What the #USA learnt from 40+ years of #war in #Afghanistan: let's replicate the experiment on the eastern border of the EU.
Ah yes, because the war in Syria went so well.
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 #Afghanistan [are going] to #Ukraine instead.»
How convenient that surplus weapons find another destination so quickly after one war (ostensibly) ends.
#IMF in #Ukraine. I wonder how long until they become as popular as the troika in Greece.
Compare and contrast.
"peaceful entry of coalition forces to eliminate weapons" 
"military operations to disarm" 
"special military operation [...] to demilitarise" 
«#Putin deliberately frames his operation in #Ukraine in the same way that the United States has framed its own regime-change operations in #Kosovo, #Iraq and #Libya, charging that Ukraine has committed human rights violations and is a terrorist state.»
"The Constitution of #Russia": error 404, page not found.
«If there's just 1% chance for us to stop this #war, 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».
«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 #war in order to establish a world of peace and beauty.»
The White House retracted the #regimechange statement one hour later... #Russia #ukraine #usa https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/white-house-says-biden-is-not-calling-regime-change-russia-2022-03-26/
#Biden: «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 #war has left #Hungary increasingly isolated among its western allies but has proved popular among voters, especially those in rural areas.»
Easter celebrations were banished from #Ukraine 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".
«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 #war 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 #energy and #ammonia prices.
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