Ukraine Notes - The Long Proxy War III
Sometimes some things are as written. Sometimes. The fate of The West decided.
The Moving Finger writes and having writ, Moves on. Nor all your Piety nor Wit shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, nor Tears shall wash out a Word of it. Omar Khayyam, Persia, 11th Century.
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From the emergence of BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - does the economic isolation of The West proceed. Other countries want in, the so-called Global South. South American countries included, considered Washington’s territory, by Washington. The Russian leadership seems untroubled by a US response, as it works its way through South America, shredding the old U.S. Monroe Doctrine - South America is our sphere of influence. Then the Stan states - oil rich Kazakhstan with minerals and agriculture and Uzbekistan with cotton. BRICS is the existential and psychiatric nightmare of the self-appointed Indispensable Nation.
A principle choice that Washington-London elites exercise now, as The Spoiler, is war - Proxy Wars. They always have. Mostly directed at technologically inferior states. They cannot win an outright war against Russia and China and they know it. The Western Economic System can only function around foreign predatory economics, variously called Rentier Capitalism and Debt Trap Economics. Include political elites selling state security and foreign threats to other countries, read as state insecurity and thus weapons sales plus building up their domestic armaments factories, under license. But this counts for less. Trade counts for more.
Of the recent G7 summit, they increasingly account for less and less world trade. Others account for much more. Efforts now directed by G7 states to limit the flow of money to Russia while not limiting the flow of oil from Russia. Efforts by countries that actually don't have any oil or that much of anything else. Of public relations, media and bluster. That they have.
Of this, The Great Eurasian Alliance, it is no longer for Western Europe, the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan (a US occupied state) to direct, or dictate, world affairs. The former have the majority of the world's physical resources, along with industrial and manufacturing power and military power. We see a second Scramble for Africa by The West - for African resources. China and Russia are there as well. African conflicts simmer, below the horizon.
This is not about taking sides. It does point again to Washington - London’s successive strategic geo-political planning failures. Vlad plays Chess, Xi plays Go and whoever is in charge in Washington or London at any particular time, always a difficult call - Snakes and Ladders. Read on . . .
The Leaders of The New World Order. A psychiatric moment for The Western Elites. The only one here reflecting Anglo-Christian values was decisively disenfranchised. A hitherto thought improbable alliance of Hindu, Confucian and Christian states. The full meaning of this is for another time.
>>> Desperate Gamblers & The Perils of Proxy Wars <<<
Gambling addicts facing unacceptable losses can risk everything to lose nothing and then lose everything.
When you are losing a war, as the Armed Forces of The Ukraine [AFU] are and thus The Leadership, in concert with their US-NATO-UK handlers, the biggest threats to yourself as President are yourself and those who surround you. The amateur President Zelensky.
Desperation narrows all the perceived options. Hiding losses from a disaffected Ukrainian public is one thing. Hiding them from yourself? Including those who support you with weapons and strategy? Of whom you are their "client state". Your enemy is your saviour. Those closest, your cabinet and coterie of extremist advisors, will never allow that. An iron mentality of death before dishonour. Yet no-one here is honourable. Nothing other than a victorious win, more elusive than ever, was in their subterranean thinking of unending sacrifice. Sacrifice by others. There was never going to be a victory for the AFU and the Ukrainian Government. Advocating a non-military settlement by the Ukrainian President with the Russian Government could get you killed. By those closest to you. It is a lose-lose paradigm from which President Zelensky, his cabinet and advisor and his US-NATO-UK proxy management cannot escape. Wars have a way of going like that. Wars are democratic. The other side has a vote. In this conflict, theirs counts. It counts for more. Much more.
