Operation Barbarossa Redux?

The peculiar article below concerns the German military’s bid to acquire extremely detailed maps of Russia — why in the world would they need such data…?

Hellequin GB, who translated the piece, includes this skeptical note:

If this isn’t just a hoax, I seriously wonder with WHAT would they plan to invade Russia with? Shotgun Uschi [Ursula von der Leyen, former defense minister] made sure that the German Armed Forces cannot operate due lack of spare parts, tanks, airplanes… you name it, they lack it. I’m pretty sure that the Taliban is now better armed than the German Bundeswehr, thanks to Creepy Dementia Joe.

And Uschi’s successor AKK (Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer) has done nothing except twist the knife left, right and center. THIS IS A JOKE in more ways than one.

The translated article from Anonymous News:

Questionable tender: Bundeswehr is apparently planning to march into Russia

A tender by the Bundeswehr causes a stir. Why do German troops need detailed geographic information about Russia? We are not talking about simple maps — no, it is about a complex geographic information system that you need if you want to operate with troops in the country.

by Dagmar Henn

A few days ago Die Welt reported on a tender by the German armed forces concerning geographical information about Russia. This somewhat peculiar formulation is necessary because the cards are not simple. It’s about a geographic information system. While the simple idea that it is a pile of current maps, as one is used to in everyday life, can send a shiver down your spine; since the Bundeswehr, whose constitutional mission is defense, has lost less than nothing in Russia, a geographic information system is far more sinister.

The tender reveals this goal with the phrase “vector data high resolution”. It is important to know that graphics and images can be created and stored on computers in two completely different ways. The one that most computer users are familiar with is made up of pixels, like a classic halftone print of a photograph. The other, the vector-based form, consists of mathematical formulas and additional properties. A curved red line is then a sequence of different curve formulas with the additional properties of line width and color. Graphics programs and CAD systems work with this type of data.

In contrast to files made up of pixels, the vector-based graphics have a much smaller volume and are easier to change (which in this case is of little importance) or to combine with additional data. As a result, it is possible, for example, to have three-dimensional models calculated using this data.

Now we are talking about a military project that is based on the images of military satellites. Two things have to be said about this. First of all, that the resolution (1:50,000) specified in the tender can be relocated to the realm of the imagination. “Military satellite systems such as In contrast, the KH-8 (Keyhole), for example, achieved a resolution of ten centimeters on the ground as early as the early 1980s to identify military equipment on the ground,” said a lecture at the Hamburg Forum for Geomatics in 2002. Between this resolution and the present, there are almost 40 years of further development, during which photocells have become more sensitive and data volumes have become easier to transfer. The current resolution of images from military satellites is likely to be in the millimeter range.

The second point that should not be overlooked is that military satellites don’t just snap pictures of the earth’s surface. At least not in the sense that they only take pictures in the spectrum of visible light. You can also do the whole thing in the infrared or radio wave range. However, this opens up completely different information.

A geographic information system now links the data obtained in this way with further information. For example, data on administrative centers and supply infrastructure for the geographic image of a city. Where are the hospitals, where is the water supply, the power plant, the television station… These are data that are obtained from the additional spectral ranges on the one hand, but can also be linked directly to the image on the other.

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Do you Love to Hate?

Our Israeli correspondent MC sends this essay on the dire excesses of contemporary public policy, including the “vaccine” situation in Israel, which suffers from one of the worst cases of the Coronamadness.

Do you Love to Hate?

by MC

Any private view that deviates from the approved ‘liberal’ meme is now labelled as hate. I hate Islam, for example; I do, I do.

They send these missiles over and they explode near me and my family, but although the firing of missiles at civilians is a war crime, it is an acceptable war crime because Islam is a religion of peace and lurve. Isn’t it?

I have to say it is because to point to the world-domination aspects of Islam is ‘Islamophobia’ and Islamophobia is a ‘hate’ crime.

In 1941, in operation Barbarossa, the Nazi armies swept across the Russian Steppes, raping, looting and burning as they went. Liberals (modern day Nazis) would have those peasants whose livelihood had just gone up in flames smile and accept their fate for the greater good. A freezing winter of starvation and death is not an excuse for ‘hate crimes’; to be a hate crime, the action must fall into a violation with very narrowly defined victim and perpetrator groups.

To criticize Islam is a hate crime, full stop. To criticize Judaism is less black and white. To criticize and demean Israel, the only Jewish State, is to be encouraged.

If you come to Israel you will find that the majority of people are of Mediterranean appearance, with very dark Ethiopians, and very light Russians, but to liberals Israel, and all Jews, are white supremacists, no matter what their skin colour. Since most Jews in the USA are Ashkenazi Jews of European extraction, then Jews in Israel must therefore be ‘white’ and ‘supremacist’ (living in the ‘holy land’ as ‘occupiers’ claiming to be the ‘chosen race’, regardless of their origins).

Everybody knows that God in his wheelchair, just before he died, anointed all liberals to carry on his works of lurve, compassion and coercion. After all, it is ‘right’ and ‘just’ to make people conform for the benefit of all of us. Forcible conversion is a major part of the socialist creed.

For a Liberal, there are two ways of doing things; the Liberal way and the wrong way. To do things the wrong way violates Liberal principle and is thus implied criticism; a hate crime because ‘liberalism’ is one of the defined victim/perpetrator groups.

