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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


A Senior Russian Diplomat Confirms: “Russia Is Preparing for War” – Is Anybody Listening?

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  1. Peter Bright

    November 5, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    At first glance, the title “Russia is Preparing for War” had me quite concerned because I don’t believe for a minute that the Russian people want war with anyone.

    I looked deeper and found this:

    “Recently at a meeting the United States stated that Russia is preparing for war. Yes, Russia is preparing for war, I can confirm it.

    Yes, we are preparing to defend our homeland, our territorial integrity, our principles, our values, our people. We are preparing for such a war.”

    • Kim Peart

      November 6, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      It helps to grasp the context of “Yes, we are preparing to defend our homeland, our territorial integrity, our principles, our values, our people. We are preparing for such a war.” Because the homeland of the Russian state goes back a long way, to the Viking kingdom of the Rus, with its capital at Kiev, from where the name of Russia came. The physical expression of that kind of “homeland” defence has been seen in the Crimea and the Donbas, and Russia is in no mood to step back, but should an opportunity present itself, it shows a willingness to press on. The Ukraine is one powder keg, with a long history which could all too easily blow into a global war. Expect rapid snap action on the western, southern and eastern fronts of Russia and China. Then oil gets poured onto the fire of Iran, with sanctions by Trump as if trumpeting for a crisis that will justify another US war of aggression. The war in Syria, still going after so many years, is all too much like the civil war in Spain before all hell broke loose in 1939. The East will embrace Iran, as the US drives Iran toward the East.

  2. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    November 5, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    If there is a danger of war, it is because the US is no longer the economic/technological power it once was, and its antagonists are much more willing now to call its bluff in much the same way as that US satrap Saddam Hussein did early in the century.

    Such a war will likely be largely a cyber one that will reveal who is really dominant within microseconds of starting. The old scenario of mutually assured destruction is now much less applicable than it once was, and that means power hungry wannabees are going to play the game a lot harder than they once would have done.

    Beyond the very real possibility created by the shifting of the locus of economic and tech power, this article is a load of codswallop that manages to put Russia into the usual ‘poor thing other’ that is ‘only’ defending itself from ‘US imperialist aggression’.

    Without for a moment wanting to pretend that the US doesn’t still want to be a dominant imperial power, it is delusory rubbish to pretend that Putin’s Russia is somehow an innocent bystander ‘merely’ trying ‘against all the odds’ to defend ‘its legitimate national interests’. Putin is nothing if not a very intelligent opportunist who can smell the weakness of NATO and its primary sponsor, and he and his regime cronies are testing, testing, testing.

    Only a raddled old ideological anti-imperialist drunk on steroids could possibly miss what is going on. The sort of rubbish in this article is paralleled by the equally hilarious accounts from the same sources as to the ‘so called’ Russian assassination attempt on the Scripals, or pretending that a Russian filmmaker critical of the Kremlin was really ‘a terrorist’ and not a victim of Putin’s judicial cat’s paws, or that the Ukrainians brought Russian invasion on themselves.

    Ho, ho, ho … and if you believe this kind of blatant baloney, you would believe anything.

    • Kim Peart

      November 5, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Then there is reference in the article to “the AngloZionist leaders” so make what you will of that, and what ere it means. The territorial to and fro between East and West are long and twisted. Remember the line in the middle of Poland where the NAZI and Soviet forces met, when they both invaded in 1939, the event that sparked WWII? That line is now the western boundary of Ukraine with Poland, and the western boundary of Poland was moved deep into Germany. Should Russia push further west to connect with their forces in Transnistria, the land-locked eastern strip of Moldova, other old contentions may bubble to the surface, including a strip of southwest Ukraine which was formally Hungarian but occupied by the Soviets, and made part of Ukraine. The Chinese perceived right to Tibet was enacted during the Korean War, when China also backed North Korea. Now the Chinese perceived right extends to the East China Sea, Taiwan, and the South China Sea, bringing the Chinese forces closer to Australia. Any nation learning from the Japanese experience during WWII will see that allowing the Antipodes to be a land for the West to fight back from is a risky option. That is why the defence of Australia must be a tad more creative than sitting around under the US nuclear umbrella which may end up being useless if China gets the jump on the West. Russia and China may also have in mind a way to drive back those 400 Western military bases that surround the East. I suggest the one thing that a war plan would avoid is hitting space assets, as this could trigger a space junk cascade, destroying all satellites, and blocking access to space for hundreds of years with high velocity debris. I wonder if incoming debris may also make flying too dangerous, when too many aircraft are hit. Our hell on Earth will be if tit for tat leads to too many nukes being used, and space assets being hit. At that point there would be nothing much left to lose as nations collapse, cut off from global networks and unable to see from space what other powers are up to. The panic that follows may simply deliver a new dark age, if not a dead Earth. Cyber war will play a role, but as we see now with Ukraine and the South China Sea, territorial positioning will be the main game.

  3. Kim Peart

    November 5, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Should there be a war between the nuclear armed superpowers, it will be played out to a plan that is sitting on the war desk, and it will be swift. There has never been an all-out war between major powers since 1945, because such a war would include nuclear weapons with a zero gain outcome for life on Earth, and any winners being dead on a dead Earth. The two main powers of interest have no other nation between them, unlike in WWII, and both Russia and China have an interest in pushing Western powers away from their borders. Both are now expansionist, with Russia pushing into Ukraine, and China pushing into the South China Sea, both successfully. Who knows what will set the sparks flying, but a couple of details can be considered. An Eastern war plan would seek to avoid an all-out nuclear war, but still achieve the same ends as such a war would deliver. In a TT article a while ago, I suggested that a Muke may land on Pine Gap, along with a limited invasion of Australia, and Russia may take the south of Ukraine, followed by an offer of peace talks. The West will hesitate to retaliate, as all-out war would mean total loss. Western citizens may clamour for peace talks, putting pressure on politicians to talk. The new world order that follows may hand over the Antipodes, Antarctica and a few eastern European lands, to buy peace. This has happened before, when Washington forced the surrender of Papuan lands in western New Guinea to Indonesia in 1962. Will we learn from history? The deal may include safe exit for Antipodeans to Western nations where they could all move to California, and hardly be noticed. The East would then have a clear slice of the planet, from pole to pole. What follows will be the peaceful pursuit of space development, and future generations will puzzle over whatever happened to Australia, a dreamtime continental nation. Should Australians ever awaken from its endless dreams of making billions out of mineral sales to China, we may see that our defence lies in space development, and in collaborating with all space powers to get serious about space. This will lead to peaceful collaboration in space by all nations, and with no limit to expansion in space, no limit to energy from the Sun, and trillions of objects across the Solar System for raw materials, Australia could then survive as a nation, on Earth, and be ten times bigger in space, to begin with. This is a matter that every Australian citizen should ponder upon, because collectively, we determine the fate and direction of the nation.

  4. Russell

    November 4, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Everyone is preparing for war. And it will be over food and clean water.

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