The Russian Government will not have the death of President Zelensky on their hands. That work may be for his advisors and cabinet ministers. Some talk of this. As reported. Indeed can they see the writing on the wall. The Eastern Provinces are lost. Russia will take the central Ukrainian heartland - agriculture and manufacturing. As for the west of The Ukraine, much speculation. President Zelensky, the foremost actor, delivered his tele-video addresses of transcendent idealism to visibly enthusiastic members of European and North American parliaments, while not neglecting hard realities on the ground. More weapons with a none too subtle subtext - direct intervention. They will not go near that. Allowing volunteers to sacrifice themselves is of small concern. These parliaments were rapturous in their support for the corrupt democratic proto-Nazi state of The Ukraine, a Western colony, exploited for its resources and money laundering opportunities. Hardly a unified entity as the AFU was shelling the Eastern Provinces for several years (much reporting suppressed and some 15,000 civilians killed?) and Zelensky himself as presidential candidate campaigned on settling arrangements with his immediate neighbour, the world's dominant geo-strategic country. Past due.
The death of President Zelensky at the hands of "his own people", as with that of the Romanian President Ceaușescu, will mean a dramatic loss of confidence in The Western Leadership and the narrative fakeries that have carried this entire Take Down of Russia Project. Except that The Ukraine is not to be compared to Romania as Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife as dictators who, on their orders, had their armed forces kill possibly tens of thousands of demonstrating Romanians. Ceaușescu directed operations against his own people. He was not "running" a proxy war on behalf of his Western handlers. The West eventually or conveniently turned against Ceaușescu. He and his wife were promptly shot. No book contracts and reminiscences on what went down for them. Nor Iraq’s Saddham for that matter, Washington’s erstwhile ally. Romania then is not The Ukraine now - Western weapons, Ukrainian lives.
One might surmise that the reasons the Russian Armed Forces have not blown the Kyiv Government to bits, along with their amateur, learning on the job President, include the Russian Government needing someone to sign the capitulation papers, taken with the more than self-evident reality that having someone in Kyiv "in charge" who doesn't know what he's doing, including his cabinet, would suit them just fine. Similar remarks have been made concerning Washington.
Worse might come, as that most famous of unindicted war criminals, Dr. Henry Kissinger, sought to helpfully inform one and all. The West faces significant internal economic and social difficulties. Western leadership is desperate, thus desperate talk of war escalation. Thus the clarity with which the Russian President has stated that both the launch platforms and the decision centres of The West will be destroyed. Precisely what trigger events apply remains unclarified. Clarity may come. Cautious thinking generally goes inversely with desperation and a gambler's mentality.
This US-NATO-UK Proxy War in The Ukraine, designed to weaken Russia and overthrow the Russian Leadership, is an existential war for the survival of Russia as a unified state. The Russian Government could always see this. They have long prepared for it - possibly for twenty years. It is difficult to think that the Western Leadership, of those who actually count, could not themselves see this, as it was their planning. Yet others seem to act as if they cannot see this. Of them the Russian Leadership does see this and maintains polite diplomatic speech. Or did. Seemingly less so now.
It is doubtful that any non-military resolution with Russia is available. This would be seen as providing the means for anti-Russian forces to reconstitute themselves. A new Western Army - of volunteers? More headless horsemen.
Unlike teleprompter dependent President Joe Biden, President Vlad Putin appears sharp. This is one of those unacceptable realities in the dramatized Kabuki Theatre presented as Western politics. Joe Biden though has made it clear - no US troops to The Ukraine (apart from trainers and special forces). Is this Joe Biden speaking? Suzanne Massie, advisor to then President Ronald Reagan on Russian affairs, describes Joe Biden as a marionette. Presidents are, but to whom? The Pentagon? Some US armed forces officers have said that in a non-nuclear war with Russia involving US-NATO-UK forces, they collectively would lose. Obliterated a term of choice. Yet Russia has an economy smaller than Italy and is a gas station masquerading as a country, as we are occasionally reminded.
Speaking in Warsaw, Poland, President Biden said of Russian President Vladimir Putin: "For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power". He, along with President XiJinPing, will remain after Biden has gone. As for God, God’s views remain as ever elusive.
NATO leadership has no experience of real war and thus mass death. They know nothing of diplomacy, can only follow diktats, mostly Washington's, or issue them and judging by their actions know little of Russia, or China for that matter. Similar to when the U.S. cleared their China Hands out of the State Department, during that Joe McCarthy 1950's era moment of madness, as they proceeded to include all major Chinese cities in their nuclear attack target lists. A war on Russia meant China would be obliterated, even as they sought to stay out of it. A strategy of no last man standing? Yet to be declassified.
