In Solidarity With NATO, Giorgia Meloni Affirms Italian Support for Ukraine

If I am not mistaken, Italian public opinion is generally pro-Russian. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, when Russia was almost universally condemned in the West, Italy stood out with its support for Russia as expressed in popular demonstrations, which included some politicians.

Thus it would seem that Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is bucking popular sentiment by expressing her staunch support for Ukraine. Perhaps she is experiencing strong enough external pressure to risk disappointing her base.

In the following video, Ms. Meloni addresses her remarks to her NATO allies and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a meeting with Mr. Stoltenberg on November 10 at her office in Rome:

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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How Our Military Crumbles

Readers may remember Bret Weinstein from the great culture wars during the halcyon pre-Corona days of 2017.

Mr. Weinstein was a professor of biology at Evergreen State College in Washington State until he ran up against the woke madness that had infected his campus. White people were requested to stay away from campus for the annual “Day of Absence”, to highlight the struggle of people of color against discrimination and white supremacy. Or something similar. Professor Weinstein declined to participate, which placed him at the center of an enormous storm of controversy. He and his wife were eventually hounded into resigning their positions (see the précis of what happened at the bottom of this post).

After the COVID-19 madness had set in, Mr. Weinstein made himself even more of an outcast by speaking out against vaccine mandates and related issues. He is now described as an “anti-vaxxer” and “COVID denier”, and has been relegated to the Outer Darkness of popular culture.

The funny thing is, as I recall, he used to be more or less a regular liberal in his political opinions. He just happens to be one of those rare liberals who (like Bill Maher) is a First Amendment absolutist. And that makes him a “right-wing extremist” in the view of the degraded political culture of 2022.

In the following video Bret Weinstein leads a discussion about the military mandate that requires service members to be injected with the experimental mRNA treatment intended to mitigate the effects of infection with the Wuhan Coronavirus. The policy has effectively caused the attrition of around 80,000 active duty service members, and has had a devastating effect on military readiness. In Mr. Weinstein’s view, the only possible conclusion is that the vax mandate is a deliberate act of sabotage of the American military.

In addition to Bret Weinstein, this video features:

John Bowes is a lieutenant in the US Air Force. He is a student F-16 pilot who has been grounded over the COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Olivia Degenkolb has been in the US Navy for 20 years as an active-duty service member. She is a foreign area officer, and was selected by the Secretary of the Navy to represent the United States as an Assistant Naval Attaché (Designate) to China. After completing training and moving preparations, her diplomatic assignment was withheld due to her COVID-19 vaccination status.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

Videos featuring additional excerpts from discussions among the same group may be seen at Vlad’s channel.

Below the jump is a summary of what happened to Bret Weinstein at Evergreen State College:

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Bullets for Ukraine, But None for Germany

Germany is preparing to send another tranche of arms to Ukraine, but the German military is going to have to do without, to a large extent.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the German-language service of the Epoch Times. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Federal government plans military winter package for Ukraine

According to a media report, the federal government wants to support Ukraine with military equipment for the winter. Part of the package would include 100,000 warm under jackets and other winter clothing, 100 heatable P-shelters, hundreds of mobile power generators, and, as Der Spiegel reported on Sunday, pallets of food packages. The financial outlay is therefore €11 million.

The magazine refers to corresponding requests from the Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Resnikov to NATO. In a letter to the Secretary General of the Western military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, the Ukrainian asked for uniforms for 200,000 soldiers. [The black marketeers have placed another order for supplies, it seems. I guess they cannot cope with the demand from the jihadists otherwise.]

Delivery of heavy weapons

In addition, the pressure on the federal government to deliver modern tanks to Ukraine has been growing for weeks. During a visit to Lithuania on Saturday, Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) referred to the deliveries of Gepard tanks and tanks of Soviet design in back-channel exchanges, for example via Greece and Slovakia.

Incidentally, she met Resnikov in Odessa last week, Lambrecht said. It had become clear “what is currently most urgently needed in Ukraine, and these are air defense systems.” In the coming days Germany will therefore deliver the first of four air defense systems.

Afterword from the translator:

I wonder if the Bundeswehr soldiers stationed in Lithuania have already received thick jackets and winter underwear? Because they didn’t have any of those in the last winter and were freezing towards becoming “transgender”.

