is this destructive revolution known as communism. Putin said ( I am paraphrasing): Communism is a Western creation that almost destroyd Russia and we will never go back to communism.
What the Davos Crowd has for us is a transition from debt slavery to pure slavery. The financial power of Europe’s Satanists must be destroyed, they plan to destroy us with WW3.
Here is a link to a recent Zerohedge article illustrating Zakharova’s comments. Unfortunately I live in this state – Minnesota. Just look at the face of this woke psycho.
I read the twitter comments on the trans kids. It was very funny with plenty of comments. Some include comments saying stuff like:
“I am glad that when I told my parents I was spiderman, they won’t let me jump off a building”
“I always thought I am superman, and pretend to fly. But glad my parents wouldn’t let me really jump off buildings”
“My kid was totally into Blade, I would let him dress up as him, but not let him go hunting vampires at midnight.”
“If kids start thinking that they are adults, can they start smoking and drinking??”
One of the best comments was along the lines of “The parents should tell the kids what they can do, and not let the kids tell us what to do.”
I guess in the current party, they let the kids decide and tell them what to do, perhaps that is why we see the way they act like kids despite in international context!
A. Dane says
The Western allegations of war crime against Putin, is for evacuating ethnic Russian children along with their mothers out of the war torn Donetsk and Luhansk oblast in Eastern Ukraine, into safety within Russia.
This operation to protect women and Children has been ongoing since the Regime in Kiev back in 2014 began attacking civilians in Donbass with heavy artillery.
Back then we saw videos of load of civilian busses lining up while women and children were helped onboard and said goodbye their husbands and Fathers, who stayed behind and joined the Donbass militias to fight the AZOV NAZIs attacking their homeland.
How low can we go?
To accuse a humanitarian action of being a war crime is nothing but a load of propaganda B++++++.
Real war criminals are people like George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and Anders F. Rasmussen, for their lies to invade Iraq, and killing more than 1 million Iraqis.
I could name many more names from Western Nations who deserve their day at an international court for war crimes, However, they will never be indicted, because the court has turned into a veritable Kangaroo court, sentencing only leaders who oppose the self-appointed Western Rule based international order.
I’m surprised that they haven’t accused Russian soldier of removing babies out of incubators, yet.
What is even worse is that our western warmongers are committing war crimes and aggression in our names. As long as we don’t rise up against them, they will take our silence as accept of their crimes against humanity.
This war and the many NATO wars before it, is not fought in my name.
I guess they would see the Kinder Express as a war crime too.
That’s the power of owning all the media.
You project any narrative you like and though it is falling apart, there are still completely ignorant people who only ever watch or read the propaganda in the same old legacy news sources they always have.
They just can’t imagine in their world, these not being anything but the true authority on news and are not aware who know owns them all and why.
martin mkultra7 says
reminds me of the Hitler youth programs.
Allan Mountain says
There is one HUGE difference between Hitler youth program and the perverse psychological and physical mutilation program being conducted in America and its equally decadent and degenerate allied nations in the Five Eyes group of nations and most EU nations today.
Hitler youth were never persuaded to question their gender or take puberty blocking drugs and horrible unnatural surgical mutilations.
Hitler youth were all made to do lots of regular rigorous exercises in opened outdoor spaces – there were no huge wobbly obese teenage couch-sloths with no ambition or proper education. Hitler youth were as a result incredibly healthy and strong boys and girls.
Notwithstanding Hitler youth were tragically brainwashed into believing horrendous lies about their racial superiority and the inferiority of what they were taught were subhuman races which included just about every other race of people outside the so-called Aryan white Germanic peoples.
I have often wondered what might have happened had Hitler and the Nazis stuck only with their program to restore German economy and independence and had succeeded in throwing off the yoke of the international banking cartel, and had not embraced those insane delusional beliefs about their own unique, so-called Aryan racial superiority and the genocidal crimes which they were led to committing as a result.
NOTE: that Aryan racial superiority program began originally in America in early 1900s where it was funded by the wealthy privileged oligarch families of America i.e. Rockefellers, Carnegies and Harrimans et al. It was the Rockefeller Foundation which founded and funded the German eugenics program and even funded the program that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz.
Here is an extract from a book about that history for those who are not aware of it (or worse continue to actively denied it). Edwin Black is the author of “IBM and the Holocaust” and “War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race,” from which the following article is drawn.
The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics
I figured it was necessary for the record to point out the huge difference between the Hitler Youth program of the 1930s and early 1940s and the current diabolical program raging across Anglo-American-EU nations which has been purpose-designed with intent to emasculate the youth by having them educated to believe in the most horrendous biology-defying lies so they will eventually not only be impotent sexually but they will be impotent psychologically and politically as they are being literally turned into transhuman transgender wrecks who will eventually have nano-scale transponder chips embedded in their brains with a big central AI control center transmitting unreality into the on-off brain switches.
Man the Ramparts says
Elon Musk is right and these people should scare the hell out of us.
My Cambridge, MA very liberal niece joined a home schooling shared community effort for her 3 young kids to keep them away from this madness. That’s how drastic this has become.
Allan Mountain says
Yes people need to get together fast and developed support communities to get their children out of the school systems so they can be home-schooled by sensible adults and be helped to learn good things and most all learn how to think critically.
Home Schooling for one’s kids or grandkids is the only solution these days.
Homeschooling has been growing at double digit rates since 2019.
Putin is nation-building. And has been since he took over from Yeltsin. He, like Larry, is a patriot– and, if you like the son of a new revolution.His background is unique. Working class, half-Jewish, a survivor, rising to power in culture under threat. He understands existential issues in a way that no American politician could. He sees a new Russia but recognizes that it must be grow from the the best of the old, hence his emphasis on history. The understands that cultures have a genetic heritage, in which values and ideas and premises are based on unconsciously as the DNA of each generation. As individuals are unique, so too cultures. Not necessarily better or worse — just different. Therefore, the concept of a multipolar world.
Russia a federation of different cultures, from the Christian culture of Moscow to the Muslims of Chechnya to the Buddists and animists of the East.
“Woke” is as somebody as written here, a contrivance of control. You can be “different” as long as you conform and perform as you are told.
In any case, a great article that I liked very much. Thank you for this, Larry.
Jack Gordon says
You have my sympathy. I have relatives who also live in Minnesota and, thanks to the water there, we are no longer on speaking terms. What a morbidly deranged political culture!
I am both very sorry for you and think you should regard your location as God’s plan that you that you are meant to fight the demons that prowl about Minnesota, especially Minneapolis, ruining souls. I have lately learned that Minneapolis has the largest occult activity in all the United States. Also, more registered Wicca Covens than elsewhere. I have not checked for veracity but the source was a Priest of that particular Archdiocese. Just saying. You have an important battle to fight right where your are; you are on the front line, soldier. Go with God and implore his Commander-in-Chief, The Blessed Virgin Mary.
I live in MN as well. My god what a communist crazy state. I’m not a native. Sad thing is outside of the Twin Cities, MN is pretty moderate or conservative. It’s these cities and their libtards that have a stranglehold on the rest of the states.
M. A. C. Cummings says
I appreciate the conversation here. There is definitely a difference of perspective in societies, but some gay friends of mine are not all on board with the “LGBTQ” rhetoric being used by corporations and political groups as a cudgel against the working and middle classes, and representing a new kind of fascism – just with a “diversity” quota.
The Lizard of Oz says
There are many L’s, G’s and B’s that don’t want to be associated with the T’s and Q’s, and the straight I’s are wondering WTF did we do the get our letter appended with this lot.
The legal principle of an age of consent is under attack. The law asserts that under a certain age, a person cannot consent to having sex, but the TQ’s are saying they can consent to a sex change. It’s all about adding the P’s to the ever-growing list of letter people and legitimising their perversion too.
I expect in years to come, there will be many lawsuits by people who were mutilated in their childhood, blaming the adults who should have known better and have a duty of care to protect them from their juvenile idiocy.
Maria Zakharova as always, has astute comments and observations – she’s not just a pretty face.
As for last weeks downing of a drone, I expect it was due to a lack of Chinese balloons and the need to get bank failures off the front page.
Wizard Glick says
Don’t refer to me as “straight”, that is a leftist’s word. Refer to me as “normal”!
Pym of Nantucket says
The oligarchs who took a ride on the Lolita Airways definitely want the age of consent lower so the don’t end up doing 15 years in the Big House sharing a room with Bubba the biker who is in for 37 counts of aggravated assault.
By the way. YouTube is completely useless for sharing videos. Avoid. I was unable to watch the combat video. Probably didn’t get Bellingcat approval.
i just had big laugh, it was needed
I feel lighter, happier.
All the better to face my local lot in this war
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
Close up angles of the Maltsev video show he killed three Ukrainians and took two PoW.
You can’t really blame these Ukrainians for their pray and spray firing. They’re more than probably conscripts with zero desire to be at the front. The two who surrendered did it making no attempt at all to resist and were more likely than not relieved to be captured.
True Grit says
Incredible grit. It’ll be in a movie someday. He died 3 days later though from another action.
Top Gum says
You are right on that. I see, that since the criminals in Kiev saw that they have zero chance to win this war they started, they turned it into pure madness. They execute deserters on the spot to intimidate their troops, demote high ranking officials for openly speaking the truth. They spread lies all the time to assure their backers and anyone who follows them that all is ok and they are about to win soon. That is pure desperation and total deflection from realities in an environment they constructed to uphold their power and not being threatened by any means of opposition. There is only one rational solution for people like that. They may get it in the end.
Derailing trains, death from drugs, failing banks … the US has no business pulling the strings in Ukraine. Their own country is falling apart. This will only intensify over time. The US would be declared bankrupt under normal circumstances. But with their military spread in over 800 bases all over the world, no one really wants to call them on that.
US MSM, one big Pravda fest says
I think if the American public knew (along with oh, so many other things) that Zelensky was pumping his trench rats with drugs to keep them zombified and devil may care as they met the grim reaper, more than a few would be ‘what the hell?”
“Private Alexander Maltsev on March 10 singlehandedly captured a Ukr trench in the Kremena sector, killing 3 enemy soldiers & capturing 2 more.
Tragically, he died in subsequent fighting on March 13.
He is to be awarded “Hero of Russia” award posthumously”
Id call it reckless thrill seeking not soldiering
Allan Mountain says
With great respect Bull
I think that is a rather harsh and unjustified interpretation calling Alexander Maltsev’s action reckless thrill seeking. I would call it extremely courageous and exemplary soldiering well deserving the posthumous medal award of “Hero of Russia”.
