THE MEANING OF THE APPLAUSE IN OTTAWA
We're not quite done with our geopolitical circus stories this week, because it certainly has been a week to watch the West continue to tie itself into suicidal knots of clown shows, particularly when it comes to the Ukraine. Just so that we're all on more or less the same page, a brief - and I fully confess, completely biased and personal - review is in order. The West, after its failure to crack up Russia and plunder it into extinction after the Fall of the Soviet Union and the perpetually drunk administration of Boris Yeltsin, found itself confronted by something new on the stage: Vladimir Putin, a KGB officer with a juris doctor in international law, and an apparatchik of the Leningrad/St. Petersburg oblast with a reputation for knowledge, multi-lingual ability, efficiency, and incorruptibility in a regime notorious for being corrupt and inefficient. He and the Russian leadership determined to launch Russia on a new cultural-political venture, since the experiment with Bolshevism had proven to be somewhat less than successful. That new venture, as I've pointed out numerous times, was to make Russia the first "post-post modernist state," or as others have been terming the same phenomenon, a "civilizational" state, i.e., one determined not to turn its back on its own culture and traditions as it did during the unhappy Soviet period, but rather, to embrace and promote them. As it was doing all of this, and ejecting and rejecting the oligarchs and the west's "Rape of Russia" plans, it also attempted to reach out to the West, warning it that the promises made on the collapse of the Warsaw Pact not to expand NATO were viewed by Russia as existential threats.
Well, as Gomer Pyle would say, "Surprise surprise surprise!", the West did not listen, and promptly began expanding NATO into Eastern Europe anyway, and eventually openly floating the idea of EU and NATO membership for the Ukraine, with certain ne'er-do-wells in the US Department of State (and what they really represent, which is another story altogether) helping to engineer the overthrow of a pro-Russian government in Kiev, and to install a government that has led to the current clown Zelensky, who when he isn't mis-governing the Ukraine or butchering its military in pointless offensives, likes to go on television naked and play the piano with his oh nevermind. Audiences were shocked to discover his skin color is not olive-drab. During this time Chancellorin Angela Merkel and Vice-Chancellorin Francois Hollande helped negotiate the Minsk accords which were to bring a peaceful resolution to the tensions being caused by the new Ukrainian government in the Donbass, but these, Merkel later revealed in a rare moment of truth-telling for a western political leader, were simply to buy the new Ukrainian government enough time to build up its military forces for eventual use against Russia. This finally done, the Ukraine and Russia made claim and counter-claim about matters in the Donbass, which basically boiled down to the Ukraine prohibitting Russians in those areas from being able to use the Russian language... everyone was to be Ukrainianized. The Russians countered that the Ukrainian military forces were riddled with Banderistas, i.e., Ukrainians sporting Nazi unit patches, symbols, and ideology and - much more to the point - behaving like Nazis.
Most of the Western media laughed at this notion. Nazis? Fighting Russians? in the twenty-worst century? Nonsense. More propaganda from Vlad the Bad. He's not one of the people...why, he's never been on Russian television in his birthday suit playing the piano with his oh nevermind, nor has he appointed (and then withdrawn) a trans-spokes-entity, nor made what's her name the Serbian "artiste" a spokes-entity for Russia. How can one trust someone as non-woke as that?
The whole absurd circus now appears to be unravelling. Poland, for one, seems to have come to its senses, and realized that, firstly, it has no Marshal Pilsudski's willing (and operationally competent enough) to march all the way to Kiev with Polish armies, and secondly, that Russia does have quite a few operationally competent generals and a military able to - as did Marshal Tukhachevsky - to drive Pilsudski all the way back to Warsaw, nor does the Russian military have any incompetent Commissar Stalins accompanying said Marshal Tukhachevsky to mess up his plans to the extent that Poland was spared...
...in short, Sanity has prevailed in Warsaw, and the Polish government - no doubt correctly assessing the clown show in Kiev, and the clown's rebuff at the Nato summit in Wilnius - ahhh what a site, standing alone in olive-drab rejection, while around him swirl the suits and gowns and champagne of the "in club" - decided it was not sending any more aid, comfort, or weapons (article shared by T.M.):
Poland's Minister of Agriculture even got in on the act, in order to make it clear that the message was genuine, and so that even a clown in Kiev could understand it(story shared by W.G.):
But then, the real grande piece finale came with the clown show of Prime Minister Justin Turdeau's parliament in Ottawa giving a standing ovation to Yaroslav Hunka, a World War Two Ukrainian veteran of the Waffen SS.
...wait a minute... you mean there really were and thus might be Ukrainian Nazis? Hmmmm....
Poland, by the way, reacted quickly to that Turdeau-esque faux pax by announcing extradition efforts for Mr. Hunka to stand trial; perhaps Poland should consider extradition proceedings against Mr. Turdeau as well(article shared by T.M.):
Now folks, I make light of a serious situation, I hope to a purpose: there is bad blood between Ukrainians and Russians. Russian Bolsheviks implemented the collectivization of the Ukrainian kulaks, and caused massive starvation. Nikita Khrushchev was a commissar in the Ukraine enforcing Stalin's collectivization policy. He did not earn his nickname of "the butcher of Kiev" for doing nothing. Incidentally, it was Khrushchev who later made the Crimea part of "the Ukraine" in the Soviet system, a cynical crumb from the table to be sure, because the Crimean peninsula remained firmly under Soviet, i.e., Moscow's, control.
My point is that the recent clown show in Ottawa, besides rightly infuriating Canadians (and Poles), may have brought the whole curtain down on the show, at least in Europe. It's no longer possible to deny the Ukrainian military relationship to Nazism. One may, certainly, "understand" the Ukrainians' reasons for fighting with the other Axis nations and raising military units to do so. One may even "understand" the interest of Germany in trying to carve the Ukraine out of Russia. After all, they did that at the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with the Russian-Bolshevik surrender in World War One. But the fact remains, that the Nazi influence is there. The fact remains that, in terms of the region and its long and confusing (and bloody) history, that the USA and the UK have simply replaced the Central Powers of Imperial Germany and Austria-Hungary. It's deja vu.... we've been here before.
...with one significant difference that the idiots in Swampington - who just passed more aid for this improbable clown show of a country(the Ukraine I mean, not the USSA or Canada, though under their current leadership they are clown shows too) - do not understand, but that a look on a map will show clearly: imperial Austria-Hungary and Germany were at least "next door" to the Ukraine in World War One. It took their combined military might and the then-considerable industrial might of Germany four years to force Russia to a surrender and to the break up of Russia's empire in Eastern Europe and the Central Powers' occupation of the newly "independent and free" Ukraine. The Central Powers' occupation of the region was too late to save them from four years' effects of the British blockade. Had it occurred a year earlier, it might have. But the logistics of the day, even being next door, prevented it.
But the logistics of the USSA and the UK, a continent and ocean away, trying to prop up the Ukraine against a much more powerful Russia which really is right next door is a fools' mission.
And if nothing else, the applause in Ottawa in the Canadian parliament for a Ukrainian Nazi is proof that we are, indeed, in the bloody hands of complete fools.
...See you on the slip side...
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