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Putin Wins In Ukraine

There is no doubt that President Vladimir Putin is feeling that he is in control of the situation within Ukraine. There is no doubt that Separatists feel triumphant–for the moment. Ukrainian forces just withdrew from the city of Debaltseve and Separatists have entered the town. Of course, this is a violation of the CEASE FIRE agreement that Putin signed last week. But, then again, when Vladimir Putin signs any agreement, he alone decides as to its meaning. For the moment, Ukrainian separatists are celebrating in the streets. But, what of the long term?

1. Separatists in Ukraine have now allied with a nation whose economy is undergoing severe strain.

2. Ukraine, in the long run, will become a member of the European Union and its economy will eventually bounce back.

3. People in Separatist areas are condemned to live with a corrupt government that lacks a post industrial base. This means Russia and its friends in the Ukraine are doomed to an ever decreasing economy and growing unemployment.

Sorry, Separatists, Vladimir Putin does NOT posses enough money, and he cannot assist those in the Ukraine to develop a successful economy. Fire your rifles in the air–today, tomorrow will mean financial struggles for those in this once “happy land.”

So, What Is New In Ukraine?

A British investigating group has just released its study of the massive artillery attack that hit Ukrainian forces last summer. According to the Bellingrat investigation, it is certain, without a doubt, that most of the artillery shells came from INSIDE RUSSIA and were fired by RUSSIAN TROOPS. So, is this really new news? The investigation was based upon satellite imagery, the contours of shell contours and other methods of ascertaining who shot what. We can expect the following within the hour:

1. Vladimir Putin will inform the Russian people this is simply another Western attack upon Mother Russia.

2. Vladimir Putin will inform the Russian people that he will do anything to defend the Motherland from hostile forces.

3. Vladimir Purin will remind Russian people that during World War II, thousands of Ukrainians served with the German invaders.

4. Vladimir Putin will deny that Russia has any artillery forces.

In the end Ukrainians will die. But, Putin will live on as the greater savior of Russia.

Italian Army Into Battle?

Each day it becomes increasingly clear that Libya is becoming a center of chaos and destruction. Frankly, I doubt if there is a single political scientist who could even name the various groups now fighting for power, let alone being able to inform the world as to their goals for the land. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is proposing to send Italian troops to this land which lies as close to Italy as Cuba does to the United States of America. The dispatch of Italian troops to North Africa would be an interesting proposal. The last time Italian soldiers fought in northern Africa the results were not to the best. For example, when the Italian army invaded Egypt in 1941 it had 250,000 men who were opposed by about 50,000 British soldiers. For some reason, the British surrounded this invasion force and destroyed most of it.

I am not claiming the modern Italian army could not hold its own against Muslim terrorists. The initial problem is sorting out which Muslim terrorist is better of worse than the other Muslim terrorists. This is among the modern mysteries of life. Good Luck.

Jews – Come Home To Israel!

The people of Denmark live in the hearts and souls of those who are Jewish. Denmark was the country that made certain every Jew was able to escape from the horror of Nazism. From the King of Denmark down to the ordinary Dane there was a plan to smuggle Jews out of the country to the safety of Sweden. A few days ago A Jew was murdered by an Islamist terrorist. So, what is the response to this tragedy by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu-“we say to the Jews, to our brothers and sisters, Israel is your home.” He wants Danish Jews to leave Denmark and come to a land in which violence against Muslims and Jews is the norm. These comments by Netanyahu are insulting to the people of Denmark who risked their lives to save Jews!

Danish Ambassador to Israel, Jesper Vahr spoke the truth: “Our prime minister said an attack on the Jewish community is an attack on all Danish citizens.” As a Jew, I am shocked that Bibi Netanyahu would insult people who SAVED JEWS when no one else would!!

Wither Mother Russia?

Vladimir Putin has signed what passes for a cease fire agreement in Ukraine, and in theory there is peace in that beleaguered land. But what about the future of Mother Russia?

1. Despite the so-called wealth of Russia under leadership of President Putin no focus has been upon creating a modern post industrial economy.

2. The entire economy focuses upon one thing-OIL.

3. If the price of oil continues to drop so does the Russian economy.

4. There is no economic plan to develop jobs in industries that produce products that can be sold on the world market.

5. Unemployment is certain to rise in an oil dependent economy.

5. Russia does lead the world in one area–it is among the most corrupt governments. This does not encourage business leaders to invest in a nation in which one must pay bribes to do business.

6. Hovering in the background are the thousands of Muslim Russians who are fighting in ISIS or in Syria. What happens when they return to dear Mother Russia?

