Putin’s address to the nation

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Citizens of Russia, friends,

I consider it necessary today to speak again about the tragic events in Donbass and the key aspects of ensuring the security of Russia.

I will begin with what I said in my address on February 21, 2022. I spoke about our biggest concerns and worries, and about the fundamental threats which irresponsible Western politicians created for Russia consistently, rudely and unceremoniously from year to year. I am referring to the eastward expansion of NATO, which is moving its military infrastructure ever closer to the Russian border.

It is a fact that over the past 30 years we have been patiently trying to come to an agreement with the leading NATO countries regarding the principles of equal and indivisible security in Europe. In response to our proposals, we invariably faced either cynical deception and lies or attempts at pressure and blackmail, while the North Atlantic alliance continued to expand despite our protests and concerns. Its military machine is moving and, as I said, is approaching our very border.

Why is this happening? Where did this insolent manner of talking down from the height of their exceptionalism, infallibility and all-permissiveness come from? What is the explanation for this contemptuous and disdainful attitude to our interests and absolutely legitimate demands? … ”

Comment: I got this one wrong. It seems clear from this speech and the Russian operations ongoing that Putin is intent upon eliminating the present government of Ukraine and replacing it with one that favors a close relationship with Moscow and perhaps eventually … pl


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58 Responses to Putin’s address to the nation

  1. Poul says:

    I’m wondering who would swing the whip over the Ukrainian population and if they would even be able to.

    It’s a bit like Israel’s Christian government of Lebanon. Short lasting.

  2. MapleLeaf says:

    The people I’ve spoken to from Ukraine have been fairly evenly split.

    Some think Putin is crazy, with no real grasp of reality; others have told me that they fully understand his position, and that the Ukraine government is completely corrupt, with most policies being directed from across the sea. They do believe Putin has no real interest in targeting the civilians in Ukraine.

    I’m not sure what to think of politicians who cry out for the masses to take up small arms and “fight back” against such an overwhelming force, seems to me like feeding people into a wood-chipper. Yes, in an ideal world such a wood-chipper wouldn’t ever be steaming towards you. But you also shouldn’t be goading the populace into rushing towards it as if their blood and sacrifice will stop said machine from advancing.

  3. Degringolade says:

    I honestly thought that the way this went down was a low-probability scenario.
    Still none of our business, but the world just got a little more dangerous.

  4. John Credulous says:

    Russia wants Ukraine to be Austria.

    Russia’s “reach” goal is for the Ukrainian military to eliminate the UkrNazi’s

    Neutral and federated – just as Russia has autonomous republics – Chechnya – Minsk 2

    Russia will not impose this on Ukraine, the Ukrainian people have to do this themselves. A hostile and unpopular government is an “L”oss .

    Lesson: LDR / DNR ( & Russia ) won military victories in 2015 and were able to “impose” Minsk 2 – but they failed to win a political victory, so it was frivolous for Russia to insist that the same nationalists who attacked the Donbas would implement their own surrender.

    Hint: Iran has lots of gas.

  5. Fourth and Long says:

    Peter Zeihan: World Famine on the way. The Invasion of Ukraine, and Russian Product Exports


    This guy changed his tune fast. Only a gas station with ballerinas? Ignorance is bliss chapter …

    Not a fan of Zeihan myself but he’s smarter than 12 Instiutes of Advanced Study and better informed, in my opinion, than Dumptytopia on the Potomac about most everything. Caveat/Grain of salt department: These guys thrive by consulting on such cataclysms.

  6. Christian J. Chuba says:

    I was wrong too. I though did not think he would advance beyond ‘rebel’ held territory.

    I still do not think it is a land grab. This feels more like a Gaza strip operation where the U.S. / NATO Iran and he wants to take out all infrastructure that threatens Russia and ethnic Russians. If he changes borders, it will be to establish the boundaries of Gaza 2.0, not to make it into a prison camp but to make it defensible.

    Why not leave the current govt intact, if they know that Putin / Russia will step in again if they re-arm?

    Of course I can be wrong again. Only time will tell.

    • Marlene says:

      The current government has criminal charges for ordering the current offensive by the Urkainian Army on the suffering people of Donbass, precisely the offesnive and non-stop provocations since weeks ago all of us know provked the Russian response in the first place.

      The Russians sent their requirements for an European secuirty strcuture, nobody answered.

