Today was a particularly stressful day. I had to deal with another attack on my freedom of speech courtesy of YouTube's refusal to deal with satire, humor, and anything that contradicts their covid planscamdemic narrative, even if it comes from life insurance companies or French courts. As a result, YouTube has again blocked my ability to upload videos, and hence, I have been unable to record any News and Views on the situation in The Ukraine, in spite of people pointing out on my YouTube channel that I completely called that one wrong.
They're right: I was wrong, though people need to remember that News and Views does not represent the totality of my thinking on the matter. I'm on record on other platforms that I did think the chances of war were much greater than a year ago. But I certainly was not thinking this week! In any case, I hope these spontaneous remarks - as much as the written word can be spontaneous - will at least answer some of the inquiries.
In any case, the question is, why now? War is always a mess, and never goes according to plan. Tragically, people are killed, maimed, dislocated. It is always a miscalculation. But why now? And whose is the miscalculation?
Allow me to play devil's advocate for a moment. When the Soviet Union fell and the various former Soviet republics went their separate ways, an odd book appeared in the United States by a "think tanker" named Francis Fukuyama called The End of History. The book was odd because it basically argued that with the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union, the world was basically witnessing the triumph of Western secular progressivism and the global triumph of "American 'values'" and that all was going to be well, ignoring completely the basic fallen fact of human nature, which people like Fukuyama are wont to do. At the time, I thought the book was incredibly shallow, not the least because whenever Fukuyama could bring himself to discuss any theological basis for those "values", he made a terrible hash of it, mangling concepts beyond recognition of any theological scholar. Why do I belabor this point? Because it told me he had no idea what he was dealing with in Russia's case. It was that same easy going, nauseating secularism that so infects America that one cannot even study the Middle Ages in an American "academy" without running into its attempt to understand them with but minimal reference to Christianity. That same easy false optimism led to the whole post-9/11 enterprise of the "war on terror" and "nation building" which has ended in American "wokeism" and whole departments of the federal government here (and in Canada) branding large swaths of its own population "terrorists" when parents speak out against woke school boards. Fukuyama's book was essentially written by a secularist, for secularists, and written with that with that rosy and peculiarly American penchant for ignoring the basic human fact that lots of people like their traditional culture. But the great quasi-Masonic project of remaking the world was not to be sidelined nor delayed and so hence we've attempted to impose our "values" on everyone else, forgetting that some people like to be rough and unfitted stones, rather than mere blocks in a big edifice allowing no individual movement.
Lest we forget, The Ukraine was part of that project, and I suspect there are multiple levels to the answer to the question "why now"? Russia has been sounding the alarm bells for years, and no one was listening, in part because of the inbred hostility of the West to all things Russian, a phenomenon which is centuries old and really a manifestation of the inbred hostility of the West and its premier "cultural" institution, the Papacy, to all things Orthodox. It's that consistent Orthodox witness that had not, and Lord willing, will never bow the knee to an institution claiming that it is "altogether necessary to salvation for every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff" that is the thorn in the West's side, the fly in the West's first globalist project's ointment, the Papacy. It's that witness to a form of Catholic Christianity that is both ancient and non-Papal that's the rub, and Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union has been doing its best to re-embody that it is the premier Orthodox nation and power. I have some misgivings about that too, but that's the subject for another day.
At more modern and deeper levels, consider only the GMO (genetically modified organism) question: The Ukraine was targeted by western agribusiness long ago, and of course arms were twisted to turn Europe's breadbasket into a GMO producer; western argibusinesses (which we call "I.G. Farbensanto" on this website in the same spirit of mockery with which we call the injections "quackcines") were granted special port privileges on the Black Sea, and certain well-known grifting political families helped broker some of those deals, probably in between snorts of cocaine and energy deals. Meanwhile, Russia banned GMOs. There's also the allied issues not only of The Ukraine's rich agriculture, but its resources. The West wants them; Russia wants them.
Then there's the murky associations surrounding the West's sponsored coup government (remember Maidan?), associations conjuring the worst fascist memories from World War Two. Some years ago, a Russian official named Sergei Glazyev wrote an op-ed piece, in which he stated - in all seriousness - that Russia's problem was not the Nazis in Kiev, but the Nazis in Washington. At the time, disturbing images of Ukrainian military units emerged, displaying regalia oddly similar to Ukrainian insignia worn by Waffen SS units during World War Two. Before that, there was of course the brief "Hettmanate of the Ukraine" carved out by the Central Powers after the Soviet surrender at Brest-Litovsk in March of 1918, a clear indicator that the Ukraine sought independence, but at the price of becoming, in effect, a puppet state of Germany... sound familiar?
Then of course at yet another level, there was the butchery Ukrainians suffered under collectivization under Stalin, another grizzly tale in a very long history.
Why now? I suspect that insofar as the West is concerned, the miscalculation goes back to ignoring those repeated Russian messages not to expand NATO nor launch "regime change" operations closer and closer to Russia, which the West patently ignored. The West miscalculated by ignoring those warnings, and thinking Russia would sit by and do nothing. Did Putin miscalculate? Probably so, for sooner or later, ignored warnings have to be "backed up". Did Mr. Globaloney miscalculate? Probably so, because he needs a distraction for his failed financial and imperial policies, his failed planscamdemic, and his basic absence of any genuine (note the word) sympathy for the traditional culture, his general inhumanity and hatred of God all to bring about his Bauhaus vision of the future; think of the perpetually scowling, puckered lemonesque face of Klaus Schwab here.
Worst of all, governments lie, and now I suspect the lying will really begin. I freely admit, that part of my personal miscalculation was due to the manifest lies this government has perpetrated over the decades since JFK and the ludicrous Warren Report, lies which have reached a new plateau in the past few years, so much so that when it cried "wolf" this time, I wasn't very inclined to give it much credence.
And though I grossly miscalculated on this one, I will retain my cynical attitude. That means I will make many more mistakes folks.
See you on the flip side...
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