There are countless untold examples throughout history of individual soldiers in every war who have stepped out and performed above and beyond the call of duty. All else being equal sometimes the war-decisive winning edge comes down to which side can field the most soldiers willing and encouraged by their commanding officers to take such risks.
As that famous British SAS motto goes “Who dares wins”. The SAS began in the very earliest days of the North Africa campaign in WW11. David Stirling hand-picked a small band of previously troublesome rebellious rogues who did not fit in with the usual regimented order of things. Stirling picked them for their willingness to defy all the odds and undertake long distance exploits behind enemy lines which resulted in them destroying more than a few enemy planes as well as fuels dumps and putting airfields out of action for periods of time. The SAS, like Alexander Maltsev, punched way above their weights.
For those who have the time and inclination, the following article is about an excellent recent TV series of how SAS began – it is a great show well worth watching.
TV series ‘Rogue Heroes’ explores chaotic, desert-based Nazi-busting WWII unit. Britain’s elite Special Air Service was created by misfits who eschewed traditional military hierarchy and conducted daring attacks on Nazi convoys in North Africa
And this is longer accurate recounting of how SAS began and its achievements which corroborates the facts as per the TV series.
I would go even further and say that the courage and selfless determination Alexander Maltsev displayed in eliminating his enemy is what is so sorely needed in our Western nations today if we are ever to have any hope of overturning the pernicious dark fascist forces which have captured out nations so they can face proper Constitutional lawful justice which is so long overdue them.
Audie Murphy (I wish) says
5/1 ratio. I’d call it soldiering and damn fine soldiering at that.
Not only no desire but no training as well. They are useless as soldiers, and it’s not their fault.
Well things are coming to ahead.
Looks like by about this time next week Ukraine will be offered the “Chinese Plan”. There will be a short window of opportunity, 24-36 hours I reckon.
Look on the bright side, there could be peace.
Or there could be something we have not yet seen.
I do not expect any “Chinese Plan” to be accepted by Ukraine. Not that China would not play a role, or would make it unreasonable for Ukraine to accept.
But the fact that “China makes a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia” would totally wreck the unity and image of the West. So the West would rather kill Z than let any peace plan “led by China” be accepted. If it is “led by the West”, it is fine, but not “made in China”.
It may make more sense for the West to take the peace deal from China, say it is stupid, label it “made in US”, then offer back to Ukraine and Russia in a month.
Sticker Shock says
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You are correct when you say.
“the fact that “China makes a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia” would totally wreck the unity and image of the West. So the West would rather kill Z than let any peace plan “led by China” be accepted.”
That is why China will offer a peace plan. It does not matter if Ukraine says yes or no!
That is not the point, China wins both ways by making the offer.
No chance of the West coming back in a Month with it, Russia has set the timetable, China is using it.
Mr Z has little say in all of this, optics aside the powers that be will call the shots (literally).
Nyedogovorosposobniy, pronounce it if you can. says
Forget it. UA, USA, UK, EU, CA, AU are all ‘agreement incapable’. This will go down to the wire, sad to say.
All the bastards had to do was follow through on UNSC Res 2202. It was IN THEIR HANDS. Now it’s all on their heads.
Never say never for any foolish endeavor says
There could be Biden winning the Nobel Prize in Physics too.
Hey, today – any foolhardy thing’s possible.
What is the going rate for a Noble these days?
Allan Mountain says
Price for Nobel Prizes:
Falsehood and lies; warmongering to get peace prize (Henry Kissinger and Obama) or simply ruin the American economy and global monetary system and make out that you saved America and the world (Ben Bernanke Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences).
just saying says
There is no such thing as Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences, because Alfred Nobel never established one. There is Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, created by bankers so that they could tap themselves on the back. Those circlejerk awards make Nobel Peace Prize Award look credible.
How I made my fortune and bought penance says
Three crates of gunpowder?
I was thinking more along the lines of lingustics!!!! That would be a howl!!!!
Alex Thrace says
I think Fetterman has a lock on that this year.
Whenever, contemplating the horrors being visited on Ukrainian conscripts, my belief in the necessity of a Russia victory falters, I remind myself that the evil people behind US policy truly want to destroy Russia, chop it into pieces and extract whatever they can from it. Russia deserves to live, so they have to defeat America’s Ukrainian proxies. Hopefully other countries will see the danger in signing up to have America “defend” them – which means prodding them into a war with a greater power before eventually abandoning them. Are you listening Georgia? Taiwan? Kazakhstan?
They all think it won’t happen to them. I asked syrians if they will face the problem like Egyptians faced they said they were different. I asked them again will they meet the fate of iraqis. They said the same.
Everyone thinks they are the exception that they can extract some benefit from US by becoming their ally but not suffer the fate of a used towel like all allys of US have faced.
just saying says
There is a video of Gaddafi warning Arab leaders about US plans to kill them all, and them laughing at him.
I’ve also seen a video of a man from Yugoslavia that moved to Ukraine and lived there until 2014. He said that he was warning his friends there that Yugoslav scenario will happen to them if they continue following USA orders. They all said that it won’t happen to them, and that they are different.
This specific form of delusional thinking disease is not uncommon among the Iranian emigres.
Socratic Dog says
Allan Mountain says
Listen to Paul Keating former Prime Minister of Australia explain how USA and Britain have shafted Australia through AUKUS and persuading Australia to spend $380 billion for 3 nuclear powered submarines. Keating details why they are not only useless in being able to protect Australia but they are unnecessary because China poses no threat to Australia. Keating makes a very compelling argument.
IN FULL: Former Australian PM, Paul Keating joins Laura Tingle in conversation on ‘AUKUS’ at the NPC
Overall an excellent summary but in my opinion Keating failed when asked on more than one occasion why China is building out such a huge military and all he answered was something along the lines of “Well why not – after all they are a huge growing economy / world power”. Keating missed the big opportunity to point out the obvious reason why China is building up its military i.e. to defend itself against the Americans who keep threatening to go to go to war against China.
Keating also failed to point out that most all of China’s military spending and development is being spent on defensive force as they are not setting up military bases in other nations – China has only one small military base with approx. 2000 troops in Djibouti https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/03/03/china-pla-navy-base-west-africa-atlantic-equatorial-guinea/ unlike America which has approx. 800 military bases around the world.
Hi, thank you for the good insight and a snapshot of the current status. I do look at live map at times but it is hard to spot daily changes. Bakhmut seems to be almost taken, but it is rather gradual for the daily progress.
Regarding your comment:
“That is roughly 1,000 miles. Now, ask yourself, who has the manpower, weapons and resources to press the fight along this broad front? Simple answer, only Russia.”
I am not a military expert, but this is a little puzzling for me. While we understand that the Ukrainian army is suffering tremendously due to the lack of proper ammunition as well as personnel not well trained to really hold the front, if the fight is really across such a long stretch, shouldn’t Russia be able to infiltrate much deeper, or capture much more territory by now?
I also do understand that Russia has not gone all out in this war. But Ukraine side should be running out of people to hold such a long stretch. Is it that Russia intends to hold fort and not really take over more parts of Ukraine that leads to the slow gradual advance into Ukraine territory, if at all?
Shapeshifting the Battlefied says
Not being a military expert or anything, it would seem to me that you would want to make a coordinated push along the entire front line, rather than exposed patches here and there, which is what’s chiseled the AFU down to a stump of its former ‘glory’.
“…shouldn’t Russia be able to infiltrate much deeper, or capture much more territory by now?”
The objective is to “de-militarise” and “de-nazify’ Ukraine, not to capture territory. Russia has no need for Ukrainian land.
It seems to me the Russians are handily attaining their objectives in Ukraine while also demilitarising NATO. However, the de-Nazify part needs more work as it seems there are a lot more of them than first thought in the Collective West.
It’s true that Russia doesn’t need Ukrainian territory per se. In fact they’ve already annexed (at least on paper) some of the most economically valuable parts. The problem is that any territory they don’t control will be controlled by their enemy and will probably end up with US military bases and missiles on it.
martin mkultra7 says
consider that when Russia declared the goals of “Demilitarization and Denazification” of Ukraine they were not really referring to Ukraine.The people in this blog are capable of seeing where the the core Nazi elite operate from.Not Ukraine.
The Lizard of Oz says
It makes a lot of sense to destroy 3 or 4 armies worth of troops in a couple of cities, having the enemy coming to you time and again to have their forces rendered combat ineffective (aka destroyed).
When the enemy forces are but a remnant, one can take a lot of territory doing little damage to other cities.
The alternative, of chasing an effective army from one city to the next just leaves one with a series of destroyed cities. Not such a great option if one has an eye for winning the peace when the shooting stops.
Also, it seems the Russians have a desire to minimise their losses. They don’t care about having a soundbite for the evening news, but show patience knowing that time is on their side.
Baltic 5th Column says
ICC has always been a kangaroo court set up to humiliate what was left of Yugoslavia, but this time they have truly outdone themselves. The sheer gall, the sheer chutzpah of twisting an evacuation of civilians from a warzone into a “war crime” is yet another proof that there is no limit to how deep a hole the West can dig itself.
Unfortunately, Russia is far too lenient and meek to strike back at the “western partners”. I hope they will at least issue arrest warrants for these charlatans in turn, but this kind of symbolical gestures tends to go unnoticed as the Western propaganda outlets simply ignore everything they can’t distort or lie about. It’s way past the time Russia considered revisiting Pavel Sudoplatov’s concept of long arm of the law instead.
Captain Kangaroo says
Thaqi the Snake was finally indicted for war crimes after 20+ years but I believe he was released on his own recognisance while awaiting the whitewashed verdict.
What did kangaroos ever do to be saddled with the shame of such as the ICC and other weaponized western constructs.
The Lizard of Oz says
The President of the International Kangaroo Court is Judge Piotr Hofmanski, from Poland.
The current Chief Persecutor is Mr Karim Khan KC, from the UK.
Nod nod, wink wink, say no more! Putin Man Bad, guilty as charged!
What is a kangaroo court? One that hops around inconvenient facts and jumps to conclusions.
Sunday XXXIII says
The Kangaroo Community suggests International Comedy Court ICC would be a more fitting name.
” It’s way past the time Russia considered revisiting Pavel Sudoplatov’s concept of long arm of the law instead.”