As they lose their Ukraine Proxy War, the US-NATO-UK propagandize their Western audiences, substituting for genuine Situation Reports. Of the Russian Armed Forces, this is not a war game. Now the most battle experienced force in the world, courtesy of Western weapons and strategies. Courtesy of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the second most experienced, mostly dead. A sort of blow back on The West. This second phase of the Russian operation seems intended to kill off many AFU personnel to prevent them reconstituting, as well as sending a message to European "leaders". Does the fear in the European leadership, expressed in hasty desires to build up their armed forces, comes from a sense that Russian military planning, post-Ukraine, includes them? Not as some false narrative to reconstitute a Greater Russia, but more simply to just put them out of action? Removing all the adherents to Stepan Bandera, pro-Nazi ethnic cleansing murderer, in The Ukraine, in Europe? The Russian Armed Forces do not publish their plans. If I was living in Western Europe, I would leave. Things happen and they may come with no further warnings. To summarize . . .
Mainstream Western Media predicted a Russian Armed Forces collapse within two weeks from the February start of the Russian SMO, cyclicly repeating their scripts from US-NATO-UK leadership circles. It follows that their intelligence and strategic planning is irredeemably flawed. Their outcome - the most battle experienced army in the world, the Russian Armed Forces, testing their weapons and themselves both against and killing the best US-NATO-UK trained army, the AFU. Of the rest, US-NATO-UK forces? War games and military parade ground marches. They know the Russian Armed Forces are more than a peer competitor and they know they are not up to it. The Russian Armed Forces, taken with the totality of their manufacturing industries and supply chains and command and control apparatus, The Russian War Machine, is the most effective, the most tested and thus the most fearsome in the world. Of the US-NATO-UK leadership, was this their objective? This is their outcome. There is a term for this and that term is Blow back. Read on . . .
"America . . . just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable” - Hunter S. Thompson. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973).
That was then. This is now.
>>> Ukraine - The Tragi-Comedy <<<
Anti-Chinese, anti-Russian sentiment, the leitmotif of The West, that dresses itself up as The World Community, The Eyes of The World, The World Stage. One gets the idea. Ukraine is a tragedy "led" by a former show business clown and actor and thus qualifies professionally as a perfect Washington stooge. It is not about the war. It's full-spectrum financial war on Russia. And good night - to Western Europe.
Ukrainian local organized crime run the street operations, as reported. Corruption is entrenched, but then The Guardian press told this over a decade ago. Countries with resources and pervasive corruption are just what suits professional crime families. Like the US - UK elites.
And so on to The Ukraine Money Show. They're selling off weapons as they arrive, grain is shipped off while others starve, the locals miss out on a loaf from the harvest and Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces, a sanitized name if there ever was one, terrorize the locals to keep "things" under control. As reported from Eastern Ukrainian sources.
And of a London broadcast 19th June on the latest US gun buyback amnesty? In that fine mannered English accent were we informed of the intention to ship confiscated U.S. arms off to The Ukraine! This was not attended by the required critical analysis. Not suitable for the battlefield, these weapons will end up on the European underground market for "small" arms, courtesy of Ukrainian crime groups. It was noted, several years back, that the underground market for illegal guns in Europe had run out of guns! Possibly related to the influx of displaced Middle Easterners, courtesy of US-NATO-UK Proxy Wars there. They will not be running out of guns any time soon. Reports of abandoned arms destined for the underground markets abound. Urban terrorism can be taken to a very dangerous level with man-portable rockets like these.
That London broadcast an example of how we are treated as fools. With good reason. Some are. One might add - the potential for city violence in European states is elevating, driven by worsening economic conditions and governments having to abandon green energy transitioning.
What thus frightens The Western Elites most was expressed by someone who lays claim to knowing something about it. As reported . . .
“Such a detachment from reality, from the demands of society, will inevitably lead to a surge of populism and the growth of radical movements, to serious social and economic changes, to degradation and, in the near future, to a change of elites". Vladimir Putin. He added - "All the objectives of the Special Military Operation will be unconditionally achieved". Just what they are remains to be seen. Neither the Russian Government nor the Russian Armed Forces publish timetables. Such dispositions qualify oneself as Public Enemy Number One.
