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Greetings from Singapore:
My father was Yugoslav (while born in Zagorje/Croatia, he always said to me: Without Yugoslavia there is war, so we stick to Yugoslavia.During the war he joined the partisans, to fight the invading armies (Germans & Italians) and the Ustasa. He got caught and sent to Buchenwald for 3 years. He was freed by the Soviet Army and was made a non-commissioned officer/translator to interrogate/purge nazis in Leipzig/Saxonia for the Soviet regional command. Eventually he gave up and decided to emigrate to Argentina and start a family in a new world.
Irrespective of above, I believe, that all of us in the West, need to express our sincere apologies and solidarity to the Serbian people. What was done to them, cannot be forgiven.
Greetings from Singapore:
Back to Russia:
No doubt the next months are going to be critical for Russia, with the US & EU doing everything to destabilize.
An important issue is Russia itself: The rich in Russia are ‘westernized’ and like to holiday abroad and enjoy their expensive flats in Kensington & Chelsea (London). How sure is Putin about this elements? How loyal are they?
What about the ‘fifth’ columns in Moscow, the usual neo-liberals and the ones active in the foreign subsidized NGO’s and ThinkTank’s.
Would be interesting to hear about this, in your next articles.
Keep the good work!
Mario:The rich in Russia are ‘westernized’ and like to holiday abroad and enjoy their expensive flats in Kensington & Chelsea (London). How sure is Putin about this elements? How loyal are they?
He is not and they are not. This is a HUGE problem for Russia today, I would say arguable the worst. I have written about this here:
but I will have to return to this topic soon because things are moving fast.
Let me just say this: there is a 5th column in Russia and they are a MASSIVE danger to Putin and all the “Eurasian Sovereignists”. The good news is that, so far, he is clearly winning and they are weaker than they have ever been, but the struggle is far from over. The other good thing is that the West’s absolutely idiotic sanctions are a) making Putin’s case for him and b) hitting precisely those untrustworthy elements.
This is a subtle and complex struggle between hardcore “Eurasian Sovereignists” and “Atlantic Integrationists” and a mass of opportunists who are really neither here nor there, but who are observing the fight waiting for one side to clearly win before fully joining it. Russia has a HUGE cadre problem, and Putin is trying very hard to solve it, often going over the head of the elites and directly to the people when needed. So far, all looks good and, to be honest, my biggest fear is that he might be killed either in an “accident” or by a crazy “lone gunman”. There are some very good people around him (Rogozin, Shaigu), but they probably don’t have what it takes to replace him has he truly is one of those amazingly gifted individuals who really can change the course of history.
There are two men out there for whom I really fear: Vladimir Putin and Hassan Nasrallah. Both are quite literally irreplaceable. At least both are acutely aware of the danger they are in and are being extremely cautious, but finally it’s in God’s hands.
I will come back to the recent developments in this struggle inside the Russian elites as soon as I can, I promise.
Concerning VINEYARDSAKER’s comment to Mario (24 March, 2014 20:19 ):
The Saker is absolutely right in observing that the “sanctions are a) making Putin’s case for him and b) hitting precisely those untrustworthy elements.”.
And other informed analysts now notice the same. In his article titled “Obama’s Ukrainian Power Grab, Sanctions and the Boomerang Effect” [http://www.globalresearch.ca/obamas-ukrainian-power-grab-sanctions-and-the-boomerang-effect/5373036], professor Dr. James Petras [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Petras] says in part:
“… US-EU sanctions while attempting to undermine Russia could actually radicalize Moscow’s domestic and foreign policy and marginalize the currently pro-Western oligarchs who had influenced the heretofore conciliatory policies of the Putin and Medvedev Administrations. … … … Western sanctions will directly hit Russian capitalists and strengthen a ‘collectivist turn’. …”
The Saker well elucidates the ongoing conflict between Eurasian Sovereignists and Atlantic Integrationists (fifth columnists) inside Russia, that war behind the scenes which eludes many an outside observer, and which Putin must fight on top of (better: in conjunction with) all his external concerns.
A tip of the cap to your father. Many Croats fought & died to rid the country of the fascist Ustasa & Germans.
