The Fog of War

Tanks!” Tanks! Send us tanks! We are winning … kinda.

It was February 2022 that I penned the essay ‘The Right to Lie’ (see link below) on the invasion of the Ukraine. I posted other observations later, and some from knowledgeable experts. This was followed by a video of a lecture Ukraine: A History Lesson, given by the distinguished Professor John J Mearsheimer, of Chicago University. He pretty well says similar things to my own overview but from an American patriotic academic’s long-term study, giving his version greater veracity than I will be accorded. Since then predicable propagandists dashed into action deploying misinformation and fabrications all over the Internet.

The media offer nightly updates, and President Putin and President Zelensky trade insults and threats, but again, it’s hard to ascertain what is truth, what is hope, and what is rumour. Standing back, at my safe distance, I think it’s fair to conclude the fog of war has not lifted and lies thick on the battlefield, lies being the operative word.

Since then, if the subject arises on the Grouse Beater Twitter site it’s swiftly hit by automatic right-wing bots primed to suggest any sympathy for the Russian argument denotes a commie lover. The descredited US senator Joseph McCarthy would give a sardonic ‘you betcha’ to that. And on that issue, because the West has blocked or buried news from Russia, I get most of my information from statements made by or from the White House, the president’s staff and generals, political commentators on the right and left, the Washington Post, and academics such as Mearsheimer.

We are now months on from what is a proxy war where no American will die, but the common man and woman will pay dearly, and those far away from the conflict see rising taxation to send weapons of war to the Ukraine. War affects us all. As things stand, folks in the West are finding food prises rising because Ukraine is the ‘bread basket of Europe‘, to quote the same politicians who told us we can grow our own food (forgetting poor weather conditions) saying the EU is a nasty place, very unBritish. They overlook bad harvests in the UK and farm produce unpicked for lack of EU seasonal migrant workers.

This update comes with my customary caution. Like so many commentating on the conflict, I am not a specialist nor an expert. I try to put two and two together to make four and if it does not, I look at the available evidence another way. I regard myself as Mr No Credentials but informed. Readers are free to check facts if sceptical of mine.

QUESTION: What do you mean the battlefield is shrouded in fog?

On the battlefield prospects, there are confident and sharply conflicting claims by military experts. One must regard all reports coming from Ukraine as suspect or tainted. In less than a week of the invasion there was a tale of Russian soldiers raping women, yet few Russians had reached a city or village. Later, there was a ‘fresh’ graveyard discovered where, for some odd reason, retreating Russian soldiers had taken respectful time to bury their victims and not tried to hide the alleged massacre, but instead placed gravemarkers with names on the graves. No validation followed the claim.

There are conflicting claims that Putin is an out-of-control madman on the loose, and the contrary, that he is a calculating dictator. Which is it? The Russian army is subjected to the same two-sides: the power of Russia will crush Ukraine, and lately, the Russian army is weak and poorly led.

Every day someone writes in the press that Russia is losing, is beaten, and tired. Zelensky encourages this lie. However, we do know what the U.S. position is, or at least was last April at the Ramstein Air Base conference of NATO powers and other military leaders that the U.S. organized: “Ukraine clearly believes it can win and so does everyone here.” To me, that was the excuse to send more arms and money to the Ukraine. Whether it was actually believed Russia was so weak it would give up, I have no way of authenticating. But I know this, Ukraine is not winning, not by any yardstick. Why does President Zelensky plead for more and more weapons if they are winning? Matters are much more finely balanced than Zelensky or the US propaganda machine would have us believe. Unless Russia walks away from the conflict, winning against Russia is almost impossible. The US knows this, but hopes to impoverish Russia in a protracted war.

QUESTION: You and other writers described the invasion as a criminal act of aggression and compared it to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. If Putin thought the incursion would drag on and on, would he have invaded?

Ah, tea leaf time. Reading Putin’s mind has become the way to the lazy pundit’s latest newspaper column and fee. Nicola Sturgeon dishes out the same exaggerations, an irrational hatred of Russia and Russians – supported by here lamentable colleague Stewart McDonald MP – no substantial facts to put forward they indulge in vapid conjecture, and so on, and so forth. Westminster doesn’t like Russia, so Scotland must be heard to agree. Scotland’s main national party chooses to send tens of millions of Scotland’s limited funds to Ukraine to help free it, but not retain £20 million for Scotland’s freedom.

