What would Merkel say if Putin were killing Germans?

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2015/02/03 • Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Taras Panio

The politics of “waiting out” the war that has been adopted by the European leadership reveals the fear and inability of the current generation of European politicians to make responsible decisions.

The statement by the German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who recommended that the US refrain from supplying weapons to Ukraine, has already caused amazement, disillusionment and outrage in Ukraine.

“There is no military solution to this conflict. I tell this to my American friends who are considering the possibility of supplying weapons. This will lead to a greater number of deaths,” Steinmeier said.

Of course we should not forget that the diplomat made this statement during the regional conference of the Social Democratic Party of Germany in Nuremberg and that the main audience, naturally, was composed of Steinmeier’s fellow party members.

However, the tone adopted by Steinmeier does not differ much from the tone taken by Angela Merkel, who also managed to declare that the conflict in the east of Ukraine cannot be resolved by military means.

In fact, much the same (idea) was stated by the government of Czechoslovakia in the person of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomir Zaoralek, who took his cynicism even further when he declared that “even if the negotiations fall through, we cannot say that we would send weapons.” Translated from the Czech-diplomatic language this means that if the negotiations fail, Ukraine will face Russian aggression alone.

However, none of the peacekeepers offered any realistic or effective diplomatic mechanism to settle the conflict “that cannot be settled by military means.” All limited themselves to calls for peaceful settlement. If every such call stopped a single Russian soldier, Putin would be without troops at the frontline.

It is more likely that the Europeans have decided to “wait out” (the war) on the backs of Ukrainians,  limiting themselves — with the exception of sanctions —  to sporadic financial aid and expressions of concern (during active hostilities) and sympathy (when separatists kill civilians deliberately without even advancing anywhere).

Brussels, together with Berlin and Paris, expects that sooner or later Russia’s financial exhaustion will cool down Putin’s aggressive passions and then he can be offered new cooperation on terms convenient for Europe. Meanwhile, the risks that the conflict will expand to an all-European war will be minimal.

On first glance, such a position might appear to be advantageous for Europe — apart from its moral-ethical aspect and taken at a distance from the frontline, where the separatists, with whom it is possible to negotiate only by degrees, are gradually transforming two oblasts of Ukraine into a working model of Armageddon. In this fashion Europe comes out of the conflict with minimal losses. To realize such a model Europe is ready to support anti-Russian sanctions, arrange for periodic indoctrination of the next Orban (which incidentally Merkel was doing at the time of her speech on the need for pacifism on the Eastern front) and also to give Ukraine modest loans with no real hope for repayment. (Viktor Orbán is the pro-Putin prime minister of Hungary and president of the country’s extreme-right ruling party Fidesz — Ed.)

But this model has one huge disadvantage. It ignores the fact that reserves of strength for such a war — material, financial and, most of all, psychological — are being exhausted in Ukraine.

Because you can talk as much as you want about the heroic battle for the homeland. You can calculate at will the portion of salaries to be rendered in food and night goggles for those out THERE. By order of the General Staff, and repeated by Ukraine’s president, you can forbid men to go out for kefir, beer or bread without permission from the military office — thus ameliorating the difficult financial situation of the military commissars.

But the army cannot remain for years on checkpoints around Mordor (area of peril, darkness and evil — Ed.) and only respond to the next shelling, provocation or sabotage. And, more generally, the army must advance. Or the war will be lost sooner or later.

And if this “great standstill” drags on for another year or two, everything will “collapse.” Tired volunteers, bombed out checkpoints, the presidential standard lowered from its flagpole. Oh, and at the same time, European hopes for “buying peace.” However, at that point this will no longer trouble us.

But what becomes the “endgame” for us, will be just the beginning of real problems for the Europeans — in the Baltic States, in Poland, in the Balkans, and anywhere else. After demolishing the “rook” (chess piece — Ed.) of Ukrainian defense, Putin will have the entire chessboard in front of him for further combinations.

Finally, it is possible to understand — but not justify — the German fear of war. They cannot forget what war is. The only problem is that the war has already started and is taking place no matter what it is called. And if there is refusal to fight in this war, there will be Anschluss (Hitler’s annexation of Austria — Ed.). Which can only be a prelude to the next, larger, war. Who should know this better than the Germans and the Czechs?

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso TV

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  • Mephisto

    The history repeats itself. It feels like 1936-1938. Hitler made an Anschluss of Austria and later of Sudetenland (part of Czechoslovakia). And the western elites are endlessly discussing and seeking for a “diplomatic” solution with a psychopathic agressor. Czechoslovakia even had milatary agreements with France and Great Britain, but they didn’t help.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_Agreement
    (it was/is called Munich Betrayal in Czechoslovakia)

    • Czech Friend

      and there’s another betrayal right here:

      “In my opinion, the conflict in eastern Ukraine has no military solution. We will not achieve the desired results by military means, and from the beginning we have emphasized the need to resolve this conflict by diplomatic means. The EU should also stick to it,” Czech FM Zaoralek said, commenting on some NATO member countries’ calls for broader military support to Ukraine.

