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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 6:39 PM

THG

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 9:47 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them. SECOND: I am so very sorry I libelled you by labelling you a Russian Troll. I apologize for this. http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=64646&p=2


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Originally posted by THG:

U.S. Tells Russia to Return Crimea to Ukraine, Stop Cyber Attacks on America and Allies

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/u-s-tells-russia-to-return-crimea
-to-ukraine-stop-cyber-attacks-on-america-and-allies/ar-AAPInsh?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531






T


I guess you meant: Another Biden* disaster.


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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 1:38 PM

THG


The oligarch raided by the FBI and how Mitch McConnell got the 'Moscow Mitch' nickname

Mitch McConnell's role in preventing Congress in 2019 from locking down sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, whose properties in New York and Washington, D.C. were raided by the FBI today, earned him the nickname "Moscow Mitch."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-oligarch-raided-by-the-fbi
-and-how-mitch-mcconnell-got-the-moscow-mitch-nickname/vi-AAPJfTr?ocid=msedgntp




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Monday, October 25, 2021 9:12 AM

THG


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
SO, I still can't figure out why the Biden* administration is trying to provoke war with both Russia AND China by opening the NATO door to Georgia and Ukraine (in the west) and promising to defend Taiwan (in the east).

It seems to me that if outright war developed between the USA and either Russia or China, the USA would lose, and definitely if the USA tried to take both on at the same time.

The USA is at least five years behind Russia in "hypersonic" technology (Russia has their hypersonic missiles deployed, the USA is testing various aspects of hypersonic technology right now).

This isn't just a recent move to distract from the Afghanistan debacle, because the USA has been trying to use Ukraine, Georgia, and Taiwan as cat's paws since at least May, secretly (and not so secretly) promising support if any of those nations would take on their relevant neighbor superpowers.

I guess first of all, those small nations would have to be insane to take that on militarily. THEY would be obliterated while the USA would basically still be safe, risking only those forces that our military chooses to commit. There's no way the USA could provide an umbrella to keep those nations safe.

So, more than likely, those small nations' first moves would be political, not military: declare independence, or begin the process of joining NATO. Since those are "red lines" for Russia and China, would their move be military? Because, again, those small nations would be obliterated. Of course, "world reaction" would be strongly against a superpower that destroyed a nation for its politics. Russia would be kicked out from SWIFT. China, too, might be kicked out from SWIFT, unable to spend its trillion dollars of Treasuries and USD.

So Russia and China might, instead, try something different:

Russia might take the coasts of Ukraine and Georgia and embargo those nations, shutting off gas, energy, and food supplies and all trade, China might do the same to Taiwan.





Comrade Signym is always crying about America starting a war with Russia. Never about all Russia does to undermine the United States. Never about all the hostilities perpetrated by Russia against America and even our foreign representatives. That’s why here she’s called Polish Russian Collaborator signym.

And for the record. If America does find itself in a war with Russia the countries listed below will be coming with us. Not that we'd need them. Be afraid comrade signym, be very afraid.


T



Since Russia began its aggressive actions against Ukraine, Russian officials have accused NATO of a series of threats and hostile actions.

We set out the facts: http://bit.ly/NATOsettingtherecordstr...

NATO's approach to Russia combines strong defence and dialogue. In response to Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine, NATO has strengthened its defences and suspended practical cooperation with Russia.

However, NATO continues to keep channels for dialogue open. The NATO-Russia Council, an important platform for dialogue, has met seven times since April 2016. The Council has made progress, by addressing both force posture and military exercises, including through reciprocal briefings. This dialogue contributes to the predictability of our relations.

Fact: NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect our member states. Our exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia – or any other country.

This myth also ignores geography. Russia's land border is just over 20,000 kilometres long. Of that, less than one-sixteenth (1,215 kilometres), is shared with NATO members. Russia has land borders with 14 countries. Only five of them are NATO members.

Outside NATO territory, the Alliance only has a military presence in Kosovo and Iraq. The KFOR peacekeeping mission is carried out with a United Nations mandate, endorsed by the UN Security Council, of which Russia is a member.

In contrast, Russia has military bases and soldiers in three countries – Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – without the consent of their governments.

NATO

Country Commencement Population Area

Albania 2009 2.84 M 29,000 km²
Belgium 1949 11.56 M 31,000 km²
Bulgaria 2004 6.93 M 111,000 km²
Canada 1949 38.01 M 9,985,000 km²
Croatia 2009 4.05 M 57,000 km²
Czechia 1999 10.70 M 79,000 km²
Denmark 1949 5.83 M 43,000 km²
Estonia 2004 1.33 M 45,000 km²
France 1949 67.39 M 549,000 km²
Germany 1955 83.24 M 358,000 km²
Greece 1952 10.72 M 132,000 km²
Hungary 1999 9.75 M 93,000 km²
Iceland 1949 0.37 M 103,000 km²
Italy 1949 59.55 M 301,000 km²
Latvia 2004 1.90 M 64,000 km²
Lithuania 2004 2.79 M 65,000 km²
Luxembourg 1949 0.63 M 2,590 km²
Montenegro 2017 0.62 M 14,000 km²
Netherlands 1949 17.44 M 42,000 km²
Norway 1949 5.38 M 385,000 km²
Poland 1999 37.95 M 313,000 km²
Portugal 1949 10.31 M 92,000 km²
Romania 2004 19.29 M 238,000 km²
Slovakia 2004 5.46 M 49,000 km²
Slovenia 2004 2.10 M 21,000 km²
Spain 1982 47.35 M 506,000 km²
Turkey 1952 84.34 M 785,000 km²
United Kingdom 1949 67.22 M 244,000 km²
United States 1949 329.48 M 9,832,000 km²