      Due the abscence of the vecindary, plus the addition of busllish statements on that “If Russian wants less NATO, it will have more NATO instead by next mamanger of hedge fund Stoltenberg, Russia proceeded to secure its own borders nad environment.

      I am gald ofr the DSonbass, and even Ukrainian people.

      Saving the differences on the degree of harassment and genocide taking place, I also would had liked Putin, or whomever, would had liberated me during the past year when my basic civil and human rights and freddoms guaranteed by my conuntry´s Constitution were suspended for not taking an experimental dangerous med which way overpass the risk of the alleged virus when not offering any beneffit, my national passport left innefective, my movements constrained, plus suffering a mass demonization by officials and the same media now demonizing the only government in Europe who has decided to puta stop in front of the feet to the nazis currently ruling this continent.

      It is a great day for Donbass, for Ukraine, and for Europe.

      The operation seems to be made in a quite surgical way, offering the Ukrainian soldiers the opportunity to surrender and lay arms plus avoiding cities and harming civilians, something others do not usually care, like it is the case of the ongoing genocide taking place in Yemen, tellingly by the same actors managing things in the Ukraine and protesting so much….

      I hope Putin also intervenes there.

  7. Michael Droy says:

    I think the Putin eliminating Ze story comes from the west.
    Clearly the remains of Azov will try to take direct control, probably with US tacit acceptance, so predicting Putin intervention makes it easier for US to openly back its favourites.

    Just to point out that so far i have seen no proof of Russian troops in Ukraine or even Donbas, Neither today or at anytime in the last 8 years.

  8. per says:

    The cooperation and friendship treaties with the republics are interesting. Perhaps they are templates for a coming treaty with the Ukraine?

    Article 6 gives Russia and the breakaway republics the right to prohibit each other from joining any blocs and alliances viewed as “directed against them.”

    Article 13 requires the parties to protect the “ethnic, linguistic, cultural and religious identity of national minorities in their territories and create conditions to preserve and develop [them].”


  9. English Outsider says:

    I don’t think you got it wrong. As London Bob says in a comment to Walrus’ article, this is a catastrophic failure by the EU elites. Had they pulled their weight Minsk 2 would now be in place and the firing across the line of control stopped.

    This pilgrim got it wrong, for a certainty. I believed that Scholz and Macron would stop the “let’s you an’ him fight” nonsense we were imposing on the Ukraine. It’s clear also that President Biden and Prime Minister Johnson didn’t bother to read the play book:-

    “Providing lethal aid to Ukraine would exploit Russia’s greatest point of external vulnerability. But any increase in U.S. military arms and advice to Ukraine would need to be carefully calibrated to increase the costs to Russia of sustaining its existing commitment without provoking a much wider conflict in which Russia, by reason of proximity, would have significant advantages.”


    Such a combination, the EU’s failure to do anything more than wring their hands and the President and the PM’s bovine stupidity, would be impossible to predict even in these times.

    I remember getting it similarly wrong during the Brexit dispute. I thought the grey men in suits would be working away behind the scenes getting something sensible fixed up while the politicians got on with their posturing.

    Didn’t happen then, either. Have the grey men in suits disappeared entirely, Colonel Lang?

    • I thought the grey men in suits would be working away behind the scenes getting something sensible fixed up while the politicians got on with their posturing.

      Grey men in suits have been long ago purged from the West’s political top. It is a sad reality. It is a full blown panopticon and there is no mystery about it anymore. What you see is what you get. It is a sad picture but there is nobody to talk to in the West.

  10. plantman says:

    I just saw Gen Jack Keane on FOX…
    It looks like this is a pretty ambitious invasion taking place on 4 main axises.

    I hope the knowledgeable former-military people at this site will explain to the rest of us, what is actually going on on the ground?

    Also, I wonder if anyone would be willing to speculate about how long this plan must have been in the making given the its vast logistical requirements?

    Thank you.

    • Brian O’Grady says:

      CNN’s military analyst, General Wesley Clark, was on CNN around 1 A.M.— after the Russian military commenced its operation— with this expert analysis: “Ukraine has a very powerful military that will resist the Russians.”

