“Some experts, such as Micah Zenko, have suggested that any U.S. decision to give (very limited) weapons to Ukraine would have either no effect or a highly negative one by escalating the conflict. But non-lethal aid, others argue, could help reduce civilian casualties in the region by allowing the Ukrainian military to operate more safely.”
To give or not to give?
Let's suppose the conflict will not be “escalated”
What exactly does this mean?
Is the never ending slow burning conflict better?
If the answer is yes – then why and for whom??
Why is the never ending pointless, slow-grinding of Ukraine better than helping Ukraine to protect itself against the enemy, whose sole purpose is to keep the conflict going in order to ruin, to fully destabilize, Ukraine and to stay in power.
That is exactly what Putin needs: to keep the war at a low intensity in order to keep the support of the fooled Russian population and to stay in power.
Putin whose bombers are constantly testing the NATO allies and the submarines are provoking the Baltic countries; Putin that talks about “nuclear armed” Russia is not afraid to provoke and antagonize NATO.
And yet Europe and the US are very hesitant to do anything to stop Russia's reckless bullying because it might “antagonize Russia” and upset Putin.
And if the Europeans and Obama think that sanctions will deter Putin from further aggression or will force him to retreat, they are just delusional.
It would be interesting to consider how an alternative history of WWII would have ended if the main allies' strategies would be not to antagonize Hitler and to operate “more safely”.
Berlin carpet bombing comes to mind and a couple of nuclear devices in Japan.
Yes, Ukraine is in big trouble and its economy is in shambles. And that is exactly what Putin wants for Ukraine in order to control it. He knows that if Ukraine turns to the West, it just might succeed in improving its economy and the life of its people. And then it will be lost forever.
I am really disgusted and ashamed of the inept and lazy Europe that sold Czechoslovakia to Hitler before and is now selling Ukraine to Putin.
Europe that allowed the Holocaust before and is doing nothing to prevent another Holocaust that is fast approaching.
Maybe we will wake up -- but it may be too late.
History repeats itself for those who need one more lesson.
To antagonize: to cause (someone) to feel hostile or angry; to irritate or upset (someone)
And that is exactly what Russia is doing now.
Putin Uses Ukraine, Iran to Antagonize the West
By continually testing the global community with his actions in Ukraine, Putin has shown to the world that the West is not willing to help Ukraine defend itself. Though the United States and the European Union have tried to inflict economic pain on Russia in the form of sanctions, for Putin, these measure don’t go far enough.
But the West is afraid to antagonize Putin
Other U.S. and NATO military officials, though, are wary of antagonizing the Kremlin. Speaking Thursday at an alliance gathering in Brussels, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top commander, said delivering weapons to Ukraine “could trigger a more strident reaction from Russia.”
NATO member Poland offered this week to provide arms to Ukraine. Merkel, however, has argued that the conflict needs more diplomatic intervention, not more guns. Hollande, in a stop to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said before embarking on the trip with Merkel that he opposed NATO membership for Ukraine.
The West tried to appease Hitler before WWII
Leading up to World War II, Germany, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, participated in many aggressive actions which violated the Treaty of Versailles. France and Great Britain, in an attempt to maintain peace in Europe so soon after The Great War, gave in to many of Germany’s demands and actions. The policy of giving in to Germany’s demands in order to maintain peace was known as appeasement. http://www2.maxwell.syr.edu/plegal/history/pattonwq1.htm
The appeasement failed. The European cowardliness resulted in WWII and millions of lives lost.
Putin Rejects Attempts to Contain Russia After Peace Talks Fail.
Merkel, in a speech at the Munich meeting, repeated her opposition to supplying weapons to Ukraine. “The progress Ukraine needs won’t be achieved with more weapons. I have a lot of doubts,” she said.
If Europe, the US and the rest of the civilized world will not stop Russia now it will embolden Putin to even more reckless behavior.
Every time Putin escalates the bullying and Europe does nothing practically ensures the bullying to continue. And increases the possibility of the big war between NATO and Russia.
Ukraine run by "miserable" Jews: rebel chief. Anti-Semitic sentiment remains widespread in Ukraine, where leaders are commonly labeled as Jewish by those seeking to discredit them.