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Monday, October 25, 2021 10:00 AM

THG


Why Russian and Chinese warships teaming up to circle Japan is a big deal

A joint Chinese and Russian naval exercise, in which a flotilla of 10 warships completed a near circle around Japan's main island, has been touted by the two countries as a means of ensuring stability in a volatile region.

But analysts say the drills are likely to have the opposite effect, potentially reigniting regional tensions and enhancing claims by the Japanese government that it needs to increase military spending to counter Chinese aggression.

China-Russia naval patrol in the western Pacific, saw the vessels sail through the Tsugaru Strait that separates Japan's main island and its northern island of Hokkaido, before heading down the nation's eastern coast and then back toward China through the Osumi Strait off the southern Japanese island of Kyushu.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/why-russian-and-chinese-warships-
teaming-up-to-circle-japan-is-a-big-deal/ar-AAPVre7?ocid=msedgntp




So comrade signym, why is Russia trying to provoke a war with Japan?

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Monday, October 25, 2021 11:49 AM

THG



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PUTIN HAS A WEAPON




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Monday, October 25, 2021 1:10 PM

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T


The US and Australia have agreed on a rotational deployment of US aircraft in Australia, and the sustainment and maintenance programs that go with it - this involves both countries leaning on allied partners and defence primes, like Lockheed Martin.


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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:10 AM

THG


Russian Hackers Used Home Networks to Evade Detection

(Bloomberg) -- When an elite team of Russian government hackers attempted to break into hundreds of intelligence targets this year, they used a clever tool to cover their tracks: the mobile and home computer networks of unsuspecting Americans, according to several cybersecurity experts.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/russian-hackers-used-home-networ
ks-to-evade-detection/ar-AAPYJll?ocid=msedgntp




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Monday, November 8, 2021 4:08 PM

THG


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AG Garland Announces Charges Against Ukrainian Man For Ransomware Attacks




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Tuesday, November 9, 2021 6:36 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Russia ... Ukraine ... Putin ... it's all the same in your head I guess.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021 6:38 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Has anyone noticed? Now that Trump is no longer president nobody except THUGGER seems to publicly obsess about Russia ... or Putin.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021 6:39 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them. SECOND: I am so very sorry I libelled you by labelling you a Russian Troll. I apologize for this. http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=64646&p=2


I see THUGR is spamming the board, again.

Every now and again, he just bumps a lot of his own pointless threads that nobody cares about anyway.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021 1:59 PM

THG


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

Has anyone noticed? Now that Trump is no longer president nobody except THUGGER seems to publicly obsess about Russia ... or Putin.





This made me laugh. So kiki, maybe you can tell me who nobody represents and how many nobody's there are?

T



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Tuesday, November 9, 2021 3:15 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Doody, you've posted so much provable bullshite so often (like for example that Tyler Durdan is three people) it's a wonder you can look in the mirror and not see the liar you claim other people to be.


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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 9:47 AM

THG


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

Doody, you've posted so much provable bullshite so often (like for example that Tyler Durdan is three people) it's a wonder you can look in the mirror and not see the liar you claim other people to be.




Russia tested a missile on an old satellite Monday, creating a debris field in space.

A Russian anti-satellite missile test created "at least" 1,500 large space objects, the US said, worsening the potentially deadly problem of orbiting space junk.

International Space Station (ISS) astronauts and cosmonauts had to shelter in spacecrafts on Monday as the station moved out of the path of an object Insider previously reported.

NASA later confirmed the object came from the satellite breakup caused by the Russian strike.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/a-russian-missile-strike-put
-1-500-pieces-of-large-space-junk-in-orbit-even-debris-as-big-as-a-baseball-could-kill-astronauts/ar-AAQLGjc?ocid=msedgntp




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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 11:05 AM

SECOND

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at https://www.mediafire.com/two


Quote:

Originally posted by THG:

A Russian anti-satellite missile test created "at least" 1,500 large space objects, the US said, worsening the potentially deadly problem of orbiting space junk.

The U.S. State Department said Monday afternoon that Russia’s anti-satellite missile test created more than 1,500 pieces of trackable orbital debris and hundreds of thousands of smaller pieces.

“It was dangerous. It was reckless. It was irresponsible."

Putin never saw the movie Gravity (2013) so why not blast hundreds of thousands of shrapnel pieces into space?



The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at https://www.mediafire.com/two

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 11:16 AM

THG





Space junk is certainly a problem.

