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Putin the Formidable
I was half dead on the beach in sunny Swakopmund, soaking up some vitamin D for my diseased carcass, when war broke out in the Ukraine, a suffering country with the most beautiful people, one I regret spending so little time in.
Clearing up my tombo grogginess, I checked in on the news, like everybody else, to access if the world would end in mere days, thus canceling Spring Training for 2022, at least. In The Guardian, don’t laugh yet, I found this lurid assertion, as penned by the much-celebrated Russian novelist Vladimir Sorokin:
Putin’s end goal isn’t Ukraine but western civilization—the hatred for which he lapped up in the black milk he drank from the KGB’s teat.
So Putin is attacking Ukraine because he hates western civilization! This echoes George W. Bush’s inane claim that Muslims hate the US for its freedom. No, Muslims hate the US, though hardly enough, for massacring them, destroying their societies and always backing the Synagogue of Satan.
As for Putin’s supposed jihad against the West, I can’t be the only one to consider Russia, with its Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekov and Solzhenitsyn, etc., to be one of the brightest stars of western civilization, with writers so magnificent and brave, they make most of the rest look like, well, I better not say. The self-anointed true West, though, has often portrayed Russia as belonging to a barbaric East.
[Nha Trang, 12/21/19]
Yes, Russia has also produced, and endured, Ivan the Terrible and Stalin. The second was a Georgian, I know, but he ruled Russia, a multicultural society as founded by Ivan the Terrible.
Many have pointed out that Terrible is misleading, for грозный (grozny, as in the Chechen city) can also be translated as “fearsome” or “formidable.” The root of грозный is merely гроза, whose primary meaning is “thunderstorm.”
All monarchs in the 16th century, from the Far East to Africa and the Americas, had to be fearsome and formidable to deal with external and internal enemies, which isn’t to claim Ivan was a nice guy. He did beat his daughter-in-law into having a miscarriage and clubbed his exceptional and battle-tested son to death, which left him with a retard as an heir, but listen, Alexander the Great tortured and massacred many more people, and razed many more cities, but Alex is great, and Ivan is terrible.
Since Putin is also terrible, according to Sorokin, Ivan is dug up to frighten ahistorical and thought adverse Westerners:
In Russia, power is a pyramid. This pyramid was built by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century—an ambitious, brutal tsar overrun by paranoia and a great many other vices. With the help of his personal army—the oprichnina—he cruelly and bloodily divided the Russian state into power and people, friend and foe, and the gap between them became the deepest of moats.
State power, by nature, is a pyramid, and every tsar (Russian for caesar) has to be ambitious to achieve or hold onto power. Even a chef, writer or waiter must be ambitious to survive. Speaking of which, Sorokin’s ambitions have resulted in him being translated into most NATO languages, English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Estonian, Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, Croatian and Slovenian, plus American-allied Japanese and Korean, with Serbian the only pro Russian one.
With NATO so hospitable to Sorokin, he dismisses Putin’s concerns about America and NATO’s threat to Russia as a sign of Putin’s insanity:
This war was unleashed by a man corrupted by absolute power, who, in his madness, has decided to redraw the map of our world. If you listen to Putin’s speech announcing a “special operation”, America and Nato are mentioned more than Ukraine.
Instead of having Putin depicted by an unhinged and compromised Sorokin, let’s hear from the new Ivan the Terrible himself, from a TV statement on 2/25/22, as translated by Gilbert Doctorow:
“The main fighting is not with the Ukrainian regular army but with the nationalist formations [Azov and other special battalions] who, as is well known, bear direct responsibility for the genocide in Donbas and for spilled blood of innocent civilians of the People’s Republics. In addition, nationalist elements integrated into the regular Army units, incite them to resist… Moreover according to the information we possess, the Banderovtsy [WWII Ukrainian Nazi collaborator, hero of the present-day radical nationalists] are placing heavy artillery, including volley fire systems, in downtown areas of major cities including Kharkov and Kiev. They are planning to attract return fire from Russian attack units straight into residential blocks. Essentially they are operating just like terrorists around the world. They take cover among civilians in order to then level accusations against Russia for killings of innocent people. It is well known that all of this is happening on the advice of foreign consultants, above all American advisers.