On Putin, I have some guesses, but they are not based on better evidence from other writers and bloggers. I think Putin’s advisers believed American anxieties. Those in the West goading Putin said if Russia invaded Ukraine the conquest of Kyiv and installing a puppet government – as opposed to the one headed by Zelensky and installed by the US in 2014 – would be an easy task, not the mishmash of blunders we now see. I well recall the screams of alarm on Day One over the invasion from intelligent people wailing that within a week Putin would own Ukraine. It has not happened.

What seems to be happening, adduced from with the ebb and flow of attack and withdrawal, is Russia trying to establish control over Crimea and the passage to Russia, and to take over the Donbas region. But all that is now complicated by the strong will of Ukranian soldiers to resist more invasions on more fronts, and do it by deploying sophisticated weapons donated from the U.S.

QUESTION: So what should Putin have done?

Had Russian intelligence been better informed, and the knowledge Ukranian fighters are tough, I think he would have annexed the Crimea and Donbas sooner.

Possibly, benefitting from better intelligence, Putin might have had the wisdom to respond seriously to the tentative initiatives of France’s President Macron for a negotiated settlement that would have avoided the war, and might have even proceeded to Europe-Russia accommodation along the lines of proposals by de Gaulle and Gorbachev. (I’m old enough to know about that proposal.) The former Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, has admitted recently, openly, that the Minsk Agreements accepted by Russia (see NOTES) were only a breathing space to allow NATO time to organise itself and move east. No wonder Russia does not trust us.

All we know is that the initiatives were ultimately ignored, dismissed with contempt, at great cost, not least to Russia. Instead, Putin launched a murderous war of aggression which ranks with the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the Hitler-Stalin invasion of Poland.

QUESTION: You have said Russia felt threatened by NATO expansion to the East. Still true?

My view is now common currency. Bush II is the villain. He invited Ukraine to become a NATO member against all advice, encouraged by US hawks. The current CIA director William Burns warned:

Ukrainian entry into NATO is the brightest of all redlines for the Russian elite (not just Putin). I have yet to find anyone who views Ukraine in NATO as anything other than a direct challenge to Russian interests. NATO expansion into Eastern Europe is premature at best, and needlessly provocative at worst. If the expansion reached Ukraine there is no doubt that Putin will fight back hard.”

Secretary of Defence Robert Gates recognised that “trying to bring Georgia and Ukraine into NATO was truly overreaching, recklessly ignoring what the Russians considered their own vital national interests.” And we can add to that, that President Biden’s ability to avert a prolonged war are severely lame, which I guess is an understatement.

QUESTION: Has Russian demands changed?

No. To answer that, I hand you over to Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov:

We have goals: to demilitarise Ukraine (there should be no weapons threatening Russia on its territory); to restore the rights of the Russian people in line with the Constitution of Ukraine (the Kiev regime violated it by adopting anti-Russia laws) and the conventions (in which Ukraine takes part); and to denazify Ukraine. Nazi and neo-Nazi theory and practice have deeply permeated daily life in Ukraine and are codified in its laws.”

For Russia ‘the key to everything is the guarantee that NATO will not expand eastward.’ But the U.S. kept undermining negotiations and still does, turning a blind eye to Russia’s demands of not integrating Ukraine into the NATO military command, making it a “de facto” member of NATO. Goaded into invasion, the West can claim Russia’s aggression is ‘unprovoked’.

QUESTION: Is Russia now a pariah state?

Some qualifications are in order. It is surely becoming a pariah state in Europe and the Anglosphere, to an extent that has amazed even seasoned cold warrior operators, such as Graham Fuller:

“I don’t think that I’ve ever seen—in my entire life—such a dominant American media blitz as what we’re seeing regarding Ukraine today. The U.S. isn’t only pressing its interpretation of events – the U.S. is also engaging in full-scale demonization of Russia as a state, as a society, and as a culture. The bias is extraordinary – I never saw anything like this when I was involved in Russian affairs during the Cold War.

Most of the world, however, continues to stand aloof, condemning the aggression but maintaining normal relations with Russia, just as we did with the U.S. after their invasion of Iraq.”

QUESTION: Russia claims that the US is directly involved in the Ukraine war.

True. That it is fighting a proxy war is widely held outside of the Europe-Anglosphere domain. It is not hard to see why. Official U.S. policy, open and public, is that the war must go on until Russia is so severely weakened that it cannot undertake further aggression. The goal is the eradication of Russia. Next comes China, Taiwan the contrived excuse.