Mr. Sudoplatov and some of his associates realised the strategic errors inherent in their previous concepts, whilst Mr. Gorbachov and Mr. Scheverdnaze never did until after the meeting on Zonikiai airbase outside Siauliai in January 1991.
A CIA mission was inserted into Vilnius in late 1990 to train “Lithuanian Nationalists” in what later became popularly known as “colour revolutions”, which included the attack on the Television Station in Vilnius on 13th of January 1991.
A (confidential) meeting was previously arranged and did take place in January 1991 to discuss “Lithuanian Independence” and its lubrication, the main participants being Mr. Vytautas Landsbergis and Mr. Algirdas Brazauskas for “Lithuania” and Mr. Gorbachov and Mr. Scheverdnaze for “The Soviet Union” between whom an in principle agreement was almost completed.
However this did not fit the prepared narrative and timetable of the CIA and their trained proxies, so “The Lithuanian nationalists” attacked the Vilnius Television on the 13th of January 1991 and were in turn attacked by the Lithuanian security services of The Soviet Union; the “Lithuanian nationalists” withdrew leaving some dead civilians outside the Vilnius Television Station.
If you were/are a member of a similar Baltic 5th Column perhaps you do not need to worry that ICC has always been a kangaroo court , since you and former associates may face different courts since The Russian Federation is not “The Soviet Union”, or, that in emulation of events in Kaunus in late June 1941, some Lithuanians may follow your advice in regards to your own future and metal pipes.
NATO is America's Gofer squad says
They could end up digging a hole so deep that they’ll pop up in China. Maybe that was their plan all along.
I notice on the video that each tree is reduced to a trunk. There was a forest there which was bombed out.
I noticed that from pictures taken during WW I in places like Verdun.
These rookies were not the first in that particular trench. Tomorrow, that trench will have to be retaken.
i couldnt see the video as i do not have a youtub account and it was age restricted requiring sign in.
based on Larry’s description – i am glad those 4 surrendered. may be another four will have a chance to surrender rtoday from that same trench…
“These rookies were not the first in that particular trench.”
You got that right:
EXCAVATING GERMAN SOLDIERS
Because of all the entrenching going on in the Donbass, numerous trenches from the Second World War have been accidentally discovered. (see above) If you watch enough of those excavations eventually you find episodes where they discover relics from the First World War, Civil War, Crimean War and even the Napoleonic War.
It seems the United States is intent on providing the next layer of corpses and relics …as one seems to get added every 75 years, like clockwork. Western stupidity has no limits nor do they ever learn. (sigh)
You don’t have to be a Christian, Jew or Muslim to understand the the perversion of science and culture generally taking place in the corporate financialised West. Even we atheists and agnostics understand the difference between biological sex and sociological gender roles, for instance.
That the global oligarchs in the West are attempting to conflate the two to undermine their cultures and societies to enhance their control and wealth shows their lack of concern, not just for science, but also for basic humanity – Anything to distract from the looting and pillaging of the people and society that these psychopathic and sociopathic monsters are so fond of undertaking.
You cannot change a person’s sex, you can only pretend to by mutiating their bodies and feeding them hormones. The West is creating a pretend society, confusing and mutilating children to destroy their natural sexuality, no doubt for a new source of corporate profits in the health/big pharma industry.
Rob Naardin says
The reason why the neolibs push their woke agenda is to destroy the individual, the family and the middleclass. From there, they aim to establish a global dictatorship like in 1984.
Thanks to Russia and Trump populism in the USA, that won’t be the fate of humanity.
Sideshow Bob says
I wonder if that is the goal or the side effect.
The West may be more like a gambler at the end of their bankroll, unable to admit their loss and tapping ever more desperate resources. All the degenerate stuff may come from the fact that honest men will not do their bidding anymore and so degenerates must take those roles. The cost of using degenerates is they must be catered to to keep them on board.
Background question to anyone that might know. Why haven’t the Russians destroyed all the HIMARS? They surely can plot where they are and they have the munitions to does so
Ukies utilise shoot and scoot. It is a big country.
However they are taking them out.
martin mkultra7 says
they are not that big of a threat.
T. Martin says
So the International Criminal Court (ICC) is going to dust off it’s files ( what is the statue of limitations on these things) and bring the deserving to court?
The linked video & the Ukranian commander “Kupol” describe what has been well documented in the past: untrained soldier leave tons of unspent ammo in the field, fire their guns into the air, and cry for their mothers with their dying breaths.
US diplomacy at work; humiliate Xi and expect no payback. How many Treasuries do the Chinese have? The US is not exactly doing a good job of promoting trust in the security of its banking system and its specie.
Unhinged and out of control says
The US is not exactly doing a good job of…….. (pretty much anything you care to name)
Washington is singing the ‘killing me slowly’ song and thinking it’s a ballad to its exceptional wisdom and heroism.
Paul Greenwood says
I believe China has $900 billion in US Treasuries
That’s correct. But they have just shifted from US Treasuries to other USD denominated assets:
“China’s total foreign exchange reserves stood at $3.18 trillion in January, recovering from a five-year low of $3.03 trillion in September. Around 60% is thought to be in U.S. dollar-denominated assets. […] Maybe the big story is there is no sign that China’s dollar holding portfolio has changed much. There has been no significant shift since 2015-16.”
One thing seems clear: China will take a bigger hit than Russia if/when the US defaults on its debts.
Larry, I’m flagging this interview. It is an absolute delight!
Former Australian PM Paul Keating just ripping the loaded questions from journalists on the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal. This is what a real leader who represents the people of a country sounds like. This is a statesman on the world stage – not the woke jokers we know have as leaders in the G7 countries.
I heard it with CC as his accent was at times difficult to follow. The Q&A is towards the end.
Bazza McKenzie says
Sorry, Elial, Keating is a long-term China-suckerup, having spent 13 years on the international advisory board of the China Development Bank, including 10 as its chairman. He is spruiking his own interests and not those of Australia.
Throughout his political career he has been anti-American, a characteristic of many Australian Labor Party politicians, given that the party in the WWII era and after was home to many staunch communists who hated the US as the great rival to the Soviet Union which they supported.
If he said a good word about the US, his southern appendage would fall off.
You don't say says
An anti-American Aussie unwilling to prostrate himself before the enlightened Western order? Hell, they must be rarer than fish swimming in a subway.
You don't say says
Sorry, prostate. Must be all that piss & vinegar.
Nowt wrong with being “anti-American”.
And Keating in this instance is correct.
Well, Bazza ~ I encourage people to hear him fully and make up their own minds. He makes Morrison, Albanese, Gillard, and the rest look like toadies of Empire. Every single thing he said about China and AUKUS was spot on.
George Galloway rearranged AUKUS to USUKA – pronounced ‘You Sucker’. That says it all for Australia in this deal. After Afghanistan, Ukraine and Taiwan they are the next Vietnam the US flies out of with people hanging from helicopters and falling off of transport planes.
Also, with respect to serving on the advisory board of the China Development Bank, he served alongside Henry Kissinger and Paul Volcker, for which he received an honorarium of $5,000 per year.
If there was any dirt on him we would have received it too willingly from the Australian media curtsy of the Australian intelligence establishment.
Bazza McKenzie says
The Australian media, like most western media, is strongly leftist. The only exception is the Murdoch media but they have their own interests in China and not going to damage those interests. So, as much risk of a Keating exposure there as there is of a Biden exposure in the NYT and WaPo.
And “serving” alongside Kissinger and Volcker is hardly a mark of decency. If you imagine any of them “served” for an “honorarium of $5,000 per year” you lack touch with reality. Those guys wouldn’t get out of bed for that amount, so look under the table for the benefits (not necessarily illegal).
Kissinger was, of course, the person who engineered Nixon’s “opening to China” which led to the off-shoring of most of the US’ manufacturing capability, destroying the lives of millions of middle and working class Americans, as well as contributing to the subversion of the US (though China was a lesser player than Kissinger’s globalist allies).
@Bazza – if you have any evidence backed by verifiable facts, please put them forward. Otherwise innuendos, guilt by association, and smears are just that.
If I may say do respectfully I think you have a very strong anti-China bias. I have been working with teams in China since 2003, and lived there for 2 years with my family. I was there as a visiting scholar in 1989. I can safely say I know a little of China and the Chinese people. They are not what is portrayed in the Western media. Keating is correct, as are people like the Singaporean scholar and ex-UN Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani.
If you are interested in the truth and not what we get in the deluge of daily media bullshit, you have to first let go of your biases.
Gaius Petronius says
I really don’t know what all the fuss is about with these submarines that are planned to arrive in Australia sometime between 2030 and 2050. The whole thing is just a scam designed to wind up the Chinese, but everyone with a functioning brain knows that Australia doesn’t have and will never have a workforce that can build or even maintain a fleet of nuclear subs, let alone find a crew for them. Just look at the clusterfuck that the Collins class turned into; that was only six diesel-electric models and they don’t have enough sailors to keep them at sea.
By the time comes to build the Virginia-class subs for Australia the US isn’t going to be able to afford it and Australia won’t be able to pay for it. Just take the current banking crisis and project it five years down the road. As for the five new subs we’re supposedly going to be building with the Poms, the UK won’t have a functioning economy in ten years time. Right now they can’t even afford to maintain a small army with weapons that work so how are they going to pay for all those subs.
You know it makes sense. So sit back, relax, and crack open another cold one Australia; your years of passive indifference will continue … for a few years yet.
This sounds like the sensible long view. However in getting there the Australian taxpayer is on the hook for $380 billion plus the cost of building bases and facilities in Australia for US submarines to operate out of.
Hence George Galloway’s rearranging the AUKUS to USUKA (you sucker).
Gaius Petronius says
I agree. This is more about having nuclear powered and armed American subs based in Australian ports in the short-term than it is about Australia having nuclear powered subs in the long term. However, not everyone is on board with the idea:
So we shall see. There are so many unpredictables in the whole exercise that the triumphalist media articles may yet be proven wrong.
The Sub deal’s goal is to make Oz a big fat target.
Glen Batterham says
Pm’s Hawke and Keating heh.
When President Reagan and British PM Thatcher enforced the rest of the first world economies to adopt their views of ” economic rationalism ” with threats of economic black balling to those who didn’t comply, Prime MinisterHawke and his Treasurer later PM Keating were poised as the only Labor (left) in the west who could’ve challenged it.
Sadly though they backflipped and threw the once upon a time socialist principles of the Labor movement out and adopted every aspect of the economic rationalism plan.
