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30. Januar 2022

The situation in the Russian speaking part of Eastern Ukraine during this crisis

30. Januar 2022

David Swanson (World Beyond War) on US-warmongering against Russia

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30. Januar 2022

Mehr NATO-Truppen für Osteuropa (german-foreign-policy.com)

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(Eigener Bericht) – Die Bundesregierung soll der Ukraine umgehend „Waffen und Munition“ liefern und den deutschen Wehretat binnen fünf Jahren auf bis zu 3 Prozent des Bruttoinlandsprodukts aufstocken – womöglich mehr als 100 Milliarden Euro. Dies fordert der Präsident der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP), Thomas Enders. Enders verlangt darüber hinaus „die Einführung einer allgemeinen Dienst- oder Wehrpflicht für Männer und Frauen“, um „eine rasch mobilisierbare Reserve zur Landesverteidigung aufzubauen“. Zudem bringt er eine Stationierung weiterer deutscher Soldaten in Osteuropa ins Gespräch. Die Politik der Bundesregierung in der Ukraine-Krise attackiert er als „verantwortungslos“. Die NATO-Pläne, Einheiten wie in Polen und den baltischen Staaten künftig in weiteren Ländern Ost- und Südosteuropas zu installieren, beginnen die Region zu spalten: Während etwa Rumänien sie befürwortet und französische Militärs bereits den Aufbau einer Präsenz in dem Land prüfen, sperren sich Bulgarien, die Slowakei und Ungarn dagegen. Mehr als 50 Prozent aller Slowaken sehen Russland als strategischen Partner an.

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30. Januar 2022

Appello riguardo la guerra in Ucraina

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Appello riguardo la guerra in Ucraina

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Stiamo attualmente assistendo a pesanti scontri militari tra la Russia e l’Ucraina. Mosca parla di una „operazione speciale“ in Ucraina. Il motivo principale dichiarato da Mosca è quindi la smilitarizzazione e la denazificazione dell’Ucraina, la sua neutralità e una garanzia di non adesione alla NATO. Mosca dichiara esplicitamente e ripetutamente che non sta combattendo contro la popolazione civile. L’Occidente, invece, parla di una guerra di aggressione della Russia contro la popolazione dell’Ucraina. Il giornalismo russo è censurato in molti paesi occidentali, e la Russia a sua volta limita le emittenti occidentali. Le armi continuano ad essere fornite all’Ucraina dai paesi della NATO.


Siamo profondamente preoccupati per i drammatici eventi in Ucraina e chiediamo una soluzione pacifica. La nostra richiesta ora deve essere:

Cessazione delle ostilità il più presto possibile! La NATO fuori dall’Ucraina! Nessuna ulteriore consegna di armi all’Ucraina! Nessuna adesione alla NATO da parte dell’Ucraina!

Dopo la caduta del muro di Berlino nel 1989, la Russia si ritirò da tutti i paesi del Patto di Varsavia, con la promessa da parte della NATO che non si sarebbe espansa nell’Europa orientale. Questa era anche la base dell´approvazione russa alla riunificazione della Germania, che la Russia ha accettato proprio a questa condizione. Tuttavia, contrariamente alle sue promesse, l’Occidente ha continuato a espandere la sua influenza a est e sempre più paesi sono stati autorizzati a diventare membri della NATO. Grandi manovre degli Stati Uniti e della NATO hanno avuto luogo ai confini della Russia e quasi tutti i trattati di controllo delle armi sono stati annullati dagli Stati Uniti.

Le reti occidentali hanno orchestrato un colpo di stato a Kiev nel 2014, al quale hanno partecipato gruppi apertamente fascisti. Il governo golpista ucraino, dominato da forze di destra radicale, ha molestato la minoranza di origine russa vietando, tra l’altro, la lingua russa. Ci sono stati attacchi estremamente violenti. Di conseguenza la Crimea chiesto l’annessione alla Federazione Russa, ottenuta e legittimata da un referendum in cui una grande maggioranza ha votato a favore. Come autoprotezione contro la russofobia di Kiev c’è stata anche la dichiarazione delle autoproclamate repubbliche popolari di Donetsk e Lugansk.