T



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Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:42 PM

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Saturday, November 20, 2021 2:58 PM

THG


U.S. officials warn of possible Russian military incursion into Ukraine

U.S. intelligence officials are warning European allies of a potential Russian military incursion into Ukraine, with the likelihood of one increasing as the weather gets colder. An incursion is weather-dependent, but could happen in a matter of weeks, barring intervention from the West, U.S. officials briefed on the matter told CBS News.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/u-s-officials-warn-of-possible-ru
ssian-military-incursion-into-ukraine/ar-AAQWxZu?ocid=msedgntp




I hope the Ukraine bitch slaps Putins goons.

T



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Saturday, November 20, 2021 3:18 PM

THG


Might rising inflation rates motivate Vladimir Putin to launch a new military offensive against Ukraine?

The question bears serious attention. After all, Putin appears increasingly concerned about the impact of inflation on the economy and his popularity. The Russian president has just requested amendments to parliamentary legislation that would boost the minimum wage by 8.6% in 2022. The Russian labor ministry estimates this will cost an additional $410 million. As shown in the TradingEconomics.com chart below, Russia's inflation rate has steadily increased over the year, now approaching 9%. In part driven by a poor harvest, the inflation rate for food is approaching 11%. This hurts Russian families and undermines Putin's central political narrative: namely, that he can provide both sustained order and sustained improvements to living standards.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/will-inflation-drive-vladimir-put
in-s-escalation-in-ukraine/ar-AAQUQUV?ocid=msedgntp




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Thursday, November 25, 2021 12:09 PM

THG


CIA director is said to have warned Russia of 'consequences' if it's found to be behind the 'Havana Syndrome' illnesses hurting US personnel around the world

The CIA director warned Russia of "consequences" if the country turns out to be behind the "Havana Syndrome" illnesses afflicting American personnel around the world, The Washington Post reported, citing US officials.

Bill Burns gave the warning confidentially to the heads of Russia's security and intelligence agencies while he was in Moscow earlier this month, The Post reported, citing the unnamed officials.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/cia-director-is-said-to-have-warn
ed-russia-of-consequences-if-it-s-found-to-be-behind-the-havana-syndrome-illnesses-hurting-us-personnel-around-the-world/ar-AAR7ew3?ocid=msedgntp




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Thursday, November 25, 2021 1:03 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


The Havana Syndrome is about is real as the Mandela Effect.

Your Leftist Legacy Media is going straight into Alex Jones territory now that they've silenced him, huh?

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Thursday, November 25, 2021 4:49 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Quote:

CIA director is said to have warned Russia of 'consequences' if it's found to be behind the 'Havana Syndrome' illnesses hurting US personnel around the world
You're posting RUSSIA!!!RUSSIA!!!RUSSIA!!! hysteria because of Havana which isn't located in Cuba but 'around the world'? What scrambled bullshit propaganda have you swallowed now, THUGGER?

I literally laughed out loud.


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Friday, November 26, 2021 6:59 AM

THG


My question is comrades kiki and sig; what right does Russia have to continue to fuck with Ukraine? Why is Putin attempting a coup there? And when will they return Crimea?

T



China And Russia Condemn U.S. Military Action Near Borders






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Friday, November 26, 2021 11:31 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them. SECOND: I am so very sorry I libelled you by labelling you a Russian Troll. I apologize for this. http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=64646&p=2


Well written, funny, and a different POV.

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Who Wants Some Ukraine?

by Dmitry Orlov, posted with permission of the author

On Tuesday, 23 November, Russia’s most senior military general, Valery Gerasimov, had a “deconfliction” phone conference with US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, in which the two discussed “pressing issues of international security.” Actual details of what they discussed are not available; what is available is Western media speculation, which in recent days has included false reports of Russian troops massing on the Ukrainian border and supposedly getting ready to invade. What Western media has studiously ignored is an actual massing of Ukrainian troops on the borders of the Donbass region—the industrialized temporarily Ukrainian region that has been de facto independent since the Kiev putsch of 2014.

Following that putsch, and the refusal of the Donbass (along with Crimea) to recognize the new US State Department-installed Ukrainian government, the Ukrainians made attempt to recapture the Donbass by force. This attempt failed, and Kiev managed to avoid all-out defeat by signing the Minsk agreements of February 2015, but has clearly had no intention of ever fulfilling them. Instead, ever since then, Ukrainian forces have been shelling the no man’s land between Ukrainian-held territory (which is mostly open prairie) and Donbass (which is urbanized and thickly settled), killing small numbers of civilians and local militia members and causing considerable property damage. Although Western press has continuously reported on “Russian forces” in the Donbass, they are yet to present any evidence of it. And although Western press likes to describe the Donbass using the hackneyed epithet “war-torn” it is actually more prosperous and stable than the rest of the Ukraine, integrated into the Russian economy and essentially functioning as a Russian region.

Turning down Western media noise, a Russian military effort to capture the Donbass, never mind the rest of the Ukraine, is exceedingly unlikely. Russia already has everything it wants. Unlike Crimea which in its 2014 referendum produced a 97% vote for integration of the region into the Russian Federation with an 83% voter turnout, in a similar referendum in the Donbass (held against Moscow’s wishes) only 27.5% of the 74.87% who turned out voted in favor of joining the Russian Federation. Based on this result, Moscow chose to soft-pedal the Donbass situation, providing humanitarian aid and diplomatic support, granting Russian citizenship to those who want it and gradually integrating the region socially and economically. In other Ukrainian regions, were similar referendums to be held there, the level of support for joining Russia would in all likelihood have been even lower, and now, seven years later, would be lower still. From this, a conclusion can be drawn: other than Crimea (which was part of an independent Ukraine for just 23 years), none of the Ukraine was or is a candidate for inclusion within the Russian Federation. The Russians living there will receive some amount of Russian support and are, of course, welcome to move to Russia, but that is really it.