Now compare the above with the following article from FOCUS Online, also translated by Hellequin GB:

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China Won’t Be Here for Long

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends his observations about the Taiwan crisis, and the larger issues facing China.

China won’t be here for long

by H. Numan

For a few days China caught the full attention of the world. Will they start World War Three? That’s what usually happens, when you shoot down the Speaker of the House of another superpower. As I expected, it simply fizzled out. China didn’t shoot anyone down. Nor will they. It’s all just trying to impress. Pelosi was praised by Republicans and criticized by Democrats. Quite a change. And Brandon Biden? The poor old fool got egg on his face. Same for general Mark ‘Tranny’ Milley.

China can’t invade Taiwan, unless they want to better Operation Downfall. I’m not an expert, but casualties would be extremely high. A lot higher than back in 1945. Taiwan hasn’t been idle for the last 76 years. China won’t invade to save human lives. Far from it. Expect over a million casualties on the Chinese side alone. China is more than willing to expend that much human capital, they’ve got plenty of that. What they lack is expertise and capabilities. And the sure knowledge China would no longer exist if they do. That’s the sole reason they won’t invade.

Let’s start with that. China has grown massively the last couple of decades. From a Third World country into a Third World country with a large export based economy. Quite an achievement, to be honest. But with a catch: they rely almost entirely on imports for everything. Going to war would be the last war for the communist party. The boycott that hits Russia pretty hard would be deadly for China. China has to import most of its food and energy.

Unlike China, Russia is somewhat self sufficient. Sure, life will be hard. But when was life not hard in Russia? It’s not the end of the world for the Russians. Just another tough time. Russia doesn’t need a navy, as it doesn’t import or export a lot. Now look at China. Despite its big mouth, it utterly depends on the US Navy. If anything happens to Chinese maritime trade, it can do absolutely nothing about it. Apart from ships and crew, they lack everything. No experience. No logistics. It’s one thing to sail a ship from Shanghai to Alexandria; sailing a fleet or even a squadron is something else entirely. The Chinese navy can’t operate outside of mainland air cover. It won’t be able to do so for a long time to come.

Let’s say that Chinese salami slicing goes wrong. A missile goes off course and hits Taiwan. Don’t be surprised if right after that Somali pirates highjack a Chinese crude oil tanker, with Allied warships in the region looking the other way. “Out of respect for the sovereignty of the Chinese people.” After all, there is no real reason or need for the US Navy to protect what essentially is an enemy vessel.

What China is doing right now is extremely dangerous, mainly to itself. There is a reason for that. China needs to divert local attention elsewhere. If you have huge domestic problems, focus on a foreign enemy. It’s a tried and true method for all dictatorships. Sometimes it even works.

China realized after the invasion of Ukraine that all her plans of the last forty years to invade Taiwan have failed. That hurts! Hence the hullabaloo. A big part of the Chinese plan was to drop airborne troops and take over the government quickly. That’s pretty risky. It sometimes works, but usually it doesn’t. To remind you, the Germans tried the same when they invaded The Netherlands. It failed. The Allies tried it at Arnhem (Operation Market Garden) and failed. Operation Varsity was successful, but losses were very high. Montgomery was heavily criticized for it. More recent, Russian airborne troops and Spetsnaz tried to take over the airfield near Kiev and completely failed. Those troops were combat veterans with lots of experience. China doesn’t have any combat veterans or experience. None whatsoever. An airborne operation is a bit more complicated than dropping a bunch of troops out of a few planes.

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Russia Retaliates for Sanctions

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Report24:

Chip makers groan as Russia limits noble gas exports

Bad news for manufacturers of semiconductor chips, among others. As a countermeasure to Western sanctions, Russia has imposed restrictions on the export of noble gases.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that it will react appropriately to increasing Western sanctions. The Russians are responding accordingly, with Intel, Samsung, TSMC, and Qualcomm exiting the Russian market after the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union imposed export controls on chips made or designed in the United States or Europe.

For the time being, until December 31 of this year, exports of noble gases require a special permit from the Russian government. “We believe that we will have the opportunity to make our voices heard in this global chain, and this will give us a competitive advantage when it is necessary to conduct mutually beneficial negotiations with our peers,” said Russia’s Deputy Trade Minister Vasily Shpak told Reuters on Thursday.

