SOME THOUGHTS PRESIDENT PUTIN’S ARTICLE

SOME THOUGHTS PRESIDENT PUTIN’S ARTICLE

Many, many people sent me copies of Russian President Vladimir Putin's article on Russia's role prior to and during World War Two. It's an important article, and worth pondering carefully. It's a long article, and I will do my best to parse it:

Vladimir Putin: The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II

Mr. Putin opens the article with a rather poignant reminder of how virtually every family in Russia currently, had some family members involved in the defense of that country from the Nazi onslaught during World War Two:

For my parents, the war meant the terrible ordeals of the Siege of Leningrad where my two-year-old brother Vitya died. It was the place where my mother miraculously managed to survive. My father, despite being exempt from active duty, volunteered to defend his hometown. He made the same decision as millions of Soviet citizens. He fought at the Nevsky Pyatachok bridgehead and was severely wounded. And the more years pass, the more I feel the need to talk to my parents and learn more about the war period of their lives. However, I no longer have the opportunity to do so. This is the reason why I treasure in my heart those conversations I had with my father and mother on this subject, as well as the little emotion they showed.

This passes shortly to a consideration of a question:

I often wonder: What would today's generation do? How will it act when faced with a crisis situation? I see young doctors, nurses, sometimes fresh graduates that go to the "red zone" to save lives. I see our servicemen that fight international terrorism in the Northern Caucasus and fought to the bitter end in Syria. They are so young. Many servicemen who were part of the legendary, immortal 6th Paratroop Company were 19-20 years old. But all of them proved that they deserved to inherit the feat of the warriors of our homeland that defended it during the Great Patriotic War.

This is why I am confident that one of the characteristic features of the peoples of Russia is to fulfill their duty without feeling sorry for themselves when the circumstances so demand. Such values as selflessness, patriotism, love for their home, their family and Motherland remain fundamental and integral to the Russian society to this day. These values are, to a large extent, the backbone of our country's sovereignty.

I cannot help but think that Mr. Putin's words are here to be understood as a message, both to his own people, and to the rest of the world, and particularly to the Globaloneyists of the West who are currently engaged on their project of undermining national sovereignties and cultures, especially their own. And the message (to the Russians) is: be prepared, we may have to defend our sovereignty again, and again at great cost and sacrifice. And the message to the self-destructing West is: think twice. The message is couched in a recitation of the obvious: World War Two in the European theater was won largely by the Russians. The bulk of the Nazi war machine juggernaut was deployed against Russia, and in order to defeat them, the Soviet Union had to deploy an equally massive military machine.

Mr. Putin then passes on to some unpleasant historical facts that few, now, know or are aware of, but they are there for all to see. For example, during the run-up to the pivotal Munich Conference of 1938 between France, Britain, Italy, and Germany, the hidden bad actor behind the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia was not just Nazi Germany, but Poland, which wanted its own share of the spoils:

Poland was also engaged in the partition of Czechoslovakia along with Germany. They decided together in advance who would get what Czechoslovak territories. On September 20, 1938, Polish Ambassador to Germany Józef Lipski reported to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Józef Beck on the following assurances made by Hitler: "…in case of a conflict between Poland and Czechoslovakia over our interests in Teschen, the Reich would stand by Poland." The Nazi leader even prompted and advised that Poland started to act "only after the Germans occupy the Sudetes."

Poland was aware that without Hitler's support, its annexationist plans were doomed to fail. I would like to quote in this regard a record of the conversation between German Ambassador to Warsaw Hans-Adolf von Moltke and Józef Beck that took place on October 1, 1938, and was focused on the Polish-Czech relations and the position of the Soviet Union in this matter. It says: "Mr. Beck expressed real gratitude for the loyal treatment accorded [to] Polish interests at the Munich conference, as well as the sincerity of relations during the Czech conflict. The attitude of the Führer and Chancellor was fully appreciated by the Government and the public [of Poland]."

With this on the record, Mr. Putin sends yet another message to the West:

The Soviet Union, in accordance with its international obligations, including agreements with France and Czechoslovakia, tried to prevent the tragedy from happening. Meanwhile, Poland, in pursuit of its interests, was doing its utmost to hamper the establishment of a collective security system in Europe. Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Józef Beck wrote about it directly in his letter of September 19, 1938 to the aforementioned Ambassador Józef Lipski before his meeting with Hitler: "…in the past year, the Polish government rejected four times the proposal to join the international interfering in defense of Czechoslovakia."

Britain, as well as France, which was at the time the main ally of the Czechs and Slovaks, chose to withdraw their guarantees and abandon this Eastern European country to its fate. In so doing, they sought to direct the attention of the Nazis eastward so that Germany and the Soviet Union would inevitably clash and bleed each other white.

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The Munich Betrayal showed to the Soviet Union that the Western countries would deal with security issues without taking its interests into account. In fact, they could even create an anti-Soviet front, if needed.

Given the recent Western interference in The Ukraine, and its constant refusal to accept geopolitical reality over Russia's 'annexation' of the Crimea (after, it should be recalled, a clear referendum in the Crimea itself), Mr. Putin's message would again seem to be clear: ignore our interests to your own peril.

Then comes what  I regard as a central and significant series of statements:

Stalin and his entourage, indeed, deserve many legitimate accusations. We remember the crimes committed by the regime against its own people and the horror of mass repressions. In other words, there are many things the Soviet leaders can be reproached for, but poor understanding of the nature of external threats is not one of them. They saw how attempts were made to leave the Soviet Union alone to deal with Germany and its allies. Bearing in mind this real threat, they sought to buy precious time needed to strengthen the country's defenses.

Nowadays, we hear lots of speculations and accusations against modern Russia in connection with the Non-Aggression Pact signed back then. Yes, Russia is the legal successor state to the USSR, and the Soviet period – with all its triumphs and tragedies – is an inalienable part of our thousand-year-long history. However, let us recall that the Soviet Union gave a legal and moral assessment of the so-called Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. The Supreme Soviet in its resolution of 24 December 1989 officially denounced the secret protocols as "an act of personal power" which in no way reflected "the will of the Soviet people who bear no responsibility for this collusion."(Emphasis added)

In other words, yes, we know that Stalin and his regime had little to no regard for the Russian people, and that their geopolitical calculations were, in the end, cynical, but cynical though those geopolitical calculations were, they were not blind nor irrational regarding the very real threat that Nazi Germany posed. Indeed, the Russian humiliation and surrender to the Kaiser in World War One was a fresh memory to most of those men in Stalin's politburo. After all, the Soviet regime had itself been mid-wifed into existence by the Kaiser's government precisely in an effort to bring and end to World War One in the east.  Hidden behind Mr Putin's words is an intriguing position, one utterly the opposite of the cultural assumptions being wielded in the West by the political left, namely, that notwithstanding the criminality of Stalin's regime, Russians have a right to be proud of their contribution to the end of World War Two, and they will not, nor should they, erase it in the name of some abstract ideal of perfection. Contrast Mr. Putin's words that all this "is an inalienable part of our thousand-year-long history" with that of the left in the West. They are polar opposites.