We no longer debate issues; we just manoeuvre our opponents into the treacherous quicksand of mudslinging. Any dialogue can be reduced to a monologue by just a few well-placed liberal epithets invoking ‘racist’, Nazi, Fascist, hate and conspiracy theory.

Recently we have seen quite a few so called ‘conspiracy theories’ prove to be accurate. When somebody puts two and two together and gets four, when they were supposed to get five, if we then yell “CONSPIRACY THEORY” for all we are worth we can make it all go away.

The so-called conspiracy theory was once the domain of the loony left, but has morphed over the last few decades into a weapon to suppress logical speculations. Here is some logical speculation:

  • China released the COVID-19 virus at the Armed Forces Games in Wuhan in October 2019.
  • Releasing a dangerous bioweapon of mass destruction is justification for war.
  • In December 2019 General Milley was worried that President Trump might declare war on China, so he took steps to acquire the power of the Commander-in-Chief for himself.
  • Milley tells his counterpart in China that he will give them a heads-up if the POTUS decides that China has committed an act of war.

If we put these points together we can logically draw the following conclusions:

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What Would Vladimir Ilyich Do?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about FedGov infiltration in advance of the “Justice for J6” rally in D.C. on September 18. As it happened, fortunately, not many people participated in the rally. Some of those who attended said it looked like the media, the feds, and the Capitol Police outnumbered the actual protestors.

Donald Trump helped discourage his supporters from showing up by telling them they were being set up, which of course they were. A hilarious photo of a group of look-alike “undercover” federal agents inspired hundreds of memes. With their shorts, their shades, their haircuts, and their identical watches, they looked like they had been 3D-printed using the same template.

This wasn’t the first time the feds have massively infiltrated a “deplorable” event in an attempt to set up the patriots, and it certainly won’t be the last. However, it’s encouraging that the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy seems to have wised up about what’s being done to them.

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The responses to my post on infiltrators prompted further thoughts on the topic. However, before I get to the meat of this essay, I’ll post a selection of the comments from that earlier post, followed by expanded versions of my replies.

Charley Waite said:

Reminds me of Gen Joseph Johnston facing the Union advance at Richmond. He retreated and retreated and retreated because the circumstances were not favorable until he found himself “at the gates of Richmond” about to lose. At what point does “cool heads” keep waiting until it’s almost too late?

Our problem is that we can’t assemble the troops into a force large enough for a general to command. Anything above squad size has been infiltrated.

Any operation that we plan is known in advance to the enemy. Every detail of strategy and tactics is passed back to Leviathan, which then marshals all its immense resources to counter us.

And Leviathan is very skilled at psychological warfare. That’s what we’re seeing now. The heavy-handed push for a forced vax is a deliberate psy-ops strategy designed to bring the patriots onto the field bearing arms, with every fifth man being a federal government plant.

Any general — if one ever arises — will have to take those facts into account. He will have to design his operation knowing that every detail of the plan will immediately be relayed to the leaders of the opposing force, which is much better funded and supplied and has been wargaming this situation for decades.

I have no idea how a successful operation might be organized under such conditions, but I do know that any plan that does not take the above into account is doomed to failure.

This hypothetical general has a handful of trusted subordinates that he knows are not enemy agents. Below that level in the chain of command, he is certain that he is riddled with informers. How does he deal with that fact?

I realize I’m being a broken record, but COUNTERINTELLIGENCE must be the primary focus. No large, concerted, coordinated action can be undertaken successfully without addressing this issue.

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Mens Bellator said:

If I might ask, because I see this advice a lot — that is, wait, it is not yet time for armed resistance — when will it be. It is like Picard and the Borg — they advance, we fall back. When will it be time? Will it be too late? At some point patriots will need to do things that make them look evil — they will have no choice.

The time for action is when the infiltrators have been identified and neutralized. By “neutralized” I don’t mean killed; I mean rendered harmless by feeding them nothing but innocuous information — or better yet disinformation — to be reported back to their superiors.

Until you neutralize the informers, planning meaningful action that has even a remote chance of success is simply impossible.

A corollary to all this is to stop using smart phones and similar devices for communications, except for sending false information as a diversion. Over the last few years it has become abundantly clear that all standard forms of electronic information are fully available to federal intelligence agencies. You might as well just phone it in to the FBI.

I consider cell phones to be baby monitors. If you have one, and the battery is in it, it can report your location and relay audio, even if it’s turned off. Those features are highly prized by the CCP. When Chinese dissidents meet, they not only turn their phones off and leave them in a separate room, they take the batteries out.

WRSA frequently posts links to detailed resources on the use of more traditional forms of communication, which may be cumbersome to use, but are far more secure.

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Night Driver said:

The Bundy Ranch stand-off is a situation which shows what happens when FREEFOR surprises FED/LEVIATHAN. NO ONE on the FED side expected the numbers of FREEFOR people that showed up. YES, they were infiltrated, but most of the infiltrators were eventually neutered.
LEVIATHAN was COMPLETELY taken aback at the numbers.

MANY of the FED troopies had never seen opposition and CERTAINLY were HIGHLY unfamiliar with the view from the OTHER end of the scope when FREEFOR folks zeroed in on them.

We need to keep FREEFOR actions to be a surprise every time. A surprise of SOME sort, whether of numbers, or character, or venue or design. GOTTA keep them on their toes.