“Once again I appeal to the servicemen in the armed forces of Ukraine. Don’t allow the neo-Nazis and Banderovtsy to use your wives, children and old folks as human shields. Take power into your own hands. It will be easier for us to come to terms with you than with the band of neo-Nazis and drug addicts [reference to Zelensky, a cocaine user] who settled in Kiev and have taken the whole Ukrainian people hostage.
“I also want to give the highest ratings to Russian soldiers and officers. They are acting bravely, professionally, heroically carrying out their warrior’s duties and successfully ensuring the security of our people and our Fatherland.”
Here, Putin is making a distinction between ordinary Ukrainian soldiers and neo-Nazis, who “have taken the whole Ukrainian people hostage.” Acting like terrorists, these neo-Nazis have placed heavy artillery into residential blocks to attract Russian fire and get ordinary Ukrainians killed, for propaganda purposes. Uncle Sam is advising them to do this. For the US and its Jew media, the more Ukrainians massacred, the better, so they can prove to the world that Putin is really Ivan the Terrible.
The Jewish mind also harbors a special hatred for Russians, or just Slavs, as well as all populations it has had a long history with, such as Egyptians, Iranians, Germans, Arabs and, yes, Americans. Without fail, the Jewish mind always claims to be blameless while racking up a litany of accusations, often exaggerated or even entirely fabricated, against its hosts and neighbors. The Jewish mind needs this outraged indignation to not just feel morally superior, but to cover up its real crimes.
Now, let’s check in with an American who’s lived in Kiev for 15 years. In June of 2021, I interviewed 78-year-old Graham Seibert. Though in Vietnam during the war, Seibert was not a combatant but technician for IBM. A “refugee from the United States,” he’s married to a Ukrainian, with whom he has three children. On 2/25/22, Seibert wrote on his SubStack blog:
People from around the country reported [seeing Russian tanks] in front of their houses, across the street and so on. Russia possesses a great many. They weren’t shooting at anything, just making sure that everybody knew they were there.
[…] Zelensky was offering to give a weapon to any man of any age willing to step up and defend the country. That sounds like desperation—like the Germans giving guns to sub teen boys in the last days of World War II […]
My opinion has been that Russia could conquer Ukraine easily. How easily, I was off by an order of magnitude. Judging from the quiet, it is all over after 24 hours.
The big question is what kind of government we will have. The answer is, whatever kind Russia wants.
Twenty-six hours into the invasion, Seibert sounded resigned to a total Russian victory. He also said his Kiev neighborhood was “very quiet,” with “no aircraft, no cars on the street I can hear, I don’t hear the trains running […] We still have light, telephones and Internet.”
Just a day later, Seibert painted an entirely different picture, with substantial input from an American friend in London. Also married to a Ukrainian, this man was also following the situation very closely:
Gary understands war. He was a forward artillery spotter in the jungles of Laos and Cambodia during Vietnam […]
Gary confirmed my observation that the Russians do not have air superiority. That is why there are no fighter aircraft or helicopters in the skies here over Kyiv. Useful as they would be to support Russian armor, they would be too exposed. Ukraine retains a certain amount of air power to defend itself.
The Ukrainian Army has put up much stiffer than expected opposition. Although troops from Crimea entered a number of Southern Ukrainian cities on day one, they have been pushed out of many of the larger ones. Gary names Mariupol, Odessa and Kherson. He said that they have not been able to enter Kharkiv. They are bogged down, way behind the timetable they had set for themselves. Gary says that he and I are not the only prognosticators to have seriously underestimated the Ukrainian resistance. Or, conversely, overestimated Russian invincibility.
It appeared the objective was to capture Kyiv within three days. It has not happened […]
[…] The Russians are probably constrained by supplies, given the unexpected resistance they encountered in the South, and by a lack of air support. They are also constrained by the imperative of not inflicting unnecessary civilian casualties.
