[This column was written for the Unz Review]
There have been major developments this week, all of them bad, including Putin re-nominating Medvedev as his Prime Minister, and Bibi Netanyahu invited to Moscow to the Victory Day Parade in spite of him bombing Syria, a Russian ally, just on the eve of his visit. Once in Moscow, Netanyahu compared Iran to, what else, Nazi Germany. How original and profound indeed! Then he proceeded to order the bombing of Syria for a second time, while still in Moscow. But then, what can we expect from a self-worshiping narcissist who finds it appropriate to serve food to the Japanese Prime Minister in a specially made shoe? The man is clearly batshit crazy (which in no way makes him less evil or dangerous). But it is the Russian reaction which is so totally disgusting: nothing, absolutely nothing. Unlike others, I have clearly said that it is not the Russian responsibility to “protect” Syria (or Iran) from the Israelis. But there is no doubt in my mind that Netanyahu has just publicly thumbed his nose at Putin and that Putin took it. For all my respect for Putin, this time he allowed Netanyahu to treat him just like Trump treated Macron. Except that in the case of Putin, he was so treated in his own capital. That makes it even worse.
[Interestingly, while whining about “Nazi Iran” Netanyahu did say something truly profound and true. He said “an important history lesson: when a murderous ideology emerges, one has to push back against it before it is too late”. That is indeed exactly what most people across the world feel about Israel and its Zionist ideology but, alas, their voice is completely ignored by those who rule over them. So yes, it sure looks to me like it is becoming “too late” and that the consequences for our collective cowardice – most of us are absolutely terrified from speaking the plain truth about our Zionist overlords – will cost us all a terrible price.]
Then, of course, there is Donald Trump pulling out of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in spite of Iran’s full compliance and in spite of the fact that the USA does not have the authority to unilaterally withdraw from this multilateral agreement. But being the megalomaniac that he is, and not to mention the spineless lackey of the Israel Lobby, Trump ignored all that and thereby created further tensions between the USA and the rest of the world whom the US will now blackmail and bully to try to force it to support the USA in its rabid subservience to Israel. As for the Israelis, their “sophisticated” “strategy” is primitive to the extreme: first get Trump to create maximal tensions with Iran, then attack the Iranians in Syria as visibly and arrogantly as possible, bait the Iranians into a retaliation, then bellow “OI VEY!!!” with your loudest voice, mention the Holocaust once or twice, toss in a “6 million people” figure, and get the USA to attack Syria.
How anybody can respect, nevermind admire, the Israelis is simply beyond comprehension. I sure can’t think of a more contemptible, nasty, psychopathic gang of megalomanical thugs (and cowards) than the Israelis. Can you?
Nonetheless, it appears undeniable that the Zionists have enough power to simultaneously force not one, but two (supposed) superpowers to cave into their demands. Not only that, they have the power to do that while also putting these two superpowers on a collision course against each other. At the very least, this shows two things: the United States have now completely lost sovereignty and are now an Israeli protectorate. As for Russia, well, she is doing comparatively better, but the full re-sovereignization the Russian people have voted for when they gave their overwhelming support to Putin will not happen. A comment I read on a Russian chat put it: “Путин кинул народ – мы не за Медведева голосовали” or “Putin betrayed the people – we did not vote for Medvedev”. I am not sure that “betrayed the people” is fair, but the fact that he has disappointed a lot of people is, I think, simply undeniable.
It is still way too early to reach any conclusions at this point, and there are still way too many unknown variables, but I will admit that I am very worried and that for the first time in 4 years I am having major doubts about a fundamental policy decision by Putin. I sure hope that I am wrong. We will find out relatively soon. I just hope that this will not be in the form of a major war.
In the meantime, I want to refocus on the Skripal case. There is one outright bizarre thing which I initially dismissed, but which really is becoming disturbing: the fact that the Brits are apparently holding Sergei and Iulia Skripal incommunicado. In other words, they have been kidnapped.
There was this one single telephone call between Iulia Skripal and her sister, Victoria, in which Iulia said that she was okay (she was clearly trying to reassure Victoria) but it was clear that she could not speak freely. Furthermore, when Victoria mentioned that she would want to visit Iulia, the latter reply ‘nobody will give you a visa’. After that – full silence. The Russian consulate has been making countless requests to have a visit, but all that the Brits have done since is have Scotland Yard post a letter which was evidently not written by Iulia and which said “I have access to friends and family, and I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian Embassy who have kindly offered me their assistance in any way they can. At the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services, but, if I change my mind I know how to contact them”. What friends?! What family?! Nonsense!
