Ukraine War, March 29, 2024: Putin and Russia now rule by overt Terror

1) “Russian media ‘told to publish’ torture footage of Moscow terrorists, The Telegraph, March 29, 2024 (3:36 pm);

2) David Ignatius, “Zelensky: ‘We are trying to find some way not to retreat’ Washington Post, March 29, 2024 h1:53 p.m. EDT):

3) Gloria Rodríguez-Pina (Varsovia), “Donald Tusk: “Estamos en una época de preguerra. No exagero”; El primer ministro polaco responde a Sánchez, que en la última cumber europea pidió rebajar el tono bélico: ‘Nuestro deber no es discutir, sino prepararnos para defendernos’. Y alerta de que el conflicto en Ucrania puede alargarse,” El País, el 29 de Marzo 2024 (06:00 CET);

4) María Antonia Sánchez-Vallejo”US sparks controversy at the UN with claim that Gaza ceasefire resolution is ‘non-binding’: The majority of members of the Security Council and numerous experts reject this reading and believe that the text is binding, even if the organization does not have the coercive power to make sure Israel and Hamas adhere to it,” El País, March 29, 2024 (19:50 CET):

New York – MAR 29, 2024 – 10:50CET


Putin has now resorted to the overt use of TERROR in order to maintain his totalitarian regime in power. The Telegraph reports:

Russian state media employees were instructed to publish footage of the Crocus City Hall terrorist suspects being tortured as a “prevention measure”, Vertska reported.

Graphic images of Russian authorities torturing the suspects began circulating on Telegram soon after their arrest. One showed someone cutting off Saidakrami Rachabalizoda’s ear and forcing him to eat it while another showed Shamsidin Fariduni being electrocuted.

In the meantime, without sufficient weapon, air defense systems, and other munitions, Ukraine’s cities and civilian infrastructure are vulnerable to devastating attack, while lack of munitions (especially artillery shells) may lead to major Ukrainian retreats and Russian reconquest of territory it lost in 2022.

If the Republicans were not running on a ricket headed by a cunning and dangerous fascist who is notvsmart and centered solely on himself, they could marshal a powerful attach on tge disastrous foreign policy leadership of tgecDemocrats beginning with Barack Obama in 2009.

Democratic foreign policy leadership and policies have been absolutely disastrous for at least the last decade. Moreover, there appears yo be little prospect for change. Even if Joe Buden is reelected, his disastrous forein policies can only be expected to continue. Should Kamala Harris become tge Democratic candidate in 2028, her victory in the election would signify continued weak leadership ny the Democrats on foreign policy. Bybthe, tge country could be in a hot war with Russia or China, and be facing nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran.

1) Cristian Segura (Kiev), “Olaf Scholz asegura que Ucrania está analizando cómo puede negociarse la paz con Rusia; El canciller alemán insiste en un discurso menos beligerante con Moscú que el del presidente francés,” El País, el 28 de marzo 2024 (actualizado a las 12:55 EDT);

2) Sozialdemokratische Historiker kritisieren Russland-Politik der SPD; Eine Gruppe von Historikern um Heinrich August Winkler rechnet in einem offenen Brief mit der SPD ab. Deren Argumente seien ‘erratisch und nicht selten faktisch falsch’,” Die Zeit, den 27 Marz 2024 (Aktualisiert am 27. März 2024, 19:57 Uhr);

3) “‘Hochgefährliche Realitätsverweigerung’: Historiker üben scharfe Kritik an Russland-Politik der SPD-Spitze; Eine Gruppe von Wissenschaftlern um Heinrich August Winkler geht in einem offenen Brief hart mit der SPD-Spitze ins Gericht. Sie werfen ihr unzureichende Solidarität mit der Ukraine vor,” Tagesspiegel, den 28. März 2023 (13:14 Uh);


Olaf Scholz and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) are leading Germany down the path of appeasement of Russia.And as the leading country favoring appeasement, Germany is operating as a major brake on the efforts of the EU and NATO countries to provide the advanced weapons systems and ammunition it needs.

In both NATO and rge EU, major decisions relating to Ukraine can only be taken by unanimous vote. Consequently, as the leading country favoring appeasement, Germany in effect blocks critical actions by these actors that would supply Ukraine with the military assistance it so desperately needs.

The leader of the SPD faction in the Bundestag, Rölf Mützenich, recently advocated a “freezing” of the conflict in Ukraine with a settlement to be worked out later. Anyone who has been following the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine understands that Mützenich was essentially calling for capitulation by Ukraine.

While Defense Minister Pistorius and Chancellor Scholz distanced themselves from this proposal, Scholz continues his hard line on the road of appeasement–no Taurus missiles, slow and begrudging supply to Ukraine of other weapons systems.

Scholz reminds this observer of no one so much as Neville Chamberlain, the Conservative prime minister of Great Britain until May 1940 when Winston Churchill took over the job.