The comments by Zakharchenko, who was flanked by the leader of the neighboring rebel-held region of Lugansk, Igor Plotnitsky, were carried live by Russian news channel Rossiya-24. http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-run-miserable-jews-rebel-chief-202600090.html
Putin: Ukraine is run by anti-Semites. According to Vladimir Putin, the revolution that dislodged former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukoyvch this winter was not a popular movement for democracy, European integration and honest government. It was, rather, he told the world, a “coup executed” by “Nationalists, neo-Nazis, Russophobes and anti-Semites” who “wanted to seize power and would stop short of nothing.” http://tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/168504/kirchick-putin-ukraine
Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves. With its accusations, Russia also turned back attention on itself, with an anchor on a state-funded TV channel implying that Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves.
The questions are "based on age-old stereotypes about Jews, including classical stereotypes about Jewish power, loyalty, money and behavior."
Russia and Ukraine are about equal
Overall, in Ukraine, 38 percent of those polled could be considered anti-Semitic and in Russia, 30 percent.
Jews have too much power in business. In Eastern Europe, the survey notes that the most widely held anti-Semitic stereotype is that "Jews have too much power in the business world." In Ukraine, 56 percent agreed with that statement and 49 percent of Russians. http://www.rferl.org/content/ukraine-more-anti-semitic-than-russia/25384493.html
Anti-Semitism in mainstream media. The mainstream media has been obsessed with demonizing Israel for decades. HonestReporting has been documenting the media bias in reporting on Israel and it is without question that this bias has helped lead to anti-Israel indoctrination across the globe.
Jews are accused of controlling the world media. But if you can read and are able to read without getting sick, you would find millions of articles accusing the Jews of controlling the world media. So how these two statements work side by side?
Jews are responsible for Middle East violence. “But many critics of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.” A confused Hava responded that “We cannot do an amalgam between--” before Willcox cut her off. “But you understand,” he said, “everything is seen from different perspectives.” http://tabletmag.com/scroll/188231/bbc-anchor-suggests-french-jews-to-blame-for-palestinian-suffering
The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. In 2006, an inebriated Mel Gibson allegedly said this: “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” There followed the predicable storm of anti-Semitism, ad hominem attacks and various other slanders against Gibson’s character. But virtually no one asked the question: Is he right? Or rather this: To what degree could he be right? http://inconvenienthistory.com/archive/2013/volume_5/number_2/the_jewish_hand_in_the_world_wars.php
Communist Jews are being blamed for killing Christians in the Soviet Union.
These Christians are but a few of the 100,000,000 Christian innocents who were exterminated by the Anti-Christian Jewish Red Commissars in Russia under the orders of Trotsky, the Jewish Commissar of Commissars. Yet Spielberg will never direct a "Schindler's List" Movie for them or their genocide. Why is that? Because Jews did it. http://www.jewwatch.com/jew-occupiedgovernments-USSR.html
Stalin accused Jews of anti-Soviet activities. Stalin claimed that Jewish doctors, under American direction, were deliberately and systematically killing off Soviet leaders by falsely and wrongly diagnosing their ailments, thereby causing their deaths. The press media referred to the accused as "criminals in white coats." http://vho.org/tr/2004/2/Michaels227-231.html
Hitler blames Jews for starting the war. Hitler showed no remorse. Instead, he blamed the Jews for the war he himself had started. "It is untrue that I, or anyone else in Germany, wanted the war in 1939," he stated. "It was desired and instigated solely by those international statesmen who were either of Jewish descent or worked for Jewish interests." http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/holocaust/peopleevents/pandeAMEX87.html
So to summarize.
We Jews should be extremely proud.
One out of every 514 people in the world is Jewish, less than 0.2 percent of mankind.
Approximately 193 of the 855 Nobel Prize winners have been Jewish (22%). Jews make up less than 0.2% of the global population.
The list of Jewish scientists, artists, actors, philosophers who changed the world is long. But here are some you might have heard of: Niels Bohr, Carl Sagan, Robert Oppenheimer, Gustav Mahler, Charlie Chaplin, Lauren Bacall, Baruch de Spinoza, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Abraham, Jesus.
The whole world is watching the Jews. The whole world is aware of Jewish influence in every aspect of human life. And yet the Jews still rule the world... according to all anti-Semites of the world.
