Imagine if France planned to support an armed insurgency in Canada, or China in Mexico. What would the NYT write?

First step: prepare the ground to brand as illegitimate any government opposing USA involvement. Where have I heard this before?


«Mi-17 transport helicopters originally meant for use in [are going] to instead.»

How convenient that surplus weapons find another destination so quickly after one war (ostensibly) ends.

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« deliberately frames his operation in in the same way that the United States has framed its own regime-change operations in , and , charging that Ukraine has committed human rights violations and is a terrorist state.»

«If there's just 1% chance for us to stop this , I think that we need to take this chance. We need to do that. I can tell you about the result of this negotiations — in any case, we are losing people on a daily basis, innocent people on the ground [...] unfortunately, our dignity is not going to preserve the lives. So, I think we have to use any format, any chance in order to have a possibility of negotiating».

«I had to use force to get them out. I lied to them, whatever I could think of, I said ‘there’s hot food waiting for you, electricity, mobile phone signal’ I lied and I’m not ashamed. I believe that the people I got out are in less danger than they were inside the city».

About lies in and difficult decisions in a .

Just the other day I was reading on and vs. .

«The problem whether or not a good end justifies bad means seems to arise out of such cases as whether one should lie to a sick man in order to set his mind at rest ; or whether one should keep a people in ignorance in order to make them happy ; or whether one should begin a long and bloody civil in order to establish a world of peace and beauty.»

The irresistible American classic, abroad, soon released in a () theater near you. From the producers of , , , and more currently screening worldwide.

: «Over the last 30 years, the forces of autocracy have revived all across the globe.»

I wonder what changed 30 years ago and who might have had something to do with it. 🧐

«Orbán’s stance on the has left increasingly isolated among its western allies but has proved popular among voters, especially those in rural areas.»

Easter celebrations were banished from media (they "chose not to do a live transmission on the prayer, as they have traditionally done").

It's always the other side that lives in a communications bubble, as we're regularly informed.

"Much has been said about the Russian shelling of Ukrainian towns. [...] The danger to civilians is no different under the barrels of Ukrainian artillery".

Who knew.

«Ukrainian forces set fire to grain fields around Mariupol so they could not be “stolen by the occupiers”, Sergiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the Odesa regional military administration said».

Apparently this is what you do these days to prove you care about local farmers and global food security.

3 G$ for USA industries, to replace the stockpiles sent to the scrapyard, ahem, frontlines.

«None of that equipment will arrive for months, if not years.» But shareholders need support now, and they'll get it.

The "Togliatti-Odessa pipeline" sounds like some obscure communist policy of the 1950s but it's actually a major infrastructure of the global fossilagrochem industry, currently in the news due to and prices.

@nemobis The fact that a real war with real weapons is very likely sucks. I'm curious though - if you do not support the US or the EU to give military support to Ukraine, what kind of support do you think is okay, if any?

@setthemfree The most obvious kind of support is a non-proliferation treaty so that isn't caught between heavily armed neighbours.

@nemobis Sounds great if there was way to have such threaty somehow magically solve the constant bullying and military threatening of Ukraine by Russia.

Currently they want "NATO out, period". I doubt Russia will ever promice to stay away, especially in the situation where they have already occupied parts of Ukraine.

@nemobis So if I understand correctly, you would support NATO accepting Russian demands.

With no reciprocal and accountable guarrantees from Russia.

Well, I'm looking forward to seeing the written response to Russia.

I find it weird that even our discussion seems to happen on the assumption that Ukraine should be asking Russia's permission about its geopolitical decisions.

@setthemfree No. Unilateral disarmament is wise but unlikely. It's easier to start from implementing the already agreed bilateral disarmaments and proceed from there.

And geopolitics is pretty much by definition the reaction of others to what you do. Ukraine can make its decisions, so can the others.

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