Gli abitanti delle repubbliche popolari furono dichiarati terroristi da Kiev e iniziò una guerra con massicci bombardamenti di artiglieria da parte dell’esercito ucraino e brigate di volontari di destra contro le regioni separatiste di Donetsk e Lugansk. Ad oggi, ciò ha causato oltre 14.000 vittime, per lo più tra la popolazione russofone del Donbass, soprattutto al culmine del conflitto prima degli accordi di Minsk-2. Anche dopo Minsk-2, il governo ucraino ha continuato a dichiarare guerra alla popolazione del Donbass, tollerata dalle potenze garanti Germania e Francia, e pesantemente armata dalla NATO.

Mosca ha ora riconosciuto l’indipendenza delle Repubbliche popolari. Ciò è stato fatto sulla base di una raccomandazione del parlamento russo al presidente Putin. Non senza sollecitare ripetutamente l’adempimento delle condizioni dell’accordo di Minsk-2, vincolante ai sensi del diritto internazionale, dalla fine del 2015 e non senza chiedere ripetutamente al governo di Kiev di chiarire che non vuole aderire alla NATO. Ciò è stato ripetutamente respinto da Kiev e dalla NATO.

Più di recente, il presidente dell’Ucraina, Zelensky, ha provocato ulteriormente quando, alla conferenza sulla sicurezza di Monaco tenutasi a febbraio, ha persino espresso la sua intenzione di fare dell’Ucraina una potenza nucleare. I nuovi attacchi massicciamente intensificati contro le repubbliche popolari nel Donbass e i preparativi per conquistare queste aree hanno ulteriormente aggravato la situazione.

Solo allora Mosca ha iniziato l’operazione militare in Ucraina. Così dopo lunghe iniziative diplomatiche della Russia per risolvere il conflitto in Ucraina e con l’Occidente, tra cui l’insistenza sull’attuazione dell’accordo Minsk-2. Questo ha obbligato l’Ucraina ad avviare negoziati diretti con la leadership politica delle repubbliche di Donetsk e Lugansk, tra gli altri. Fin dall’inizio nel 2015, l’auspicato allentamento delle tensioni attraverso l’accordo Minsk-2 non si è concretizzato, perché l’élite ucraina ha ripetutamente rotto l’accordo e non c’è stato alcun interesse da parte della NATO ad una risoluzione pacifica.

Secondo quanto riportato dai media russi, l’offensiva russa ha prevenuto un’imminente offensiva dell’esercito ucraino.

Come reazione di quasi tutto l’Occidente, stiamo ora vivendo un’ondata estrema di sanzioni punitive contro la Russia, come sono state usate finora contro Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Siria, Corea del Nord, Yemen e altri stati. Questo corrisponde alla guerra per mezzo del potere economico ed è illegale. Ci sono persino richieste isolate per facilitare il reclutamento di mercenari nella lotta contro Putin, o per assassinare il presidente russo.

La Russia ha dimostrato che, insieme alla Cina, è la potenza pronta a opporsi risolutamente alle provocazioni aggressive dell’Occidente, e della NATO in particolare.

Deploriamo profondamente la situazione in Ucraina, che non è nell’interesse di nessuna parte, e deploriamo specialmente tutte le vittime e la situazione dei rifugiati in questa guerra. Gli scontri militari devono finire al più presto. L’Ucraina dovrebbe servire come un ponte di comunicazione tra l’Est e l’Ovest e non come un fronte di rivalità geopolitiche.

L’UE, la NATO e la Russia devono negoziare insieme e trovare una soluzione tenendo conto degli interessi di sicurezza di tutti i paesi. La sicurezza di un paese non deve essere a spese della sicurezza di un altro.

L’Ucraina deve dichiararsi neutrale!

Ritorno ai negoziati nello spirito dell’accordo Minsk-2.

Berlin, den 6.3.2022

Firmatari

La demonizzazione della Russia si sta intensificando sullo sfondo della crisi dell’Ucraina e ora minaccia di degenerare in un’escalation aperta.

Si minacciano sanzioni ancora più dure contro la Russia, l’interruzione delle relazioni commerciali di gas e petrolio, e persino le operazioni di pagamento. Anche un conflitto militare è entrato nela sfera delle possibilità.

L’Occidente usa la narrazione di accusare la Russia di prepararsi alla guerra e di pianificare un’invasione dell’Ucraina. Si sostiene che la Russia minacci l’Ucraina se muove le sue truppe sul proprio territorio, cosa che viene costantemente promossa dai media occidentali come un segno dell’aggressività della Russia. Si sentono solo poche voci di avvertimento.

