Von der Leyen just said what?…
This past Wednesday, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen delivered a speech before the 2023 Atlantic Council Awards in New York, where she sounded the alarm over the specter of nuclear war centered on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. But while invoking remembrance of the some 78,000 civilians killed instantly by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of WWII, she said her warning comes “especially at a time when Russia threatens to use nuclear weapons once again“. She actually framed the atomic atrocity in a way that made it sound like the Russians did it. Watch:
Shameful words by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
What do you mean with “once again”?
Treacherous words used on her speech delivered at the 2023 Atlantic Council Awards to suggest that Russia used nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki,… pic.twitter.com/nJFd8acJbq
— Alexandre Guerreiro (@ATGuerreiro) September 22, 2023
There was not one single acknowledgement in Von der Leyen’s speech that it was in fact the United States which incinerated and maimed hundreds of thousands when it dropped no less that two atomic bombs on Japanese cities.
Here were her precise words, according to an Atlantic Council transcript…
You, dear Prime Minister, showed me the meaning of this proverb during the G7 summit in Japan last year. You brought us to your hometown of Hiroshima, the place where you have your roots and which has deeply shaped your life and leadership. Many of your relatives lost their life when the atomic bomb razed Hiroshima to the ground. You have grown up with the stories of the survivors. And you wanted us to listen to the same stories, to face the past, and learn something about the future.
It was a sobering start to the G7, and one that I will not forget, especially at a time when Russia threatens to use nuclear weapons once again. It is heinous. It is dangerous. And in the shadow of Hiroshima, it is unforgivable.
The above video of that segment of the speech gives a better idea of the subtle way she closely associated in her rhetoric the words “once again” with the phrase “shadow of Hiroshima” while focusing on what Russia is doing, to make it sound like it was Moscow behind the past atrocities.
Russian media not only picked up on the woefully misleading comments, but the Kremlin issued a formal rebuke of Von der Leyen’s speech as well:
In response to von der Leynen’s remarks, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the European Commission president of making “no mention whatsoever of the US and its executioners who dropped the bombs on populated Japanese cities.”
Zakharova responded on social media, arguing that von der Leyen’s assertions on Moscow’s supposed intentions to employ nuclear weapons “is despicable and dangerous” and “lies.”
Empire of lies and its lords
Nuclear weapons were used only twice in history. But at the Atlantic Council Awards, EU’s Von der Leyen, without mentioning that both times US did it, falsely claimed that “Russia threatens to use nuclear weapons once again”. Shame. pic.twitter.com/wRY2sntxl0
— Russian Embassy in Kenya/Посольство России в Кении (@russembkenya) September 23, 2023
Some Russian embassies in various parts of the globe also highlighted the speech on social media, denouncing the “empire of lies” and those Western leaders issuing ‘shameful’ propaganda and historical revisionism.
But we also have this spectacle!
Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. https://t.co/TcdL42byK3
— Kellie-Jay Keen (@ThePosieParker) September 24, 2023
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy – who commands a battalion of neo-Nazis – honored an actual WWII Nazi with a standing ovation on Friday.
Yaroslav Hunka, 98, fought in a Third Reich military formation accused of war crimes.
On Friday, he was honored during a session of Canadian parliament in which Zelenskyy addressed the lawmakers to thank them for their support since Russia invaded Ukraine, saying that Canada has always been on “the bright side of history.”
Hunka stood for standing ovation and saluted, according to Canadian television.
A 98-year old was given standing ovation by the Canadian parliament during Zelensky’s speech.
He was hailed as a hero for fighting against the Russians.
Yaroslav Hunk fought for the 14th division of the Waffen SS. pic.twitter.com/1J2lNywBM5
— UNN (@UnityNewsNet) September 24, 2023
According to the Associated Press, Hunka “fought with the First Ukrainian Division in World War II before later immigrating to Canada,” another name for the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, the Nazi party’s military wing, also known as the SS Galichina.