Vladimir Putin may one day get his war!

Un-Silent Guns

The past week has definitely enabled Vladimir Putin to enjoy himself. Leaders of France and Germany came begging to him and imploring the man who once was a KGB agent. He so enjoys being in the limelight of power when those who regard themselves as leaders of great nations seek his approval. It is also wonderful that most Russians somehow believe this excuse for a human is a “great” leader of their nation. Yes, the world gets a path to his house and he has the power to allow them to enter or wait outside begging for alms from the man who controls guns and artillery and planes. In theory there is a ceasefire in Ukraine. In theory separatists and Ukrainians have laid down their arms. Of course, the great leader decides what constitutes “peace” and quiet. We can expect further “incidents,” we can expect further deaths of Ukrainian soldiers.

It is the winter of discontent for those in the West who have allowed themselves to be bullied by this person. Can anything be done?

1. Isolate Russia. No travel, no trade.

2. Send defensive weapons to Ukrainians.

3. Allow Ukraine to become a member of NATO.

4. Continue the sanctions.

Ukraine -Maybe Quiet?

I confess that my anger emerges when I read about the murder of thousands in Ukraine. I want the West to stand with Ukraine against the gangster Vladimir Putin. I want arms to be sent to Ukraine and confront the stooges of Vladimir who currently are killing the innocent in that nation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Hollande decided on a different approach. They have been negotiating with Vladimir Putin to achieve a cease fire in Ukraine. They signed such an agreement. It is NOT a solution. It will not punish those who initiated this conflict. It will NOT stop Putin from constantly causing havoc in the world. But, it does:

1. End the possibility of an armed conflict with Russia.

2. At least for the moment, ends death in Ukraine.

3. It will not please Senator John McCain and those Republicans who want to get some fighting going on.

4. It seeks to avoid the Iraq syndrome of sending in the troops.

So, the world is not perfect. In the meantime, do the best one can.

Turkey Turns Away From Openess

Recep Erdogan is the president of Turkey after spending many years as its prime minister. He began his rise to power with the desire to transform his nation into a modern symbol of what a Muslim society could become in the Middle East. Initially, he worked with Israel and displayed sympathy and understanding of that nation. In fairness to Erdogan, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went out of its way to antagonize Turkey and even murder some of its citizens who were on a ship heading for Gaza with humanitarian supplies. Gradually, Erdogan has gathered all power in the nation. He has crushed efforts by Turkish students who dare to demand rights to participate in a democratic society. At the same time, Erdogan seeks membership in the European Union. However, his policies of increasing Muslim domination of a society in which at least forty percent are secular Muslims or those of other religions has led him to impose laws that contradict European values.

The latest Erdogan push is to impose increasing Muslim education in public schools. One family in which dad is a Christian and his wife is a Muslim now confronts a problem. Christians and Jews are excused from compulsory religious education, but Turks carry identify cards. They left blank, “religion” on the ground their son should decide at age 18 what to fill in. Now, he must take compulsory Muslim education lectures. Such is the power of Recep Erdogan.

How To Make Money For Bullshit!

I do have a doctorate, and I did take a few psychology classes which apparently qualifies me for a few hundred thousand dollars from the Pentagon. Brenda Connoars is an analyst who works for the Naval War College and she apparently has taken some psychology courses. She was hired at a cost of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to provide a psychological analysis of Vladimir Putin. She concluded the Russian leader suffers from Asperger Syndrome which is “an autistic disorder that affects of of his decisions. It impacts his ability to socially interact.” He was also the object of bullies as a child. I trust that clearly explains his behavior as a bully.

Each person had problems growing up. We all have stories of being bullied and being a social outcast. Vladimir Putin worked for the KGB which undoubtedly was a greater influence on who he became than being the object of a childhood bully. See, I explained him. Let me tell you where to send the money.

Greece Wants Dough From All

The government tot Greece is very upset at the German government. As you recall, during World War II, German troops occupied Greece and sort of wrecked things and killed people. According to newly elected PrimeM Minister Alexis Tsipras, Germany has a “moral responsibility to pay reparations to our people, to history,to all Europeans who fought and gave their blood against Nazis.” Fair enough:

1. The Greeks under Alexander the Great sort of killed a few people, burned a few towns and thus the people of Iran(formerly Persia) could use a few bucks in return.

2. As you recall, Alexander sort of went through Palestine and Egypt. As a Jew, I am owed a free vacation in Greece in return. Remember that moral obligation.