We are told the West is in a fight between democracy and totalitarianism, between good and evil. If so, what does that mean? Taken literally, official policy entails Russia must receive harsher punishment than Germany and the Nazi after the First and Second World Wars – the ccomplete annihilation of all Russia and its federal states. ‘Proxy war” seems a fair term to me. All we demanded of Germany in 1945 was the death or imprisonment of Nazi leaders and no German army.

QUESTION: What of censorship – on both sides?

In Russia, I think it draconian but confined to Leningrad and Moscow. (I have asked Russian friends.) I mean, who goes to the expense to send volunteers to leaflet remote communities and hamlets in a continent so vast it has eleven time zones? It was different in my youth when I was becoming politically aware. I obtained copies of Soviet Weekly with ease. Russians got their news of the West in the old Soviet period by television, radio and books. Gorbachev opened the then USSR to all the West’s news.

The results indicated that despite the rigid censorship, a remarkably high percentage of Russians were accessing such sources as BBC, and may well have been better informed than Americans. In this opinion I am supported by eminent American politics watchers, including Noam Chomsky. (Hard to believe, but there are people who think Chomsky and other academics are the anti-Christ.) We impose censorship at our peril – knowledge can help stop wars.

As for the West, I have already said information is easy to obtain from the US because of its openness laws, but harder here in the UK. We shut down Russian Television in the UK immediately after the invasion, an excuse the right-wing had sought since the broadcaster’s inception. George Orwell wrote in 1945 in his (unpublished) introduction to Animal Farm, the “sinister fact” about free societies is that censorship is “largely voluntary. So, in our part of the planet unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban,” generally a more effective means of thought control than overt force.

The situation is the same for Scotland. England and its watchdogs in Scotland bombard Scotland with black propaganda daily, as one would expect from a colonial neighbour intent on plundering a country it has invaded for its wealth, but England needs no tanks in the streets because it has already colonised the main institutions, newspapers and broadcasters. The British State controls our economy by domination and unrepresented taxation. When a Tory tells us the Scottish health service is falling apart he need only offer one mild example of a waiting list for an A&E in one hospital and his exaggeration is complete. We retain in our memory only the headline.

It’s the same for the war on union membership and strikes happening in the UK now. You can shut your ears and your mouth and live a quiet life. When Sunak’s government brings in draconian laws to limit union freedoms more than in the past, only unions will protest. No one dies, no one is hustled to jail. Only the poor suffer, in poverty without food or heating. Then you become a statistic, an unperson.

Our own nationalist party, the SNP, emulates Westminster’s dislike of Russia (oligarchs excepted, they have investment monet, and are rewarded by election to the House of Lords) and yet no one in Scotland was ever confronted with an SNP manifesto that stated, Scotland will become antagonistic to all things Russian, ban Russian immigrants and Russian artistes from work.

When did the electorate give them approval for that? We are not yet a nation state, we have no right to a foreign policy, thus our first minister is only exercising her prejudices.

QUESTION: So, where are we now?

Putin has asked for negotiations a few times, hoping, no doubt, a Russian army inside Ukraine was all the pressure needed to bring Zelensky to the negotiating table. Zelensky bats off the requests knowing a settlement might upset the US, cause the US to remove their generous gifts of money and armaments to prolong the war and bankrupt Russia.

There was a week’s ceasefire but neither side respected it. So we keep sending more weapons. Again, using the cover of the fog of communication, one reads that money does not always reach its destination, that is, the rebuilding of bombed infrastructure and rehousing families. It goes into the pockets of Ukranian criminals. Calling for more and more weapons from the U.S. including rockets that can reach Russian territory, is not confining the war, but spreading it.

QUESTION: What about peace?

Russia wants to enforce peace on its own terms. We know deals mean both sides offer something in return for a settled peace. A negotiated diplomatic settlement is one that each side tolerates while relinquishing some of its own demands.

There’s only one way to find out whether Russia is serious about negotiations: negotiate. There must be an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine followed by a Russian troop withdrawal and agreement between Russia and Ukraine on future security arrangements. All wars end in a negotiation of some sort.

Those who prefer more deaths and destruction will say Russia won’t stop at the Ukraine. They are liars and sadists. That was America’s justification for carpet bombing Vietnam, they had to ‘stop the commies reaching the West’. The war will drag on, its intensity increase.

Sociopaths enjoy war, especially because they are not doing the fighting. Some of them are politicians, but we know we are governed by dangerous fools. One understands why the Nazis found psycopathic helpers so quickly, people happy to choose who should die, and who should run the death camps.


