Friday, April 25, 2014

The Uglyness Continues to Grow Part 2

Today we were treated to a vacuous piece from one intellectually narrow minded if not completely disingenuous Newt Gingrich shallowly comparing the situation in Ukraine to the period just prior to the start of WW I.

Newt, as per his usual, completely misses the point of drawing parallels to the run up to WW I.  Even prior to the assassination of Crown Prince Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo the Austro-Hungarians had been in engaged in a long series of attempts to economically blackmail the Serbs into acceding to Austria-Hungary's full control of the remains of the Ottoman Empire in what is now known as the former Yugoslavia, including control of Serbia's debt and currency. It was a war of "economic sanctions" long before it became a hot war.

Combine the "economic warfare" and the hubris and arrogance displayed by both sides today and you have a near mirror image of 1914. But instead of fighting over the remains of the Ottoman Empire they're fighting over in what form the old Tsarist Empire will be allowed to re-emerge if at all.

The Russians are horse blinderd by their ages old dreams of resurgent pan-Slavic empire (dominated by Russia) and a larger place on the global stage.  The Obama administration is similarly blinderd by their own delusions of intellectual and/or moral superiority and that they and they alone can, by shear force of will, keep things from getting out of control.

One man with Browning Model 1910 .380 auto proved the masters of the universe wrong in 1914.  It will only take a single incident to prove this century's batch of arrogant fools wrong as well.

God help us all, because it will be the rest of us, who just want to live and raise our families in peace, who will have to pay the blood soaked price for the arrogance of the elitist fools on both sides.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Uglyness Continues To Grow

It has become impossible to turn on the television or the computer without being inundated with propaganda about who are the good guys and who are the bad guys in the conflict in Ukraine.

Accusations of fascist, neo-fascist, communist revanchism and or terrorist fill almost every paragraph of every press release coming from any and all sides or anyone expressing an opinion.

While it is clear there are some very nasty Ukrainian neo-fascist and ultra nationalist elements (supported by Obama and neo-con elements in the CIA), there are also some pretty nasty elements and tactics at work on the other (Russian) side as well. 

The Ukrainians as well as the Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians (and Poles, etc. etc. etc.) have a long list of historical facts and reasons to dislike and be suspicious of Russian neo-imperialist intentions starting with deliberate mass starvation and proceeding on to execution and or the forced removal of any and all to the Gulag who dared protest to loudly, (sometimes including entire populations).  These removed populations were then replaced with Russians who were brought in (often by force as well) to act as the administrators of the occupied territory.  They are now being used in a manner no differently than the Sudeten Germans and those West Prussians who remained behind in what became the Polish corridor after WW I.

The underlying problem is that neither Russia or Ukraine have a history of functioning under a government based in the rule of law rather than the rule of men. So they are both corrupt states, that absent any respect for contracts and law operate on a basis of bribes and extortion.

All this leaves the honest individual, both Ukrainian and Russian, who just wants to live their lives and raise their families in peace and with at least some semblance of freedom and some small measure of national pride caught in the middle to suffer the consequences of the plotting and scheming of people and governments completely beyond their influence or control.  They are the ones who deserve our sympathy and prayers for peace.