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1984 In Russia In 2014

George Orwell’s classic tale of how an authoritarian regime can control minds of its population is now being lived out in Russia. Vladimir Putin has gained complete control of all sources of information that are found in Russia. He controls newspapers, magazines, what is presented on the media at night, and his spies seek out those with views that differ from the established party line of Vladimir Putin. One doubts if a single member of the Russian Parliament is able –or knowledgeable– to present a differing point of view regarding what is happening in Ukraine. The Russian people are brain washed and without a clue regarding what happened in Ukraine when a plane was shot down by missiles under the control of Separatists supplied by Russia. Levada, an independent pollster reveals the current state of Russian thinking about this topic:

46% are convinced Ukraine sent missiles into the air to shoot down the plane.

36% believe a Ukraine military plane shot down the airline filled with people.

Many believe their was a Western plot to assassinate President Putin, and in some way Flight M17 is connected to the plot.

Many believe the Flight 17 was filled with corpses and when it hit the ground those were the “people” who were found.

Oh, 3% believe that Ukraine separatists used a missile launcher to shoot down the plane.

Now, you know why Vladimir Putin is so defiant towards the West.

Suffer The Civilians

A hundred years ago today, thousands of German troops crossed the border of Belgium on their way towards Paris. Thus, began World War I, an experience in death that would take the lives of over twenty million people, including a few million civilians. It is not surprising that during the first month of war, hundreds of Belgium civilians were murdered by German troops because they resisted, rather than accepted the dictates of their invaders. Oh, these killings were carried out by Christian men, not Muslim militants. German artillery blasted away at cities, destroying churches and homes. Ironically, this was the first twentieth century murder of civilians. There were shouts of horror from neutral America, but the Germans argued, speed of their armed forces was necessary in order to quickly end the war. All military forces employ some form of excuse if they are set on murder of the innocent. In all honesty, throughout human history, civilians have been murdered. But, between 1815 ti 1914, Europe basically enjoyed a hundred years of peace without a major war, and without civilians dying.

Fast forward to 2014. Another Israel bomb exploded in a UN schools. ONLY ten civilians died. OH, a few dozen were wounded. But, we are living in the twenty first century, a time when we humans have advanced from the days of Hun warriors sweeping across the plains of Europe murdering all in their way. WE are modern humans. We do not send hordes of horsemen to murder, we remain far from the source of death and simply send in the missiles of destruction. Isn’t is wonderful that we no longer are barbarians??

Truth About M17!

After reading accounts by members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, this intrepid reporter flew to the Ukraine in order to get the truth about what is happening from members of Separatist loyal decent east Ukraine folk.

M: I read reports that you folks fired upon members of the OSCE. Is that true?
S: Absolutely false. We were camped in the forest having a marshmallow roast when we were attacked by some foreign forces.
M: What did they do, pray tell?
S: We saw some strange creatures wandering around picking up body parts. They were obviously ghouls embarked on a campaign to gather bodies in order to extract their blood.
M: Sounds sort of ghoulish to me. I thought they were collecting bodies of those killed in the M17 crash.
S: Fred, you are not that naive, are you? What crash? There never was any crash.
M: But, I read stories and saw pictures about the M17 plane from Malaysia which was shot down in eastern Ukraine.
S: I suppose you also believe in fairies. Let me explain the truth. German fascists loaded a plane with corpses, they sent it headed toward Mother Russia, and as it passed over eastern Ukraine, a bomb inside the plane was timed to go off. Down came the plane, and down came the corpses.
M: Wow! I was sure fooled.
S: Due to the efforts of the beloved President Vladimir Putin, we rushed to the scene of this tragedy in hope of finding any living people. But, we could not allow these Fascist ghouls to recover the corpses, and suck out any blood still in them. We are decent Christian folk.
M: But, why are these Fascists doing these things?
S: The German Nazis failed to defeat Mother Russia in World War II, and now they are launching World War III. Thank God, the Great Leader Putin stands guard on the towers of peace.
M: Yes, thank God for our Great Leader. Do you think he might come to America and bring peace, and prosperity to our shores??

Obama Dismisses Russia

Once again President Barack Obama proved to the world that he is unable to get along with people. He has had over five years to work with the sensible hard working members of the Republican party in Congress. Heck, they have already passed 108 pieces of legislation, OK, so it is the lowest number in two decades. But, why didn’t they pass more important laws? It was the fault of Barack Obama. He simply refuses to understand the nature of how to create a vibrant economy. John Boehner has worked so hard. Latest figures reveal the average work load of an American congressman in 2014 is at least TWENTY EIGHT HOURS PER WEEK! That is twenty eight hours more than worked by folks on Food Stamps! If only Barack Obama was a nice Christian man, he would accept Republican ideas and work for harmony in America.