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Formed in 1943, SS Galichina was comprised of Ukrainians from the Galicia region in the western part of the country. It was armed and trained by Hitler’s Nazis and commanded by German officers. The next year, the division received a visit from SS head Heinrich Himmler, who had high praise for the unit’s effectiveness at slaughtering Poles.
The SS Galichina subunits were responsible for the Huta Pieniacka massacre, in which they burned 500 to 1,000 Polish villagers alive.
In fact, during the Nuremberg Trials, the Waffen-SS was declared to be a criminal organization responsible for mass atrocities.
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) September 24, 2023
Following the war, thousands of SS Galichina veterans were allowed to leave Germany and resettle in the West – with around 2,000 moving to Canada. By that time, they were known as the First Ukrainian Division.
A blog by an association of its veterans, called “Combatant News” in Ukrainian, includes an autobiographical entry by a Yaroslav Hunka that says he volunteered to join the division in 1943 and several photographs of him during the war. The captions say the pictures show Hunka during SS artillery training in Munich in December 1943 and in Neuhammer (now Świętoszów), Poland, the site of Himmler’s visit.
In posts to the blog dated 2011 and 2010, Hunka describes 1941 to 1943 as the happiest years of his life and compares the veterans of his unit, who were scattered across the world, to Jews. –Forward
So, the same leftists who called Trump supporters Nazis for years are now honoring an actual Nazi – while Germany has notably locked up several concentration camp guards in their 90s for their involvement in Nazi activities.
University of Ottawa Political Scientist Ivan Katchanovski lays it out…
He wrote that he volunteered to join SS Galicia Division in 1943 in Ternopil region in Western Ukraine https://t.co/QAKG9hZOjo
— Ivan Katchanovski (@I_Katchanovski) September 24, 2023
AP/CBC: “A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after the Second World War, according to evidence… pic.twitter.com/SAgjh0HCgy
— Ivan Katchanovski (@I_Katchanovski) September 24, 2023
“Zelenskyy joins Canadian Parliament’s ovation to 98-year-old veteran who fought with Nazis. The man was part of SS Galichina, a unit whose history has been whitewashed by veterans groups in the West. The Canadian Parliament gave a standing ovation on Friday to a 98-year-old… pic.twitter.com/tB8RQ4fXmS
— Ivan Katchanovski (@I_Katchanovski) September 24, 2023
Meanwhile, here’s Ukraine’s Azov Battalion of neo-Nazis that everyone with a Ukraine flag in their bio is supporting…
Odd, they don’t look like Trump supporters.
Maybe these Nazis can shed some light? Careful, “X” thinks this is sensitive material (that might redpill people?).
As @RealAlexRubi reported, “Boneface” McLellan has boasted of taking photographs of Ukrainian fighters “posing with the corpses of a lynched pregnant woman and a man they said was her husband.”
Boneface also insists Ukraine’s military is filled with Nazis like himself: “There… pic.twitter.com/AyzuO89xvL
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) September 3, 2023
Google has put up it’s obligatory admonishment about using “trusted” sources on the Nazi collaborator story. What’s particularly egregious in this instance is that not only is the Hunka story demonstrably true but the corporate media is enforcing a blackout on any mention of it. pic.twitter.com/3YUCIuoQ8N
— Hans Mahncke (@HansMahncke) September 24, 2023
Is there anything else, uh, more important to comment on right now maybe? https://t.co/YxOGrzYvi4
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) September 25, 2023
Infamy, they’ve all got it infamy. But Trudeau can’t escape
I doubt you will find this in your headlines!
From Seymour Hersh:
The clandestine bombings of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines under the Baltic Sea happened on September 26, 2022. This coming Tuesday will mark the one-year anniversary. The prospect of a direct NATO-Russia war has only continued to grow since as a possible nuclear WW3-level disastrous catastrophe, still looming darkly on the horizon.