Her sister tried to contact her many times through various channels, including official ones, and then in total despair, she posted the following message on Facebook:
“My darling sister, Yulia! You are not communicating with us, and we don’t know anything about you and Sergey Victorivich. I know that I have no right to interfere in your affairs without asking your permission, but I worry too much. I worry about you and your dad. I also worry about Nuar. [Nuar is Yulia Skrial’s dog, whom she left to stay at a kennel center, while she was traveling to the UK.] He is now at the dog hotel, and they want to get paid. We have to decide something what to do with him. I am ready to take him and to take care of him until you come back home. Besides Nuar, I am concerned about your apartment and your car. Nothing has been decided about their safety and maintenance. We can help with all that, but I need your power of attorney in my or my sister Lena’s name. If you think that all of these is important, draw up a power of attorney form in a Russian consulate in any country. If you won’t do that, we will understand and won’t interfere in your affairs.
No reply ever came.
I just entered the following query into Google: “Skripal”. April 10th has an entry saying that she was released from the hospital. That is the most recent one I have found. I looked on Wikipedia, the same thing, there is nothing at all.
I have to admit that when I first heard the Russian complaints I figured that this was no big deal. I thought “the Brits told the Skripals that Putin tried to poison them, they are probably afraid, and possibly still sick from whatever it is which made them sick, but the Brits would never outright kidnap two foreign citizens, and most definitely not in such a public way”.
I am not so sure anymore.
First, let’s get the obvious one out of the way: the fear for the security of the Skripals. That is utter nonsense. The Brits can organize a meeting between а Russian diplomat in the UK at a highly protected UK facility, with tanks, SAS Teams on the standby, helicopters in the air, bombers, etc. That Russian diplomat could speak to them through bullet-proof glass and a phone. And, since the Russians are all so dangerous, he can be searched for weapons. All which the Skripals need to do is to tell him/her “thank you, your services are not needed”. Conversation over. But the Brits refuse even that.
But let’s say that the Skripals are so totally terrified of the evil Russians, that they categorically refuse. Even by video-conference. It would be traumatic for them, right? Okay.
What about a press conference then?
Even more disturbing is that, at least to my knowledge, nobody in the western corporate media is asking for an interview with them. Snowden can safely speak from Russia and address even large conferences, but the Skripals can’t speak to anybody at all?
But here is the worst part of this: it has been two months already since the Skripals are held in total secrecy by the UK authorities. Two months, that is 60 days. Ask any specialist on interrogation or any psychologist what kind of effect 60 days of “specialized treatment” can do to a person.
I am not dismissing the Russian statements about “kidnapping” anymore. What I see is this: on substance, the Skripal false flag has crashed and burned, just like MH17 or the Douma chemical attack, but unlike MH17 or Douma, the Skripals are two witnesses whose testimony has the potential to result in a gigantic scandal, not just for the May government, but for all those spineless Europeans who showed “solidarity” with Britain. In other words, the Skripals will probably never be allowed to speak freely: they must either be killed or totally brainwashed or disappeared. Any other option would result in a scandal of planetary magnitude.
I can’t pretend like my heart goes out to Sergei Skripal: the man was an officer who gave an oath and who then betrayed his country to the British (he was a British agent, not a Russian one as the press writes). Those holding him today are his former bosses. But Iulia? She is completely innocent and as of April 5th (when she called her sister Victoria), she was clearly in good health and with a clear mind. Now she has been disappeared and I don’t know which is worse, the fact that she might never reappear or that she might one day reappear following months of British “counseling”. As for her father, he paid for his betrayal and he too deserves a better fate than being poisoned, used and then disappeared.
In the big scheme of things (the Zionists war against our entire planet), two individuals like Sergei and Iulia Skripal might not matter. But I think that the least we can do is to remember them and their plight.
This also begs the question of what kind of society we live in. I am not shocked by the fact that the British state would resort to such methods (they have always used them). I am shocked that in a so-called western “democracy” with freedom, pluralism and “European values” (whatever that means) the Brits could get away with this.
How about some “solidarity” with the Skripals – you, Europeans?!