      If the cowardly politicians at least didn’t pretend they were countering Putin but surrendered to him instead.

      Makes me sick!

      • Mephisto

        read this
        http://www.pritomnost.cz/archiv/cz/1936/1936_18_3.pdf

        it was written in 1936 by Peroutka (thanks Mr. Zeman for directing me to this article)

        • Czech Friend

          thank you.
          What a chilling read that is! I like the saying history is not a template for the future but not in this case.

          Brief summary for non Czechs- it is March 1936 and Czech journalist F. Peroutka is giving his analysis of what to do about Hitler who just invaded Rheinland. He notes the European hesitance and fear to act swiftly.

          Reading that the paralels between Hitler and Putin become so striking it is scary! This should be transalated and published today.

      • Richard Hoover

        THATS WELL SAID AND TRUE!!! RIGHT ON!

  • Frank Fileccia

    Up until now some western countries have been “gifting” or “loaning” Ukraine money for budgetary purposes. BUt not enough to finance a war. Some FSU countries have sold Ukraine their old, outdated Soviet equipment. But Ukraine needs new up to date Equipment to fight against new up to date equipment. I heard the other day that out of a convoy of 8 tanks, only 2 made it to their destination. Not because they were attacked, but because 6 broke down. Half the airforce is gone. Not because of combat losses, but mostly because of breakdowns and canibalization.

    My biggest fear is that Putler will win. While Obama sits on his hands, and defies his Senate and Congress (he really hates Ukraine), while Frau Ribbentropp tries to “appease” Putler, Ukraine will be worn down. When there are no more planes, no more tanks, no more bullets, only the will to fight and rocks to throw Putler’s armour will sweep across the country. From Kyiv to Odessa, Donetsk to Lviv.

    It’s time that Europe and the US start giving Ukraine the tools necessary to stop Putin in his tracks. Get your heads out of the sand, and start seeing what needs to be done, and needs to be done NOW!

    • Richard Hoover

      THATS WORDS OF STEEL,,,LOVE IT,,IM WITH YOU ON THAT,,IM IN KIEV WITH A LITTLE 6 YEAR OLD SON AND HIS RELATIVES HERE,,IM A WESTERNER ,,WHO WILL STAY AND DEFEND UKRAINE MY SON HIS MOTHER AND FAMILY ANYWAY I CAN ,,DESPERATE OR NOT,,,UKRAINE FIGHTS TO THE DEATH!!~!!!!!!! PUTIN IS SCUM ,,,,,,NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE,,,,,,HES ON ANOTHER PLANET OF DEATH,,,AND GREED,AND EGO.,,,,EVIL DANCING IN THE FACE OF THE WEST,,,,,WITH A GUN IN IS HAND!

  • Richard Hoover

    chicken shit Chech president and Merkel ,,,,,if it were your German or Chechs soldiers getting slaughtered and citizens ,,would you fight tha good fight? Ukrainians would join you if Putin aimed his terror at your countries,,they would be there in a heart beat!!!!!

    • https://disqus.com/ Mixa

      America started the war in Ukraine….

      http://youtu.be/VtozHiO8J5k

      • PoeTentiate

        Aliens from planet krypton started the war in Ukraine…

    • CanRus

      I wouldn’t have phrased it quite that way… 😀 but yeah, I agree with the general idea. Spot on!

      The Ukrainians aren’t asking anybody to go fight for them, they just want defensive weapons and equipment to lower the casualties, both military and civilian. What could be more reasonable than that?

      • Richard Hoover

        I CALL A SPADE A SPADE CAN-RUS,,,,,,,BLOGGER,,,,THANKS FOR THE PAT ON THE BACK,, I DONT WRITE POETRY,,ITS STREETS SMARTS TO DEFEND MY ASS AND MY SON AND FRIENDS ,,,WALK SMILE BE FAIR AND KIND AND CARRY A BIG STICK !!! AND A PISTOL UNDER YOUR COAT FOR GUYS WHO LIKE TO STEAL AND DESTROY AND KILL YOUR FAMILY AND HUMAN
        RIGHTS! PUTIN IS THAT GUY WHO WE FACE ON THE STOOP OF OUR OWN NEIGHBOURHOODS TODAY,,THE MAFIA THUG ON THE BLOCK ,,SLICK AND EVIL TO THE CORE.,,,HE WILL USE AND ROB AND KILL ANYONE TO GET AHEAD AND SATISFY HIS MACHO BULLSHIT ARROGANT EGO!

  • Rods

    If the West doesn’t help defend Ukraine then it is inevitable the war will come to the West.

    If Hitler had been stopped before Czechoslovakia there would have been no WWII, if Putler had been stopped in Ukraine there would have been no nuclear WWIII

    Merkel, Obama, the EU and US by not helping Ukraine means that is is German lives that will be lost along with many other Europeans and Americans instead.

    Two things Putler needs to survive and sit at the Superpower top table, constant empire building wars and a convenient Superpower economy he can steal and fortunately for him there is one next door full of pacifist leaders called the EU.