And now come two bombshells:

Yet other states have preferred to forget the agreements carrying signatures of the Nazis and Western politicians, not to mention giving legal or political assessments of such cooperation, including the silent acquiescence – or even direct abetment – of some European politicians in the barbarous plans of the Nazis. It will suffice to remember the cynical phrase said by Polish Ambassador to Germany J. Lipski during his conversation with Hitler on 20 September 1938: "…for solving the Jewish problem, we [the Poles] will build in his honor … a splendid monument in Warsaw."

Besides, we do not know if there were any secret "protocols" or annexes to agreements of a number of countries with the Nazis. The only thing that is left to do is to take their word for it. In particular, materials pertaining to the secret Anglo-German talks still have not been declassified. Therefore, we urge all states to step up the process of making their archives public and publishing previously unknown documents of the war and pre-war periods – the way Russia has done it in recent years. In this context, we are ready for broad cooperation and joint research projects engaging historians. (Emphasis added)

These two paragraphs alone I strongly suspect sent shockwaves and shudders through the corridors of power in the deep states of the West. Consider, firstly, the context of the remarks in the second paragraph above. The context is the first paragraph, and the reference to the silent international acquiescence or outright approval of the Western powers in the "barbarous plans of the Nazis", a clear reference not only to the Holocaust, but moreover, the implication is that to a certain extent, it was an international event, or plan. Perhaps I'm parsing Mr. Putin's words too closely here, but I think not, for I could not help but think of Max Nordau's words to the Tenth ZIonist Congress, words uttered in 1910, and clearly implying some long term and international planning behind the Holocaust, as I've indicated in some of my previous  books.

But I think there's a second set of implied messages here, revealed in Mr. Putin's remarks in the second paragraph above, for note that (1) he specifically mentions the contents of the "secret Anglo-German talks" that "still have not been declassified." Again, I have to pause, because I strongly suspect these talks, which were conducted by Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, and his representative Helmut Wolthat (also the man that Goering appointed to oversee - here it comes - the Antarctic expedition), also have something to do with Rudolf Hess's subsequent flight to Britain in 1941. Hess himself had conducted back channel diplomacy with the British prior to his flight, and there is some evidence that he had personally met with British representatives in neutral Nationalist Spain. Hess's flight occurred prior to the invasion of the Soviet Union, and hence there is much speculation that Hess was attempting to "clear the table" of pesky British interference so that the full might of the German war machine could fall on Russia.  (For all of this, see my book Hess and the Penguins)

So we have two possible allusions here, both with strong implied messages: (1) Russia knows something of the implied cooperation re. the Holocaust, and (2) Russia knows something about the Anglo-German negotiations, which have not been declassified by either the British government nor the German government, since the end of the war. (There's a further inference here, namely, that since much of the wartime German archives ended up in the hands of the USA after the war, the USA probably knows these details as well. Those archives, once part of the Berlin Document Center, were turned back over to the German federal government archives.)

Now, with all that context  in mind, consider the message - and possibly the implied threat - that Mr. Putin is conveying with the following words:

Therefore, we urge all states to step up the process of making their archives public and publishing previously unknown documents of the war and pre-war periods – the way Russia has done it in recent years. In this context, we are ready for broad cooperation and joint research projects engaging historians.

In other words, we can either cooperate to craft a new narrative beneficial to all parties ("we are ready for broad cooperation and joint research projects engaging historians") and carefully covering all parties' complicity in "something", or, since it is clear "we all know something that we're not talking about", Russia can expose it unilaterally ("we urge all states to step up the process of making their archives public and publishing previously unknown documents of the war and pre-war periods - the way Russia has done it in recent years.")

To put this analysis country simple, I believe Mr. Putin's words here are no longer a message addressed to the Russian people, nor even to the West, but rather, a message in the clear, in a kind of "public diplomacy in the shadows" intended for the deep state(s) of the West, with just enough detail to indicate that Russia knows more details and is prepared to leak them if the West is not prepared to take Russia's interests into consideration. This implies something very significant: if the message is "received," then how would it be conveyed to Mr. Putin? Answer: by a careful release or declassification of some of those classified archival documents to which he refers, and then subsequently, by the formation of an international committee or research foundation to 'examine' and 'interpret' those materials, and create the new narrative.

That this interpretation appears to be more or less generally correct is revealed by Mr. Putin's following words:

Therefore, it is unfair to claim that the two-day visit to Moscow of Nazi Foreign Minister Ribbentrop was the main reason for the start of the Second World War. All the leading countries are to a certain extent responsible for its outbreak. Each of them made fatal mistakes, arrogantly believing that they could outsmart others, secure unilateral advantages for themselves or stay away from the impending world catastrophe. And this short-sightedness, the refusal to create a collective security system cost millions of lives and tremendous losses.

Saying this, I by no means intend to take on the role of a judge, to accuse or acquit anyone, let alone initiate a new round of international information confrontation in the historical field that could set countries and peoples at loggerheads. I believe that it is academics with a wide representation of respected scientists from different countries of the world who should search for a balanced assessment of what happened. We all need the truth and objectivity. On my part, I have always encouraged my colleagues to build a calm, open and trust-based dialogue, to look at the common past in a self-critical and unbiased manner. Such an approach will make it possible not to repeat the errors committed back then and to ensure peaceful and successful development for years to come.

When one reads these remarks in the context of the rest of President Putin's article, it is clear that "collective security" is one of his major concerns and goals. Notably, and presciently, Mr. Putin realizes that "collective security" is impossible without a "search for a balanced assessment of what happened," i.e., a new, agreed-upon narrative.

There is, however, a problem with Mr. Putin's analysis of "collective security" itself. One could argue that the pre-World War One system of alliances that ultimately led to the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance that later became, sans Italy, the Central Powers, was a form of collective security. Note that the very name "Triple Entente" incorporates the word "entente," meaning understanding, which could incorporate the idea of a "common narrative," in this case, that imperial Germany was the problem. That "system" of 'collective security' meant that any international crisis between two countries - Austria-Hungary and Serbia for example - could quickly balloon into a much wider conflict, as it did. Today, it is a common criticism of the United Nations that almost any crisis between two nations can quickly reach out to involve parties not immediately concerned. More importantly, "collective security" is usually the typical response to a perceived threat that is more powerful than any one component of its "collectively secure" opposition: Germany clearly in the case of the two World Wars, but who now is the focus of Mr. Putin's pleas for collective security? The USA? China? Probably the former, and do not rule out the latter. Indeed, via the EU, President Putin seems to be pointing the finger to the USA which, to be sure, has manipulated the record and resorted to its own disinformation campaigns in the wake of the developments in the Ukraine, which developments it (along with the EU in the form of Germany) has had a clear and guilty hand in:

However, many of our partners are not yet ready for joint work. On the contrary, pursuing their goals, they increase the number and the scope of information attacks against our country, trying to make us provide excuses and feel guilty, and adopt thoroughly hypocritical and politically motivated declarations. Thus, for example, the resolution on the Importance of European Remembrance for the Future of Europe approved by the European Parliament on 19 September 2019 directly accused the USSR together with the Nazi Germany of unleashing the Second World War. Needless to say, there is no mention of Munich in it whatsoever.