Given that Russia is responsible for around a third of global production of the noble gases neon, krypton and xenon, and the two Ukrainian noble gas producers Ingas and Cryoin in Donbass stopped production in March due to the war, global supply is becoming increasingly scarce. These produced around half of the global demand for neon. For example, neon is used in lasers during lithography, a part of the chip manufacturing process that burns patterns into silicon.

The Russian move promises to prolong the global semiconductor supply crisis, which is already wreaking havoc on a variety of industries that use the increasingly ubiquitous chips. Taiwan — the leading maker of chips in general and 92 percent of the most advanced chips — has also restricted its exports to Russia and can now expect to face severely curtailed noble gas supplies in return.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the sanctions against Russia are boomeranging back on Western economies. The bear was cornered and is now fighting back. With disastrous consequences for the people and businesses of Europe who are suffering under the sanctions imposed by their politicians.

Afterword from the translator:

Just look on the bright side: now they can’t push the chips into our bodies as easily any longer, and that is most likely the sole reason why they are miffed with the Russians. Their long march towards tyranny came to a chasm whose bridge they blew up themselves. Long live stupidity… oops, sorry, naturally I meant “solidarity”.

The Estrogen Revolution

It has been clear for at least forty years that Sweden is the leader when it comes to the feminization of the culture. Norway and Denmark are close behind, followed by the rest of Western Europe and Canada, and then by the United States.

Gender equity in the armed forces can only be imposed without consequence as long as the feminized military does not have to confront an all-male enemy on an actual battlefield. When that happens, the female (and genderqueer) corpses will pile up rapidly, with political consequences that are difficult to predict in advance.

Many thanks to LN for translating this essay from the Swedish blog Invandring och mörkläggning:

Efficiency-optimal choices

by Professor Emeritus Karl-Olov Arnstberg
May 22, 2022

The Dutch social psychologist Geert Hofstede is known for his studies of national values. On two occasions he collected extensive data from IBM employees in 53 countries, first in 1968 and again in 1972. He received 116,000 responses to questions about attitudes and preferences. In the 1970s, he organised the material into five themes and summarised them in a “cultural dimension theory”. Hofstede then scored the countries and compared them with each other. His study has attracted a lot of attention, mainly because the conclusions are based on such a large body of material. Hofstede is one of the 100 most-cited social scientists in the world.

On the basis of his vast material, Hofstede established no fewer than 76 criteria for male and female. Japan came first among the masculine countries. Both the United States and Germany are also high on the ranking list. Among the most feminine countries, he placed Sweden in first place, with Norway second.

Note that the data is now a half-century old and that Sweden has since become even more feminised. In most universities and colleges, women are in the majority among teachers and researchers. Six out of eight parliamentary parties have female leaders. We have a female prime minister and there are twelve women and eleven men in the government.

In the media, the imbalance is probably even greater. I have not looked for studies that show this, because it is so obvious both to me and to others who follow Swedish news reporting. Women, women and more women both report and are interviewed on every conceivable subject. This female expertise covers everything from football and ice hockey to advanced and male-dominated high technology to gang crime, which is almost 100% a male activity. We find out how women think, what they find interesting and how they want to solve various social problems.

One of the traditionally most male-dominated professions, policing, is represented in the Police Federation by a woman. This is only right. In 2019, 33% of Sweden’s police officers were women. In total, 44% of all police employees are women. Among civilian employees, women are in the majority, a whopping 67%. When 43% of those admitted to the police training programme in Malmö were women last year, Caroline Mellgren, who oversees the unit for police work and police training at the university, was very happy and hoped that the trend of more and more female police officers would continue.

A couple of years ago, a young, beautiful female police officer explained that when she and other female officers took the metro home from late-night duty in Rinkeby’s new police station, they needed an escort. If there had been only male police officers there, would they have made that demand? Hardly; they would realise it was ridiculous. If they felt unsafe on their own, they would have to arrange to protect each other. But for a graceful and good-looking female police officer, the question of an escort was certainly relevant, and I don’t think she would then feel entirely comfortable being escorted by another young and attractive female officer.

Recruitment films for the Armed Forces are another example. In the American ones, it is crystal clear that the military is a male profession and also a very physically demanding one. In the Swedish ones, either the main characters are women or they are gender-neutral.

Now, war is not just any activity. It’s about killing your opponents, winning. A country that does not recruit optimally efficient soldiers, but deliberately reduces efficiency for ideological reasons, will be responsible in war for more soldiers dying, both men and women. The reason is that these mixed corps of soldiers are likely to fight against opponents who are all men. In that case, it is a question of not really wanting to win, which is the same as losing, and since it is a question of war, it can be said to be a form of social suicide. Nor should it be forgotten that in war people are injured. Women are less able than men to cope with injuries.