Us English, together with The Irish, The Scottish and The Welsh and The Canadians (we have met them in Cuba) are One with this – We can’t Stand The Americans. This is now a hit in The UK. They play it on The Radio Stations. The Americans are not doing too well..It is as if even us English are telling them – To Get Off our Land..Go home to the USA..You are not wanted here. Please Go Away. Back to The USA.
“American Woman The Guess Who”
“American woman, stay away from me
American woman, mama, let me be
Don’t come a-hangin’ around my door
I don’t wanna see your face no more
I got more important things to do
Than spend my time growin’ old with you
Now woman, I said stay away
American woman, listen what I say
American woman, get away from me
American woman, mama, let me be
Don’t come a-knockin’ around my door
Don’t wanna see your shadow no more
Coloured lights can hypnotize
Sparkle someone else’s eyes
Now woman, I said get away
American woman, listen what I say, hey
American woman, said get away
American woman, listen what I say
Don’t come a-hangin’ around my door
Don’t wanna see your face no more
I don’t need your war machines
I don’t need your ghetto scenes
Coloured lights can hypnotize
Sparkle someone else’s eyes
Now woman, get away from me
American woman, mama, let me be
Go, gotta get away, gotta get away
Now go go go
I’m gonna leave you, woman
Gonna leave you, woman
You’re no good for me
I’m no good for you
Gonna look you right in the eye
Tell you what I’m gonna do
You know I’m gonna leave
You know I’m gonna go
You know I’m gonna leave
You know I’m gonna go, woman
I’m gonna leave ya, woman
Goodbye, American woman… ”
You certainly, as a Brit, know the classical saying of a British Prime Minister averring that America is a prime tool of British strategy: “British brains and American muscle.”
One of the most significant contributions to any analyses of Russian political scene is Saker’s early discerning of the basic division of the Russian political class into two groups: “Atlantic Integrationists” (AI) and the “Eurasian Sovereignists” (ES).
(Thus, for instance, Medvedev, Kudrin clearly belong to the AI group, whereas Glazyev, Dugin clearly belong to the ES group.)
However, Putin was unquestioningly considered by many to be a bona fide representative of the ES group. I believe that this particular assumption was a fundamental mistake.
All his undeniable positive contributions to the Russian state notwithstanding, Putin has *always* been part of *both* of the above two camps – craftily balancing his way along by relying on individuals from both.
How much more preponderant evidence does one still need?…
IMHO, please, see my answer to Isabella above. You are right. Mr Putin is dialectic to the core. Will we ever learn with him?
“… Mr Putin is dialectic …”
Nothing so elaborate, he is simply two-faced. (On a quite personal level, one normally keeps away from such people. Learn about them, yes, but God forbid to learn from them.)
The Saker has already many times explained how difficult it is for Russia to save its sovereignty. He also explained how diverse Russia is. Thus, Mr Putin is tackling an almost impossible situation. He is not going to please people that expect him to keep a dogmatic posture when the situation demands that he acts in a different way. This is what I mean by dialectic: to make dialectic decisions – as opposed to dogmatic decisions – IS NOT the same as to be two-faced.
As to Mr Putin’s staff, we should also see it from the same dialectic prism. He does not learn from his staff; he works with them. If he chose diversity, it is because he knows how to deal with it. He succeeded before. In six years’ time, let’s hope the Russians find somebody as talented as he is to replace him…
Sorry, I meant to send a replay to Methinks…
Yes, the Skripals will never be allowed to talk, regardless of whether they are genuine victims or accomplices in Salisbury.
… I am shocked that in a so-called western “democracy” with freedom, pluralism and “European values” (whatever that means) the Brits could get away with this.
I put it down to the European public’s war fatigue. Being bombarded with news about conflict and war without respite, 24/7, for about two decades must have some effect on the human mind. War is becoming normal. A teenager, say in Britain, has probably heard about and seen more about wars than a teenager in Japan (and both have probably been exposed to more wars then a teenager 20 years earlier). A large segment of the public is getting used to, and getting increasingly indifferent to, violence and destruction, usually in a far way land. They are also getting used to a ‘new’ kind of war closer to home — ‘terrorism’. They get shocked and fearful in the moment but mainly they are thankful that it’s not them. To them the Skripals’ case in Salisbury is just another episode in the endless War. They haven’t the energy to really do something about it; at any rate in their present state of mind, even thinking about the War is wearisome and they just want to carry on with their lives.