This is quickly followed by this statement:

I believe that such ‘paperwork' – for I cannot call this resolution a document – which is clearly intended to provoke a scandal, is fraught with real and dangerous threats. Indeed, it was adopted by a highly respectable institution. And what does that show? Regrettably, this reveals a deliberate policy aimed at destroying the post-war world order whose creation was a matter of honour and responsibility for States a number of representatives of which voted today in favour of this deceitful resolution. Thus, they challenged the conclusions of the Nuremberg Tribunal and the efforts of the international community to create after the victorious 1945 universal international institutions. Let me remind you in this regard that the process of European integration itself leading to the establishment of relevant structures, including the European Parliament, became possible only due to the lessons learnt form the past and its accurate legal and political assessment. And those who deliberately put this consensus into question undermine the foundations of the entire post-war Europe.

Translation: the European Union project is destined to fail so long is it excludes Russia from the very idea of "Europe." Case in point: excluding any mention of Russia's decisive, essential, and central role in winning the war in Europe:

Apart from posing a threat to the fundamental principles of the world order, this also raises certain moral and ethical issues. Desecrating and insulting the memory is mean. Meanness can be deliberate, hypocritical and pretty much intentional as in the situation when declarations commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War mention all participants in the anti-Hitler coalition except for the Soviet Union. Meanness can be cowardly as in the situation when monuments erected in honour of those who fought against Nazism are demolished and these shameful acts are justified by the false slogans of the fight against an unwelcome ideology and alleged occupation. Meanness can also be bloody as in the situation when those who come out against neo-Nazis and Bandera's successors are killed and burned. Once again, meanness can have different manifestations, but this does not make it less disgusting.

Neglecting the lessons of history inevitably leads to a harsh payback. We will firmly uphold the truth based on documented historical facts. We will continue to be honest and impartial about the events of World War II. This includes a large-scale project to establish Russia's largest collection of archival records, film and photo materials about the history of World War II and the pre‑war period.

Again, I have a strong caveat to register. Mr. Putin is clearly calling for "honesty" and an "opening of the archives" to create a real, or at least a closer approximation to the real record of World War Two. In this respect, I do not blame him one bit for wanting Russia's role acknowledged in and by the West. But I have to wonder how far this desire for honesty goes. So let's imagine that an international commission of scholars were to gather to address some of the issues President Putin raises in his article. What if some scholars point out - as Diana West has so passionately argued and demonstrated in her recent book American Betrayal - that it was due to the many Soviet agents of influence in the west and particularly in the administration of Franklin Roosevelt that Allied military resources were diverted to the 1944 cross-channel invasion, which would better have been used to thrust from Italy directly into the Balkans, which would have simultaneously unhinged the entire German military position on the eastern front, and denied the Soviet armies the occupation of whole swaths of Eastern Europe, and led to a vastly different post-war order? Would such views be welcome? Perhaps, perhaps not. (My suspicion is that this kind of honesty would actually be welcomed, but one has to think deeply and long as to why.)

After reviewing the various nations' contributions to the defeat of Nazism, President Putin then returns to one of his major concerns: collective security, the UN, and particularly the Security Council:

What is veto power in the UN Security Council? To put it bluntly, it is the only reasonable alternative to a direct confrontation between major countries. It is a statement by one of the five powers that a decision is unacceptable to it and is contrary to its interests and its ideas about the right approach. And other countries, even if they do not agree, take this position for granted, abandoning any attempts to realize their unilateral efforts. So, in one way or another, it is necessary to seek compromises.

The calls that have been made quite often in recent years to abolish the veto power, to deny special opportunities to permanent members of the Security Council are actually irresponsible. After all, if that happens, the United Nations would in essence become the League of Nations – a meeting for empty talk without any leverage on the world processes. How it ended is well known. That is why the victorious powers approached the formation of the new system of the world order with utmost seriousness seeking to avoid repetition of the mistakes of their predecessors.

The creation of the modern system of international relations is one of the major outcomes of the Second World War. Even the most insurmountable contradictions – geopolitical, ideological, economic – do not prevent us from finding forms of peaceful coexistence and interaction, if there is the desire and will to do so. Today the world is going through quite a turbulent time. Everything is changing, from the global balance of power and influence to the social, economic and technological foundations of societies, nations and even continents. In the past epochs, shifts of such magnitude have almost never happened without major military conflicts. Without a power struggle to build a new global hierarchy. Thanks to the wisdom and farsightedness of the political figures of the Allied Powers, it was possible to create a system that has restrained from extreme manifestations of such objective competition, historically inherent in the world development.

It is a duty of ours – all those who take political responsibility and primarily representatives of the victorious powers in the Second World War – to guarantee that this system is maintained and improved. Today, as in 1945, it is important to demonstrate political will and discuss the future together. Our colleagues – Mr. Xi Jinping, Mr. Macron, Mr. Trump and Mr. Johnson – supported the Russian initiative to hold a meeting of the leaders of the five nuclear-weapon States, permanent members of the Security Council. We thank them for this and hope that such a face-to-face meeting could take place as soon as possible.

There's another problem lurking here, and it's one Mr. Putin himself alluded to earlier in his article when he referred to the inherent problems of the Versailles system, a system which made the two most powerful continental powers - Germany and Russia - pariahs on the international stage. One wonders exactly how well any system of collective security on the Security Council will work, so long as two powers, Japan and Germany, remain without a permanent seat on the security council, and if they are to be forever demonized and denied that role on the security council. And if possession of nuclear weapons states are the criterion, then why is "the world's largest democracy," India, excluded from that status as well? If Taiwan could eventually lose its permanent seat and veto status on that body to Communist China, then perhaps it's time to rethink the position of those nations as well.

The bottom line is, there is much to ponder in Mr. Putin's remarks, both by way of its open statements, "public shadow diplomacy," and by way of its distorting omissions. If and when the five power summit occurs, we'll find out much more about where "they" intend to take "us." And if, once again, those other powerful nations are excluded from the process, then it does not, in my opinion, bode well.