The Swedish armed forces do not reason in the above way. For example, Sweden’s Nordic Battle Group of elite soldiers had a standing lion with a not very prominent erect penis in its coat of arms for many years. Outraged by this symbol of masculinity, a group of female soldiers complained to the European Court of Justice. Swedish politicians listened and removed the offending member. Swedish heralds protested, but were not heard. The lion was literally castrated.

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Viktor Orbán’s Speech at CPAC in Budapest

Due to the geopolitical exigencies of Hungary’s size and location in Europe, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is forced to walk a fine line among the larger powers that surround him. From my point of view as an outsider looking in, he seems to be doing his best to preserve the unique Hungarian heritage and culture, even as he has to go along with parts of the basic program being imposed by the New World Order.

Hungary recently hosted the American Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Budapest, which took place shortly after Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party won an overwhelming victory in the latest general election.

The following video of Mr. Orbán’s speech has been subtitled using the official English translation on the prime minister’s website, based on the original video source.

Our Hungarian correspondent László, who kindly timed the transcript for subtitles, highlights the points in Mr. Orbán’s remarks where he seems to adhere to the talking points of the NWO:

When your readers look at this part of Orbán’s speech, the penny should drop for many:

“Our seventh point: do not get pushed to the extreme. I say this because extreme conspiracy theories rear their heads from time to time on the right — just as extreme utopias regularly rear their heads on the left. If we take a deeper look, we see that in fact people want neither. But, Dear Friends, what is the difference between the denial of science by the extreme right and the denial of biology by LGBTQ movements? The answer is simple: there is no difference whatsoever. We must render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, unto God the things that are God’s, and unto Science the things that are Science’s. We may gain immense popularity on internet forums by promoting conspiracy theories — and indeed sometimes there is truth in them; but in reality we will alienate a large proportion of the electorate, find ourselves pushed to the margins, and eventually we will lose.”

I guess “science” means the Corona psy-op. And “far-right denial of science” means that the “Mi Hazánk” (Our Homeland) party has exposed the Corona psy-op and has been voted into the Parliament.

Again, Hungary is playing the antagonist in the NWO theater, against the more overt “woke” part of the global Communist revolution, along with the invited US Republican party and the whole “conservative idea”. And the more covert part of the Communist revolution is the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” within the “Great Reset”, which Hungary is heavily invested in. The Powers That Be are playing both sides.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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A New NATO For a New Cold War

Sweden is poised to become the 31st member state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It will be the third Muslim country in NATO (after Turkey and Albania).

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Nya Dagbladet:

Reports: Sweden will apply to NATO on Monday

The new Cold War

by Jan Sundstedt

Despite assurances of extensive discussions about Swedish membership in NATO, it is becoming increasingly clear that a decision has already been made that Sweden will join the US-dominated alliance. According to information, the government will send in an official application on Monday.

Sweden’s government will hold a meeting on Monday, where the formal decision on entry into NATO will be made. According to sources to the Bonnier* newspaper Expressen, the decision has already been made, and immediately after this meeting, an official application will be sent in.

It is considered especially important that Sweden and Finland apply together, and the Finnish political leadership declared Thursday that “without delay” they will apply to join NATO.

Officially, several meetings and debates will first be held where the question will be discussed, among others, by the Social Democrats’ members in Parliament, and the security political analysis group, which will prepare a report at a press conference. On Sunday, the Social Democrats’ party leadership will make a formal decision on membership.

In practice, however, it is already clear if one can believe the sources, and on Monday Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson will call for an additional governmental meeting where the decision will be hammered through, and immediately after this, an application will be submitted to NATO.

The Social Democrats’ official line is that NATO membership is still “an open question”. As Nya Dagbladet reported earlier, the main reason for this is to give the image of a living internal democracy within the party. Members say at the same time that party leadership has for some time decided on entry into NATO — even though a large part of its members are opposed.

“All who were physically present at the meeting yesterday were positively inclined towards NATO. This was more of an information meeting on the Social Democrats’ about-face on this important question. On paper, it’s good to say you are having a dialogue, but you must also actually have it,” says the Social Democrat Kent Vilhelmsson, who participated in the virtual meeting where the question was reportedly firmly established and discussed.