This leads to the question of public relations. This whole invasion is a PR disaster for Putin. The Russian citizens are rising up in 60 or 80 cities across the country. They did not want a war against their fellow Slavs, and they did not want their sons coming home in body bags. That is the reason that quick execution was of the essence to Putin. The fact that that is not happening might easily collapse the entire campaign.
Notice two unsupported assumptions here, Gary’s conclusion that the Russians were “way behind the timetable they had set for themselves,” and Seibert’s “it appeared the objective was to capture Kyiv within three days.” Just 2 ½ days had passed! Even Israel’s humiliation of a bumbling and vainglorious Nasser took six days!
[Kiev, 2/8/16. “DADDY, WILL YOU PROTECT ME?”]
For a different take on what’s going on, here’s a report from another American in Kiev, Coach Red Pill, as transcribed from a YouTube video:
It’s the third day of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Now, people in the United States do not seem to understand what is going on insofar as Russia’s invasion is concerned, because they keep saying that Russia is failing, which is the weirdest comment. Russia is failing because Russia hasn’t taken out the infrastructure of Ukraine, hasn’t hit the electrical grid, hasn’t destroyed the cell phone towers, or the water supply or anything like that […]
It’s just a failure of imagination on the part of so many American commentators that they do not seem to understand what Russia is really doing with this invasion, because you see, the American mode of war is to go to a country and destroy everything, destroy the electrical grid, cell towers, the water supply system, everything, just destroy the whole thing, and then… roll in! That’s not fighting a war. That’s just mopping up the total annihilation of a country. And the United States has done this repeatedly, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Libya, in Syria, or they semi tried to do it in Syria.
I mean, it’s really kind of like a despicable way of making war, right? What are the Russians doing? Well, see, the Russians, they don’t wanna destroy Ukraine. No, they don’t want to destroy it at all! What they wanna do is they want to capture it intact, see, and they don’t wanna hurt the civilians. Why would they?
From their point of view, if they harm civilians, they just create enemies. And so they want to capture Ukraine, change the political leadership of Ukraine and install a political leadership that is sympathetic to Russia’s security needs and is going to be a long-term ally, but they don’t want to alienate the Ukrainian population, because if they alienate the Ukrainian population, well, the Ukrainian population will eventually overthrow this puppet regime.
The Russians want to install a puppet regime, let’s not pretend otherwise, but they want to install a puppet regime whereby the Ukrainian citizens are more or less indifferent to it. They don’t want to install a puppet regime after having made the lives of Ukrainians so miserable.
So that’s why they don’t wanna destroy Ukraine or harm the Ukrainian populace. They want to capture Ukraine, intact, change the political leadership, and then let it go! Of course, because they don’t want to manage Ukraine. They don’t want it to be a burden on them!
They are rapidly invading the whole country, and everybody can see that they’re moving very, very quickly, but they’re not hitting any civilian infrastructure. They’re only hitting military targets and they are relentless in hitting the military targets, but always with a certain degree of caution, and I’ll explain why in just a moment […] When they go to a city or a destination, when they encounter any resistance from the Ukrainian Army, any serious resistance, they stop and pull back, because what are they doing? They are encircling.
That’s their whole strategy, it’s very simple, and if you look at a map, you’ll realize what the Russians are doing is that whenever they go to a major city, like Kiev, like Kharkov, and soon enough they’re gonna be in Dnipro. When they get to those cities, they go up to those cities and they meet some resistance and then they pull back […] They are encircling these cities, and once they’ve completely encircled them, what will they do? They’ll wait! That’s what they’ll do.
See, if you surround a city, all you have to do is just wait around. Eventually it’ll fall. Of course! So the Russians are systematically surrounding all of the major cities […] Whenever they meet any kind of serious resistance, they stop, pull back and then encircle. One of the things that they want to capture intact, and people don’t seem to realize this, but it’s very obvious if you think about it. They are trying to capture the Ukrainian army.