Legendary American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in his latest article has bluntly stated, “The reality is that Volodymyr Zelensky’s battered army no longer has any chance of a victory.” Whereas previously there was a vast chasm between Hersh’s conclusions and those of mainstream Western press reports, this is no longer the case… just see The Economist this week:
The Economist says we must prepare for a forever war in Ukraine
The latest edition of The Economist outlines what the next phase of the Ukraine war will look like.
So here’s what you need to know about the future of the conflict — straight from the mouth of the Western… pic.twitter.com/VoZDYhQZVg
— Thomas Fazi (@battleforeurope) September 22, 2023
The Poles seem to have had enough:
“I… want to tell President Zelenskyy never to insult Poles again, as he did recently during his speech at the UN,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at an election rally on Friday, Polish national news agency PAP reported.
This came days after Morawiecki announced, “We are no longer transferring weapons to Ukraine because we are now arming Poland with more modern weapons.”
Zelensky had during his UN address to the general assembly in New York blasted the “political theatre” around grain imports. It was seen as a swipe at Warsaw, given he was chastising those who Ukraine sees as helping the Russian cause. The spat was very bad timing for Zelensky given he’s currently in North America to rally the US and Canada behind staying the course in supporting Kiev – meaning more money, and more advanced weapons.
And the Ukrainian leader had more to say in Canada where he met with PM Justin Trudeau and spoke before the House of Commons:
“You help either Ukraine or Russia. There will be no mediators in this war. By weakening assistance to Ukraine, you will strengthen Russia.”
“And a powerful Russia and what to expect from it… I think history in books and witnesses has long since answered this question. If someone wants to take a risk, fine, weaken assistance to Ukrainians,” he said, according to a statement posted on the Ukrainian president’s website.
Poland was not mentioned directly in these comments, nor before the UN General Assembly, but the message was clear.
Still, Poland has sought to cool the ratcheting tensions with Kiev, with President Andrzej Duda saying in separate comments Friday that Poland is still a staunch supporter of the Ukrainian cause amidst the Russian invasion.
Poland led a handful of eastern European countries, including Hungary and Bulgaria, in extending a controversial Ukrainian grain import ban which they say harms local farmers.
“I have no doubt that the dispute over the supply of grain from Ukraine to the Polish market is an absolute fragment of the entire Polish-Ukrainian relations,” Duda said. “I don’t believe that it can have a significant impact on them, so we need to solve this matter between us.”
The Poland-Ukraine rift has without doubt contributed to a general cooling of “blank check” support to the Zelensky government, and this comes in the context of a failing Ukrainian counteroffensive.
Still, the official Polish government position remains that it will “continue to back Ukraine’s efforts to join NATO and the EU.”
Sky News has reported that Ukraine used UK-made Storm Shadow missiles to strike and destroy Russia’s Black Sea Fleet naval headquarters in Sevastopol on Friday.
Russia conceded that one missile scored a direct hit, and videos and images confirm significant damage, but also claimed a further five were shot down by anti-air defenses. However, Ukrainian sources have said multiple missiles struck the HQ, with unverified social media images circulating which suggest at least two or multiple hit the building.
Britain and France began supplying the long-range Storm Shadows starting last spring and summer. President Biden this week belatedly approved that a limited supply of MGM-140 ATACMS missiles, with a range of up to 190 miles, will also be given to Ukraine.
Russia in the aftermath of the Sevastopol HQ strike said that one military service member was missing, but has remained tight-lipped on details or other potential casualties.
What’s clear is that it was a very large attack, given later in the day Friday and into Saturday more and more images emerged showing the significant extent of the devastation, after fires were extinguished by a huge emergency response.
Western analysts and pro-Kiev sources have pointed to images which appear to show more than one Storm Shadow missiles hitting Russia’s Black Sea Fleet HQ…
The strike on the Russian occupiers’ Black Sea Fleet HQ in #Sevastopol that killed Admiral #Sokolov appears to have consisted of at least two bullseye hits. The building was already burning significantly as the second missile struck: pic.twitter.com/8xeu3lTf4x
— Jessica Berlin (@berlin_bridge) September 22, 2023
Another discrepancy between the emerging Russian and Ukrainian narratives concerns casualties and whether top brass was impacted.
