Saturday Special: Russian Invasion Of Ukraine
For those of you up late tonight, you can find the live feed from Kyiv here:
This will probably not stay up for long. I can clearly hear small arms fire already. Once the streams end, I’m not even sure if the feed owner will save it.
It is eery watching livestreams with such little movement in a city that had a population of three million just a month prior. At the time I am watching, there are only a few buses and an occasional single car that pop up on the screen. With all of them obeying the traffic signals. Meanwhile, there is gunfire in the background.
A sight to behold, being able to watch war in real time while on your couch. The 21st century is a weird time to be alive.
I previously wrote on the Russian-Ukranian issue in an article here. That article was written on Monday, but I scheduled it out to not be published until mid-week. The time lag hit a little too close to the actual invasion date, but my opinions have changed little since the actual invasion. I still believe that this was a goal for both The United States and Russia.
I wanted to write a few extra thoughts on this event. It’s a major one that will undoubtedly have ramifications for years to come.
For starters, I want to point out that I am not a Ukraine or Russian expert. It seems like everyone magically transforms into geopolitical geniuses whenever a world event occurs, and I don’t want to follow that path. I know little about the on-the-ground situation, and I’m not super invested in uncovering it all.
But there are some obvious things to point out, nonetheless. The first being that Russia had a hard line about the needed neutrality of Ukraine. They would not budge on this issue as it threatened their security, and given Russia’s history, that is not something they take lightly. The West quickly learned this lesson the hard way. They kept pushing and pushing until Russia finally snapped. Let us not forget the, rather obvious in my view, Western-backed 2014 overthrow in Ukraine. Since then, Ukraine has increasingly hosted hostile weapons systems that were threatening to the Russians. We started this; Russia is finishing it.
First the caucuses, then Kazakhstan, now Ukraine. NATO is provoking something. They have been for some time. That much is clear.
None of this means that I trust the Russians. They are just as untrustworthy as our own government. They are not an ally to nationalists in any calibre. However, I can’t call their reactions unreasonable. If Russia had provoked conflicts in Canada, Mexico, and Cuba, got one of those countries to host their military weapons within easy striking distance of our capitol, and meandered about them joining the Soviet bloc, I think we all know how America would respond. In fact, we already know what happened when just one of these things occurred. Just review Cuban history. This is minor compared to what we have done to the Russians with NATO encirclement.
What is sad is that Ukraine is trapped in the middle of this very clear hostility between the West and Russia. They are the playground, because the bigger powers do not want to fight head-to-head. Thus, Ukraine and the Ukrainians must suffer the consequences. An unjust result, but we live in an unjust world.
I find it funny to watch how so many dissidents and nationalists rush to take sides in this conflict. They support Ukraine, Russia, or seldomly, NATO. But many refuse to step back and see this event through the larger picture, that none of these entities are worthy of support. The West and NATO put Russia into a terrible position, being forced to choose between having a massive land border with NATO weaponry directly aimed at their capitol or war. They share a significant amount of fault in this. Meanwhile, the Russians invaded a sovereign, militarily inferior state, which is anti-nationalist and imperialist. While it is a retaliatory action, this is still not worthy of support. There were other, less intense, methods to consider. The Ukrainian nation-state, while being the primary victim, is also an aggressor due to their continued anti-neutral position and willingness to allow corruption from the West to influence and dominate them. There is a reason Hunter Biden was so intertwined in Ukraine, and it isn’t because he is a smart businessman. It’s because they allowed the corruption to run rampant and further threaten Russia. They have willingly continued to be hostile to their neighbor, because they thought NATO had their back.
The point I’m trying to make is that there is not a “side” that is worthy of aligning with if you are a dissident. However you look at this situation, it is a sad one. But it is also a wake up call to many: the age of war has not ended. Our species will never escape war. We are bound to this earth, and this earth is violent. The strongest and most resilient will always win in the end. We here in the West have forgotten this lesson. We favor peace and rainbows, instead of might and fortitude. This is the end result of such weakness.
