Mar 1, 2022·edited Mar 19, 2022

I think that what galls me the most may be the frequent references to Ukraine as a democracy and a free country. This reflects the willful blindness of the American political and media classes, and hence the ignorance of the American people, to the fact that in 2014 the United States sponsored a coup in Ukraine that ousted a democratically elected president and replaced him with a puppet president. At the present time, that puppet is Volodymir Zelensky, but he can easily be replaced whenever the puppet master chooses. Ukraine is no more democratic than Russia. In fact, Ukraine is worse, because it has neo-Nazis and fascists in high, low and in-between places.

I came of age during the Vietnam War, and in my long life, I have witnessed my country, the USA, initiate, fight and sponsor wars that killed tens of millions of people and turned many millions more into refugees. Never do I recall the public outcry, the pulling of hair and rending of garments over suffering civilians as is occurring now over the suffering of the Ukrainian people. I, too, feel for them, but the disproportionate level of public grief (and anger) has all the trappings of crocodile tears being played to the hilt by politicians and the media. It is a classic example of mass hysteria. Where was this outpouring of emotion when the US was leveling Fallujah, Mosul and Raqqa? Goddam hypocrites!

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Washington got the war it wanted, and now is prepared to fight to the last Ukrainian.

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Mar 1, 2022·edited Mar 1, 2022

Still waiting for SNL to open with a song of the Palestinians, the Syrians, or the Venezuelans. Heck, I'd even settle for one about the American poor, or why not Julian Assange? We must remember the last time we got this treatment was when Hillary Clinton lost an election. How fucked up is that?

As to the current mess, yes; there is a lot of memory-holing going on. War tends to do that, as does our eternally corrupted peace.

I don't want nuclear war, but I also don't want people living under governments that don't allow protest or the reading of Caitlin Johnstone articles. Washington is idiotic for fomenting this confrontation and Putin is idiotic for embracing it. I should end this with some pithy upbeat kicker -- just like the evening news -- but there just isn't any to be had.

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Thanks Caitlin. Hoping that cooler heads prevail & a ceasefire is attained in short order. So ashamed of being an American these last decades. Traveling to Europe this coming summer with a Russian friend no less. Wondering how we will be treated?

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I get the feeling that the Russians are following a war plan that we in the West don't see, understand, or refuse to admit. When the US bombed Serbia the we knocked out power plants, TV stations, bridges. We also tried to knock out (kill) Serbian leadership. We also bombed the Chinese Embassy killing several of their diplomats. The Russians have done none of that, Very odd. Pictures of the Ukrainian capital with the exception of a very few short rounds seem remarkably intact with the electricity still on and cars moving in the street. Leadership targets completely untouched. Not the Defense Ministry, not the President's Offices, etc. Even the Iranians with their drones could have hit them. I can't say I understand what they are up to but the effects go way beyond "stubborn Ukrainian resistance",

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Thank you for your most powerful, intelligent assessment of the current state of the US/UK war machine. This war could have been averted and yet was provoked by our war mongers in Washington intentionally. I spent 22 years thinking I was working for a great defense company and see that I was disillusioned. They are America's war machines that thrive on global conflicts. I am an American but I clearly hate our involvement in NATO. It must end.

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Am I the only one who is bothered by the differing reception for refugees depending on whose war they are escaping? The warm welcome offered by the European Union to Ukrainian families stands in stark contrast to their heartless efforts to block desperate Middle Eastern refugees arriving in unseaworthy boats. Then there is the USA's treatment of evacuees fleeing the consequences of our war-on-drugs, children in cages and a border wall. The disparity is mind-boggling.

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As an Italian-American, I call "racist foul" on all the commentators who pursue the Hitler comparison. It's clearly anti-Italian bias to leave out my idol, Mussolini, who, after all, was the historically earlier purveyor of Fascismo. And were I serious about this campaign, I'd bet I could find a collection of shitlibs to go along with my racism trope --- after all, to some of those minions of Hillary Clinton, any identity-politics explanation is superior to facing the facts that their country is by far the greatest purveyor of terrorism the planet has ever seen. Il Duce would be proud. Facismo, per sempre, cittadini.

