Putin Threatens to Invade Baltic States, Poland, Romania

All the recent sabre rattling by NATO has certainly had an effect; it’s caused Russian President Vladimir Putin to privately threaten to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states, according to a record of a conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Putin allegedly told Poroshenko “If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kiev, but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest.”

This ups the anti quite a bit because five of the countries are in NATO and President Obama recently said an attack on them will be considered an attack on the United States. He said that even though no previous American administration would ever consider going to war over any of them.

Interesting stuff while we wait for the Scottish referendum results. Instead of an independent Scotland, we could see a re-imposition of Russian control over Eastern Europe. Would Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, start a nuclear exchange with Russia?

Like the English, we’ll just have to wait it out.

In the meantime, write your M.P. and demand that Canada leave NATO, withdraw its troops from Ukraine and bring home its jet fighters from Lithuania.

We don’t need a war with our nuclear-armed neighbour; not now, not ever.

Ukraine “crosses the Rubicon;” But does President know what that means

Ottawa was all abuzz today as the Conservative government welcomed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who addressed a joint session of Parliament. To general applause, he said Ukraine had “crossed the Rubicon” to a new westward-looking future. But did he know what that means? I think not. 

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Poroshenko and Caesar

The phrase goes back to ancient Rome. When Caesar led a single legion, Legio XIII Gemina, south over the Rubicon from Cisalpine Gaul to Italy to make his way to Rome he (deliberately) broke the law on imperium and made armed conflict inevitable. This led many Senators to flee for their lives and started a civil war (which Caesar won).

In other words, Caesar staged a coup which overthrew the elected Senate and replaced it with his own autocratic rule. This is exactly what the current leaders in Kiev did when they ousted the elected president by mob rule and replaced him with their own leader.

What was deplorable 2,000 years ago is no less deplorable today. The idea that Canadian political leaders should be applauding the illegal take-over of a European country is a travesty. They should have been shouting Poroshenko down and hounding him from the chamber.

Somehow Canada, and the West, has lost all perspective, all common sense, when it comes to Ukraine.

The country is, was, and will continue to be in the Russian orbit and trying get it to break away will lead to dire consequences. One of these could be thermonuclear war involving Canada.

Write your M.P. today and say you deplore this goading of the Russian bear. Say you want our troops back from the Russian border. Say no to war with Russia, not now, not ever.

And stop cheering on Ukrainian attempts to subjugate its Russian-speaking population.

Russia Boosts Troops in Crimea as NATO Exercise Starts in Ukraine

So now we have 1,300 NATO soldiers, including some from Canada, exercising in Ukraine and Russia boosting troop strength in Crimea which used to be part of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels are still exchanging gunfire in Eastern Ukraine.

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NATO troops now in Western Ukraine

I warned weeks ago that supporting Ukraine in its civil war would provoke a Russian response. Now we see the response has been a series of military exercises, a build-up in Crimea and a speech by President Vladimir Putin accusing the U.S. of aggression.

Speaking to an emergency Security Council meeting in Moscow, Putin said a missile defense shield approaching Russia’s borders is part of the U.S. offensive system.

We shall provide an adequate and well-measured response to NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders, and we shall take note of [the West] setting up a global missile defense architecture and building up its arsenals of precision-guided weapons,” Putin said on Tuesday.

No matter what our Western counterparts tell us, we can see what’s going on. As it stands, NATO is blatantly building up its forces in Eastern Europe, including the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea areas. Its operational and combat training activities are gaining in scale.”

Imagine, if you will, the situation was reversed and Russian troops had joined with Cuban and North Korean forces to hold military manoeuvres in Mexico.  Washington would not only be outraged, it would be actively considering war with Mexico.

That’s the problem with tit-for-tat military posturing. You can play the game for a while, but you can never be sure it won’t end in tears. In this case the tears would be thermonuclear war.

Write your M.P. today and demand that Canada disassociate itself from these provocations, that it leave NATO and that it reestablish good relations with our nuclear-armed Russian neighbour.

Demand there be no war with Russia, not now, not ever.

Canada Enters Ukraine War

Canada has officially entered the Ukraine war against Russian insurgents by delivering $4.5 Million worth of “non-lethal”  military equipment. A Canadian C-130 brought the equipment to Kharkov where there was a formal welcoming ceremony. The equipment includes helmets, ballistic eye wear, protective vests, first aid kits, tents, and sleeping bags.