And, if I'm correct in my speculative assessment of those two "bombshells" in President Putin's article have any element of truth to them, then it appears that Russia is willing to play hardball. Mr. Trump, M. Macron, Mr. Johnson, and Mr. Xi will have to be on their game.

One final note: due to the length of this blog and a press of external commitments, there may or may not be a blog tomorrow. Many thanks to all of you who shared President Putin's article and your own thoughts on the matter.

See you on the flip side...

 

 

 

 

 

73 thoughts on “SOME THOUGHTS PRESIDENT PUTIN’S ARTICLE”

  1. Doc, a favor? Please do more on this topic. Perhaps a part 2, 3, 4,??????

    Just an idea I got. After reading this and all the comments over again. And recognizing it requires another review. Thank you.

    1. Nice.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Adams
      Interesting guy. Watched him trade with Joe Rogan once. What a surprise he got certified in hypnosis after his MBA huh? NLP much? His vlog can get weird. He has a tendency to do the opposite of Doc on most issues. Instead of deep dives into scads of research, he feels for the zeitgeist on a topic and runs with it. Judging by the cartoons, he nails it often. Too often?

  2. 5th try (this time with no links, this internet cannot handle them apparently or is the word Bjerknes naught)
    4th try
    I havent done it, but Bjerknes (who DID Einstein and the Young Turks) has DONE Putin part 1
    Putin’s Reign of Terror
    2 (another source here, both should be on either)
    archive[dot]org

    he has also done Corona (I am on the fence on this one, cautiously) . the CoronaVirus Chronicles part 1
    on butchute
    … Jeez, Chute….

    1. Pierre, you found the same ‘problem’ that ZDB originally encountered. Joseph’s modding service does not like any word or URL with “b1tch” within it. You were probably trying to link to b1tchute.com and got bit. Sigh…

      1. might as well share, though one wonders if anything much can really be known (in this world anyways)
        so Bjerknes reckons nazis were controlled opposition , funded by our masters. re-reading Pools book who funded hitler (for the second time apparently), it was just about grass roots, but pools (published in NY) are full of loaded slurs, which I can read through. I do not find antisemitic and antico mmunist to be irreconcilable.
        jordan maxwell dropped some bombshells last night listening to (cannot find link filename Jordan Maxwell (Episode %23187).mp4 but he as guest on show)… no such thing as j people (echoes of Shlomo Sand’s invention of j people), knights templar wrote the OT long after the NT. Vatican is evil central. he is not shy showing up Israehell. world will end , more of less 18 months from October as we go through Scorpio. (shades of Chappialone whom on Rense I shall listen to tonight (his date is 18 months from last June – do they hang out together?).
        hope that all makes sense.
        Deluminati spelled backwards is itanimuled, which sounds like evil vatican.

    1. Kaibosch
      Thanks for your analysis and link.
      A lot of info to ponder.
      It matches w/other such links and conclusions.
      These international, unelected, unaccountable, bureaucracies are the definition of despicable.

  3. p.s. If there are any ligering doubts about the direction of travel of this co-morbid thing, this WEF plan will dispel them in an instant. Here is their Strategic Intelligence aka Totalitarian Plan for full spectrum dominance

  4. The key statement for me is “Everything is changing, from the global balance of power and influence to the social, economic and technological foundations of societies, nations and even continents. In the past epochs, shifts of such magnitude have almost never happened without major military conflicts. Without a power struggle to build a new global hierarchy.” Aka, a NEW GLOBAL HIERARCHY is being built right now under the auspices of the UN/WEF/WHO under cover of co-morbid I9; the catalysing event. I tend to read this as Putin effectively saying, ‘we know what you (UN) are up to (i.e. a hostile take-over via the injection of Global Government into all areas of life under cover of co-morbid I9 which action could only previously have been achieved through military conflict) and if we are not involved at the highest level of decision making in this attempted coup, then we will, by revealing certain of your joint activities during ww2, bring your plans for GG to a screeching halt and who knows, even military conflict? Also, he reminds them that one of the main achievements of the allied powers after ww2 was an agreement on the importance of international relations for avoiding conflict. The entire speech seems to be saying; Russia gave millions of lives to ww2 and knows the real history of the Nazis (then AND now) and respects the importance of compromise but that respect is not being reciprocated (Russia is excluded) and therefore, information about our involvement in ww2 will necessarily provide revelations about western forces which will prove damning and may lead to military conflict. I dont know – but thats my feeling. As usual with Putin, his message is somewhat couched and oblique except to those at whom it is directed and for them it is no doubt, crystal clear.

  5. Putin has to know this covid1984 op is NWO order op against all governments and their pseudo citizens.
    Just today Merkle is saying that the US is no longer a world power.
    The world power are those who pulled off a global plandemic under the umbrella of NWO.
    Why he’s playing along; and, Trump is playing along is a burning question.
    For I can’t equate who I think they are; w/their actions. And actions, speak louder than words.
    In the movie Cool Hand Luke, Paul Newman plays a prisoner who acts like he’s under their control, until he brakes back into character and steals the stage.

    I’m looking for
    Cool Hand Luke world leaders
    to bust their moves,
    to burst these covid1984 trial balloon$.

    1. Putin’s article makes clear he has no plans to ‘play along’ hence the meeting with so-called western leaders re nuclear question. Trump *appears* to have been ambushed by fascist swamp creatures like Fauci and Gates and a whole swathe of operatives running Federal govt who are taking their orders from the aforementioned and vultures at the top. They convinced him (at least initially) that the co-morbid thing was for real. In the meantime, paid media and pharma activists have gaslit the public into such a state of mass psychosis so that Trump has little choice – for political reasons – but to go along with it… His desire to reopen business in defiance of the vultures continued push to destroy the US suggests that he’s not entirely ‘playing along’.. I suspect he’s trying to walk a line in the interests of winning the election..

      1. Or Cool Hand Luke of this psyop is just going to stand by, watch it happen and pull an Obusha:

        Hopium by the ton shipped to all corners of the planet?

  6. No ofence to anyone but Putin is lying in the old KGB style and just as worse as any old Pravda articles.
    Soviet Union was an agressive imperialist power that supported Germany all the way in the 30’s, including by allowing German troops and officers to train in USSR.
    They planned to spread the bolshevism/communism all over the world (under Soviet party leadership, obviously), and had made one of the most horrible crimes against humanity, both against their own people but especially against conquered populations that were genocided en masse, moved en masse to places as Siberia or Kazahstan, forcefully russified and so on. They secretely made a pact with Nazi Germany to split Europe among themselves, and quickly occupied foreign territories where they started those genocides and mass replacement of locals to be replaced by loyal soviet citizens from Russia or eslewhere in the empire.
    German nazi run on Russian oil and materials for the first two years of WW 2, when the two powers were secret allies. Nazi Germany being so bold in Europe have lots to do with the support it get from USSR. Stalin was hoping to take profit later if the Europe will be weakened by wars so he will be able to push much farther and occupy most of it by himself.
    They both done just as horrible crimes, with USSR managing to surpass the Nazis as numbers through the history, and they both are just as guilty for the start of WW2 and for the existance of the equally nasty brotherly regimes, the national-socialism and the bolshevism/soviet socialism

    Someone will need to live or learn first hand the horrible things done by the Soviets and the communists regimes they imposed and then see if what Putin says bare much truth and resembling with what happened in reality.