    • Richard Hoover

      Rods true words ,,love it,,thank you pal!

    • Doug Retter

      Putin will never turn Russia into a superpower. He can’t manage what he has now.

  • evanlarkspur

    Negotiations occur only when both parties can get more by sitting down together than they can by refusing to sit down. If the price of not sitting down at the table is too high, Putin will sit down. So far, the West has deprived Putin of things that they/we are convinced that he must value highly, both because we value them highly and because he is a fool if he does not see how necessary and valuable those things are. This is based on the calculus that 1)Putin shares our values, and 2) that he isn’t, cannot possibly be, a fool.

    Unfortunately, none of those things that our Western “leaders” feel must be so compelling to Putin have turned out to be even a little bit compelling, if we simply observe his actions. There was honor in trying a peaceful, diplomatic solution first- we are a peaceful people. But there is no honor or wisdom in continuing to doggedly stand by a strategy that has failed at the price of thousands of civilian lives. Putin has shown himself to not share our values and to be a complete fool about serving the needs of his people and building Russian power and influence. Ok. Its time to face facts, inconvenient or not.

    We, The People, demand that our leaders stop pursuing negotiations with someone who doesn’t want to negotiate, stop dishonoring us with expressions of “deep concern,” and begin providing Ukraine with the means to stop Putin’s murder of their people. All that is necessary for evil to thrive is for good people to stand by and do nothing. We MUST NOT stand by, claiming that by continuing to pursue policies that have failed, we are “doing something.” Stop making foolish, lying cowards of us. Arm Ukraine now.

    • Doug Retter

      The last time the US armed a nation under Soviet attack with hand held missiles the Soviets were forced into a humiliating withdrawal with tens of thousands of casualties. The reason Russians are gleeful about going to war; they have a casual indifference toward human life. They haven’t blinked once over the bodies of their dead soldiers being thrown into moble field furnances right on the battlefield. How many thousands of sons and husbands before the Russian people notice they are missing!? Are they all sick!?

    • Gloves2

      Pretty accurate assessment but I’m not sure I agree with this: “Putin very obviously does not share our values and very obviously is a complete fool about serving the needs of his people and building true, sustainable Russian power and influence.”

      Despite all the havoc he is wreaking in the region he still has overwhelming support of the people. There are many volunteers from Russia fighting in Ukraine, which reduces the cost to his military as he can get away with sending fewer Little Green Men. Russia hasn’t held significant sway in international affairs for the past 20 years. Basically he had very little to lose and the reaction of the Russian people encourages him to continue behaving as he wishes. Certainly the current international response of world leaders isn’t serving as a strong deterrent.

      The time for pussyfooting around is over. Ukraine needs to be provided the means to defend itself.

      • Paul Z

        Those popularity polls are suspect at best. Putin has tightened the noose on public opinion and has scared his citizens into silence. Why else would he charge a woman with 7 children with treason?

        • Gloves2

          From my anecdotal experience, they may be a bit exaggerated, but they aren’t far off. Russians are actually supporting him. He’s been more effective at shaping public opinion by his media control, though he does have ways of silencing the most vocal opponents.

          • Paul Z

            Hitler and Goebel were also very effective at shaping public opinion.

          • Gloves2

            I’m not sure he’s at their level yet but heading in that direction.

      • evanlarkspur

        What you list is precisely why I said “true and sustainable…” I believe that you list things that seem powerful and important on their surface (which is why Putin and naive Russians are seduced by them), but which don’t actually represent true or sustainable power and influence for Russia. It’s all illusory, a house of cards already falling apart, a nation with few sustainable assets, rapidly diminishing prospects, sucked dry by corruption, and with a rural countryside not yet brought out of the 19th century, yet pretending to be a super-power.

        • Gloves2

          Fair enough. I’ll give you the sustainable part but the true part is really in the eye of the beholder.
          Given Russia’s history the people believe that this muscle-flexing by Putin and gang does actually constitute true power. It’s not consistent with what we westerners consider to be power as we place a lot of emphasis on the “soft power” aspects of international relationships. You know, all that stuff that the Russian leadership and their sycophants use to accuse everyone of being a puppet of someone else? I was just trying to say that perspective changes how both sides view the situation. I myself don’t see this approach by Putin as anything more than a delay of the inevitable. People want accountable leaders, and when the pendulum swings too far in one direction, the people tend to fix that pretty severely.

          • evanlarkspur

            I agree. And Russia knows no kind of change except the severe kind. The total lack of any civic development or sense of ordinary people mean they see there options as “accept” or “revolt and kill everyone who has ever pissed us off.” It is a very immature society from this standpoint. Putin will be lucky to survive.

          • Gloves2

            You know, he may just be able to ride it out and retire before it blows up. Societies seem to have this nasty tendency to either change at a glacial pace or completely snap in an instant.
            2015 will be an interesting year now that there’s a vocal opposition movement starting again. If Navalny can regain the support of the people he had a couple years ago we could see some populist changes taking place.

