I’ll start with the scary news. Everybody is worried that NATO, in a final act of desperation, before losing the Ukraine forever, might launch a biological and/or chemical weapons attack against Ukrainians, and then blame it on Russia. This White Helmets type false flag would be the “red line” which finally brought NATO into the war. And then onto World War III, complete with flying nukes.
Check out this segment of the Jimmy Dore show, featuring journalist Aaron Maté. In which he lays out the dangerous possibilities.
One also recalls Victoria Nuland’s recent testimony before a Senate Committee, where she admitted to Senator Marcio Rubio that the U.S. had built “biological research facilities” in the Ukraine:
Rubio was clearly taken by surprise that Nuland admitted this; I think he expected her to commit perjury and deny it. I have my own theory about why she admitted it, which consists of two factors: (1) One can clearly see in Vicky’s body language that she is emotionally depressed. And with good reason. Nazi Ukraine was her pet project, and now she is forced to sit and watch all her hard work being flushed down the toilet; (2) It seems logical to assume that Vicky consulted with her attorney before testifying. She probably knew exactly which questions Rubio would pose to her, and her attorney probably advised her not to perjure herself. I mean, it seems highly doubtful that she would ever have to pay a price for perjury, people like her never do; but maybe she just wanted to stay on the safe side.
Putting that bit aside, though, here is the really worrisome moment: Quickly regaining his composure, Rubio sets up the Chemical Weapons False Flag (CWFF) by asking her the leading question: “If a chemical or biological attack were to happen on Ukrainian soil, then it goes without saying, that would be the Russians who dunnit, right?” And she agrees: “For sure.”
Around the same time, Pentagon spokestool John Kirby admitted that as yet “there are no signs” that Russia is planning a chemical attack in the Ukraine; but just give them time. Kirby said he wouldn’t put it past them because Russians are so sneaky, and they always accuse Washington of doing what they themselves are planning to do. Since that is actually a characteristic American trait (it’s called “Jungian Projection”), then we seem to have a Castrovalva type situation going on at this point. Sneaky Russians project their thought-crimes onto Sneaky Americans who project their thought-crimes onto Sneaky Russians who … [etc. unto endless recursive loop]
Back To Cadet School, You Cinderellas!
Meanwhile, I saw this story by reporter Dmitry Zubarev. The lads from the DPR/LPR armies are like kids in a candy store. The Russian army has given them a lot of new toys to play with, like tons of trophy stuff captured from the Ukrainian army. Which includes anti-tank Javelins and something called NLAW.
Problem: A lot of this trophy equipment is Western-made, and the Donbass lads don’t how now to operate it.
Solution: They will receive the training they need. Russian military will set up special classes for them.
If one has a fanciful mind, like Yours Truly, one can even see a kind of Cinderella story in all of this. For eight effing years the people of Donbass were treated like piles of garbage: dismissed as subhuman “beetles” by the pro-Ukrainian fascists lording it over them; denied their history, their language, the most intimate parts of their heritage like their victory in the Great Patriotic War. Arrested, tortured, shot, unrelentingly shelled by Ukrainian artillery. For eight long years they endured this violence and humiliation. But now, with the snap of a finger, they are the ones calling the shots. Literally! They will get the best of the best, once just a ragtag crew led by completely ordinary people like Givi and Motorola, the Donbass people will now build one of the strongest armies in Europe. Such is the Wheel of Fortune, when Fortune finally smiles on the Oppressed.
Khersonshchina = Novorossiya
Continuing on that theme of Tables Turning, I have this piece by reporters Mikhail Moshkin and Fakhrutdinov. This is a long essay and goes beyond the purely military news, also bringing in history and economics. I won’t be able to get through it all today, so I’ll just start on it, and then continue working through it in tomorrow’s post.
The lede is the military victory: Kherson has the distinction of being the first purely Ukrainian Oblast (outside of Donbass) which is now fully under Russian control. This is a significant victory, in other words, which was announced yesterday by the Russian military. Although this region was Russian for centuries and the people are culturally Russian, the relatively brief period of Ukrainian rule has not gone without leaving its touch: Yesterday (I think) there was a peaceful protest of a couple thousand civilians against Russian occupation. Even though the protest was small, the reporters are amazed that any people at all would take the pro-Ukrainian side in a place like this.
In fact, the Russian occupational presence is not even being felt that strongly yet: The Banderite Mayor didn’t bother to flee and is still sitting in his office in Kherson. Some people suspect that he is the one, along with his friends in the pro-Ukrainian political class, who organized the demonstration.
Kherson Oblast boasts around a million people, of which 300,000 live in the urban center. This is a beautiful region overflowing with nature’s bounty, including watermelons, grape vines, and many other products of the rich “black earth” soil. Potentially, in the future, this Oblast is capable of producing annually up to 2 million tons of wheat. Agriculture is important, but so is industry.
Unfortunately, from the very moment of the dissolution of the USSR, Kherson started to de-industrialize rapidly, and focus just on agriculture. Foreign investors flowed in, setting up mini-enterprises. The old ship-building industry continued to function, but just on inertia, with no new inputs. On the other hand, the port was expanded, and Kherson became an ever more important river and sea port on the Dnepr. Also became a vital railroad hub for the nation.
[to be continued]