They deregulated the banking industry amongst many others and started the dismantling and offshoring of our industry. Local protection tariffs were put on timetables for gradual elimination.
Keating even publicly stated that the threats from London and Washington were real and that if we didn’t go along with the new school of economic thought that we’d be blackballed and turned into a pariah state. He went on to state that the restructuring of our economy was going to cause some pain, and stated that the ensuring economic pain was the “recession we had to have.”
Our dollar dropped from being better than a U.S. dollar in the 1970’s to parity in the early 1980’s to almost 50 cents U.S. by the late 1980’s after the restructuring whilst interest rates soared to 17%.
Ironically they claimed to creators of the resources boom after the demise of their government in the 1990’s, yet it was a half priced fires firesale.
Deregulation saw our market thrown open without tariffs and whole industries disappear in a matter of years.
Along with the privatisation (firesale) of federal assests he also encouraged the individual states to do the same.
He knew that our traditional manufacturing industries would not be able compete with Chinese sweatshops and would no longer be viable and that we’d now have to move to being a service economy we had to become in his words a ” clever country.”
All whilst they were illegally tampering with the constitution without public consultation or consent ( referendum. )
Globalist tool? Yes.
Betrayal of old school Labor socialist values? Of course.
But for all his faults P.M. Keating did always appreciate that we’re a lonely, sorry N.Z. you apply as well, isolated European colony in south east Asia and like it or not he knew that China would be the major economic and political power in our region and we had an imperative to pivot towards China as they would be the future of the region.
Today his comments in regards to China seem perfectly logical, but during the 1980’s his views on China being the dominant power in the region were visionary, almost prophetic.
” U.S. President George Bush today signed into law the American Servicemembers Protection Act of 2002, which is intended to intimidate countries that ratify the treaty for the International Criminal Court (ICC). The new law authorizes the use of military force to liberate any American or citizen of a U.S.-allied country being held by the court, which is located in The Hague…”
Aka – the Netherlands invasion Act
If only hubris were humus, the world'd be a happy place says
That’s not off topic. That’s off the hubris scale.
Art Thomas says
I love your “handle”. Even Europeans love humus! I worked in a bakery/sandwich shop in small town in Virginia. There was no humus in town before we started making it in 1978. There was so much demand for it we eventually bought a big floor model food processor to make it.
Forgive my going off topic. I couldn’t resist.
The recent ICC BS news shows the seamless workings of the petrodollar bribery system in international relations. It is aimed at diverting attentions away from:
– the upcoming visit of the Chinese Leader to Russia which coincidentally happens to fall right on the day of the Iranian/Persian New Year, 21st March.
– the dawning of the MQ-9 in the Black Sea, and Biden’s incompetence to recover the remains.
– the loss of more than 40 NATO/CIA… military agents by Zircon missile, last week.
– the imminent defeat of NATO’s Ukrainian proxies in Bakhmut, Avdeevka ….
– the ongoing stock market failures in US/EU, including the SVB, Silvergate, Signature… bankruptcies.
– massive strikes in Europe particularly France.
And nearly an imminent civil war in Israel.
Mama, tell me a bedtime story pleeeeez? says
Oh, but it would be so much worse without America’s indispensable guiding hand jerking the world off. 😉
That’s a bit racy for today’s impressionable youngsters like yourself, son. Wouldn’t you rather I show you a better way of fisting than what they showed you in school today?
Short List of Institutionalized Institutions says
The ICC just joined the Dwindling Divas Club, along with the ICJ, OPCW, OSCE, COE, IMF, WHO, WTO, ONCHR Et. Al and the other Capones.
Paul Greenwood says
The diversion in Ukraine is working for Western Oligarchs. The use of Art 49:3 in France sets the path to overthrow of Macron as in 1968 with de Gaulle.
The Berlin regime has just passed law rigging the voting system to enhance the Party List at expense of Directly Elected Members
Czech is – like Germany – jailing people for displaying „Z“ and any sign of support for Russia
Propaganda and lies are on Covid-Turbo levels
People spend too long analysing Ukraine and not seeing it – with Samantha Power and DIIA as the role model for US empire domestically
I was pretty distressed at the start of this war at the thought of Ukrainians being killed and maimed by the hundreds and thousands. This is what Mr Johnson and his small group of colleagues told us to expect if the war was pressed. The thought of this caused me some considerable distress for all the hapless young men and old if it came to pass.
And it came to pass.
If Larry and the gang could foresee this it is totally mendacious that the so called liberal news outlets continue to push such utter BS. Keeping on repeating that the Russians are running out of ammunition is such an obvious lie that it strains all credulity that the Western population continue to buy into such obvious lies.
I read this morning on RT that there seems to preparations to arrest President Trump next week. RT has proved by far to be a more reliable news source than the WP or the NYT over the last year or so.
What I loved about Trump was the way he made the ill informed, the gullible and the authoritarian heads to explode. A source of constant enjoyment for me.
I think he was woefully unprepared to be president, I have repeatedly studied his reaction on camera to the announcement he had won. I can’t be sure but I believe he had a, Oh shit moment, what have I done now? In contrast, HRC’s reaction was obvious to all.
If Trump is arrested it is hard to imagine what will happen next. (No it’s not, I just don’t want to)
Bazza McKenzie says
Gut wrenching to see those Ukrainian soldiers shot dead.
Maltsev is only doing his job as a soldier, so no blame there. It lies with the Zelensky dictatorship and its US handlers who have swept up those men and carelessly thrown them into an impossible situation for which they are unqualified.
all the more reason to be cautious about Australia being set up as the next crash test dummy to be thrown against China when Uncle Sam provokes a conflict with China and uses Australia as a proxy.
back in the 1980’s New Zealand shunned all involvement with nuclear forces and kept out of that Cold War,
surely becoming a base for American nuclear submarines paints a big target on Australia?
I don’t understand why Australia is willing to become antagonistic towards it’s largest trading partner?
Bazza McKenzie says
Australia has hosted US intelligence collection from the southern hemisphere and satellite control facilities for decades. That is part of being in 5 eyes. Porting the occasional US nuclear sub will make little difference since in time of tension they will certainly be at sea.
NZ never stayed out of the cold war. It is still part of 5 eyes, though a minor player and China happily subverted NZ politics.
Australia is about 7500 kms from China. Precisely how is the US going to use Australia as a proxy in a war with China? Are you expecting a seaborne invasion of China by a few thousand Australian soldiers over that distance? Or will they be parachuted in? For what purpose?
South Korea and Japan are far closer to China and both host more US military than will Australia.
Anyone who objects to Australia having nuclear powered subs and does not object to China having them is just a China mouthpiece.
Jack Gordon says
Sadly, very sadly, soldier Alexander Maltsev was killed in action shortly after this drone video was made. He died fighting for the liberation of Donbass. RIP, Alexander Maltsev.
We are in a war of ideologies, not countries, the great irony being that many people in the West, particularly the US, would be supporting Russia if they only realized. Our leaders and the politicians that work for them have an ugly totalitarian future planned for us, no conspiracies as they openly talk about it. It isn’t one I intend being a part of, I’ve left my country, hopefully where I am will continue to escape this woke insanity.
I read a Russian soldier that did a similar act to Maltsev, or Maltsev himself was recently killed and will be awarded Hero of the Russian Federation. The media still largely pushes the Ukraine victory delusion, although they do seem to be salivating about war with China more so now, perhaps the need to confront that “bully” will enable a “peace with honor” for whatever remains of Ukraine.
Hiro Masamune says
Gender theories are like the covid : a failed experimentation that should never have leave the laboratories to begin with and that is viciously exploited by greedy politicians for unspeakable goals.
The gender theories, the covid *demic, all of these things are NOT experimental. Watch the ongoing banking crash; it is a systematic planned looting.
Oh, just a mistake, they say. We meant well! Worked so well in 2008, let’s do it again.
A decade or so ago, on The Oil Drum, this was one of the scenarios for world short on resources and the only way to get rich now is cats in a sack. Those who can’t figure out how to grow some claws, get gutted.
What would Gandhi say? What about Malcolm X?
Juan Valdez says
The video of the killing of the Ukrainian soldiers is horrific. I am shaken to the core. This is what war looks like. That short clip puts any Hollywood attempt to portray war right in the garbage can.
Listening to gasbags like Lindsey Graham cheer for more war makes me vomit. That malignant puke and all of the chickenhawks in Washington along with their media propagandists should be horsewhipped and put behind bars.
I am sick at heart. Our country is doomed. I just don’t see how we can sink any further, with the mutilation of our own children being celebrated and censorship being pushed as if it were some kind of virtue.
This is an orgy of utter depravity.
It cannot end well.
We are in league with the devil himself.
Lord, deliver us from this evil.
I agree with you 💯%. The beast bestrides the West seeking to crush all of our humanity and compassion and join him in beastiality. Unfortunately, many are happy to seek shelter in his arms, and too few are prepared to openly oppose our moral degeneration. Is there a silent majority in hiding opposing this? Who knows? The Christian responsibility is to stand up and speak truth.
Paul Greenwood says
Yet IDF murders of Palestinians is not troubling ?
Socratic Dog says
Nor 500,000 Iraqi children starved to death?
Jack Gordon says
Juan, I join you in your anguish! What I’m seeing in Ukraine and Washington makes me physically ill, constantly feeling I want to vomit. God help us all!
Yeah, Right says
The ICCs indictment is astonishingly ill-conceived. It is a bluff, and absolutely relies on Putin not calling that bluff.
How is it smart to rely on your opponent to do you a favor, when he has zero incentive to do so?
Think about this: Russia insists that it has legally annexed the territory where these orphans were living.
Now, this is axiomatic: IF Russia is correct THEN it is a given that the ICCs indictment is “ultra vires”, because the ICC has no jurisdiction over Russia’s internal adoption laws.
So if the Russians did call the ICC’s bluff then they would insist – quite rightly – that the legality of their annexation of these territories must first be adjudicated by a competent court.
The ICC is *not* a competent court to rule on this issue.
Such a legal point lies entirely outside its founding charter. The ONLY court competent to rule on that issue is the ICJ, which is a completely different court.
There must be lawyers at the ICC who understand this, and who must be aghast at how casually the ICC has decided to roll the dice on issues about which they are *entirely* beholden to outside parties.
And doesn’t such shallow cavalier posturing just spell “neocon”?