For those of us not yet war-weary, here’s an interesting nugget of info about one Vil S Mirzayanov, the man who exposed Novichok’s structure in his book. Mr Mirzayanov was apparently involved in a scheme hatched by Hillary Clinton’s State Department to encourage an uprising in Tatarstan and, “As part of this, Mirzayanov was declared head of a Tatar government-in-exile in December 2008”.
A wise man writing on War once said, “All action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which, like fog or moonlight, often tends to makes things seem grotesque and larger than they really are”.
It looks like things are getting clearer by the day.
The jewish influence and role in the Bolshevik revolution was enormous. Their role probably tone down in the later soviet years, but they re-emerge stronger after the dissolution of USSR. Most “Russian” oligarchs are of Jewish origin (some with dual Israeli passports), so it is obvious that all these jewish billionaires should have huge influence in Russian politics (and will be able to successfully promote the interests of Israel).
With its actions, Russia has a reputation of being indecisive and unreliable.
This happened with Serbia in 1999, with Libya, Ukraine, now with Iran and Syria…….
IMO, this is yet again Russia’s strange leeway to the F.U.K.US. As in IMO Russia should get their citizen back no matter what!
Here is something of similar even occur and how one country forced the other country to submit.
Some years back there was a mishap in Mecca during Muslim pilgrimage HAJ. Many Iranians died. Saudis were trying to hide some facts and thus trying to hide their crime. They were not sending the dead bodies back to Iran.
Iran requested few times and when Saudis were not listening, Iranians threatened to either send the dead bodies back or get ready for consequences. Lo and behold the bodies were sent home on the next flight.
It is a strange fate of affairs that Russia cannot demand their citizen back!
There must be more to this story -that Russia knows about. Otherwise I would demand proof Yulia at least is alive -as in a video with current newspaper (some British tabloid like the Times) plus verbal confirmation from Yulia in the video that she does not wish to talk to anybody.
Give the Brit regime an ultimatum to produce such within 48 hours and failing that recall ambassadors and start sanctions and shutting things down etc.
I was disheartened at first about the Israeli attackand Russia’s reaction. It looked awful having Betanyahu in Moscow while it happened. Everything said Iran fired first, and Iran did not deny it, which made me shake my head – what were they thinking?
But then I got on facebook to the feed from the Syrian Arab Army (unofficial), and was heartened by facts from this proven source.
It was Syria who attacked Israeli and terror bases in Golan, not Iran.
It was Russia who sent Israel a message, hosting Netanyahu while letting Syria do this.
There was a back and forth exchange, Syria defeated three waves of attacks, paining but declining to shoot down the fighters, before a fourth wave of alternate strike scored a few wins for the Israeli forces.
Then Israeli were allowed to go back with a “win” crow to the media that “Iran” had attacked them and they’d destroyed “almost all” their “Iranian” targets.
And Iran has stood by staunchly with no ultimate denial, allowing the zionist media to run with the line that it was “Iran v Israel”, which allows the Israeli action to “seem legitimate” in the sick state of global affairs, rather than an “Israeli v Syria” situation which would have been a greater escalation, and also keeping Russia’s role in this safe. Which makes sense if seen in the light that Syria are pushing to clear Golan of operatives, at least, and Russia has given this their approval. And Israel has to consider how many forces it has to deploy to actually do anything, with 2006 in its mind.
Copy from SAA facebook
A comprehensive report regarding what happened last night and this morning.
– Late yesterday evening Zionist military conducted number of artillery strikes against a Syrian Army post in Khan Arnabea which led to SAA returning fire by firing number of mortars against the source of Zionist fire.
– The enemy did not stop its attack and launched number of recon drones to sweep the borders over the airspace of the occupied-Golan Heights without entering Syrian Airspace.
– Enemy brought a Merkava Tank which fired 6 random shots into al-Baa`th city in al-Quneitra which led to SAA’s Tank Hunters dealing with the situation according to the rules of engagement.
– Enemy fired a long-range Stand-Off missile into Damascus International Airport which was intercepted and destroyed by SyAAD ~30km Southeastern Damascus.
– The Syrian 7th Division was given an order to strike 4 Zionist military establishments inside the occupied-Golan Heights; at 00:00 a barrage of 40 rockets were fired at the Zionist military establishments.