Unfortunately, the fascists under Tudjman came back to power in Croatia. I can imagine how Croat vets like your father must have felt back in say December 2011 when memorial masses were conducted in Zagreb, Split & elsewhere in Croatia to mark the 51st anniversary of the death of Ante Pavelic:
So to recap, First we get memorial services In Zagreb for Ante Pavelic, then we get memorial servives for Stepan Bandera in Kiev. Anyone notice a pattern here????
Ukrainian leadership to hire US mercenaries to suppress eastern regions – source
“Private military company will be in charge of suppressing protest movements in Eastern Ukraine, said a source in the country’s Security Service. According to him, the name of the company is Greystone Limited…”
I was dating a Russian tennis player once. She is rather wealthy and a bit of a celebrity. We talked about Putin and Obama. I told her how much I admired Putin, she said he was terrible. She said if she lived in the USA full time she would be a democrat, I told her how much so many Americans were hating Obama. She could not believe it. This is the type of Russian that would sell Russia down the River just to keep partying in Miami Beach and hang out in Manhattan. They are traitors.
@“sanctions are a) making Putin’s case for him and b) hitting precisely those untrustworthy elements.”
I would tend to agree. The situation should rather make the oligarchs extra cautious. Any faux pas might be rewarded with a Khodorkovsky treatment.
Saker, the Zionazis thought that they had had a victory when they killed Nasrallah’s predecessor Abbas al-Musawi, along with his wife and infant son, so that it might be an appropriately bloody ‘mitzvah’. And look what they got! Nasrallah and Putin need to gather stalwarts around them, so that the forces of evil will never be able to kill, murder and assassinate themselves to victory, whatever that ‘victory’ may be.
Thanks for continuing to write about the destruction of Yugoslavia. A former Yugoslav, with pain and regret, has said to me: “It was a kind of utopia.”
You mentioned in a recent post Michael Parenti’s book To Kill A NATION. It is succinct and heartfelt and informative. On the jacket of the book: “compelling points about biased media coverage of Serbia.”
Another book which is about the disinformation specifically is Peter Brock’s Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting. In the preface to the second edition he describes the meager attendance at his book launching at the National Press Club in Washington DC, March 17th, 2006.
“Abundant notice and invitations were given ….” and a trickle of three reporters showed up, and two followed up with no report, while the third, the one and only, “courageously wrote a full and balanced article under the headline “Former NY Times Reporter: 93 Pulitzer Should Be Revoked.”
“…the reporter was summarily fired without notice and without cause.”
Your unflattering description Slobodan Milosevic is quite at odds with the impression given by John Laughland in “Travesty: The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic”, who is quite sympathetic, indeed seems to come to admire S.M., and disputes some of the standard disparagements of Milosevic. The book does a good job of exposing the extreme cyniscm and hypocrisy of the so-called ‘international law’ pursuit of ‘justice’ in the case of the former Yugoslavia.
Greetings from Singapore:
Augstein Jr (Der Spiegel) is making an interesting comment, far away from their usual war mongering:
Medien und Politik wollen ein altes Feindbild wieder zum Leben erwecken: den bösen Russen. Wenn es um Russland geht, ist der Westen in den zynischen Tagen des früheren US-Verteidigungsministers Caspar Weinbergers stehen geblieben, der öffentlich seiner Hoffnung Ausdruck verlieh, die östliche Weltmacht möge “with a whimper, not with a bang” untergehen. Hillary Clinton verglich Putin gerade noch mit Hitler. Mit solchem Unsinn empfiehlt man sich in den USA als mögliche Präsidentschaftskandidatin der Demokraten. Und bei uns betreiben die beiden Ostdeutschen Merkel und Gauck ihre Russlandpolitik mit solchem Widerwillen, als nutzten sie das Amt zur privaten Traumatherapie.
Die Umfragen zeigen immerhin, dass die Öffentlichkeit das nicht so ohne Weiteres mitmacht. Mehr als die Hälfte der Deutschen hat Verständnis dafür, dass Putin die Ukraine als russische Einflusszone betrachtet. Die Leute haben schon ein gutes Gespür dafür: Putin ist eben nicht Hitler. Mit der Krim kann Russland sich “saturiert” fühlen, wie Bismarck nach der Reichseinigung sagte: “Deutschland füllt jetzt seine Grenzen aus, wir sind zufrieden, und ich werde mich ruhig in meinem nunmehr fertigen Vaterland schlafen legen.” Nach ihm sah man das bekanntlich anders. Aber ein solch ruhiger Schlaf ist, nach allem, was man weiß, auch Putin zutrauen.