      • CanRus

        I think you missed an important subtlety in one of evanlarkspur’s points:
        “Putin … very obviously is a complete fool about serving the needs of his people”

        Yes, one of the “needs” of most Russians is to have a “strong” macho leader who they can fear/worship – this has been part of Russian culture for centuries. Sad but true – the vast majority aren’t ready for real democracy yet – they just can’t handle the personal responsibility of making their own decisions, and assuming the consequences. Putin fulfills the “need” for a Supreme Leader to tell them what to do and think – hence the high popularity (surely exaggerated, but still high).

        But what evanlarkspur was referring to, is that Putin is totally clueless about economy, diplomacy, how to keep a country running smoothly, and even military strategy (he’s almost as reckless as Stalin). He doesn’t care about Russians and their well-being – he only cares about their adulation. His solution to “fix” Russia’s latest economic meltdown is: “tighten your belts and suffer for the glory of the Motherland, we’ve been through worst”. Meanwhile, he’s ordered an increase in military spending, cuts in everything else, and the kleptocracy continues as usual.

        He’s sending thousands of soldiers to their deaths, and murdering thousands of Ukrainians, just to feed his ego. That’s an obvious total disregard for human life. The only thing that matters to Putin is power – and stealing as much as possible from Russians with the help of his buddies. That’s what makes dialogue with him impossible – he doesn’t share any of our values. It’s like trying to communicate with an alien.

        • StumpedNoMore2

          + 1 Million. CanRus, we go back to the days of Kyiv Post.

          I have drawn on my hypothesis that it is the Marxist education that have being in their school. It is an ethos that the state will provide for all of their basic needs while the state controls all of the talking point of the country. I have heard this saying from Russian, “Politics are for Politicians.” If anything goes wrong, it must be an outside force that is causing problems for the people. For them, it can’t be the state that is at fault for all of their problems even though those policies that are enacted by the state is what is causing the problems.

          A lot of Russians can’t come to grip that their leaders are telling them to eat less for the country while their leaders are eating — well. Their leaders and Oligarchs have villas, mansions, condos, estates, and foreign cars around the world.

          Putin and leaders like him like to drawn the ultra-nationalistic feeling of the Russian people due to them being fed from birth to death. That’s why it is easy to blame everything on the West especially the US. You and I have spoken to a number of Russians, I have yet to see a Russian take any personal responsibility for the country’s problems. Even constructive criticisms is seen as an attack on mother Russia. If they can’t even have a constructive dialogue, how are they going to solve their problems. Sweeping the problems under the rug has resulted in them repeating the same situation over and over again. Under that facade of toughness is a person who is very insecure.

          CanRus, I don’t have concrete proofs so I can only draw on my hypothesis about “strong macho leader” —- Sex ratios. With the various wars, the Russian population has shifted toward there being more females than males. After those various wars, there were lots of females who became widows, single mom, etc. (This dynamic shifts are correlated to the essence of their society.) These various setback have harden their resolves but it has blinded them as well. Even those who are high in Russian society such as scientists, professors, teachers, and many others cannot navigate the wave of propagandist materials presented by the Kremlin. (Not all of them but a good number.)

          Sources: http://www.latitudenews.com/story/in-russia-a-lack-of-men-forces-women-to-settle-for-less/

          http://languagesoftheworld.info/russia-ukraine-and-the-caucasus/sex-ratios-siberia-chinese-threat.html

          • Gloves2

            That situation with the men & women seems pretty spot on from the discussions I’ve had with various Russians.

          • StumpedNoMore2

            I have also noticed that women in these Eastern European countries prefer men who are very masculine and leader of the household. These women wanted to be secure and feel protected. It could be from the endless conflicts that their country have been in and the lose of love ones. That is why it is easy to manipulate the Russian society because of the large number of women. I’m not saying that women can’t be strong but with the Russian history of wars, people want to feel secure.

            Gloves, take a look at the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. However, I have seen a shift in countries such as Poland and Baltic States shift from this state to the Western model — feminism.

          • Gloves2

            I covered Maslow’s hierarchy in at least half a dozen university classes. It brings back bad memories. :)

            Your experience seems pretty similar to mine. I’ve noticed from a few past relationships that Eastern European women do still want that “macho” stereotype of their men. I had a long discussion on this very topic with an ex girlfriend from St Pete after she told me that she wanted to be “the weak one” in our relationship. That caused me to put the brakes on the relationship because I didn’t really understand what she meant by that until we talked about it (probably some language barrier in there to further muddy the waters.
            I told her that I wasn’t interested in being with a weak woman and that I wanted a strong, independent and confident woman in my life, someone who is my equal. As she explained herself, it became clear that our meaning of “weak” was very different. While she was in her previous marriage she managed her entire household, raised her kids, worked, and tended to an alcoholic husband. Once she was divorced, she was able to get rid of the alcoholic husband but still had all the other responsibilities to take care of all on her own. Russia is still a very much male-oriented society, so it wasn’t easy for her to do all this as a woman on her own with negligible support from family or friends.
            She wasn’t so much saying to me that she wanted to be weak and have no input in our relationship, she was saying she’d appreciate being able to have someone to help alleviate her stress once in a while. Once we understood each other better this ceased to be an issue in our relationship.