      • Phillip Agee Assange says:

        How he can say that with a straight face tells all about who gets the stars in today’s military. The checks in the mail, my BMW is paid for, and was only helping push that sheep over that fence. Liars and hucksters all

    • Suvorov says:

      The Russian invasion plans were made during the Soviet era and updated on a continual basis due to changing contingencies. Certainly, after the 2014 Maidan event the planning for Ukraine was updated and placed in a priority category. It’s what General Staffs do. That the Ukies were overrun so quickly indicates that their military lacked a proper function in this regard. Politicians are not known for long term planning, which is why professionals need to be consulted and empowered in military matters. Poking the Bear was something the Ukie boyars did with no regard to the poor schmucks that had to pay the butcher’s bill. Cowards one and all, leaving on private planes before the inevitable air strikes. Welcome to Western Leadership options.

  11. Ishmael Zechariah says:

    Colonel Lang, Fellow Pilgrims;
    Our Sultan has his knickers in a twist but was advised to speak softly:
    We sincerely regret that Russia and Ukraine, which we see as friendly countries and with whom we have close political, economic and social relations, come face to face in this way,” (Erdogan) said. He urged Russia and Ukraine to resolve their differences with dialogue through the framework of the Minsk accords that sought to restore peace in eastern Ukraine..
    He is still playing both sides against the middle but the oscillation amplitude is getting smaller.
    AFAIK, TSK is going to sit this out. We are wondering what will happen in Syria.
    Would you please post links if the Nudelman-Kagan faction produces any profound insights? I am also looking forward to reading predictions of the Russian end-game from the sublime military experts who were so correct on Afrin.
    Interesting times
    Ishmael Zechariah

  12. Shako says:

    I suppose 400 years of Muscovite imperial colonial expansionism and unique inability to live in peace with their neighbors had nothing to do with this.

    • whoknows says:

      Let me remind you that 800 years ago, Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus lands were a single country called Rus.

      • Shako says:

        So, despite 800 years of “shared” history, aggressive Muscovy remains uniquely unable to live in peace with its neighbors.

      • Leith says:

        800 years ago they were called Kievan Rus. Ruled from Kiev, it was a mishmash of at least five different principalities. All were under the heels of the Golden Horde of the Mongols.

        But I believe Belarus at that time, or at least the capital Minsk, was ruled by a Lithuanian prince.

  13. Marlene says:

    Nancy Pelosi, from the Pelosi Family of always and the New Mafia Order, giving her first geography public lesson…on East Europe situation…


  14. Leith says:

    In the north Russian and Belarus troops attacking Ukraine border posts. Plus Russian fighting going on in Chernobyl radioactive area. Zelensky should have offered up Chernobyl to Putin as a gift years ago.

    In the south Russian troops from Crimea are advancing into Ukraine’s Kherson Oblast.

    In the east Russian armor has crossed the border on their way to Kharkiv.

    In the center airstrike and missile strikes near Kiev. And missile attacks on Uman grain silos have set them burning.

    So far no breakthroughs at the Donbas line of contact. That will change if the Russians take over the offense when they realize their LDR/DNR puppet army is incompetent.

    Ukrainian air defense claims to have shot down six Russian aircraft. Sometime after those Ukrainian reports, Russia said no, those six aircraft crashed due to pilot error.

    So much for Moscow’s promises they would not invade Ukraine. So much for last week’s slander by many here in this country saying the US intel community was making stuff up about a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    • whoknows says:

      Russia said that *one* Su-25 was down due to a pilot error. One Kamov helo was down after being hit by a MANPAD. That’s about it. All pilots are safe.

  15. Christian J. Chuba says:

    DC is blaming all of this on Biden but this is yet another nation building failure.

    Yet another U.S. trained and equipped army is evaporating, just like the one in Afghanistan (and the Free Syrian Army) and this time our Generals were on record telling us how the Ukrainians were going to take a big bite out of the Russians. I’ll give Jack Keane some credit, he was the only celebrity General who was realistic about their prospects.

    I’m not criticizing the Ukrainian soldiers, just the hypesters who trained them and told us what we wanted to hear. The average soldier just might not believe in the mission they were sold, don’t know.

  16. Jim says:

    Trump was lambasted and impeached and called a traitor for telling Zelensky — to his face, in Washington DC, to work out your difference with Putin. I watched this live on TV.

    In the meantime, Israel appears to be the only “western” country “fighting” for Ukraine, with its ongoing bombardment of Damascus and its international airport, this week.