    Russia is an empire, the one of the bad kind that won’t leave any lasting, usefull legacy in history, and as every empire is about to reach its dusk and fortunately is about to go out of history as any other empire before. Its just chosing to die in an ugly way, in a cloud of lies and leaving only enemies around

    1. There are claims that Stalin sent money support to Hitler / Nazis in the 1930s. Apparently, Stalin recognized the radicalness and thought they were a good bet to start another war, which Stalin wanted. He was going by the WW1 playbook in which the capitalist combatants would wear themselves down, their populaces would become desperate and open to communist subversion, and at the right time Stalin’s very large and well equipped military would attack westward.

    2. Rad, you might want to read the books by Estonian writer Jüri Lina, Under the Sign of the Scorpion and Architects of Deception. (You may have to order them from the author; they are sooo banned.) The atrocities which are documented under Soviet expansion are terrible. Warning: I had to skip-over a few pages in one book, because the descriptions were graphic…

    1. mythical right?
      for a reason?
      Moderna claims that their mrna teaches human dna to disarm those injectors?
      Tactics make strategies obvious. strategies make goals obvious. As true in the past as the present and now being tested globally. Curious to see how much a hero a leader could be to protect us all from medical martial law?

      youtube.com/watch?v=WllUZVwQBZ8
      How Gov Could Use RFID Chips When Millions of Americans Inject COVID-19 Vaccine

      youtube.com/watch?v=c2sJwbL_Y0A&feature=em-uploademail
      Is Moderna and NIH Partnership “Rotten To The Core”?

      youtube.com/watch?v=36EdTXY2nUs
      H.R. 6666: $100 Billion Dollar Contact Tracing Bill About Controlling/Tracking Population

    1. The NWO war against the populations of Earth.
      Get ready to be slaughtered under the guise of climate change and/or covid1984 purposed destruction of global food supply chains.

  7. Roosevelt wanted to delay as much as possible the end of the war in the European theater. His objective was the destruction of Europe as much as possible. Then he could disassemble their empires and absorb them in the bretton woods system. He would also have the choice that if he cared to rebuilt Europe, he could do it in a way satisfactory to American interests.

  8. >But I have to wonder how far [Putin’s] this desire for honesty goes.<

    Probably not very far.

    He dwells on semi-relevant details and complexities that existed prior to the outbreak of WW2, while avoiding mention of the fundamental power politics that existed then.

    1] Germany wanted lands to expand into – it lacked enough farm lands and natural resources, especially oil. The Soviet Union had such lands and resources. It's telling that for all of the Nazis' "racism", they had no problem allying with Orientals and southern Europeans, while destroying many blond haired blue eyed Viking descendants in Byelorus, Ukraine and western Russia.

    2] The Soviets had a Communist doctrine that centered on spreading Communism – they thought that Communism couldn't survive unless it took over capitalist states. They were right – it took some time but eventually the US did destroy them.

    The Soviet military was poised to attack westward when the German attack occurrred in June 1941. Attack positioning leaves forces very vulnerable if they are attacked first – too many troops, air fields, supply dumps, artillery, armor close up and reachable by the attacker.

    Archives….. the relevant Soviet archives were generated during a time when even a mild criticism of Stalin's regime could get you sent to a "worked to death" camp, or just shot right away. Marshall Tukhachevsky's family was destroyed after his execution, his pre-teen daughter was sent to an NKVD childrens settlement and then later to a regular Gulag camp. An air force general just prior to WW2 told Stalin that the Sov. air force was losing planes and pilots due to poor manufacturing and maintenance – he went to the Lubyanka and then was shot.

    Archives… can you find CIA/FBI/Secret Service archived discussions leading up to JFK's assassination and ensuing coverup measures in American archives?

    Which archives, which parts of available archives, how much deletion and fictional addition? WW1 archives of the various involved states have long been understood by historians to have been "reworked".

    All Putin had to do was use the truth and blame the Stalin government for how things played out, while pointing out that Russia prior to Communist take over was a largely honorable state that largely avoided destroying masses of innocent people.

    BTW, Brit PM Chamberlain is disparaged for Munich. But if he entered into a war with Germany and his Soviet allies came west, as they would have, then how was he going to then get them out and back to their pre-war boundaries? Churchill, even with powerfull allied US forces couldn't do it.

  9. That’s a lot to chew. Will take a few readings. First thoughts:

    Think Putin read Joel Bakan’s “The Corporation”?

    Cannot remember for sure, I think I heard from Johnny Gatt’s Vigilante Intelligence or maybe Brendon O’Connell about Putin’s childhood. He spent some time with his Grandfather in Stalin’s summer home. His grandfather was Stalin’s cook. That’s more significant that most Americans grock. Makes sense too. If I’m a Russian boss, who and how much will I trust to make my food?

  10. While this freedom of stupidity to loot and wreck small businesses lingers on in major US cities (some say 33 of them) premised on some twisted and perverted out-of-context cause for mayhem, President Putin celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the allied end to Nazi Germany and WWII. It was an excellent hour or so of military pomp and ceremony and a good look at some of that Soviet hardware become Russian Federation’s as they paraded through Red Square and flew overhead on a sunny day. Didn’t know they had sunny days there. The clips one has usually seen in the past of these events were normally during overcast skies. There were several clever video graphics incorporated into the footage, too. It was clear they were proud of their accomplishments. One never did approve of cutthroat betrayals. The Nazi’s out of Berlin. The Imperial Nippon out of Japan. The Fascista out of Italy. There’s seems to be a new triad hybrid strutting its stuff. Thus far emboldened.

    Besides the infiltration of institutions, businesses, Wall Street, K Street, former media members from C-what’-its-name now working directly with the Party’s propaganda wing, and probable subversion of some politicians yet to play out, essentially, the usual, “What’s wrong with the US?” (Besides a big shadow of a history eraser that is now ballooning out of the major teaching institutions and well embedded into K-12 schools) There is certainly a test of resilience in motion. Won’t the dictatorial wan-na-bees be surprised, if not very disappointed.