          • StumpedNoMore2

            With more women compare to men, the men in that society can choose who they want to. I’ve read that infidelity is very high not just Russia but other countries with a big ratio of female to male. Also, I think their men take their women for granted. With the conflict that is going on in Donbas, the ratio will increase even more.

            What I see is a very proud people but having to much pride can cause a person to be susceptible to unscrupulous character. I just hope that for their sake, they take a more active role in terms of the talking point in their country. The longer this conflict persists, the longer people from both side will suffer.

          • Gloves2

            That’s my take on it as well. Like the old saying: pride goeth before the fall. If the Russian and Ukrainian leadership don’t find a way to set their egos aside and work on a solution it’s just going to get uglier. I’m anxious to see what happens with Merkel and Hollande in Moscow today.

        • Gloves2

          We’re not so different in our opinions on the matter. I think you pointed out one of the key elements in what’s going on: he doesn’t share our values. To a large extent that’s also true of the Russian people when compared to us westerners. StumpedNoMore2 already explained a lot of it in his response to you. Us westerners have had our democracy for many many years now without the history of totalitarian communist governments dictating how society should behave. Those differences play a big part in defining what our behaviours are. Perhaps had we had to live under a centrally controlled economy and a fear of being persecuted for wanting something different for a couple generations, we would be a little more similar to Russia today.

          In any case, the world is much more global today. We don’t live in our little nation-state bubbles and can experience a wide variety of cultures. We can see new ways of running our societies, borrow the features we like, discount the ones we don’t and evolve. Russia is no different but it will take a little more time. That’s my 2 cents (which I will have trouble earning in real life if I don’t get off these news sites and get some work done!).

        • Doug Retter

          Darn! One troll babbles, the other explains the babbling. Are you sure you’re not Penticostal Russians!?

      • Richard Hoover

        EXACTLY,,,,BUT ON THE RUSSIAN VOLUNTEER END ,,I MUST TELL YOU STRAIGHT UP,,THEY ARE 80% OR MORE RUSSIAN SOLDIERS ,,ENLISTED AND BULLSHITTED TO,,,YOUNG MEN,,NAIVE TO SAY THE LEAST,,RUSSIAN MEDIA AND BRAINWASHED ,,SAD ACTUALLY THAT THEY SHOULD DIE FOR PUTINS PIE! IN HIS EYE! HE WILL NOT EAT UKRAINE! MY PALS HERE SEEN THE RUSKI SOLDIERS ON THE FRONT RISKING THEIR LIVES AND CARRYING THEIR DEAD COMRADES IN PIECES OVER THEIR ARMS AND SHOULDERS,,,,,RUSSIAN ARMY ,,CONFIRMED MANY TIMES,,NOT OSCE STUFF,,UKRAINIAN ARMYY AND VOLUNTEERS SEEN THEM NUMEROUS TIMES,,MANYY DEAD,,,BETTER THEM AND NOT UKRAINIANS I SAY SLAVA UKRAINE!!! GLORY AND BLESS UKRAINE AND ITS HEROES,,AND GOD BLESS THE FALLEN IN MAIDAN REVOLUTION I WITNESSED UP FRONT AND SUPPORTED ALL LAST WINTER AND HELPED WITH MY OWN POCKET MONEY TO HELP FEDD SOME WHO HAD LITTLE IN TENTS,,IT WAS NO USA BACKED $ REVOLUTION,,IT WAS UKRAINIANS WHO HELPED EACH OTHER WITH CHARITY AND TIME AND FOOD AND SUPPLIES WITH SECOND HAND CLOTHES THAT WERE DONATED AND PILED UP ON THE STREETS FROZEN IN PILES AFTER THE CORRUPT BERKUT AND POLICE BURNED AND ATTACKED PATRIOTIC UKRAINIANS KILLING MANY WHERE THE SECOND HAND CLOTHES WERE STORED IN THE PRESS OFFICE FOR MAIDAN MAKESHIFT MEDIC BUILDING ,,CLOTHES HAD TO BE DRIED IN STREET FIRES TO KEEP WARM FOR THE MAIDAN PROTESTERS ON THE FRONT LINES,,MANY VOLUNTEERED AND ENLISTED IN THE WAR NOW.,,SO MANY DIED THERE TOO,,,R.I.P. MAIDAN SURE WAS NO USA UNDED REBELLLION OF THE PEOPLE,,,MORALLY ,,POLICTICALLY,,,,NOT ECONOMICALLY ,,,THATS FOR SURE !!!!