There are so many ways the Kremlin can crush what remains of the ICCs credibility thanks to this.
Why, why, why, would anyone gift Putin this? And for what, a headline for a day?
Top Gum says
This is how things are **run** everywhere. Someone wants something from you. They call you up on it. If you show up and start dealing with them, you already **accepting** whatever they had on you in the first place. I have experience in that field. I just ignore stuff like that. And all of the sudden, the other side has almost no options go get what they want. It is all based on the assumption, that the other side (you, me) will engage too. Not engaging is not subjecting to their “projection” of “power” over yourself.
In this case, that warrant is just another sign, that the war is on and that it will go on and on until Russia really sees no other option as to destroy that evil western cartel. They will never stop to harass others, until someone shows them that they have no right and no real power to project their will on others. People in the west will not stand up for themselves to end that dictatorship they falsely call democracy. Russia will have no other choice. Smart and cautious people will leave Europe soon or have done it already. They can clearly see the writing on the wall. The others are to brainwashed to see what is really happening right now … courtesy of decades of continuous western propaganda btw.
Many months ago, the then non-ultimatum time, I understood the upcoming conflict time, because the roots of that Special Armed Confrontation are well fixed in the Alexis de Tocqueville’s Masterpiece.
Tim Verne says
What about U.S. Sec’y Madeleine Albright saying the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children is an acceptable price to pay [for political control]??
Hubert A. Monteiro says
“Woe unto the people, when they shall call that which is good, evil; that which is sweet, bitter…” the Bible
“Woe, my people, those who lead you, lead you astray and cause you to err…, for children are your oppressors and WOMEN rule over you…” the Bible
But since the Bible has been turned into a door prop, no one can learn the powerful truths above…
Oscar de Caracas says
Amén, amén, amén.
so true: “it will remind Xi that the so-called “rules based international order” is a one-way street that is only used to serve the interests of Washington”
and it also reminds many many other countries, too.
This will only further accelerate flight from the dollar-trading block (which doesnt make much of anything beyond tik tok twerk vids).
Putin’s “arrest warrant” is a sad attempt by the empire of lies to raise the morale of Ukrainians and Ukrainian sponsors and supporters. The Empire of Lies is watching the world crumble before its eyes. An expensive American drone went to the bottom of the sea without firing a shot, after the “incident” NATO no longer sends drones into the exclusion zone established by Russia. We still don’t know, maybe we’ll never know, whether a Russian hypersonic missile destroyed the Ukrainian headquarters with NATO officers. Banks in the USA and Europe are collapsing, the economic strategists of the empire of lies admit that there is no way to beat inflation, Europeans are on the streets, there is (undeclared) martial law in France.
The empire of lies has little left to offer its consumers. “Demonstration of power”, that’s the title of yesterday’s news that was carried by the leading media in my country, the media that is directly financed by the American embassy (under the pretext of fighting against “malign Russian influence”). And do you know what a “demonstration of power” is? That several US NATO fighter jets came within 10 miles of Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave in the Baltic. Wow. The Russians must have been terrified like never before.
Russian soldier Alexander Maltsev is clearly a brave and skillful man ( i hope reports of his death are decades premature) . The pray and spray Ukranians are clearly not defending their trench well nor trying hard to aim at anybody merely putting in their daily hours and using their quota of ammo perhaps under the gun barrel of one azovite.
Mike Stanford says
I think they were scared shitless. And fireing their guns just a boost of moral for themselves. Probably some poor young guys scraped together off the streets of some Ukrainian town or village.
It gave me some kind of shock to see those two poor fellas get those headshots. Two young lifes extinguished. Two sons, brothers, fathers who will never come home again.
Go get those bastards who started all this. Those politician monsters. Those Godless “gooddoers” who want to destroy our society, who want to reduce mankind to their some millions slaves.
The four other things that I found remarkable about the video are:
Although there are five guys in the trench, only two seem to be doing any work.
The five of them are bunched up in one short section of the trench, practically no eyes on what might be going in the flanks.
How lethal and short the spray of bullets the Russian let out; no waste of ammunition, mostly head shots.
He doesn’t continue the carnage, he’s aware the two remaining are not in the game.
A great soldier indeed. I also thought the Russians are able to clock when the people opposite are not quality fighters.
Here’s a political satire on the present US political situation as seen through the eyes of an “alien” emissary to this planet!! One of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while!! Absolutely brilliant but a wake up call!!!
The Lizard of Oz says
There’s something in what you say re Keating and his attitudes to China and the US. He also makes some valid points re submarine purchases. I reckon we should buy Russian subs as we’d get 5 for the price of a Yank one.
Mr Keating can think on his feet, and has a quick wit along with an ability to deliver vicious one-liners. Never one to be intimidated by opposing politicians or a hostile press, he always gives as good as he gets. At least people like Keating make entertaining politics.
As regards election campaigning, my favourite Keating quote was from the early 90’s, asked how his day went he replied “You know what it’s like, we lick their arses for three weeks and they lick ours for three years.”
My favourite Keatingism was when he addressed the whining back benchers “If there was a university degree for greed, you cunts would all get first-class honours.”.
At its core, this is a religious war. Traditional religion versus Western Bolshevik destruction of society.
HMS Terror says
Putin should borrow Max Reger’s response to a critic who wrote an unfair review of his work…
“I am sitting in the smallest room in my house. I have your indictment in front of me. Soon it will be behind me.”
If the ICC had any credibility left, it’s gone now. I think we’ll see quite a few of its signatory nations rescind their signature.
Matvey Ivanov says
President Putin is not Jewish. You have been misinformed. He is not religiously Jewish, and he is not ethnically Jewish.
One can not be “ethnically jewish”. To be so would mean an Ethiopian jew and an Eastern European (AshkeNAZI) belong the same ethnic group.
The Kiev regime – put into power in a violent coup by the US in 2014 – is the most sinister regime to appear in Europe since the Third Reich.
I find it disturbing that the so-called collective West is rallying to its cause when the Minsk Accords would have been perfectly acceptable to the vast majority of Ukrainians.
I also find it worrying how many brain dead idiots there are in The West.
My neighbour – a nice enough chap by and large – told me last week that the Russians were attacking the nuclear power station that they occupied. When I pointed out that they would have to cross the Dneiper River with heavy equipment to Ukraine controlled territory and fire on the own soldiers, he replied “I wouldn’t put it past that evil madman Putin”.
I told him he’d been brain-washed by the media, which didn’t go down well. Voices were raised, and i quickly shifted topic to what tomato plants he planned to grow this spring.
Mis Dos Centavos says
Sounds like he’s a tomato plant himself. I no longer engage in these discussions unless asked my opinion. People don’t enjoy being told they’ve been zombified. It makes them uncomfortable on the self-worth scale. Besides, it’s akin to finding a dear late at night staring at your headlights, getting out and starting a conversation.
In regards to the video clip Larry posted.
Just in case I missed it if someone has already mentioned it, It was revealed that on 13 March Private Maltsev died as a result of an attack by Ukrainian troops. It should be pointed out that Private Maltsev could have quietly killed the remaining two AFU soldiers but didn’t when they surrendered.
We are not concerned about who is right and who is wrong in this proxy war on Russia watching that clip. The intensity of the fighting on both the Russian side and the Ukrainian side is ferocious.
“There is a global cultural war underway and the very foundation of Western culture’s philosophical and religious roots is at risk. Russia realizes that it is fighting to preserve the religious truth embraced by Christianity, Judaism and Islam — God created man and woman.”
Interesting, but I suspect there’s something deeper at work. From the little I know of Russia and its Soviet past, it strikes me that it has retained its materialist discipline, which allows it to prepare for and maintain the conflict. And that’s not just at the battle lines, but also on the home front, which suggests it has policies responsive to real world conditions. A further consequence is its superior ability to manage the supply of money toward an equilibrium, which may go a long way to explaining its ability to shrug off the sanctions.
The other side of the equation is the West’s incontinent idealism: propaganda leads reality, energy supplies are treated as a means to profit rather than to prosper, threats can’t be backed up with logistics, indictments are issued in defiance of historical consistency and to assert a self-justifying sanctity.
As for religion, once it is recognized that the phenomenon arises from a necessary instinct or feeling amongst people, then materialism can accommodate that too.
Is Putin the 21st century Lenin? I don’t see how Russia loses with that quality of engagement with the world.
Paul Greenwood says
Is Putin the 21st century Lenin?
He might simply be Vladimir Putin
just saying says
Putin is 21st century Russian tsar, Vladimir the Great.
“Is Putin the Lenin of the 21st century?”
When I was a university student (this was before the collapse of the USSR), I was invited by a teacher from the Department of Philosophy and Scientific Communism to praise me for my essay. We started talking, and I asked: are all teachers ideological and believe in the victory of communism? He answered 50/50. When I was about to leave, he thought and detained me already on the threshold.
He said that there is a theory among philosophers that at the turn of the 20th/21st century in Russia (not in the USSR, namely in Russia) a person will appear equal in scale of influence and historical significance to Lenin.
I realized that such personalities do not appear just like that, there must be a radical change, a crisis, and the country must change its course. How so? The teacher shrugged his shoulders, but insisted that such a theory exists and has its adherents.
I did not attach importance to this conversation.
When I first saw Putin on the red carpet – small, thin, nondescript, embarrassed – it did not occur to me that the prophecy was coming true. I didn’t remember that long-standing conversation with the teacher until the end of the 2000s. The revelation came unexpectedly. And now I think that everything epoch-making in our life is predetermined and already spelled out in the “Heavenly Office”.
Ben Dover says
The russian soldier, Alexander Maltsev, died few weeks after that video was shot so unnecessary risk taking has its dangers…
Oblomovka daydream says
$54 million drone shot down by 10 buckets of kerosene
The people have already collected a million rubles “bonus” for aces-fighters who dropped an American strike drone into the Black Sea
Ever since the Soviet times, our pilots have considered “aerobatics” of mocking humiliation of a presumptuous enemy – to urinate on him with fuel. True, such cases have been around for a very long time, but now young Russian fighters have shown that they have not forgotten how to put violators of the rules of conduct in their place. Moreover, without warning firing by tracers from cannons in front of his nose, without launching missiles at his tail, and even more so – without the “ram” invented by the Pentagon’s liar. There was a beautiful and humiliating schelban.
