NATO Hysteria

Apparently the people running NATO are chomping at the bit for something, anything, to do. Vladimir Putin has given them some hope that a situation that might help justify their existence is in the works (and let us not forget, the associated siphoning off of tax payer funds needed to support them). Finally a crisis! Dear Lord, please don't let it die down again too quickly! Hence breathless declarations that 'Russia's army is massing at the Ukraine's border' are recently repeated day in day out. Here is e.g. Bloomberg, reporting on the umpteenth NATO 'warning':NATO Warns Russia Force on Ukraine Border Ready to Act”  Ready to act!

 

“With Russian forces massed near the country’s border with Ukraine in a high state of readiness, NATO leaders warned that any incursion across the frontier would be a “historic mistake.”

The presence of as many as 40,000 soldiers along Ukraine’s eastern border is fueling concern that Russia is poised to invade on the pretext of protecting Russian-speaking inhabitants of eastern and southern Ukraine. Backed by state-run media, President Vladimir Putin says the Kiev-based government is influenced by anti-Russian extremists and hasn’t done enough to stop them from persecuting Russian-language speakers.

“We have seen a very massive Russian military buildup along the Ukrainian borders,” North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said yesterday after a two-day meeting of alliance foreign ministers in Brussels. “We also know that these Russian military armed forces are at very high readiness.”

Ukraine acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said on state-run TV channel UT-1 that Russian aggression is pushing Ukraine toward affiliation with NATO. He said he doesn’t “rule out” joining NATO if Russia continues to act in the same way. The border situation remains “tense,” he said, calling Russian pledges to pull back troops “a lie.”

 

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This may well be a very good moment to recall one of H.L. Mencken's most famous sayings, because it seems it is applicable to the situation:

 

“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.”

 

The World Class Hiding Abilities of Russia's Army

As it turns out, someone decided to go for a fact-check on the ground and look for Putin's 'massed army' near the Ukrainian border for himself. Strangely enough, those '40,000 troops' were nowhere to be seen. Either they are very good at hiding in the shrubbery, or there simply is no 'massed army' there:

 

“When the Moscow to Budapest express pulled into the border town of Suzemka in south-western Russia, passengers stepped into a pre-dawn fog thick enough to hide an army.

It might well have been. For somewhere on the landscape – behind that line of trees, or hidden by that rise – Western governments believe that Russia is gathering an army fully equipped to invade eastern Ukraine.

President Barack Obama gave a warning on Friday that Russian troops were “massing along that border”, adding: “It may simply be an effort to intimidate Ukraine – or it may be that they’ve got additional plans.”

The Americans have not named specific locations, but it appears that intelligence analysts have concluded that Russian forces are gathering the three elements needed for a sustained offensive – artillery, supplies and communications – under the cover of military exercises.

The most conservative American assessments, apparently based on satellite data, say that Russia has massed between 40,000 and 50,000 troops within striking distance of Ukraine, including those already in Crimea. That total has apparently risen from 30,000 only a week ago.

But the Russian invasion force – if it is here – is very well camouflaged. As the fog lifted, murky shapes were revealed as trees, houses and old Lada cars. No tanks emerged from the gloom, no suspicious flights of helicopters passed overhead, and no green painted trucks rumbled down the roads.

In a 200 mile trip along the border region, the only Russian armour on display in this flat landscape was of a much older vintage, and stood on plinths in town squares. The war memorial T-34s, which won one of the biggest tank battles in history here in Kursk in 1943, do not look as if they are about to roll off their pedestals and head west into Ukraine.

 

(emphasis added)

However, the local FSB chapters clearly seem to be on edge. That appears to be for a different reason though…they are 'touchy' about their Lenin statues. Their strange fondness for Lenin is certainly questionable, but it is considerably less alarming than a big troop build-up:

 

While the army is keeping well out of sight for now, local security services are on edge. In one sleepy border town, the local police and the FSB security service were sufficiently alarmed by the sight of strangers photographing a statue of Lenin to take them in for a two-hour interview.

“Nonsense,” said the friendly man from what police call “the other agency” when he learnt about the supposed military buildup. “It’s just after what happened in Ukraine people here are quite touchy about Lenin. They think someone might come across the border and pull him down.”

 

emphasis added

We would suggest that a '40 to 50,000' strong army that is 'keeping well out of sight' is simply not there. It is therefore probably also not 'ready to act'.

The only thing that is absolutely certain is this: Western tax payers are forced to fund yet another massive bailout in the Ukraine. Distractions in the form of scaremongering NATO 'warnings' (given that nothing at all seems to be happening after the most bloodless 'invasion' in all of history has been concluded in the Crimea) are probably not unwelcome, as they move the only thing that is actually happening back to page 16.

 

steppes

The Pontic-Caspian steppe to the East of the Ukraine. Not the world's best hiding place. Of course, they could be behind yonder hill …

(Photo via realhistoryww.com / Author unknown)

 

russian soldierAlso, you never know what those crafty bastards might be wearing …

(Photo via volgahunter.ru / Author unknown)

 

 

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One Response to “Where is Putin’s Army Hiding?”

  • jimmyjames:

    “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.”

    **********

    Of course you have to have a media consisting of paid for whores to make that happen and we’ve got that in spades but i think what’s more important to boosting their BS stories..is a completely dumbed down audience and there sure as hell is no shortage of that here either ..

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