        I SAW AND DID IT,,,,,,THE CONSPIRACY BLOGGERS CAN KISS MAIDANS REAR END REGARDING USA SUPPORT $$$ GO HAVE TEA WITH OLIVER TWISTED STONE AND STEVEN SEAL AND MICKY ROURKE ,,,PUTIN ASS KISSERS FOR THE RUSKI HOT CHICKS,,PUTIN CALLS UP VIA HIS PIMPS,,,THATS ABOUT IT,,”PUTINS AMERICAN TROIKA OF STAR BURN OUTS FROM AMERICA “”SEEKING PRAISE AND FAME AGAIN AND FULFILLING THEIR EGOS THAT ARE DEFLATED AND SHARE SIMILAR PAIN WITH PAL PUTIN!…WHO WAS DEFLATED AS A SOVIET COMMIE PIONEER RED SCARF WEARING POOR BOY WHO LOST HIS STALIN DOLL AS A KID ,,AND BLAMES THE WEST FOR LOSING IT OR STEALING,,,MY GOD,,POOR PSYCOTIC EMOTIONAL TWISTED EVIL VLAD,,ABUSED CHILD LIKE THE FILM THE OMEN!!! YES LIKE HIM!! SCREAMING FOR CANDY AND HIS CUTE CUDDLY STALIN DOLL!!,,,WHERE IS MY COMMIE KILLER DOLL MAMA,,,GIVE IT BACK OR ILL KILL YOU TOO!!? HE DENIES AN OLD LADY IS HIS MOTHER IN GEORGIA,,,,NAMED PUTIN AND SWEARS PUTIN IS HER CHILD,,,HE HAS HER WATCHED AND PRESS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GO NEAR HER NOW.

        ..THE AMERICAN TROIKA SCUM BAG TRAITORS O THEIR OWN COUNTRY IE. ABOVE ACTORS AND DIRECTOR WERE BOUGHT,&,SOLD THEIR SOULS TO THE DEVIL HIMSELF IN HUMAN FORM AGAIN LIKE STALIN AND HITLER,,,,,,SUCKERS FOR SEX AND FAME! WIMPS ACTUALLY IN THE SOUL DEPARTMENT,,ALL FAKE SMOKE AND MIRRORS ABOUT THEIR CAUSE,,ANTI CIA AND AMERICAN TRAITORS! WHERE THEY GOT RICH FROM LIVINH HIGH ON THE HOG DECADENTLY SMITTEN AND PROFITED FROM THE VERY DEMOCRATIC MOVIE GOING AUDIENCES THEY ONCE HAD,,,ONCE I SAID!
        SCUM BAGS ,,,,,EGO MANICAS,,I BURN YYOUR FILMS NOW! JKK FILM,,A COMMIE AUTHOR ITALIAN PUBLISHER WHO OLIVER STONE BASED HIS FILM ON AND RETENDED IT WAS HIS MIND AND THEORIES,,,,,,,CON ARTIST!! I NOW SHIT ON YOUR FAME I ONCE RESPECTED UNTIL NOW ,,,I SEE THE LIGHT AND TRUTH OF WHERE AND HOW YOU GOT TO WHERE YOU ARE,,,AND BY THE MEANS OF MANIPULATING THE CORE TRUTH,,PERVERTS OF TRUTH AND HONOUR LIKE PUTIN,,AKA PUTLER

        • Gloves2

          Richard, I agree with a large portion of what you said. I too have supported Ukrainians in their efforts to protect their country. I may even visit there this year if the security situation is reasonable. But please let me give you some advice: using all capital letters almost guarantees that no one will take your opinions seriously. Better to be simple and clear with your words.

  • Doug Retter

    The question, “With whom has Angela Merkel been sleeping?” has now been answered.

  • Lev Havryliv

    This is Ukraine’s hour of need.

    Remember the Budapest Memorandum.

    Will the U.S. and Europe look the other way and allow the rape of Ukraine?

  • Rascalndear

    WHy does this site continue to diss its authors and publish information about the source under “About the Author”? The actual author’s name is barely visible in faing 5-point font. Is this intentional? Are you worried about copyright issues? If not, stop doing this and post information about the author (the person who wrote the piece) under “About the Author.” As a reader, I want to know. As a writer, I would not appreciate this kind of amateurish treatment.

  • mountain dweller

    Would you see Margret Thatcher behaving like a lost sheep bleating ?

  • Christopher

    Please follow the Litvinenko inquiry in London for an understanding of Russian methods an lowlife activity… as said on day 1… and I quote “Putin is no more than a common criminal dressed up as a head of state” must be true!!! Next day bombers with nuclear missiles fly down the English Channel… )))))

