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By islander
February 24, 2022 5:22 am
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Russia invaded a democratic neighboring country---

"Today, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky made a passionate plea to the people of Russia to avoid war. He gave the speech in Russian, his own primary language, and, reminding Russians of their shared border and history, told them to “listen to the voice of reason”: Ukrainians want peace.

“You've been told I'm going to bomb Donbass,” he said. “Bomb what? The Donetsk stadium where the locals and I cheered for our team at Euro 2012? The bar where we drank when they lost? Luhansk, where my best friend's mom lives?” Zelensky tried to make the human cost of this conflict clear. Observers lauded the speech and contrasted its statesmanship with Putin’s recent ramblings.

And yet, it will stand only as a marker. Tonight in America, but early Thursday in Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin launched a “special military operation,” claiming, quite transparently falsely, that he needed to defend the people in the “new republics” within Ukraine that he recognized Monday from “persecution and genocide by the Kyiv regime.” He called for “demilitarization” of Ukraine, demanding that soldiers lay down their weapons and saying that any bloodshed would be on their hands.

He also promised to provide for the ”denazification” of Ukraine, a harking back to the period after World War II when Nazis and those who had worked with them were purged from society. Putin has repeatedly referred to Ukrainian leaders as Nazis, a charge Zelensky, who is of Jewish heritage, has pleaded with Russians to reject, citing Ukraine’s losses in World War II and his own grandfather’s service in that war. Putin’s chilling word here suggests that he intends to purge from Ukraine all those who worked with the Zelensky government.

Putin warned: “Anyone who tries to interfere with us, or even more so, to create threats for our country and our people, must know that Russia’s response will be immediate and will lead you to such consequences as you have never before experienced in your history.” This sweeping and vague threat seems to encompass everything from massive cyber attacks to nuclear war, but at this point it seems mostly to be an effort to deter resistance. Russia’s economy is already taking hits from Putin’s decision to recognize the breakaway governments, and it likely cannot withstand a long war. Putin needs a quick win."

* excerpt from H.C.R. "Letters from an American"

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  1. by HatetheSwamp on February 24, 2022 5:34 am

    And, our diplomacy and the actions of our military are in the hand of a weak, inept, doddering old fool.

    What stuns me most in all of this is not what Putin is doing. It's people on your side are surprised.

  2. by islander on February 24, 2022 6:49 am

    Well folks Hate has convinced himself that we are ‘surprised’, or at least this is what “ he says he believes”

    As we ourselves know, none of us are surprised. Not a single one of us. We were cautiously hopeful and we are all saddened that our hopes were in vain, but this absolutely did not catch any of us by surprise.

    This is what we have been warning you (Hate) and your deluded Trump followers and enablers about. This is exactly the kind of thing we knew was likely to happen and will continue to happen if large enough portion of the citizens in our country could be brainwashed and manipulated by an authoritarian and a wanna be authoritarian to denigrate democracy and embrace and praise the authoritarian mindset of the dictatorial criminals of the world like Trump and Putin.

    The former Republican party is now the “Trump Party” “The party today is under the influence of Trump, who heaped admiration on Putin for invading another country with a democratically elected leader.

    "I went in yesterday and there was a television screen, and I said, 'This is genius.' Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine, of Ukraine, Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that's wonderful," Trump said

    And naturally, like all addicts and criminals, when confronted, they will try to blame this on someone else...It’s never their fault...Let the excuses begin. 

  3. by HatetheSwamp on February 24, 2022 7:13 am


    I was responding to the tone of Heather's blog that you entered.

    I'm sure that you were politically alert during the time antiwar protests of the 60s.

    Re: This is exactly the kind of thing we knew was likely to happen and will continue to happen if large enough portion of the citizens in our country...


    This is also one thing I saw coming. It's the Blue MAGAs who have become the flag wavers, decrying the evil of those unpatriotic freethinkers who are weakening the country because they don't support our President.

    Take a look at yourself. Joe Biden is a doddering old fool. He doesn't deserve unqualified, blind support.

    You should never have voted for him. You should have not done the wink and nod dance at election shenanigans.

    Open your eyes. Think for yourself. Think, man!

  4. by islander on February 24, 2022 12:07 pm

    Quote:"Joe Biden is a doddering old fool"

    "This is what a disloyal opposition looks like--cheap shots at an American president in a moment of crisis with no substantive suggestions for improving our policy." - Bill Kristol, conservative

    Well folks, I guess it's not too hard to figure out who Bill Kristol was talking about !!!

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