  11. This an ancient problem of Europe lying to itself and the rest of the world. As for the USA maybe we should refer to it by its real identity the CSA a loyal vassal of the Norman Empire. Europe has a long history of slipping on the perineal banana peel 711AD the Visigoths failure to stop the Moorish invasion of Iberia, the Crusades in helping destroy the Eastern Roman Empire. The looting of the Americas and other parts of the world to feed the tribal wars in Europe for the last half millennium and the chaos continues unabated.

    1. Putin is a clever bureaucrat, who deals in international treaties, whereas Ryne-Stafas are on grassroots level.

      Hidden, within the symbols of the Ryne-Stafas, there is a tribal truce, based on logic and reason. That means using brain!

      Druidic Christianity and the Ryne-Stafas are the same megalithic astronomy, that will destroy papacy, once and for all.

      A worldview based on geometry, from high antiquity, spawned by pyramid:

      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/pnz9jpb73u1gfla/druidry-for-dummies.pdf

    2. Putin’s article here is the mark of leadership and honesty when its needed most, at a time when it has become a rare commodity, and mostly outsourced to the highest bidders on the day. His ultimate point comes back to the underlying problem of an ancient ‘sibling rivalry’ ever recurring under whatever self-serving idealogoical guise on the menu for the day. Call it holy war, and crusades, Anti-Fascism, Anti-Communism, Anti-Terror, Self-Autonomy & etc…

      The story always remains the same, victors continue to write the narrative and a new enemy is always sought out to ‘keep the peace’ that raises the ‘stakes for the new war’. US celebrated ‘biggest arms deal’ to Saudi Arabia (source of 9/11 & Human Rights delinquent) to wage yet another new war, and cause more chaos in the middle-east at the Behest of Israel. Israel are a law unto themselves and violate all international conventions, and rules post-world II. Why should Russia and China then play by the rules and not protect their own ‘national security interests’ .Apparently US have a god-given ‘national security interest’ throughought the entire milky way, and their own reverered rules/values dont apply to them.
      General Mao sent a ‘secret letter’ to US extending his wish to cooperate and have cordial trade/diplomatic links with US but never received a reply as US were still very angry that their imperialist grip in China was removed. What lessons were learnt from WWII by the West then?… This is what Putin’s article and moral challenge seeks to address about having the humility to self-examine, and put your cards on the table… If Bolton’s claims are true, and a sitting almighty US president went ‘cap-in-hand’ to his sworn ‘Communist’ arch-enemy to lobby support for his own re-election back into the White house… Then the irony is poetic and very sweet…General Mao is sipping on his green tea somewhere quietly chuckling to himself witnessing a heavenly ‘check-mate’…a Capitalist Behemoth at the mercy to its largest Communist creditor; full circle…surely this cannot be scripted any better … US cannot hide behind COVID-19 agendas, Climate Change conspiracy theories and chinese spies forever… Reality is that China holds a substantial quota of US treasuries, and together with Russia the most Gold Bullion on aggregate to any other nations, this makes all US/NATO bases and warships that surround China & Russia mute.

  12. How about another nuclear power, the biggest democracy in the middle east, that cannot be talked about, conversation dead, like a Kennedy.
    “If my sons do not want war , there will be no war” … Madam Rottenchild.
    Patton’s diaries.. also dead as a Kennedy.
    Massive changes now are accompanied by war, by the states against their people using enemies domestic (not domesticated).
    Jim Stone reiterated this one today, Ben Franklin (also suspicious) on the WhomWeCannotTalkAbout tribe.
    http://www.missionislam.com/nwo/usarulerslist.htm
    I guess Putin should take a knee and thank them for the Bolshevik Revolution, such as is taking place in the USA (and elsewhere) today.
    The worst of the nazis was the same attitude that said tribe, on the whole, enumerates. that leads to dehuminisation and aggression. OTOH it is also the case that Germany was threatened by the Bolshie hordes, having being white anted by the tribe. And just as likely that the Nazis were a reaction to the problem creation of Dr Frankensteen (pronounciation as per Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein).
    Does it matter which side wins as long as they are all ‘cooperating’ through the BIS, even Schacht.
    that Churchil article was promoting Zionism as a solution to Communism. Poor ‘j’ people forced to rape russia, they need their own country (from which to rule the world with Joodoo Voodoo and imbalanced books for crooks). No mention of London Central from centuries before.
    JFK’s father, as US Embassador to England, cornered the US importation of whisky from Scotland. During the phoney war he stayed at the vacated Morgan mansion.
    If they were honest, they would not be in their positions.
    ‘if my sons do not want honest people in power, there will be no honest people in power’. some believe there is a God to do the consequences thing no matter what $God$ wants.
    Judging more by actions, I look forward when the sem-mandatory vaccine is brought out for COVID, will nonGMO Mother Russia swallow it, and will they therefore have the vaccine effective for all the common coronaviruses, including the common cold.
    If Russia sneezes, does the whole world catch the flu.
    (The Blackout, not a bad Russian scifi, mowing down the unpleasant peasants)

  13. WW2 is in my spine as it affected my family and my wife`s family (lost two of her uncles at the battle of Narvik the 9th of April 1940).

    I was listening to the historian Juri Lina and his conversation with Mikael Wilgert at swebtv last week. He grew up in Estonia during the Soviet Union time.

    He came up with an interesting point, and documented, Stalin and Churchill were having a secret agreement that they would attack and occupie Norway and Sweeden in July 1941.

    Germany was heavily dependant of the iron ore in Kiruna, supplied Germany with one third of it`s need.

    Most likely, the Germans became aware of this plan, maybe there was some secret deals with Sweedes, the invasion of Norway in 1940 became a kind of ahead of this plan.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpn5skb6xJI

    It is another story, but Churchill was responsible for the withdrawel of the battle ships to go outside the Lofoten islands on the 8th of April, a decision that was crucial for the German fleet to take Narvik.

    There are so many stories coming to light about WW2. History is slowly rewritten, but now in a new context; the geopolitical chessboard as it is playing.

    All the Best, Dag.

    1. The Freemasonry in Narvik harbors convicted criminals. In Narvik, you get drawn by throat, and cursed in public, by Freemasons, who then falsify the court protocol. Narvik is a cursed place, not worth defending. It should be destroyed.

      It is pointless for Norwegians, to seek out American alliance, because criminals will hang together. Today, Norway is surrounded by enemies, and “blodhævn” is defined by the Danes:

      https://ordnet.dk/ods/ordbog?query=blodh%C3%A6vn

      In 2014, exposé of how young Russian families are systematically Nazi hunted in Norway today, explains how Norwegians cowardly attack women and children, to enslave them.

      Norwegians have no honor. They are “nidding”.

      https://ordnet.dk/ods/ordbog?query=nidding

  14. Of course, this speech coming as it does during the present dousing and self-immolation of the West, in no small part thanks to dedicated generations of Frankfurt School bolsheviks succeeding beyond their wildest dreams, the ironies are so thick you can cut them with a knife.