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Canadian C-130 arrives in Kharkov with military equipment

The news comes after Russia banned the imports of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy products from the 28 countries of the EU, the US, Canada, Norway, and Australia for one year.

Russia’s ban is set to cost Canadian pork farmers more than $500 million. But the Canadian government is continuing its current stance on the matter. “We will not be intimidated by these kinds of tactics,” Canadian Industry Minister James Moore said.

You’ll notice that Ukraine is not a member of NATO and Canada has no military agreements with or obligations to the government in Kiev. It’s a gratis donation to a former Russian province which is currently fighting with its own Russian-speaking citizens in the East.

The equivalent would be Britain shipping arms to Canada to put down an armed insurrection in Quebec, with France supplying the other side. I wonder how many Canadians realize we’re now involved in a proxy war with our nuclear-armed northern neighbour? Not many I’ll bet.

And speaking of Russia, there’s this bit of news you may have overlooked while reading about an NFL player socking his girlfriend in an elevator. Russia’s newest Borei class nuclear sub has completed its sea trials.

Each Borei class submarine, designed by the Rubin Naval Design Bureau from Saint Petersburg, can carry up to 12 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles. The advanced 955As are designed to be armed with 16 SLBMs.

So let’s get this straight. Canada is supplying helmets, goggles and vests to a country that is currently fighting insurgents backed by a country launching nuclear submarines. Do you see something wrong in this picture?

Are we completely crazy to be irritating, provoking and disparaging a nuclear power? Why yes we are.

Write your M.P. and Prime Minister Harper today and tell him to stop all military shipments to Ukraine, to withdraw Canada’s frigate from the Black Sea, to bring home our fighter jets in Lithuania and to not take part in a military exercise with Ukraine later this month.

We don’t need a war with Russia, not now, not ever.

Telegraph Columnist Tony Brenton Says Its Time to Let Russia Have Ukraine

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Now America Wants to Arm Georgia

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel flew into a country on the weekend Russia had a war with six years ago and vowed to help the former Soviet republic improve its security.

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Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, left, and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard B. Norland, right, show U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel the way

The country is Georgia and the war was over a disputed territory called South Ossetia. You can read the whole sorry story at Wikipedia.

The point is that we have here an area in dispute and an American effort to enter the conflict. That would mean American equipment, transport aircraft and no doubt advisers in a second war with Russia. Yes, you got it, Hagel is trying to get involved in a war with Russia.

The mind boggles. To put this in perspective, let’s say California gets a Latino majority, decides to separate from the United States and does so; but some Californians don’t want to go. They rebel with American support. To continue my analogy, Russia then steps in to support Mexico. Got the picture?

This is like letting five-year old kids play with fireworks in the living room. It’s extremely dangerous, both to the kids and the house.

In this case the house is the world and what the kids are playing with are a potential lead-up to thermonuclear war.

Write your M.P., legislator, or President today and demand the U.S. stay out of Georgia.

Canadian Ship and Russian Jets Interact

Canadian Defence Minister Rob Nicholson’s charged yesterday Russian jets buzzed a Canadian naval vessel and said the action was “unnecessarily provocative” and risked escalating tensions even further. Today the Russians said they did no such thing.

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Russian fighter jets

What is clear is that if HMCS Toronto wasn’t in the Black Sea, immediately adjacent to a Russian naval base, there would have been no possibility of a clash.

The simple fact of the matter is that NATO is being provocative of Russia on the land, sea and in the air. The Western public is being told this is to warn the Russians not to invade Ukraine. But the actions are really a kind of brinkmanship not seen since the height of the Cold War.

NATO and the West should do the exact opposite of what it is doing. It should pull back its troops, withdraw its naval vessels and stop flying provocatively along the Russian border.

NATO is playing at taunting the Russians but it may find bullying a bear is a poor policy.

I’m hoping the Western public–this means you–is smart enough to start putting pressure on Western politicians to stop this unnecessary and dangerous game.

Write your M.P. today and demand that Canada pull back from teasing the Russians. We don’t need a war over Ukraine, or anywhere else.