Having ruled out that which is exceedingly unlikely, let us turn to that which is quite likely; and that is a provocation in the Donbass staged by the authorities in Kiev and by their State Department, Pentagon and CIA handlers, designed to deflect the blame from the truly disastrous economic situation that is unfolding there in the hopes of being able to maintain political control of the situation. In blundering into the Ukraine and converting it into a sort of anti-Russian bulwark, the US gained a brazenly corrupt and unruly dependency. Unable to stop its inexorable slide into failed-statedom and political and social disintegration, the US is faced with the prospect of another Afghanistan-style rout, with desperate left-behinds running after US transport planes hastily taking off from Kiev’s Borispol Airport, after which point even the mental laggards who run the European Union will be forced to admit that American security guarantees are an utter joke and will start getting ready to walk into the Kremlin on their knees to kiss the gem-encrusted felt slipper.

Given this unwelcome scenario, the US is quite eager to control the optics and to make it look like it is all Russia’s fault. Since merely jumping up and down and screaming “The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!” is no longer doing the trick, they are looking for something—anything!—that will make the Russians show up and put up even a tiny bit of a fight so that CNN and MSNBC can broadcast staged photos of a bloodied baby blanket and US Congress can then harrumph-harrumph about “Russian aggression” and impose sanctions on Russian baby blanket manufacturers. That “anything” is called a provocation, and what better place to stage it than the Donbass, which is an existing bleeding sore they’ve been picking away at for seven years now. Of course, they will do this in great trepidation of an escalation they would be unable to control, hence the hasty “deconfliction” conference with General Gerasimov: “Look, we go pew-pew, then you go pew-pew, then we declare hostilities over and toast each other with vodka and caviar; OK?”

Given that a provocation of some sort appears to be very likely, it is worth pondering what it would look like and what the outcome of it might be.

First, here is some background. The Ukraine (which is Russian for “borderland”) has always been less a country than a heterogeneous, endlessly disputed territory, tossed back and forth between Russia, Turkey, Poland, Austria, Germany and even, very briefly, Sweden. It mostly borders Russia (Crimea, Krasnodar, Rostov, Voronezh, Belgorod, ?ursk and Bryansk regions). It also borders Belarus (short for “White Russia”) which is a whole lot like Russia. It has smaller borders with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and the unrecognized, Russian-defended Transnistria. It also borders Donetsk and Lugansk regions, collectively known as the Donbass, which is short for “Donetsk Coal Basin,” and which was formerly part of the Ukraine but de facto independent for the last 7 years and economically integrated with Russia.

Of these, the Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova were quite recently part of the USSR while the rest were part of the Warsaw Pact allied with the USSR. For most of them, those were the good days; for reasons incomprehensible to rapacious Western imperialists, Russia lavished a great deal of attention and investment on its ethnically heterogeneous periphery, not only building a great deal of social and industrial infrastructure and enterprises there but also staffing it all with relocated Russians. This, most Russians now realize, was a poor choice. This lesson is continuously reinforced by observing just how poorly the former Soviet republics have performed since they gained their independence. The Ukraine is a case in point, losing as much as a third of its population (exact numbers are impossible to ascertain) and steadily degenerating from a prosperous, highly developed region to the poorest one in all of Europe.

The Ukraine aspires to NATO and EU membership, but this prospect appears exceedingly unlikely since it is much more of a liability than an asset: destitute, bankrupt, politically unstable and not in control of its own government or its own territory—a failed state, essentially. Plus, the EU and NATO are themselves perhaps not too long for this world, the EU having recently lost the United Kingdom and NATO having just fabulously failed in Afghanistan, and not really capable of accepting new members. Sensing their own weakness, and projecting onto Russia their own instincts to engulf and devour all that they can, they automatically assume that Russia will exploit this weakness and reconquer the Ukraine and perhaps some other parts of Eastern Europe as well. But this is all it is—a projection, because the contemporary Russian project is something else entirely. Russia does periodically move its troops around its own territory, thereby keeping the West in a constant state of nervous agitation bordering on outright panic, but from the Russian perspective that is just a pleasant side-effect of regularly scheduled training exercises. There was a recent hysterical outburst in Western press over Russian tanks massed on the Belorussian border, for instance. Russia is always “about to invade,” on Tuesdays especially, but somehow never gets around to it.

