I Heard On The News Tonight…

Something Doesn’t Sound Quite Right…

Heard on the news tonight:  Russian President Putin and Ukraine President Poroshenko have agreed to a ceasefire in the Ukraine conflict.

My first thoughts were ‘Something doesn’t sound quite right here.’ and ‘If this is true then Chess Master Putin has made his first wrong move in this little game of thrones.”

Firstly, Russia cannot take part in a ceasefire there because Russia is not involved in any conflict in Ukraine.  So that doesn’t make any sense, unless…

Secondly, Putin has been playing masterfully so far and it would be uncharacteristic of him to blunder in that way (he is the only participant of which that can be said), unless…

…unless, in both cases, the news has as usual got it all wrong.

The truth dawned with the realisation that the report originated from Poroshenko in Kiev.  Poroshenko and his rabid Prime Minister Yatsenyuk have not uttered one word of truth so far this year and wouldn’t recognise a fact if it jumped out from behind a tree, waved it’s arms energetically and said ‘Boo’ to them.  Unless they had the opportunity to twist it out of all recognition first, of course.  So it is to be expected that reports of anything that they say, should be given no credence at all.

It is also to be expected that western media will fawn lovingly over anything they say and pass it on to their unsuspecting and, let’s face it , pretty dumb audiences, as truth.  I am surprised that just this once, the ABC (and it is probably a first for them in this affair) have reported it correctly.  Even though the ABC does tend to have a slightly more intelligent audience than any other news service in Australia, they have previously stuck to the party line.  Maybe this article somehow escaped the censor’s pen. 

The truth is, that no ceasefire will be made until Ukrainian forces have been driven out of the lands of the new Republic in the South East of Ukraine and its sovreignty and borders established and recognised.

The federalists, previously known as separatists and rather unkindly and untruthfully as rebels, criminals and terrorists, are managing to accomplish that state by themselves without Russian involvement.  Ukraine forces are simply disintegrating after being abandoned (and unpaid) by their government.

Close to a million Ukrainian civilians have crossed the border into Russia seeking, and being granted, refuge.  That doesn’t sound like the actions of an aggressor to me.

This will all be resolved of course, in time, but I fully expect Ukraine to end up rather smaller than it has been for some time.  Notwithstanding the huffing and puffing of the NATO leadership, who would be making a very big mistake if they thought they could take on the might of Russia as a means of regaining some legitimacy for their continued existence.  Many have tried in the past.  All have dragged their sorry arses home with tail between legs, licking their wounds, and wondering what just happened.

The Lies Continue …Of Course They Do

What has changed?  Absolutely nothing.  Oh, there is the little thing of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Can you believe that?  Well, you could, if there was any plausible evidence.  But, the lies continue …of course they do.

Once you have gone down that path, especially if you are a national leader with a position to uphold, once you have decided who your friends are, on the basis that keeping faith with them may be of some benefit to you,  irrespective of how believable their stories are, it is extremely difficult to remove or distance yourself from that situation.  No matter how much you would like to do that.  This is the situation in which Barak Obama finds himself.

Watching President Obama on the TV news this morning, in his new taupe suit, wearily and without any sort of conviction in his voice or demeanour, explaining the latest Russian involvement in Ukraine, again making entirely unsupported accusations and unsupportable threats of further dire sanctions, it was very clear that he didn’t really want to be there saying the sort of things that he did.  He knows, of course, that his position is untenable.

On the other hand, the rabid pronouncements of the deranged Ukrainian Prime Minister who has gone a step too far into believing his own delusions for his mental wellbeing, and the equally rabid threats from the warmongering NATO leadership, intent on finding reason to justify that organisation’s continued existence, were I suppose understandable from their point of view, par for the course, and at least consistent with everything they have said and done so far with respect to this situation.  Albeit, based on entirely groundless and unprovable accusations.  These desperate pronouncements are being made because things are not going so well for government forces in direct contrast to what is being reported by the pro-western media.

Now, let’s take a look at some credible evidence from a fairly trusted and independent source, the OSCE, as reported here. ‘No Russian troops in Ukraine’: Moscow’s OSCE rep responds to Kiev’s claims.  Of course, there are some international fighters endeavouring  to protect E. Ukraine from the governments onslaught, and some of them may also be Russian, and some may be soldiers, but that has been admitted, and it does not constitute an invasion.  Just as the many hundreds of US mercenaries and covert forces assisting the government troops does not constitute an invasion force.

Even the Ukrainian military are not convinced that what they are being asked to do in killing their own people is justified and many are surrendering at the first opportunity.  This is where the Donetsk and Luhansk forces obtain most of their weaponry.  Of course it looks like Russian equipment because it is Russian equipment because that is where the Ukraine forces get their arms from, having previously been part of the old USSR.

