Sunday musings

Sunday musings


It is Sunday here and I wish to take pause to reflect at the end of a momentous week that promises not to die down one iota from here.

I was transfixed to Vladimir Putin’ s speech yesterday. Quite apart from everything else I felt a great sense of relief because Putin voiced what so many of us know in our hearts to be true.

For the first time, we had a political leader who told us about the toxic hypocrisy of western leaders (every last one of them) and the satanic nature of western society with its LGBQT, sexual perversion and so on.

Rick Wiles expressed it well when he said that things have been flipped on their head: earlier in his life Russia was the godless society and America was god-fearing; now it is the opposite.

Of course, that is all somewhat relative – the latter Soviet Union was not that evil and America was never that good – but there is some truth in that statement.

Here, if you missed it, here is Putin’s speech with subtitles, which I prefer.

Yesterday the Duran said that the collective West would be pissed with Putin’s speech and the reaction could be fierce. And this morning I woke to news that a key city in the DPR, Krasny Liman, had been retaken by the Ukrainians.

Russian forces withdraw from key Donbass town

Troops left Krasny Liman due to the threat of encirclement, Moscow has confirmed

Throughout this conflict I have posted the various opinions of others but never bought into the “Russia is losing“, “Russia is winning“.

Here are just some of the voices from the Russian side: there is no doubt this is another dent in the reputation of Russia’s military, as shown by the following comments, the first from Texas Bentley, on the ground in Donetsk: 

I am not a “doomer”, but neither am I an idiot or a liar. One of my best friends is on the Front not far from there, where he is a target designator for artillery and airstrikes. Last time I talked to him (a couple of weeks ago) he had high praise for RuAF helicopter pilots, but said that Russian fixed wing attack aircraft often miss their targets by as much as “600 meters” because the pilots are too afraid of MANPADS to get close enough to their targets to do the job. This looks to me like a perfect example of exactly that.  What does it look like to you? What do you think it looks like to my friends in Krasny Liman? Asking for a friend.

The second is from Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

“I have always said: there is nothing better than the voiced truth, albeit bitter, offensive, but the truth. This is the only way to move forward. Therefore, I cannot remain silent about what happened in Krasny Liman.

The defense of this section was led by the commander of the Central Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Lapin. The same Lapin, who received the star of the Hero of Russia for the capture of Lisichansk, although de facto he was not there and was not around. Lapin was also given over to the troops of the Western Military District.

The colonel-general deployed mobilized fighters from the LPR and other units on all frontiers of the Liman direction, but did not provide them with the necessary communications, interaction and the supply of ammunition. Two weeks ago, Major General Commander of the Akhmat Special Forces, my dear BROTHER Apty Alaudinov, personally reported to me that our fighters could become an easy target. In turn, I informed Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, about the danger. But the general assured me that he had no doubts about Lapin’s leadership talent and did not believe that a retreat was possible in Krasny Liman and its environs.

A week later, Lapin moves his headquarters to Starobelsk, a hundred kilometers from his subordinates, while he himself sits in Lugansk. How can you quickly manage units, being 150 km away from them? Due to the lack of elementary military logistics, today we have left several settlements and a large piece of territory.

It’s not a shame that Lapin is mediocre. And the fact that he is covered at the top by the leaders in the General Staff. If I had my way, I would have demoted Lapin to the rank of private, would have deprived him of his awards and, with a machine gun in his hands, would have sent him to the front lines to wash away his shame with blood.

Army nepotism will not lead to good. In the army, it is necessary to appoint people of a strong character, courageous, principled, who worry about their fighters, who tear their teeth for their soldier, who know that a subordinate cannot be left without help and support. There is no place for nepotism in the army, especially in difficult times.”

I know from a friend that some have been warnings that this was coming and that the Russian military is incompetent or treacherous.

My on-line friend has been plying me with material to support his latest idée fixe, that Russia is losing the war, something he has been basing on tweets and obscure blogs.

A little while ago he was saying the opposite. 

My friend’s emails has irritated me, not because I think he is wrong but because I simply do not operate on that level.

I have no military experience, so who am I to make judgements about movements of troops and the ups and downs of the war, and so I think who is he to do this.

But I suppose it is one one to occupy the mind.

The intelligent man thinks he knows. The wise man is aware of how little he knows.

I am concerned with the bigger aspects of this and try to keep my mind open to all possibilities.

The great Russian army COULD sweep across the steppes victoriously although this seems increasingly unlikely as the Empire strikes back and this escalates into a world war with consequences we can only guess at. 

We are told by epics like the Lord of the Rings that there may be great trials ahead but Good always triumphs over Evil.

But I am not sure that is necessarily true (it may be a pious belief). We have to open our minds to the possibility that Russia might be losing and is being painted into a corner.

Perhaps the Empire will prevail with unthinkable consequences for us all?

Perhaps the end will come with a mushroom cloud?

Only neocon idiots and the ignorant think that nuclear war can be “limited”.  Speaking for myself one of the planks of my philosophy is the Parable of the Chinese farmer, told here by Alan Watts:

It is a question of how we look at fortune and misfortune.