That is not because Russia lacks the means or the opportunity; but it does entirely lack the motive. Does it need more land? Certainly not! Does it need a restive, alienated population that will then demand to be fed, hospitalized as needed and kept safe and warm all the while resisting assimilation? Not at all! Does it need the reputational losses from unprovoked aggression? Again, no. Quite the opposite, Russia is most eager to draw the line somewhere—a notional Great Wall of Russia, with the stable, economically liberal and socially conservative Orthodox/Moslem/Buddhist Russian World on one side and an alien, increasingly bankrupt, culturally degenerate, sexually deviant and permanently hostile Europe on the other. This will give Russia the peace and stability it needs to continue developing. The problem is that, because of the messy way in which the USSR broke up, many Russians were left stranded on the wrong side of previously insignificant borders, and this Great Wall has to remain porous, allowing Russians to filter back in.

A point can be made that Russia’s romance with Western Europe was always destined to end in tears. Russia’s cooperative, egalitarian instincts have been developed and perfected over many centuries within the Eurasian context of a relatively small population controlling a vast but difficult land with almost infinite but rather diffuse resources. In this context, cooperation rather than competition are keys to survival. These instincts have been wasted on little Eastern European fiefdoms that have spent an eternity squabbling over their tiny plots of land. Their history has conditioned them to only understand and respect subservience and domination, causing them to see Russian largesse as a weakness to be exploited. When the USSR suddenly vanished, they swiftly switched allegiance, forgetting their Russian, learning English and eagerly welcoming American and Western European financial swindlers and thieves to come and pick them clean. And now that they’ve been picked clean and Americans are leaving, they would perhaps be happy for Russia to “reoccupy” them and resume feeding them (if it were not for their wounded pride), but Russia will have none of it.

Within this overall context, each Eastern European country has its own unique fate. Most of them—specifically, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Moldova—are simply too small and inconsequential to matter and have been left to wither away slowly, being of little interest to the West or to Russia. Belarus stands out in that it quickly joined a union state with Russia, but this has not saved it from some fateful dalliances with the West which almost ended in disaster in the summer of 2020 when a foreign-instigated astroturf insurgency threatened to overthrow the elected government and install a Western stooge by the name of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, nicknamed the cutlet fairy. Since then, Minsk and Moscow turbocharged their integration process, producing the odd situation where the Belorussians feel free to poke their fingers in the eyes of Western leaders while hiding behind Russia’s broad back.

And then there is the Ukraine. It is the second-largest country in Europe by area—second only to Russia—and strategically located to be rather consequential. Ever since its independence, which it was awarded against the wishes of the majority of its population when the USSR was dissolved by a tiny group of conspirators, it has been ruled by a succession of swindlers and thieves who have continuously looted and robbed it until now it is a mere shadow of its former self, broken and destitute. This has made it an easy mark for Western geopolitical engineers who sought to fashion into a sort of anti-Russia, with the idea of preventing Russia from becoming an empire based on some flawed reasoning by the rabidly Russophobic Pole Zbigniew Brzezinski. Grand plans hatched by fools tend to misfire grandly, and this one is no exception. Instead of somehow containing Russia, it gave Russia everything it could ever want:

1. The fantastic level of Ukrainian political dysfunction that resulted from endless Western political meddling reduced the Ukraine from one of Russia’s major regional competitors to ? major regional basket case and supplier of qualified Russian-speaking labor. The Ukraine once had strategically important industries that were essential for Russia’s military and civilian production, including large marine diesels, helicopter engines, rocket engines, aircraft building, shipbuilding and much else. All of these industries have now been relocated to Russia, often together with all of the blueprints and the technical expertise, and produce great value for both domestic consumption and export.

2. The 2014 putsch allowed Russia to return Crimea by undoing two mistakes—by Khrushchev, who gave it to the Ukraine in 1954, and by Gorbachev, who failed to get it back in 1991. It also allowed Russia to partially undo an older mistake—by Lenin, who gave the Donbass to the Ukraine in 1920. While the Donbass is strategically not too consequential, the return of Crimea provided numerous benefits. Coupled with the western enclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic and new Russian hypersonic rockets, Crimea has allowed Russia to keep all of NATO’s European territory within its sphere of military dominance, providing an effective treatment for Europe’s congenital defect which causes it to periodically march on Moscow. Western sanctions imposed in response to Russian annexation of Crimea allowed Russia to claw back all of the disadvantages it incurred by joining the World Trade Organization, including bringing back agriculture and key manufacturing sectors, to find new, friendlier trading partners around the world, and to find ways to thrive within conditions of limited autarky. Crimea has also provided a very useful litmus test for political participation: automatically excluding anyone who would claim that Crimea is Ukrainian made it possible to effectively purge the ranks of all internal enemies and foreign agents. There are numerous other benefits as well, too many to mention.

3. The civil war in the Donbass, which is ongoing, gave Russia the opportunity to force through the Minsk agreements, whose implementation is mandated by the UN Security Council Resolution 2202 (2015), and which require the Ukraine to federalize, granting a high level of autonomy to its regions. This, in the Ukrainian context, equates with the end of the Ukrainian unitary state. Beyond that point, the Ukraine becomes a set of disparate, disconnected, foreign-dominated fiefdoms, each with its own pathetic little oligarchy, with Kiev retained as a purely symbolic capital and an ancient Kievan Russia museum and tourist attraction. The government in Kiev has resisted the implementation of the Minsk agreements, realizing full well that this would spell its end, but this is merely a postponement. The civil war also simplified any future anti-Nazi mop-up operation and war crimes tribunal. Whereas before various Ukrainian nationalists and krypto-Nazis might have been difficult to identify, it has forced them to not only stand up and be counted but also to commit crimes for which there is no statue of limitations, making it easy to permanently take them out of circulation when the time comes to clean the place up.