Original GB essay: Ukraine – The Right to Tell Lies: Mearsheimer lecture: Ukraine – A History Lesson:

The Minsk Agreements: The agreements were a series of international agreements which sought to end the Donbas war fought between armed Russian separatist groups and Armed Forces of Ukraine, with Russian regular forces playing a central part. The first, known as the Minsk Protocol, was drafted in 2014 by the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine, consisting of Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), with mediation by the leaders of France and Germany in the so-called Normandy Format. After extensive talks in Minsk, Belarus, the agreement was signed on 5 September 2014 by representatives of the Trilateral Contact Group and, without recognition of their status, by the then-leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). This agreement followed multiple previous attempts to stop the fighting in the region and aimed to implement an immediate ceasefire. The agreement failed to stop fighting, and was thus followed with a revised and updated agreement, Minsk II, which was signed on 12 February 2015. This agreement consisted of a package of measures, including a ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line, release of prisoners of war, constitutional reform in Ukraine granting self-government to certain areas of Donbas and restoring control of the state border to the Ukrainian government. While fighting subsided following the agreement’s signing, it never ended completely, and the agreement’s provisions were never fully implemented. (Wikipedia)


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16 Responses to The Fog of War

  1. peeliewallie says:

    If only an article like this appeared in MSM, but alas, that’s never going to happen. It’s a sad day when, in order to read balanced views about anything, the only place to find it is on the internet.

  2. Grouse Beater says:

    Bit of a minefield, Peelie, to keep track of fast moving events, so I don’t claim it’s a comprehensive over-view. These articles take months to come together, notes written when I come across information worth regurgitating once my thoughts coalesce.

  3. peeliewallie says:

    At least you’re trying to get at the truth. I and many others appreciate your efforts at sifting through the lies. Once again, many thanks.

  4. Grouse Beater says:

    The violent bile from commie haters soon as I post an essay on Ukraine is hard to believe in this day and age when we have all the history of Russia before us, and the US of Amnesia’s intolerance of competitive socialist nations.

  5. diabloandco says:

    Thanks Grousebeater – I get so tired of all the propaganda , rabble rousing against Russia , China , Iran or whoever is in Americas sights , supported by the UK.
    I was very cheesed off when they banned Russia Today so that only their side could be heard and not the NATO (USA) threat to Russia’s borders.
    It has come to a pretty pass when I trust the news of ‘diabolical foreigners’ as opposed to the output of the BBBC /ITV and the UK press.
    Thank goodness for the internet and truth ferreting bloggers.

  6. Grouse Beater says:

    Scotland has long been subjected to English racial superiority. They tore us away from over 1,000 years of association with our European people and nations.

  7. Lyn Hay says:

    Thank you for raising your voice on this. The fog is indeed heavy and difficult to peer through with success, and views are refracted to different hues. At base, my view is that I weep for the widows, I weep for the orphans, I weep for the children who will never be born. I weep for the loss of love on all sides.

    But I do not weep for dead nazis.

    This war has its roots in WW2 and the Ukrainian ultra-nationalists Bandera, Shukhevich and others who proclaimed ethnic superiority over Russians, and indeed over all other peoples. When Putin announced that their aim was to “demilitarise and denazify” Ukraine, he was echoing the statement by the UK, US and USSR at Yalta that they would “demilitarise and denazify” Germany. And the atrocities committed by these Ukrainian nazis at Babi Yar, Volyn, Belarus etc are well known to all Russians and recorded. As a film buff you may know Ellen Klimov’s “Come and See”? Made in 1985, set in Belarus, it is ostensibly a story of a young boy who joined the partisans fighting the Waffen SS. As film it has strong imagery, eg the stork prancing around when the boy and girl are first thrown together; the flaming torch being quenched in water after the remaining nazis are shot rather than burnt alive in revenge; the girl’s trauma after the gang-rape; the boy repeatedly shooting the portrait of Hitler lying in the mud.

    As a message that helps explain the background to todays fight against nazis, take note of the scene after they burn the whole village alive in the barn, when the partisans somehow capture the nazis and they try to justify themselves. One says “we are not all Germans, some are your brothers” – meaning that they are Ukrainians, the ones who volunteered to join the Galizien division of the Waffen SS so as to exterminate all Slavs who are not pure as the Ukrainian Slavs are. Their descendants still march, on youtube, in Lvov every year.