To make things even worse. Our President not only insulted Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he insulted the people of Russia. He dismissed Russia as a nation that “doesn’t make anything.” He went on to further insult the people of Mother Russia. “Immigrants are not rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity. The life expectancy for a Russian male is 60 years.” Well, at least the immigrants in Russia are native born Russians, not a bunch of foreigners seeking to get across the border. And, in Putin Russia, he even places those who do not get along with him in a comfortable jail cell with three square meals a day! Can Obama match that record? Perhaps, President Obama could send those Latin American children to Moscow?

Hundred Years Ago Guns Of August Sounded

A hundred years ago at this very moment, German troops were entering the neutral nation of Belgium as part of the famous Schliffen Plan which called for Germany to make quick fast invasion of France, compel the French to surrender, and then turn German troops eastward to confront and defeat the Russian army. The Plan was clear. Quick marches, sudden attacks, the enemy defeated, and then peace reigns in Europe. Between 1815 to 1914 there had only been three minor wars in Europe, so for someone who was a hundred years old, this person had never witnessed a major war, and was completely unfamiliar with the idea that innocent civilians would be forced to die because men were fighting a war. As German, French, Russian and English soldiers got on trains headed for combat, crowds cheered. There were wild celebrations for the announcement of war. The vast majority of those cheering were convinced the “war” would soon conclude, their soldiers would return home with victory, and then the pre-war wold would return to normal. Such were the dreams, such were the fantasies of those seeking war. Most probably, civilians in any war expect victory–for their side. The assumption is always, “we are on the right side. Since we are on God’s side, victory must ensue.” The “enemy” is some vague creature lacking in the peaceful attitudes of those going to war. After all, if our soldiers attack an enemy, it is only because the enemy initially fired and caused this conflict.

Every nation going to war assumes they are on the “right side.” It is rare for a nation to consider–what comes after victory? Or, what happens if we lose the war? Those concepts are not in the minds of soldiers or leaders seeking to defeat the enemy. Of course, the Guns of August never ceased firing for four long years of death and destruction. Then, came silence. Then came “peace.” Of course, twenty one years later came another World War. It would be interesting getting into the mind of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, what now after the tunnels of death are destroyed?

Who Is This Putin?

One again, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin feels oppressed by the evil forces of America and Europe. He is somewhat confused because, for some unknown reason, American President Obama is leading a crusade against the peace loving people of Russia. He called Obama to discuss the confusion within his mind over the aggressive policy being sought by the United States against Russia, which has been fighting to restore peace, love and dignity to all people in Ukraine. And, to make matters worse, the US leads the fight to employ sanctions against innocent Russian business leaders who have never touched, not killed any soul. Putin informed the President these sanctions were counterproductive, they damaged the lives of innocent Russian people, and, to made the situation in Europe unstable. According to Putin, if the Obama goal is calming international tensions, then employing sanctions will not accomplish this goal.

I guess President Obama thinks these Russian folks have gone too far in preventing Ukraine from functioning as a nation. I expect that Obama will warn Europeans about being “sanctimonious” regarding Putin’s actions, after all, Putin has been under pressure. OK, so he did a few nasty things, but he felt pressure, and when folks feel pressure, they often wind up doing bad things. In one respect, Vladimir Putin did nothing different from our CIA which tortured and oppressed folks in the name of preventing instability in the world. So, hopefully, President Obama will be understanding when confronting a man who felt “under pressure” to commit violence!

Confederacy Still Alive-Only In Europe

Modern America retains those who believe fervently in the idea of a separate Confederate nation. During the year, at some point or another, they hold celebrations about their beloved Confederacy and pretend they are in a battle. These mock battles invariably result in victory for the forces of slavery. Ironically, many separatist and neo-Nazi groups in Europe have taken up the star and bar flag of the Confederacy as these people fight for the right to be bigots. Ukrainian separatists have displayed the Confederate flag–along with that of Texas! I wonder if Governor Rick Perry will fly to Donetsk and stand with his fellow believers in secession and war against democracies. After all, Rick can handle children, why can’t he handle the Ukrainian army? The amazing aspect of this fascination with Nazi flags and flags for those who fight to retain slavery is that grandparents of separatists were murdered by Nazis!! How can a grandchild believe those who brutally killed their grandparents is someone to admire? I assume for this group, Adolf Hitler is a man of courage who fought for human rights!

