Every now and then at this blog we’ll consult the Crystal Ball for some forward guidance. This is one of those times, and when we do consult the forthcoming orb, it’s persuasive and instructive but maybe not always foolproof. However, before we proceed to the latest Crystal Ball prognostication, a set-up for this post is in order.
This blog post is prompted by the author and sole-proprietor (or at least we believe he’s the sole proprietor) of Moon of Alabama blog, b which apparently is shorthand for Bernhard (German sausage fingers prefer to type as little as possible).
Bernhard (or b if you prefer — it is also rumored Bernie is a Justin Bieber fan so the b could be in commemoration of his idle) has made it emphatically clear in this post that he believes, unequivocally and beyond the shadow of a doubt, that Russia has not invaded Ukraine and goes a step further and claims the Ukraine government in Kiev is lying about a Russian invasion and so too are the Western media organizations that have picked up and disseminated this story. Bernie says the following per his link:
Zero proof – indeed. I have absolutely no doubt that Russian volunteers are fighting on the insurgency side. I have no doubt that some ammunition is coming from Russia. But judging from pictures of equipment and ammunition the insurgents use nearly all of it seems to be the same Soviet era stuff the Ukrainian army is using. I have yet to see and big updated Russian equipment in their hands. The big Russian invasion the Ukrainian government claims is very unlikely to have happened.
I’ll give Bernie credit in that his wording is quite clever as is noted by the bolded part of that quote. If you read his entire blog post, he’s emphatic that a Russian invasion is bollocks, but he covers himself with plausible deniability with that ever-so-subtle bolded part. But it’s not a cover, Bernie, so don’t be a coward. Say you don’t believe it. Say emphatically without reservation or caveat that there is no Russian invasion. But Bernie won’t do that because when he’s called on it later, he’ll go back and say “I said ‘very unlikely’.” Sorry Bernie. No. You were, you are, you have been carrying water for your hero Putin and Putin says there is no invasion and your post is a defense of that lie.
Why is it a lie? Because per your quote, you even admit the extent of Russian involvement and your only quibble is what constitutes an invasion. I think we need to jettison Clausewitz and replace him with Holefield so we can come up with some new principles and philosophies to explain modern warfare. Modern-day invasions are not what they used to be. What Bernie has described is a de facto invasion and Bernie has proven it yet won’t accept it. Of course, Bernie can always pull a Bill Clinton and argue that it depends on what the definition of IS (haha — Men In Black) is. And that’s precisely what the likes of Bernie have done, do and will do again and again. Why? Because they’re propagandists and propagandists aren’t concerned with integrity and principles. They’re only concerned with spreading the message — the Gospel — in this case according to Putin rather than Matthew, Mark, Luke, John or Muhammad.
Anyhow, I felt compelled to respond to Bernie. I know, I know, it’s not like me to chime in like that, but I went against my nature and better judgement and challenged Bernie’s assessment as follows:
Hypothetically speaking, what if the proof does come — what would be your response then? If it’s more rationalizing and justification for Putin’s obvious aggression, then why even argue this point right now?
It’s obvious Ukraine is being hung out to dry by The West. Perhaps this was the reason for Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize prematurely. It was preemptive in anticipation of this moment. It was granted to Obama knowing he had agreed to step aside and let Putin expand whilst putting on a good rhetorical defense for show.
If so, the innuendo by some that Obama is a Communist may well be founded. So too for a handful of the leadership of the European Union and the administration of NATO. The Communists have been playing dead for 25 years whilst they’ve been hollowing out The West in a bloodless coup.
The West has fed Ukraine to the Russian bear. The West is now The East, effectively. There is no longer any refuge. Freedom is lost, and once you lose it, it’s a bitch and near impossible to get back.
Posted by: Cold N. Holefield | Aug 28, 2014 8:34:46 AM | 1
The reason for the question is because these fools keep changing the goal posts. They’ll get you to argue whether it’s an invasion or not, and once you’ve exhausted yourself arguing that and you’re ultimately proven correct, they just shrug their shoulders and say “so, it’s an invasion. Russia has to defend itself from The West who wants to surround it and strangle it out of existence.” Of course, a commentator, as I knew one would, came along and proved me correct. Here’s what this troll had to say, and keep in mind Bernie is every bit a troll as any anonymous commentator on the internet. His blog’s comment section is teeming with trolls so it’s ironic he labels me one. Not that I mind. So, I’m a troll. Bernie’s a troll and a douchebag and he needs to clean his teeth like a good American.
Seems NATO really miscalculated when they started this coup in Kiev. Now they’re shitting bricks at the thought of Russian troops getting involved.
This war may very well end up in one major EU capital. Again, Europeans dying for America’s empire dreams. Nice :^)
Posted by: Zico | Aug 28, 2014 11:25:10 AM | 23
To which I responded:
This comment is the reason for the question in my opening comment. This comment gives Putin’s Russia carte blanche to do whatever it will without responsibility or accountability. So even if it proves to be true and Putin is moving military columns across the border into Ukraine the excuse then will be “well, so what?”
It will always be The West’s, and America’s fault, and by virtue of that Putin, if he wished, at least in the eyes of commentators like this, could roll across Europe leaving blood-drenched and charred soil in his wake and it would always be the fault of The West and America.
Posted by: Cold N. Holefield | Aug 28, 2014 11:35:47 AM | 25
Considering all of that, I got to thinking about the moving goal posts and what the future might hold. What would the apologists be apologizing for several years from now considering the trajectory of events thus far? Pursuant to that, I consulted the Crystal Ball and it spit out the following:
President of Russia Vladimir Putin addressed Polarossiya militia.
It is clear the militia has achieved a major success in intercepting Warsaw’s military operation, which represents a grave danger to the populations of Upper Silesia and Kashubia and which has already led to the loss of many lives among peaceful residents.
As a result of the militia’s actions, a large number of Polish service members who did not participate in the military operation of their own volition but while following orders have been surrounded.
I call on the militia groups to open a humanitarian corridor for Polish service members who have been surrounded, so as to avoid any needless loss of life, giving them the opportunity to leave the combat area unimpeded and reunite with their families, to return them to their mothers, wives and children, and to quickly provide medical assistance to those who were injured in the course of the military operation.
For its part, the Russian side is ready and willing to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Upper Silesia and Kashubia, who have been affected by this humanitarian catastrophe.
I once again call on the Polish authorities to immediately stop military actions, cease fire, sit down at the negotiating table with Upper Silesian and Kashubian representatives and resolve all the accumulated problems exclusively via peaceful means.
August 29, 2017, 01:10