The Ukraine campaign demonstrates that The West has passed its peak of foreign adventurism and predation. The self-evident decline becomes a psychiatric moment for Western Elite Leadership and in their self-evident ineptitude will they retreat into ever more fantasies about leadership and indispensibility. It almost goes without saying that their domestic politics will bring about a social disintegration. Of the U.S. and the UK and some European countries, many will want to leave. Few can afford to.
And of weapons to The Ukraine, " . . . around all the propaganda mills that are at work", as said to me recently by a life time service officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, the question here is whether various Western wonder weapons like anti-tank missiles, such as the Javelin, actually work. Is this a Javelin? Or a French-made Rac 112 Apilas anti-tank missile? I’d be obliged for a weapons professional's view here. In four frames, prior to striking a Russian tank, the strike and then the Russian tank moves on. One notes reports of many Russian tanks being struck several times and continuing to function. A rare failure then or evidence of an ineffective weapon or just old military stock sent to The Ukraine?
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Axiomatic it is that the strategy of immobilizing ground combat forces in static defenses means that they will be identified, targeted and destroyed using standoff weapons if those positions are away from urban areas. There, overhead surveillance, communications intercepts and other means are used to guide precision strike weapons. Holding ground is fatal. Mobility is everything for survival. In trenches you face death from the front, from above, from the rear.
Where the AFU had emplaced themselves within urban populations over several years, all these positions were known. Hence the need for the slow, grinding Russian, Chechnyan and Eastern Ukraine LDPR Forces street battles to avoid large civilian deaths associated with Shock and Awe, read carpet bombing strategy. The White House phrase of choice during the Vietnam War - "everything that flies on anything that moves". Vietnamese women in rice fields machine gunned with helicopter rapid fire Gatling Guns. A total war concept - to remove food sources.
Emplacement of heavy gun within Ukrainian civilian area by AFU, to fire on the Eastern Provinces, as asserted. Roads mined in civilian areas . . .
Thus . . .
Why did Western read US-NATO-UK trainers have the AFU immobilize themselves in static defensive positions, both inside urban areas and in the field unless it was your intention to maximize the deaths of the AFU and civilians where they emplaced themselves? Or was it just military incompetence? A Norman Dixon moment? See end note.
Why did the mainstream Western media, in concert, give the appearance of greater AFU strength than was there?
Why did the mainstream Western media, in concert, give the appearance of greater losses and errors and misrepresent Russian Armed Forces strategies, of which they clearly knew little or nothing?
Why did the mainstream Western media, in concert, laud as noble traveling to fight as a volunteer, read mercenaries under International Law, those Headless Horsemen, while ignoring the standout reality of their own governments not committing professional forces, beyond the usual (not so) covert use of military personnel for training the AFU?
Not seen in Western Media - The Headless Horsemen. Seen in Western Media - The glories of volunteering for The Ukraine. Western Forces knew better. Dealt with below.
Why did the mainstream Western media, in concert, not examine the sequential strategic and tactical failures in recent US-Anglo wars in The Yemen, Iraq I, Afghanistan, Iraq II, Libya, Vietnam, Syria and others? Here in Australia, one populist radio media presenter dealt with the US rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan thus - "The war in Afghanistan. Was it a good thing? Was it a bad thing? I guess we'll never know". We do know. That radio presenter does public addresses to rapturous applause from his adoring idiots.
>>> On Nuclear Exchanges & Finland <<<
Western commentators mostly act as not to have read anything Vladimir Putin has written. Worn as a badge of honour. They expound on Russian Government policies and plans. As populists who attract large followings, their false narratives make for a difficult political landscape wherein the Western Leadership, such as it is, cannot make important moves to decrease tensions and come to negotiated accommodations. Thus they elevate a climate of fear and instability, while blaming "the other" for creating a climate of fear and instability. They a form of War Party. This is not new and it goes back to early U.S. media and Randolph Hearst, among others. They, themselves, expect to avoid consequences and mostly do. Russia - and China, for that matter, understand war and they understand large numbers of deaths. Very large numbers. Russia took the largest WWII hit taking down Nazi Germany and their European allies to save themselves and Europe. Some 24-28 million Russians killed. As Russian Marshall Zhukov observed - they won't thank us for it. They haven't. The United States came in late, took some hits in secondary theatres, declared a European victory and made a large number of movies about it all, absent Russia which won in the primary theatre.