Chamberlain clung to the belief until the very end, in May 1940), that a negotiated agreement could be reached with Adolf Hitler, even after Hitler tore up the Munich Pact which led Chamberlain to declare he had achieved “peace for
our time”.

Scholz is a follower, not a leader. He has been following the pro-Putin and pro-Russian elements in his party, the SPD, with careful attention to tge party’s chances in the next federal elections, where the SPD is challenged by pro-Russian and pacifist oar ties on the left, as well as the Alternative for Germany (AFD) party on the far-right, which is also pro-Russian.

Scholz is a modern Chamberlain, not a Churchill. Just as Chamberlain followed tge appeasement sentiments that were dominant in the Conservative party in 1940, Schilz follows (ir us careful not to antagonize the pacifist and pro-Russian elements on the left, particularly within the SPD.

He us alao following the opinion polls, which show a majority of Germans support his cautious and deliberate approach, on tge road to appeasement of Russia. As Cristian Segura reports in El País, his latest comments urging a softer tone than Emmanuel Macron’s toward Russia, and negotiations with the Russian dictator.

It is hard to imagine Winston Churchill basing his biggest decisions on public opinion polls, or prevailing opinion in the Conservative Party. Instead he led, and resolutely set out to change both public opinion and support for standing up to Hitler within his party.

Today, in German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, we have a leader very much like Neville Chamberlain. On the road to appeasement. Following the public opinion polls and strong factions within his party.

One does not discern a leader with the qualities of leadership Germanu, and Europe and the world, so desperately need at this perilous moment in time.

Ukraine War, March 26, 2024: Oil production, sanctions, and price of oil may be key to defeating Russia

1) Andriy Kermak, “The Oil Weapon Against Moscow; In 1986 the U.S. and Saudi Arabia raised production. That move contributed to the Soviet collapse, Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2024 (4:09 pm ET);

2) Jesus A. Nuñez Villaverde, “La batalla de las refinerías: nuevo foco de tensión entre Kiev y Washington; Estados Unidos ha hecho saber a Ucrania que no ve con buenos ojos los ataques a instalaciones de hidrocarburos,”El País, el 23 de marzo 2024 (05:40CET);

3) “The battle of the refineries: new focus of tension between Kiev and Washington; The United States has made it known to Ukraine that it does not welcome the attacks on hydrocarbon facilities,” El País, March 23, 2024 (95:40 CER);

Ukraine War, March 23, 2024: No excuse for stupidity: U.S. policies toard Russia and Ukraine

1) Editorial, “Ukraine must not be hamstrung; Two years into the bloodiest conflict Europe has seen since the War, the West should have realised by now Ukraine is in an existential fight, The Telegraph, March 23, 2024 (6:00 am);

This makes it all the more extraordinary that the United States has reportedly called on Kyiv to stop its own attacks on Russia’s energy infrastructure. Such strikes mark one of Kyiv’s few recent military successes, wiping out around 12 per cent of Moscow’s overall oil production. Yet the White House is said to be concerned that if Kyiv keeps hitting Russian facilities, global oil prices will increase sharply.

Munich and Daladier

1) Guillaume Perrault, “Accords de Munich : Daladier n’était pas un lâche; GRAND RÉCIT – En septembre 1938, le président du Conseil, «lâché» par Chamberlain, s’est résigné à abandonner les Tchèques pour éviter que la France n’entre en guerre seule contre Hitler et Mussolini. Daladier voulait gagner un répit pour préparer la nation au conflit, qu’il savait inévitable, ” Le Figaro, le 16 mars 2024 (mis à jour hier à 14:30);

Ukraine, Gaza, and Trump: Joe Biden and the Politics of Impotence

1) Trump–bob-prosecution and delay, two years of impunity

2) Ukraine: Avoiding Defeat in the Spectator War

3) Gaz: Complicity in ar crimes and afaikure to use power to force Israel to change course

Common elements;

1. Avoid confrontation

2. Failure to use hard power

3. Follow tge politics, don’t lead

4. Words but not deeds

5. Disastrous foreign policy judgent

6. The least bad alternative

7. Kamala Harris and the Democratic bench

8. The Politics of Impotence at a turning point in history

Ukraine War, March 15, 2024: The Europeans begin to wake up to the Russian challenge

1) Isabelle Lasserre, “Les divergences entre la France et l’Allemagne sur la guerre créent de nouvelles fractures en Europe, Le Figaro, le 15 mars 2024 (20:58);

2) Ronan Planchon”‘En utilisant l’arme nucléaire comme outil de dialogue stratégique, la France pousse la Russie à négocier’,” Le Figaro,le 15 mars 2024;

Publié hier à 17:08, mis à jour hier à 20:16

3) J. Michael Luttig and Laurence H. Tribe, “Supreme Betrayal: A requiem for Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment,” The Atlantic March 14, 2024;