– Zionist airforce quickly escalated the situation by launching several long-range Stand-Off missiles at number of Syrian Targets in and around Damascus, and three targets in Homs.
– SyAAD foiled the first three waves of attacks by the Zionists which forced the Zionists to resort to surface-to-surface missiles.
– After the Zionist’s 3rd wave of missiles, the Syrian 7th Division was given another order to launch a barrage of 20 missiles at Zionist Military establishments in the occupied-Golan Heights.
– The number of Zionist war jets participated in the attack was ~30 jets, all of which fired their missiles from outside the Syrian and even Lebanese airspace and did not dare to enter either.
– Zionist launched a 4th wave of missiles combined with decoy, surface to surface and air launched long-range missiles; and this was the wave that 4 of its missiles reached their targets and hit an SyAAD detection radar, an SyAAD short-range defense battery (seen in enemy footage) and two ammunition depots.
– No Long-Range SAM were fired at the Zionist jets although they were in range multiple times, and that is up to the Syrian Command’s rules of engagement to determine (Despite one’s feelings this is not a game, this is real war)
– To our knowledge, the majority of the Syrian missiles fired at the Zionist’s locations reached their targets.
– Syrian casualties were three martyrs.
With all do respect to all Syrian allies, the entire situation was dealt with by the Syrian Arab Army and under Syrian command’s orders.
We shared our losses, but we dare the Zionists to share theirs especially that all the targets the Syrian missiles hit were military targets in designated military areas; and we dare the Zionists to share proof of their successful interception of Syrian Missiles.
Great news! Thanks.
this is my first comment I have made to the Saker, I agree to everything he said but one, and that is he dissagree’s with Putin’s choice of Prime Minister, I thing that is one that is best left on hold, because I think that Putin And Medvedev to date have made a very good team along with the Exceptional Lavrov, because neither America or the UK have had a leader or a team that the rest of the world can Respect Apart from JFK, and Regarding the Skripal’s their safety is not Guaranteed because the British Government can relied upon to be totally Oblivious to their own Stupidity, and Regarding Trump And his Surprise decision on the Iran Nuclear Treaty, All I can say is that he may have become an MK Ultra Subject, because his Decision is in the Face of Worldwide Reasoning.
Why don’t we (the Saker community) start a petition on one of the popular petition websites demanding that the safety of the Skripals be independently verified. I don’t know if these petitions ever do any good or not buy maybe it’s worth a try. I recently signed one for the release of Assange and got some friends to sign too.
Someone among all these posts posted a petition here for the Skripals. I signed it.
The Sampson Option: Will Israel nuke Germany and Iran?
Has Putin been blackmailed as well?As Isra hell already did it with other nuclear or non nuclear powers?
Israel has Already Used the Threat of Nuclear War: Atomic Blackmail
According to two books, Seymour Hersh, “The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy”, (Random House, 1991) and Avner Cohen, “Israel and the Bomb”, (Columbia University Press, 1998) the Samson option of nuclear blackmail has already been used. During the Yom Kippur war in 1973 when the Arabs looked like overwhelming Israeli forces Prime Minister Golda Meir ordered 13 nuclear weapons to the readied for attack. President Nixon was warned that these weapons would be used if the United States failed to airlift supplies, which it promptly did.
The Road to Nuclear World War III
No one can say here or in any place in the world that I ever doubted or said anything remotely against Putin’s actions or Putin himself. On the contrary, I’ve always defended him at every turn, ferociously.
I am now very concerned about Putin’s actions or lack of.
Allowing Satanyahu to disrespect Russians and Russia’s ally and on his own country?!? Why?
A genocidal and rude to boot! maniac ( Satanyahu) pushing himself in front of the parade as he rubbed on the world’s face how ” important” he is to be walking next to the greatest statesman of the century, andat such an important day!!! This made me very leery and I still do not know exactly what I saw or what it means.
Because I know Putin is a brilliant man I am trying to convince myself that he has plans that I cannot fathom.
I guess I am still defending him.
Carmel by the Sea
Time to wake up…
Could It Be Any Clearer? Russia Is “Urging” Syria To “Compromise”, Now!
Victory Day 2018 Forever Changed How Alt-Media Views Russia And Israel
Alt-Media: Debunking The Dogma
Funny how you pick and choose certain articles to publish. Adam Garrie actually published this on his website yesterday – the same one you have quoted twice:
Kind of blows your constant attacks here in the comments out of the water – you seem to be on a mission – I think he sums it up.