    You may also know the film “White Tiger”? Made in 2012, set in 1943, about a “ghostly” Tiger tank that sneaks up to destroy whole squadrons of Russian tanks and then escapes through impassable swamps. It quickly becomes compellingly watchable, and both plot and style develop through to the end. Of note are the final scenes of the signing of the German capitulation, followed by the tank commander (the hero of the plot) explaining to his superior that the “ghost tank” has not been vanquished but is biding its return in dozen years, a hundred years time. Again, prescient and explanatory of the Russian attitude.

    On a practical note, a VPN (eg is free and good enough) with an exit node in the US will give you access to all the information our lords and masters want to hide from us.

    This war is neither unprovoked nor limited to the territory of Ukraine, but this phase will end with Novorossiya returned to Russia, and other parts returned to Hungary and Poland. This despite Polish troops currently fighting, Poland having prime responsibility for the destruction of the pipelines, and building up its military to a size sufficient to attack Russia. That ended badly for Poland in 1654. This attempt to vanquish Russia, which almost succeeded in the Yeltsin years, has been ongoing since the 10th century. As Merkel said in Italy, “…the cold war never ended, because Russia was never pacified”.

  8. Grouse Beater says:

    ‘Come and See’ is as rivetting film, unforgettable. 🙂

  9. Alastair says:

    The capitalist want Russian oil and gas, but to do this they need rid of Putin. They want someone else in power that they can manipulate along with the oligarchs to steal Russian assets. Meanwhile the Ukrainians are blissfully unaware that they are hocked up to debt for 100 years with interest to the Anglo American arms dealers who are laughing all the way to the bank.
    This is the real reason no one wants to stop this war, they are making to much money out of it.

  10. lorncal says:

    Even if Russia is defeated or disintegrates, what then? All those countries that are part of the Russian Federation will claim independence and some of them will join the Islamic side. China will not stand back and allow Russia to be dismembered: it is their buffer against the West. A gender clinic opened in China recently, and more are planned. You don’t have to commit to wars anymore. Just weaken from within, and open up your enemies to Western-style neoliberalism, capitalism and globalism. Probably the only thing that Hitler ever said that made any kind of sense was that America would export its madness to the rest of the world. It certainly wasn’t worth WW II and its aftermath to be told that, even though the evil creature is long gone, but it is an interesting fact nonetheless, that someone so off his rocker as Hitler could see what was coming. He could have added that the West has always coveted Russian resources.

  11. Grouse Beater says:

    Interesting prognosis made well.

  12. Well said G Thankyou for the truths❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿.

  13. Stuart MacKay says:

    The propaganda / commentators from either side talk up or overstate their positions so what I’ve found to be useful is to look for gaps between what is being said and what is apparently happening. Some examples:

    Europe is supposed to be in a recession with energy reserves on the point of being empty – yet none of this has happened, yet. Things are probably slowing down but a deep recession or crisis right now does not seem likely. Clearly things are not great in the UK but there are many factors at play.

    Germany built a floating terminal to process Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) from the USA in just a few months, so the crisis over the lack of Russian gas is over. This was announced to much fanfare in the press a couple of weeks ago. However if you look at the details it needs a very special purpose ship and there are not many of those available and even if they were, the cost is enormous.

    If all those Russian missiles are being shot down, why the need for air defence systems – the existing ones seem to be working just fine. Why does Israel not want to send their Iron Dome system to Ukraine?

    If Ukraine is winning, why are women and men up to 60 years old now being conscripted?

    If the Russians have overwhelming superiority then why is Donetsk city still being shelled heavily on a daily basis?

    Similarly, why have the Russians seemingly made little progress in pushing Ukraine out of the Donbas, which are now part of the Russian Federation?

    Why are Turkey and Saudi Arabia apparently changing their alignment from the West to the East? That would appear to be counter-productive to say the least if the West was winning against Russia.

    Why is John Bolton, former National Security Advisor calling for Turkey to be expelled from NATO?

    There’s an endless list of things that don’t quite line up correctly. It’s safe to assume that everybody is lying to you. However there is so much information available it’s impossible for the propaganda to be 100% consistent, 100% of the time. The truth, if it exists, is probably somewhere in the middle.

  14. jgedd says:

    I get so tired of hearing from those younger people (usually ) who believe unquestioningly what is broadcast by our media. There has been war after war fought by the USA and its proxies over the past fifty years. Younger people have at least been alive for some of that time.

    I have lived through so many that I’m alienated by most of what I read from people who like to call themselves left-wing. Even that definition has changed dramatically. They truly are Thatcher’s children. She would be so proud of what she has accomplished in causing that sea change in British politics. I often feel marooned in an ocean of fog, alone with my memories, while others are acquiring a different narrative concocted for them by a government-complicit media.