Di fatto, però, sono sempre più numerose le unità militari di USA, Canada, Gran Bretagna e UE in Ucraina e lungo tutto il confine occidentale della Russia. Ecco perché Mosca chiede ora agli Stati Uniti e alla NATO garanzie concrete di sicurezza militare e giuridica.

Parte della crisi si manifesta nella difficile situazione economica e politica dell’Ucraina. La Russia chiede l’istituzione di una sostanziale neutralità nel paese. L’accordo di Minsk II, riconosciuto dal diritto internazionale, consente una soluzione non violenta e duratura del conflitto intra-ucraino.

Le nazioni occidentali garanti di Minsk II, Germania e Francia, devono infine esigere che l’Ucraina negozi con i rappresentanti delle repubbliche del Donbass con l’obiettivo di risolvere definitivamente il conflitto concedendo l’autonomia interna.

Gli Stati Uniti, la Gran Bretagna e i loro alleati devono immediatamente fermare le loro provocazioni, compreso l’addestramento dell’esercito ucraino, così come la vendita e la consegna di armi al paese.

Chiediamo l’immediata attenuazione della crisi causata da USA, UE e NATO prima che sia troppo tardi. La minaccia alla pace mondiale sul confine occidentale della Russia deve essere discussa e condannata dalle Nazioni Unite per sostenerne la Carta.

Ci appelliamo al governo tedesco affinché mantenga il suo rifiuto di fornire armi all’Ucraina. Invitiamo la Germania a prendere finalmente posizione affinché le parti intra-ucraine del conflitto avviino i negoziati tra di loro in formato Normandia.

Chiediamo agli Stati Uniti e alla NATO di affrontare le esigenze di sicurezza della Russia in conformità all’Atto NATO-Russia del 1997, secondo il quale i diritti di autodeterminazione degli stati coinvolti non devono essere a spese di altre parti.

Chiediamo che questo appello sia sostenuto e diffuso. La solidarietà internazionale è di massima importanza, specialmente sullo sfondo della crisi del coronavirus.

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30. Januar 2022

Sevim Dagdelen: Entspannungspolitik mit Russland statt Waffenlieferungen an die Ukraine

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Wer wie die US-Regierung Tausende Soldaten in Alarmbereitschaft versetzt, Diplomaten aus der Ukraine abzieht und von seinen Geheimdiensten angebliche russische Komplott-Pläne gegen Kiew verbreiten lässt, torpediert jede Bemühung um Deeskalation und redet einen heißen Krieg auf europäischem Boden herbei. Alle Appelle an Russland zu sichtbaren Schritten der Deeskalation im Ukraine-Konflikt bleiben hohl und unglaubwürdig, wenn die USA und europäische NATO-Mitglieder gleichzeitig ankündigen, Truppen in die Russland-Anrainer-Staaten zu entsenden, und die Regierung in Kiew tonnenweise mit Waffen und Munition überschüttet wird. Wer es ernst meint mit Sicherheit, Stabilität und Frieden in Europa, darf die Sorgen und Sicherheitsinteressen Russlands mit Blick auf die NATO-Osterweiterung nicht länger ignorieren und immer nur alleine auf die Ukraine schauen. Es ist beschämend, wie wenig historisches Bewusstsein in dem Kontext vorhanden ist. Russlands Forderung nach Berücksichtigung seiner Sicherheitsinteressen resultiert unmittelbar aus dem Überfall auf die Sowjetunion am 22. Juni 1941 durch die deutsche Wehrmacht und den 27 Millionen Toten infolge des Vernichtungskrieges.

Zum Verständnis des aktuellen Konflikts ist ein Blick auf die Karten und die Zeitschiene hilfreich. Die Truppenübungen der russischen Armee, die als Beginn der aktuellen Eskalation dargestellt werden, finden auf russischem Boden statt – 350 Kilometer weit weg von der Grenze zur Ukraine! Im Unterschied dazu stehen die ukrainischen Soldaten wesentlich näher an der Grenze zu Russland, von den NATO-Truppen in den Nachbarländern ganz zu schweigen. Als Ausgangspunkt der jüngsten Eskalation ist allerdings nicht das Militärmanöver in Russland zu werten, sondern der Angriff auf Stellungen der Aufständischen im Donbass im Oktober 2021 durch die ukrainische Armee mit türkischen Kampfdrohnen – die übrigens mit Hilfe Deutschlands entwickelt wurden, wie die Berliner Zeitung unter Verweis auf meine Anfragen an die Bundesregierung in Erinnerung ruft (https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/…/drohnen-aus-der…). Mit dem erstmaligen Einsatz der Killerdrohnen durch Kiew stand über Nacht die militärische Rückeroberung der selbsternannten Volksrepubliken als Drohung im Raum, auf die Russland seinerseits mit einer militärischen Drohkulisse reagierte sowie der Forderung nach umfassenden Sicherheitsgarantien und einer Absage an eine Aufnahme der Ukraine in die NATO.

