Ever feel you’re being propagandised? The Greek crisis may be on hold for the moment, but the Ukraine crisis only seems to be getting worse.
Item One: BBC’s handy guide on How to spot a Russian bomber:
Item Two: CNBC:
Nato forces must prepare for an overwhelming Blitzkrieg-style assault by Russia on an eastern European member state designed to catch the alliance off guard and snatch territory, the deputy supreme commander of the military alliance has warned.
Openly raising the prospect of a conventional armed conflict with Russia on European soil, the remarks by Sir Adrian Bradshaw, second-in-command of Nato’s military forces in Europe, are some of the most strident to date from Nato. They come amid a worsening in relations with the Kremlin just days into a second fragile ceasefire aimed at curbing continued bloodshed in Ukraine’s restive east between Kiev’s forces and Russian-backed separatists.
This is presumably the reason why we should all be on the look-out for Russian bombers.
I remember reading stuff like this back in the 1980s, with maps showing overwhelming Warsaw Pact armies facing pitifully small NATO forces, complete with estimates of how they could reach the Atlantic coast in 3 days.
The origins of this crisis lie in the fact that as the EU has rolled eastwards, NATO has followed in its footsteps, contrary to assurances made to the Russians. If there’s any ‘aggressor’ here, it’s the EU and NATO. And now it’s all come to a head in Ukraine, with Russia belatedly acting to stem the advance.
Item Three: Daily Telegraph:
Vladimir Putin regularly used violence against his divorced wife Lyudmila, a new German documentary about the Russian leader has claimed.
Putin the Man, made by ZDF television and shown for the first time this week, claimed to have been given access to previously unseen files of an unidentified Western intelligence agency.
The files include details of Mr Putin’s time as a young KGB officer stationed in Dresden in the eighties, as well as his later rise to power in Russia.
They contain information from a secretary inside the Dresden KGB office codenamed “Lehnchen”, who befriended Mr Putin’s ex-wife and said he used beat Lyudmila regularly.
Other claims in the documentary include:
Mr Putin went “off the rails” as a KGB spy:
He is depicted as a man who had struggled against the odds from a difficult background to achieve his dream of becoming a KGB spy, only to go off the rails during his time in then-communist East Germany.
Far from his carefully cultivated image as a fitness fanatic today, at the time Mr Putin was overweight and a heavy drinker, according to the documentary.
“He was depressed, fat, lazy and disillusioned,” Mahsa Gessen, an author and activist told the documentary…
Mr Putin had secret cosmetic surgery
By 2010 Mr Putin had become so vain that he secretly had a facelift operation, the documentary claimed.
This explains everything. A wife-beater is just the sort of person who would launch a blitzkrieg-style assault on an eastern European member state. Particularly a vain wife-beater with a history of alcoholism and obesity. They’re the very worst. I wonder if he smoked as well?
Fortunately, Putin got divorced from his wife not long ago. They appeared on TV together to announce it. I didn’t watch it, but I presume she said that she had just got sick of 30 years of wife-beating, particularly now that he was a super-fit, muscular wife-beater.
However, the effect on me of all of these stories appearing within a day of each other was to give me a very strong feeling of being propagandised. I’m glad that UKIP sees things the same way that I do:
A House of Lords committee has claimed Britain and other EU nations “sleepwalked” into the crisis in the Ukraine, accusing leaders of “catastrophic misreading” of the mood in the Kremlin…
UKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP said the report “vindicated” what he and other colleagues had been saying about the EU’s attitude towards Russia. “This situation has been caused by the EU” he told Breitbart London, “and the report shows that UKIP have been categorically on the right track over the prodding of Russia by Brussels.”