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  1. Beauregard

    George Woloshyn said…

    Friedman is wrong. This is not about Ukraine or its “western leaning” aspirations. The EU and especially NATO could – if it chose to do so – pledge that Ukraine would not gain admission to either grouping. And even if Putin does not trust those pledges, he could achieve the same result the way he has done in Netherland – by manipulating one or several of EU or NATO members to refuse Ukraine’s admission.

    This is about Russia. Putin and his regime – made up of both criminal and secret service types (though this may have been redundant) – are worried that the model of a free, prosperous, democratic state next to Russia’s borders may “infect” his own state and overthrow his predatory, repressive rule. That is why he needs a “buffer” – not against armies but against human decency.

    This has always been the greatest concern of Russia’s ruling elite as far back as the 16th century. Czar Peter I had to (literally) cut off the beards of Russian xenophobes just to open up that country to some small influence from the West. (Though that experiment did not last long.)

    In dealing with Russia’s elite, the West is dealing with some pretty sick people. They prefer to sit atop one eight of the Earth’s land surface – much of which has not even been fully explored – rather than relieve the centuries-old poverty and degradation of its population. They will spend huge resources trying to nibble up some small slice of a neighbor’s land, then do nothing with it except plunder what they can. They will plant their flag on some desolate Arctic ice floe or remote planet and insist that all that is part of “russky mir”.

    I’m not a psychiatrist, so I can not help them, but I do know that Ukraine is not the problem. It is the solution.

    http://news.kievukraine.info/2016/04/george-friedman-russia-will-be-ready-to.html

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  2. walt

    Some more, of a whole lot of experimenting going on.
    Must see ruSSian video of a Polish guy in Moscow ticking off the moscaliha and saying the Poles will exterminate ruSSians if they attack Poland. He is verbally attacked by a whole group of ruSSians.
    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/polish-intellectual-calls-killing-russians-live-tv-video/ri13822

    BUT! BUT! BUT! in Poland he runs a pro-moscow site, here is his facebook page for the kremlin propoganda site;
    https://www.facebook.com/irfprussiamgimo/?fref=nf

    Here is an excerpt from a Polish news source, ( https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pl&u=http://www.fakt.pl/swiat/polski-dziennikarz-jakub-korejba-wyrzucony-z-rosyjskiej-telewizji,artykuly,623731.html&prev=search )

    using google translate;

    “Jakub Korejba graduated from MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) and is considered to be a journalist strongly pro-Russian. His articles are often strongly anti-Polish, you can read, among others, on the pages of the Russian portal in Polish, “Sputnik”.

    A kremlin troll pretending to be a Pole. The whole moscow TV show was all staged.

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