    • Richard Hoover

      ALEKSANDER LITVENENKO AND HIS DAD TELL IT ALL ON YOUTUBE,,PUTINS POISONING AND MURDERS OF HIM AND SO MANY OF HIS OWN RUSSIANS TO GAIN POWER AND SPREAD IT INTERNATIONALLY,,ITING OF MORE THAN HE CAN CHEW,,HE CAN CHEW ON THE DEVILS EXCRETE WHERE HE CAME FROM! LITVENENKO WAS EX-KGB AS A OFFICER LIKE WE ALL HAVE,,NEVER WANTED TO SEE A KILLING RUSSIA AGAIN OF ITS OWN PEOPLE,,HE REFUSED TO KILL HIS OWN PEOPLE AND RETURN TO OLD KGB WAYS,,,,FLED TO ENGLAND AND THOUGHT HIS FAMILY AND HIM WOULD BE OK THERE,,,,,PUTINS LONG ARM MURDERED HIM ,,MICRO ATOMIC BOMB IN HIS BODY HIS DAD SAID.,,ITS A HEART BREAKING STORY,,HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN ALL THREATENED AS WELL,,,,,RIP (SASHA )ALEXANDER
      PUTIN IS BITING OFF HIS OWN TAIL,,RUSSSIA WILL REPALCE HIM,,,HES NOT 85% SUPPORTED ,,THATS BALONEY,,,THAT 85% JUST ACCEPT IT UNDER FEAR,,,BUT WOULD LIP HIM LIKE AN EGG IN A HEART BEAT! THE 15% ARE MATERIALISTIC RICH WITH A LIFE STYLE PUTIN PAYS OFF!

  • mosaiq

    YES, Angela Merkel wouldn´t care if someboday would kill the few ethnic Germans left in eastern Europe. Angela Merkel supported Tito, she even gave him the highest medal of honor which you can get in Germany. Tito is the serbian mass murder who killed milions of Danube Swabian (ethnic Germans from Hungary, romania, Serbia, croatia, bulgaria, armenia, russia). I am an ethnic German from eastern europe. The ethnic Germans survivors who live now in Germany asked Angela Merkel if we could have a National rememberence day to remember the kmurdered ethnic Germans. But she denied it and clamied that it would disturb Jewish people. She said that apparently killing a jew is worse then killing an ethnic German.I have to add to this that I have nothing against Jewish people, they are smart and very talented people and it is very sad how Jews have been mistreated in the past centuries. I hope such hate and mistreatment towards Jews will never ever happen again. The ethnic Germans of eastern europe have different culture than the Germans from Germany, we have different food, different language, we even look totally different for example compare Doris schmidt, a ethnic German from transylvania to Angela Merkel or to Jeanette Biedermann. You will see the difference is like day and night. Here in Germany, Germans hate us ethnic Germans when we speak our language outside we get insulted, spit on. When I was younger my Parents were very often insulted by German neighbours, they said to my parents stuff like that we are “stricke” which means that we should commit suicide, that we are scum and low life to them. My junior high school years in Germany were horrible, I had a teacher his name was Mr. Pantalitschka and he always hit us children especially the arabs and also me. He hated me, no matter what I did he always gave me bad grades and I remember once an arab boy in my class forgot his penciles at home, Mr pantalitschka freaked out, yelled at him and he always stretcht the ears of the children he didn´t like inclduing me and there was another horrible teacher called Mr. Bissinger he hated me as well and all the foreign kids. Lately the Germans like Mr Bissinger and Mr. Pantalitschka celebrate the welcoming culture of Germany but this is fake trust me people. German people like Mr. Pantalitschka was a huge fan of Israel, he always talked about how bad ww2 was but then he mistreated us. I don´t get how you can speak about the holocaust all the time and then mistreat your students?? Can anybody tell me what his problem was? I was in fourth grade back then.

    So to all the people outside of Germany “If putin would kill ethnic Germans from eastern europe like after ww2” nobody would care especially not Germans from Germany like Angela Merkel. To the Germans of Germany we are sub humans!

  • John

    Does this not remind one of the political atmosphere in Europe when the politicians thought more of appeasing Hitler than facing him. Merkel, for the tough woman she seems to portray, is starting to sound like Nevillle Chamberlain. Has anyone heard that Putin thinks he wants East Germany back now!

  • William A. Johnson

    There is no way that Putin can win the “long game” if the U.S. and NATO provide weapons and money to Ukraine. Russia will fold like the Soviet Union. Putin is playing the “short game” of popularity within Russia. But that won’t pay the bills long run. It is a shame that European leaders are such cowards (not that Obama is much better). Putin may decide that NATO is just a house of cards if the leaders don’t show more backbone.

    • Richard Hoover

      DISCOUNTED AS A MAN PERIOD! THANKS PAL,,ROCK ON THE TRUTH,

  • Dave Ralph

    I’ll tell you one thing, Merkel is going to be even less likely to help Ukraine if she reads the comments here… the West wants to help civilized people, not a bunch of fire-breathing militants who are only a half-step up from the DNR separatists…

    • Nonky Bonk

      vomit from yellow kgb

    • Richard Hoover

      Merkel is like you,,over confident that Putin is a pacifist and will understand kindness,Hello DAVE !!!,hes been given that RESPECTFUL GRACE and KINDNESS over and over,,so you as well must wake the fk up Dave! get real,,another pencil pushing wimp? THIS IS A GANGSTER NOT A POLITICIAN WITH CLASS AND DIGNITY ,,PUTIN IS AN EVIL CONNING MILITARY CLEVER TACTICIAN MORE EVIL AND AND SHARPER THAN HILTLER WITH THE WILL TO TO DESTROY EUROPE AND US IN THE WEST,,,THIS PUTIN IS A MONSTER OF MONSTERS,,,,diplomacy and logic has been broken cease fire after cease fire,THATS THE DEVIL ,,Merkel knows it and she cant fantacize her way out of this like you,,its WAR,,,5400 UKRAININS DEAD,,I SEE IT THE INVALIDS AND MAMED BOYS EVERY TIME I WALK OUTSIDE ON THE STREET,,,,

      SORRY DAVE,,,,YOU NEED A HAMMER NOT A PEN THIS TIME.