Let me just clarify something.  The black shirted villain about 80% of the way through the video above is not one of the leaders of the new pro-Russian republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.  He is actually a leader of one of the extreme right fascist groups that are power sharing in the US backed puppet government in Ukraine.  An extremely nasty piece of work who is responsible for much of the mayhem in that country and who is getting a bit uptight because the Ukraine military appears to be falling apart.  Looks like he wants to march on Kiev and take over the country.  His fascist group are descendents of the mid-last century group with the same name that assisted and collaborated with atrocities of the German SS Galicia Division.  These are the sort of people that the US & EU are arming and supporting.    

I have said it before, but isn’t it a bit rich for the Americans to be calling for Russian interference in Ukraine to cease, not that such interference has been proven, and is in fact unlikely, when the whole Ukraine situation came about through US, especially, and EU meddling in that country’s affairs.

I think that around about now is when the situation in Ukraine begins to take on a more serious note.  When one side in a conflict sees that it has lost the upper hand and faces serious prospects of, not defeat, but not winning or overcoming resistence, and starts to make wild calls for external support, that is the time when escalation to a broader conflict becomes increasingly possible.  That is something we should all be dreading and trying to avoid at all costs.

Here We Go Again…

I have been trying to avoid commenting on the Ukraine affair for a while because while the earlier lies and innuendo about Russian involvement emanating from Kiev, Washington, NATO, London, Canberra and elsewhere, have not been admitted to be such by these sources, nor a single one of them proven to be true, but there has been an absence of further such nonsense from the West recently.

I even let the ridiculous notion of Russian soldiers hiding in White humanitarian aid trucks slide by without comment.  But this latest farce, reported by Kiev, re-bleated by all of the usual suspects aforementioned, and also corroborated by The Guardian: and the Telegraph, without a single shred of evidence, just cannot be ignored.  Journos without cameras?  In a War zone?  Except on the Russian side of the border?  What?  Who are they kidding?

Even the silly and vacuous idea that Russia would conduct an invasion fielding just 23 unsupported armoured vehicles is beyond comprehension.  Leave alone the concept that Ukraine’s incompetent military is capable of destroying them (without the aid of the many US mercenaries and ‘military advisers’ that are already there) if they did actually exist and did cross the border.  Whatever think-tanks came up with such ludicrous proposals are obviously fast running out of ideas and resorting to conjuring up phantoms.  Is that really the best that Western propagandists can do?  Still, I guess whatever they say doesn’t have to make much sense to convince a population more interested in Angry Birds (or whatever has replaced that) than reality.

None of this augurs well for our future. 

I am not saying that Russia will not eventually invade Eastern Ukraine to secure the safety of the Russian speaking population of that country, from the rabid neo-nazi led campaign of destruction being waged against them.  I think such action is highly likely and not too far away.  I also think such action would be entirely justified. 

The only lasting way to settle this is for America to butt out and for Ukraine to be ethnically split into two separate countries aligned along the corresponding regional or district borders. Euro leaners, to the left; Russian speakers, to the right.

Added After Publication:

Now, let me make this clear, I am not a ‘commie’ or a ‘Russian lover’, although I do admit that I have a certain admiration for the considerable political leadership skills displayed by Vladimir Putin as compared to the feeble efforts produced by any section of the Western Block of nations in recent times. I am apolitical on these issues, seeking only to create a perspective of objectivity unclouded by baseless reporting from any source.

I am also fully aware that Mr Putin is no candidate for sainthood, but no less so than those who seek to taint his efforts through misleading propaganda while pursuing their own unscrupulous agendas for political advantage. 

I am also very uncomfortable that both my nation of birth and my chosen nation are taking part in this co-conspiracy of such obvious and misguided untruths, directed to harm and hinder the rights of Russia to quietly maintain its own position and influence in global affairs, solidly based on that nation’s size, history and cultural development, and to protect the interests of its ethnic diaspora wherever they exist.  Does not the West also demand that same right?

There is room on this planet for all extant cultures to exist in harmony, within the limits of its population carrying capacity.  The very last thing we need is a world government based on and dominated by any single political, economic or religion based philosophy.  Would you like to live in a United States of the World, a United World Kingdom, a European World Union, a Russian World Federation, a Chinese Socialist World System or even an Islamic or Christian World State?  I don’t think so.  There is no great sense of ‘Freedom’ in any of those systems, yet remove those political systems and the basic, local, cultural needs of all of the world’s peoples are very similar.