“None of the 1,800 participants was allowed to speak during the barely one-hour meeting, which the party leadership tightly controlled,” he further stated on Facebook.

The only political parties expected to remain opposed to Swedish NATO membership are the Environmental Party and the Left Party.

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“Listen, Viktor!”: Hungary Berated by the Deep State for War Hesitancy

A couple of days ago Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a video in which he addressed stern and officious remarks to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in an attempt to pressure the latter into joining the sanctions regime against Russia and otherwise assisting Ukraine in its cause. Our Hungarian correspondent László provides an analysis of Mr. Zelensky’s statements as they relate to the goals of the New World Order.

“Nazi” Hungary Berated by the Deep State for War Hesitancy

“Listen, Viktor!”: Ukrainian Deep State Puppet Reprimanded the Hungarian PM for War Hesitancy, Branded Hungary as Nazi

by László

If you’ve ever wondered what the voice of the global Deep State would sound like if it were a person, listen to the Ukrainian puppet-president Volodymyr Zelensky calling on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to stop “hesitating” and get his country more deeply involved in the war in Ukraine.

The Globalist media outlet Telex published a subtitled portion of the video that Zelensky had posted on his Facebook page. It is a condescending and manipulative message sent to Hungary, delivered by Mr. Zelensky.

Before you watch the video (translated from the Hungarian subtitles, kindly subtitled by Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation), here is some context to help you understand the sinister insinuations he made:

Hungary has been one of the more reluctant European players to take sides in the Ukraine war. I’ll call it “war hesitancy”, referring to the now established pattern of Deep State psyops that seek to psychologically “inoculate” everyone with their current poisonous substance — this time with warmongering. Previously one’s intention to remain unharmed and free was officially called “vaccine hesitancy”, and it also had to be mocked, criminalized and subdued for “the greater good”.

To that end, the Deep State tool Zelensky specifically addressed Hungary and PM Viktor Orbán, as a part of his longer speech at a recent EU and NATO summit, in an effort to guilt-trip Hungary into joining the war by bringing up the country’s involvement last century in the persecution of Jews.

In his speech, Zelensky refers to the so-called “shoe memorial” on the bank of the River Danube in Budapest, where Jewish people were shot into the river in 1944 and 1945 by the Nazis.

“The memorial was erected in 2005 to commemorate the systematic killings of Hungarian Jews by Hungarian fascists (Hungary allied itself with Nazi Germany in the false hope of regaining territories lost in WW1),” writes Budapest Danube.

The text of the video (the highlights are mine):

Hungary! I must stop here and be honest. You must decide once and for all whose side you are on. You are an independent country. I’ve been to Budapest; I love the city. I’ve been there several times; I loved it, it’s hospitable, like the people. You have been through tragic moments. I went to the quay where I saw your memorial. I saw the shoes on the Danube bank where a mass murder had taken place. I was there with my family. Listen, Viktor, do you know what’s going on at Mariupol? Please go to the riverbank, and look at those shoes! And you will realize that genocide can happen again in the world, even today. And that is what Russia is doing now. Mariupol has the same shoes and the same people. Adults, children, grandparents. Thousands have died already, thousands are gone. And you are hesitating whether to impose sanctions or not?! And you are hesitating whether to send the guns or not?! And you are hesitating whether to trade with Russia or not? There is no time to hesitate. It is time to decide now. We believe in you, we need your help. We believe in your people. We trust in the European Union, and we trust that Germany will be with us in the crucial moment, as well. Thank you! Slava Ukraini! [Glory to Ukraine]

It is obvious that Zelensky’s masters were trying to emotionally blackmail Hungary — by covertly branding Hungarians as ‘Nazi mass murderers’ unless the country gives her expected contribution to the war, on the side of Ukraine.

Yet, while accusing Hungary of Nazism, Zelensky concludes his video with the now infamous battle cry that is also used by the Ukrainian Nazi Azov Battalion: “Slava Ukraini” [Glory to Ukraine]. This is the same current of double-dealing Internazi politics that has endeavoured to flood Europe with huge masses of murderously Jew-hating Muslims — recently Hungary too, a country that is still a safe haven in Eurabia for Jews.

