Posts Tagged ‘Ukraine’

Kremlin Protests Kiev’s Protests.

April 21, 2014

The Kremlin let it be known that it will tolerate no longer protests in… Kiev, especially on Maidan (Freedom) Square. Protests apparently disturb the Kremlin’s delicate disposition, and spirit of “Eurasian Union” it wants to promote.

Putin is not only a trained professional killer, ex-head of the KGB with an “insufficient sense of danger” (one of his KGB instructors wrote in a report, long ago). He is also a Sixth Dan Black Belt in Judo. The idea of judo is to use the opponent’s strength and momentum against him.

I have said Putin is a plutocrat, in all senses of the term: not only he is immensely rich, grow, breed and herd plutocrats, but of course he satanically does not hesitate to mass murder (the death in the Chechnya war he, probably, engineered, are between 50,000 and 150,000).

The Times of London, dear to Russian plutocrats, now admits that Putin would own, personally, in Swiss bank accounts alone, around 40 billion dollars. It pays to be dictator of Russia, but one is never cautious enough. (I had long mentioned the 40 billions, the estimate is from 2007).

There was Kremlin “outrage” over a deadly weekend shootout in the rebel east of Ukraine that left three separatist rebels dead.

Weirdly, at first sight, none of the assailants were found, although their cars were riddled with bullets… and burned. The Kremlin and its propaganda were prompt to condemn the “Right Sector”. Yes, well, where is the proof, where are the bodies? How come, the cars were riddled with bullets coming perpendicularly, while the cars were parallel to the road, presumably with assailants still inside (otherwise why to riddle them with bullets?), and, still, those assailants, presumably shot full of holes, still succeeded to flee? And then, to erase the evidence, burned the cars?

What’s the proof that Pravy Sektor attacked? According to Russian media, it’s very simple: Pravy Sektor left a business card. Cars completely burned out, but the leader of Pravy Sektor does not forget to leave his business card! Assuredly a miracle proving God is from the Kremlin.

Let me help you, Kremlin. Who profits from such an attack? The “Right Sector” based in Western Ukraine (long part of Poland when Poland was not under the Czarist boot)? Certainly not. The Kremlin profits.

As Adolf Hitler told his generals in his third and final conference to his top general in Berchtesgaden, in August 1939:“We can’t hold economically anymore… We need war. What we got so far we got through bluff, but now we need to use the army… I shall give a propagandist reason for starting the war – never mind whether it is plausible or not . . . In starting and waging a war it is not right that matters but victory.”

Meanwhile the “little green men” who invaded Georgia and Crimea are now being identified by name, from photographs, as members of Russian Special Forces. The Ukrainian armor seized by the little green men was expertly operated within minutes, making hyper quick circles and other acrobatics to please the crowds.

This is an increasingly grave situation.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/21/world/europe/photos-link-masked-men-in-east-ukraine-to-russia.html

For months in 1939, German radio and newspapers and politicians, accused Polish authorities of organizing or tolerating violence against Germans in Poland. That was all invented.

In summer 1939, Adolf Hitler claimed he was anxious to solve the problem of Dantzig (nowadays Gdansk in Poland). Hitler was out to protect the Germans (in this free city). The problem had to be solved, the Poles refused to become reasonable, as they were backed up by the French Republic. Hitler made his alliance with Stalin official. Still Poland and France refused to compromise.

Hitler was told France and Britain would not go to war. Just to make sure, he set-up an elaborate plot.

The Gleiwitz incident (German: Überfall auf den Sender Gleiwitz; Polish: Prowokacja gliwicka) was a false flag operation by Nazi forces posing as Polish soldiers on 31 August 1939, against the German radio station Sender Gleiwitz in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (since 1945: Gliwice, Poland). The goal was to use the staged attack as a casus belli (war cause) to make internationally legal to invade Poland.

Alfred Naujocks at the Nuremberg Trials stated in testimony that he organized the incident under orders from Reinhard Heydrich and Heinrich Müller, chief of the Gestapo.

One hundred or so German special forces, dressed in Polish uniforms and led by Naujocks,[2] seized the Gleiwitz station and broadcast an anti-Nazi message in Polish. The goal was to make the attack and the broadcast look like the work of anti-German Polish saboteurs.

The Nazis brought in Franciszek Honiok, a German Silesian known as anti-Nazi, who had been arrested by the Gestapo. Honiok was dressed as a saboteur; then killed and left as if shot while attacking the station. His corpse was presented as bodily evidence of the attack to the police and international press.

So were the corpses of more than a dozen concentration camp inmates similarly assassinated.

The Nazis staged another twenty  or so false Polish attacks against Germany that night. At 4:45 am, the Nazi airforce attacked the Polish airforce. However, that was lost in the brouhaha of the unamused attitude of the French Republic.

Nobody serious believed the Nazis for a second. Within hours of the staged attacks, as the Nazi armies penetrated Poland, France, joined spectacularly by Britain, sent an ultimatum to Hitler: Get out of Poland or a state of war will exist between Germany and Franco-Britannia. At this point, Hitler did not know what to do anymore.

Barring a miracle, Hitler had started, and lost, the Second World War.

Is it what Putin wants by staging false flag incidents in Ukraine?

A reminder: California has around the world’s eight GDP, if that state of the USA is viewed as a nation. That’s about the size of Russian GDP (!). France and Britain, together, have about two and a half time the Russian GDP. Russia makes weapons, and fossil fuels. Everything else, it has to buy outside.

In one of the Indiana Jones movie, a professional killer makes a demonstration of his prowess with swords, in a preliminary to his dispatch of the archeologist hero. Indiana Jones stops the frightening display, by just shooting the swordman dead.

As it turned out, Harrison Ford had the runs, and he suggested to Spielberg that the scene been cut short:

“We were shooting in Tunisia, and the script had a scene in which I fight a swordsman, an expert swordsman, it was meant to be the ultimate duel between sword and whip. And I was suffering from dysentery, really, found it inconvenient to be out of my trailer for more than 10 minutes at a time… I proposed to Steven that we just shoot the son a bitch… So he drew his sword, the poor guy was a wonderful British stuntman who had practiced his sword skills for months in order to do this job, and was quite surprised by the idea that we would dispatch him in 5 minutes. But he flourished his sword, I pulled out my gun and shot him, and then we went back to England…”

Putin should meditate this. Instead of hoping that his distracting violence will put him on top of the world. Putin’s empire may be very large, but it’s not any more active than California, and it has no Silicon Valley. Yielding is better than sinking.

Patrice Aymé

 

 

 

 

 

Letter From Moscow

April 10, 2014

I got a letter from Moscow accusing me of “deep seated hatred for the Russian soul” (it’s found in the comments of “1938?”).

Let me first make the following clear: I am not anti-Russian, quite the opposite. The same holds for Germany: I am pro-German, and that is why I have attacked German racist fascism, murderously anti-Semitic for at least 5 centuries (and maybe before Alexander Nevski).

Ideally, I would have Europe extending from the Azores to Alaska. I would be happy with Russia as a member of the European Union.

Uniquely Beautiful Russian Soul Much Loved

Uniquely Beautiful Russian Soul Much Loved

Nearly all Russians that I have met struck me as advanced cultural types (partly a selection effect from immigration, as the best and brightest tend to flee). I used even to read Soviet books (in translation), from Lenin to astrophysics (where Russians invented many things Americans claimed later, such as cosmic inflation; the successful thermonuclear device, the tokomak, is named from a Russian abbreviation and was invented by Sakharov (Stalin’s own H bomb genius; later a famous dissident).

But my extreme, and growing, dislike for Putin has appeared several years ago. He is making things worse with his new doctrine of the Eurasian Union, founded on values not embraced by Europe. See my:

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2008/08/27/from-russia-with-hate/

which made already pretty explicit that Putin was on a collision course with civilization. I was not, BTW, always anti-Putin. I thought he would crack down on the plutocrats initially. Instead, he herded them. And bred his own.

In “1938?”, or “Hitler’s Book”, I related the analogy of facts between Hitler’s and Putin’s action. Not my fault that both invaded, and then held referenda with 97% approval. And other identities of facts. I don’t see why the fraud of 97% of Hitler (demonstrated 16 years later, no less!) is not a model for the fraud of 97% of Putin.

Everybody could see transparent urns were used in Crimea, at least in some cases, and the yes or no were plainly visible. Is that civilization, or is that making fun of civilization?

OK, let’s talk about what we know. What happened with Herr Hitler? A process was engaged. Both an inner psychological process, and an outer psychological process. Inwardly, Hitler got away with great horrors and obvious outrages… that brought him great success. He came to believe that, the more horrors and outrages, the more success would come.

And so they did.