And here is another by Thierry Meyssan:
“Although for the most part, observers are taking sides in the Russo-US conflict and hoping for the victory of their camp, Moscow is attempting to calm the atmosphere in the Middle East…..”
Adam Garrie admits he is a liberal.
“For the record, when it comes to Russian politics, the party I personally favour is the opposition Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) and I have made my multiple criticisms of the Russian government widely known.”
Beware – he doesn’t like alternative news sites either !
Biolab FUBAR? in Naziheaven? Kids? “Novicok”? (again! (sarcasm)
Will Spirapl and the young lady turn up in nazilania ukraine? Oh right, they’re responsible…
Testing the goodstuff…
You could not make this stuff up. Weird beyond imagination.
In over three plus years, this is the first time I have read you expressing a great disappointment on Putin. In a way, your optimism and trust in Putin made me forget Mark Twain’s dictum “all politicians are stupid”… I think Twain was right. However, I’d like to give Putin the benefit of the doubt. Netanyahu, Trump and Putin are facing multi-triillionaires who dictate their whims to them. Each leader is facing a set of choices: Netanyahu is compelled to destroy Iran, Trump is compelled to serve Israel and Trump is compelled to protect his nation and not other nations (as you have said before).
Obviously, Netanyahu has the upper hand; this is evident by the fact that he invited himself to the Russian Parade to have Syria bombed at that time, destroy the Pantsir S1 while getting away with no casualties or major consequences. In short he showed who is the boss and rained on Putin’s parade humiliating him.
I hope you will continue to support the possibilities of peace in the world aside from the military and political options. Here is where your faith in God could really help you and us your readers.
mod-to note: I believe you meant to reference Putin (rather than Trump) for your third, leader’s compulsion.
The pantir unit was desyroyed after running out of ammo. As for Israeli casualties and equipment destroyed we don’t know as their policy is to keep such information secret.
See my comment above.
Syria attacked “Israel” (The Golan Terror outposts) first. So Netanyahu was in Russia while being attacked by Russia’s ally.
The 28 jets was a typical “mad dog” response, which Syria largely fended off without going mad dog itself. The Pantsir was probably human error, caught in the 4th wave “extra effort” attacks so that Israel could claim a “win”.
Note to readers about pantsir 1 incident – not a “win” wasn’t active. Mod.: https://www.rt.com/news/426520-syria-israel-pantsir-russia/
The Zionist narrative has been allowed to reign that the Israelis were attacked, ineffectively by “Iran” and been punished;
The truer narrative is that Syria destroyed multiple targets in Golan with unknown casualties, Israel went nuts and did enough to paint themselves heroes.
Anonymous on May 11, 2018 · at 6:35 am EST/EDT
Catalonia was slated as being the cornerstone of a ‘Union for the Mediterranean’ which would integrate Israel into the EU structures under the cover of a “process to foster cultural and economic unity in the Mediterranean region”, the so-called ‘Barcelona Process’. At the same time to serve as the entry gate for the Muslim immigration into Europe.
The planned fragmentation in to regions and dismemberment of nation states toward the creation of a US of Europe and further integration of a Euro-Atlantic block is dealt with very thoroughly by Pierre Hillard. Check out his work. Most of the articles are in French, a few in Spanish and other languages:
There is a lot going on. Don’t misread Putin. The issue is not Israel, or Iran, or the Zionists, it is which way the world is going to go, war, or peace through economic development. Everything that Putin is doing is not to take sides, but to try to organize all the parties into a dialogue, and then bring the Chinese in for the economic rebuilding. That is, through a dialogue, bring all parties into a new paradigm, everyone, the Saudis, Irsrael, Iran, etc, including Trump. For instance Israel may soon join the Eurasian Economic Union, which Iran is currently joining. The British and French colonialists, especially the British, left the place full of ethnic, religious, political, cultural land mines that were meant to be continually played. That is the empire. Putin doesn’t want Russia to be the new bigger player, Putin wants resolution of all the conflicts. That is the new paradigm that China and Russia are pursuing.