Der Ukraine-Konflikt kann nur am Verhandlungstisch gelöst werden, nicht durch Rüstungslieferungen aus Deutschland – seien es Helme oder Haubitzen. DIE LINKE sieht sich in ihrer Ablehnung deutscher Rüstungslieferungen für die Ukraine durch jüngste Umfragen bestätigt. Eine große Mehrheit der Bevölkerung ist gegen eine deutsche Aufrüstung Kiews. Statt mit bloßer Symbolpolitik eine weitere Militarisierung im Donbass und Destabilisierung der Region zu provozieren, muss die Bundesregierung Kiew zur Einhaltung des Minsker Abkommens drängen und jeden weiteren Einsatz von türkischen Kampfdrohnen durch die Ukraine unmissverständlich verurteilen. Wer die wachsende Kriegsgefahr in Europa stoppen will, darf nicht weiter wie die NATO unter US-Führung Benzin verschütten und Feuerzeuge verteilen! Stabilität und Sicherheit in Europa gibt es nur mit, niemals ohne oder gegen Russland.

30. Januar 2022

Witali Klitschko, Bürgermeister von Kiew: „Wenn eine militärische Aggression beginnt, werde ich als ehemaliger Soldat ein Maschinengewehr in die Hand nehmen und in den Krieg ziehen“

30. Januar 2022

Honduras: Castro als Präsidentin vereidigt. Tausende jubeln neuer Staatschefin zu (junge Welt)

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30. Januar 2022

NONSENSE AND PANIC – BERLIN BULLETIN – January 30 2022 by Victor Grossman

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Why do foolhardy spoilers insist on causing embarrassment? Why must out-of-step fools upset well-steered apple-carts? Why did German vice-admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach open his big mouth on Saturday in far-off Mumbai – and spill so many beans?

Many or most U.S. media overlooked  it – that is, buried it. Or emasculated it. In Germany they couldn’t fully ignore it – though unpleasant as a messy cat cadaver near the red carpet at a major film event. This was no star-studded premiere, however, but a dangerous, frightening political and military program, and the disturbing element was not a raggedy, dead alley-cat but the elegantly-uniformed boss of the German Navy. Yet here, too, a demise was involved – that of the vice-admiral’s career!

What sin earned him such a fate? When asked about the month-long  NATO-Washington campaign against Putin and Russia, based only on vague, dubious assumptions and prophesies by anonymous experts yet rushing headlong toward military catastrophe, this top-level expert had the temerity to puncture the foundation of the whole campaign with one word: “Nonsense!”

Is Schönbach a concealed, left-over leftist? By no means! Indeed, his views on other matters – like China – are far from pacifist. But in just a few words he recalled the glass-shattering voice of little Oskar Matzerath in Günter Grass’ “The Tin Drum.” When asked “What do you think Russia really wants?” this navy boss responded: “Is Russia really interested in adding  a tiny little strip of Ukraine to its territory? No, that is nonsense! I think Putin is using pressure because he is able to. He knows that he can split the European Union. What he really wants is respect. He wants respect on a basis of equality. My God, give him respect! That costs so little, really nothing at all. If you ask me – but nobody asks me: It is easy to pay him the respect which he desires and really deserves. Russia is an ancient country, Russia is an important country. Even we, India, Germany, need Russia, we need Russia against China.” While his reasoning may be questionable, his taboo-breaking disclosure , based on inside knowledge, was rendered even more troublesome by his next contribution to the discussion: “Crimea is gone…and will never come back, that is a fact.”

Schönbach, who had been commanding an armed frigate waving the German flag in Indo-Pacific waters, was speaking to a group of Indian military men in Mumbai. Thus, his advocacy of lining up with Russia against China was not surprising – nor was it realistic. But the revelation by a top insider in the NATO military machine was like a gut punch to all the hysteria about those deep dark secret plans of Putin. 

