Sukhoi Su24M front-line bombers fly in formation
in the skies of Moscow on Victory Day May 9, 2019
What follows is the text of an email that was originally sent in 2011 and then sent again, slightly updated, in 2013.
It’s important because the correspondent predicted the Iraq invasion years before it occurred. In other words he’s gifted with an uncanny foresight. He sent me the following reminder a few days ago and it is vitally important as it throws new light on Russia and its relations with Israel.Read More
Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson The Barnes Review via Truthseeker
VLADIMIR PUTIN . . . A GENUINE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN
LD (by way of introduction) : Putin roundly condemns the atheistical Communism and Cultural Marxism associated with the Stalinist era. Any attempt to portray Putin as an heir or successor to Stalin — the virulent atheist, persecutor of Christians, and mass murderer of millions of Christian peasants — is pure poppycock and propaganda promoted by the Stalin cultists.Read More
LD: The Saker here explains in detail (in over 2000 words) what can be summarized in fewer words. The United States and its Nato allies are so convinced of their military superiority that they are now, like hubristic playground bullies, openly beating the war drums against both Russia and China in the belief that both these countries simply cannot afford to fight back and will have to keep on retreating and capitulating and losing ground. The US and its Allies, however, are tragically wrong about this and will pay the price of their hubris. Because you can push your victims to the wall only so far before they decide that enough is enough.
“Any aggressor should know that retribution will be inevitable and he will be destroyed. And since we will be the victims of his aggression, we will be going to heaven as martyrs. They will simply croak and won’t even have time to repent.”
So Putin has now made it clear that if the US decides to provoke Russia any further, Russia will make sure that every single American is wiped off the face of the earth in swiftest retaliation. Perhaps even a preemptive strike is being planned, making sure that Russia gets in the first blow. In short, America needs to back off right now, or it will get more than a bloody nose — it will get total annihilation. [LD]
“In Syria, Putin and Netanyahu Were on the Same Side All Along. Putin is ready to ditch Iran to keep Israel happy and save Assad’s victory.”
Big buddies . . . shaking hands over a good deal?
By ANSHEL PFEFFER,
May 31, 2018. As Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman meets his Russian counterpart Thursday in Moscow to discuss the arrangements for keeping Iran and its proxies away from Israel’s border with Syria, they will be merely formalizing an understanding between the two countries that has long been in the making.
It should have been clear from the beginning of the Russian involvement in Syria nearly three years ago that, when forced to choose between Israel and Iran, Vladimir Putin would come out on Israel’s side.Read More
March 31, 2017. “If we were to use traditional measures for understanding leaders, which involve the defense of borders and national flourishing, Putin would count as the preeminent statesman of our time. “On the world stage, who could vie with him?” — So asks Chris Caldwell of the Weekly Standard in a remarkable essay in Hillsdale College’s March issue of its magazine, Imprimis.
What elevates Putin above all other 21st-century leaders?
“When Putin took power in the winter of 1999-2000, his country was defenseless. It was bankrupt. It was being carved up by its new kleptocratic elites, in collusion with its old imperial rivals, the Americans. Putin changed that.
“In the first decade of this century, he did what Kemal Ataturk had done in Turkey in the 1920s. Out of a crumbling empire, he resurrected a national-state, and gave it coherence and purpose. He disciplined his country’s plutocrats. He restored its military strength. And he refused, with ever blunter rhetoric, to accept for Russia a subservient role in an American-run world system drawn up by foreign politicians and business leaders. His voters credit him with having saved his country.”
Putin’s approval rating, after 17 years in power, exceeds that of any rival Western leader. But while his impressive strides toward making Russia great again explain why he is revered at home and in the Russian diaspora, what explains Putin’s appeal in the West, despite a press that is every bit as savage as President Trump’s?
Answer: Putin stands against the Western progressive vision of what mankind’s future ought to be. Years ago, he aligned himself with traditionalists, nationalists and populists of the West, and against what they had come to despise in their own decadent civilization.
What they abhorred, Putin abhorred. He is a God-and-country Russian patriot. He rejects the New World Order established at the Cold War’s end by the United States. Putin puts Russia first.
