A new article by the Saker. As I write this, Kramatorsk is being flattened. The civilian casualties will be in the hundreds if not the thousands. As I am monitoring the Western news now, I am seeing absolutely no word whatsoever about this full-scale war.
That is because 100% of the media not just in the West, but also in all of Europe is 100% for the US and Ukraine and 100% against Russia. So we do not only have a controlled media in the US. In most of Europe, sadly, the media is also hopelessly controlled. The British media is particularly outrageous in its over the top propaganda. The German media is completely controlled.
The media in Sweden and Norway is also totally controlled. As one might expect, this gets the population all riled up, and at the moment, Norwegians are in an anti-Russian frenzy and people who side with Russia are called traitors and there are threats to beat them up. The Polish media is one of the worst of all. I assume that the media in Baltics – Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, is 100% anti-Russian. The French media is very bad. From Left to Right, they are all lined up against Russia.
I have no word on the Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Slovenia, Austria, Swiss, Romanian or Bulgarian media. I would assume that the Romanian, Czech and especially Finnish media would be very anti-Russian. The Croats, Slovenes and Hungarians are Catholic, and the Catholics seem to be lining up against Russia in this war.
The only friends that Russia has in Europe are probably some of the Orthodox countries in the Balkans – Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and and Greece.
It’s pretty stunning how completely people pushing one point of view can completely capture the media in a Western “democracy” (TM) with “free of the press” (TM).
As you can see below, Russia has told the Ukraine no more gas. For quite some time now, Ukraine has been stealing Russian gas. Now that Russia is cutting off the flow, the Ukrainians are stealing European gas, that is, gas that the Europeans bought from Russia. Are the Europeans really so supine that they are going to sit back and let the Ukies steal gas from them?
Of course, the US and also Ukraine are trying to force Russia to intervene in Ukraine for a variety of reasons. I understand the US reasons, but I do not understand the Ukie reasons that much. It’s a trap, but geopolitics is a very dirty game and war is even dirtier. Nations law traps for each other all the time. You either take the bait or you don’t. In addition, geopolitics is generally based on conspiracy.
Nations conspire against each other, hatch conspiracies against each other, etc. all the time. This is normal brutal diplomacy. Of course the Western media never reports on any of this because the MSM and the US elite want Americans to believe there is no such thing as conspiracy. All conspiracy theory is lies. And indeed, a very large % of Americans believe just that. “All conspiracy theory is lies.”
The “all conspiracy theory is lies” is a itself a plot. The CIA hatched this project in the early 1960’s. For 60 years now, the CIA has been running a disinformation campaign in the US that says, “all conspiracy theory is lies.” The reason they do this, of course, is because the CIA itself engages in constant conspiracy, and the actions of the CIA can usually only be explained by a conspiracy theory of some sort.
The campaign has been very successful. Now that vast numbers of Americans insist that “all conspiracy theory is lies, the US government, the State Department, the CIA, and the US military can engage plot and hatch conspiracies to their hearts content. Which is exactly what they do. Of course we catch these scums all the time in their conspiracy games and blow the whistle on them, but every time we do, people scream, “Conspiracy theory!”
I know this because it has happened to me many times. For the last 25 years, I have actually figured out what is going on US domestic and foreign policy along with the ways of the rest of the world’s states. Once you figure out the truth, you realize that much of the truth is simply “conspiracy theory.” And when I try to tell people the truth, they usually start yelling, “Conspiracy theory!” and shut me down.
You see: now that the elite has convinced as all that all conspiracy theory is lies, now they can conspire to their hearts content! People will catch them in the act and blow the whistle on them all the time, but every time they do, the elite will yell, “Conspiracy theory!” and vast numbers of Americans will immediately tune out.
By now you have all already probably heard it. The CEO of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, has announced that Russia was now implementing a “prepayment only” gas delivery plan for the Ukraine and Lavrov has announced that he has “nothing to talk about” with the Ukie clown currently impersonating a Foreign Minister, Andrii Deshchytsia, and that he “would not meet with him”. Unlike the always calm and impeccably diplomatic Lavrov, Miller made no effort to show his complete disgust with, and contempt for, the junta in Kiev whom he clearly sees as blackmailing and stealing mobsters.
This was especially evident when he said that the amount of gas the Ukies had set aside in their reserves was exactly the amount of gas which they were now refusing to pay for. To put it in plain English: the Ukies stole gas from Russia to fill up their reserves and they are about to begin stealing gas bought by the Europeans. Nice folks indeed. Very “Euro-compatible” I suppose…
So my first reaction was to rejoice that Lavrov and Miller and finally expressed their total disgust and treated the junta leader with the disgust and contempt they deserve. But then a very unpleasant thought crept up into my mind: is that not exactly what the Ukies wanted?
As I have written a million times now – the junta in power in Kiev is doomed, Banderastan is not viable, the rump-Ukraine is in ruins and terminally broke and there is nobody in the West who can do anything about it. And I bet you that the Ukies know that. This is why from their point of view involving the Russians is vital as Russia is the *only* possible scapegoat on which they can blame it all. So now Russia has “cut off gas” and the Russian Foreign Minister has announced that he will “refuse to meet” with his “Ukrainian counterpart”. You know how the Ukie propaganda machine will present that? It will be something along these lines:
For all our efforts to negotiate in good faith with the Moskals who are occupying our land and sending in terrorists to kill our people, the Kremlin imperialists have decided to use the “gas weapon” against our people.
Worse, instead of thanking our Minister of Foreign affairs who, at a great personal risk for himself, confronted a justifiably outraged crowed and calmed them down with some manly humor and thereby saved the Russian “diplomats” (who are really all FSB spies) from the righteous wrath of the people, they have now announced that they will refuse to meet with him. Yet again, the Moskals have shown that they belong to steppes of Asia and not into the community of civilized European nations. Etc. etc. etc.