On Saturday Ukraine’s government announced that the strike left dozens of dead and wounded, among them “senior leadership.”
Ukraine’s Special Operations Forces owned up to it, revealing that the operation was dubbed “Crap Trap” and involved intelligence which placed senior commanders in the building at the time of the strikes. The Telegram statement said officers were taken out, “including the senior leadership of the fleet.” But the statement didn’t name names.
Online sources are circulating claims like the following in the attack aftermath:
Sounds like a signature strike that would require five eyes national assets to pull off successfully.
Guess it was just a lucky shot tho. https://t.co/7mbXCLMv0J
— Jack Murphy (@JackMurphyRGR) September 22, 2023
The full Ukrainian military statement said the following:
“The daring and painstaking work of the Special Operations Forces enabled them to hit the Black Sea Fleet headquarters ‘on time and with precision’ while the Russian Navy’s senior staff was meeting in the temporarily occupied city of Sevastopol.”
“The data was transmitted to the Air Force for strike. The details of the attack will be revealed once it is possible. The result is dozens of dead and wounded occupiers, including the senior leadership of the fleet.”
Clearly, Kiev is claiming to have pulled off not only the daring strikes inside Crimea but an extensive intelligence operation as well, given it says it had knowledge of timing of when senior leadership would be gathered inside the headquarters.
Slowed down and zoomed-in footage of the Ukrainian Storm Shadow/SCALP ALCM slamming into (and through) the roof of the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters. pic.twitter.com/c8mas1OzAg
— OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) September 22, 2023
According to a separate statement which comes from Ukrainian intelligence:
Ukraine’s intelligence chief, Kyrylo Budanov, told Voice of America that at least nine people were killed and 16 injured as a result of Kyiv’s attack on the Black Sea Fleet on Friday.
He claimed that Alexander Romanchuk, a Russian general commanding forces along the key southeastern front line, was “in a very serious condition” following the attack.
However, this has remained unverified by either the Russian side or independent reporting or observers. Al Jazeera has cited a correspondent in Moscow who describes that “both sides have remained tight-lipped about their own casualties” while “downplaying their numbers and significance and playing up the numbers and significance on the other side.”
Via Planet Labs PBC/Handout/Reuters
Specifically on the Friday Sevastopol attack, the same journalist said, “Russia confirmed that a service member was killed in the attack, initially we had heard that six people were injured from media reports in the area.”
Meanwhile there were overnight reports saying that Russia unleashed more major airstrike on Ukraine, in retaliation for the Black Sea Fleet HQ attack.
Meanwhile, has Bill Gates made a U-Turn?
Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, and climate alarmist Bill Gates has backtracked on ‘climate doom’ prophecies. The writing is on the wall for the political and financial elites, who have long championed imminent climate doom, realizing that the public sees through the charades.
In 2021, Gates previously warned about apocalyptic consequences if the world does not achieve zero net carbon emissions by the year 2050. He also promoted his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” (fear sells).
On Thursday, Gates made a sudden U-turn on his climate doom narrative and now expects “No temperate country is going to become uninhabitable.”
Gates spoke at a live event at The Times Center in New York and argued: “If you try to do climate brute force, you will get people who say, ‘I like climate but I don’t want to bear that cost and reduce my standard of living.”
He also dismissed planting trees to save the planet, questioning: “Are we the science people or are we the idiots?” he said. “Which one do we want to be?”
Gates’ latest comments are a stark difference from just a few years ago when he warned “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace:
“The migration that we saw out of Syria for their civil war, which was somewhat weather dependent, we’re going to have 10 times as much migration because the equatorial areas will become unlivable.”
And, of course, Gates is smart. He understands the propaganda isn’t working anymore and must resonate with the majority to prevent getting ‘Bud Light’d.’
This post was originally published by Zero Hedge