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Putin has shown the West up as a paper tiger

Uncle Vlad did a Kutuzov in Syria

26 March 2016

9:00 AM

26 March 2016

9:00 AM

On 17 November 1813, Marshal Ney, the bravest of the brave, had been the last to march out of Smolensk amid harrowing scenes. The hospital wards, the corridors and the stairs were full of the dead and dying. Napoleon had gone into Russia the year before with 500,000 men and was now leaving with fewer than 40,000. Ney had only 6,000 under his command but was determined not to fall into Russian hands. The Russian commander Miloradovich had already failed to capture Prince Eugene, Napo’s son-in-law, and the great Davout, so he set his heart on capturing the 43-year-old son of a barrel-maker from Lorraine.

Ney did what he knew best. He charged. The first frontal attack failed at the last moment as the French ranks were raked with canister shot. Ney, leading the group, reassembled and charged again. ‘Whole ranks fell, only to be replaced by the next ones coming up to die in the same place,’ wrote a Russian officer. When General Miloradovich saw how the French were charging, he exclaimed, ‘Bravo, bravo, Monsieurs les Français, you have attacked with astonishing vigour, an entire corps with a handful of men. It is impossible to be braver!’ He then ordered his gunners to cut them down, which they did.

As at Waterloo two years later, where Ney had four horses shot down from under him, the Marshal survived the Smolensk battle and the ensuing trap to capture him by swimming for it. The Russians were, how should I put it, magnificent in their cruelty in slowly strangling Napoleon’s men, watching them freeze to death, relieving them of their furs and booty, with the fat, lazy Kutuzov letting mother nature take care of the invaders. The latter had been at first surprised at the stubbornness of the Russian defenders, as well as by the almost spiritual manner in which the soldiers readied themselves for battle. (The French were rallied by a picture of the King of Rome, the Russkies by the miraculous icon of the Virgin of Smolensk.) The Cossacks, whose cruelty had even the bravest of their adversaries trembling in case they were captured alive, harried the retreating French, never engaging, just inflicting pin pricks, a sort of slow torture never experienced before or since. Kutuzov’s tactics of never engaging Napoleon drove Tsar Alexander nuts, but the old boy knew what he was doing. He feared a cornered Napoleon because he knew the Corsican was a better general than him, and once desperate, anything could happen.

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I’ve just reread Adam Zamoyski’s magnificent 1812, which I read when it first appeared ten years ago. I can never get enough of it. The courage, the glory, the suffering, it’s all too much. Germans and Poles, Frenchmen and Russians, Italians, all covered themselves with glory. The only disgrace, as far as I’m concerned, took place one year later at the Congress of Vienna, where Princess Katya Bagration, widow of the hero of Borodino, fell into bed with Metternich. Bagration bled to death at Borodino because he refused to get off his mount in full view of his men. His widow should have honoured him and refused the handsome Austrian. But such are the follies of beautiful women.

Mind you, Napo never won anything important again. Mother Russia had defeated him as it defeated Hitler 130 years later. Which brings me to the present. Unlike the clowns of the EU and the bungling Americans, Uncle Vlad did a Kutuzov, went into Syria, avoided the risks of getting bogged down and, having lost only one aircraft that was shot down by a Nato power supposedly on his side, departed the quagmire with maximum results.

Yet that fool of a Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond — never have I seen a man who looks more like a boring accountant — warns us not to cheer because it would be like praising a man who stopped beating his wife. Well, I don’t beat women in general and my wife in particular, so I wouldn’t know. What I do know is that Putin is authentic and authoritarian, the type who wins wars, a spontaneous and courageous leader who has shown up the West as a paper tiger. Let’s face it. When was the last time a world leader did something really bold? And he didn’t declare mission accomplished, a declaration that has proved fatal in the case of Iraq and Libya. This is the man the clowns in Brussels tried to bluff with Circe-like songs to Ukraine, so he took back Crimea as a bonus. His standing by Assad has shown up Uncle Sam yet again as an unreliable ally when the going gets tough.

No matter how hard the Americans and Europeans have tried to show Russia as a busted flush, the joke’s on them. And by leaving the playing field, Vlad has fired a shot across Assad’s bow, warning him to negotiate or else. Just compare Putin’s stance in Syria with that of Uncle Sam in Yemen. The latter is a humanitarian disaster that rivals that of Syria. The Saudi, Qatari and UAE air forces have bombarded unarmed people and blown up hospitals in a futile effort to beat back the Houthis, Shiite-backed rebels who have run rings around them. Saudi pilots under American radar guidance are so scared of anti-aircraft fire that they fly much too high and are unable to hit legitimate targets. Saudi keeps buying expensive weapons but cannot produce men like those who fought back in 1812. Perhaps they should read Zamoyski and forget high tech.

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  • http://www.only9sixty.blogspot.co.uk yesterdaytodayforever

    There may be some mileage in this Kutuzov analogy, though some of us are more inclined to compare Putin to Churchill. Tolstoy incidentally was motivated to write War and Peace by his experiences in the Crimean War – an episode when Britain and France foolishly took the side of Turkey against Russia. However, fast-forwarding to 2016; the damaging impact of Alexander Litvinenko’s murder on East-West relations in general and Russian-British relations in particular can hardly be overstated. Sir Robert Owen’s pre-determined conclusions, published in January, are a major source of embarrassment at the way Britain’s justice system can be manipulated to serve political ends. The following links to an extended article, intended to provide a viable alternative interpretation of the available evidence (‘Russia’s bad rap’ is followed by ‘All Berezovsky got was this lousy T-shirt’ and further entries): http://www.only9sixty.blogspot.co.uk

  • davidshort10

    Why am I not surprised that this born-rich playboy who has not achieved much in life sides with a ghoul like Putin? Why am I not surprised he is allowed to continue writing for the Spectator when the magazine has Brillo Pad as its managing director?

