Thieves and Liars....

Thieves and Liars....

Yeah, I had Ministry in mind when I titled this. I had written earlier of how in how the US and western nations were handling it, this situation in Ukraine was a war. Sure, NATO troops weren't doing the shooting - instead, we're fighting to the last brave Ukranian while providing weapons and encouragement. We're cutting off any other source of skepticism or contrary statements to the extent of cutting out the Russian Defence Ministry from Google Search results. The real issue isn't even the…

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What if They Meant What They Said?

What if They Meant What They Said?

One thing that is apparent is that no-one on the "Russia Man Bad" side of things has even begun to credit that Putin and the Russians may, more rather than less, mean precisely what they said as to their goals. Colbert apparently was mocking the Russian re-organization over the weekend, eminently predictable if you took them at their word as to their goals, as "Oh, we just declare we won and go home," and western media analysts were worried that some form of victory in Mariupol would give the…

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Russia Believes in Itself

Russia Believes in Itself

See the below vide from Sabaton, a cover of a song originally written and performed by Radio Tapok (who had previously covered their "Attack of the Dead Men" in Russian) Consider a nation where a performer can unapologetically and unironically write such a song, and be very popular. If you're wise, you don't pick fights with them.…

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Yes This is a War - In All But the Shooting

Yes This is a War - In All But the Shooting

* Part 1 of this loose series : Does Anyone Remember? Or Think? Or Understand? [https://thelastredoubt.com/does-anyone-remember/] * Part 2 : More Ukraine [https://thelastredoubt.com/more-ukraine/] * Part 3 : Yes This is a War - In All But the Shooting [https://thelastredoubt.com/yes-this-is-a-war/] I've held off to see what's going on. Much of what I've been paying attention to these days comes via Black Pidgeon Speaks and his regular livecasts, often featuring at least one military co…

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More Ukraine

More Ukraine

Ukraine series: * Part 1 of this loose series : Does Anyone Remember? Or Think? Or Understand? [https://thelastredoubt.com/does-anyone-remember/] * Part 2 (you are here): More Ukraine [https://thelastredoubt.com/more-ukraine/] * Part 3 : Yes This is a War - In All But the Shooting [https://thelastredoubt.com/yes-this-is-a-war/] Yesterday I looked at how a lot of the disbelief in Russia's actions appears to be based in an inability to believe what they've said, and this appears grou…

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Does Anyone Remember? Or Think? Or Understand?

Does Anyone Remember? Or Think? Or Understand?

This is part 1. For other parts in this series: * Part 2 : More Ukraine [https://thelastredoubt.com/more-ukraine/] * Part 3 : Yes This is a War - In All But the Shooting [https://thelastredoubt.com/yes-this-is-a-war/] For the sake of laying out the filter I'm working through, I'll first lay out the following: Putin is a thug. Given the environment in Russia, how could he not be? He'd have to be effective and ruthless to gain the respect and obedience of the crowd at the top of Russian soc…

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