I feel for the Ukranian citizens that have to watch their homeland become a battleground for the international power struggle between the West that wants to keep their unipolarity structure and the rest of the world that wants it to end. But I also recognize that this is a war that has been in-the-making for many years. By the failure of all parties involved.
From an American perspective, this is yet another massive failure by our ruling class. They allowed it to get to this point by their continual lying about not letting Ukraine into NATO, their continued buildup of weapons into Ukraine, and their continued hostility to Russia. The older generations in our country will be afraid of Russia and China until the day they die, and our elites use that to their advantage to present a boogeyman.
Our media is perhaps the worst culprit in all of this. Countless article after article, I see Putin being related to Hitler and stories on how the Russian invasion is the worst thing that has ever happened. Have these idiots forgot Libya? When NATO invaded, aerial bombed, and devastated that entire country—Leading to the execution of Muammar Gaddafi? Or what about the unjustifiable American invasion of the Middle east? Or the fake pretext (Gulf of Tonkin Incident) for the invasion of Vietnam? Or the countless CIA-backed coups in Latin and Central America? Or the bombing of Yugoslavia? One could think of dozens of other examples with ease. We are not some innocent, democracy-loving country. We do the exact same things the Russians are doing. Our media just frames it nicely when we do it.
One thing is for sure, the propaganda machine is in full effect. They continue to paint our evil empire as a hero for democracy, while painting the usual scapegoats as the evil villains like geopolitics is a spiderman movie. And many in the older generations and the grey masses continue to lap it up. They want to feel smart and morally superior, so they take it and parrot it out.
It seems to be a Western strategy to encircle a nation they dislike but do not want to, or cannot, invade themselves. They did the same with Iran. Just look at a map of the places we invaded in the Middle East. That should explain the strategy NATO is pursuing against Russia.
But Russia knows this. This is why they invaded Georgia, took Crimea, stopped the Kazakhstan revolt, and have now taken Ukraine. NATO keeps trying to encircle Russia, but Russia is not as easy to push around as places like Iran. They know what the West is doing and have drawn hard lines against certain actions. NATO triggered that action in Ukraine, and Russia did what Russia promised to do.
It is surprising that America continues to screw up so intensely. I am at the point now where I am starting to wonder if Biden is failing on purpose. The man has not done a single successful thing since assuming office and can barely speak coherently. It almost seems like they are trying to fail in every possible avenue. From illegal immigration, to the economy, to China, to Afghanistan, to Covid mandates, to a million other things, the president just continually fails. He has yet to be successful in anything he has tried. Provoking Russia to the point of losing Ukraine is perhaps his biggest failure so far. The failures are only increasing in speed and severity. It makes little sense, unless it is purposeful.
I just cannot comprehend that they are this incompetent. Our ruling class are not idiots, contrary to popular opinion. They are maliciously conniving, sure, but not fools.
It seems they are trying to provoke Russia into something worse. But to what end, I am not certain. No one is.
One thing I am certain of, however, is that the American ruling class is far more of a threat to the American people than any foreign nation. I can’t think of a single thing the Russian of Chinese state has done that has impacted me severely on a personal level, but I can think of probably 100 things that the ruling class has done to me in just the past 365 days that has significantly harmed my family and future.
Yet, I am supposed to fear the Russians for defending their border states due to our incitement. But I won’t fall for that. And neither should you. The real threat is our ruling class, not some nation on the other side of the world. Our own domestic threat is far more harmful and far more local. They contributed to this just like they contribute to our own issues at home.
Again, I’m not sure of the end goal with this provocation of Russia. But I am sure that provocation contributed to this war, as is anyone that has even briefly looked into the subject. We have made Ukraine feel sure of its defense against Russia, and then left it to drown once the bear attacked.
I will pray for the Ukranian people. But the most important thing I could do for them is to continue my resistance against the real instigator and threat to worldwide stability—My own nation’s ruling class.
Some worthwhile quotes from H. L. Mencken:
1. The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
2. Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
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