This, then, is the background to the current situation, bringing us to the present, in which the US seems to be cooking up something in a big hurry. First, the US sends the message that Kiev must fulfill the terms of the Minsk agreements. Second, the US claims that Russia is massing troops on the Ukrainian border, getting ready to invade. The Ukrainian military denies this fact. The US repeats their claim and also sends some more weapons to the Ukraine. As the Ukrainian military is still unsure what’s going on, they are summoned and told exactly what to think. And so, there is going to be a provocation. But Russia is certainly not interested in any sort of attack or invasion, so what do you suppose is going to happen? A reasonable battle plan is for the Ukraine to attack first, to preempt the Russian invasion and to take up defensive positions within the Donbass territory. That’s a brilliant plan, if I say so myself!

The most the Ukrainian military can do is launch an attack on the Donbass. Attacking Crimea across the isthmus would be stupid and pathetic; attacking Crimea from the water would be stupid and absolutely hilarious to watch. And so Donbass it has to be, again. It won’t take long for the Russians to respond using unidentified long-range precision artillery and demolish the Ukrainians’ supply lines, trapping them in cauldrons where they will run out of ammunition, food and fuel and gradually bleed out. This is what transpired before, in 2015, leading Kiev to sign on to the Minsk agreements, because their other choice was to lose their entire army. Except now there will not be another set of Minsk agreements, no terms of surrender, no cease fires and no safe corridors for withdrawal. There will just be death. To the Russians, these people are terrorists, and terrorists get to meet God before the rest of us.

And that, perhaps, may be the entire point. The US wants to close out the entire sorry Ukrainian saga, cut its losses, pull an Afghanistan and leave in a hurry, because it has a long list of countries it has to pull out of before the fuel and the money run out, and it badly needs to pick up the pace. Okinawa is on that list; Guam; Puerto Rico; Alaska. California. Texas. The Ukraine has been refusing to even start fulfilling the Minsk agreements, which start with military deescalation along the line of contact. What seems to be the problem? Perhaps, as the US has finally figured out, it has to do with the fact that the Ukraine has a military; if it no longer had any military of any sort at all, there would be nothing to deescalate and the problem would not exist. And so that may be the clever plan for the Ukraine: suicide by Russia. As an added bonus, there will be Russia to blame because, no doubt at all, it will have all been Russia’s fault. Sanctions against Russian baby blanket manufacturers are being drafted as we speak. American TV viewers will watch it, and they will like it. They will think, “Bad Russkies! America strong!”

“But what about the Ukraine?” you might be tempted to ask. Well, the correct answer to that question seems to be, “Nobody cares.” Seriously, looking at recent Ukrainian history, that seems to be the only answer that makes sense. The Americans certainly never cared, the Russians once cared but care less and less with each passing day, and the Ukrainians themselves don’t care either and have been making that point by voting with their feet. The European Union and NATO may care a great deal about having a large failed state in the middle of Europe, and they should, because that is probably just the beginning, but a very good start.




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Saturday, November 27, 2021 12:03 AM

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Quote:

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My question is comrades kiki and sig; what right does Russia have to continue to fuck with Ukraine? Why is Putin attempting a coup there? And when will they return Crimea?




Why do you give a single fuck about Ukraine?

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Saturday, November 27, 2021 3:10 PM

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You didn't answer the question signym. I'm not suprised because you can't.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021 3:32 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



What gives the US the right to fuck with Ukraine?

We fomented a color revolution, supported a coup against a popularly and democratically elected president - 2 months before the next scheduled election - picked their government and especially their cabinet members (Nuland's 'fuck the EU' was about the EU thinking Ukrainians maybe had the right to elect their own government), derailed a corruption invest*I*gation by having Biden* fire the chief prosecutor, decided to try and embargo Russia from the Black Sea by swarming it with the US Navy ... what haven't we done to mess with Ukraine?

The US had no right to mess with Ukraine, according to YOUR rules. So, why are we?

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You didn't answer the question signym. I'm not suprised because you can't.

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I haven't been online, and

I don't answer fabricated questions posted by ignor-anuses.

Capisce?




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Why don't you worry about the Communists in your own country like Second, Ted?

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Sunday, November 28, 2021 10:29 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

What gives the US the right to fuck with Ukraine?

We fomented a color revolution, supported a coup against a popularly and democratically elected president - 2 months before the next scheduled election - picked their government and especially their cabinet members (Nuland's 'fuck the EU' was about the EU thinking Ukrainians maybe had the right to elect their own government), derailed a corruption invest*I*gation by having Biden* fire the chief prosecutor, decided to try and embargo Russia from the Black Sea by swarming it with the US Navy ... what haven't we done to mess with Ukraine?

The US had no right to mess with Ukraine, according to YOUR rules. So, why are we?



