Russia-Ukraine: here are some – amazing – reasons to be cheerful

Last Updated: February 27, 2022By Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Liz Truss: even though it is unlikely to be serious, we can hope that Putin’s nuclear threat acts as a deterrent that stops her from making stupid, ineffectual threats against a country that could squash the UK like a bug.

The UK’s right-wing media may be doomsaying at an industrial level but the Russia-Ukraine crisis is not as horrifying as they’re saying.

For starters – as This Site and others suggested would happen – Ukraine and Russia are to hold negotiations for peace, at an undisclosed location on the border with Belarus.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin had suggested talks take place in Minsk but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was reluctant to go to a country that had acted as a staging post for the Russian invasion of his country.

It’s a reason to be hopeful, although Mr Zelenskyy said he was not convinced the meeting would have a positive outcome. However:

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he needed to use every opportunity to secure peace.

Bet then – just when some of us were starting to think we could see an end to the crisis – Putin announced that he is putting his country’s nuclear forces on “special alert”.

He said it was because of “aggressive statements” by the West.

It has been widely interpreted as a threat to launch nuclear missiles against western countries. So – an escalation of tensions and we should all be terrified, right?

Well, no.

Mature analysts are saying Putin may now believe he has miscalculated the amount of resistance his forces were likely to meet in Ukraine, along with the response from western nations that have proved more united than he expected.

So he has reached for new ideas – including the nuclear option. The trouble is, nuclear warfare is pointless for him – insane, in fact – because the west would respond by sending its own nuclear arsenal to turn Russia into a radioactive cinder. Mutually Assured Destruction – there’s a reason the acronym is “MAD”.

So – again – it’s unlikely Putin actually means he’s prepared to use nuclear weapons.

That’s a good thing too, isn’t it?

But – there’s always a “but” – it is a serious demand for western nations to tone down their rhetoric, and the West has taken that seriously.

And this brings me to the last of my reasons to be hopeful: It stops Liz Truss from putting her foot in her mouth every time she opens it.

The Queen of Cheese’s latest boneheadedness has been to support calls for UK citizens to go to Ukraine – a move which, if it happened, would almost certainly be seen by Putin as the UK sending troops to that country (despite an official statement from her colleague, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, that this will not take place).

Unable to stop the flow of gibberish from her mouth, Truss claimed that anybody going to Ukraine would be fighting “for democracy”.

It’s exactly the kind of inflammatory talk that is likely to push Putin over the edge and endanger us all.

So we should welcome the decision by western leaders to modify their tone.  Hopefully it means Truss will be told to hold her tongue until the crisis is over.

Source: Ukraine and Russia set to hold negotiations at border with Belarus, says office of President Zelenskyy | World News | Sky News

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  1. Elijah Traven February 27, 2022 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Just a note to you about the exact reason Russia has put its nuclear forces on high alert. To specifically name an intention and statement by NATO. You can go and have a look at this. NATO head said that Russia was going to cyber attack all of the Ukraine and then added that if that cyber attack was to affect bordering parts of Poland he or they would see this as an attack on Poland, a NATO country, which would then lead to NATO defence forces entering into war with Russia. Have a look. Again Russia’s actions are misinterpreted or wilfully ignored. We all understood than at attack on a Nato country meant an incursion by armed forces into their sovereign jurisdiction but now it’s been amended in front of our faces to a cyber attack. Cyber attacks are common place all over the world and who knows who is responsible but never before has NATO given this as a reason for starting a war. The way is wide open now for NATO to become involved in war with Russia. They’ve twisted their rule book. Once the twist has started, the absolute clarity removed, then what else will they come up with to justify NATO involvement. Russia acted immediately as they had to counter a move initiated by NATO. Not the other way around as you and your ‘mature’ associates have suggested. NATO involvement means nuclear weaponry is brought into play as it is stuffed full of them. The two go together. Its move suggests that Ukraine is being lost to them as a great destabiliser of Russian security and they know this. The Ukraine that existed at the beginning of last week no longer exists. It’s gone for good as Russia will never allow the criminals maniacs that reigned over the country for eight years to rule again. Talks mean nothing. The new Ukraine will be similar to the pre 2014 Ukraine but with even tighter friendship with Russia. That game is over. NATO threat to Russia was countered in a matter of hours. They will not be nuclear blackmailed and cannot be. It’s time for Anglo Saxon rule of the world to end and get rid of all the stinking regimes that have terrorised the world for hundreds of years. In UK they stink above all others.

    • Mike Sivier February 28, 2022 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      What do you mean by “Russia acted immediately as they had to counter a move initiated by NATO. Not the other way around as you and your ‘mature’ associates have suggested”? I haven’t done anything of the kind!

      • Elijah Traven February 28, 2022 at 4:14 pm - Reply

        I stand by the substance of what I said which you kindly published on your blog site. It’s where substance lies that agreements and mutual understanding can be engaged and be profitable. All the rest is malarkey.

  2. Jon Lisle-Summers February 27, 2022 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Liz Truss in support of fighting for democracy: probably doesn’t include within rhe UK?

    • Elijah Traven February 28, 2022 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Strategic bombers are on the way to block military stock coming in from EU. If that’s peace then yes that’s peace. And watch for the swing that is coming to China. It won’t be long and then those pinned on talks can be seen for what they are, a longer term prospect and not centred on what’s going on in Ukraine. Taiwan is waiting to play its US destined part, a Ukraine for use against China. It’s all set up. At the press of a button that theatre will open up with devastating consequences for the world. Russia is only the dressing for the bigger wildest gamble ever concocted, war with China. The two go together in US demonic eyes. Russia’s economy is relatively small but China’s is gigantic and the actual gigantic threat to US world wide economic marauding. Russia has of course a super size nuclear stock. Don’t take your eye off the ball. This will end with either the incineration of the world or the end of US and EU NATO UK Japan all other jackal war lust countries. I know which I prefer.

  3. Jeffrey davies February 28, 2022 at 6:56 am - Reply

    I say again whot happened when Russia had a base in Cuba the yanks went ballistic threatening ww111. That never happened Russia left but the yanks with Britain have pushed further east threatening Russia with putting missiles on their door now Russia has the Cuba moment they want buffer zone countries were they ain’t going to threaten them but we won’t hear that news through our media

  4. Stu February 28, 2022 at 1:27 pm - Reply

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