The events at the Bundy Ranch took the feds by surprise. However, they learned their lesson that time, and planned the next one carefully. That’s why the Malheur Wildlife Refuge fiasco happened the way it did.

From the first-hand reporting at the time, I remember that the groups at the ranch knew they were infiltrated, and had sussed out at least some of the plants. The infiltration wasn’t thorough enough to allow the feds to control the situation.

By the time we got to January 6, 2021, however, the FBI had learned to play the patriot movement like a fiddle.

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After thinking about these issues for a while, I realize that I’ve been doing a disservice to all those groups who have dealt with the issue of infiltration shrewdly and effectively. I’m certain they’re out there.

Since I’m a lone operator, I don’t know any of them. I’m acquainted with a few patriots here and there, but I know nothing about their groups. And that’s the way it should be — I don’t want to know. If they’re any good at operational security, they’ll keep such information from me, which is what I prefer. That way, when the sunglassed operatives from the Bureau for the Protection of the Republic show up and drive the bamboo shoots under my fingernails, I won’t be able to tell them anything.

Moreover, if skilled patriot groups are thoughtful about what they do, they’re invisible. They blend into the background of the communities in which they live. They don’t show up at the Capitol and do stupid things. They just train quietly and methodically, preparing for the grim time they know will eventually come. Why would they expose themselves by saying, “Hey, Baron, you’re wrong — we’re not infiltrated by the feds.”?

So here’s to the pros, who know how to do the job right. Skol!

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Russia vs. Google: Who Will Win?

RT is an official Russian news and video service. YouTube has just suspended RT’s two German-language channels, thereby provoking the ire of the Russian government.

Google is richer and more powerful than most sovereign states, so a dispute between it and Russia very much resembles an international diplomatic crisis. If Google were a country, Russia would have just recalled its ambassador from it.

Below are three recent German-language articles from RT translated by Hellequin GB. The first two appeared before YouTube’s suspension of RT’s channels.

The first article features an interview with a Russian philosopher about the recent German general elections:

Alexander Dugin on the results of the federal election: “German politics is characterized by self-hatred”

The general election that took place on Sunday puts an end to the Angela Merkel era. In an exclusive interview with RT DE, the Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin comments on the election result and its consequences for Russian-German relations.

After the general election on Sunday, RT DE spoke to the Russian philosopher, political scientist and sociologist Alexander Dugin. In an exclusive interview with the broadcaster, the 59-year-old commented on the election result and its consequences for German-Russian relations. The political scientist described the previous general election as unusual. He pointed to the “colossal” defeat of the CDU and the CSU. The result means a blow against the right-wing center and the right-wing liberals, with whom Russia has had good relations. At the same time, Dugin recalled that the bilateral relationship had been even better during the chancellorship of SPD politician Gerhard Schröder.

“Relations between Russia and Germany have a much deeper dimension and go beyond this or that governing coalition.”

According to Dugin, only something extraordinary, such as a Greens victory that many had prophesied, could radically worsen that ratio. The political scientist described Annalena Baerbock as a representative of the movement of US investor George Soros and accused her party of being more globalist than green. Dugin pointed out, among other things, that the Greens had spoken out against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

“The Social Democrats, who have now won, and the CDU/CSU represent a continuation of the status quo for Russia.”

In his conversation with RT DE , the philosopher said that relations between Russia and Germany were anything but wonderful. He cited the dependence of German foreign policy on the US government as the reason for this, even though the country was economically very strong and sympathized with Russia.

“Germany is completely dependent on US politics. It is not a sovereign state. …In this respect, it has been an occupied territory to a certain extent so far.”

Dugin described the US military presence in Germany as a continuation of the post-war occupation despite the Soviet troop withdrawal. Although Germany tries to defend its economic interests, it only partially succeeds. The thinker, citing several colleagues, announced that the country was facing a turbulent period with a possible political and social crisis. Too many contradictions have accumulated.

“The Germans are indeed very chaotic. All of their order stems from the fact that they know this and are terribly afraid of this chaos.”

The political scientist also commented on the fate of so-called European continentalism under Angela Merkel as Federal Chancellor. Dugin stressed that the positions of continentalism had been stronger under Schröder. Against the backdrop of the Iraq war in 2003, the Paris-Berlin-Moscow axis emerged, but was later destroyed by the so-called Atlanticists. Under Merkel, continentalism took a few steps backwards. Although the Chancellor tried to smooth out certain currents, she was in the wake of US Atlanticism and a “docile” politician. There are, however, tendencies towards continentalism in the SPD, the Left and the AfD.

Dugin also explained the AfD’s loss of votes, although he himself had previously predicted an upturn in the party. The AfD is challenging the consensus of the liberal pro-Western elites, walking a fine line by accusing them of extremism. However, the AfD is bourgeois through and through.

“Sometimes the German philistine simply breaks the patience. That’s why he has to formulate his views much harder, and that’s why he votes for the AfD.”

However, this party had started to crumble and failed to find a plausible ideological model. It didn’t take the chance and lost votes because of the internal disputes. At the same time, Dugin expressed the opinion that Germany needed a party that would criticize liberalism, Atlanticism and globalization. During the turbulent times ahead, the AfD will strengthen its positions if it is smart enough to seize the opportunity.

In his exclusive interview with RT DE , the philosopher also commented on the record number of votes for the Greens. He described environmental protection as the last refuge for politicians who had nothing to say.