In 1939, though, a weak Britain, having belatedly abjured Hitler, accepted to join France in providing Poland with support against Hitler and Stalin. The rest is history. The USSR harvested what it had sown: a quarter of a century of complicity with German fascism (started by Lenin himself before 1917).

Similarly, now, Putin could tip into the Darkest Side.

For example, if Putin uses transparent voting boxes and then all the Russians salute that democratic gesture, while the West scoff in impotent rage, Putin will be enticed to do more of the same, all over, from Georgia to Moldova.

Some will say: Russia is only 17 million square kilometers, 70% larger than Canada, the USA and China (the three largest countries after Russia). Why can’t Russia become the “big country” as Putin himself called it, again? Why can’t Russia become again Czarist Russia, with its 22 million square kilometers? What’s wrong with that?

What’s wrong is that it crushed many civilizations. Armenian civilization, in Christian form, is the oldest Christian civilization, older than Christian Rome, more than 17 centuries old, for example.

That brings us to the question of the “Russian soul”. What is the “Russian Soul”? How old is it? Where does it come from? Well, history is very clear. The youngest son of Alexander Nevski founded Moscow, but then came the Mongols. Out of centuries of war, oppression and occupation, came the Moscow soul, in the style of Ivan III, and Ivan IV, The Terrible.

Now that Moscow soul is called the Russian soul. Its pluses? First of all, the capacity to install the largest land empire the world has known (except for the Mongols, for a generation or so). True, that empire spread among semi-Neolithic people, and was rendered possible by the potato (a South American invention, not Russian!). Potatoes grow in very poor soils, with very cold winter, and give nearly all that a human being needs, including proteins.

You say, dear Moscow reader: …” you don’t grasp some very important aspects of the proverbial Russian “soul” — why they fight so hard when humiliated and so on. Or perhaps you think they are so stupid to be totally indoctrinated without “free press”? In our Internet age… How arrogant and stupid of you! I think it is deeply seated hatred that devaluates all the good reasoning you have.”

Well, Putin has apparently blocked some Internet site (not mine, it seems). Also clearly he has control of the Russian Main Stream Media. I don’t know if Russian fight so hard. They lost the Crimean war of 1853. They lost World War One. In WWII, Stalin’s terror proved to be much superior to the terror Nazi inspired. One could say that the Nazis got out-Nazified.

Also the Allies provided Stalin with many things, from trucks to first class intelligence (intelligence from the British, itself building on French and especially Polish work). The battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle of WWII, by far, in summer 1943, was won because the Soviets knew everything about the Nazi formations, thanks to the Brits. That’s when the Wehrmacht got broken (it was defeated, but not broken, at Moscow in 1941, and lost stupidly the Sixth Army’s 300,000 men at Stalingrad around Christmas 1942. But at Kursk, it lost its last chance to defeat the USSR).

I don’t see why I should have “deep seated hatred against the Russian soul”. And the fact is, I do not. Although I do deeply despise Orthodox Christian fanatics…

The danger now is that Russians are embarked on a phenomenon of satanization (we need a word beyond diabolization!) similar to that experienced by the Germans in the 1930s and 1940s. That’s all. That’s plenty enough to raise some alarms.

By grossly violating International Law in exactly the same way as Hitler did with Austria and Czechoslovakia in 1938. (Hitler did a better job, getting everything without firing a shot.) Putin has opened the gates of violence. Not only has Putin’s psychology tipped irreversibly in the Dark Side, but he has set in motion forces that push him ever further that way.

The weakness of the West only encourages him. Hitler was stunned when France and Britain sent him an ultimatum, on September 1, 1939. In retrospect, it should have been done earlier. Fortunately this time, the West is not divided. And an economic ultimatum can be sent to Putin.

At this point, all signs are that Putin prepares an invasion. If Mr. Putin does not get the Ukrainian constitution changed within a few weeks, according to its diktat, he will probably attack before the Ukrainian presidential elections of May 25. And then what’s next?

The problem with the wished-for 22 million square kilometers empire of the Czar Putin is that it imposed the paranoid, metastatic, militaristic, satanic Kremlin soul on many civilizations, most of them wiser and older, with less space for the Dark Side.

Nowadays, the Dark Side has to be fought, lest nuclear weapons, and many other terrible ways and means, be used. Interestingly, Putin and his henchmen have declared they will use nuclear weapons on the battlefield, a clear escalation, of the nuclear type (whereas the Obama administration has wowed never to use tactical nukes).

Weirdly, yet in the traditional Hitlerian way, Putin is proving more deliberately dangerous to the West than any Soviet leader ever was (except for when Stalin allied with Hitler against France).

Patrice Aymé

Hitler’s Book

April 7, 2014

Masked henchmen took over government buildings in Eastern Ukraine, and beg Putin to invade. European and American governments claim the protesters are paid. Earlier the Ukrainian government had accused Russia special forces to have killed 96 protesters in the Maidan (“Freedom”) protests.

Last week, Gazprom, the Russian gas monopoly, doubled the natural gas prices in Ukraine, making them the priciest in the world. Ukraine engaged legal action.

Meanwhile, April7, a Russian marine shot to death an unarmed Ukrainian officer who was trying to leave Crimea. (It’s not the first Ukrainian officer assassinated.)

Darius: What Putin Dreams To Be

Darius: What Putin Dreams To Be

Putin follows Hitler’s book: he does not want to allow the free elections on May 25th in Ukraine: he has the choice for president between the ex-PM, a woman he had jailed so that she would die (but she survived, just, and is back after weeks in a hospital in England), and the chocolate maker whom he barred to sell chocolate in Russia.

Preventing free elections is exactly what Hitler did with Austria in 1938: through a skillful usage of his henchmen, Hitler evacuated the legal government of Austria to cancell the free referendum in Spring 1938.

Then, using various terror techniques, Hitler organized his own annexation referendum, which he won at 97% (the exact same percentage as in Crimea, not doubt a blink of Putin to Nazi history; say whatever you want, Vladimir can have a sense of humor).

In 1954, the Allied powers determined that Chancellor-President Hitler and his henchmen had contrived the entire coup-occupation-annexation-referendum, and decided that Austria, far from collaborating, had been a victim of Nazism.

Putin hopes that he can follow the same strategy, and somehow, win where Hitler lost. However, Hitler conducted his three annexations of 1938, without a single person killed. Whereas the people killed by Putin’s henchmen are now well above 100.

Putin has posed in front of a giant banner proclaiming that “Crimea is in my heart.”

You have to ask yourself, what else is in his heart,” Carl Bildt, Swedish foreign minister, tweeted after a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Notice that Sweden is officially “neutral”. (Actually until 1943, it supported Hitler, thank to its high grade iron ore, that it sold to the Nazi dictator for a handsome price.)

We should be very firm on international law and the rules that apply,” Bildt, who has previously served as a mediator in the mid-1990s Balkan conflict, explained. Putin annexed the Crimea about one hundred times faster than Hitler annexed Austria.

Meanwhile a purported leaked conversation posted on YouTube between two Russian ambassadors discusses which parts of the world they would like to annex after Crimea.

It claims to be a telephone call between Igor Chubarov, Russia‘s ambassador to Eritrea, and Sergei Bakharev, the ambassador to Zimbabwe and Malawi.

We’ve got Crimea, but that’s not fucking all folks. In the future we’ll damn well take your Catalonia and Venice, and also Scotland and Alaska,” making the word for Scotland sounds in Russian like “Cattleland” (the Scotland independence party wants to disarm its nuclear weapons, unilaterally).

Chubarov says Russia will annex for “all those fucking border countries“, such as Estonia, as well as Romania and Bulgaria.

It’s a mood, a very nasty mood, not just a bad joke, and it will keep on growing, until those who do not want to be submitted to an Oriental potentate have to resist with the stringent means.

There is a race between fear and greed in Putin’s heart. Right now, greed is dominant.

To make the situation worse, Putin is an idiot: whatever he does, the worse it’s going to be for Russia, on the general course he has embarked himself on, the exact same one as Hitler in 1938.

Putin is no Vladimir I, the Prince of Kiev who converted to Christianity in Crimea in 998 CE, after conquering said peninsula (which centuries before, and for a millennium, had been Greek). Nor is he Darius The Great. Darius, although a very great leader, a real genius, to whom we owe a lot of positive ideas, to this day, was also a tyrant. He tried to submit Greece, and the Athenians crushed him at Marathon.

Athens had 80,000 citizens. Persia, 25% of the world population, was 80 million. This, on the face of it, shows that one determined free man is worth more than one thousand slaves.

Patrice Aymé

Notes: A professional Russian historian compared Putin to Hitler along the lines found in:

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/1938/. He was fired.

http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/kyiv-university-invites-russian-professor-who-compared-putin-to-hitler-338449.html.

Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University wants to employ Russian historian Andrey Zubov, who has been threatened with dismissal for his heavy criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy towards Ukraine.

The very serious German finance minister, the longest serving MP, is confined to a wheel chair, after having being shot by a crazed maniac, long ago. “We’ve seen this before in history,” Mr. Schäuble told a group of students in Berlin. “Hitler took over the Sudetenland with these types of tactics.”.

P/S: The West did not start the war in Ukraine. Only fear of disaster will stop Putin, so the West has to look scary enough, right away. To look scary enough, the West has to show that it is ready to suffer extensively to prevent Putin behaving as if Ukraine were his child, and that he can impose on that child abuse, corporal punishment, or even the death penalty.

1938?

March 16, 2014

No, it’s not 1938, because in 1938, Britain and France confronted the fascist dictators, without their, then, ingrate progeny, the USA.

Yes, it’s 1938 in all other ways: Russian dictator Putin has instigated a combination of vicious alarm, demented propaganda, false justifications, brutal invasions, referenda with transparent boxes, and annexations, seasoned with total contempt for international law, that is very similar to what German dictator Hitler pursued in 1938.

In 1938, the (so called) democracies did not act perfectly: the Nazis could have been terminated without the carnage of 3% of the world population killed by the war that followed. Indeed the top German generals had asked Britain and the USA to help by declaring that they would adopt the same tough line as France.

Not only the Anglo-Americans leaders declined to do so, but, instead, they betrayed the trust the German generals had put in them, by denouncing them, his subordinates, to Hitler. (Don’t be surprised if standard historians, well fed by their plutocratic universities, are careful to never mention this fact; I should make a list of the 100 most inconvenient and never mentioned facts of WWII.)

Just as in 1938, the democracies do not know what to do, in 2014, because they are still in a placid state in which they fear war more than anything else, and the invading dictator knows this. That makes the corrective action that the democracies need to take, obvious.

The aim of this essay is to show how to avoid more of a parallel between 2014 and 1938 than we have already achieved.  This is not easy, because the exact same psychological dynamics are in place in 2014, as in 1938. Placidity encouraging ferocity, ever more.

The fascist instinct has taken over a great power, once again.

I did not acquire this opinion in the last 5 weeks: my From Russia With Hate, nearly 6 years old, saw the present Russian war hysteria coming.

March 1938: The Nazis want to annex Austria. Austrians don’t really want this. Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg calls a vote March 13. Nazis are angry: what if Austrians voted against the Anschluss?  March 10, Schuschnigg is forced to resign, and is replaced by a Nazi, while Hitler’s divisions enter the country “at its invitation”. The Austrian army surrenders.

April 10: the Nazis organize referenda in Austria and Germany to approve the annexation. They win by 99.7% and 99.08%, respectively. (Notice the resemblance with Crimea’s 97%.)

That’s what Goebbels, laughing, called “Total Democracy”.

Correctly, the Western powers have declared that Putin’s referendum in Crimea, organized in similar circumstances, after a military occupation, to be null.

At this point, in April 1938, having got away with something enormous (the invasion of a country), without having fired a shot, Hitler underwent a neurohormonal change, and started to feel that he could get away with anything. He had to show that he could bend the world to his will (lest his generals assassinate him, which they tried to do repeatedly, for years, with remarkable bad luck.)

Similarly, Putin has to show his generals and plutocrats, that he, and he alone, can get away with anything.

Unsurprisingly, then, Hitler declared that the Sudeten Germans inside Czechoslovakia were also an oppressed minority and needed to be protected inside Greater Germany. Czechoslovakia, a Slavic nation with its own language, just delivered from a long German oppressive occupation by the Versailles Treaty of 1919, was determined to fight. Its protector was mighty France.

However, France had three problems, in this order: Washington, London, and Berlin. (See note)

The first error of democracy in 1938: the USA was collaborating with Hitler rather than with France and Britain. (See note on USA duplicity) OK, with its racial oppression of people of color, the USA was not a fully representative democracy, and many of its racist leaders could only be sympathetic to the racist Nazis (in particular, the U.S. Army was segregated and “inter-racial” marriages outlawed in many states).

In any case, in 1938, officially in the interest of peace, the British Kingdom and the French Republic persuaded the Czechs NOT to defend themselves against Hitler. Big mistake. When France was invaded in May 1940, half of the Wehrmacht’s tanks were Czech (they had been seized by the Nazis, or produced meanwhile, in Czechoslovakia).

First lesson: A successful invasion makes the invader stronger. Hitler became ever stronger by invading ever more. In such a case, the earlier the war, the better. At this point some in Russia still doubt Putin’s wisdom. The more Putin invades without firing a shot, the more devotees he will have.

Let’s not tell the Ukrainians NOT to defend themselves violently from the Kremlin’s maniacal dwarf.

Maniacal? Putin’s main idea is that the disappearance of “the USSR was the Twentieth Century greatest tragedy”.  (Even Hitler did not dare say something that stupid, such as the disappearance of the Second Reich was the Twentieth Century greatest tragedy.)

Hitler’s argument for the annexation of the Sudeten was that there were three million Sudeten German in Czechoslovakia, and they wanted to live in Fatherland Germany (OK, he used “Vaterland”). Never mind that there was no free media in Germany to present another discourse.

His true reason was that Hitler wanted to invade all of Czechoslovakia, and re-establish Germany as the master of Eastern Europe.

Putin’s argument is that there are two millions in Crimea, and they want to live within Mother Russia. Never mind that there is no free media in Russia, or that this will-to-Russia is actually fundamentally racist.

Putin’s true reason is that Putin wants to invade all of Ukraine (the detailed preparations for the annexation are known).

Second Lesson: When a dictator’s has tipped into the Dark Side, expect the worst. That’s the wise thing to do. Putting one’s head in the sand to protect one’s neck is naïve.

Hitler was superficially correct, about the Sudeten: the Germans there were really German, they happened to be living where the natural, mountainous border of Czechoslovakia was.

Putin is obviously wrong: 40% of Crimea is made of people who fear Putin and his kind. 12% of Crimea is made of Tatars who sneaked back, as survivors of Stalin’s genocide on 1944. They do not have tender memories of their assassins.

The Czechs had excellent fortifications. They could have defended themselves at a cost higher than the Nazis could have paid.  (See Note on fortifications.)

The Czechs fortifications were nearly as good as the French Maginot line. That was breached nowhere (and caused huge losses to the Mussolini’s fascists army in the Alps.)

The British were understandably afraid to confront Hitler in 1938: they had only a few divisions, and no modern air force. In appearance, the French were ready militarily, but did not look forward another world war, after getting several millions killed or mutilated in the First World War. (See military and strategic notes).

There was a military problem: what was the French army exactly supposed to do if Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia? The French army faced the “West Wall” (= Siegfried Line). Thanks to their enemies in Washington and London, the French had been prevented to establish their military frontier on the Rhine in 1919.

In 1944-45, the Allies, with a combat-experienced, five million men army, facing no more than 50 small German divisions, would take 6 months to break through the Siegfried line, although the democracies had air supremacy, and much more of everything than the Nazis (who were reduced to diluting their explosives, and make their mines to wound rather than kill).

So the 45 French divisions that squeezed in a very small front in September 1939 could not make a decisive attack.

Similarly, it has been said that it would be folly to oppose Putin militarily. The same was said when Hitler invaded the Rhineland, or Spain, in 1936.

The French Prime Minister had no illusion in 1938. As he stepped from his plane, he was applauded for having preserved peace at the Munich Conference. He muttered: ”Les pauvres, s’ils savaient.” (“Poor little ones, if they only knew.”)

What the French PM knew was that Hitler had crossed a psychological Rubicon, a tipping point signaling the collapse into the Dark Side. Hitler had changed to a different neurohormonal regime, where dominance is exerted in a lethal way. Hitler had decided that the Franco-British could not do a thing, and were unwilling to impose their will. (Hitler knew also that his allies in the USA would insure on-going collaboration with the corporations of the USA.)

Similarly, Putin has decided that Obama is weak. Certainly someone who needs a teleprompter to speak is no strong in his head. It is as if he advertises that he is a puppet, reading what his masters wrote

Certainly Putin noticed this. And who are Obama’s masters? Plutocrats, the very people Putin barks orders to. Thus, in this dog eats dog hierarchy, Putin is top dog, Putin noticed.

Hitler went through the same exact logic… Except he failed to notice that the power of the American plutocrats who had made him, and enticed him, rested on a nation-continent, the USA, the power and nastiness of which he grotesquely underestimated.

Similarly, Putin even more grotesquely underestimate the power of the USA and the European Union, combined.