The result was: The new Minister of Defense, Christine Lambrecht, a Social Democrat, suspended him immediately from all duties and titles. Her earlier predecessor, Ursula von der Leyen, now European Union boss, announced that the EU has allocated over 17 billion euros in grants and loans to Ukraine since 2014 and now plans 1.2 billion more. Its foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, in worrisome disregard of Schönbach’s disclosure, turned up the heat: 

“The core message is this: Europe is in danger. I wish it were different, but the last two years have seen a serious worsening of our strategic environment. … I am convinced that today we are living through the most dangerous moment of the post-Cold War period. We face the risk of a major military conflict on our continent.“

Based on such assumptions, Denmark sent fighter jets to Lithuania and a frigate to the Baltic in the Russian north, France plans sending troops to Romania and Spain a frigate to Russia’s Black Sea region in the South, Poland demanded more NATO troops and armaments in Russia’s west, and in Washington the House voted for an increase in arms shipments to Ukraine, while 41 of the 50 Democrats in the Senate, including Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Chris Murphy and Jeff Merkley, had already agreed on a similar plans to send $500 million more in military aid to Ukraine in 2022, making it the third-largest recipient of such funding, behind only Israel and Egypt. More funds would also strengthen Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. (Could that be labeled “influencing elections in other countries”? Or was that something done only by Putin?)

Nor was the GOP shy. It submitted a similar bill and Michael McCaul (TX), top Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, asserted that “We need joint exercises in Poland, the Baltic States, Romania, Bulgaria, to show Putin that we’re serious…Right now, he doesn’t see we’re serious.” 

But with annual NATO troops, tanks and fighter planes maneuvering in a tight ring on Russian borders and up to 800 US military or naval bases in a wide ring surrounding its heartland it is highly likely that Mr. Putin does indeed see that they’re serious. It is just such hard facts which motivate Russian policy in Ukraine and Belarus, not any useless, clearly suicidal attacks against Ukraine now treated as facts in the West but called “Nonsense” by the ex-admiral.

Then more unexpected voices could be heard. One belonged to retired General Harald Kujat, commanding Inspector General of Germany’s Bundeswehr from 2000 to 2002 and then, until 2005, the chairman of NATO´s top level Military Committee. You can’t get any higher than that. In a TV interview (which quickly disappeared) Kojat said:

“If I were still in office I would have stood up for Admiral Schönbach, and tried in every way to prevent his dismissal… A criticism of the way Schönbach voiced his views is understandable in the current heated situation …But it must be in our interest to  achieve a sensible result, to de-escalate and arrive at a relaxation of tension with Russia, of course with consideration of Ukrainian security interests as well. … However, we cannot tolerate a situation in which we are always talking about war instead of talking about how a war can be prevented.”

Then hard-liner Markus Söder, Bavaria’s right-wing minister president, came up the same surprising sentiment: “Nobody can want a war in Europe. The territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine must be respected. But constant new threats and tougher and tougher sanctions against Russia can not be the only solution.”

Most surprisingly perhaps, Annalena Baerbock, the new foreign minister from the Greens party and notoriously belligerent and bellicose in regard to Russia and China, turned to the official German policy of sending no military weapons to conflict areas – a porous policy with huge weapons shipments to Israel, Egypt and other officially peaceful but very conflict-ridden regions. But now, very correctly, Ukraine was offered only a medical unit. When the pressure was stepped up, she increased the offer, permitting the sale of defense bunkers – and then 5000 military helmets – but none of the death-dealing weapons Ukrainian leaders were heatedly demanding. This offer, they made clear, amounted to an insult. But Baerbock stuck to it and even toned down her usual aggressive vocabulary, presumably reflecting some views of the new government with clauses, new for her, like: “Dialogue has absolute priority” and ”Whoever is talking is not shooting!”

Baerbock added another surprise by dropping her fervent opposition to the newly-completed but still unused Baltic gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. Economic factors were undeniable; Germany is shutting down its atomic plants and aims (though far too slowly) to cut down and then shut down coal-driven power plants. But with far too little wind , sunshine or water power to fill current energy needs (while top-level profits are always protected), prices for household heating and cooking and for industry are soaring alarmingly, with possible political repercussions. This is leading the new German government to reject US pressure to shut the pipeline and buy more expensive gas elsewhere – like from American frackers.

