Whilst the energies of the UK law enforcement and intelligence communities are concentrated at the moment on finding the evil dognappers of Twiglet, the sweet little miniature dachshund puppy seized from her home in Essex, the Russo-Ukrainian War continues to rage. Even President Putin seems to have given up on calling it a ‘special military operation’. It’s a war, Mr President!
I have been involved in behind the scenes efforts to get a peace conference underway in Malta. Sadly however there’s more money in war than peace! Ukrainian and Western obstinacy is also a major problem. Disappointed with the outcome of the last Russian elections Western governments refuse to accept President Putin’s legitimacy.
They see the war as a golden opportunity to force him out and are quite happy to let Ukrainian blood be shed in the process. It has been abundantly clear for some time that neither side can win. Russia cannot capture Kiev, given NATO backing for Ukraine. Equally Ukraine cannot capture the Donbas region or the Crimean Peninsula. Russian support for peace is not a sign of weakness. Russian occupation of western Ukraine would be hugely problematic, with endless interference from the German DVD. Sensibly with respect, President Putin appears to have limited Russian territorial ambitions to Crimea and the Donbas.
The Ukrainian offensive The media build-up to the Ukrainian offensive was almost as big as the military build-up. Expectations were raised to an absurd height, with breathless talk of the Ukrainians breaking through to Crimea and sweeping the Russians before them.
The Wehrmacht General Staff were similarly deluded in 1941, having bought into Albert Einstein’s advice that rising CO2 levels in the 1930s meant rising temperatures, in other words global warming. Just as the Wehrmacht ended up having their frozen willies dropping off in December 1941, the MSM’s expectations have not been met. There’s been one small breakthrough, which does not appear to have been exploited. Indeed, it would appear that the Ukrainians have made the same mistake as we did in the Battle of Cambrai, in which my partner’s father, a highly decorated war hero, fought. (A cousin, Gunner Willie Robinson, of H Battalion Royal Tank Corps, sadly lost his leg in the attack on Gouzeaucuort on December 1 1917 and was invalided out – it didn’t slow him down much in peacetime, except in three-legged races of course.) st 06/08/2023, 21:34 Russo-Ukrainian War (11) | VT Foreign Policy
https://www.vtforeignpolicy.com/2023/08/russo-ukrainian-war-11/ 4/12 A Mk IV tank – this is the ‘male’ version, with 6 pdr guns Just as at Cambrai the Ukrainians failed to exploit the breakthrough. As I explained in my latest interview for that nice man Tion von Struckmann (link to be added when available) maneuver warfare with armored formations without command of the air is difficult. Tanks are much easier to destroy from the air when they are out in the open, and the Russian Air Force has some lovely anti-tank kit.
the American Expeditionary Force, although the war ended (prematurely of course) before license-built versions made by Curtiss could enter service. SE5a Offensive operations are inherently risky and expensive. I suspect that the Ukrainians have been given a good smack by the Russians. The oncoming mud season is likely to hamper further offensive operations. Meanwhile efforts to bring about peace continue, indeed I’ve had to break off from writing this column multiple times to deal with rescheduling the proposed peace conference. NATO is gradually backing away from Kiev, one reason why Ben Wallace was blocked from becoming Secretary-General, although anti-British hostility from the out of control Biden Administration was another. NATO is now deeply split, with British departure from the organisation, a Cold War relic, now only a matter of time. Either you want World War III or you don’t, and we don’t.
Russia was a valuable ally in both World Wars I and II and more is now known about Ukraine’s illegal biolabs and her plan to attack the Donbas Republics.
The Anglo-Russian alliance long predates the American Revolution of course, indeed it goes back to dear old Queen Elizabeth I and that nice man Tsar Ivan the Terrible. (He wasn’t all that terrible, indeed something seems to have got lost in the translation and he ought really to have been called Ivan the Formidable.) 06/08/2023, 21:34 Russo-Ukrainian War (11) | VT Foreign Policy https://www.vtforeignpolicy.com/2023/08/russo-ukrainian-war-11/ 6/12 Ivan the Terrible, painted after his death.
There are no known accurate images of him. Both Downing St and the Cabinet Office are well aware that Lt-Col Litvinenko was killed by the antidote to polonium, Prussian Blue, and was not murdered, let alone on the orders of dear old Pooters. They are also aware that Salisbury was a false-flag attack organised by Germany’s GO2. It has suited Downing St and the Cabinet Office to make political capital out of both incidents, but it’s always a mistake to smear a sovereign nation based on lies.
The truth will out, possibly after Simon Case’s departure as Cabinet Secretary, always assuming that MI5 don’t get him first. The Coutts scandal Coutts used to have a good reputation.