      • Doug Retter

        Merkel is the default moron, for lack of better leadership.

  • danram

    Merkel would probably be saying about the same useless things she saying now. She’s nothing but a spineless jellyfish, just like Obama.

  • Sergey Tokarev

    Nice to see how lice are banging with their tiny heads against the wall. :)

  • Reed Criswell

    How can war, a real war, in which soldiers of a foreign power are coming into a sovereign state and routinely killing civilians, destroying and stealing property, and killing the soldiers of the country they are invading… how can that kind of war not have a military solution?

    The only solution is military at this point. Putin is certainly not going to negotiate, and his people are so cowed and frightened that they aren’t going to throw him down.

    We have to give the Ukrainians the means to kill enough of the invading Russian forces to make the ones still alive go home. It’s that simple.

  • Will

    Every Democrat who voted to put the lying Muslim Obama into power over the United States Of America should soon be realizing their great stupidity. This man makes no reasonable decisions that will help Americans or its allies. He has to go before anything will get solved. America needs a leader,.. not a wimpy little snot who thinks he’s some sort of king who can control the world. It seems that North Korea and the U.S. have something in common when you look at the mentality of their chosen leaders.

    • Dave Ralph

      if you’re calling Obama a Muslim, i guess the word “lying” applies to you…

      • Will

        And you sir are probably one of the stupid Democrats who put the Muslim idiot in the oval office.

      • Doug Retter

        NO. He is a Muslim, according to his Chicago pastor of 22 years. You are simply too stupid to see it and too proud at accept it Your ignorance does not make us any less accurate.

  • Will

    It is just like the helpless man who is being beaten in a city street while the cowards knowingly walk on by.

  • https://disqus.com/ Mixa

    War is sweet
    to them that know it not.

  • Nonky Bonk

    Merkel is following Hitler’s footsteps. Hilter ‘negotiated’ Sudentenland just as Merkel is urging negotiating Crimea and Donetsk. Perhaps Merkel, being raised in the USSR, feels nostalgic and wishes to return to licking the Russian boots again…

    • Richard Hoover

      THATS POSSIBLE NONKY,,SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE HASNT HAD A GOOD YOU KNOW WHAT IN YEARS!!!! MAYBE PUTINS THAT MAN? PUTIN IT IN HER MIND AND OTHER PLACES AS WELL?

  • Stuart M.

    I am an American who is just saddened at the terrible losses the Ukrainians have suffered and outraged at how little the West has done to help. I have repeatedly emailed my Senators and US Representative to arm Ukraine. I thought Obama was finally coming around, but then he backed off because of Angela Merkel. 16 deaths in Paris can launch a demonstration of millions against terrorism, but 5,000 deaths in Ukraine don’t even get a mention. My heart goes out to the Ukrainian people and their democratic government. The Maidan Revolution was an inspiration to the free world and EU countries encouraged it every step of the way. Now, they just let Ukraine slowly die. I wish I could end on an upbeat note. But if worse comes to worse, the Russians take Kiev and all is lost, Ukrainian refugees know where they should go: Germany. The Germans will have no one to blame but themselves.

  • Petronius

    The context must be understood. The reconquest of ex-Soviet territory started with Yeltsin – not Putin – in Transnistria and Georgia in the guise of so-called ‘peacekeepers’ after separatist uprisings were fomented. The West accepted Yeltsin’s bona-fides on the “peacekeeper” issue – even to the point of rejecting Georgias requests that Russia’s ‘aid’ convoys be checked by the UN. We now know that they also were delivering weapons. So Russia since 1994 has gotten used to getting its way in the former Soviet space, except for the Baltic states. However Ukraine is on a much bigger scale. If he gets away with it, Putin will feel he can do it again and perhaps even profit from it as sanctions are lifted – possibly when they are up for renewal in July in the EU – where Greece will probably ensure they are lifted by using its veto. This is the Munich treatment and the West has learned nothing.

  • tssstein

    If they have not yet, Russians will be killing Germans. Ignorance and wishful thinking are two entirely different things. The Savages who trained the ISIS monsters in Syria, (Russians) will make no exceptions for Merkel or her countrymen. crucifixions all around for all Germans, women and children too!.

  • Oswald Boelcke

    Arm Ukraine now.

  • Oswald Boelcke

    In the end, Putin will swing from the end of a rope.

  • RonHess

    Merkel is a filthy traitor. She’s murdering Germans herself. The weapon is negroes from negroland.