That’s why there hasn’t been any major battle with, you know, hundreds or thousands of casualties. It’s been light skirmishes. For all intents and purposes, the Russian army is tiptoeing into Ukraine. Insofar as air power is concerned, the Russians in the first three hours wiped the Ukrainian skies of everything. The Russians own the Ukrainian skies. Any plane flying is Russian,
But insofar as their army is concerned, this isn’t World War II. This isn’t a World War II where the Russian armies were, you know, I mean, you know, just kissing cousins of the Mongol hordes, you know what I’m saying? No, this is the modern Russian army that has the goal of capturing intact Ukraine and the Ukrainian Army. Because the Russians realize that once they have captured Ukraine and changed the political leadership, they will need an army to protect and look after the Ukrainian state and the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian land. They don’t wanna destroy the Ukrainian Army. They could do that if they wanted to […]
In the West, this is interpreted as the Russians are weak, which is so weird […] The Russians are so weak because they’re not, obliterating the Ukrainian army, because that’s what the Americans do. They obliterate anything that crosses their path, friend or foe, they don’t really care, but the Russians do care […]
Once the Russians owned the skies over Ukraine, they could have done whatever they wanted with the Ukrainian Army. They could have annihilated it, just blown it to smithereens, and blown away the entire population of Ukraine, if they wanted to. They could cause a major, major humanitarian crisis if they wanted to, and they obviously don’t. How do I know this? Because they haven’t done it! They have had the opportunity for three days to do it and they haven’t done it.
I’m doing this stupid video from a hotel room in downtown Kiev, and I’m gonna upload it to the internet. Do you think I’d be able to do it if the Russians were really serious about conquering Ukraine?
They want to capture it, understand that, and understand that you in the West, you are being goaded into thinking that Putin and the Russians are like evil Antichrists. You don’t understand why the Russians are invading, and your political leadership, Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, all these people, they don’t want you to understand, of course not! They want you to just demonize, just to take the easy way out. They want you to imagine that this is a Marvel comic book movie, and that, you know, there are white hats and black hats, good guys and bad guys. Eeeeeh, we gotta kill the bad guys because we’re the good guys, yeah! It’s so naïve […]
What really bothers me, and perhaps this isn’t a wise thing for me to say while I’m still in Ukraine, under the Zelensky regime. What really bothers me is that the Zelensky regime has no trouble causing a humanitarian crisis. In fact, they welcome a humanitarian crisis. They would love to see dead Ukrainians […] Do you know how I know this for a fact? Because the Zelensky government has been handing out AK 47’s willy-nilly to the civilian population.
As I understand it, they’ve already handed out 10,000 AK 47’s, and munitions to match. Now, you see, if you’ve never had any kind of military experience, you with a weapon like that, you can become extremely dangerous to all the people around you, and to yourself. It takes training to operate a firearm. You have to know what you’re doing. It’s not a casual thing, OK? It’s not like in the movies. It’s very, very dangerous, and you can harm yourself before you harm anybody else. And the harm you can cause to others is, you know, it’s incalculable, and you can’t take it back. Now, the Zelensky regime is handing out these weapons, teaching people how to use Molotov cocktails, how to make Molotov cocktails and use them themselves. They want to foment the people to fight the war against the Russians.
The thing is, the Russians have professional soldiers […] If they see somebody armed, be it a man in a uniform or just a civilian with an AK 47, well, they’re gonna shoot him, okay? And so that civilian will be dead, and that will present a great photo op, now won’t it? So that Zelensky can wrangle some European country or the Americans or whomever to come in and get involved in this war, and potentially escalate the situation to levels that are unimaginable.
The Zelensky regime is doing something frankly evil, because it is evil to put civilians, to encourage civilians, to do something that incredibly dangerous and irresponsible. The Zelensky regime has also put heavy weaponry in civilian population centers. Now, these heavy weapons, Howitzers and whatnot, they’re dangerous. And so, the Russian army has every right and obligation to destroy such heavy weapons. But of course, when trying to destroy such weapons, it’s inevitable that you’re not gonna quite hit the weapons when you try to aim for them. You’re gonna hit around the weapons. Therefore, if these weapons are in the middle of apartment complexes, you’re gonna have Russians shelling apartment complexes, killing innocent civilians.
The Zelensky regime is putting these weapons in the middle of populated areas, precisely because they want to have this happen. And I’ll tell you something else that the Zelensky regime is doing. They are forcibly conscripting men between the ages of 18 and 60. They are not allowing them to leave the country, and if they try to leave the country, they are arrested and forcibly conscripted, that is, forcibly put into the Ukrainian Army.