Alexander Hug, who is deputy head of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe(OSCE) has been attempting to investigate the crash site of the downed Malaysian plane. As he commented: “an airplane crashes over a war zone, totally innocent vacationers fall from the sky, and access is prevented.” The reason is clear. Russia, which lost twenty-five million to Nazis during World War II now insists those who did the killing are heroes of Mother Russia. Russian TV Channel One was reporting that Western sources were preventing access to the crash site. Such is life in Putin Russia.

We Can Go It Alone!!

Once again, Vladimir Putin is showing the world that he is not a dude who will bend to the reality of our world. He inhabits his own world. In Mother Russia, HE is the decider. Oh, there is a legislature, there are some judges, but Vladimir Putin is THE DECIDER. It is rather difficult after years of doing whatever he desires, ordering people around, and enjoying Absolute control of all means of communication for this man to accept the reality there are other forces in this world which also can impact Mother Russia. In face of new European and American sanctions, THE MAN insists that no one can tell him what to do. His response to sanctions is issuing a warning that Russia does not need any outside relations and can go it alone within its own economy. Of course, as of this moment in time, few Americans or Europeans purchase any Russian technology. When was the last time anyone purchased a Russian made phone or TV or cell phone? At least 90% of Russia’s defense industry depends upon Western technology in order to do anything. Naturally, the toadies who inhabit Russia’s parliament are 1000% behind the Boss. MP Alexei Pushko warned America: “Obama will go down in history… as the US President who started a new Cold War.”

The coming months will not be easy. Reality is that Putin does not face any pressure from anyone within Russia to alter his way of handling foreign affairs. Heck, he does what he desires within Russia which means life today in that land is not that far different from the good old days of Communism when expressing a view point could land one in prison or a gulag out in Siberia. In one sense, time has stood still in Russia. Its people are closer to the Communist era when issues of freedom are confronted. No one knows what The Boss will do. That, is also Reality!

What Can Australia Do About Putin?

President Obama is engaged in various actions directed at Russia and its leader, the noble Vladimir Putin, but I began to wonder as to what can nations that were directly involved in the crash of one of those Malaysian airlines in Ukraine do about the death of its citizens? After all, 38 Australians died on that plane and their families are suffering from the deaths of loved ones. So, what exactly can their government do to punish the man responsible for death of family members?

1. Australia could refuse to allow Putin to land in Brisbane, and be able to attend the G20 meeting next month.

2. Of course, if Australia bans the Putin man, he will complain and make threats to everyone in sight.

3. Australia could identify Vladimir Putin as a criminal and ask Interpol to arrest this guy.

4. Australians could send millions of letters to Russia addressed to Putin and louse up the Russian postal system.

5. Australians could draw funny faces about this man, and place them on his Facebook account.

6. Australians could launch a massive email campaign against Putin.

Think about it this way, if Australians did the above, they would be doing more than the European Union has–or will do!

Guns Of August-Are They Upon Us?

it was exactly one hundred years ago today, that millions of soldiers from France, Germany, Austria-Hungary and England were heading toward borders in order to prevent THE ENEMY from invading their lands. It was a hundred years ago today, that the sound of war was growing louder and louder. Each nation was prepared to fight. Why? The prior month in the city of Sarajevo in the southern region of Austria Hungary, the son of the Emperor was shot by a man bent on seeking the rights of oppressed people. This set in motion a series of events that wound up causing the deaths of twenty million. At the beginning of this tragedy not a single European nation was seeking war, by the end of this tragedy, most were bent on war. Not a single European nation thought the assassination would result in anything other than a bit of anger. By the end of this sequence in which none wanted war most were ready for war.

World War I occurred at a moment in time when Europeans had enjoy one hundred years of virtual peace. Since 1815, there had only been two or three minor wars on the continent. Most leaders thought that peace could be maintained. But, in 1914, they all got trapped in a process in which a minor incident became increasingly a major event. There simply was no process to halt the march toward war. It just proceeded.

There is no question that President Vladimir Putin lacks a sense of stability. He rules over a Russia which lacks a legislature to reign him in or a media that could rip him to pieces. He has become accustomed to doing as he desires without any interference. A normal leader, after the shooting down of a civilian plane, would hesitate, not Putin. He simply does what he wishes to do. So, what can be done before the Guns of August again blast away?

1. There is need for an immediate meeting between Russia, Germany, France, England and the US. Leaders of these nations must meet together and discuss what happened in August, 1914. All must pledge the Guns of August must never fire again.

2. Leaders of Germany, France, England and the US must convey to Putin that even if he invaded Ukraine, they would not respond with military forces. However, they would immediately ban any financial transactions with Russia, ban Russian products from their lands as well as forbid the entry of any Russian. He would be allowed to seize Ukraine, but Russia would become an economically isolated nation.