On March 22, 1939, Hitler annexed much of Lithuania. The Germanoid mobs were hysterical with nationalistic bigotry. The West was tolerant of this madness… Not realizing for a moment that it meant the minorities therein would be hated with as much folly.  True, German speaking people were in a majority, but they had clearly sunk into the deepest evil.

On February 22, 1938, PM Chamberlain had admitted to the British Parliament: ”We must not give false hopes to small states by promising them the protection of Society of Nations (SDN, ancestor to the UN undermined by the USA) because we know nothing of the sort can be done.”

After annexing part of Lithuania, 1939, Hitler crossed a new step in his neurocognitive degeneracy. He said in a discourse, on March 23: “We don’t want to hurt anybody, but it was necessary to put an end to the suffering that the world imposed on the Germans in the last twenty years… From now on the Germans from Memel are part of the Reich… Even if the rest of the world does not like it.”

The glory and might of Hitler was at its apogee. The world trembled in front of Nazi Germany. All of Hitler’s annexations had happened without a shot fired. Was not Hitler a genius? A liberator? Who could deny his love of the Vaterland?

Six years later to the day, one German out of ten was already dead. Millions more would die. Entire German cities had been wiped out. Territories that had been German for 7 centuries were lost forever. Nazi Germany had become synonymous to infamy.

Same story, potentially, now.

A difference, though: we know history, and are keen not to repeat the same mass neurohormonal disaster in the same way. The time to stop the vengeful Russian mind-set is now.

Hyper nationalistic Russians are explaining the degeneracy of their homeland (a place with no free press) by twenty years of Russian suffering imposed by the world, invented just the same as the twenty years of German suffering that Hitler had invented by 1938.

Retrospectively, the Franco-British plea to the Czechs to accede to Hitler’s demand has been seen as an enormous mistake. “Munich” for years was the butt of jokes. It is time to remember this.

What could have stopped Hitler? His generals told us: only the knowledge, among his most serious supporters, that a catastrophic war was in Germany’s future, if Germany kept the same leadership.

What is the solution that this allows us to draw with Putin? Putin heads a coterie of plutocrats, many of whom will pay a heavy price if the West goes to war.

Those who support Putin have to understand that the West will go to war if Putin stays in power. And the time is now. Not in a month or two, after Putin has annexed more territory.

Let’s not forget that the hyper nationalistic drive in Crimea, just as in annexed German majority areas in the 1930s is oriented against minorities. Then non-German, now non-Russian. Basically Russians want to kill Tatars, same as in 1944.

Human rights, and civilization need a credible military threat. A threat that the people who support Putin believe. A threat that their world will die. As simple as that.

That should start with sanctions that hurt… the West. The USA ought to immediately lift their embargo on gas and oil to the Europe Union, and the Europeans should turn off all the trade to Putin. For starters. Also discrete but efficient military equipment ought to be sent to the Ukrainian army.

As it is obvious that, if undeterred, Putin will invade the rest of Ukraine just as his mentors Stalin and Hitler used to annex, invade and deport. Putin, just like Hitler, will lose when shooting starts.

Patrice Aymé

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1)      USA duplicity note: in 1938, France and Britain alone confronted Hitler, Japan, Italy, and Stalin knowing full well that, as in World War One, in 1914-1917, the USA were keener to exploit the situation for its own profit, to start with. A proof of duplicity: Roosevelt replaced the anti-Nazi ambassador, Dodd, by a pro-Nazi.

2)      Note on fortifications: In 1940, the Nazi army, going through Luxembourg, hit the French fortifications at their thinnest, thanks to intelligence provided by the Prince of Wales; however, the Nazis suffered huge losses crossing the Meuse, had to use suicidal charges, and nearly gave up.

3)      Military Note-unpreparedness of Britain: Britain had no army, and no air force; it was rushing flat out to build itself a modern air force, but it won’t be ready for another two years; same for some armor.

4)      Strategic note: The enormous sacrifice of 1914-1918 had saved France and the French Republic. However France had not recovered the natural borders of France on the Rhine, which had grievous military consequences, both in 1914 and 1940. Even worse: Anglo-American interference had lined up on the side of re-nascent German fascism after 1918, entangled with Wall Street and USA corporations. Hence the lack of enthusiasm of the French to die for the same racket.

Infernal Logic

March 7, 2014

Hitler was not just a man, he was a process. A degeneracy. That process started with cruelty, it ended with masochism (which justifies sadism). Masochism, indeed: why else did the Nazi dictator engage in a war he was sure to lose? All this I also see in Putin’s soul. Watch Putin spending 50 billions on the Sochi games, and then wasting all the good will in a week, repeating, in Russian, what Hitler said, in German?

Putin is also a degenerative process, but a slower one: the Russian dictator has been in power longer than Hitler, he has rigged more elections than Hitler. However, things are accelerating: in his other wars of aggression, Putin had been more careful in making the world believe he was defending something. His psychology has crossed some internal Rubicon: now that everyone knows that he is an invasive tyrant, he may as well be an efficient one.

Rightly Hanged For War Of Aggression

Rightly Hanged For War Of Aggression

Friends of Putin should remind him of the preceding.

During Putin’s attack on Georgia in 2008, the presence of American military personnel on the ground in Tbilisi, may have been the only thing that prevented the Kremlin to conquer all of Georgia; one of the handful of cases where G W Bush acted well.

In the latest news, a referendum in occupied Crimea has been announced, to be held within ten days. As Obama said, this is in another violation of international law.

Pacifists said: Herr Hitler is Chancellor, and President of Germany, he was elected and plebiscited, more than once. He has got a point about Czechoslovakia, there are Germans there. Tell the Czechs to calm down, in the interest of peace. Let the German government protect the Germans of the Sudeten, a part of Czechoslovakia, if it so wishes.

Pacifists say: President Putin was elected more than once. He has got a point about Crimea; he is protecting the Russians there. Tell the Ukrainians to calm down, in the interest of peace.

The German economy was sinking under Hitler’s intense re-militarization, violence to minorities, and exaction by plutocrats and cronies. That prompted Hitler to accuse various foreigners and minorities (first of all Jews) to be the cause of Germany’s troubles. After he persuaded his sullen electorate that he was the apostle of peace and minorities (really!), against the “plutocrats” (sic!), who he identified as the Jews, Hitler became wildly popular. That was very logical.

Hitler’s real logic was something else. But Hitler knew this: a logic can hide another, just as a train can hide another.

Putin’s official logic is similar. The Russian economy is sinking under Putin’s intense re-militarization, violence to minorities, and exaction by plutocrats and cronies. That prompts Putin to accuse various foreigners and minorities (first of all homosexuals) to be the cause of Russia’s troubles.

“Neo-Nazis” and “fascists” have replaced the Jews as the destroyers of peace.

To enter Putin’s infernal logic, one has just to accept this: “Neo-Nazis”, or “fascists” have taken power in Kiev (and thus, implicitly, that Putin’s state is not fascist, since Putin denounces fascism).  Now that he claims that he is fighting fascism and Neo-Nazism in Ukraine, while extending Mother Russia, Putin has seen his popularity shoot up to 64% in Russia. Russian commoners, smothered by propaganda, really believe that fascists and Neo-Nazis have taken power in Kiev.

In Nazi Germany, the worse things were going, including during the war, the more popular Hitler become (at least with the Volk; not so much with the marshals and generals of the army).

In truth democrats operating democracy have effected a 100% constitutional change of government in Kiev. The change was operated by constitutionally elected politicians, many of whom had high level responsibilities before (the Prime Minister, for example, was minister in previous governments).

It’s all very simple: Putin is in total violation of International Law on the gravest matter: War Of Aggression.

Von Ribbentrop, Hitler’s foreign minister, was a very rich wine merchant, turned seducer of British high society, thanks to his vast apartment in the center of London. That helped produce a Nazi-British Naval Treaty in 1935 that violated the Versailles Treaty, while making a French strike impossible.

France was not going to declare war to Britain for military collaboration with the Nazis; instead French diplomacy went to work, and transformed Britain into a determined ally by September 1939. The first action was to get rid of pro-Nazi politician in Britain, starting with the king (whose American mistress was a Nazi spy).

Ribbentrop did not realize that Britain was preparing herself to go to war as an ally of France. Instead, he reassured Hitler that this would never happen. When Hitler found out differently on September 3, 1939, he stayed silent forever, watching Berlin, his cronies respectfully waiting. Britain had followed France, and declared war. Then Hitler turned around savagely, and barked: “Now what?”

Von Ribbentrop, the foreign minister of Germany, was hanged for engineering a war of aggression, and only for that. Maybe Sergei Lavrov, the tall, tough Neo-Stalinian master mind of Russian foreign policy should be reminded of that in a timely manner. The hour is grave, just because Russia’s dictator had to jail his entire opposition, but that was not enough. Revolts kept on creeping up. So now Putin has cranked up the process of fascization of Russia.