“The absolute lack of a political philosophy is being replaced by simplified notions about the need to protect the environment.”

Dugin linked the success of the Greens to infantilism, myopia and hysteria. The political scientist was very pleased that the result for the Greens was more modest than previously forecast. If they came to power, there would be no more international politics in Germany. For Russia, the strengthening of their positions would be anything but positive. The political scientist compared the actions of the Greens with fascism. In Germany, due to the excessive striving for order and rationality, this ultimately degenerated into nationalistic madness.

“Today it is the other way around: the idea of freedom, relaxation, humanity, charity and indulgence in vices and diseases now lead to the opposite pole by virtue of the same German excessiveness.”

Since the Greens are against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, among other things, nothing good can be foreseen for the bilateral relationship with Russia in the case of their government. According to Dugin, the project is beneficial for both Berlin and Moscow. German industry needs Russian mineral resources in order to maintain the status quo in the economy and the pace of growth.

Dugin described relations between Washington and Berlin as not an equal dialogue. The US government treats Germany like a colony that has long been economically autonomous and independent.

“This very contradiction causes the American-German relationship. The Germans would pay a high price to increase their sovereignty even a little, but the Americans hold it as George Floyd was once held so that he couldn’t breathe.”

This contradiction is anything but healthy. After the Second World War, the German ideology was that the German people should hate everything German. Dugin called this phenomenon “politics of self-hatred”. This contradiction also shapes the relationship between Berlin and Moscow. Germany is only to be pitied in this situation, especially since it already suffers from a kind of Stockholm Syndrome.

Afterword from the translator:

Looking in from the outside as an expat for over 30 years, I think Dugin nailed the German psyche. Personally — during the three times I’ve actually been back to Germany — I cannot find any common ground with most Germans. Their self-pitying, self-restricting self-hatred is and was anathema to me from a young age onwards, and was one of the main reasons why I left at the end of 1988 for the Dark Heart of Africa.

Next is an interview with former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev:

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Muslim Sends Doctor to the Hospital for Touching His Wife

Nizhnevartovsk is a city in Western Siberia. The following video shows what happened to a doctor in Nizhnevartovsk who dared to touch a Muslim man’s wife when he examined her.

Many thanks to our long-term commenter Elena for the reference, and to Vlad Tepes for uploading the video:

Below is Elena’s explanation of what happened at the clinic in Nizhnevartovsk:

In Nizhnevartovsk, a man beat a doctor for examining his Muslim wife

An unpleasant incident ended with another patient’s appointment with a dermatologist in Nizhnevartovsk. Her husband beat the doctor.

A woman in a hijab came to see a dermatologist. The doctor proceeded to his usual actions — examined the hands, legs and abdomen of the patient. Fifteen minutes later, a man burst into the doctor’s office. He almost immediately started beating the doctor.

The patient’s husband broke the doctor’s nose; the doctor had to call an ambulance. The police arrived at the scene.

The doctor himself was shocked by what happened. According to him, he had previously had to examine women in hijab, but this was the first time he encountered such a reaction from her husband. Now the law enforcement agencies will decide the issue of bringing the man who attacked the doctor to responsibility, established by the laws of the Russian Federation.


Lion or Gazelle?

The aristocrats of the ecology movement are the predators, while ordinary people like you and me are the prey. In order to Save the Planet, we will be culled the same way a pride of lions culls a herd of gazelles.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the German site Recentr.com:

The elite 1001 club behind the eco-agenda

Prince Bernhard [of the Netherlands] created “The 1001: A Nature Trust” together with Prince Philip to finance the activities of the WWF [World Wildlife Foundation]. On board was Anton Rupert, an African tobacco billionaire of Dutch descent who was involved in the secret society “Afrikaner Broederbond”, which controlled South Africa and which had implemented apartheid.[16]

For a long time, public information about 1001 was almost completely unavailable, and all that was learned was that handpicked members had to pay a membership fee of $10,000.

Similar to the Bilderberg Group, the principle of confidentiality applies, and you can at least learn from a leaked internal report that the 1001 Club holds regular meetings in Windsor Castle, at the residence of the Spanish royal family, and in distant places like Nepal.

According to leaked membership lists, the 1001 Club includes people such as:

Maurice Strong: Member of the Privy Council in Canada (British Commonwealth), Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada.

In the early 1970s he was Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment before becoming the first Director General of the United Nations Environment Program in 1972.

He is considered the inspiration for former US Vice President Al Gore, who released the eco-propaganda film An Inconvenient Truth.

Sir Max Aitken: Politician and Chairman of Beaverbrook Newspapers Ltd. His father was Max Aitken, First Lord Beaverbrook, member of the Privy Council, owner of the extremely influential Daily Express newspaper and sometime Minister of Information. His friend Winston Churchill made Max the Senior Minister for Aircraft Production during World War II.

Sir Eric Drake: Chairman of British Petroleum (BP)

Baron Conrad Black: He owns major newspapers and companies and has been involved in many scandals. At times he was on the Privy Council of Canada. His friend, US President Donald Trump, pardoned him in 2019.

King Juan Carlos of Spain: Juan Carlos, who came from the house of the Bourbons, is a member of the powerful eco-organization the Club of Rome.

He is the eldest son of Juan de Borbón y Battenberg, whose mother was Victoria Eugénie von Battenberg, from the Welfen lines Hessen-Darmstadt as well as Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (the same lines as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth).