Americans do not understand a war where they take on millions of deaths and millions more injuries and many millions of psychiatric cases that always arise but receive scant media attention. But they may, coming half way around the world to the borderlands of Russia. China as well. The Europeans have forgotten. The Russian leadership reminds them and they continue to ignore the warnings. They think they cannot be touched.
Finland's top leadership conduct qualifies them for a permanent exhibit in the fantasy world of Disneyland. Dr. Daniel Ellsberg , Rand Nuclear War Planner, discussed the nature of U.S. nuclear strikes on Russia during their numerous Pentagon Cold War plans for pre-emptive strikes. You count the dead in unit blocks of hundreds of millions. That includes satellite countries, of which little American leadership concern was directed. As attributed to Dean Acheson, then President Truman's Secretary of State - the U.S. does not have allies, it has arrangements. Of that planning, population destruction was to be maximized by mostly nuclear ground bursts to maximize fallout. Neutral countries not directly struck, like Finland, Sweden, Austria and Afghanistan, would see their populations die. Of Finland, a U.S. strike on nearby Russian submarine ports would wipe out most of the population of Finland from radioactive poisoning, as the wind blows. Remember - these are hydrogen weapons, very much larger than Nagasaki plutonium class small atomic bombs.
Incidentally, the Hiroshima Uranium class atomic bomb was already obsolete when it was dropped. A very inefficient weapon, the pure mass-energy yield perhaps equivalent to a few grams of Uranium, the mass of a dollar note. Nuclear weapons, the object of massive investment, have become immeasurably more efficient and far more compact. Sufficiently compact that a small force crew can carry them and place them, as required.
Most people's ideas about war and nuclear weapons are grounded in WWII constructs and hysterical media pieces. Nuclear winters and how to generate them are well understood. Not well understood is the means to create enhanced radiation weapons that do far less material damage or create fires while generating an intense level of radiation. This lethal radiation is short lived, as are you, if you're under it. The so-called Neutron Bomb was created by Los Alamos nuclear weapons physicist Sam Cohen circa 1960, not that he called it that. That name assigned by an L.A. Times journalist, as I recall, in trying to explain it to the readership. Initially resisted by the U.S. Air Force, a whole other story. As one ex-Israeli Armed Forces serviceman often remarked to me regarding weapons advances everywhere - "you don't know that they have!". Is Russia likely to use nuclear weapons that create long lived radiation and nuclear winters that effects them and their allies?
>>> The Information War And Its Consequences <<<
"Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits". Hunter S. Thompson, remarking on US mainstream media. Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, 1971.
Invoking a religious theme? The London Media using sunbeams and subterranean themes. Photojournalism far too good to be authentic? Are we being asked to draw a conclusion that AFU soldiers are touched by God? According to the doctrine of Stepan Bandera admirers, God created Ukrainians and the Ukrainian Nation for a divine mission.
The Western mainstream media have won The Public Information War thus far. In The West, media presenters now have followings akin to A Cult. This is the most concerted and consistent media campaign against Russia since The Cold War, that long sub-war conflict between the two great ideological power blocks, The United States and The Soviet Union. Russia shows little interest in winning The Public Information War. They win in the US-NATO-UK Ukraine Proxy War battlefield. On their timetable. Diplomatic communications from Russia, generally out of sight, make realities clear and thus no commitment of Western Forces. Just propaganda narratives to help AFU personnel to die in greater numbers with Western weapons.
It is notable that Western narratives are pitched tendentiously against Russia. Some Eastern media report The War from a more neutral perspective. From The West, Russia will have lost, in two weeks time, repeated each week thereafter. It was as evident from the beginning of the Special Military Operation that The Ukraine would lose, as it was evident that Colin Powell lied at the United Nations in asserting that Iraq had WMDs and would attack The West. As did other Western political leaders lie. Memories run short.