Since the video was posted, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán has rejected the demands, making clear that the effects of the sanctions to be imposed on the energy imports from Russia would seriously endanger the Hungarian economy. On Hungarian state radio, PM Orbán went even further, saying that if the country stopped buying Russian oil and gas, it would literally stop the economy cold very soon.

The English-language Hungary Today writes:

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán rejected the demands to take sides: “Hungary stands on Hungary’s side in the Russia-Ukraine war, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after the EU and NATO summit in Brussels. […] PM Orbán stated that if sanctions are extended to energy, “the Hungarian economy will come under intolerable pressure, while the Russians might hardly notice it.”

According to Telex:

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The Fifth Balkan War?

The Balkan peninsula in southeastern Europe has been a tinderbox for the past 120 years. The volatility of the region was interrupted by the Cold War, but after the Soviet Union fell in 1991 it resumed where it had left off.

The first two Balkan wars — in 1912 and 1913 — were prodromal symptoms of the Great War, which followed shortly after them. Some writers refer to the events of 1914-1918 as the “Third Balkan War”. Along the same lines, one might call the period 1991-1999 — from the breakup of Yugoslavia to the Kosovo War — as the Fourth Balkan War.

Is the Fifth Balkan War at hand?

Last night I posted about an old Soviet-era drone that crashed last Thursday in Zagreb after traversing the airspace of Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, and Croatia. I tended to agree with our Croatian correspondent Vortac that the launch of the drone was likely a Russian operation, intended as a twofer: to gather intelligence about the reactions of three NATO member states, with the blame for incident assigned on the Ukrainians. But that was just an educated guess after applying Occam’s Razor to the available information.

Vortac was of the opinion that the drone carried no explosives, based on the diminutive crater it produced upon impact. However, the Croatian defense ministry appears to disagree, according to an incidental mention in this article from Hungary Today about the reaction to the drone by the opposition parties in the Hungarian parliament:

Opposition Demands Answers from Gov’t about Foreign Drone in Hungarian Airspace

DK, Jobbik, LMP, the Everyone’s Hungary Movement (MMM), Momentum, the Socialists (MSZP), and Párbeszéd said in a joint statement that Orbán must answer without delay and without hesitation whether the Hungarian armed forces are able to defend Hungary in view of the fact that on March 10, a TU-141 type drone stayed in Hungarian airspace undisturbed for 40 minutes and, according to the Croatian defence ministry, carried a bomb.

The aircraft had likely crossed over the entirety of Hungary or parts of neighboring countries before hitting the ground.

The parties also asked Orbán whether Hungarian Gripens had been scrambled to intercept the drone and if not, why not.

In case the Hungarian armed forces intercepted the drone, it is an unacceptable explanation that they did not think it posed any danger, the united opposition said.

The defence ministry said a similar incident had occurred again around noon on Friday in north-eastern Hungary.

That little tidbit makes this latest news from Hungary even more interesting. It seems Hungarian fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a civilian plane that entered Hungarian airspace from Serbia while allegedly carrying an explosive device.

Also from Hungary Today:

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But Why?

Over the last two weeks our Polish correspondent Green Infidel has been posting thoughtful and reasonable comments about the Russo-Ukrainian war. I agree with much of what he says, but he made one comment last night that I must take exception to:

No-one “manoeuvred” Russia into doing it. The whole world was hoping it wouldn’t happen… The decision was only Vladimir Putin’s.

The last part is exactly correct: Russian President Vladimir Putin made the decision to invade Ukraine, and is responsible for the consequences. He was the aggressor: he ordered unilateral military action against a sovereign state.

However, it’s not true that “[t]he whole world was hoping it wouldn’t happen”. There is overwhelming evidence that what I call the Powers That Be were determined that there would be a war between Russia and Ukraine. From the leaked phone call by Victoria Nuland in 2014 through the machinations of Lindsey Graham to the current conniving of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, it is quite clear that the American subset of the Powers That Be was pushing to foment trouble with Russia over Ukraine.

Back in the 1990s the United States promised Russia, in writing, that NATO would not be expanded eastwards. That promise was never honored, and when the machinations concerning Ukraine began, Vladimir Putin made it clear that he would never accept Ukraine’s joining NATO, and would use any means necessary to make sure it never happened. He considered Ukrainian membership a threat to Russia’s security. You can agree or disagree with that assertion, but that was Russia’s position, and the Russian president stated it quite clearly.

Fast-forward to 2021. The United States continued to talk about NATO membership for Ukraine. In December “Joe Biden assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that Kyiv’s bid to join the NATO military alliance was in its own hands.”