    This latest IDF adventurism began a bit prior to the now and ongoing Russian military operation on its border and beyond. . . .

    Trump promised and promised to bring the boys home from Syria. . . . and official Washington, borg, big media, military, IC, etc. — wanted his throat cut for such “apostasy”. These won that “battle” too. And destroyed Gen. Flynn, to boot.

    Whatever Trump is now spouting about Biden being asleep is grist for the mill.

    Interestingly enough, Putin this week, in a national address, acknowledged for first time that circa 2000: he asked Clinton about Russian Federation joining NATO, and Clinton thumbed his nose at Putin.

    Although this was known in diplomatic circles, Putin kept that card close to his vest.

    Putin’s ‘egg timer’ was thus set way back in 2000, when he first took office.

    It rang Feb. 21, 2022.

    • GBC says:

      I believe Krushchev asked to join NATO in 1954, following Eisenhower’s speech referencing military spending in the US as a “cross of iron”. Arch-cold warrior, SoS John Foster Dulles put the kabosh to that request.

  17. Stephanie says:

    I guess we can thank Putin for any restoration of trust in US and UK intelligence, which got this one right while the Kremlin was calling their information “unfounded” and worse.

    Early indicators suggest the full scale invasion came as an unpleasant surprise to China, which of course has strong ties to Ukraine and an interest in stability there.

    Best wishes to the people of Ukraine, who will need it. Ukraine only pawn in game of life…..

    • Marlene says:

      I fear the Russian had no intention to launch this until Zelensky came from the MSC with the crazy idea of going nuclear, something neither of his handlers protested about nor corrected him.

      I considered here some days ago that the possibility exist of nuclear weapons or material falling into the hands of the Ukrainian nazis, during the noise about a false flag started by the US in the first place. Then, thses past days it was the warning by the US Embassy in Moscow on terrorist attacks that could affect big cities in Russia.

      Taking into account the very fanatic condition of the Ukrianian nazis, in the league of the Islamic State thugs, I fear those events determined Moscow´s decission on launching the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.

      The fact that one of the strategic sites the Russian SF took first was Chernobyl, points at that outcome.

      Nuclear and nazi criminal thugs is not a good combination for ther well being.

      Russia is witnessing the current state of affairs in the West with governments attacking their own citizens for a year in a round.

      Not a situation to feel secure with nuclear meances in the middle.

      What would the US had done if the opposite case would had happened in mexico, for example?

  18. Marlene says:

    Daniel Estulin has a lot of graphic material in his twitter account on technical damage and Ukrainian tanks and trucks with a white “Z” painted in the flank passing the other side,

    He is advising the people in Odessa, including military in the familiy, to stay at home until things clear, and then everybody will come back to live and even service.

    This is the only people who are the enemies of Russia, Europe and the world..and their handlers…


    Major Konashenkov is warning on staged video material the White Helmets style rounding certain channels on civilian mass killings which obvioulsy have not happened.

    I would not like to stand on the filming crew shoes….

  19. Po says:

    Am I the only one here who thinks this is a load of BS? I’m not talking the realities on the ground in the Ukraine, but the absurdity of the theatre surrounding all of this. It would be laughable if it were not so tragic. Are they about to unleash “Cyber Polygon” on the world and need conflict and a bogeyman as cover to do so? Putin has been set up as the perfect fall guy. I have heard repeated ‘fluffing’ on MSM (and Biden now) about (potential) cyber attacks. ‘Unpredictable Putin’ who is in the ‘death throes of his dictatorship’ would certainly be crazy enough to do so in his desperation.

  20. JerseyJeffersonian says:

    Sadly, this article is now reporting water over the dam, but it is a worthy report from someone well-qualified to make these excoriating comments as to the condign failure of “Our Leaders” here in the West, and how they absolutely and comprehensively destroyed the chances for good relations with Russia. Enjoy the Schafenfreude.


  21. JerseyJeffersonian says:

    “Schadenfreude”… Fat thumbs strike again.

  22. ISL says:

    Dear Colonel,

    My two cents is that different regions in Ukraine will be encouraged to succeed and set up new statelets in a loose confederation. In this way, in each of the new break-away regions will police itself against their own local insurgents that the US may or may not be supporting. A rump Azov run nazi will be allowed to fester around Lviv and likely will be more of a European problem than a Russian problem.