Not trying to win the Information War looks like a trap for The West to waste its resources in The Ukraine, a trap of their own making and one that the Russian Government seems not the least bit interested in disabusing them of. The West faces a deepening economic crisis of high inflation, uncontrolled increases in the cost of living and a likely recession. Of The Europeans, it is doubtful that the outpouring of sentiment at the sight of Ukrainian refugees will have a long half life. That President Putin is responsible for all this won’t fly. Or, if one likes, a sort of media blow back. If the Russian President can do all this, he is the world's most powerful leader.
The intensity of The West's Information War, near hysterically conceived as it is erratically driven out of Washington - London and their intelligence agency scriptwriters to the mainstream media, will come with an uncompromising blow back of its own making - cognitive dissonance, perhaps reinforced by military propaganda films like Top Gun. A modern day Leni Riefenstahl Triumph of Will Nazi Germany propaganda film? Leni Riefenstahl, as film director, always claimed that she never took direction from the German Nazi Government. As reported, The Pentagon does have an office to deal with Hollywood. As reported.
As Western economies sink into difficulties of their own making - adherence to US diktats and many face impoverishment, making spending choices between food, rent and energy, many will question the obvious absence of wisdom of their own paid off political leadership. On top of which the numerous media headlines and lengthy, studious essays on how Russia will fail will be rendered visibly obsolete when it is finally recognized they have won. The Russian foreign policy habit of allowing The West to save face in many past adventures seems no longer to apply. Punishment will follow, it seems.
Incidentally, the Vietnam War era film The Deer Hunter was or was not an anti-war film? That featured fake Russian Roulette scenes with Thai actors as North Vietnamese soldiers laying into foreign American captive soldiers. The poor Christopher Walken character becomes traumatized and finishes himself off, playing Russian Roulette with badly behaving Vietnamese in what looks like some decrepit Saigon backstreet. Designed to get us to hate demonized Vietnamese? The film American Sniper features a mean looking Iraqi man using a power drill on a foreign military captive from the Universal Forces of Goodness. No such mention in US Special Forces Chris Kyle's book, from which the film was taken. Almost incidentally one supposes, were Iraqis resisting a foreign invading force, which cannot be pitched as such. Hollywood war propaganda. When you want the best . . .
Chris Kyle, incidentally, was killed in The United States by another U.S. armed forces Iraqi veteran who shot him in the back at a shooting range that Chris Kyle took him to. That US Iraqi war veteran, suffering from PTSD, was not allowed to plead temporary insanity. The reasons for that legal political manouver should be obvious.
Now evident to those who are not evidently facing up to the evidence, the media objective is one of negating Russian Armed Forces gains with claims of atrocities and the deliberate targeting of civilians. Western media are exempting themselves from claims of bias and inaccuracies with lead in lines thus - “According to the Ukrainian Government”, then proceed to repeat these constructed narratives. Analysis of the specifics of errors is done by many others - the sometimes very evident incongruities between narrative claims, photographic "evidence", statements surrounding weapons capabilities and the usual immediateness of such claims prior to any time consuming, unbiased investigations. Falsehoods In War-Time was dealt with previously - https://les7eb.substack.com/p/ukraine-notes-the-long-war.
The dismantling of The Ukraine as a functioning state will indeed present a sobering moment to the cognitive dissonances of media propagandists and elite leadership.
>>> Fictitious Money & Bankers' Wars <<<
The Banshees scream for War.
The US-NATO-UK Ukraine Proxy War enables continuing money creation while simultaneously directing blame elsewhere. Here, President Putin for the unfolding worldwide economic downturn. Averted temporarily, the forthcoming crash in heavily inflated Western financial markets. Some assert the war itself is required for the true purpose - continuing money creation. Western illusions of prosperity, entirely temporary yet lasting decades, require more wars, more debt and more fiat money creation. Think - debt goes faster than value outputs. What cannot last will not last.