Just as Hitler was criticizing “plutocrats” (he said), although being manipulated by them, Putin denounces “fascists”, although he is the most prominent of them.

Fascization is, of course, what Putin wants: he is the fascist in chief. Big lies are the way to insure conflicts, starting with a conflict with reality. That’s why Hitler advocated it.

Patrice Aymé

Note 1: Obama informed us that “as Christians, Michelle and me are celebrating Ash Wednesday”. Does he think he was elected Pope-in-chief? Some will say: “Oh, it’s just an innocuous lie, Obama believes Christians are idiots, he just does not want to be shot by them.” I understand the logic, however what we need now is a political process based on truth, not manipulative lies. That people have to cover their faces once a year to show the world they are ashamed of themselves is a mild psychopathy.

Note 2: Fascism is a fundamental instinct. It made us possible, by giving us offensive capability. However it’s the enemy of innovative thinking. So it has to be used for war, and only for war. It’s bad for the mind. And, without minds, we lose wars.

Note 3: Societies based on lies fail, but can kill many in the process. Japan lost 2.5 millions in World War Two (the main cause of death being malnutrition and disease in the army). However it killed around15 times that number of civilians of other countries. Interestingly, that seems little known in Japan. Similar truths escapes Russia, such as the alliance of German fascism and Russian fascism (from 1917 to June 1941), including the occupation of Eastern Europe by Russia in cooperation with Hitler in 1939-1941.

Putin’s Lies, War, Crimes

March 5, 2014

Ukrainians revolted against their enslavement to Putin. Yet Putin’s partisans howl that the West is full of perverse homosexual sinners memorizing Nazi writings. There are only so many insults the alpha male can take (see Daily Telegraph for astounding Putin).

The furious alpha chimp gave a conference about Ukraine (3/3/14). Just escaped from the zoo, he found words. Putin sat in an armchair, his legs spread wide, firmly planted, confidently exposing his balls, arms flapping, hands grabbing his chair, as if that, too, was going to be yanked away, alternately flaring his elbows out like a crab, slouching, sometimes squirming uncomfortably, as if something had crawled up his crotch. He flaunted flashes of brutality, sardonic wit, crazed anger and palpable disdain for Americans and Europeans. Those who have seen 1930s movies, starring Adolf, could only have a feeling of déjà vu.

Drunk Sailor: I tank, Therefore I Sink

Drunk Sailor: I tank, Therefore I Sink

Putin in 2014, is deeply enraged for the same exact reason as Hitler in 1938: dictatorial kleptocracy is not working, the smart ones are laughing. When a dictator is cornered like that, his solution is to augment the brutality A bad thing leads to a worse one. Until the criminal is stopped by force (that could be natural death, as for Stalin).

Putin asserts that his invasion of Crimea was not an invasion, it was legal. And then that it did not happen (spot the contradiction). Yet. But it will, if. Those armed men aren’t Russian soldiers (contrary to facts). Putin added that the 1994 military agreement with Ukraine was no longer in effect due to the change of power in Kiev (another unworldly assertion).

1)      Putin: Are those Russian soldiers occupying Crimea? No. There are lots of Russian uniforms in the former USSR, one can buy them in stores. These are local militia.

True answer: Putin lies 100%. There were at least 40,000 Russian soldiers in Crimea on March 3, 2014. Soldiers blocking Ukraine’s military bases did not wear any insignia. However, their trucks, and armor are matriculated in Russia (“Rus” can be clearly seen, incredibly). They are equipped with the very latest Kalashnikov (model AK 74), and latest generation Russian rocket launchers (“manpads”). Soldiers were interviewed and some revealed that they were Special Forces of the Russian Army and Russian Marines (801th brigade of Russian Marines).

2)      Putin: The legitimate president of Ukraine is in Russia. There was an “unconstitutional coup, an armed seizure of power in Kiev”.

Truth: Another Putin 100% lie. Yanukovitch the ex-Ukrainian president, has been CONSTITUTIONALLY deposed. A coup occurs when the Constitution of a country has been violated. This is NOT the case in the Ukrainian Republic. The Ukrainian Constitution provides the Ukrainian Parliament with the power to depose the President, just as in the USA (such a procedure is called impeachment; both Nixon and Clinton were threatened with it; Nixon had to resign to avoid its final stage, the first deposition of a president of the USA).

The Parliament (elected in 2010) also has the Constitutional power to nominate an interim president and government, until new elections (fixed to May 25). The Ukrainian Parliament observed that the ex-president, having fled the country, was not capable of exerting his functions, and thus deposed him. It also nominated another president and government. The votes were at an overwhelming majority. Many members of the ex-president’s party voted to depose him: 82% of the Ukrainian Parliament voted for the new Ukrainian government.

Thus those who are calling the government in Ukraine “Neo-Nazi” and “fascist” are insulting a 100% democratic government. It’s funny how many people swallow Putin’s outrageous lies, hook, line and sink.

The Russian soldiers who invaded Ukrainian territory have no right whatsoever to be there (the 1994 accord forbids Russian troops in Sevastopol to deploy outside of their base there). Putin claims that Russians were attacked, that’s another lie: there are international journalists all over Ukraine, no such incidents were observed.

“We are open for any observers to come to any part of Ukraine and to be absolutely sure that Ukraine now outside of the Crimea is absolutely safe,” Petro Poroshenko, a Ukrainian MP and former Foreign Minister told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“We have lots of the different nationalities including Jews in our government. And I think that [Putin] is simply not [an] understandable position.”

What’s so bad about goose stepping behind Putin? Putin defends the interests of what is, by far, the world’s largest country, built thanks to generous amounts of the Dark Side (which have become essential to Russian culture).

Russia built the largest empire ever: up to 22 million square kilometers (the British empire at any given moment, was actually smaller; Britain for example controlled most of India for less than 2 centuries; whereas Russia beat China/Manchuria in the Far East about three centuries ago).

Building that largest empire was possible thanks to an extremely exploitative, conquering, relentless, superbly nationalistic mentality. Reciprocally, the more the empire succeeded, the more it helped build up some more the mentality that launched it (organized around a secret, all mighty police, one of the incarnation of Putin led).

Result? A mentality obsessed by gaining territory, ready to collaborate with a fascist, imperialistic government, justifying its Dark Side with an emotional nationalistic-religious fervor that pervades Russia.

This exploitative mentality is not very different from the one that established the USA. However, the scale is different: the territory controlled by the Russians was more than twice that of the Americans, and the Russian population much smaller. Moreover, the Russians confronted very tough adversaries… such as the Tatars (South Ukraine, Crimea).

The Michel Stroggoff mentality that built the Czar’s realm, and pushed European civilization all the way to the Pacific, chewing up all Natives on the way, however admirable, is not compatible as a first approach to the sustainable civilization we need today.

In particular, the Russian Will to impose itself as the successor of Rome in the Oriental Mediterranean is on a collision course with reality. However, when Putin saw Obama call off the sanction strike against Assad he deduced that the Kremlin’s boot could kick civilization around. All the more as the French pilots who were already in their cockpits in their fully armed planes, were called back as if they were just attack dog toys for the child in the White House.

At any point the Russian dictator’s lies could degenerate in a hot war. It would not be like Hungary in 1956. Then only 40,000 people were killed by the Russian invasion. At the time, Eisenhower and the Dulles agreed with Khrushchev to beat back France, Britain and Israel (times change).

Nowadays, Russia is much weaker, and much more on the wrong side of history. Putin, like Roman emperor Justinian, has been trying to reconstitute the empire. Putin has not understood a thing about why Justinian failed (does he even know about him?) He does not care. But the situation is similar.

The Roman empire failed, basically because it had become an ever more dysfunctional plutocracy that took refuge in decerebration (by forcefully instituting a rabid plutocracy after Jovian became emperor in 363 CE). Only a few individuals at the head of the imperial machine took all the decisions, and that guaranteed the stupidity of the state.

Justinian could have tried to re-establish the Republic. That would have been smart. Instead he distracted his rebelling Populus with decades of war and oppression. More on Justinian another time.

Putin is trying to build an union of oppression to oppose the European Union. Putin’s empire is an attempt to reconstitute the USSR. Putin believes that the disappearance of the USSR was “the greatest tragedy of the Twentieth Century”.

The USSR was built around the exploitative, dictatorial mentality (read Lenin to verify this). The European Union, instead, is built around the concept of democracy (OK, a work in progress: the EC head is going to be elected by the European Parliament; ideally s/he ought to be elected by We The People directly).

Putin’s project will lead to war and degeneracy. Instead he should surrender to the spirit of the European Union, while he is still ahead, sort of.