It is the Royal bank after all, or at any rate has been up till now. In an episode straight out of the Stasi playbook they decided to close that nice man Nigel Farage’s bank account (hi Nigel!), having compiled a dossier on him. It turns out that they’re a bunch of Remainers and didn’t like Nigel’s starring role in Brexit. (It’s unclear whether they either knew about or went along with the plan to assassinate Jo Cox MP, a perfectly harmless Remainer MP, in order to boost the Remain vote in the 2016 referendum.)
They also don’t like his views on immigration, possibly because they upset their human trafficking clients. 06/08/2023, 21:34 Russo-Ukrainian War (11) | VT Foreign Policy https://www.vtforeignpolicy.com/2023/08/russo-ukrainian-war-11/ 7/12 Even more worryingly they didn’t like his views on global warming. Unlike the bank’s, with respect, Nigel’s views on global warming are sane. As I have pointed out on these pages before the Sun (for the benefit of anyone at Coutts reading this, it’s that big yellow thing up in the sky) is by far the most powerful influence on planetary climate. CO2 is only a minor greenhouse gas and human emissions only amount to about 3.3% of the total.
The idea that our marginal emissions of a comparatively unimportant greenhouse gas, the atmospheric composition of which is measured in parts per million, are affecting planetary climate is clinically insane, with every respect to those who believe in this nonsense. That senior bank officers should hold clinically insane views is deeply troubling. We expect our politicians and senior officials to hold irrational views, indeed it’s always a surprise when politicians and senior officials don’t actually dribble when they speak, or manage to walk up an aircraft’s steps without falling over, but bankers?
Unsurprisingly the bank’s Chief Executive, Dame Alison Rose (made a dame, I assume, for services to the Cabinet Office) has resigned. Dame Alison Rose. the bank CEO who thought it right to brief the media about a client’s account.
The Chairman, Sir Howard Davies, a screaming Euronutter, no offense intended, who actually thought that membership of the EU was in Britain’s economic interest (!), is clinging on, but will be gone before long. Shareholders tend not to like having madmen in charge of banks, although different considerations apply to supermarkets. Coutts is a subsidiary of NatWest, whose stock market value unsurprisingly plunged by over a billion dollars. The bank is probably doomed and may have to be taken over, hopefully by a bank with a sane Board of Directors, that is to say one not bent on corporate suicide.
The good news for Coutts is that some marvellous treatments are now available for mental illness and that it should be possible, with dedicated care over a period of time, to restore the staff involved to sanity. 06/08/2023, 21:34 Russo-Ukrainian War (11) | VT Foreign Policy
Much has been made of the recent heatwave in Greece but I’m hearing that it was preceded by intensive bombardment of the ionosphere by German high-energy weapons, disturbing the flow of the jet stream over the Med. I suspect that a number of the wildfires were started deliberately.
I also suspect sabotage in the case of the tragic Canadair CL-415 crash on Platanistos on July 25 , in which two Hellenic Air Force pilots, Christos Moulas and Periclis Stefanidis, sadly died.
The aircraft was engaged on fire fighting duties and has just dropped a load of retardant when the pilot in command lost control of the aircraft, striking a tree and then the ground. The media of course are obsessing on the first impact, but why would an experienced and highly competent pilot hit a tree? Firefighting operations are carried out at low level, very often over difficult terrain, with visibility obscured by smoke. They are not safe, but the risks are minimised. The CL-415 is a robust aircraft, specially designed for the task. CL-415 My analysis, having studied the video footage, is that the loss of control preceded the tree strike and that one or more control wires were severed. There are a number of ways of doing this – the Sabotage Section of the DVD have lengthy experience, sadly, in triggering loss of control. My condolences of course to the families of the dead, possibly murdered, pilots.
I am at the disposal of the Hellenic Air Force, very nice people in my experience. (They had some really good F-4 pilots back in the day.) The Ashes Commiserations to England on not regaining the Ashes, but they fought well aand drew the series, with fine wins at Headingley and the Oval. The International Cricket Council, which probably ought to be described as the Iranian Cricket Council, since it’s based in Dubai and Iran supplied the death squad for the assassination of respected BBC cricket statistician Bill Frindall MBE in Dubai in 2009, got caught out. Bill had been investigating corruption at the ICC. th 06/08/2023, 21:34 Russo-Ukrainian War (11) | VT Foreign Policy https://www.vtforeignpolicy.com/2023/08/russo-ukrainian-war-11/ 9/12 An ICC umpire refused to give Australia’s best batsman, Steve Smith run out in Australia’s first innings, costing England dearly, even though he had failed to make his ground.
The TV review umpire, Nitin Menon, failed to apply Law 29 of the Laws of Cricket.
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