    My formative years were spent during the appalling American project in South America when they used the Monroe Doctrine with a vengeance, helping to destroy regimes which were inimical to American doctrine. My generation watched as the CIA and its intelligence networks used the right wing military in country after country to de-stabilize and destroy elected governments. Argentina and Chile had evil, murderous military dictatorships foisted on them and endured years of killing of citizens by assassination squads. Other countries in S. America suffered similar horrors from their military. They fell like dominoes.

    People with the ‘wrong’ politics were dropped from helicopters into the sea, herded into football stadiums which became execution grounds, pregnant women having given birth first before they were killed and their children ‘disappeared’ to be adopted by families friendly to the regime. The cynically named University of the Americas in the US, trained the military from South American countries in the use of terror and torture.

    I can’t forget what I read then. We actually had reporting of what happened from mainstream media and newspaper journalists in those days. I sometimes think back in disbelief. We didn’t have 24 hours rolling news then but a schoolfriend of mine listened all night on the radio to the blow-by-blow account of the storming of the Presidential Palace in Santiago and the killing of the elected president, Salvador Allende. She recounted it to us next day. She came from a Conservative family but she was horrified by what happened, which reflected the general view of those events then. How things have changed.

    After causing this violent. nightmarish rupture throughout South America countries which still suffer from the repercussions of the horrors that were was visited on their societies ( with continued meddling from the US) the Americans turned their attention to other parts of the world. All the wars since have followed the same format since, use of proxies to destroy regimes but sometimes both direct action and proxies ( allying with any faction that opposed the regime they had in their sights.) From Afghanistan ( twice ) through the Balkans, Iraq, Libya Syria, they have practiced the same format, clandestine interference, ( supplying money, weapons, training and aid to their chosen faction to foment civil war) assassination or direct action.

    The CIA playbook says never allow the enemy to believe they know how you think and can predict how you will act. Therefore be unpredictable and your actions unreasonable so that your enemy will not be able to assume that you are inhibited by any code (a recipe for amorality, even sociopathic behaviour.) But let’s not forget the dutiful UK, always willing to join any enterprise with its powerful ally and to lie in doing so. ( Remember the Iraq War and the false narrative of WMD? Many people in the UK believed that.)

    In fact, the Pentagon greatly admired how the British had kept their conduct in the Malayan campaign and the action in Kenya in the Mau Mau campaign from the electorate back home. The US had learned to its cost that if you let the press and media report a campaign as in the latter stages of the Vietnam war, then the electorate at home will turn against you. From then on they copied the British example, as in also dropping conscription. Too many coffins were taking bodies of conscripts home to families all over America.

    I could go on but won’t. Suffice it to say that Ukraine looks like what has gone on in previous decades. There are, however, no media sources left I can trust so it’s difficult for me to accept anything they say. That leaves me isolated from those with apparently the utmost confidence in what the establishment media tells them. I don’t know what propaganda is being told on the other side but I am left from many decades of experience unable to trust the motives of what is supposed to be our side. That really riles the supporters of this war who seem highly partial and intolerant. It must be a warm, comforting feeling to be so secure in the righteousness of your cause, but they do disturb me.

    You could say, as in Shakespeare, that I’ve ‘supped too full of horrors’ to be sanguine about what’s supposed to be our side.

  15. Grouse Beater says:

    Lot to think about in your commentary, JGedd.

  16. bruceruk says:

    Hollande and Merkel recently admitted that the main objective of them signing the Minsk II agreement was to provide time for Ukraine to rearm. In other words, they lied. More importantly. Russia now know they lied. It’s astounding that these admissions have been made now. I could almost believe, deliberately so to leave Putin with no prospect of a peace settlement. How can you trust liars? As Nato and the US have planned this demise of the Soviet Republic of Russia for almost 20 years, peace is definitely not a part of their strategy.
    Now that the Ukrainian ground is frozen, Putin pursues a change in tactic, to destroy Ukraine, it’s infrastructure. Replace it’s government and annihilate some 170,000 nazi soldiers before summer.
    One of Russia’s frigates has just started a trans oceanic cruise, armed with the latest hypersonic missile, Zircon. Capable of reaching speeds of up to 7,000 mph and a range of more than 500 miles. Once launched, the target will have 10 seconds to respond. Unfortunately, it flies too fast for any air defence to detect it.
    Russia has taken it’s gloves off. Be afraid. Be very afraid of the Russian Bear….

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