Knowing the capabilities of this shock and expensive US spy drone, you can not even go to the grandmother, realizing that the MQ-9 was looking out for both the deployment of the Black Sea Fleet and military bases in the Crimea. Drone collected intelligence information not only for the Pentagon, but, of course, for the sponsored Kiev, which promises a “deafening spring offensive.”
The Russian slap in the face of the American provocateurs turned out to be notable: it was the first case in history when a combat drone was shot down, figuratively speaking, with “ten buckets of kerosene.” It’s about 100 liters. And if we take into account that the wholesale price of such fuel today is on average 68 thousand rubles per ton, then it turns out that our aces “for a penny” forced a winged spy (and he costs $ 54 million!) To commit suicide in the waters of the Black Sea. And this is yet another reason why the humiliated American provocateurs are outraged with fierce anger at Russia.
In addition, they have no guarantees that after raising the wreckage of the MQ-9 from the bottom (which is what our Black Sea people are doing now with the help of deep-sea vehicles), the Russians will become aware of some technological secrets of the drone.
Sergei Shoigu, who called US Secretary of Defense Lloyd, warned his “colleague” that in the event of a repetition of such sorties, the Russian side would again act “proportionately.” And soon it was heard from Washington: “We flew, and we will fly! Nobody orders us.” Well, that is, they climb into a transformer box, on which there is a warning about high voltage: “Do not climb in – it will kill you!”. And it seems that the Americans, who received a resounding slap in the face, are looking for a reason for “satisfaction.” They launched a new Global Hawk drone into the airspace. However, this big-eyed spy is already staying farther away than the Reaper. Our air defense radars are carefully watching the scout. And the duty link of the Su-27 is also at the ready …
In the meantime, the Russians, admiring the combat work of our fighter pilots, threw out a cry – to collect each of them a million rubles in prizes “for the high professionalism shown in the interception of an American spy drone.” They say that much more has already been collected …
By the way, Shoigu has already presented orders for awarding our air aces. Perhaps we will soon learn about the presidential decree. And we will see aces in the Kremlin, with high state awards on blue tunics.
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just saying says
Or use Invidious (alternative frontend to YouTube):
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It needs to be pointed out that the financial turmoil in the West is doubtless being quietly fanned into flames by the enemies the West so assiduously and determinedly creates.
Financial stability can and will only be achieved by peaceful co-operation.
Paul Greenwood says
I do not see how !!!
What is happening was predictable to ALL but those Bankers who thought they had a Free Ride in Perpetuity. Quite why they loaded up on overpriced Treasuries and thought they did not need to trade them to maintain an Exposure Match is beyond belief.
The system has been run for the benefit of Insiders for so long and nothing lasts forever – at some stage – especially after Biden spent trillions on Lockdown Stimulus – there has to be some production to cover the debt issuance other than a trade deficit
The only way forward is by co-operation and participation in the design and rebuilding of the global financial architecture.
Tinkering around the edges will not work.
It has to be based on the principal of win-win rather than the West’s we win-you lose leit-motif.
Mutual respect is the first hurdle to be overcome. Continuing racism will make that impossible.
Klaus-Peter Kostag says
Russland ist ein aufstrebender kapitalistischer Staat mit ausgewogener Produktion in Industrie, Landwirtschaft und Energie-Rohstoffen. Innerhalb der Industrie sind militärische Produktionen unerreichte Weltspitze insbesondere in der Raketentechnik, der Raketenabwehrtechnik und intelligenter elektronischer Kriegsmaschinen. Durch West – Sanktiönchen herausgefordert wird die russische Industrie künftig eine ganze Armada von Hightec Produktion selbst konzipieren und aufbauen. Diese beabsichtigt wirtschaftlichen und finanzwirtschaflichen Hindernisse des Westens sind somit neue russische Triebkräfte noch mehr als bisher, in sämtlichen Bereichen des Lebens AUTARKIE zu erreichen und dauerhaft zu gewährleisten. Schade nur, dass der globale Kapitalismus per Abschaffung menschlicher Arbeitskraft sein Hauptfunktionsprinzip Mehrwertaneignung selbst und ungezwungen auf Null stellt, sich also wie alle Gesellschaftsordnungen zuvor, zur nächsthöheren befördert. Nachzulesen bei Herrn Karl MARX in seinem Aufsatz aus dem Jahr1858 bekannt als “MASCHINENFRAGMENT”.
Russia is an emerging capitalist state with balanced production in industry, agriculture and energy raw materials. Within industry, military productions are unmatched world leaders especially in missile technology, missile defense technology and intelligent electronic war machines. Challenged by Western sanctions, Russian industry will in the future design and build a whole armada of high-tech production itself. These intended economic and financial obstacles of the west are thus new Russian driving forces even more than before, in all ranges of the life AUTARKIE to reach and durably ensure. It is only a pity that global capitalism, by abolition of human labor power, sets its main functional principle of surplus value appropriation itself and unceremoniously to zero, thus promoting itself, like all social orders before, to the next higher one. To be read with Mr. Karl MARX in his essay from the year1858 known as “MASCHINENFRAGMENT”.
Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Chicago Bob says
Bishop Fulton Sheen was an American Bishop, author of dozens of books, and TV personality in the 1950’s. An absolutely brilliant man who was a tremendous orator, worked toward world peace, and is on track for beatification as a saint. He predicted on one of his 1950’s TV shows(Life is Worth Living), that Russia will eventually dispose of Communism, return to its Orthodox Christian Heritage, and will evangelize the rest of the world. The episode is on youtube. Move to the 8 minute mark.
With our western world becoming more sick and perverse every day, seems like he nailed it.
The west has become a Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’m disgusted with our despicable leaders. They debase everything that is noble and right, and celebrate the perverse and despicable. Drooling, dim witted President Joe Biden is a perfect poster child for this clan of creeps and misfits.
just saying says
“… who still believe in science, particularly biology, …”
Science is not based on belief, religions and ideologies are. Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
Fulano de Tal says
I also have a look at this blog to get insights I cannot get in MSM.
But some here (starting by the author), seem they would be more comfortable back in times when women and black people had no rights. (That is, when anybody but them had rights).
Larry Johnson says
No, you’re wrong. I don’t know how else to say it — treat all human being fairly and equitably. Race, religion and sex should be excluded as standards of judgment.
What nonsense! Asians have slanted yes and flat noses because they have evolved to live in cold climates. Africans have evolved to tolerate hot and tropical climates. Europeans had to adapt to harsh winters and survive while Africans could spend more time living in the moment, dancing, procreating at will and not worrying about the survival of their offspring. These are some of the basic evolutionary and scientific arguments as to why blacks cannot get ahead and build civilized societies. Look at IQ!!!! Race is based on genetics and genetics matter!!! Religion matters. Mormons believe in absolute nonsense. Adam Smith is a joke. So yes. People do need to be judged on religion, race and SEX!!! Women are the inferior sex for a variety of reasons. The world is still a dangerous place that needs the protection of those of us with testosterone running through our veins. All of this is not to say anyone of the above should be treated necessarily inferiorly or denied human rights. But it sure as hell proves whites don’t have to try to get along or live with those that destroy our civilizations.
when did anyone state that?
Science isn’t a thing. It is a way of doing a thing (such as taking measurements and making observations). It is also, like many things, dominated by egos and personalities. It remains a useful man-made tool, but shouldn’t be confused with Reality. It is, at best, a measurement and/or manipulation of only the material aspects of reality.
just saying says
I never claimed things you are arguing against. I just commented on oxymoron that “believe in science” is.
Second sentence is just a quote of Philip K. Dick that seemed appropriate. It’s not about science but about belief, and it’s influence on our perception of the world.
My apologies for misunderstanding your post.
I am aware of the Philip K. Dick quote.
Steve of no particular political persuasion. says
Exercises in futility as the Empire of lies & it’s vassals further expose their naked decadence, hypocrisy & arrogance, which must be increasingly enlightening for those states on the side lines as the Neoliberal financial system demonstrates it’s unsustainable & always upwardly extractive modus operandi, while being perched ever more precariously on the top of a steadily rotting & neglected foundation.
Thank you Larry for all of your honourable efforts in shining light into the darkness.
just saying says
International Court: Putin might end up in Hague.
Putin: Russian Army might end up in Hague too.
Jams O'Donnell says
Putin will probably come when it’s arranged for Allbright, Blair, Bush, Clinton plus a few assorted underlings to be gathered for him to judge them.
just saying says
I don’t think this court has the power to summon Albright from the depths of hell.
Aware people should not call it the “International Criminal Court”.
It is the “European Criminal Court” or the “NATO Criminal Court”.
The announcement of the ground-breaking Saudi Arabia – Iran deal came on the heels of Xi’s re-election to his 3rd term of office.
The real question is what will come out of his visit to Moscow? 3 days is a really long visit.
Will it be peace in the rest of the Middle East – i.e. Syria and Turkey? That is very high possibility given Assad’s preceding visit to Moscow.
But it might be something even bigger. Maybe a formal peace treaty with India?
Biswapriya Purkayastha says
As an Indian I’ll tell you this: India has a $100 billion + trade deficit with China. We are totally economically entwined and dependent on China. Even the gigantic statues Modi has such a fetish for are built by or built will material and technology provided by China. There is no way we are going to war against China. As for a peace treaty, we aren’t at war with China and never, officially, have been.
James K says
But have those disputed territories and border conflicts between India and China been laid to rest too?
Mike D. says
The trans multi gender crowd make it easy to demonize the US and gather and maintain support within Russia against NATO and globally.
Since the Beast (West) twist rules on their behalf, it means only one thing, why dont the russians make them taste their own medicine?
Russians ought to judge (just to give an example) former president Obomber, I mean Obama for being the founder/accomplice of ISIS-Islamic State and issue an order of arrest for him. They can do that for any Western genocide.
Any Western stooge might argue that Russia has no jurisdiction or that is meddling, but isn’t it what the US has been doing all the time?
Mr. Putin has been too tolerant with the West, specially when the US have been kidnapping russian citizens since at least 2014.
Don Lamb says
Distracting like arresting Trump over Stormy’s payday? This is worse than any B movie I’ve ever watched! The only question I have is why in God’s creation is Trump calling for his followers to hit the streets in protest! The last time they did that they just made themselves easy targets for geofencers and they are still being rounded up for the DC meatgrinder! So it begs the question who the Hell Trump is working for?
BARCLAY CRANE says
Larry you hit a raw nerve recalling reading “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” @ 14.