And yet these all-powerful Jews that “rule the world” allowed the Holocaust while the world did nothing.
So what do these fact tell us about the Jews?
And about the rest of the world?
Should I say any more?
John Adams: "I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations... They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews."
“A letter sent from the Oxford University Press (OUP) to an author warning not to include "pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as "pork" in their book.
The move meant not to "offend" Muslims comes after British Sky News refused to show Charlie Hebdo's latest cover that features Mohammed, in a surprising act of censorship that comes as world media has in general rallied to support freedom of speech after the attack.” http://virtualjerusalem.com/culture.php?Itemid=15672
A letter from the Three Little Pigs to the Oxford Press.
We, the Pigs, are offended that the publisher banned us from their publications. We the Pigs are outraged at being discriminated against by the Oxford University Press
We sacrifice ourselves and are made into sausages for the benefit and well-being of the fine members of the Oxford publishing community who love to consume our brothers and sisters, especially in the form of sausages.
So it is totally unfair to ban us Pigs, loyal and peaceful citizens, from this enlightened publishing house especially considering that we, the pigs, do not threaten anybody and never seduced innocent Muslims or Jews. Nor are we planning to do so considering that we, the Pigs, have plenty of fans ready to enjoy our company and our sausages.
Signed: Big Bad Wolf
Signed for the Three Little Pigs who are busy building their house.
I have been arguing with some in the Russian community who support Putin and his policies. No one changed their opinions. So I decided to list facts. Just the facts about Russia and the European Union. The facts prove in my opinion that not the EU, nor the US is interested in confrontation with Russia.
EU investment in Russia.
The EU is the most important investor in Russia. It is estimated that up to 75% of Foreign Direct Investment stocks in Russia come from EU Member States (including Cyprus). http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/russia/
Over the past decades, NATO reached out to Russia with a series of partnership initiatives, culminating in the foundation of the NATO-Russia Council in 2002. No other country has such a privileged relationship with NATO. http://www.nato.int/cps/eu/natohq/topics_111767.htm?
Europe's military spending
A combination of austerity-driven budget cuts and historical wariness of military spending mean that among EU Member States in NATO, only Estonia, Greece and the UK met the alliance’s target of 2% of GDP spent on defense last year. In 2012, EU Member States spent an average of roughly 1.5% of GDP on defense. In real terms, total defense spending has been decreasing in the EU since 2006, dropping about 10% from 2006 to 2011. http://www.debatingeurope.eu/2014/09/24/peaceful-eu-countries-increase-defence-spending/#.VLHqLivF-7I
Leaders in the region, who have reacted to Russia's occupation of Crimea by expressing fears that they could be next, are now taking solace in their alliances. "Thanks be to God, we are NATO members," exclaimed Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite last week. This month, Norway is hosting 16,000 NATO soldiers for previously planned cold-weather training exercises on the Russian border, much to the Russians' displeasure. Among those participating in Operation Cold Response are 1,400 Swedish troops under the Nordic nation's limited partnership with the alliance. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/03/after-crimea-sweden-flirts-with-joining-nato/284362/
US missile defense system
Two recent editorials from Heritage fellows have criticized the Obama administration for abandoning Eastern European allies. According to the editorials, Obama has given up proposed missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic (sometimes called the "third site"). They argue that this will serve to embolden Russia and increase our vulnerability to Iran's missile capabilities. http://csis.org/blog/obama-throwing-eastern-europe-under-bus
The situation after the invasion in Ukraine.
Russia is currently engaged in the largest nuclear weapons buildup since the end of the Cold War. It is planning to spend over $55 billion on its missile and air defense systems in the next six years, compared to about $8 billion a year that the U.S. spends on its missile defense programs.
Russia has over 1,400 nuclear warheads deployed on long-range ballistic missiles. These missiles can reach the U.S. within 33 minutes. It is also engaged in ballistic missile modernization and is reportedly developing intermediate-range ballistic missiles that are prohibited under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with the U.S. These missiles are most threatening to allies in the European theater. http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/03/us-missile-defense-policy-after-russias-actions-in-ukraine
Germany and Russia.
The EU has imposed new sanctions to prevent Vladimir Putin from further escalating the crisis in Ukraine. Berlin has played a leading role in the punitive actions, despite protests from the German business community. There's no turning back for Merkel.