    Additionally, I am praying the US does not start a cyberwar against Russia – my feeling is that our internet economy, grid that collapses on a regular basis, etc. is much more vulnerable than the Russian equivalent.

    • whoknows says:

      A cyber attack by a nation-state is a casus belli

    • Roger Spenser says:

      My expertise is in IT and networking.
      The US is much more vulnerable to a cyber attack.
      We in the US will suffer horribly from blow-back to a US cyber attack on Russia.

    • Leith says:

      No matter who responds with cyber attacks on Pootie, we will be blamed for it.

      And he has already attacked us with cyber many times.

      • Marlene says:

        In fact, it is “Anonymous”, of which some of us long ago suspected were CIA operatives instead the “freedom fighters” they try to perform, who have just delcared cyberwar on Russia….

        I read past week that they also declared a war on the Canadian truckers….with crazy footage by a hacker with a coloured wick screaming the hell out the cyberspace…

        Could these crazy hackers not unleash a nucelar attack too if they wake up with the mood or forget their meds?

        What could go wrong?

        It is really scary that the US is leaving so much power in the hands of clearly dsiturbed people, as they did in Ukraine…

        It is clear that, at this point, outcomes are really unpredictable in this scenario, and as an ilustration, this is how much Biden cares…


        Hence the Russians decide to at least put a break to the crazies in their immediate neighborhood since it is clear that chaos is what it is in the menu for all us by the financial elites managing from behind in front of the twisted pandemic plan for the general looting of the Western population…

  23. Leith says:

    I wonder why Pootie has not shut down Ukraine internet and phone service? Ukraine has built some resilience into those systems over the past year. And much of their fiber optic trunks are to the west instead of to Russia and Belarus.

    Or maybe he has not tried to shut it down because he wants the world to see his handiwork? But I expect there will be changes shortly when the news hits that Ukraine troops just kicked Russian VDV airborne troops out of Hostomel Airport near Kiev. He ain’t gonna put up with any truths coming out of Kiev.

    • Danny Nicolas says:

      russia wants the world to see that they are not targeting civilians and the cities

      • Leith says:

        There has been collateral damage on civilians. I hope it does not get worse. But when guerrilla operations start the civilian casualties will multiply by a huge factor.

  24. Philip Owen says:

    I used to defend Putin to working class Russians who voted Communist. No more.

    Putin is and always was a fascist.

    Some of the students in the gymnasium may still support him. I know the bad boys in the yard want to move to America.

    • Leith says:

      Huge anti-war protest in St Petersburg against the invasion. 1500 arrested so far. More to come.

      • Leith says:

        In Moscow also. 850 detained.

        • Eric Newhill says:

          Sounds like Canadian truckers and Jan 6th Americans. Maybe they’ll at least get a fair trial in Russia.

          • Leith says:

            Eric –

            Not until after they’ve spent a couple of years in Pootie’s psychiatric penal farm undergoing a daily regimen of injections of haloperidol and other toxiins. After that when they have been diagnosed with “paranoid personality disorder”, they might get a chance before the courts.

        • Eric Newhill says:

          Ah. Ok. So same treatment as the Jan 6th Americans.

  25. Stephanie says:

    Philip Owen,

    I wrote quite recently that I thought he was smart, cautious, and not nuts. Maybe once, but no more.

    The latest from Zelensky on Facebook:

    ‘“No matter how many conversations I had with foreign leaders, I heard a few things. The first is that we are supported. I am grateful to each state that helps us concretely, not just in words. But there is a second — we are left alone to defend our state. Who is ready to fight with us? Honestly — I do not see,” Zelensky said.

    “Today I asked the 27 leaders of Europe whether Ukraine will be in NATO, I asked directly. Everyone is afraid, does not answer. And we are not afraid, we are not afraid of anything,” Zelensky said.’

    Poor guy.

    • Leith says:

      Stephanie –

      NATO was never an option for Ukraine as long as Russian troops were occupying Crimea and also were LDR/DNR. That has been a longstanding NATO policy. that no aspiring members could join if foreign troops were in their country.. Not just for Ukraine but for any country. That is the reason why Georgia has never been admitted. Putin and Zelensky know that.

  26. JerseyJeffersonian says:

    Well, the trolls are talking to each other now. Clarifying.