Does this mean that the long tug-of-war between the strong Russophobes, or “Atlanticists”, and those producers still dependent on sales of cars, machinery, chemicals and foodstuffs to Russia is not moving the way many people feared or expected with the new government. For better or worse, that seemingly eternal umbilical cord might be further fraying. 

Even in the USA, Joe Biden seemed – on and off – to be keeping one ear open to those who want to “cool it,” or at least mix some talking with the arming. Of course the danger of using provocations abroad to win elections at home is always present, and there are plenty in politics and the media always willing or eager to risk this path. One prime example is the news agency Politico, now owned by the mighty far-right Axel Springer company, Germany’s Murdock equivalent, which recently ran hellfire and brimstone articles on Putin’s bloodthirsty plans – all based on unnamed “experts” but helpfully labeled at the top: “Presented by Lockheed Martin.” That’s the outfit whose F-35 fighter planes and other useful items helped them rake in over $62 billion in revenue in 2020. Marilyn Hewson, chairman, president and chief executive officer, was rewarded with $20.2 million in 2017. But let’s not jump to any hasty conclusions about war-hungry complicity! Or lobbying!

I think Americans are deeply troubled by Covid-19, Omicron, and all too often by steep prices, medical costs, rent increases, opioids – but rarely by possible conflicts in far-off places. People in Germany, also troubled by viruses and the incredible bungling and endless daily arguments about possible compulsory vaccination, the proper age for vaccination, school opening or closing with or without masks, about lockdowns and about the sometimes violent demonstrations – with some leftists as well as rightists (and loonies) opposing vaccination (or opposing the opposers). Also very disturbing – for Roman Catholics (and many new ex-Catholics) – was the giant new scandal in Munich affecting church dignitaries, including ex-Pope Benedict XVI (who was caught in a lie), and their decades-long cover-ups of multiple sexual abuse.

Headlines also featured the choice  of Friedrich Merz as new chairman of the Christian Democratic Union and head of its Bundestag caucus. Merz, for sixteen years an unlucky rival and loser to the more moderate  Angela Merkel, will most likely move the party, now in opposition, well to the right; Merz, a multimillionaire, faithful “Atlanticist” and dedicated anti-leftist (his main book is titled “Dare Have More Capitalism),” was the German chairman of Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager, before re-entering politics.

Even further to the right, Jörg Meuthen, till now the main spokesman for Alternative for Germany (AfD), who tried to maintain a more respectable camouflage for the party, has quit the job and the party, abandoning it to the most overt and vicious pro-fascists.

But while Germans may not be much more interested in Ukraine than Americans, their grandparents told them enough about that last big war to keep a majority from wanting to risk another one. The disaster in Afghanistan and the military mess in Mali have hardly increased anyone’s enthusiasm.

But how many will defy viruses and inertia for this year’s peace marches – in Germany at Eastertime? How many will defy Lockheed and Krupp death merchants or Axel Springer hate-mongers, all loaded with power measured in billions? Will they realize that the terrible threat to “poor democratic Ukraine” recalls “Remember the Maine” and phony Vietnamese attacks on US warships (in Vietnamese waters) and so many other “security threats”? They led to so much misery and bloodshed – and this time could lead to far, far worse)? Can peace movements make the citizenry aware of the danger facing it, worse even than job loss, ecology or viruses? Can enough people in many countries recognize that supposed facts are manufactured “Nonsense” – but insanely dangerous nonsense?

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Postscript: I was just about to mail off this Berlin Bulletin when I received a report on a press conference of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with foreign journalists in which he stated that Russia is not attacking his country and news reports are “out of balance”.

“We see today no greater escalation than we did earlier. Yes, the number of (Russian) troops has increased, but I already spoke about that in early 2021 during Russian military exercises. ..The media conveys the impression that we are at war, that tanks are rolling, troops marching around, that there is a mobilization, that people are in flight. That is not true. We do not need such panic. … I have been speaking with leading politicians and explaining that we are forced to stabilize our economy because of all such signals that there will be war tomorrow. The signals even came from respected politicians who said openly, not even in diplomatic language, that ‘there will be war tomorrow’. That leads to panic. Panic on the stock markets, panic in the financial sector. 12.5 billion have been withdrawn from Ukraine since the panic began, which is very costly for the Ukrainians.”

Zelensky also called on Russia to reduce its military deployment and thus lessen tension. Some media used these words – and not what he said earlier. Others ignored all of it.

30. Januar 2022

Bruce Gagnon on Russia/US/Ukraine Buildup

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