Germany would prefer to do business with Russia.
"About 6,200 German companies are engaged in Russia, some of them very strongly," Anton Boerner, head of the BGA exporters' body, told the Dortmunder Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper. "For them, economic sanctions would be a real catastrophe." http://rt.com/business/germany-russia-sanctions-businesses-365/
Investments in Russia.
Russia has been cited as the worst place to invest among the biggest world economies in light of the conflict in Ukraine, according to foreign investors polled by Bloomberg in their quarterly Global Market Investor's Poll. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/russia-is-worst-place-for-foreign-investment-poll-says-/500038.html
Crimea under Russia
Since Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula 10 months ago, more than $1 billion in real estate and other assets have been stripped from their former owners, according to estimates from the owners and lawyers. The assets include banks, hotels, shipyards, farms, gas stations, the major bakery, a vital dairy and even the storied lots of Yalta Film Studio, which 50 years ago made this now shabby seaside resort the Hollywood of the Soviet Union. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/world/seizing-assets-in-crimea-from-shipyard-to-film-studio.html?_r=0
Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine.
Eleva Vasilieva, a human rights activist and the group’s founder, says that the total number of deaths of Russian soldiers and mercenaries in Ukraine warfare could be about 4,000.
“We don’t know the number of wounded and those who could be killed of wounds as this figure is hidden,” she (Vasilieva) said at a press briefing in Kiev.
“Under Ilovaisk on Aug. 25-27, when the Russian troops were deployed, we recorded the first thousand Russian officers (killed) just in two days,” she added. https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-war-in-ukraine-is-killing-lots-of-russians-cdf321c369
Scandinavia and near Baltic countries.
Throughout 2014, an unprecedented number of air space violations and incidents have required NATO Baltic Air Policing to scramble jets in response. Most significantly, there has been a dramatic increase in Russian military exercises in the area. Such air space violations have been equal-opportunity-bullying, targeting Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania alike. The goal of these increased military activities in or near Nordic/Baltic space is to undo the emergence of a collective defense system in the region. http://www.the-american-interest.com/2014/11/17/putin-targets-the-scandinavians/
Budapest Memorandums on Security Assurances, 1994, that Russia broke.
The Presidents of Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the United States of America and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom signed three memorandums (UN Document A/49/765) on December 5, 1994, with the accession of Ukraine to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Through this agreement, these countries (later to include China and France in individual statements) gave national security assurances to Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. The Joint Declaration by the Russian Federation and the United States of America of December 4, 2009 confirmed their commitment. http://www.cfr.org/nonproliferation-arms-control-and-disarmament/budapest-memorandums-security-assurances-1994/p32484
About freedom of speech in Russia. 56 Journalists Killed in Russia since 1992/Motive Confirmed. https://cpj.org/killed/europe/russia/
So in conclusion I am asking my readers to draw their own conclusions based on facts.
"First They Came for the Jews"
By Pastor Niemoller
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
SARCELLES, France — From the immigrant enclaves of the Parisian suburbs to the drizzly bureaucratic city of Brussels to the industrial heartland of Germany, Europe’s old demon returned this summer. “Death to the Jews!” shouted protesters at pro-Palestinian rallies in Belgium and France. “Gas the Jews!” yelled marchers at a similar protest in Germany. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/world/europe/europes-anti-semitism-comes-out-of-shadows.html?_r=0
Gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in an apparent militant Islamist attack.
Four of the magazine's well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30710883
The writing is on the wall. The world is sick again. And the first and usual symptom is the rise of antisemitism. But Europe learned nothing from the events before and during WWII. Nothing.
Attacks on Jews and Jewish houses of worship as well as Jewish businesses are becoming commonplace in European countries, especially in France. But who cares! These are Jews. Nobody cares about Jews! The Europeans never liked Jews. They did not move a finger to help Jews before and during the war.
And what is fascinating is the Jews never, never posed any threats to anybody. And yet they, the Jews, are always a scapegoat, always the first to suffer the growing hate.
But what the Europeans never learned is that the evil never stopped with Jews. It is feeding on the hatred and indifference of others, growing and getting stronger. And when Evil gets strong enough it goes further. It strikes another victim and while the silent majority is preoccupied with the daily grind, the evil gets stronger, bolder. And it strikes again.