And for the rest of us. Some may be tired of war, but war is not tired of them. To put one’s head in the sand does not even work for ostriches.

Independence means France has been CONTINUOUSLY at war. Since 400 CE. Not ONE year when French armed forces were not in action, somewhere.

Some of the Anglo-American persuasion may object. However they forget that the European settlers in America had easy war against Paleolithic, or, at best, Neolithic, natives. They also forget that Britain (conquered in 1066 by France and in 1688 by the Netherlands) and North America were islands. Islands are hard to conquer. (Hitler could have walked over, had there been a land bridge between Cotentin and England: the British army had .)

Until now.

Now those islands are only a few minutes away, by ballistic missile. Hence Britain and the USA are in exactly the geostrategic situation that France has lived in since Caesar’s conquest. Time to become French in mentality, ladies and gentlemen of Anglo-Saxonia! Welcome to the forever war.

Putin has to be stopped, by force. For our good, Russia’s good, and Putin’s, and his cronies’, own good.

Patrice Aymé

Note 1: Washington threatens to kick Russia out of the G8, but Berlin opposes that. Germany obtains almost 40% of its gas and oil from Russia.

Britain’s plot to ensure that any European Union action against Russia over Ukraine would exempt the City of London were embarrassingly exposed when a secret government document was photographed in Downing Street. The document said Britain should “not support, for now, trade sanctions … or close London’s financial centre to Russians”.

Long live plutocracy!

Note2: A young celebrity Russian TV personality on the air protested against Putin’s aggression in Russia, She said she wanted to make the point she was not going to be accomplice to this crime. This is exactly what Czar Putin is afraid of: that the revolt in Ukraine against him would extent to Russia itself, as I wish it will.

Note 3: First face to face meeting in Paris with all the important foreign ministers (USA, Russia, France, UK, Germany, etc.), March 5.

Note 4: Jules Verne’s Michel Strogoff accurately depicts Siberia… But for the fact that, in the 19th century, no “Tartar” Khan could resist the Russian (Chechen, yes; in medieval Russia, yes). Yet, that sort of paranoiac anachronism pretty much still afflicts Putin’s partisans, to this day.

WAR MAKES HISTORY

March 4, 2014

HERE WE GO AGAIN

The earlier unjustifiable, unprovoked fascism, greedy plutocracy, imperial overstretch, murderous paranoia and other aspects of the Dark Side get smashed, the better.

Such is the most basic lesson of the 1930s.

By 1936, fascist regimes in Italy, Japan and Germany had taken offensive actions against other countries, by invading them. What did Western “democracies” do? Nothing (for various reasons; the case of deeply anti-Nazi France, led by a Jew, Leon Blum, in 1936, was the opposite of that of the, de facto, Nazi collaborating UK and USA).

A doctrine of Russian foreign policy is that “Russian ethnicity and citizenship trump national sovereignty” That mean that, wherever there are Russians, Putin ought to invade. That was exactly the Nazi doctrine: wherever there were Germans, Nazis ought to rescue them, and invade. Conveniently, there were Germans all over Eastern Europe, all the way to the Volga.

Russian Plutocracy In Full, Version 1900 CE.

Russian Plutocracy In Full, Version 1900 CE.

I’m sure that, deep down inside, following the Czarist doctrine, Putin views the Poles as Russian.

Indeed, notice in the map above, that most of Poland is owned by Russia. The Russian empire also owned all of present day Ukraine, except for the extreme western piece that is part of Austro-Hungary, presently with one of the largest city in Ukraine, L’viv… Known as Leopolis in Latin, capital of ancient Galicia. A city with an outstanding intellectual tradition up to 1939, with its great mathematical school; some of those mathematicians, hunted by the Nazis and their Soviet allies (!) having fled to the USA, elaborated the (Teller-Ulam) H bomb design.

So here we exact identification: Putin can be identified as a classic dictator, the 1930s class. He invades countries, based on abominable theories of historical ownership. Not surprising for something molded as a KGB officer.

Starting around 1930, Stalin forcefully exerted genocide on Crimea’s inhabitants, the Tartars. Stalin even drove their language and their alphabet out. Finally he deported them all, out of their homeland.

Putin is reinforcing that genocide, with the lie that it never happened, or that, if it did, it was of no consequence, and certainly no consequence that can be reversed. (Yet Spain just repaired its unjust, total expulsion of Sephardic Jews in 1492 CE. More than 5 centuries ago. Jews were in Hispania before Christianism was invented.)

In the 1930s, the less they were resisted to, the more encouraged the fascists felt. They invaded more and more countries, in most of a decade, until France and Britain declared war.

Even then, the only way Hitler’s abominable regime kept on going is that many, in that regime, believed a critical mass of the leadership of the USA was on their side. (Hitler’s and Mussolini’s successes, in turn, encouraged the top Japanese military to engage in the worst exactions… even inside Japan. And soon, genocide. Japanese genocidal activities then fed-back to Hitler and Mussolini; it’s why it’s encouraging that China was not supportive of Putin March 3, 2014, at the UN: the PCR made a not so veiled critique of the Russian dictator’s invasion.)

Fortunately, this time, in 2014, France, Germany, Great Britain and, most importantly the USA, are on the same democratic frequency. Samantha Powers, the USA’s UN ambassador, gave a perfect discourse at the United Nations.

But for one point. The most important point.

The announcement of crippling sanctions. That’s not helped with Obama declaring that he does not want a “cold war”.  The “cold” war is past. We have a hot war. Overnight.

The expression “Cold War,” was derived from a phrase used in Europe during the late 1930s to characterize the war of nerves between Hitler and the French Republic, which was described as “la guerre blanche or la guerre froide.” Confronting Hitler was delayed all too long, because France could not attack as long as the Anglo-Saxons were, de facto, allied to Hitler.

Hard core pacifists, Nazis, pro-Nazis and Pat Buchanan said: “Oh, that was a mistake, we should have made peace with Hitler, it was all the fault of the French.” Auschwitz ‘s ashes are on their shoes, for all to see.

Hard core pacifism is a form of cretinism, in the world we presently have. It overlooks the fact that, thanks to the enormous power of technology, the evil of one man can be multiplied nearly infinitely.  That’s how Stalin, Hitler and the emperor of Japan, could kill so many. Although they were just three guys.

The social structures of this world are still tribal: France and the USA have great chiefs whom I had the extraordinary opportunity to approach. The level of security is properly astounding. Layers upon layers, many in plain clothes. Officers with nuclear weapons’ codes is in plain view. However the question comes to the fore: with so much power in just one man, what if he goes nuts?

Putin is nuts. And he commands the world’s largest thermonuclear bomb stockpile.

Angela Merkel speaks perfect Russian, and had, over the years, deeply disturbing encounters with Putin, that revealed him to be “in another world”, as she reported. Even more disturbing, what Angela reported was never denied by the Kremlin. Putin’s insanity is the new normal there.

Putin is nuts.

People will say: ”So what? Just one man, don’t listen to him. Just wait for the next guy.”

However people saying this would not understand how leadership, in other words, autocracy, works. I agree that the Leadership Principle ought to be discontinued in politics. However, right now it reigns. So Putin is Russia.

And Putin is nuts.

When one guy like that leads a country, and he is nuts, he makes the country he leads nuts, too.

This is what happened with the fascist regimes of the 1930s. Nuttier and nuttier every year. After ten years, the insanity had become mass murdering, and the leaders of Germany and Japan deliberately killed dozens of millions. Each. (Italy’s Mussolini lost the war too fast to kill many millions.)

Here is Putin, sitting in the Kremlin, having rigged all sorts of things, from elections to exploding apartment buildings (OK, there are no proofs, but that’s precisely the proof). He is leading the world’s largest country into the ground, thanks to the plutocracy he leads. Russia is indeed 70% larger than the already gigantic USA. 17 million square kilometers (Canada, the USA and China follow with around 10 million sq km). Russia has enormous resources. So why is Putin obsessed by recovering territories the Tsars used to rule?

The Tsars ruled much of Poland, and all the way to Alaska and beyond, establishing forts all the way to Northern California. They ruled not just Ukraine, but Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, parts of China.

Putin has, clearly the agenda of recovering all that empire (but for Alaska, “Seward’s folly”, legally sold to the USA). It’s a secret agenda inside his head, a temptation, a way to make his rule indefinite. Should the West not threaten the use of overwhelming force, he will be encouraged, and will proceed further.

What Was Given To Stalin At Yalta, Putin Wants Back

What Was Given To Stalin At Yalta, Putin Wants Back

“Overwhelming force”? What’s that? First shut down all the relations with Russia that can be closed right away. If that’s not enough, keep on closing what’s next. Close the whole thing, even the Space Station. When the enemy invades, it’s too late to prepare peace.