And, of course, the Ukies will get yet another standing ovation from the western politicians and corporate media. This is so predictable that it is not even funny anymore. But there is something which worries me much more: the Ukie tactic is a sound one. Why?
Well, think of it. If one side is truly desperate to provoke the other side, what are the chances that it will fail? If you and I met somewhere and I would put all my energy and creativity towards the sole goal of getting your attention and force you to respond – how long do you think it will take me to get what I want?
The same applies here. All the Ukies need to do is escalate, escalate and escalate even further, and since no matter what they do the Psakis in the West will always whitewash it, approve it or even praise it, there is nothing holding the neo-Nazi junta back. This is a small except of what Juan wrote to me today:
Kramatorsk as I write is being flattened, the entire city is under intense bombardment including Grad and Hurricane MLR’s. Everything, industrial areas, shopping areas, infrastructure areas, living areas, is being flattened. We’re going to have I think hundreds if not a thousand dead civilians. Is this the atrocity needed to bring in Russia? I don’t know. Yet.
Two cities in Europe are turned into new Oradour-sur-Glane and nobody in the West gives a damn. Germany and France pass laws basically forbidding the honest historical research of the Nazi atrocities in WWII while at the same time not only denying, but pro-actively supporting Nazi atrocities in a country which they claim is part of Europe. How crazy can this get?!
It get’s better. Everybody, and I mean everybody, was fully aware that the Ukies would sooner or later begin to siphon-off European gas. It was therefore quite evident that the sound solution was to have a North Stream and a South Stream bypassing Banderastan to make sure that *European* gas (it’s theirs from the moment they buy it!) would get delivered. But no, the EU criticizes Bulgaria, McCain takes a trip to Sophia and, voilà, the Bulgarians are stopping the construction of South Stream which, of course, will end up hurting only the EU (not Russia or the USA!).
So let’s sum it up:
- The neo-Nazi junta in Kiev cannot survive, and it knows it
- Uncle Sam is desperate to pull Russia into a military intervention
- The EU is what is delicately called a “punk ass bitch” in US jails
So what are the Russian chances to not be provoked in this context?
Pretty close to zero I think.
What Lavrov and Miller did today or, should I say, were forced to today is just a first step. In essence, even though Miller and Lavrov did the right thing, they still gave the Ukies exactly what they wanted. And this scary. Because this “success” will breed more attempts to force Russia to react. What can come next?
As I wrote yesterday
“I would not put it past them to try an air or missile strike on, say, a kindergarten in Crimea or even in Belgorod. They could also kidnap a delivery man for a Russian company still operating in Kiev or heroically massacre of minibus with an Aeroflot crew on the way to the airport”.
They can also attack a Russian border post, bomb a Russian vessel in the Black Sea, or even blow up a church belonging to the Moscow Patriarchate. And then what? Will Russia still only verbally protest?
I am not making these up. There has been already at least one case when a Ukrainian Su-25 penetrated into Russian airspace to attack a border post controlled by the NDF. The Russian could have *easily* shot it down (they have the technology needed to shut down pretty much all of the Novorussian airspace without having to move a single missile batteries or radar across the border).
But they chose not to simply because by the time they would need to prove that the intruder was in Russian airspace the Ukie version (a Russian aggression, of course) would have made all the front page news. Remember how long it took the West to eventually and most reluctantly admit that “yeah, okay, it was the Georgian side which attacked first”? How many people today even heard about this admission anyway?
I am pretty darn sure that the folks in the Kremlin are fully aware of all that and, judging by what some people close to the Kremlin are saying, the decision has been made in Moscow to wait as long as possible simply to get a justification for the inevitable Russian intervention which would be as clear cut as possible. Please understand that Russia does not need to make any specific preparatory move to intervene in Novorossia. All that NATO nonsense about Russian troop movement and concentrations along the border is just propaganda for civilians.
The fact is that Putin can give the order and in the next 30 minutes the entire airspace of Donbass will become a no-fly zone, within the next 60 minutes most Ukrainian artillery positions and command posts will be destroyed by missile strikes after which the NDF (backed by a few more volunteers) will be basically sufficient to take full control of the Donbass. As for the Ukie death-squads they will run for their lives as fast as they can. The only problem is timing.
The Kremlin is desperately waiting for a sign that the Europeans are slowly coming to realize the monster which they have unleashed in the Ukraine. I personally do not believe that the Europeans will suddenly grow a conscience or a spine and considering the mass murder taking place today in Novorossia I continue to believe that a Russian intervention is inevitable.
In the meantime, the provocations will continue. I just saw footage of the two journalists of the Russian TV channel Zvezda News which had been kidnapped by a Ukrainian death-squad and for which the Ukies had wanted a $200’000 ransom. Though neither did go into any details, both had been severely beaten, one had a glorious shiner under his eye while the other could not hear from his left ear. I have also heard news there had been an attempt to bomb the Russian consulate in Odessa and that somebody had prevented it (local cops?) and that it all ended in a huge brawl. And, of course, bomb and shells are raining down on Kramatorsk and Slaviansk right now – the terror operation is clearly in full swing.
The Ukies will “win” in the sense that they will succeed in triggering a Russian intervention which they will try hard to turn into a war. If they do, it will be a short one, but the political damage will be immense. So I suppose a final rationale for Putin to wait for as long as possible is to get as high a percentage of the Russian population truly outraged before moving in so as to make this not a “Putin decision” but a “Russian people demand”.
I thus fully concur with Juan: it will get a lot worse before it gets better and lots of people will die. But at the end, Russia, and the rest of us, will prevail. Of that I am sure.