The intelligent man will tell you what side is going to prevail.

The wise man will maintain his composure in the face of both.

Another perspective on this comes from Eckhart Tolle:

Because of the situation we find our selves in my thoughts turn to the Bhagavad Gita, not least because it involves an epic battle, Kurukshetra.

May I suggest the following from Alan Watts

We certainly need to develop the ability to remain equanimous in the face of both fortune and misfortune.

I am not of a mind to say that any one particular religious tradition is superior to another.

Each reflects men’s relationship with the Divine, whether it be Jesus or Krishna and each has something to tell us.

10 thoughts on “Sunday musings

  1. Notice that NATO-UKR did not conduct any offensive operations anywhere else for the last two weeks except towards the less numerous LPR forces at Krasny Lyman in the north, and even this resulted in thousands of Ukrainian casualties and losses of armored vehicles. An army with adequate manpower and armor would be attacking on two or more fronts at once.

  2. I can say that I am totally against any nuclear exchange.
    It’s planetary suicide. It’s possible that tactical nuclear weapons have already been used. During the War in former Yugoslavia, DU became a staple for penetration.
    (Depleted uranium, shells, rockets/missiles, bombs and grenades. Became the norm.)
    After Gulf war II (Gulf war sequel 2003) Iraq is still a complete radio-active mess.
    People barely talk about it.

    It is common speculation that many “tactical nukes” many called “bunker buster’s” have been used in the middle east. With little or no international attention, they can be used without inspection. Making the originating producer obfuscated.
    Thankfully this cannot be done with the current situation in Eastern Europe.

    I want to thank you very much for the constant updates, and the hard work, keeping the website online, Robin. Especially with your ongoing health issues.
    My comments are banned/blocked everywhere. Here I know at least 3-6 people will read my comment.

    1. Also, Sputnik V… Is almost the same crud as everywhere else. Poisoning their population.

      Evangelism is illegal in Russia. They closed churches during lockdowns.
      Plus we have this totally un-Christian garbage coming from the Russian Orthodox church.

      “head of the Russian Orthodox Church raised the issue of mobilization. According to him, Russian soldiers who “do their duty” and then die in battle with the Armed Forces of Ukraine “sacrifice themselves for the sake of others.”

      “… the Church realizes that if someone, prompted by a sense of duty, by the need to fulfill his oath, remains true to his calling, and if this person dies in the course of fulfilling his duty, then he undoubtedly commits an act equivalent to a sacrifice. He sacrifices himself for the sake of others. And therefore we believe that this sacrifice washes away all the sins that a person has committed.”

      That is denying the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice and moving into the realm of “works.” A long debated issue, but clearly defined by St. John in 1st John 3:12 and James Chapter 2. Speaking on “Works.”

  3. @Canadian Jigger It’s exaggerating to say that evangelism is prohibited in Russia. And Kiril’s remark sounds just like the Pope at the start of the Crusades. He’s now gravely ill with Covid – maybe God is punishing him.

    1. No, it’s not exaggerating. You could evangelize within someone’s house.
      By the time you’re invited in, you already know each other’s values.
      Quite restricting.
      Street preaching is illegal. There are a bunch of laws.
      Only bonus, no Jehovah’s Witness door-to-door.

      1. Here it is!
        Here’s the whitewash ^ It’s control / surveillance bills. For “Anti-terrorrism” they can do in Russia, what the NSA does for the 5 eyes.

        I know God punishes people(s). That is rarer in the Bible, than losing protection. Then suffering because of Satan and sin. Job being one example. Though Job was a holy man.**
        Not my place to say why a man is ill.

        1. Reading again, my mistake. “Missionary activity… is explicitly banned from residential buildings.” You can read the article for the definition of “”Missionary activity.”

  4. This war is a chess game, the Russians are good chess players. The winter is fast approaching, a time to consolidate gains and prepare for a Spring offensive. Without natural gas, Europe will be fucked. The globalist elite morons are not good chess players. Liman was not, is not important. The next series of moves are what matter.
    Remember, most everyone is lying, there is a psychological war. Put your trust in the coming winter, it will be cold. Napoleon and Hitler were defeated by their arrogance and stupidity, so will the moron in the Whitehouse and his cadre of trolls.
    There are forces at work that no one is aware of,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.

  5. Great post Robin. Many thanks. May all the war mongers rot in hell.
    The following was written in 1940 by American author Thomas Wolfe:
    “…..”Give us back our well-worn husk,” they said, “where we were so snug and comfortable.”
    And then they tried word magic. “Conditions are fundamentally sound,” they said — by which they meant to reassure themselves that nothing now was really changed, that things were as they always had been, and as they always would be, forever and ever, amen.
    But they were wrong.
    They did not know that you can’t go home again.
    America had come to the end of something and to the beginning of something else.
    But no one knew what that something else would be
    and out of the change and uncertainly and the wrongness of the leaders
    grew fear and desperation
    and before long hunger stalked the streets….”

    Thomas Wolfe
    You Can’t Go Home Again

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