Henry Ford II: From the highly controversial family of automakers. The Ford group goes back to the scientific network of the Royal Society or the Guelph nobility (see chapter in this book about the auto industry). His grandfather Henry Ford was one of the leading anti-Semites, supported the NSDAP and provided both the Nazis and the Soviets with technology that was essential to the war effort.

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Joe Benedict Biden

It’s always interesting to get a non-American viewpoint on American politics. Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan is better-informed than most Europeans about what goes on here in the USA, so his insights are entertaining as well as instructive.

Joe Benedict Biden

by H. Numan

I normally don’t write a lot about the USA, but sometimes I have to. The humiliating surrender in Afghanistan is such an occasion. Surrender? Yes. It’s not a withdrawal with some minor hiccups when you leave $85 billion worth of equipment behind, and willingly throw your allies to the wolves. Actually, this is a follow-up to the article I wrote when the Biden victory was confirmed. It’s a lot worse than you think.

Benedict Arnold merely tried to sell West Point. Joke Biden actually sold the United States. At this moment Afghanistan has one of the best-equipped armies in the world. That’s not a joke. The Taliban has more and better equipment than France, Germany or the UK. Plus plenty of money to buy whatever they lack. Oh, so they don’t have pilots to fly those Black Hawks? No problem, we hire some. How much equipment was left behind? Enough to give each and every Taliban fighter his own truck, plus a couple of rifles.

Was surrender necessary? Of course not. Portugal had the same problem after their Carnation Revolution in 1974. The revolutionary government dissolved the Portuguese colonial empire overnight. They did it as it should be done: first they evacuated civilians. Next they evacuated everything remotely possible, including toilets, water taps and bathtubs. Then they withdrew their military to the last airport, while keeping a vigilant heavily armed guard. The withdrawal was finished in a couple of weeks. Nobody (Portuguese or otherwise) was killed or even hurt. That’s how you do it.

However, that was not what the caretakers of Biden — the man is clearly senile — wanted. They desired mayhem. Wanton destruction. Mass killings. Immense loss of prestige. This defeat is worse than the defeat in Vietnam, far worse. It will take another twenty years to get over it. If ever. Yes, it is that humiliating. Vietnam was a fairly developed country compared with stone age Afghanistan. They only wanted the foreigners out of their country. Contrast this with religious zealots who always talk about defeating the crusaders. They just defeated the most advanced, biggest, and professional army in the world. Surely Allah knows best!

I can understand something had to be left behind, but not on this scale. That is not “an act of God” (Allah?) or “a simple mistake”. This is intentional. Leave helicopters and aircraft behind? Why on earth? You can’t fly them out? Or should I say: the minders of Biden didn’t want them to fly out? Leave a few vehicles behind? No problem, understandable. But +40,000 light attack vehicles and +22,000 Humvees? That is not an accident. That is on purpose.

It gets even worse. A Black Hawk helicopter is loaded with state-of-the art technology. You can rest assured those helicopters already are being dissected and reverse-engineered in Beijing, Tehran and Moscow. If not this week, certainly the next. Next year Russia, Iran and China have their own copies flying. That’s excluding all the technology that can be found in left behind high tech equipment, such as night vision goggles and communication gear. Forget about any advanced American technology next year. By then Russia, Iran and China have reverse-engineered everything.

In one stroke the American advantage in everything is gone: no more technology advantage, and more importantly: you lost needlessly against a bunch of stone-age shepherds armed with blunderbusses. Remember 9-11? Oh, you got satellite technology? We got box cutters!

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Austria Says “No” to More Afghans — With Good Reason

According to the following video report, both Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Russian President Vladimir Putin say they will refuse to take in “refugees” from Afghanistan.

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

The article below provides details on the debate in Austria on Afghan migrants. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from the conservative Austrian site Unzensuriert:

Under Black-Green: Hardly any European country takes more Afghans than Austria

August 25, 2021

The current heated debate between the Austrian People Party and the Greens on the admission of Afghan “refugees” is, on closer inspection, only a sham debate. According to statistics as of the year 2020, hardly any other county in Europe took in more Afghans, generally illegal migrants, as Austria. For the Muslims from the Far East, the borders have been wide open for months or actually years, as the daily “arrests”, which are nothing more than admission registrations, show.

Only Germany admits more Afghans

Current statistics for the year 2020 show where the 2.6 million Afghans who left their country migrated to. Among the front runners are the neighboring Muslim countries of Pakistan and Iran, which together admitted 85% of the migrants (which corresponds to the Geneva Convention on Refugees, which defines the admission of refugees in the closest safe country). After that, European countries follow, which are 5,000 kilometers away.

To date 148,000 Afghans have come to Germany. In second place in Europe comes, surprisingly, the ten-times-smaller Austria with more than 44,000(!) Afghans. Surprising because the rhetoric of the Austrian Peoples Party suggests that for months it has been almost impossible for Afghans to get to Austria, and this should remain so. However, the numbers don’t lie. And a reason for asylum, when we are generally talking about such a country surrounded by safe countries like Austria, for a good portion (40%) there is not even a benevolent consideration. According to the Geneva Convention, for Afghans, unless they jump in by parachute there is no legitimate asylum in Austria.

But the black-green (and before that, red-black) politicians “successfully” got around that by obediently subordinating themselves to the demands of the EU and signing on to different provisions instead of representing Austrian interests. A limit as to how many migrants may reside in Austria (there are already more than 2,000,000 Austrians of “migration background”) has not yet been defined.