I don’t think Mr. Biden had any idea of the ramifications of what he told Mr. Zelensky. But his handlers did. The people who told President Biden what to say knew exactly what they were doing, and what the consequences would be. They wanted a war between Russia and Ukraine, and ultimately a war between Russia and NATO.

However, it’s not at all clear that the European branch of the Powers That Be was at all keen on a war with Russia. It’s possible that the UK might go along with the idea, but the Continent is a different matter. And the further east you go in the Continent, the less keen they are about poking the Russian bear with a big stick.

During a visit to Moldova few days ago, Secretary of State Antony Blinken offered up Poland as a conduit for NATO fighter planes to Ukraine. This reckless decision was taken unilaterally, without consulting either the Polish government or the Pentagon. Poland handled the matter adroitly, offering to deliver its MiGs to the US military, which could then hand them over to Ukraine if it so desired. But the Pentagon declined to do so, correctly pointing out that this was tantamount to an act of war against Russia. Evidently the military brass are not quite as foolhardy as the stripy-pants set at State (and by extension, the CIA).

Unfortunately, the media have been beating the drums of war for so long that there is now substantial public support for doing whatever is necessary to “save Ukraine”, whether it means a no-fly zone over the country or American boots on the ground. Sober, well-informed discussion has been set aside — as our good friend Commander Salamander says, “The Blob wants a war.”

But why?

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Viktor Orbán: 2030 Will Be a “Serious Stress Test” for Europe

As has been mentioned in this space on several occasions during the past two years, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán seems to have lost the plot concerning the Wuhan Coronavirus. His government has overseen a strict lockdown and “vaccine” push like most other European countries.

However, last Saturday Mr. Orbán gave a speech to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce in which he demonstrated that he is spot-on about other important issues — including private property, the importance of traditional culture, and the need to resist and withstand the crisis that will be brought on by the World Economic Forum between now and 2030.

Many thanks to László for translating these excerpts and writing the accompanying essay, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Hungarian PM Orbán: “Around 2030 Nations Will be Put Under a Serious Stress Test, Much Greater than This Pandemic”

by László

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke at the Opening Congress of the Economic Year of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 19 February 2022. At the end of his more than hour-long speech, PM Orbán briefly spoke about ‘Agenda 2030’, although without explicitly naming it, and emphasized the importance of preparing the country for the coming “serious stress test, much greater than this pandemic.”

PM Orbán said:

…[A]nd around 2030 when there will be all sorts of big shifts in the world, which I don’t have time to talk about now, but from America to the European Union, a lot will happen.

That [period of] time around 2030 will be a trial for all nations and will put them under a serious stress test, much greater than this pandemic.

By that time in 2030, our nation, our national community including its economy, must be in a condition [that enables us] to withstand those challenges there and then, and even use them to prosper! This is what is ahead of us…

The Wider Context

Viktor Orbán spoke in the context of the relationship between the government and the Chamber. He stressed that in order to achieve the aforementioned future prosperity and a regional Hungarian competitive advantage by 2030, the Chamber and the government need the agreement that was to be signed between the two parties that day:

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Serious Threat to National Security

Michael Copeland reports on the latest from Belgium about the threat posed by a “radical” imam.

Serious Threat to National Security

by Michael Copeland

The imam of Belgium’s largest mosque posed a “serious threat to national security,” Belgian security services advised. The mosque is in the now notorious Brussels suburb of Molenbeek. This is the heavily Islamised no go zone where fellow Muslims shielded the surviving terrorist of the Bataclan from law enforcement for weeks on end. The imam, a Moroccan named Toujgani, had resided in the country for forty years (without, typically, mastering French or Dutch). He was ordered to leave.

Migration Secretary Sammy Mahdi explained:

“In the past, we gave too much leeway to radical preachers. This man was probably the most influential preacher in Belgium. With this decision, we are making a difference and giving a clear signal: we will not tolerate those who divide and threaten our national security.”

The news article from Remix goes on to explain:

“Toujgani’s preachings of conservative Islam are consistent with those endorsed by the controversial Muslim Brotherhood movement, an organization which calls for the gradual Islamization of Western society, and one which the imam is reportedly associated with.”