Hello, the reason the Skripal case has disappeared from the “news” is because the UK govt have issued a D-Notice, aka a gag order on the media. Forbidden! Just in case you missed it. I learned this from UK Column, which is the only outlet giving us the truth, as far as they can ascertain substantively, and whose guests, which include Vanessa Beeley and Alex Thomson, ex-GCHQ, among other critical thinkers, furnish laser-sharp analyses. Of course, one should always be discerning and do due diligence. Sharing reliable sources and open, rational debate between open and like minds is a duty in this age of many sorrows. Peace.
With many of the comments here recording dismay and rush-to-judgement about Putin’s meeting with BN I found this very very informative article by the Saker on the nature of the Russian – Jewish relationship and the power the latter hold in Russia.
I have linked it here from Greanville Post and urge everyone to read it because it will very clearly demonstrate the context of the relationship between the jews and Russia, the huge power they have and the environment in which Putin has to operate.
It was an eye opener for me and I had never before realised just how difficult it must be for Putin.
God bless the man.
I shall take a different tack. Putin wants to hold course and not show his hand that is why Medvedev is back in place. He wants to reveal no reaction to Western provocation which would divert from his objective which is Europe. China wants USA out of Korea; Russia wants USA out of Europe and certainly well away from its borders. When UK Forces leave Germany in 2019 the US wants to take over the bases in N Germany.
Putin wants Europe to see how dangerous Trump is and how far Likud now runs USA through Sheldon Adelson who funds Netanyahu and owns Israeli press. Once Europe sees the dangers of Middle East collapse and the threat to their societies, the rapprochement with Germany and France becomes possible and the Minsk Conference Group is key to isolating UK and US in Europe. Poland is as bonkers as in 1937-39 and trying to drag US and UK into facilitating its paranoia.
Putin is playing a long game. Netanyahu is bringing Israel to destruction and certainly global isolation.
If Putin reacts the Endgame of thermonuclear war is on the agenda. The US has always provoked with nuclear weapons since 1948 Berlin Crisis when B29s were in UK – USSR was always rational and cautious having seen major destruction and taken 25 years to recover. Putin has given Russia stability and freedom ordinary citizens have never enjoyed before. There is a game of consolidation and waiting, the Americans do not have time on their side since they are riding a debt cycle with rising interest rates.
Putin will detach Germany and France and Italy from USA just as Turkey is moving away……..UK has to stick with JCPOA because Trump is too errant and UK fears post-BreXit isolation and ruin.
The single man of integrity who blew the whole sordid operation was the A&E (emergency room) head medic who stated up-front in a letter to a newspaper that three people were being treated and none of them for nerve agent related issues. That was code speak for ‘this affair is so sordid I will not compromise my professional standards by going along with it’. I hope his professional body, the BMA, have got top QC’s on a hair trigger on this gentleman’s behalf. Also, Julia Skripal somehow got hold of a phone. Perhaps a sympathetic member of NHS staff arranged for one to be dropped accidentally nearby…..could have been a staff pool phone, who knows. The point I am making is that the NHS staff are fine, decent people who are dedicated to the public service, and I am sickened to see how they have been browbeaten and compromised to assist in this bungled affair. Nye Bevan was right she he called the Tories ‘vermin’ nearly 70 years ago, and they must be truly desperate to pull an obvious false-flag like this one. The trail of D-notices tells its own story for those of us who have been around long enough, and Theresa May’s Russophobic burblings have been going on for a while. She seems not to realise that the USSR disappeared over 25 years ago, which is OK for her but don’t try to insult our intelligence as well. Brexit will be the end of this odious crew as their shortcomings are plain for all to see. Compare May, Johnson and the boy Williamson to Putin, Lavrov and Shoigu and you can see how far our delusional leaders have sunk, presuming they were of any quality to begin with. As for UK intervening in Syria, aren’t there a number of experts and special forces personnel captured by SAA during the Douma debacle that May and Co are anxious to get back? May be wiser to sit out Bolton and Benji’s upcoming Iranian gig as smart, slow (or even extremely quick) cruise missiles can be fired from the Caspian basin and easily flatten anything up to and including Cyprus….goodbye Larnaca and Akrotiri in that case. The paradigm changed on March 1st. It’s not ten years ago, and I’m betting Putin’s new smart, supersonic ordnance is already deployed, but as has been shown the upgraded entry level stuff is holding up very well. The LeMay doctrine is dead, and you only need put a five or ten degree list on an aircraft carrier to make it useless. Sinking it is a dangerous escalation, but damaging it so that aircraft cannot return is now a serious risk to the owner of said carrier. That’s the problem with the Med and the Gulf, not enough fast exits. The Pentagram must be foaming at the mouth during these hubristic times. Russia is cast to save the world from fascism for the second time in history it appears. In less than a month the Empire has been de-ganged. The ECM and smart weapons are now in the hands of the downtrodden and the neocons know it. We are talking 20-25 people at most, all in the DC area. Round them up, they are a clear and present danger to the political survival of the U.S. Their gambit has failed and Grand Juries should be sworn in ready for their trials.