On his website, Putin just declared his intent to invade Eastern Ukraine, not just Crimea. Talk about talking too much. We cannot say we have not been forewarned. (Let’s hope the NSA, CIA and other dark horses of the apocalypse, are finally put to good use…)

Die for Ukraine? Not exactly. But Putin will not stop. Not on his own. He has crossed a psychological Rubicon. He will not stop at Ukraine. Putin has to be shown clearly, now, that, should he proceed in his pattern of invading other countries, his regime will not survive.

A new cold war? Well, Putin rigged the last elections. In a way that makes him less legitimate than the USSR.

Indeed, Stalin’s successors had the excuse that they found a very bad system that they tried to improve: they made things better. This time is different: Putin has been making things worse. And now he wants to make them way worse, because he is a weak and desperate leader. For all his badness, even Stalin was more cautious.

Do not underestimate weakness and desperation as strong motivators: Hitler’s acts, after 1937, were all about jumping from weakness to desperation (that’s why he attacked the Jews, Czechs, Austrians, Poles, Norway, France, and finally, his ally Stalin. That’s not my own fancy psychobabble theory, we have explicit statements and discourses from the Nazi dictator to that bear witness).

By the way, “violation of international law” (Obama) by war of aggression (an invasion qualifies) is a war crime. Putin does not have a semblance of a UN mandate to invade Ukraine (as Bush had in Iraq, sort of). Vladimir Putin and his cronies should be formally informed, right away, that they expose themselves to prosecution for war crimes.

Total economic war now is better than war later. (After all, Switzerland got struck by sanctions from the EU the day after the Swiss people voted against free circulation of people in Europe, two weeks ago.)

A UN Security Council proposition ought to be presented right away  to send UN observers in Ukraine. Russia would veto it, but get even more isolated than he is now. (The OSCE, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, presided by the Swiss president at this point, is sending observers to Ukraine, March 4, 2014, but that’s not enough.)

Putin has seen all nice signs and kind discretion from the West to him as weakness. Say when Obama agreed not to install an anti-ballistic missile system in Europe: weakness. Similarly for the lack of reaction to the invasion (and persistent occupation) of part of Georgia by Putin, under Bush: weakness.

The final encouragement to Putin was Obama’s reculade in Syria. French pilots were actually inside their fully armed jets when Obama announced he has had a cold sweat, and would not send his missiles against the satanic Assad with the only language mass murdering dictators understand, high explosives. At that point, Putin understood in turn what Hitler understood early on: as long as he used force, forcefully, nobody would stop him.

This is 1936, all over again. History is repeating itself. But, for one drastic difference.

In 1936 the West was just 3 countries: France, the UK, the USA. Only France wanted to destroy Hitler, the other two wanted to collaborate with him some more.

In September 1939, France and Poland found themselves fighting Hitler  alone, plus Stalin, and most plutocrats of the USA and their tentacular corporations. The war did not go well until the USA got involved, 40 months later.

This time, the West is most of the planet, and, in particular, the USA and the EU, are fully united (and Japan is an ally). Hence Putin can, and should be, struck as vigorously as possible, in all ways. Spare him not.  Now that Putin has engaged in an act of war, albeit a small one (as of March 3, 2014; March 4th could be very different). Thus, the more force is used now, the more powerfully, the less will have to be used in this war, overall. Because it’s war. Please wake up.

We did not chose to have war in Ukraine. Putin, an apex plutocrat, did.

We did not choose to have war in Ukraine. But we can choose to lose it. If we do, we are choosing to fight the continuation of the war on less strategically favorable terms.

When tiny Athens (with only around 80,000 citizens) confronted the remarkable Achaemenid empire (“Persia”), it confronted an ultra-modern state with no less than 45% of the world’s population. Resisting Persia was sheer insanity. All proportion kept, it was if Luxembourg declared war to China.

Persia got obsessive about Athens, because Athens, tiny Athens, launched a mood that could not be forgiven, once the Spartans threw down a well the Persian emissaries (after being insulted in Athens, they made the mistake of asking Sparta for earth and water, to symbolize Sparta’s subjugation).

The Athenian army confronted the Persians at Marathon. The reason? Athens enjoyed direct democracy, whereas the empire founded by Cyrus the Great was an extremely wealthy fascist plutocracy. Athens won, and here we are, heir of the same principles. Those principles made the genius of our genus.

We are a deeply equalitarian species. Out of equality rises our superior cultural performance. Plutocracy, the rule of the Dark Side, denies giving, love, and the equality which make us possible. Thus plutocracy is a denial of our species. Only an anger great enough to destroy it, will save us, and the biosphere. And there is hope: greed is neither as natural, nor as strong as anger.

It’s time to get angry against dictator Putin. Angry now is better than very sorry tomorrow.

War makes history. Of this we must think, if we want to make history better.

Patrice Aymé

Notes: I already called on expulsing Russia from the G8 (that means no meeting in Sochi). Replace him by Brazil, India, whatever. Prepare to cut off the flow of Russian gas (Oh, the pseudo-ecologists don’t like it, and Germany whines, because it’s cold out there? So why did not they push for safe nuclear power then? Meanwhile, I’m sure Obama will be happy to sell Germany coal). The G8 meeting (sans Putin) should he held in Warsaw.

Putin being crazy, that would be a bit dangerous; but the time to take risks has come. A solution is to hold the G8 in Gdansk (Danzig). When Gdansk got attacked on September 1, 1939, France and Britain sent Hitler an ultimatum. But the USA kept collaborating with Hitler. Not so this time. An unmistakable message.

US Navy cruisers off shore, equipped with anti-ballistic missiles, could provide protection.

Oh, another thing: the plutocrats around Putin have huge assets in the West. Freeze them. Including private estates on the French Cote d’Azur, and London. There are hundreds of billions of dollars of them in the EU alone. The freezing of the vast assets of Putin’s plutocrats will be humiliating, and revealing, for the whole world to see.

Meanwhile expedite a war crime inquiry in the International Court in La Hague, for “wars of aggression, and mass murder” in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria, Ukraine.

Russia: Va De Retro, Satanas

February 22, 2014

The revolution in Ukraine is anti-imperialist, anti-Yalta, and anti-plutocratic. It’s also anti-Czarist.

Some people will notice that the revolution is also anti-Leninist. Watch people pulling down the giant statues of Lenin. I bet Lenin, Stalin, and Putin spin in the graves they belong to.

But I am repeating myself. In my semantics, followers of the Dark Side follow Satan, that is, Pluto, or, as He was called before in Homer’s times, Hades. Even earlier Ahura Mazda, Babylonian god of wisdom, fought against Angra Mainyu (Ahrimen), chief creator of evil.

(Yes, the Old Norse angra “to grieve, vex, distress”, the root of “anger”, and the Latin “angere” are probably related, I would dare to say! Common Indo-European root.)

Ukraine 2014. Lenin Assassinated Justice, Let Him Bite The Dust.

Ukraine 2014. Lenin Assassinated Justice, Let Him Bite The Dust.

Lenin was a pseudo-philosopher, and real life tyrant who advocated dictatorship (of the proletariat, whatever that is). That notion definitively belonged to the Dark Side. Human beings are not made to be dictated to.

Oh, Lenin and his high command were transported in a special train from Switzerland to Russia through fascist Germany in 1917. The plutocrats in Berlin were Lenin’s intrinsic allies. Lenin was very generous to his Berlin co-conspirators, once he controlled Russia. That military alliance was pursued by Stalin later, throughout the 1920s and 1930s, culminating in the division of Poland with Hitler, and the alliance against the French Republic (and Britain). France was invaded, thanks to Caucasus oil, and other resources provided by Stalin.

Here are a few quotes from Vladimir Lenin (although they sound as quotes from Vladimir Putin, they are Lenin’s!):

“There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel… It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed… When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must always go forward – or go back. He who now talks about the ‘freedom of the press’ goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.”

Lenin launched a fascist state, complete with concentration camps. The Tsar entire family was assassinated in a non-judicial proceeding (something that did not happen during the French Revolution, 125 years earlier). There is no justice that allows the assassination of non-adult children.

However, as he laid dying from terminal syphilis, Lenin discovered, to his horror, that Stalin an ex-seminarist who turned to professional bandit, was taking over the state. The wretch Lenin could stop the “Man-Of-Steel” (= Stalin). Stalin, helped by American plutocrats, succeeded to out-maneuver the more brainy Trotsky (who was the chief of the Red Army). Trotsky took refuge in Mexico; Stalin had an agent shove a pick through his skull.