Germany, Sweden, and Austria as main “flight” destinations

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Austria, with its fewer than nine million inhabitants, took in more Afghans than, for example, France, Great Britain, Italy, India, or Australia. Next to Germany and Sweden, Austria is, for Afghans, is one of the favorite destination countries in their “flight”. What these guests will bring us besides costs and criminality has not yet been comprehensibly defined.

In fact, about 100 illegal migrants a day, mostly from Arab areas, are walking the Austrian borders daily, especially in Burgenland, where they no longer know where to put them. And their number will continue to rise. Up to now the supposedly so “hard”-on-migration Austrian People’s Party has not heard of the necessary suspension of asylum rights, given this situation.

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The Yankee Kush

Like most Americans, I started paying close attention to Afghanistan in the weeks and months after September 11, 2001.

I had been well aware of the country before that, beginning with the Soviet invasion in late 1979. I remember reading the reports in the World News section of The Washington Post about the arming and training of the Afghan mujahideen by the CIA in their efforts to thwart the Russians. Some of the greybeards in the Taliban and al-Qaeda got their explosives training from American intelligence operatives thirty-five or forty years ago.

I was also aware of Osama bin Laden before 9/11. I read about him in reports about the Khobar Towers bombing in June of 1996, the bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August of 1998, and the bombing of the USS Cole in October of 2000. I knew that he was reputed to be holed up in Afghanistan, and our military leaders were itching to go in there and take him out.

After the Twin Towers fell I started reading intensively about what I now call the Great Jihad. I had read Among the Believers by V.S. Naipaul back in 1981, when it first came out, so I was aware of the inevitability of the clash between Islam and the West. After 9-11 I read additional works on Islam, beginning with The Sword of the Prophet by Srdja Trifković (whom I had the good fortune to meet and work with years later). When Jihad Watch started up, it became an invaluable resource for understanding Islam.

Before Dymphna and I founded Gates of Vienna, I hung around on various right-of-center blogs and forums. In the first few months after 9-11 it seemed that everyone was on the same page. It’s hard to credit now, but back then Andrew Sullivan, Jonah Goldberg, Roger Simon, Mark Steyn, and Glenn Reynolds were all more or less in agreement.

By 2004 or 2005 that had changed. The party-line Republicans heeded the words of George W. Bush and observed the distinction between “Islam” and “Islamism”. Pakistan was our “staunch ally”. The despots of Qatar and Saudi Arabia were our “friends”. Condoleezza Rice referred to Islam as the “religion of peace and love”, as if this were San Francisco in 1967. I think that was when I permanently disassociated myself from the Republican Party. When my liberal acquaintances referred to me as a Republican, I would say indignantly: “I’m not a Republican — I hate Republicans! The only thing worse than a Republican is a Democrat.”

I diverged from the mainstream and became a right-wing extremist, and more specifically an Islamophobe. That put me beyond the pale, and eventually got this blog kicked out of Pajamas Media.

Watching the situation in Afghanistan evolve over the next twenty years made me into the cynic I am today. Remember Mullah Omar? Osama bin Laden was Public Enemy Number One, and Mullah Omar was Public Enemy Number Two. Despite having the greatest military in history and absolute control over Afghanistan, the United States could not go in, pull him out of his hole, and “bring him to justice”. It was obvious that high-level corruption was at work, that we had cut a deal with one or more tribal mobs allowing the Mullah to remain unscathed.

And then there was the tradition of bacha bazi, the nancy boys of Islam. The time-honored Afghan custom of sodomizing pre-pubescent boys was allowed to continue unchecked, and our soldiers were ordered to turn a blind eye to it, even when it occurred on American military bases.

And then there was the opium. Not only did poppy production remain unimpeded, it even increased. The CIA took effective control of the opium trade, making sure that the lucrative racket stayed in the hands of its favored allies in organized crime.

And then there was Pakistan, which had always been the Taliban’s best friend. Osama bin Laden was allowed to escape from Tora Bora — more corruption at work — and hole up in Pakistan for another ten years. The Pakistani intelligence services knew exactly where he was, and there he was allowed to remain until he outlived his usefulness and our staunch ally gave him up.

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The Big Lie of the U.S. War on Global Terrorism

The Big Lie of the U.S. War on Global Terrorism

by David Boyajian

Millions of illegal aliens swarm across our borders, yet little is done to stop them.

As big cities’ homicides soar, their police departments are being defunded.

Such destructive domestic policies remind us of this destructive foreign policy: Successive administrations and the State Department have often shut their eyes to international terrorism and even covered it up.

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and America’s Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) looms, this shocks the conscience. It also endangers the homeland and our military men and women overseas.

We’ll prove that Turkey and Azerbaijan remain among the most egregious sponsors of international terrorist organizations and that the U.S. covers for those countries.

Among these organizations: ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra, Ansar Al-Din, Hamza Division, Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, Jaysh Al-Sunna, Sultan Murad Brigade, Sultan Suleyman Shah Brigade/Al-Amshat, and more.