Das Grenzüberschreitende, das Entgrenzte, ist dagegen eine Eigenschaft des Westens: Er “periklitiert”, um noch einen Ausdruck Bismarcks zu verwenden, immerzu außerhalb seiner Interessensphäre. Oder vielmehr: Er beansprucht die ganze Welt als Interessensphäre. Das ist das Problem.
Der Westen ist nie saturiert und darum unersättlich. Der ägyptische Gelehrte Mohammed Abduh sagte 1895: “Eure liberale Haltung gilt ganz offensichtlich nur euch selbst, und eure Sympathie für uns gleicht der des Wolfes für das Lamm, das er fressen möchte.”
In Asien hat man daraus gelernt: Es muss das Lamm selbst zum Wolf werden.
I wanted to ask you for your opinion on the role Russia played in this conflict.
I am asking because I remember that being caught up between the rock and the hard place, Russian support gave all of us a great moral support and helped us remain mentally sane. However, soon the support was only diplomatic and when it ceased NATO had complete freedom to do whatever they please. The rumor at that time that Russians were bought off with a gas deal from EU. Even back in FR Yugoslavia it was not allowed to talk about that publicly. I also do remember that Russian army made a maneuver and entered Kosvo well before NATO, but what happened later is rarely brought up.
Thanks and kind regards,
Robert Snejfella, to your list of excellent books concerning the destruction of Yugoslavia might I add Fools Crusade by Diana Johnstone. The destruction of Yugoslavia was a deliberate Western plot, using the now familiar tactics of economic war, the insertion of subversive Western NGOs and the patronage of chauvinists, xenophobes, nationalists and, in the end, butchers, recruited from emigre communities and from amongst the nationalistic fascist detritus of the target states. And, in Bosnia and Kosovo, the insertion of al-Qaeda jihadist butchers, US allies since the CIA, MI6, Mossad and the Pakistani and Saudi intelligence created them. Add the strong support of Germany and the Vatican for their WW2 allies, the fascists in Croatia, Bosnia (Itzetbegovic fought with the Nazis)and Slovenia, and you could turn any multi-faith, multi-ethnic state into a charnel-house, which they did.
This is human evil at its darkest, aided and abetted, as ever, by the fiends, the human filth, of the Rightwing MSM, which peddled every lie, every distortion, every demonisation of the evil Serbs, who were chosen as the fall-guys, with practised efficiency, and 100% Groupthink, as expected. Here it was that I first encountered an argument made by Rightwing vermin, that I have seen often again since. It is that in these states where ethnic strife was deliberately fomented by inserting murderers who killed in order to create this hatred (or recreate it after decades of peace)it was the fault, somehow, of the authorities who had presided over those decades of peace, that this murderousness had broken out, because those authorities had ‘suppressed’ the internecine brutality for years. So, for these moral monsters, suppressing ethnic cleansing and murder becomes a crime, while fomenting and promoting it becomes, insanely, acceptable, as some sort of ‘price’ to be paid for ‘Freedom’. One million killed in Iraq after decades of peace, sectarian inter-marriage and shared communities -‘Stuff happens’. I am no longer surprised by each new travesty, each new lie, that these evil bastards who control the world commit. They are evil incarnate, and will, barring a miracle, bring us all to disaster, very soon.
Several figures regarding NATO campaign against “small” Yugoslavia (Serbia & Monte Negro), from Serbian newspapers:
1,150 NATO fighter jets used during campaign
2,300 flights attacking 995 targets, using some 420,000 projectiles of total weight of 22,000 tons
1,300 cruising missals was launched
37,000 cassette bombs thrown
Depleted uranium ammunition/projectiles have been used
2,500 (at least) people killed (from which 1,031 members of Serbian army/police)
12,500 (more than) people wounded (from which 5,173 members of Serbian army/police)
25,000 houses damaged/destroyed
470 kilometres of roads ruined
595 kilometres of railroads ruined
38 bridges destroyed
44 bridges damaged
1/3 of capacity of electro power system destroyed
2 oil refiners damaged
14 airports damaged
19 hospitals damaged
20 polyclinics damaged
18 kindergartens damaged
69 schools damaged
176 cultural sights damaged
Note: NATO losses have never been published.