I’m a few years ahead of you but also read it at that age or younger at the suggestion of my WWll vet father, went on to read Herman Wouk’s, “War and Remembrance”, Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago” and “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” and other classics of totalitarian brutality. I have never looked at the World the same as most of my peers and find it difficult to communicate with even the most earnest and enlightened of them in their “TV News” naivete. While Hollywood exaggerated American virtue post WWll, covering up institutional evil like serial Christian predatory pedophilia and racism, it now exaggerates American sins. America was not perfect but genuinely heroic in WWll and after, feeding our allies and enemies both in the aftermath. I love that my country tries to fix every injustice esp by correcting cruelty directed at those born different from Hollywood stereotypes. The cliff we are driving over is extremism, ideology, zealotry. The greatest dangers now IMHO are serial lying by government and sycophantic media, and censorship. Sensible leadership is needed now, Eisenhower or Teddy come to mind. Trends are destructive as you point out, but all is not lost until all really is lost. You are Paul Revere – keep it up.
Two Lands says
The scale of ths war may have attempted to spread to Vladivostok, but cannot get confirmation. The date, however, is telling.
On March 10 an SU-27 was set on fire near Vladivostok with an incendiary liquid. Incendiary liquids play a part in two SU-27 incidents, albeit used differently. March 10 and the MQ-9 Reaper UAV in the Black Sea of March 14.
If so the expansion to the Tsentralnaya Uglovaya airport has to be alarming. This is a huge red flag.
7:09 AM · Mar 10, 2023
If confirmed it is an amatuer attack. It is the location in the Russian Far East that is the huge NO NO, stop now before it decides to spread.
Supposedly on March 10 Russia launched 6 Kinzhal missiles at NATO HQ chalking up over forty dead. Zelensky called it a ‘very strong signal to Ukraine’. Was this Russian strike before or after Vladivostok? There is a time difference of up to ten hours between the east and the west. I hate time differences I am not touching this. Confirmations are needed.
Something provoked Russia, what?
Then on March 12th, the US sumulated a very provocative nuclear bombing run on St. Petersburg with an unmistakeable message.
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
Read at Twitter by a lawyer….
“Let’s not confuse the International Court of Justice, which is a venerable and serious institution and which belongs to the United Nations system, with the International Criminal Court created in 1998 in Rome and whose jurisdiction is recognized neither by the US nor by China nor by Russia (3 of the 5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council). Nor by countries with a huge demographic weight such as India.
In relation to the International Court of Justice, by the way, the United States had previously accepted its jurisdiction since its creation in 1946, but withdrew its acceptance after the 1984 judgment that compelled the United States to “cease and refrain” from the “use illegal use of force” against the Sandinista government of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. The Court affirmed that the United States was in “a breach of its obligation under customary international law to refrain from the use of force against another State” and was ordered to pay compensation, although it never complied with this obligation.”
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
The discredited #ICC acts on information provided by US/UK media-academia-intelligence complex. Both countries are waging war against Russia, and as parties involved in the conflict can’t claim impartiality.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Maria Lvova-Belova, Russian Commissioner for Children’s Rights, and Vladimir Putin.
The sham ICC, controlled by Western elites such as Soros through their NGOs, acted on information provided by the media-academia-intelligence complex funded and managed by the US.
Yale University’s Humanitarian Research Lab, part of the Ukraine Conflict Observatory, set up by the US State Department, plays a prominent role in the investigation, and so does the European Democratic Resilience Initiative (EDRI), an initiative launched by Joe Biden with $320 million in new funding to “support societal resilience and defend human rights in Ukraine and neighboring countries.”
Ironically, the US and Ukraine are not signatories to the ICC. And neither are Russia, China, India, Turkey, etc.
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
Then, it is that neither the US nor Ukraine are signatories of the ICC, and, moreover, it is the US proper who tries to undermine criminal procedures by the ICC when it better fits it..
The United States withdraws the visa of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Gambian jurist Fatou Bensouda examines alleged war crimes committed by US troops in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2004…
Please, let me add this analysis written by Eric Zuesse – SouthFront :
U.S. & Allies Seek Regime-Change in Russia
”…the U.S.-and-allied regimes are starting a case in the International Criminal Court — which has no jurisdiction over Russia and over Ukraine and over the United States, all three of which nations refused to ratify and therefore are not subject to that Court’s jurisdiction (since it’s not a “Universal” court like the U.N.’s International Court of Justice is) — initiating this purely propaganda ‘case’ against Russia.
Wikipedia itself makes this elementary fact about that Court quite clear, by saying: “It lacks universal territorial jurisdiction and may only investigate and prosecute crimes committed within member states, crimes committed by nationals of member states, or crimes in situations referred to the Court by the United Nations Security Council.” The U.S. and its allies are bringing this case as a propaganda-vehicle, but the Court itself, by ‘investigating’ this case that falls outside its jurisdiction, is destroying whatever pitiful international credibility that it had.”
Chris McMorrow says
Another Grand Slam Home Run by Larry Johnson. I can only wish that the depraved, fat-cat neocons inside the D.C. Beltway — those who foolishly voted to finance the ongoing, continuous SLAUGHTER of the Ukrainian people — would have the courage and humility to read this article, take it to heart, and REPENT of their foolishness and wickedness. At this point, It should be obvious that the only virtuous, just, right, and manly thing to do, is to call off the dogs of war, sue for peace, and take the best deal we can get. America’s anti- Law and Order, anti-Triune God “democracy” is nothing other than a false god and a Satanic idol.
Michael Droy says
Sundance – The last Refuge puts it simply:
Before looking at the absurdity of the International Criminal Court (ICC) position, it is worth noting that Russia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, India, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, the United States and China do not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC and are not member states in the organization
with link to
Actually it is even more embarrassing for the ICC. In fact 48% of the world’s countries, comprising 47% of teh worlds land mass and 65% of the World’s population are NOT members of the ICC. None of the largest 5 countries by pop in the world are included. No Indonesia, no Pakistan, and not even Ukraine are in it.
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
Also, one wonders why the ICC never took any action on this three cases….I mean, why nobody submitted ever a criminal accusation….
Vallhalla Rising says
Despite the original intent or objectives of the SMO, it has arguably evolved into a “West versus the Rest” global conflict. As we are witnessing the conflict is multi-dimensional.
Generally speaking there are four recognized instruments of national power (dimensions): Diplomacy, Information, Military, Economic…often referred to as “DIME”. Without question, we can now include a “Social” dimension (as in social issues) to DIME or DIME-S…thanks Larry, this article inspired that thought as clearly this global conflict now includes a “social issues” dimension.
Further, the West’s ideological objective of “moralizing globalism” through its international rules-based order is something the “rest” of the globe is just not down with across the DIME-S spectrum. Is the West going to fight or sanction every country that doesn’t bend a knee to its “rules”…I think the answer is clearly “yes” based on what we’ve seen over the past 50 years or so.
Then there is the real elephant in the room–the US economy. ALL American domestic and foreign policy hinges on US dollar hegemony–a fiat currency system that is in serious serious trouble. When the dollar collapses, then and only then will the Hegemon fall (China, Russia and others know this). Dollar collapse gets closer and closer every day.
COL (Ret) Doug MacGregor does a pretty good job of summing up the DIME fight in his latest article:
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
What the current indictment of Putin and Russian minister in charge of protection of minors tries to cover…..
Biden family corruption squeme in Ukraine
France´s revolt agsint bankers´guy Macron…
Britain´s revolt of labor against political class tirany and widespread misery plan…
The real truth around the ongoing banking reorganization and the planned future harsh control to be exerted by the Central Banks through their CBDCs, on alleged fight against terrorism basis ( when we know that terrorism is always state funded….and thus will go on without restrictions of any kind…)
The video was very instructive. If one is thinking about using a rifle for home defense, then practice at 5, 10, and 15 yards appears to be critical to being an adequate rifleman.
The second item is how controlled the Russian soldier was. He did not kill the surrendering Ukies although that required a split second decision and some exceedingly refined situational awareness. It is obviously a loss when anyone dies, but that is the nature of the enterprise.
The third item is how ubiquitous drones have become and how they will change the training and learning for war fighting.
I realize I am stating the obvious, but I get the distinct feeling that General Milley’s troops are still more worried about pronouns that skills.
just saying says
General Milley’s troops ran away from enemies that had no drones, nor shoes.
Curt Nichols says
And what looked like head shots. I am ex-military and ex-police, and there is a proliferation of body armor floating around. I am practicing head shots more and more. I have a home 5.56 SBR with a 12 1/2 inch barrel with a YHM suppressor. I was shooting with a friend, and he asked me what zero (range) I was using. I told him 7 yards, and he started laughing. He said “Dude, your longer range shots are going to be so fucked up”. I told him. This is solely my house rifle. I don’t want to worry about mechanical offset. If I go outside, I grab my Colt 6920. This is my woke up in the middle of the night Holy Fuck gun. And I want the dot there. Not an inch and half off. Especially for threading the needle on body armor shots.
As to the Russian not killing the last two? Very credible. It may be why he is dead now. In both my armed incarnations I had one rule. I’m going the fuck home. I’ll drink my regrets away later.
While the Chinese are smart to put forward a peace plan for the Ukraine, I’m sort of glad that the US will reject it like they did the compromise that was almost adopted in Mar/April 2022 in Istanbul. I hope Russia doesn’t stop until Transnistria, Odessa and Kharkov are part of Russia.
just saying says
I hope Russia doesn’t stop after Transnistria, Odessa and Kharkov are part of Russia.
Maria Zakharova conveniently leaves out the track record of impeccable impartiality that has made the ICC the beacon of justice for the world. Remember Iraq? Remember the WMDs Saddam Hussein had, proven by Collin Powell? Remember Madeleine Albright who declared that 500,000 Iraqi children dead was “worth it”? Then you also remember that the ICC saw to it that a large number of perpetrators of the brutal and unprovoked war on Iraq ended up in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Albright, like so many others died in prison. GWB was pardoned on appeal based on medical proof of mental incompetence.
Well, that’s how I remember it.
Larry, minor point to correct this typo:
“Putin and Xi understand that if they don’t hang together they will hand separately if the West gets its way.”
Make that “hang together.”
Larry, could you or somebody else organise a petition asking Putin to surrender himself to The Hague on the condition that Messrs Blair, Bush, Obama and Sarkozy, and Mr & Mrs Clinton do likewise? The world would be forever in your debt were it to succeed.
In criminal law, Blackstone’s ratio (also known as Blackstone’s formulation) is the idea that: It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.