Terrorist Turkey

  • Ahmet S. Yayla, Turkey’s counterterrorism chief from 2010-13, has acknowledged that “Turkey was a central hub for… over 50,000 ISIS foreign fighters, and the main source of ISIS logistical materials [including] IEDs, making Turkey and ISIS practically allies.”
  • Veteran State Department adviser Dr. David L. Phillips directs Columbia University’s Peace-building and Human Rights Program. Its research confirmed Turkey’s alliance with ISIS: ISIS-Turkey Links (2014) and Turkey-ISIS Oil Trade (2015/2016).
  • In Turkey: A state sponsor of terrorism? (May 28), Phillips wrote that if a “non-NATO country behaved like Turkey, it would warrant designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism,” like Iran and North Korea.

    He also describes Turkey’s sending terrorist mercenaries (some listed above) into Azerbaijan against Armenian-populated Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabagh in 2020.

  • In 2014, the New York Times reported that “Western intelligence officials… track the ISIS oil shipments… into Turkey” and that Turkey has failed “to help choke off the oil trade.”
  • In January and July, the U.S. Treasury Department identified Turkey as a financial base for ISIS and Al-Qaeda. However, the U.S. has penalized only some Turkish individuals and companies, not Turkey itself. Regardless, the effect has been minimal.

As with Turkey, the State Department has largely ignored utterly corrupt Azerbaijan’s long record of supporting terrorism.

Terrorist Azerbaijan

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The Punking of Ann Linde

A pair of Russian hoaxters who go by the pseudonyms Vovan and Lexus are renowned for impersonating famous public figures in order to induce other famous public figures to make fools of themselves. Their latest prank has made a fool of Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde, who thought she was taking a phone call from Julia Navalnaya, the wife of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny — who is currently languishing in prison — and his chief of staff, Leonid Volkov. The foreign minister had no idea that her words were being recorded, and that they would be released to the media.

Ms. Linde’s faux pas has given the Swedish tabloids plenty of fodder for sensational news stories. In the recording she indicates that she may be able send Swedish taxpayers’ money to help Mr. Navalny. She also brags about her work against Vladimir Putin, and her reluctance to support sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, due to the involvement of Western European companies in the project.

First the video (audio only, with still photos of Leonid Volkov, Ann Linde, and Julia Navalnaya), in English with Russian subtitles:

Many thanks to LN for translating this article about the prank from Fria Tider:

Ann Linde is revealed by prank callers — promises Swedish tax money to Russian politicians

A couple of infamous Russian pranksters managed to get a call with Ann Linde. In the conversation, the Swedish Foreign Minister discusses how to use Swedish development aid money to finance Russian opposition politicians.

Behind the coup are the infamous pranksters who call themselves Vovan and Lexus, who have previously managed to deceive a number of high-ranking people in the Western world.

In May, Fria Tider reported on how the duo got the American National Endowment for Democracy, NED, to boast that they funded and organized the mass protests in Belarus last year.

In the new conversation with Ann Linde, Vovan and Lexus pretend to be Julia Navalnaya, wife of the imprisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny, and Navalny’s chief of staff Leonid Volkov.

In the phone call, Anne Linde talks broadly about the Swedish government’s work against Putin.

At one point, she is asked directly whether she can help fund Alexei Navalny’s movement.

“It would be fantastic if Sweden could help us, for example through the development assistance authority (Sida),” the man says in the conversation.

Ann Linde replies that Sweden has already set aside €38 million to support “civil society and human rights” over the next five years.

“I’m not entirely sure of the details, but I think it is possible that… if you have a contact… with you or through the embassy. If possible, because I do not know the technical details.”

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Dancing With Mr. Vax

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

Russia: In Krasnodar, the Corona vaccination caused the death of an entire family?

Information about a family from Krasnodar, in which all adult relatives allegedly died as a result of the coronavirus vaccination, appeared on social networks yesterday. It was reported that all relatives […] died: mother, father, grandmother, that the cause of death was “the consequences of vaccinations against Covid.”

Four family members were vaccinated on the same day, three of whom died on July 16, 23 and 26. The fourth adult family member (grandfather) was in serious condition at the time the message was sent. […]

Today the public intelligence service reported, citing its sources, that grandpa passed away on the evening of July 29th. […]

The information posted on social media messages was partially confirmed by a school employee:

“Yes, the girl is studying with us in the 6th Z class. In fact, all of her relatives died. […]”

The Worst Emperor in History

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan presents a historical overview of the man who did so much to usher in the Great War.

The worst emperor in history

by H. Numan

Who’s that? Though one to answer, what? So many choices. Was it Nero? Caligula? Perhaps a Chinese emperor? Nope. None of those. The very worst emperor in history was German. It was the last German emperor, Wilhelm II. He inherited a stable empire, well on its way to becoming a dominant economic power of Europe. When he was forced to abdicate, his empire lay in tatters. Not only his own empire, mind you. His fall was accompanied and preceded by the empires of Russia, Austria and the Ottomans. His rule influenced current world affairs enormously. Because of his actions the British empire fell a few decades later. And we can thank him for the demise of Western civilization. Due to his actions Hitler was able to rise to power, and in the east Lenin was put in charge. The latter was on his direct orders. Without his personal support Lenin could never have gained power in Russia. Without a communist Russia the People’s Republic of China was not possible.

It all began so well. When Wilhelm ascended his throne, Germany was a well-respected country. The world was (mostly) at peace. Germany was managed very capably by Bismarck. It was allied with Austria and Russia in the Three Emperors’ League. The three countries had a lot in common: none of them was democratic. All of them were ruled by autocrats, and they all were extremely conservative. If one political league was a natural one, this was it. When Austria couldn’t control socialist uprisings in 1848, the Russian Empire sent troops to its aid. Not because they had to. Not because they could grab some Austrian territories. But because the czar felt he was morally obliged to help his colleague ward off evil.