  27. Jim says:

    From Al Jazeera 24 Feb/ 2022
    St. Petersburg
    [[‘Russia is against war’: Thousands rally in rare show of dissent]]

    Body of story
    [[It was difficult to gauge the rally’s size, but there were at least several hundred people.]]

    {When the rally started, police were already in position, with the OMON riot squad fully kitted out with body armour, helmets and batons, standing by buses brought to take demonstrators away.

    But there was no effort to cordon off the area.

    Instead, a policeman with a loudspeaker walked around, warning that this was an unauthorised demonstration and that anyone attending risked arrest and prosecution.}

    [By 10pm (19:00 GMT), the crowd thinned]

    [Note: All of the protesters interviewed for this article refused to give their names out of fear for their safety.], the story also said.


    Of note: Al Jazeera carried water for US State Dept. in its ongoing dirty war against Syrian, according to a Wikileaks cable.

    During First Palestinian Intifada they were very good; during Syrian War, they were partisans against government. I don’t know what they are now.

    According to NBC News, [[ more than 1,000 people gathered in the center of Moscow Thursday evening, chanting “No to war!”]] NBC is basing this “according to the Associated Press”.

    Their headline said: [[Russians torn over Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as thousands protest]]

    NBC, relying on others for their story says: [[Police had detained 1,667 people at rallies in 53 cities by around Russia by 9:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. ET), reported OVD-Info, a rights monitor that documents crackdowns on Russia’s opposition, according to the AP. Police in Moscow said they had detained 600 people, Reuters reported. ]]

    This could estimate 600 demonstrators in Moscow, and 1,667 in total, including less than 1,000 in St. P. — if all were detained.

    And, assuming NBC, Al-J, Reuters, AP — all known, habitual liars — are telling the truth tonight; and assuming OVD-Info is accurate.

    This is my favorite line from the NBC report: [[More than 100 Russian journalists signed a joint statement condemning the invasion, which they posted on Telegram. Most represented independent news organizations and outlets that opposed Putin. “War has never been and will never be a method of conflict resolution and there are no excuses for it,” the statement said.]]

    “outlets that opposed Putin”? WTF is that — or put another way, that is not journalism 101, 102; perhaps it’s Journalism 404.

    NBC, that’s bad bro, that’s bad.

    It’s story included: [[Calling the invasion “disgusting,” Nikita Borisov, 28, told NBC News by telephone Thursday that he thought any invasion was “not a good idea, no matter what country.”

    Borisov, a marketing executive from Moscow, added that the invasion and resulting economic sanctions on Russia had yet to affect him personally, but he said it has already become difficult for Russians to obtain visas to enter other countries, and exchange rates with foreign currencies had worsened.]]

    Guess what Borisov and NBC, I can’t attend grad school, because of the US Medical Apartheid.

    I had to decline a job paying $60/hour teaching job last fall because of Biden-imposed Medical Apartheid.

    I cannot attend Symphony Hall in Boston either: because I don’t have what a leading Black civil rights lawyer refers to as “Slave Passes”. I don’t possess a slave pass and I can’t get the death shot owing to susceptible to anaphylaxis. Initially CDC recommended we not get the shots, then changed its mind. I’m not changing mine; and so I am subject to Biden/Fauci/Collins/Walensky Medical Apartheid.

    In fact, I can’t shop anywhere in Boston or go anywhere in Boston because of this.

    Our medical establishment has done absolutely zero for the 15 to 35 million of us [5% to 10% of population] prone to anaphylaxis.

    A friend of mine had her medical doctor license suspended by a state medical board for prescribing ivermectin and hydroxycholorquine. This board also took the liberty to legislate speech, accusing her of spreading “misinformation.” She has said the CDC is a criminal organization. I’d say that’s putting it mildly.

    Our government of clowns is responsible for and created the catastrophe in Ukraine, and the covid catastrophe and does not care about the common man and woman.

    How many Palestinians have died over the decades peacefully protesting Zionist brutal and savage military occupation?

    Maybe what the western powers fear most is that Putin and his idea that people should not live subjected to genocide created by US/NATO — in Ukraine — may one day enforce a just settlement for that other conflict no one in the west, in power, ever seemed to care about.

    This conflict is left over from WW 1 — and no where near resolution.

    Rabin would have been 100 years old come Tuesday.