At Yalta, a moribund plutocrat, Roosevelt, gave half of Europe to the mass murderer fellow follower of Satan, the ursine Stalin. To insure the rule of Washington and Moscow supremacists for centuries to come. Well times are changing fast.

Putin arrested a dozen more people for “dissent” inside Russia today alone. He rigged the last presidential elections, he (probably) bombed buildings in Russia to launch his war in Chechnya.

I proudly did not watch a minute of the Sochi games, although I love the Caucasus… Or is it precisely because I love the Caucasus? Some will say that it does not matter. Their co-spiritualists used to say the same in 1936, when Adolf Hitler organized the Olympic Games in Berlin.

Russia is already by far the largest country on Earth. Is not that big enough, already? Apparently not.

In recent years, Moscow more or less annexed three provinces of Georgia, one just a few kilometers from Sochi. Georgia is a tiny country, south of the Caucasus. Yet, Georgia is also a nation and a civilization older than Russia. Georgia rebounded better from momentary conquest by the Mongols than Russia did.

This leads to an interesting question: what needs to be dismantled in the Russian frame of mind that allows the likes of Putin to rule? Looking at Russian history, one can understand what happened: in the greater scheme of Russian history brutality worked and seemed to have been the only thing that could work (similarly to the case of the USA… Hence the Yalta accord was a natural!).

Russians got whole way down to California, because they were, in part, ruthless. But ruthlessness, by itself is not enough to make a well balanced civilization.

A world battle against the plutocratic principle is engaged. Ejecting egregious plutocrat Putin from the G8 would be a good start.

Patrice Aymé

Reverse Yalta, Free Ukraine

February 21, 2014

What’s the proximal genesis of the system of thought that made Ukraine a subject of Moscow? Yalta. The present events in Ukraine are echoes of a momentous, and horrendous, event, Washington’s division of the world with Stalin, in 1945.

Ukraine is a vivid demonstration that plutocracy is not just about stealing from the People. It never was. Plutocracy, in full, is a mass murdering frame of mind. Or should I say, greed of mind? In Ukraine the (“democratically” elected) plutocrats in power unleashed special forces to fire war weapons such as sniper rifles and Kalashnikovs into demonstrators. We The People had to submit, or fire back with hunting rifles. Casualties are in the hundreds.

The exploitative mentality starts with lauding greed, it ends up with extermination. It does not just exterminate nations, it can displace them. This is Roosevelt’s work:

Poland & Ukraine: Displaced West By Dying Roosevelt & Mass Murderer Stalin

Poland & Ukraine: Displaced West By Dying Roosevelt & Mass Murderer Stalin

With the help of (satanic?) Anglo-Saxon leaders, Stalin did to Eastern Europe what Jefferson and Jackson did to the Indians. Mass deportation to cause extermination. Or, at least the tearing off roots. No wonder the president of the USA collaborated.

All right. Everybody knows that Stalin started his career as a Christian fanatic, before turning to robbing banks. However, FDR and Churchill are often viewed as saints. Yet, the map above is their work. Large parts of Poland and Austro-Hungary became part of Stalin’s dominion. Lviv, second city of Ukraine, population 2 million, liberated a few days ago, was long part of Poland and, or the (Holly German) Roman empire. It was thrown to Stalin, like a piece of meat to a bear.

The tearing into pieces of Europe was agreed to in what Churchill called the “Naughty Document”. It’s also known by the euphemism of “Percentage Agreement”. Here is the proof of the plot between American, English, and Soviet plutocrats:

Dividing Europe As If It Were A Pie

Dividing Europe As If It Were A Pie

Ukraine is a nation of 46 million. Ukraine is older than Russia. It has its own language, Ukrainian. Ukraine founded Russia, but was abused by its creation. Yalta is a place in Crimea where a conspiracy between a moribund plutocrat, an exhausted statesman, and a mass murdering, ursine gangster sealed the fate of the world for the next 69 years.

The usage of the word “plutocrat” is fully justified in Ukraine. Killing people is the plutocrats’ highest calling. The leaders of Ukraine are not just satanic, although that would justify calling them plutocrats. They are also filthy rich… the  28 nations of the European Union have frozen their assets, blocked their visas (that followed sanctions against Switzerland for discriminating against EU’s Croatia). The EU explicitly accused Ukrainian leaders to be drenched in blood.

The foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland were sent to Kiev to negotiate with the Ukrainian dictator/president on behalf of the EU. Shots could be heard as the foreign ministers went here and there.

Eastern Ukraine was long part of the Russian empire, where Ukrainian was outlawed, so that only Moscow’s language would rule. Western and Central Ukraine speaks Ukrainian. It was long more or less part of Poland. Ukrainian is closer to Polish (70% in common) than to Russian (62%).

Systems of thoughts and moods are highly persistent, they have a life of their own.

Russia’s childhood was tortured in the fire and monstrosity of the Mongol conquest and tyrannical three centuries long occupation. However, yesterday’s traumas can’t live on in tomorrow’s world.

YALTA’ LONG LASTING PAIN:

Yalta was a conference in Crimea organized by Stalin in February 1945. The “Soviet” dictator had refused to travel outside of the USSR for organizing the post- World War Two world. Three men, none of them a continental Western European, divided Western Europe, as if it were a prey. Which it was.

Unbelievably, the dying Roosevelt travelled all the way to Yalta, so that he could surrender half of Europe to Stalin. Including, of course, Poland, Ukraine, and the Baltic republics. That horrendous betrayal was rendered possible by excluding France’s combative general and president Charles De Gaulle from the conference.

The war against Nazism started in 1939 when Poland, backed up by France, refused to surrender its territory to Hitler. Hitler was backed up by Stalin, American plutocrats (and, to its shame, until excuses are finally proffered, Washington).

For the perverse, it made sense that neither Poland nor France were invited at Yalta. After all, it was French and Polish resistance to Nazism had caused World War Two. At least, so the subconscious of Stalin, part of British higher society, American racists, and Washington had it. The French and the Poles had spoiled a good thing.

De Gaulle was both a politician, a minister of war and a combat general during desperate 1940. His niece, who resisted Nazism, was sent to the Ravensbrück extermination camp. De Gaulle would not have surrendered to Stalin; at the time France had an expert one million man army that had played a crucial “Spitze”, point, role on the Western front in 1944. One of the main ideas of De Gaulle as president of France in 1958-1969 was that “Yalta” was one of the main trauma of the world. (Although I have solid personal reasons to hate De Gaulle,  I recognize that he was very right on some points, including that one.)

Yalta displaced entire countries to the west, to make more room for the Kremlin’s subjects. Poland was displaced to extinguish German provinces such as Pomerania and Silesia. But then, so that Poland could not become a problem, it was amputated of much of its territory. The eastern half of Poland was made “Ukrainian”. (Right now the largest city there, in ex-Poland, has been “freed”, after arresting the government police.)

What is the meaning of all this?

Simple. Yalta, by cutting the world in two, established the American Century and the, even shorter, Soviet Century. Now the USA and the USSR Russia are back to their old trick, fossil combustibles. The USSR (aka Russia) blackmails Europe with its energy supply. Yet Czar Vladimir I is terrified by other people’s minds, and thus cracks down on the highest added value, brain work. Hence Vladimir’s petrostate becomes ever more so every year.

Meanwhile the USA is busy making a fortune from the building greenhouse (by methane leaking fracking, and selling the coal to German anti-nuclear fanatics). The USA has a much more diversified economy, and more than twice the population. The USA also enjoy a much more sophisticated oligarchic propaganda. The USA does not crack down on computer usage, which is central to the 21C economy. Instead it has made it an integral part of the surveillance state.

What’s the progressive thing to do? Obviously support the anti-plutocratic revolution in Ukraine. The same day that more than 60 people were killed by gunfire in Ukraine, Libyans were voting for a Constituent Assembly (the USA took 13 years between Independence in 1776 and a Constitutional Assembly in 1789).

The story of Ukraine is about correcting some wrongs that developed in the last millennium. In Libya it’s more like correcting wrongs that developed in the last two millennia (thanks to horrors visited mostly by rabid Christianity and its Islamist poodle; earlier Libya had given the Severian dynasty to Rome, so non Christianized Romans were not too nasty to Libya ).

I have my eye on Venezuela too, where a famous beauty queen taking part in an anti-government demonstration was shot to death this week. Venezuela is another petrostate (with colossal reserves).

The anti-plutocratic revolution has to spread around the planet until we change from a short-termist, murderously exploitative model to a gentler, more sustainable, more democratic, and that means more intelligent, model.

If Ukraine becomes as good as, say, the present France or the USA, the latter two will be encouraged to morph into the more advanced forms we need. This is what happened in Switzerland, where direct democracy has blossomed out only in the last two decades, and brought enormous riches (spiritual and economic).

Patrice Aymé


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