Last September, the Minsk v1.0 ceasefire was a partial success. It decreased the intensity of fighting along the Ukrainian-Novorussian frontline. But what was left was still a nontrivial amount of war which gradually rose and the situation returned where it was before. But you can still see that many lives were saved by the deescalation negotiated in Minsk.
So far, the Minsk v2.0 accords seem to be even more successful. Novorussia claims that it has already removed all the relevant military vehicles from the frontline and Kiev is close to that outcome, too. There's almost no shooting in Eastern Ukraine. Nevertheless, four days ago, Mr Philip Breedlove, a pilot who is now employed as the chieftain of NATO forces for European operations, said
What is clear is that right now, it is not getting better. It is getting worse every day. Putin had once again upped the ante in eastern Ukraine – with well over a thousand combat vehicles, Russian combat forces, some of their most sophisticated air defense, battalions of artillery having been sent to the Donbass.These are so obviously untrue statements that folks around the German chancellor simply had to be shocked by. See
Mr Philip Breedlove is a pilot who became a green brain apparatchik. For his being spanked and humiliated by a few savages in Afghanistan – despite $1 trillion in payments to him and his colleagues – he was promoted to Brigadier General (2003), Major General (2006), Lieutenant General (2008), and General (2011). Most readers probably don't know these ranks – an important rule-of-thumb is that the general without adjectives is higher than a general with adjectives.
It's just like the assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. ;-)
Mr Breedlove seems to be openly undermining Angela Merkel's and pals' peace efforts – that are very promising. It is not hard to see why an aßhole such as Mr Breedlove has the motivation to do such things. Any escalation of any conflict is good for him. He is bound to be promoted – whether he wins the conflict or loses.
But there are people whose interests and opinions should be more important than the career of a U.S. general when it comes to conflicts in Europe. What about the Europeans? Even the people in Ukraine – on both sides of the civil war – are starting to see that the war is mostly pointless, what they win may be limited at the end, and a negotiation may be a less hurtful way to establish a similar future.
Mr Breedlove is quoted as the main warmonger – the likely originator of the tons of bogus "reports" about a Russian invasion that we have heard about 10 times in the recent year. And his female counterpart is Ms Victoria Nuland – who is employed as the U.S. State Department's boss for European affairs. We may say that she is the protector – the counterpart of Reinhard Heydrich.
Spiegel highlights this nasty bitch as an entertaining, undiplomatic woman. She is most famous for her comments in the leaked telephone call about the detailed plans to construct a new post-coup government (she preferred a particular nut named Yatsenyuk, guess who became the prime minister), "F@ck the EU". You know, I am not proud or happy about the European military weakness and I do think that the military strength matters and often decides.
But it is not always the case and I just prefer the business-as-usual setup in which peaceful considerations and mutual benefits decide about the arrangement of things. I think that the efforts to actively escalate conflicts, e.g. by exaggerated or downright untrue claims about the "enemy", are deeply immoral. And when I am looking at conflicts of third parties – and be sure that for Czechia, both the civil war in Ukraine and the emerging new U.S.-Russia cold war is an external conflict – I tend to choose the side deserving my support according to their honesty and compatibility with the peaceful co-existence, too.
What Mr Breedlove is doing is simply unacceptable. I think it's terrible that a guy who doesn't hesitate to spit all these lies – whose only outcome may be growing tensions and the increasing probability of a major conflict – is the boss of the world's most powerful military organization for the affairs on the continent where I live. Mr Breedlove is a dangerous dishonest jerk who should be removed. And yes, I get scared when I realize how worshiped similar green brains often are in the U.S.
As recently as a decade ago, I wouldn't have believed that I was going to write similar things 10 years later. Of course that I have felt much closer to America than to Western Europe, emotionally speaking. But those days are clearly over. The clear desire of aßholes such as Mr Breedlove and Ms Nuland to scr@w matters on my continent, our peace, our safety, and our economy is simply damn too serious a thing.
I believe that in the past, America was helping Europe to reduce the violence, remove the bullies who got powerful from the power, and increase the truthfulness of what is being said across the continent. If the contemporary powerful Americans are doing the opposite, it's just extremely bad. Incompetent or deliberately destructive U.S. foreign policy of recent years has crippled (or seriously helped to cripple) countries such as Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and many others, and even a small risk that men like Mr Breedlove want to offer a similar "cure" to a Central European country is something I am not willing to tolerate.
For these reasons and because of these threats, I think that even the idea to reorganize the European's military or security affairs shouldn't be out of the discussion. What I mean is to expel the U.S. from NATO and accept Russia and a few others as members.
One may say that after the Second World War, Europe didn't try to build its assertive military force because of the bad experience – the powerful armies of Europe had done more harm than good in the previous years and decades. Moreover, America represented "exactly what we wanted" so for the Europeans to (parasitically) depend on the American "services" was a convenient choice (and the Americans gained the influence and the feeling of importance). In some sense, it would be natural for Europe to realize that it shouldn't depend on someone else (and to do something about it) when it turns out that its key ally so far, the U.S., isn't doing what we need. In other words, the ideological divergence of the U.S. and Europe may be a necessary condition for European nations to think about their own military abilities to defend themselves or to make a point.
Also, in coming weeks, the first European sanctions against Russia may expire if they're not renewed. I sincerely hope that they will expire and no new sanctions will be imposed. They are insane, morally and economically unjustifiable, and generally harmful both for Russia and for Europe. Certain U.S. apparatchiks don't seem to care about these adjectives – the sanctions are good for themselves (and after all, even the whole U.S. economy largely6 benefits when others are being damaged in this way) – which is why these folks cannot be treated as friends.