27 more Russian diplomats expelled from US, ambassador says

Over two dozen more Russian diplomats have been dismissed from the United States, the Russian ambassador to the U.S. said in an interview released on Saturday, Reuters reported.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/27-more-russian-diplomats-expelle
d-from-us-ambassador-says/ar-AARdY2F?ocid=msedgntp




Poor Polish Russian Collaborator Kiki. She is still trying to justify Russia’s attack against one of its neighbors. They did the same to Georgia. And when they invade they never leave.

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Saturday, December 4, 2021 6:37 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

What gives the US the right to fuck with Ukraine?

We fomented a color revolution, supported a coup against a popularly and democratically elected president - 2 months before the next scheduled election - picked their government and especially their cabinet members (Nuland's 'fuck the EU' was about the EU thinking Ukrainians maybe had the right to elect their own government), derailed a corruption invest*I*gation by having Biden* fire the chief prosecutor, decided to try and embargo Russia from the Black Sea by swarming it with the US Navy ... what haven't we done to mess with Ukraine?

The US had no right to mess with Ukraine, according to YOUR rules. So, why are we?





Not we, they kiki they staged a coup against a corrupt government. And Russia is not spelled Ukraine.

T




Russia planning massive military offensive against Ukraine involving 175,000 troops, U.S. intelligence warns

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russia-planning-massive-military-
offensive-against-ukraine-involving-175-000-troops-u-s-intelligence-warns/ar-AARrLIF?ocid=msedgntp



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Thursday, December 9, 2021 3:42 PM

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Russian gas is a climate and security disaster

The U.S. and EU need to develop more strategic and long-term plans to limit the geopolitical and climate nightmare that is Russian gas. The EU, as the world's largest gas importer, and the U.S., as a growing exporter of gas, are in position to reduce reliance on Russian gas and bring about deep emissions reductions if they pursue complementary gas regulations and other policies, together. A new report from the Progressive Policy Institute recommends specific policies to help the EU and U.S. limit the security and climate costs of Russian gas, including:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/russian-gas-is-a-climate-and-s
ecurity-disaster/ar-AAREr5H?ocid=msedgntp




Tick tock

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Thursday, December 9, 2021 4:31 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



The US can only export LNG to places with no direct pipeline connection. LNG is at least 3X the cost of pipeline gas. Plus shipment is limited by the number of LNG vessels and their turnaround time. So Europe and Britain have calculations to make. What can they afford? US LNG? Or Russian pipeline nat gas. What can supply them the volume they need? US LNG? Or Russian pipeline nat gas.

Meanwhile, Russia has no need to pipe any nat gas westward. If it decides to, it can shift all its export eastward, to China, which is desperate for fuel.

And should Russia decide to shut off the taps to its problematic westward customers, it would leave the EU and Britain in a world of hurt.

The problem is the EU and Britain have invested heavily in 'renewables' like wind and solar. But those are fickle sources, as Britain discovered when no wind blew for all of 2020. So when it then had to tap its nat gas for energy, the nat gas stores got severely depleted. That led to Britain needing to purchase nat gas. Also, one must capture renewable energy as its made, to span the gap between production and use, leading to the need for HUGE batteries. And you simply can't run large industries like steel mills or refineries on batteries. But if you tried, the battery footprint would be at least as large as the production facility.

Fossil fuel is here to stay, until we get a handle on another high-density reliable energy source.


Russia can't be blamed because Europe and Britain put themselves in an energy dearth. The only ones responsible for that are Europe and Britain.

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Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:29 AM

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War-weariness in Russia as military tension with Ukraine rises

Russia's troop buildup on the Ukrainian border is not just a message to Kyiv and its NATO partners. The show of force is also aimed at a domestic audience. But at home, that message may be falling on deaf ears.Moscow's Kyivsky metro station is decorated with elaborate murals showing how Ukrainians joined the Soviet Union. It is a celebration of unity. But today, Moscow and Kyiv feel more divided than ever.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/war-weariness-in-russia-as-milita
ry-tension-with-ukraine-rises/ar-AARI6yL?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531




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Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:13 PM

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Ted cares way too much about Ukraine and not enough about America.

I haven't heard you mention the terrorist attack via SUV in Wisconsin once, Ted.

Why is that?

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(Bloomberg) -- Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen used a phone call with Germany’s new finance minister on Friday to discuss the potential for steps that could “impose severe costs on Russia’s economy” should the increasing tensions between Ukraine and Russia worsen.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/yellen-discusses-severe-costs-for
-russia-with-german-minister/ar-AARHliH?ocid=msedgntp




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Saturday, December 11, 2021 2:35 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Yep. Vague accusations that some evil dooood somewhere cough ... bin Laden Ghaddafi Assad et al cough ... is doing something or other which DEMANDS! the US respond somewhere that isn't the US or in the US's defense.

THUGGER is incapable of learning.


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Saturday, December 11, 2021 3:00 PM

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Quote:

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Yep. Vague accusations that some evil dooood somewhere cough ... bin Laden Ghaddafi Assad et al cough ... is doing something or other which DEMANDS! the US respond somewhere that isn't the US or in the US's defense.

THUGGER is incapable of learning.






Polish Russian Collaborator Kiki would have us believe that if we ignore what is going on with the rest of the world we’ll be trouble free. How funny or should I say simple minded is that? And she says I’ll never learn.



