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RUSSIA, TAKE THE DONBASS, IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO
My commentary of February 2nd 2022.
Zelensky & Biden both need war, or at least the threat of war, to draw support for their flagging opinion poll ratings... which are descending rather speedily down the toilet.
These two are far from the brightest lights among an array of dim bulbs who can only flicker rather than flash. Perhaps Putin ought to give them what they crave, take the Donbass and light them up a tad?
No matter that western elites would go totally ape-shit, it’s looking increasingly like the right thing to do. More than that, it is looking like the *essential* thing to do, the right thing to do, the thing that can put an end to the current West-created impasse. With its back covered by China, Russia can pretty much afford to set the screwheads of western idiocy raving mad at him. Let’s face it, what more can they say about him they have not said a thousand times already? He can take it. He’s shown this innumerable times.
There’s an old saying, you may as well be hung for (stealing) a sheep as a lamb. Russia has something to lose admittedly, however, far less than when this all blew up due to U.S. and EU interference in Ukraine’s business back in the winter of 2013-14. Russia can just about afford the damage the western powers will try to inflict upon her. She has gone through so much worse during WWII than the West could possibly do and that Stalingrad Spirit has not faded with the years. The Russian people have much the same mettle now as they did back then. Tradition has faced down modernity in most Russian households and the respect for the veterans of WWII lives on and provides a needed example for young Russians now.
The highest percentage of those in the Donbass are pro-Russian Russian-speakers who know all too well that they would be far better off as part of the Russian Federation than they ever will be in Ukraine even if they live to be a hundred years old or more. Besides, they feel so much closer to Russia, both physically and mentally than to those who would be their eternally greedy masters in Kiev or further into the depravities of EU nations (as they see them). The vast majority of those in the Donbass would greet Russian troops as liberators and greet them with cheers, hugs, flowers and loaves of bread with a sprinkling of salt.
Russia and the Russian people would weather the storm of rhetoric and attempted economic venom from the West in the event of Russia storming in. A lesson will have been taught NATO, a lesson the American architect of the Cold War containment policy of the Soviet Union, George Kennan would say was well deserved. He predicted back when the first three ex-Warsaw Pact states were welcomed into NATO that the day would come when Russia would be angered enough to refuse to tolerate any further encroachment. It appears that day has well and truly come.
Russia has been preparing for this eventuality. She has built up her defences making herself as immune as she can do for whatever the West throws at her. Putin has done his best to appear unperturbed while readying her defences. His crowning achievement may well be the development of the array hypersonic weaponry now standing ready to repulse any insane American Dr. Strangeloves who think Russia is a pushover.
Russia has established new, stronger and vastly more dependable trading partners and networks, chief of all that with China. After taking Donbass, if he should decide to, Putin will need to cleave ever closer to China and share military technologies as never before, get the second Siberia to China pipeline completed in record time and make official the loose alliance against the West that has borne such fruit in recent times.
The West, in the aftermath of Russia acting in its own best interests by taking the Donbass will be in disarray no matter how resolutely furious it may seem. Nations such as Germany, France and Italy will find its elites wetting themselves at the thought of going along with the USA and UK in their new super-sanctions against Russia. They know what Russia can do to their economies by return, turning off the gas tap, freezing them out as she turns to other, more agreeable, and much friendlier markets.
Russia’s true friends will stick with her, India, South Africa, perhaps a Lula renewed Brazil and above all of course China. Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Yemen and many others will stand cheering and applauding as Russia gives the USA and the EU a double whammy. Many will dance in the streets and wave Russian flags, even as far away as the Sudan and Mali. And naturally across Serbia and among the populations of the ex-Warsaw Pact nations where many still recall Russia with affection and despise the warmongers of the West.
All in all taking the Donbass more and more looks like the best thing Russia can do right now. Its pleas for understanding have fallen on stony ground, its hopes to be welcomed into a common European home, dashed. The long years of patiently waiting for the West to come to its senses and for the redundant, fear-based force of NATO to be disbanded, have ended. Russia has finally come to the terminal end of any patience it had now. Now it will act on the basis that its enemies are truly insane with no possibility of psychiatric treatment in sight. Only shock therapy has any potential for effecting a cure now.
Russia, take the Donbass, it’s the right thing to do!