    Where was Bill Clinton, the guarantor of Oslo? — this same Bill Clinton directly responsible for destroying Yugoslavia, and saying no to Putin’s request to join NATO.

    • Barbara Ann says:


      More than a thousand protest in Moscow? I’m shocked, shocked. I’ll give you a number more than a thousand; a million. I happened to be in London on business on the day of the massive protest against Gulf War II. Estimates were the crowd was a million strong. I saw it with my own eyes and I believe them. Blair still took his country to war and has faced no consequences – unless you count his being one of the most hated people in the country.

      • Jim says:

        20,000 BRAVE and patriot souls rallied in DC last month against COVID-19 Tyranny, lockdowns, mandates, masks, medical apartheid, slave passes, etc., the death shots and the even greater recklessness and moral turpitude — the crime of pushing these poisons into children.

        The list of speakers was impressive, and where was NBC, Reuters, Associated Press, and other enemies of the people? They are too busy smearing and doxxing and lying about and trying to destroy actual patriots and people of conscience and good will and knowledge.

        Less than a thousand show up in St. Petersburg, yesterday, and that is covered, but something here, they are not only not interested, they’ve lied and lied and lied and lied about the death shots, and do the bidding of criminals like Fauci, Walensky, Collins, Biden, and FDA, et. al. — that allowed these Moderna and Pfizer poisons on the market.

        Apparently there was so many on Moscow streets NBC called someone on the telephone to fill in their story. And they’re not at all embarrassed by this.

        And yes, you are quite correct about the great masses opposing their hell-bent Bush/Blair/Cheney push for war. . . .at the time — I cannot verify this first hand, but heard this second-hand from someone that had direct contacts at the Holy See — of a movement in which the Pope and others of great stature would go to Baghdad, and with their bodies try and prevent invasion. I was told that the Pope declined as it was his view nothing would stop those maniacs, or words to that effect. And that they would have been cannon fodder. I don’t know if this is true; I do know it was told to me, and that the individual was quite sure of it.

        Maybe Blinken and BoJo can go park their sorry pie holes on MAIDAN, and see how that works, while Nuland and Pyatt are handing out pop tarts. As far as I’m concerned, they can take Gates and Soros and Klaus. And why not throw in Tribe, a Harvard lawyer that knows all about everything except what the US Constitution means and why it was written.

        They can then take a pilgrimage to Palestine, and dust off their their righteousness in service of . . . of what exactly?

        I happened to listen to Powell’s address at United Nation that fateful day. . . and by simple logic knew, on the face of it, knew beyond doubt: he was lying. And like magic, NYTimes starts gushing how Powell presented “evidence” to the world.

        One lies and the next one swears by it.

        Whatever we might think of Putin, his statement about this “Empire of Lies” is hard to argue against.

        I watched his UN address as his country’s troops were going into Syria. . . .”look what they’ve done” in Iraq, Syria, Libya. . . .

        Weight of that military decision, heavier than this week’s, in my opinion. At least three military countries with boots on the ground, US, UK, Turkey already embedded, four if include France; and Israel in the wings and with agents galore, there. . . .

        Like our response to covid, and the hell-bent nature of Iraq invasion, the Afghanistan — and withdrawal — and the past few months leading up to 2/21/2022 — I am hard pressed to discover evidence that suggest other than our nation is on purpose just doing things as poorly, as inept as humanly possible.

        Are we, too: stuck on self-destruction? We had no better ”’teacher”’, I reckon, than Israeli policies toward its neighbors and inhabitants and those she occupy. . . .

        We’ll see if Humpty Dumpty Joe and BoJo can pick up the pieces after this week’s landmark events. . . .

        And lastly, for what it’s worth, the thought occurred to me last night: do the western oligarch’s and elites. . . their Nihilism expressed in their hatred of Christianity and family values. . . . is their intense hatred of Putin also a function of the fact he went to the rescue of Caucasians, Christians?

  28. Deap says:

    Lines artificially drawn on the land are curious and modern constructs. Whereas mass migration of peoples has been eternal. When has irredentism and nation state boundaries ever been in enduring harmony?

    I am reminded of something a geology professor kept repeating: civilization exists only with the permission of random geologic forces.

  29. Deap says:

    A day without Poppin Fresh Doughboy Alexander Vindeman pontificating about Ukraine, is like a day without covid death counts:


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