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It truly sucks to figure this out, but it must be faced, that we (the U.S.), are the world's bully, occupying nearly every country currently in existence.

I've been around long enough to see that.

I am the ONLY generation of my family tree that has not been in military combat, and I have no male progeny.

I'll have no grandchildren to ask, "What did you do in the war, Grandpa?", to which I'd reply, "I didn't get one." I missed Viet Nam by 2 years and wasn't about to join up and serve in the next one.

I'm too old for this sh*t.

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The war started in 2014, when the US State Department and Anglo-American intel agencies ran a putsch with the help of actual REAL neo-Nazis. The Ukrainian government was in fact overthrown by an Anglo-American coup, in part with the help of remnants of the real Ukrainian Nazis networks going back to WWII, which the Anglo-American intel agencies protected, just like they did with their rat lines, just like they did using Nazis to run coups and dictatorships in South America. Why is this barely mentioned when discussing the background for the current situation, which has been 8 years in the making? Why is this being minimized and downplayed?

What the Anglo-American intel establishment pulled in Ukraine in 2014 was Operation Gladio-style stuff.

To quote from ''Immune to Irony: Nazi Collaborators and Authoritarian Personalities Denounce Russia'':

''After having been established by the CIA, NATO and MI6 in 1956, Operation Gladio saw hundreds of terrorist cells deployed by former leaders of Nazi intelligence embedded across Europe who were used to kill civilians and troublesome politicians while stoking the fires of anarchy along the way. These acts of terror were in turn used to justify the excessive “emergency management” by oligarchically captured trans Atlantic nations throughout the Cold War based upon the logic that “the war against communism justifies everything… including fascism”.

While some say that the Gladio Operations were cancelled when the Soviet Union disintegrated, evidence points to a very different picture.

One particularly loud case is found in the figure of Andriy Parubiy, founder of the neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine who was appointed to serve as Secretary of the National Security and National Defense Committee (RNBOU) in the post-regime change putsch managed by Victoria Nuland and overseen by Joe Biden.

It is noteworthy that Parubiy, who has close ties to Freeland (herself the proud granddaughter of Hitler collaborator Michael Chomiak) cozied up to Justin in 2016 while seeking weapons, training and other logistical support from Canada. Meetings between Canadian politicians and leading neo-Nazi groups from Ukraine like the Azov Battalion continued to be so frequent that the Ottawa Citizen reported on November 9, 2021 that:

“Canadian officials who met with members of a Ukrainian battalion linked to neo-Nazis didn’t denounce the unit, but were instead concerned the media would expose details of the get-together, according to newly released documents. The Canadians met with and were briefed by leaders from the Azov Battalion in June 2018. The officers and diplomats did not object to the meeting and instead allowed themselves to be photographed with battalion officials despite previous warnings that the unit saw itself as pro-Nazi. The Azov Battalion then used those photos for its online propaganda, pointing out the Canadian delegation expressed “hopes for further fruitful co-operation.”


In a word: things are not what they seem...

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As usual, spot on! Thank you Caitlinn for shedding light where it is urgently necessary!

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Oh dear what a fuss1 When it's all so good for Wall St, and the weapons-making corporations You spoil-sport!

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i reflexively believed that Hillary was just a secular mafia type evil. It is ever more clear that I was incorrect. She is evil to her rotten, satan worshipping core. She may even be an emanation of Jezebel herself. She is opposed to all that is good. In my mind, she is even a candidate for Antichrist. Think this is hyperbole? The wikileaks show her wanting to sacrifice a female child to Moloch.

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"We were now been given so much weaponry, not because as some say, 'West is helping us'...but because we perform the tasks set by the West, because we the only ones who are ready to do them, because we have fun killing and we have fun fighting"


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How they gonna do a "no-fly" zone when Russia already has S-400s, S-500s? It is reputed, One S-400 can clear airspace for a 100km radius. Who's gonna fly planes over an S-400?

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