For those who may get tired of people bashing the US, I get tired also of the evil that is representing millions of honorable Americans, US citizens. The controllers in government perpetrate murder abroad, as is happening in Ukraine. They brutalize and intimidate also within the US. Some would argue that they also murder selected individuals. How can such corrupt controllers conduct honorable foreign policy when they do what they do within the US? For example. the top leader, the big guy, is openly a criminal with his ties to Ukraine. He has a son following his example. This son is now suing John Paul Mac Isaac, who was very reluctantly drawn into the Biden spider web. The big guy’s DOJ is continuing years of attempts to annihilate President Trump. He’s imperfect, but nobody cared about him a decade ago. Please spare the vicious criticism of Trump. The perverts in the alliance between the US government, New York and DC lawyers and the Hollywood driven news media is nauseating. Evil does wax worse and worse. I say let the nations separate themselves from and call out the out-of-control US government and its bitches in the west and in Europe. A line has been drawn in Ukraine.
Ghost of Mozgovoy says
Have you heard about this case, and the book telling his story by US journalist Jon Krakauer, Where men achieve all glory. Pat Tillman’s Odyssey?
The poor Pat may not be a saint proper either, but what is clear in that he did not deserve such end, he sacrified a prosperous career, even a life in luxury, to follow the alleged American patriotic ideals which he was slowly discovering were simply based on lies….lies which continued affecting him beyond grave….
Wonder how the remarks about Western sexual decadence will play out with the worlds two billion Muslims. And how about the way we flew the Pride Flag in our embassy in Kabul, which every Muslim on the planet would consider the banner of Satan. Im sure that master stroke of PSYOPS caused all Muslims to look deep in their souls and overthrow the anti gay suras in the Quran about Sodom and Gomorrah
I think we’re seeing it right now in the rapproachment between Wahhabist Arabia and Shi’ite Iran .. an alliance that has never been seen before in history. And what if Turkey joins this alliance with Iran
That would end 500 years of hostility that started with Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Iran .. an emnity which probably prevented the Turks from overrunning Europe in the early 16th Century.
Maybe in retrospect, Joe Biden, you should have refrained from calling the new Saudi ruler a homicidal maniac .. just to score a cheap political point
Fulano de Tal says
There are so many ways of decadence …
” how about the way we”
That is a component part of why the “propaganda agents” known as “The United States of America” act for and on behalf of those not “The United States of America”.
Tom Schiavetta says
The point of the war crimes indictment, together with Kamal Harris’ claims of crimes against humanity, seem intended to make negotiations impossible, not just for other nations but for any subsequent administration.
Here’s America’s bottom line (and top line and middle line):
Olivier Sauvage says
To be concise, by opening the door to the acceptability of homosexuality, the West has opened the famed ancient Greeks Pandora’s Box and the Christians’ “Gates of Hell”. I don’t believe they can close them shut again. The West is going the way of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The Youtube gang is also cute.
This morning (CET) I could still see the video.
Now it says:
“This video is age-restricted and only available on YouTube. Learn more”
But I do not want to learn more …
Kaz Dziamka says
I’d like to bring back an old adage: Freedom of religion is not freedom unless it is also freedom from religion. Atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, have always played a prominent role in American culture. The list is long and should be well known.
On the video, the feat of the Hero, private Alexander Viktorovich Maltsev, born on April 26, 1975. Called for mobilization on 10/14/22.
On March 10, he was able to ALONE capture the enemy’s trench, destroy three soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and capture two. Look carefully, he could calmly finish off those who surrendered, but the Warrior spared those who raised their hands.
Unfortunately, during the ongoing fighting, on March 13, Private Maltsev died a heroic death. Now documents are being prepared for the presentation of Private Maltsev A.V. to the title of Hero of Russia posthumously. To be a Warrior is to live forever! Front Svatovo-Kremennaya.
Carlton Meyer says
Few Americans are aware of the US Army’s casualty rate in 1944 France. It is difficult to find an infantryman who landed at the Normandy beaches and survived the intense combat to set foot in Germany in 1945. Ike was so desperate for replacements that he allowed black support soldiers to join white combat units. I once did a short video about this topic.
Charles E. Fromage says
I find it very interesting that on Thursday the US mainstream/deep-state media talk about arresting Putin, and on Friday, they talk about arresting Trump.
The DC deep-state regime certainly has a high opinion of their ability to manage their enemies.
RFus Ret says
Russia’s strategy should be obvious by now. Step 1 was to retake Crimea. Step 2 was to create the Azov land corridor. Step 3 will be a peace initiative to sever Ukraine from the West.
Should the peace initiative fail, Step 4 will be to take southern Kharkov. Step 5 will be to take left bank Dnipropetrovsk. Step 6 will be another peace initiative to sever Ukraine from the West.
This is the only logical strategy that accounts for maintaining such a bottom-heavy 1000 mile front. The southern part of this front is actually comprised of three theatres: south Dnieper (Kherson/Zaporizhia), Donbass southeastern (Donetsk/Lugansk) and Kharkov.
The weakest part of the southern front is at the center at Zaporizhhia where the south Dnieper and Donbas theatres connect. It is an obvious trap, an invitation from the Russians for the Ukrainians to pour men and armor north from Dniepro into what the Yanks refer to as a “bulge.”
It is unclear if the Chinese trip to Moscow is part of the peace initiative. More likely it is related to perceived provocations expected to emanate from Poland or the Baltic States in a Western attempt to prevent Step 5 from getting underway.
The expected Ukrainian “counterattack” ia theoretical construct intended to coincide with this anticipated Western provocation. The only place it can plausibly occur (if it occurs at all) is Transnistria , because that theater has the highest risk-reward ratio as to disrupting Russia’s planned Step 4.
However, any attack on Transnistria is likely to result in China immediately recognising its independence after which other nations would follow. Moreover, neither Ukraine nor Moldova have adequate military capabilities to forstall this. It is unclear what Russia’s military deployment response would be, only that it would be rational to its overriding interests in the southern front.
NATO would not get involved. Its red line is Russian occupation of Bessarabian Ukraine, though even that is probably fluid. In any event Russia seeks a friendly Ukrainian puppet state to control this area as a buffer between it and the West.
Step 7 probably involves isolating Odesa city from Kyiv though keeping it “hostage” so as not to force the issue over Bessarabian Odesa. Probably not until 2025 at the earliest.
Navin R Johnson says
Kim dot com who is no fan of the GAE after getting in trouble for the server on American soil hosting files in violation of the DMCA, posted a tweet about the USA threatening to sanction or arrest ICC judges if they filed war crimes charges against any Americans in Afghanistan.
DALE FERGUSON says
I want to see the video of the ICC officers who go to the Kremlin to serve the arrest warrant for President Putin. They may pull this off in the US with the arrest of President Trump. But in Russia they will get a bullet in the head.
Now More than 186 US Banks Poised to Collapse. This was on Bannon’s War Room.
k. talaat says
Russia must reject the idea of leaving a “foothold state” from which NATO can launch terroristic incursions into Russia to destabilize Moscow.
So if Russia is planning to take all of Ukraine, this must include Odessa. If Russia takes Odessa, the Black Sea becomes a Russian sea. Additionally, the One Belt One Road initiative becomes a reality, rendering US Naval Power ineffective.
Here is the million dollar question: will NATO throw everything at Russia to keep it from taking Odessa? And if so, is Russia capable of holding against NATO? Could this lead to a 250,000 Chineese troops fighting Nato in Ukraine and Eastern Europe? Can this be the bait to pull the US into a war unprepared. Remember Sun Tzu: if war is inevitable, strike first.
” Remember Sun Tzu: if war is inevitable, strike first.”
When you look into a mirror, mirror on the wall, you perceive yourself and what is behind you, sometimes known as precedent.
Manuel V says
Para que Rusia obtenga una paz duradera sobre Ucrania, estoy enviando una copia fiel del tratado de Guadalupe Hidalgo al sr Putin.
Un tratado justo, digno y democratico escrito por una gran nacion que jamas pretendio nada malo contra su vecino.
“There is a global cultural war underway and the very foundation of Western culture’s philosophical and religious roots is at risk. Russia realizes that it is fighting to preserve the religious truth embraced by Christianity, Judaism and Islam — God created man and woman.”
Archbishop Carlo Viganò, a Catholic prelate, gave a speech that made a similar point at the founding congress of the International Movement of Russophiles last Tuesday.
“The present crisis shows us the collapse of a corrupt West, in which there is no Pope Leo the Great to save its fate, but which still has a destiny, if it can recover its providential mission and recognize what unites it to the mission of Russia….
“We cannot be surprised that, after de-Christianizing the Western world, this elite considers Russia an enemy to be overthrown. The Russian Federation undeniably stands as the last bastion of civilization against barbarism, and gathers around it all those nations that do not intend to submit to the colonization of NATO, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and that heap of foundations that have as their purpose the indoctrination of the masses, the manipulation of information, the creation of ‘colored springs’ to destabilize governments legitimately elected and sow chaos, wars and misery as instrumentum regni….
“[We must denounce] the coup d’état perpetrated against humanity by dangerous subversives whose declared purpose is the establishment of an infernal tyranny, in which hatred of God as well as hatred of man created in His image, illness, death, ignorance, poverty, violence, selfishness, and corruption reign supreme. It is the kingdom of the Antichrist….
“We need an Anti-Globalist Alliance that returns to citizens the power that has been taken from them, and to nations the sovereignty eroded and ceded to the Davos lobby. The Russian Federation will play a decisive role in this effort, as will the message that the International Movement of Russophiles will bring to the peoples of the West, which needs to return to being proud of its Faith and proud of the civilization to which [Apostles to the Slavs] Saints Cyril and Methodius also contributed….”
Oscar Romero says
Seems like a pretty big contradiction here: 1) First you say, “Zakharova’s comments will resonate with parents in the Western world who still believe in science, particularly biology, and are fighting against the deviant agenda trying to erase the reality of the differences between men and women.” 2) Then you say, ” Russia understands that this war is not just about eliminating Nazis in Ukraine and saving the people of the Donbas. There is a global cultural war underway and the very foundation of Western culture’s philosophical and religious roots is at risk. Russia realizes that it is fighting to preserve the religious truth embraced by Christianity, Judaism and Islam — God created man and woman.”
So is it all about science — especially because some scientists claim that they have science that is just the opposite? Or is it to preserve religious truth, which very few would suggest is science or based on science?