Man. How’s that for a headline?
The Russians are not losing this war. Not then, not now, not ever. The reality is the opposite of what MSM is telling you. If you don’t understand the situation, and can’t comprehend the dangerous ground the US and NATO are treading, Denninger is here to explain it.
(spoiler alert: we’re the baddies)
Putin gave a speech and the media is all a-twitter over it.
“To those who allow themselves such statements regarding Russia, I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and for separate components and more modern than those of NATO countries, and when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal,” Putin said in a Wednesday address.
“It’s not a bluff,” he added.
Do recall that Russia is not the USSR. Unlike Stalin there are now constraints that are in fact quite-democratic; in fact Putin is constrained by the Duma, which must pass laws to enable his acts and power. We may well disagree with the determinations of the legislature there just as we might with regard to Mexico, Canada or France but what’s unmistakable is that said power is in fact delegated, not predicated on dictatorship or monarchy.
In other words Putin is not Hitler, nor is he Stalin. He might, however, be somewhat akin to Xi.
There are referenda being taken in one and part of a second province of eastern Ukraine as I write this. These are areas of the nation that historically, before Ukraine was “spun off”, were Russian. The people there identify as Russian and the land shares a border with Russia. In the case of Crimea it was literally purchased by Russia long before the USSR (an “agglomeration” of lands) existed.
I have, as you might expect, plenty of questions about the legitimacy of said polling; is it truly free in that it expresses the will of the people in these parts of the nation? I don’t know the answer to that but what I do know is that if the people of a land have the right of self-determination when it comes to their government that extends, with certainty, to them choosing to ally themselves with a government that happens to be immediately-adjacent on one of the sides of the land in question.
You either stand on this principle, without which The United States has no right to exist or you don’t:
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Therefore the limits of said inquiry are whether the referendum was in fact representative — that is, is it fraudulent or was it freely taken among the people of said land? That’s the beginning and end of it, and if it was freely taken and results in said people choosing to be Russian in terms of their legal identity then the expelled government is in fact an unlawful occupier unless they immediately and peacefully depart…
He’s not done: https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?singlepost=3892627
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There is good reason to believe that the referendums will be legitimate.
Because referendums in these provinces had apparently already been done. Years ago, during the same time as Crimea’s succession.
But back then Putin only accepted to take in Crimea, for strategic purposes because of the Black Sea naval base, but did not accept the other territories, as there was no strategic reason, and because he wanted to avoid further accusations from the West about unnecessary land-grabs or “rebuilding the USSR.”
In hindsight, he probably should have, as it may have avoided all the brouhaha now that has effectively forced him to reconsider.
But, eh… We have Catholic prophecy on hand reminding us that WWIII is inevitable with Russia because the bishops and popes were too busy vaty-too-ing about to bother obeying God’s demand for a Russia-Consecration. So one way or another our goose is on the menu to be cooked.