    Nonetheless, what struck me most was that Putin used WWII to make his points, which for the vast majority of Americans is ancient, hoary history, somewhere vaguely located between the Civil War/slavery and the advent of the iPhone. And I doubt that for most current CFR apparatchiks and their sociopathic policy minions WWII is any more important, history you know having been declared dead by Fukuyama and the Bush II Neocons, most notably by Darth Rumsfeld, Karl “Bush’s Brain” Rove and their associated Masters of the Universe, to be fashioned and shaped by their power-grabs, with the prostrate world left with nothing to do but react to and accept their unilateral, full-spectrum dominance.

    I suspect that most PTB in Washington are nudging Heinz Kissinger from his nap to ask him what all this means, exactly, and asking him, “What’s all this about Munich? I thought we bombed it?” and suchlike.

    Of course a few people in the Western capitals understand his message, but I doubt they have much influence over the vast, hubristic propaganda machine that the West has become.

    Putin certainly knows this, after all years ago he said that the US was simply incapable of dealing with diplomatically, and he has made on-the-record, sardonic jokes stating that ‘surely the US is not a banana republic, is it?’ So sadly, one has to conclude that he is here speaking to history, to the future, to put on record and preserve the USSR’s role and sacrifice in the defeat of the axis, and that he has completely given up on any dialogue or even comprehension from the West.

  15. There may also be a wider context to Putin’s remarks about histories and the real histories of the British isles and how they have been covered up by our own establishment. That type of thing, eventually comes back to bite you – when people are made rootless this is not just an attack on them but on sovereignty itself, the parasite eating the host. Operation Mistletoe. I should imagine the historical origins of whatever those documents that Hess had were also something the establishment did not want out in the open so the British people did not know the level of deceit done against them by their own establishment.

    1. I too strongly suspect that President Putin may have obliquely been referring to Hess. After all Hess was offed AFTER the Soviet Union under Mr. Gorbachev signaled its willingness to reverse its position on vetoing any release of Hess on humanitarian grounds, which put the ball firmly in Britain’s service box. Britain elected to throw the game rather than to return the serve, and Hess, the last one alive from the era to possess the title Reichsminister (though stripped of all offices by Hitler after his flight), experienced being suicided.

      1. Yes and there could be three historical deceits for the establishment to safeguard. Nazi sympathy from the royals, of which most people are aware. Churchill very potentially being a US agent. And a much deeper and older truth.

        1. There’s also a fourth layer – the current fascist order and it’s similarities to Nazism. How long ago exactly was this great green reset planned and by whom?

          1. 5th layer – China is one of the globalists and allied with some factions of the allied powers it seems. Most probably the British (fake) royals

  16. History: personal, local, state, national, global, human all intersect within the individual. How the events and facts are interpreted and passed on generation after generation seems to be the crux and bone of contention. Mix in agendas and egos we have what we sow.
    I would image being one of the sharpest tacks in the box means a huge soul searching responsibility to your fellow human brothers and sisters.

  17. Key phrase is the “Problem” mentioned in WWII. It’s the same problem today. That banking and media controlling group just won’t quite and are determined to destroy both Christianity and Islam and rule the world. It’s viewed as their religious duty and they hold just enough power in all the nations they occupy to believe they can pull it off. Before WWII there appeared to be hopes they could get them all back to Israel where their ambitions could be curbed and carefully monitored but they were able to keep their tentacles of controls intact and escaped this plan. Didn’t want to go here and looked at them being used by secret cults along with other groups but recent videos that surfaced of their discussing the necessary destruction of the west using Islam before destroying Islam hint that they started all the sick cults to weaken the west towards this goal. Also recent articles surfaced of them purposefully infiltrating the Vatican in the 1930’s with thousands of agents becoming priests to take over the Catholics got me suspecting the Vatican isn’t behind this which was also a suspicion of mine. I hope Putin releases the real history of WWII and what it was really about and who really won it so we can understand wht is really happening today.

      1. It’s VERY interesting to me that Mr. Churchill referred to “Webster,” meaning Nesta Webster, the Grande Dame of conspiracy theory and scholarship, in an approving manner. At the minimum, this means that he had read her works and broadly agreed with them.

  18. Excellent analysis, all. I find it odd this speech is timed to the release of the Bolton book, which, when discussed by some pundits on Blaze TV, he is quoted as saying something to the effect: “When I joined the administration I thought Trump was an ‘R’. I went into office pushing a wartime agenda as a means of projecting US power into the region and globally in order to maintain global superiority. Instead, to my dismay, I found Trump to be more like a ‘D’–not interested in the proliferation of war but as a man whose fundamental proclivities embraced peace and sharing global power.” Having not read the book I cannot attest to this rendering. I was opposed to this and other hires by the Trump administration since he clearly looked on paper more like JFK than FDR–and Bolton seems to have reacted in the same fashion by an attempted hijacking of US foreign policy–and when that failed, exposing Trump to public scrutiny to discredit him publicly by elements from the Fascist arm of the Deep State. If I read this correctly, Putin is sending messages to elements of the Deep State–and potentially to members in the Trump administration who might be inclined to agree. Now if I’m wrong please feel free to correct me. Bolton’s platform was the road to WWIII. Trump had to know this when he hired him, so what was this all really about?

    1. Origins,
      I’m hardly a close student of political science, let alone history. It puzzled and troubled me when Trump brought on Bolton. Who was a more obvious NeoCon trouble-maker? At least Bolton flies his true colors. I believe Trump’s genius is in the art of disruption. So . . . I formed a counter-intuitive hypothesis. Perhaps Trump brought Bolton in, risking policy mischief, but keeping Bolton on SOME kind of leash. Perhaps a bone to the base and a head-fake to that “ally” in the middle East. Then, by the time he finally let Bolton go, he hoped that he might have distracted, diluted, weakened or discredited Bolton. Yeesh. Each of the 3 rings of the circus contain whole circuses themselves!

    2. “, so what was this all really about?” Bolton , Barr all “Bushies” as CAF would say. HE must have done somekind of deal with them otherwise he wouldn’t last alive that long. Besides as they say” keep your friends close but enemies closer?

    3. John and Barbara, I’ve said similar things many times. My best friend and I were having dinner one night right after he was selected for this role. He thought Bolton was a good choice and asked my opinion. I told him Bolton was a huge member of the swamp, a war-monger and a Bush crony. I still think Bolton is somehow tied up in this Ukraine business. My point is, the question involves each of these things—and more. It’s the more that is fuel to this question—and others analysis is dancing around other aspects of this issue brilliantly. Thank you for the input, though.