Now, what has happened because of this? Well, just about every man between the ages of 18 and 60 is running away from the cities. That’s why there are so many refugees. It’s not that they are seriously thinking that the Russians are going to shell and destroy their apartments or their homes or whatnot. They’re afraid of getting arrested and forcibly conscripted. The women and the young children and old men are having to hide these men who are between the ages of 18 and 60.
By the way, this isn’t something that I heard. People that I know personally, people that I do business with, I know them, I know them! I’ve gone drinking with them, eating with them, doing deals with them. They’ve had to leave Kiev for fear of being forcibly pressed into the Ukrainian Army, middle aged men, farts like me, who are out of shape, you know. We’re real good at some business deal, but crappy at, uh, carrying a backpack and a weapon, with no experience whatsoever in such activity […] Why do you think they’re doing it? First of all, you don’t forcibly conscript men into your army if you think you’re winning, now do you? Of course, not.
Number two, by having this forcible conscription, you scare all the men, and you create, all on your own, a whole class of refugees of people fleeing the cities. They’re not afraid of the Russians [… ] No, they’re afraid of the Zelensky regime […]
Though I had never heard of Coach Red Pill before this video, I’m very impressed by his analysis. Not so Graham Seibert, who emailed me:
Putin doubled down. Fatal mistake.
War is always full of surprises. The ferocity and success of Ukraine’s defense amazes me. Zelensky’s cool under fire likewise.
My prognosis is that Putin is gone in a couple of months, after which Russia can again start to trade its natural resources for things it needs from Europe. I am concerned that Europe is going to try to impose all of the cultural garbage that Putin so adamantly resisted on both Ukraine and Russia.
Even in his prediction of Putin’s demise, Seibert betrays an admiration for the Russian President’s fierce resistance to the West’s mental pollution, which leads us to the question of who, right now, is the staunchest defender of the West’s cultural and religious heritage, if not the man the Jewjacked “West” constantly denounces as Hitler, the Antichrist or Ivan the Terrible?
To know what the Jewish agenda is, all you have to do is look at any media consensus in this Jewjacked “West.” What the Jew press says, the goyim politicians parrot almost unanimously, with, at times, a few muffled voices half allowed in impotent dissent, to show that “democracy” isn’t entirely masked, under lockdown or jabbed to death.
Of the three voices I quoted above, the one that made the least sense also has, exponentially, the largest audience, thus influence, so congratulations, Vladimir Sorokin!
In his attack on Putin, Sorokin also mentions that “Putin’s favorite philosopher is Ivan Ilyin—a monarchist, Russian nationalist, anti-Semite, and ideologist of the White movement.”
Since most people have never heard of Ilyin and won’t read him, they’ll just take it from Sorokin that Ilyin must have been terrible, for 1) He’s loved by Putin the Nazi (even as he’s fighting neo-Nazis) 2) He’s a monarchist, nationalist, anti-Semite and ideologist of the White (anti-Communist) movement. To be sanctioned by Jews, you see, one must be a progressive globalist and Jew-worshipping Marxist.
At this point in my article, it’s 6:10PM, Namibian time, on 2/28/22, and I just checked to make sure no nuke has gone off in the northern hemisphere, although there’s a movement among GOP governors to boycott Russian vodka!
These posturing morons don’t realize Russia can put a serious hurt on many of America’s most slavish lackeys, and the USA itself, by turning off its natural gas spigot, diverting its wheat export to China and disrupting the transport of wheat from Ukraine, as may have happened already, with three merchant ships hit by missiles in the Black Sea. Those were no accidents. Russia is also the world’s largest exporter of fertilizer.
I’ll close with a prediction of my own. Far from disappearing, Putin will emerge from this a hero, both at home and abroad, for staring down Uncle Sam and NATO as he firmly takes care of some urgent business, but without, like Uncle Sam, leaving ruins in his wake. Of course, if Sammy is insane enough to escalate this into a nuclear war, then we will simply curse everything, and perhaps life itself.