And in defying the Americans he speaks for those millions of Europeans who wish to restore their national identities and recapture their lost sovereignty from the supranational European Union. Putin also stands against the progressive moral relativism of a Western elite that has cut its Christian roots to embrace secularism and hedonism.
The U.S. establishment loathes Putin because, they say, he is an aggressor, a tyrant, a “killer.” He invaded and occupies Ukraine. His old KGB comrades assassinate journalists, defectors and dissidents.
Yet while politics under both czars and commissars has often been a blood sport in Russia, what has Putin done to his domestic enemies to rival what our Arab ally Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has done to the Muslim Brotherhood he overthrew in a military coup in Egypt?
What has Putin done to rival what our NATO ally President Erdogan has done in Turkey, jailing 40,000 people since last July’s coup — or our Philippine ally Rodrigo Duterte, who has presided over the extrajudicial killing of thousands of drug dealers?
Does anyone think President Xi Jinping would have handled mass demonstrations against his regime in Tiananmen Square more gingerly than did President Putin this last week in Moscow?
Much of the hostility toward Putin stems from the fact that he not only defies the West, when standing up for Russia’s interests, he often succeeds in his defiance and goes unpunished and unrepentant.
He not only remains popular in his own country, but has admirers in nations whose political establishments are implacably hostile to him.
In December, one poll found 37 percent of all Republicans had a favorable view of the Russian leader, but only 17 percent were positive on President Barack Obama.
There is another reason Putin is viewed favorably. Millions of ethnonationalists who wish to see their nations secede from the EU see him as an ally. While Putin has openly welcomed many of these movements, America’s elite do not take even a neutral stance.
Putin has read the new century better than his rivals. While the 20th century saw the world divided between a Communist East and a free and democratic West, new and different struggles define the 21st.
The new dividing lines are between social conservatism and self-indulgent secularism, between tribalism and transnationalism, between the nation-state and the New World Order.
On the new dividing lines, Putin is on the side of the insurgents. Those who envision de Gaulle’s Europe of Nations replacing the vision of One Europe, toward which the EU is heading, see Putin as an ally.
So the old question arises: Who owns the future?
In the new struggles of the new century, it is not impossible that Russia — as was America in the Cold War — may be on the winning side. Secessionist parties across Europe already look to Moscow rather than across the Atlantic.
“Putin has become a symbol of national sovereignty in its battle with globalism,” writes Caldwell. “That turns out to be the big battle of our times. As our last election shows, that’s true even here.”
“Syria is the summation of all the errors
of a dysfunctional empire collapsing upon itself.”
The attack on Deir Ezzor was a flagrant act of betrayal. For the first time in the five year-long war, US warplanes targeted an SAA military outpost killing 62 Syrian regulars. The surprise attacks — which lasted for the better part of an hour and were followed by a coordinated ground assault by members of ISIS – were intended to torpedo the fragile ceasefire agreement and send a message to Moscow that the US was prepared to achieve its strategic objectives in Syria whether it had to launch direct attacks on defenders of the regime or not.Read More
The resurgence of Christianity in Russia is abhorrent to the Usual Suspects who need the soul-destroying atheism and nihilism of Communism in order to create a culture of despair. This video will leave you in no doubt about one thing: that Putin is a devout Christian who is aware of the message of Our Lady of Fatima, which is that the Russian people need to return en masse to their Christian roots, as indeed Western man needs to do also, in order to resist enslavement and spiritual death at the hands of the Hidden Slitherers. [LD] Read More
Based on two online comments by our German correspondent ‘Peter’
There is no leader in the world who directly confronts or accuses Jews for the bad things they do. Appearing friendly toward Jews is the policy of virtually every world leader nowadays, certainly every European or western leader. And this is because Jews are without doubt the most powerful group in the world today. Read More
The way things are supposed to work on this planet is like this: in the United States, the power structures (public and private) decide what they want the rest of the world to do. They communicate their wishes through official and unofficial channels, expecting automatic cooperation. Read More
One lesson from military history is that once mobilization for war begins, it takes on a momentum of its own and is uncontrollable. This might be what is occurring unrecognized before our eyes.Read More