  19. The frame from which I read your post today; is that w/in a context of a parallel time of tyranny; albeit, cloaked in a medical guise that barely passes good intentions; certainly not for any being that has any lick of sense.
    In fact I look forward to your frame of writing; although; as always, somethings will be lost in translation.
    As I read your take, I translate that virtually all the families of today will suffer consequences of yet another tyranny seeking total power, trough any means necessary.
    Putin writes from a very human, yet poignant point of view; one that sees the madness generating all this unnecessary human carnage, yet unable to stop it. But, and there’s always that conjunction where two meanings opposing yet running concurrently. I’m talking so-called duty to one’s country. “But” whose country? Who benefits. Who really sacrifices?
    The culture of the family is what really matters. The country may not be on course w/family values, however slick the political pitch may be.
    Now, that I agree with: Putin’s message to the world; especially the Globalist of the West.

    Russia won that war with untold and immeasurable suffering, loss, and blood.
    Long article.
    No doubt the Nazis in Washington, and the Roosevelt crowd; are still at odds.
    Perhaps some hidden truths will clear the air some to lighten the explosive atmosphere developing?

    Still, there needs to be a stop to this Medical Stasi rush to inject the populations of the world w/deadly toxins of madness.

  20. Wow, that is an intense article.
    I wonder how much of it came from Putin and how much of it came from speechwriters.
    Also it’s interesting his comment on the meanness of disregarding the past while we have statues and historical representations being torn down here.

    1. My impression is that Putin’s major speeches or articles are probably by him personally. He’s not a stupid man and can formulate responses ex tempore, as his many open press conferences in Russia demonstrate. More probably, he likely has a group of trusted advisors making or recommending edits, wording, and so on, that will be translated into other languages properly.

  21. American hippies are gonna hang from their tipis, because they are in ideological league with SS Gollum International.

    Upcoming Nuremberg trail against hippies, for ideological crime – by misuse of ancient Rune symbol – is based on solid poetic evidence:

    RING RING OF POWER

    SS Gollum went to join Nazi party,
    but was not welcomed eagerly,
    as he was called monster
    and awful stinker,
    so he sought Mordor for liberty.

    SS Gollum traveled in wasteland,
    and drunk in Mordor dry sand,
    and in brotherhood of hell
    he found Nazi Bell,
    who flew him to Disneyland.

    SS Gollum did origami paperclip,
    went to Woodstock on trip,
    and danced free disco
    in San Francisco,
    smoking pipe in hippie flip.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/vyw6dy4ufbtjzcw/ring-ring-of-power.jpg

  22. Another site for Putin’s speech, including 50 well-informed comments with additional sources:
    http://thesaker.is/75th-anniversary-of-the-great-victory-shared-responsibility-to-history-and-our-future/

    About Putin:
    https://thesaker.is/professor-stephen-f-cohen-rethinking-putin-a-critical-reading/
    “Putin was an officer (not an ‘agent’ – agents are recruited from outside the KGB!) of the First Main Directorate (PGU) of the KGB: foreign intelligence. Putin himself has recently revealed that he was working inside the most sensitive Department of the PGU, the ‘Department S’ which are ‘illegals’. This is very important. The PGU was so separate from all the other Directorates of the KGB that it had its own headquarters in the south of Moscow. But even inside the PGU, the Department S was the most secret and separated from all the other PGU Departments (no less than 10). As somebody who has spent many years as an anti-Soviet activist and who has had personal, face to face, dealings with KGB officers (of various Directorates) I can confirm that not only did the KGB as a whole get some of the best and brightest in Russia, but the PGU got the best ones of those and only the very best ones from that select group ever made it to the legendary Department S.”
    -and-
    “First and foremost, a PGU officer has to be a top-notch specialist of his area of expertise (in Putin’s case: Germany, of course, but also the rest of Europe and, since Western Europe was – and still is – a US colony, the USA). While Soviet people were told that the West was the enemy, the PGU officers had to understand why and how the West was that enemy. In practical terms, this implies not only knowing and understanding the official cultural, political, social and economic realities of the enemy’s polity, but also the real power relations inside that polity.” (Saker italics)

    In other words, Putin is not only exceedingly smart, but has studied – as his professional job – the historical intricacies of the West. So, I would parse his speech with that understanding. (As well as Putin coming to the earlier conclusion that Trump & Co. were “not agreement capable”…)

    The Saker has also noted that Putin & Co. have taken the possibility/probability of a US nuclear strike upon Russia very seriously. They have been preparing their citizens for WWIII for the past decade, all the way up to preparing public shelters and doing public nuclear drills. They are actually ready, if our neocons pull the trigger…

    Regarding the prospect of “Allied military resources were diverted to the 1944 cross-channel invasion, which would better have been used to thrust from Italy directly into the Balkans,” I had talked about this with a source who must remain unnamed. This person cited two realities: First, the cross-channel invasion involved almost no aerial opposition, since the Allies had local aerial superiority and it was a very short trip. Conversely, the thrust from Italy directly into the Balkans would have been in contested airspace and wide-open to counter-strikes. Second, the terrain eastwards from the cross-channel invasion was essentially flatlands and wide-open to mobile warfare tactics (once you got past the hedgerow areas). Conversely, the thrust from Italy directly into the Balkans would have been across mountainous terrain, much like the torturous, time-wasting slog up the Italian peninsula. This expert thought that this ‘thrust’ would have been bottled-up and achieved little…

    1. Bingo… THAT was the pretext, for the USA invasion in Iceland. Europeans are JUST natives in a USA colony.

      That explains why Icelanders had taken up the hobby, of floating American corpses in Reykjavik harbor.

      Aerial photographs of Reykjavik show the USA boot camp printed all over the city, with the USA uniforms on every street corner.

      Some would call that raping natives, by cavalry of star-spangled banner.

      https://www.lpthe.jussieu.fr/~roehner/oci.pdf

    2. Unfortunately I’m not buying your friend’s explanation, which strikes me as being a kind of post facto rationalization. When the idea was first proposed both by Churchill and General Clark, their thinking was rather a thrust from the plains of northern Italy into Austria, &c., though Churchill also proposed, earlier, a kind of “reverse” Operation Mercury (the German ’41 invasions of the Balkans).

      1. Additionally, I must take issue with the profered air superiority reason. By the time the Allies were debating this move, the Luftwaffe’s major resources in the Balkans were further eastward, trying to protect against Allied bombing of Ploesti, and so on. A coordinated campaign could have, in my opinion, degraded those resources rather quickly.

  23. Well I concur with your remarks…that’s basically what I pointed out about this article a few days ago in the forum. I definitely see it as a two fold message.

  24. Older Russians have many stories about WW2. One old babushka shared her story with me about how her little sister died. She was playing on some small village road, not far from St.Petersburg. There was a German panzer patrolling on that road, and they just ran over her with that panzer tank. It’s hard to listen this kind of stories and not get your eyes wet. Specially when you hear it from someone who was there during the war time. The war truly affected all families in Russia.

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