Unrelated note but Ayatollah khameinei just posted a picture of himself reading fire and fury in Farsi at the annual Iranian book expo
Saker , I think Nut… was NOT invited by V. Putin . He has intruded himself upon Putin , and by that to undermine his popularity . (even the Saker has fallen into the trap )
Saker ,do you remember :
1) Nut..’s intrusion / intervention into “I’m Charley Hebdo ” demonstration ,in 2015 ,Paris ? He was asked by Hollander not to come , but voila — https://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/04/09/chamish-bibi/
2) Do you remember Nut..’s uninvited speech in US congress, 2015 ?
3) Do you remember how US staged the most heavy military drills , and informing Xi on this during the dinner at the White House ?
Well , “There have been times when history has played tricks with man and…has magnified the features of essentially small persons into a parody of greatness ” — Rabindranath Tagore.
President Bush1 became the head of the U.S. C.I.A. for I think only one year, but, maybe more…before he became the U.S. President. Which was for one four year term.Enough time to poison the next 50 years. Maybe one hundred years. He put in action his plan for total global hegemony of the U.S. empire for as many years as possible.
Several things are considered key. Make American English the one world language (as French once was), and remove all law but new exceptionalist U.S. war laws, three, introduce interactive brain chips into newborns soft sculls as they emerge from their mothers once they are born. They are extremely defective and programable. Drone technology is to be used to program very large interactively ‘enhanced’ humans groups once they are grown.
Must read “Global War on Liberty” by Jean-Claude Paye. He breaks down how the Bush1 plan is working out in Europe as country after country changes it’s old laws into the new American ones while under pressure from the Middle East pressures of trying to save the millions of U.S Regime Change wars hit Europe to survive.
There is a lot more bu I have seen clearly each step of the plan since they accelerated in 9/11.
Japan was atom-type bombed again in the “Fukushima” floods, which was not from an earthquake.
The MH17 plane crash was done by U.S. and was an extreme message to never try to stop American exceptionalism and hegemony. The King and Queen of Netherlands had just flown to see Putin in Russia against U.S. orders not to..was in 2014 Ukraine regime change time using Nazies with the help of C.I.A. John Brennan..
Readers interested in this topic might also look at John Pilger’s “War On Democracy”.
Andrew Korybko: The Putin-Netanyahu Summit on Victory Day really did change everything, and Russia is no longer shy about showing the world its desire to “balance” “Israel” and Iran in Syria.
It might make sense if one looks at Sergei & Julia’s situation through the filter of a covert operation gone wrong.
Bear in mind that Clinton didn’t win the election as planned and the Democrats campaign dirty tricks began to come to light in their media uproar following Trump’s win.
Among other things, the ‘Trump Dossier’, authored by Christopher Steele for the DNC, was under uncomfortable scrutiny.
There is an established connection between Steele and Skripal.
it seems likely that at some point Sergei became a liability.
The easiest ‘tidy’ solution was to announce that he and Julia would be given new identities in the USA for their protection.
However, we know their hospitalization wasn’t because of a Russian attempt on their lives.
So did the Skripals.
Could they be trusted to remain silent?
I guess that depends on what’s at stake.
Sergei was experienced in double dealing & would likely have recognized what was happening at some stage.
Julia was an unexpected complication.
For my money they’re both long deceased.
Small chips in big stakes poker.
As an after thought, many in the Russian community likely know this too.
Considering the growing body count among their friends, they likely won’t be sleeping easy.
“Keep your friend close and your enemy closer” – eastern philosophy.
In effect, “Murder! Murder most foul.” Very Shakespearian.
As a country degenerates into the kind of madness that the gods inflict just prior to total destruction, all sorts of madness proliferates: paranoia, psychopathy, sociopathy and schizophrenia.