France was recovering from the Franco-Prussian war, but in no position to do something about it. There was no Franco-British alliance. More the opposite: France and England fought for centuries against one another. England’s position on Germany was somewhat indifferent: it wasn’t a naval superpower, that was all that mattered to England. They saw Wilhelm as a sort of clown, who excelled in one thing only: gigantic gaffes. The German foreign affairs department had to work overtime to defuse them.

Broadly speaking, the world was at peace. Colonialism worked. Yes, there were some uprisings here and there, but no national liberation movements. Some colonies became self governing countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada) within the British empire.

That more or less peaceful world changed completely when Wilhelm II took control. His first act was to get rid of Bismarck. Who needs a competent if not the best chancellor Germany ever had? Certainly not Wilhelm II. Who needs a league of emperors? So he got rid of that too. Wilhelm II was related to every monarch in Europe. Let’s keep it all in the family!

Wilhelm II fancied yachting. Then and now, a sport for the very rich. That made him an admiral, or so he thought. He read the book by Alfred Mahan, and decided Germany should become a naval superpower. Being Willy 2, he didn’t fancy becoming a naval super power, but of course the naval superpower.

He was in luck. The British made the same mistake as the French before them. The French built La Gloire, the first ocean-going all-steel warship. “Jolly good,” said the British, “we can do that too!” The French capacity to produce steel and warships was not nearly as developed as the British, so they didn’t even bother to try to compete. They knew they were beaten.

Later, the British built the first modern real battleship, HMS Dreadnought. Just as revolutionary as La Gloire, if not a good deal more so. At a stroke, all capital ships of every navy were obsolete, including those of the Royal Navy. Hey, said the emperor. Here’s our (= my) chance. Let’s build a lot of dreadnoughts. We’re gonna be the world’s naval superpower! Yes, openly. It was Germany’s destiny, after all. You don’t make friends that way. There was only one tiny little problem. Like France, Germany lacked the capability to outproduce Britain. Unlike France, Willy 2 refused to accept that fact. He tried to out-build the Royal Navy. In vain and at great cost to his nation.

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The Biologic Urge to Readjust the Map of Europe

In the two years since Dymphna died I have dedicated myself to putting my affairs in order, so that the future Baron won’t have too hard a time when I shuffle off this mortal coil and go to claim my 72 virgins. One of the most difficult and time-consuming tasks has been to clean out, cull, and reorganize the material in the filing cabinets here at Schloss Bodissey. I have to pull out all the papers and scrutinize them before deciding whether to keep them or not. In the process I have come across a number of delightful surprises, plus a few mysteries.

An example of the latter is a hand-written chart (to be discussed in detail below). It’s in pencil, in my handwriting (and very small — you can tell my eyes were still working), written on the back of a computer printout that dates it to 1990. It’s basically a compendium of territorial changes in Europe between 1916 and 1945.

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The big mystery is: why the heck did I put the thing together? It was written fourteen years before we started blogging. The future Baron was too small at that point for the document to have been one my lesson plans for him. The material in it closely tracks what I had to absorb to take my A-levels (and special papers) in European history. But it was written twenty years after I took my exams, so I couldn’t possibly have been regurgitating it from memory. I can tell I consulted the Harvard Encyclopedia of World History (a 1948 edition inherited from my father that is now held together by duct tape. It is one of the most treasured resources in my reference library, second only to the Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology). Alas, I can no longer read it without a magnifying glass, so I won’t be checking any of the dates and facts on my chart to make sure they’re right.

For weeks I puzzled over the document, trying to figure out why I compiled it. My best guess is that Dymphna had been reading something — possibly The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman — and wanted to know about the territorial adjustments made in the map of Europe by the Treaty of Versailles and others that followed in the wake of the Great War. She knew I was well-versed in modern European history, so she must have asked me if I would put something together that would summarize it for her. I would have been delighted by her request, because I love to do that sort of thing — or used to, when my eyes still functioned normally.

The chart is a useful resource, so I took the trouble to transcribe it as well as I could. Doing so brought back memories of all that old A-level material. Vojvodina! I hadn’t thought about that name in a while. And some of the other names — Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldavia, etc. — are well-known now, because they’re sovereign states, but they weren’t in 1990; they were still socialist republics within one or the other of the communist superstates.

I can still remember a few more names that didn’t make it to the chart — the Sanjak of Novi Bazar, for example, or Eastern Rumelia.

The map of Europe was drastically reorganized after 1917 (after the Bolshevik Revolution, that is) and then even more so after 1918 in a series of treaties that divvied up the territory of the collapsed empires. Adolf Hitler did his part to rearrange the map even further, and then major revisions took place after the end of World War Two until 1946 or so. After that everything was frozen in place by the Cold War for the next 45 years. Then suddenly in the 1990s you started to see names in the newspaper that hadn’t been there since the 1930s — Montenegro, for instance, and Estonia. And things are still in flux now — who knows what the map of Europe will look like after the EU finally collapses?

Here’s my transcription of the document. I tried to put it in date order as far as possible. I expanded abbreviations when I was sure what they meant; otherwise I left them as-is:

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