Until now I haven’t written about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, mainly because the topic is complex, and I’m not an expert on it. However, I’ve browsed enough data and edited enough material about it to have some idea of what’s going on.
First of all, from my perspective there are no good guys in this war. The anti-Russian invective being generated by Western media and politicians is vile, but anyone who takes the antipodal point of view and regards Vladimir Putin as a righteous defender of Russians and freedom is making a big mistake.
About 98% of what is written about the invasion is propaganda. Virtually anything that appears in the Western mainstream media is part of a carefully crafted narrative engineered by the Deep State (the State Department, the CIA, and analogous institutions on the other side of the Atlantic). However, there are also deep tranches of Russian disinformation out there. It’s more subtly executed than the heavy-handed dreck peddled by CNN and The New York Times, but it’s quite effective. Many people on what I consider my side of the fence have fallen for at least some of it. After all, when they do an about-face from the propaganda of the American MSM, they run head-on into material derived from dezinformatsiya planted in various Russian media outlets.
In other words, the atmosphere around the war in Ukraine is all but opaque with a thick cloud of metallic chaff released by every party that holds an interest in one side or the other in the conflict.
However, one thing that Vladimir Putin says is true: he has invaded Ukraine with the intention of de-nazifying it. The current government of Ukraine contains real Nazis — not the “nazis” decried by Justin Trudeau or the Southern Poverty Law Center, but organizations whose unbroken Nazi lineage may be traced back the SS and Stepan Bandera. You won’t read much about them in the media, but they are there — promoted, funded, and whitewashed by the globalist Left. Those Nazis were installed by George Soros’ NGOs and the State Department in 2014 during the Maidan coup.
The war in Ukraine is primarily about two major issues: control of pipelines and the imposition of the globalists’ borderless New World Order. The NWO enthusiasts have been gung-ho about the Ukrainian border because they want to prevent the Russians from jamming a sabot into the gears of their plans, but except for that, borders have no role in their Brave New World.
On the other hand, any nation that was historically part of the Russian Empire and now shares a border with Russia, Ukraine, or Belarus — that includes Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Moldova — has every reason to be nervous. Russia justified its incursion into Ukraine by the presence of substantial Russian minorities in the eastern part of the country. That’s a time-hallowed technique that was systematically used and perfected by Stalin, who resettled various ethnicities within the USSR to suit his political needs. Many thousands of Russians were moved into Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to tip the scales in Moscow’s favor when the political necessity arose. There are still substantial numbers of Russians in the Baltic states. Who knows whether they might one day demand independence, or reunion with the Motherland? No wonder those three countries joined NATO as soon as they could.
Finland is in a somewhat different situation. It was never incorporated in the Soviet Union, but it was a province of the Russian Empire until 1917, and during the Cold War it was constrained to a strict neutrality. President Putin recently declared that if Finland (or Sweden) were to join NATO, Russia would impose severe consequences.
With all that in mind, consider the following video addressed to the Russian people (in Russian) by the Finnish MP Jussi Halla-aho. Long-time readers are familiar with Mr. Halla-aho, a dissident who was convicted and fined for his “hate speech” about immigrants (for more background, see the Jussi Halla-aho Archives).
A transcript is posted below the video, but I don’t know whom to credit for the translation:
|00:06||Dear friends! My name is Jussi Halla-aho.|
|00:11||I am a Finnish MP and chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Finnish Parliament.|
|00:20||I want to say a few words about your President’s war against Ukraine.|
|00:29||Any war is a tragedy,|
|00:32||but most wars at least have some kind of a reason.|
|00:40||Your President’s war in Ukraine is a war with no reason.|
|00:48||This war is pure incomprehensible evil.|
|00:54||In Ukraine, your soldiers, your young men, your sons, brothers, husbands —|
|01:03||kill innocent people for no reason.|
|01:08||Children, men and women fear, suffer and die.|
|01:16||Your young men die, too. For no reason.|
|01:22||The most horrible thing is that every moral person is now forced to rejoice —|
|01:29||in the death of Russian soldiers,|
|01:33||and hope that as many of them perish as possible.|
|01:40||Perhaps you will say that you do not agree with this war,|
|01:45||and that your soldiers just follow orders.|
|01:51||Do you know who, too, defended themselves with that argument?|
|01:56||The butchers of Hitler in Nuremberg. They, too, just followed orders.|
|02:05||I have children. They, too, are afraid.|
|02:10||How will I explain to them that Russia is not evil?|
|02:14||That Russia is not a black enemy of Europe?|
|02:21||Ukraine is fighting.|
|02:23||It is also your time to fight.|
|02:26||For your country. For your souls.
Hat tip for the video: KGS.