Europe learned nothing. But Jews did. We will not be helpless victims anymore. And if the Europeans will not come to their senses, they will be the next victim.
And their antisemitism will not appease the Evil.
Issues are not black and white.
In light of current events, I am trying to sort it out in the simplest possible terms while doing my best to be impartial.
Is there racism in the US?
Yes, I have no doubt about it. And racism is here for a long time to come.
Racism has been illegal in the US since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But you cannot end racism just by legislature. The flames of racism are burning brighter now due to the killing of black Americans by police and the reaction of black community.
I think that killings by police is nothing new and the police are very seldom at fault. For some reason it all came to light recently in Ferguson.
The danger of generalizing.
There is a lot of outrage after the killing of an unarmed black men by police.
I noticed that the media is lumping all those cases together. The problem is that each case is different.
You cannot blame all police. You cannot blame the police every time.
Are there bad policemen? Yes, of course.
Are there poorly trained policemen? Yes.
Just like in any profession. But we should not blame the entire police establishment for being racists. I want our police to be here for us. To serve and protect.
Who are they? One person I hear from is Al Sharpton, who is using the situation to promote himself. Al Sharpton is not a leader, he is an opportunist. Rights come with responsibilities. By just demanding rights and not teaching responsibilities, leaders like Al Sharpton do more harm than good.
Many black people are successful in our country. They are politicians, they serve in the military, they are actors and writers, teachers and scientists. These are the people who should be role models for all of us, especially for the black community. These people have proved that despite difficulties and racism, one can succeed in our society.
Many of them talk about racism and racial profiling and unfairness to all black men. And it is absolutely correct, but what I do not hear too often from these successful people is, "I worked hard, I overcame a lot of obstacles, a lot of prejudice and I succeeded. Look at me." Why I do not hear this from prominent successful black people?
Is that fair? Probably not...but necessary. It takes generations to change, to overcome the old thinking, stubborn stereotypes.
So, where do we start?
There is no single solution. There are no simple solutions.
The problem starts with families. There are many broken black families. There is an old stubborn black culture of victimhood and suspicion.
Anti-white, anti-learning, "Oreo cookies" culture. Black kids who want to learn and excel are being bullied by other black kids. Black people who want to succeed and learn are facing difficulty in their own neighborhoods. At school they are dressed like any other person around them, but they change their appearance before going back to their neighborhoods. This black culture holds kids back and makes it very difficult and challenging to succeed. It is as damaging as racism.
We have black kids in our extended family. We have black neighbors who are immigrants from Haiti. Our sons are about the same age and are friends. At one time our son told us that his friend's grand- mother forbade him to play with our son because our son distracted him from studying. Family culture!
Everything should be done for those who want to succeed. Good education should be available for those who want to learn, who want to brake the cycle of dependency and poverty. The lottery system for the magnet school enrollment is a disgrace.
Access to education for those who want to learn is the most important way to address guns in our society.
In our gun-crazed society police have to be extra careful. Officers are suspicious and sometimes paranoid about being shot. And there is a good reason for this paranoia, because anybody might have a gun. So,considering that split-second decisions usually occur in life and death situations, the killing by police will continue as long as we as a society remain obsessed with guns.
Lets be honest with ourselves. If I see a black guy in our neighborhood, do I get suspicious? It depends. I have black neighbors, I know their kids and I treat them just like any other neighbor. But, if I see a group of black guys with their pants around their knees hanging around my neighborhood, (actually if I see any such group of young people) I will call the police The reason why I would call the police is that I would be concerned for my safety.
On the other hand if a white person showed up in an inner city black neighborhood, he or she could be in danger, and it is not because the neighbors are concerned for their safety.
I think that the case in New York was wrong - use of unnecessary force. The case in Ferguson is still open for investigation. Each case is unique and should be studied as a separate case.
And one more thing. In the class of "citizen police academy", I was told to obey the police officer's command...even if you have no idea why the police stopped you. It will be sorted out later, just do what the police tell you to do or they will force you to do it!
My personal opinion is that many of the protests are misguided and are unfairly vilifying the police.
I want to conclude that the blame lays in part on some in the black community and that race relations cannot be improved by violence and reckless rioting.
Happy Holidays to all! Let's celebrate life!