An imam a threat to national security? How can this be? The article does not explain, but here are the clues: radical preachers… those who divide… conservative Islam… the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Radical”… “conservative”

The word “radical” is persistently misused by the media, as if it denotes someone who has a deliberately adverse or wrong-headed pro-violence idea of his cause. This is an error. “Radical” comes from the Latin radix, a root. An imam who is faithful to the roots of Islam, its source texts, is the one being radical. The media also use the word “conservative” when describing such Islamic preachers. There is, of course, no “conservative” Islam or “progressive” Islam. As Erdogan says, “Islam is Islam, and that is that.” Both “radical” and “conservative” are media cover terms for the advocating of violence.

Advocating or inciting violence is a criminal offence in Europe. A Jamaican imam in Birmingham, UK, Abdullah al-Faisal, was recorded by Channel 4 preaching, “As for the Jews, you kill them physically” (meaning “by hand”). He was sentenced to prison and afterwards deported. The imam in Belgium may well have incited violence. After all, the Koran, all of which forms part of Islamic law, does instruct concerning kafirs, non-Muslims, “Kill them wherever you find them” (2:191, 9:5).

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Erdogan Triumphs as Putin Stabs His Best Ally in the Back

With tension ratcheting up over Russia’s possible plans for an invasion of Ukraine, David Boyajian examines some other major issues of the region, especially in the Caucasus.

Erdogan Triumphs as Putin Stabs His Best Ally in the Back

by David Boyajian
January 19, 2022

President Putin has been making some astonishing demands, including:

  • NATO mustn’t admit additional countries near Russia, such as Ukraine and Georgia.
  • NATO must cease military activity in non-NATO territories: Georgia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and parts of eastern Europe.

Yet, incredibly, Putin has himself been enabling a NATO member’s aggression bordering Russia.

In 2020, the Kremlin embraced Turkey’s sending American-designed/equipped F-16s and Bayraktar drones containing NATO components into Azerbaijan.

Turkey and Azerbaijan (“one nation, two states”) subsequently defeated the Armenian populated Artsakh Republic/Nagorno-Karabagh and Russia’s longtime ally, Armenia. Israel backed Azerbaijan militarily.

The brutal 44-day war ended with a so-called peace agreement on November 9, 2020.

Russia facilitated Turkey’s (and, de facto, NATO’s) participation in Putin’s self-defeating grudge war against Armenians:

  • Putin stood aside as Turkey openly deployed troops, weapons, and thousands of Russian-hating international terrorists into Azerbaijan.
  • Turkey and Azerbaijan struck parts of Armenia, not just Artsakh. Yet Russia and the Russian-led CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) patently ignored their defense pacts with Armenia.
  • For decades, Russia had stopped battles over Artsakh between Azerbaijan and Armenians at an early stage despite Artsakh’s lacking a defense treaty with Russia. This time, though, Moscow intervened only belatedly (November 2020) as it posted Russian “peacekeeping” troops in parts of Artsakh.
  • Moscow welcomed Turkish soldiers to partner with Russians in “monitoring” the peace agreement.
  • Since the war ended, Putin and the CSTO (Azerbaijan isn’t a member) have shamelessly humiliated their Armenian ally. For instance, Russia is permitting Azeri troops — unquestionably at Turkey’s urging — to invade southern Armenia, seize highways, kill civilians, and attack Armenia’s diminished military.
  • Russia and the CSTO continue to rebuff Yerevan’s legitimate requests for assistance.
  • In contrast:
    • In January, Putin promptly dispatched CSTO troops into member-state Kazakhstan to subdue violent protests.
    • NATO never signed a formal agreement barring eastward expansion. Therefore, despite the Kremlin’s contention, NATO isn’t legally required to bar Ukraine’s possible membership. Russia and the CSTO are, however, legally required to adhere to their signed, formal defense pacts with Armenia but aren’t doing so.

Russia’s Angry President

Elected on an anti-corruption platform in 2018’s democratic “Velvet Revolution,” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was reelected in 2021.

Russia dislikes democratic leaders. They’re harder to arm-twist and bribe. True, Pashinyan has been somewhat friendlier to Western nations than Armenia’s earlier leaders.

Yet, post-independence (1991), Yerevan has maintained excellent political and economic relations with the EU, U.S., and NATO. In 2005, America built one of its largest embassies in the world under President Robert Kocharyan, a Putin favorite.

Regardless, Putin hated Pashinyan, barely spoke to him, and never gave him a chance.

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