The West runs on FIRE - finance, insurance and real estate as a speculative apparatus divorced from real market value. Massively overvalued financial paper, property, fixed assets, equities, underpinned by a currency that is underpinned by printing presses, now electronic money creation. That is, nothing. The real factors of production were stripped out of The West. Armaments manufacturers, mostly, remain and they come with large appetites. This was dealt with in detail in the prior essay.
To cover over the systemic failures of Debt Based Capitalism - increasing injections of fear, long emergencies, a manageable chaos and Stalinist levels of publicly directed propaganda, from media organizations that tell you that democracy dies in darkness or independent always.
For the working classes, an inescapable burden of debt and immiseration.
A most frequent media prop line, oft repeated - no-one could see this coming or it took everyone by surprise. The "everyone" bit is always used. It is never everyone. They do know that.
As major states gradually implode, they turn authoritarian. They manufacture crises, they delude through permanent lies and the distractions of foreign threats. The Big Lie - illusions of prosperity, bought with war, debt and worthless money.
All wars are Oil Wars. American Big Oil is doing very well. Ditto Russian Big Oil. All wars are Armaments Wars. Christmas Sale Day, every day, for armaments manufacturers. Munition factories must build supply capacity. Munitions are consumed quickly. All wars are Intelligence Agency Wars. Strategic and Operational Planning could be labelled malice aforethought. Contrary to popular commentary, wars do not just break out. At a personal level - it’s always personal - most times, when a person kills someone, that person is on the normal spectrum. Depersonalized warfare spins out of standoff weapons and technology, it imposes distance, separation of cause and effect and makes for psychological ease. Brain chemistry aside, practical matters attend what anyone can do with their bare hands, close and personal. On the available evidence, human primates killing other human primates or anything else as thought necessary is deeply biological. As thought necessary . . .
Did this poor Ukrainian soldier really understand what he was fighting for? What amount of education didn't he receive? The propagandized "military idiot", to use a term from Henry Lewis Mencken. This poor boy. What did he know? Many will be bombed to fleshy scraps, as the American Dr. GunSiu expressed it, writing on elite power as it is, many decades ago. One cannot over stress the importance of a managed, elite to lower working class, system of education to maintain this apparatus of deception.
Finally, one could say of the purpose of that unknown Ukrainian soldier's life - to serve as a footnote to this anti-war essay. One could say. Harsh? Yes. True? Also yes. A warning to oneself and to one's children. To anyone else you care to put on notice. Not to be taken in by other people's diktats - the righteous political class, the self-anointed media. People who themselves do not face down the bullets. Now you know. You cannot say you don't.
2nd July, 2022. Melbourne, Australia.
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Postscript 1: What Lies Beneath. Of Headless Horsemen.
Of burnt remains, one explanation - "What we see is the burning of foreign fighters, advisers and mercenaries in Azovstal, Azot and elsewhere. The Ukrainian Armed Forces Nazi Divisions killed Americans, British, French, Polish, NATO officers and others and cremated the remains". As occurred during WWII by German Nazi Forces, as they turned on the general population, also in the Concentration Camps where the liquidations accelerated as allied forces advanced. Here, as then, is it one of removing evidence and that evidence is foreign fighters? Under instructions from their US-NATO-UK handlers? Seeing them paraded by the thousands through courts of the Eastern Ukrainian States a difficult moment of credibility for “the eyes of the world”.
What appears as a collar or rib bone off a Cremation Rack plus a United States Passport.
Of Western Elite Leadership. All are expendable as they move on.
Flagged to follow the Russian Special Military Operation are war crimes trials on those captured in The Ukraine and actions against certain journalists, media operations and others in The West where pro-war propaganda was driven out of.
Postscript 2: Various Fates Of AFU Soldiers
From the 74th Battalion of the AFU, captured by Chechen Forces and this brief, released from The Chechen Republic. "We came here with machine guns and we have been without communication with the command for ten days now. We live in dens. We have problems with food, medicine, no water, no artillery support, no thermal imaging equipment. We have concussion and battle casualties. We cannot keep fighting. It looks like our command wants to get rid of us. Take care of the leadership of the battalion". As reported. They get to go home.
End Note: On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence - Dr. Normal Dixon, British Military Psychologist and Historian, 1976.