Earlier I posted this piece in German, now it has English subtitles:
it’s 15 years to the day of the NATO bombing campaign on Belgrade which started 24 March 1999. Did you know before or is it coincidence?
Seems like an important observation by Der Soiegel. Can you paraphrase for those of us who are illiterate speakers of only English?
Re: RT news “Muzychko shot resisting arrest”
I bet the next thing they find is “the Maidan sniper rifle” in his house. Case closed.
Wouldn’t surprise me. Along with something like Muzychko was “secretly working for the FSB”. ;)
Snipers now at work in Venezuela:
Several More Die in Venezuela’s Disturbances, Opposition Reject Dialogue Call | venezuelanalysis.com
Robles eviscerates McFaul and his ongoing “color revolution” attempt against Russia. A very enjoyable read.
McFaul op-ed shows ignorance and rabid Russophobia http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_03_25/McFaul-op-ed-shows-ignorance-and-rabid-Russophobia-8978/
“Immediately after his arrival in Moscow and before even unpacking his bags, the former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, met with members of the George Soros/USAID funded “opposition” and gave his agents their marching orders. Of course sugar coating the relationship between the US and the Russian opposition with words like “democracy” and “human rights” played well to the audience in the US and the West, however it did not go over as well as McFaul had hoped for here in Russia. Despite not being a diplomat neocon Michael McFaul was chosen as the US Ambassador to Russia because he was a specialist on color revolutions and was sent to organize just such a revolution here in Moscow, unfortunately Russians were to wise to fall for it, and immediately upon leaving he made his true colors known…”
This is off topic, but truly disgusting and deserves to be made viral so the subhumans responsible are prevented from further crimes.
After giraffe scandal, Danish zoo ‘euthanizes’ 4 lions, cubs to make way for new male http://rt.com/news/danish-zoo-killed-lions-201/
“The Copenhagen Zoo that sparked international outrage by publicly killing and dissecting a healthy giraffe, has put down two lions and their two cubs to make room for new male lion, said zoo officials…”
The moral attitude of the “new Europe” or the EU in a nutshell. Those zoo staff responsible should be “put down”. Surely there are trees on the zoo grounds with limbs strong enough, and high enough? Come on, Danish people, do the right thing, for once.
Another off topic:
Air force generals suspected of coup plotting arrested in Venezuela
“Venezuela has arrested three air force generals suspected of plotting an uprising against the leftist government, President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday. Maduro said, adding that the three generals, who were not identified, had been in contact with the opposition and “were trying to rise up against the legitimately constituted government.”
“This group that was captured has direct links with sectors of the opposition and they were saying that this week was the decisive week,” Maduro said.
He said the generals had already been summoned before a court martial, adding that the plot was discovered because other officers had come forward to say they were being recruited…”
Looks like the Venezuelans are practicing some very sound intelligence work. No doubt there was major curing in certain circles in Tel Aviv and Langley.
More evidence that to be considered “leadership material” in zionazi-nazistan, one must be of the emotional and intellectual maturity of a spoiled adolescent and be very, very gay (though, not openly). ;)
Obama Says Russia Is ‘Regional Power,’ Not America’s Top Geopolitical Foe http://news.yahoo.com/obama-says-russia-regional-power-not-americas-top-182917021–abc-news-politics.html
> Robles eviscerates McFaul and his ongoing “color revolution” attempt against Russia. A very enjoyable read.
Have you bothered to read the actual op-ed? It’s really simple propaganda for the simple-minded.
Will it work? Looking at the choice of captain the Americans come up every 4 years, to steer that ship of fools, I wouldn’t be surprised. Otoh, there have been a number of articles recently claiming a widening cleavage between msm articles, and comments to them by their indoctrinatees.
“Have you bothered to read the actual op-ed?”
I never visit the NYT site on purpose, but sometimes I click a link to an article there absent-mindedly and come up against their “cookie wall”. I’m not going to allow some Israeli propaganda tool access to my computer just so I can read their lies.
“It’s really simple propaganda for the simple-minded.”
Of course it is, it’s in the NYT. :D