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Saturday, December 11, 2021 4:32 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



I have zero interest in Putin or Russia.

THUGGER otoh posts so much about Putin he must be madly in love.

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Sunday, December 12, 2021 11:57 AM

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Quote:

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I have zero interest in Putin or Russia.

THUGGER otoh posts so much about Putin he must be madly in love.



Putin rues Soviet collapse as demise of 'historical Russia'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union three decades ago as the demise of what he called "historical Russia" and said the economic crisis that followed was so bad he was forced to moonlight as a taxi driver.

Putin's comments, released by state TV on Sunday, are likely to further fuel speculation about his foreign policy intentions among his critics, who accuse him of planning to recreate the Soviet Union and of contemplating an attack on Ukraine, a notion the Kremlin has dismissed as fear-mongering.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/putin-rues-soviet-collapse-as-dem
ise-of-historical-russia/ar-AARJyJp?ocid=msedgntp




Then you'll love this. And based on your logic you must cream yourself everytime you think of Biden. Good to know, but personally I detest Putin.

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Sunday, December 12, 2021 1:46 PM

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Russia threatens invasion of Ukraine






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Monday, December 13, 2021 12:45 PM

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Have Greens and European bureaucrats outsmarted Putin?

It looked as if Putin had won his battle for Nord Stream 2, the undersea gas pipeline that would replace gas transit through Ukraine and give Russia a stranglehold over Europe's gas market.

The game seemed over when President Joe Biden waived sanctions on Nord Stream 2 - supposedly to repair relations with a Germany, whose Chancellor, Angela Merkel, supported the deal. With U.S. sanctions swept aside, the final stretch of pipe was set to be laid by year's end, and only the approval of the German Network Agency (and review by the European Commission) was required before Nord Stream 2 could go into operation.

Now the bombshell: In her Sunday appearances on national TV, Baerbock declared that Nord Stream 2 could not become operational because, according to coalition agreements, the undersea pipeline was not consistent with European energy law. Hence, per Baerbock, Nord Stream 2 cannot be approved because it does not meet the decoupling, transparency, and capacity-sharing required by the EU's Gas Directive.

The new German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, of the Social Democrats, meanwhile warned that there would be "consequences" if national borders were breached, a remark clearly directed at Russian troops amassing on the border with Ukraine and threatening to take additional Ukrainian territory.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/have-greens-and-european-bureaucr
ats-outsmarted-putin/ar-AARLJP8?ocid=msedgntp




Do you find this funny? I do, I find this funny. Time for Putie to take his troops and go home.

tick tock

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Monday, December 13, 2021 1:00 PM

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Poor Putie. His house of cards is crumbling down.

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The West can 'cripple' Russia's economy if it imposes sanctions over Ukraine: Expert





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Monday, December 13, 2021 1:27 PM

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What does Putin want to annex next? 2:40 into the video.

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Monday, December 13, 2021 2:13 PM

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Poor Putie. His house of cards is crumbling down.
The West can 'cripple' Russia's economy if it imposes sanctions over Ukraine: Expert

Who is this idiot? If Russia shuts off gas to Europe, Europe will crumble.

Russia holds all the cards. It has a strong military advantage. And unlike the west, it has hardened its economy to be food and energy-secure, hardened its financial system to be independent from the west, does not depend on western loans, is running a budget surplus, and has a robust and equitable trade relationship with China.

The USA depends on continuous loans from The Fed and continuous emissions of printed money to pay for imports, and continuous demand for USA bonds in order to prop up its ever-expanding debt. But the region that will really suffer is Europe. If the EU thinks it will be standing upright after a serious tiff with Russia, they're fantasists.




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Monday, December 13, 2021 2:15 PM

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I believe in solving problems, not sharing them. SECOND: I am so very sorry I libelled you by labelling you a Russian Troll. I apologize for this. http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=64646&p=2




You might want to check in with reality once in a while, THUGR.

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Monday, December 13, 2021 3:45 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Quote:

Originally posted by THG:
Poor Putie. His house of cards is crumbling down.
The West can 'cripple' Russia's economy if it imposes sanctions over Ukraine: Expert

Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Who is this idiot? If Russia shuts off gas to Europe, Europe will crumble.

Russia holds all the cards. It has a strong military advantage. And unlike the west, it has hardened its economy to be food and energy-secure, hardened its financial system to be independent from the west, does not depend on western loans, is running a budget surplus, and has a robust and equitable trade relationship with China.

The USA depends on continuous loans from The Fed and continuous emissions of printed money to pay for imports, and continuous demand for USA bonds in order to prop up its ever-expanding debt. But the region that will really suffer is Europe. If the EU thinks it will be standing upright after a serious tiff with Russia, they're fantasists.




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IF anyone in the (Biden* administration)(Deep State) has a clue about Russia's advantages, that may be why they're creating a narrative foam in the m$m about the about Russia's non-existent 'aggression' in Ukraine ... Belarus ... Poland ... wherever ... to gin up an excuse to take action NOW. Because Russia's advantages are only going to grow over time compared to the US and Europe. And the (Biden* administration)(Deep State) idiots think a nuclear confrontation is winnable.

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