    • Father Todd Unctious

      And calls Bonaparte, “Napo'”.

      • Tamerlane

        It’s a shortening of Napoleon, see Napoleon begins with the letter N.A.P.O. can you see how it works? It’s a bit like your name, if we take the first four letters of your current name (since you were tricked into outing yourself as a Respect Party activist), we get F.A.T.H. where ‘H’ stands for Head.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          So is Taki too lazy to write Napoleon ,or too smug to use the normal nickname Boney? I see you give no argument , just insults.

          • Mr B J Mann

            And which bit of:

            “Father Todd Unctious -> davidshort10

            And calls Bonaparte, “Napo'”.

            Was your argument?!

  • G.

    O, have mercy … what a steaming pile of Kremlin propaganda twaddle filled with old tired made-in-Kremlin falsifications of History.

    • BARROSO

      God I get bored of the imbeciles who call anything they don’t agree with propaganda. Just grow up

      • Lawrence James.

        Equally tedious are the persistent Russophobes who either shake with fury every time the Bear snarls or show his claws or predict the imminent downfall of the Russia.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          Not imminent. Just inevitable.

          • PeacEnforcer

            Do you realize that you are saying this about a society that’s been around for almost…1200 years? A society that ‘s been built over centuries and in the process has been through a myriad of wars and hostilities (roughly, from 500 to 600 in total (!!!)), calamities, catastrophes, invasions, popular uprisings, revolutions, upheavals, coups, purges and repressions, in other words, all sorts of ordeals imaginable over and over again, and yet somehow this very society which you so foolishly, so preposterously, so naively dismiss as ‘doomed for a downfall’ has come out a winner from them all, has prevailed every time it has encountered a threat or danger to its existence, however grave and insurmountable it may have seemed, every time securing not only its right to live and develop, but also the power to expand, to conquer and incorporate new lands and territories?

            Do you realize how insanely brainwashed and/or small-minded you sound if you truly believe that this particular time it will somehow be any different because of some “absence of trust”, sanctions, low oil prices, or whatever else they tell you in your “free and democratic” media or through your “holy, sinless, and never-lying” politicians??

            Grow up, man, – no one deserves to be so ignorant and indoctrinated.
            Russia, though perhaps never the most peaceful of places, has been around for centuries and, barring divine intervention, is here to stay for at least as long. Don’t you make a complete fool of yourself betting on a different outcome.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            I have touched a raw nerve among the Putin shills. The honesty gets them every time.

          • Cyril Sneer

            Amazing how you function with the absence of a brain.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            You people show yourself up for what you really are. No arguments ,just anger and insult at anyone who disagrees with you.

    • Елена Шубина

      WALL STREET JOURNAL: “Dear readers! You did not forget to read the weekly anti-Russian article? We took care of it! Do not forget to dry the hair after brainwashing “

    • Alexey Kuznetsov

      Примеры фальсификаций будут? Или просто языком брякнули не подумав?

    • Fritz123

      Syria is easy.

    • Marcus Grant

      and what exactly is falsificated ? – Napoleon and Hitler were not kicked out from Russia?

    • ClausewitzTheMunificent

      Sure, because Napoleon and HItler won, right? Only in your sick immagination perhaps. If anything I find that the article, while more balanced than usual, still has a strong undercurrent of Russophobia: the “cruel Cossacks”, “sinister Vlad” and so on.

      • Father Todd Unctious

        You Putin defenders are paid shills.

        • Lawrence James.

          As reason falters, you turn to crude innuendo: anyone who suggests that Russia is not the raging bear as portrayed by VIctorian cartoonists is, therefore, pocketing roubles.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Raging bear? More like a wounded senile skunk.

          • Lawrence James.

            If it is, then you the NATO brass hats and Mr Hammond don’t have to worry and they can sleep soundly behind their desks.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Russia has General January and General February. But we have Field Marshalls Patience and Time.

          • Tamerlane

            Yeah, but sadly we also have Sergeant Surrender in the form of you.

          • Tamerlane

            The Chinese are allowed to wander back and forth you utter imbecile, there’s a treaty that gives Manchu foraging rights either side of the border, hence their right to take wood.

            Do you just look at a map and find the names of obscure places, make up stories to go with them and then write it down because you think it makes you look clever? Yes you do.

          • Cyril Sneer

            You really are quite the ignoramus.

        • ClausewitzTheMunificent

          Whereas you globalist R2P’er war criminals defend your masters out of the goodness of your hearts.

    • Cyril Sneer

      Fascist loving Ukie boy still hurting after losing half his country.

      • G.

        Are you o.k. comrade Chapaev?
        Things must be really bad at home if you have to chase a week old comments of others and to call historians and explorers of 17th-21st centuries “ukie fascists”. Have a beet, tovarisch. They are diuretic.

  • Father Todd Unctious

    Putin is the faceless apparatchik at the top of a pyramid of appalling corruption and deceit. Russia is failing badly as a state. Demographics mean it will be unable to field an army by 2040. Unable to police its borders even now. A 20% Muslim population and a people ground down by the dishonesty of their culture. The rich just want to leave.

    • http://www.only9sixty.blogspot.co.uk yesterdaytodayforever

      The views of people with a direct knowledge of the country tend to contrast sharply those of people whose facile armchair expertise is based on nothing more than an uncritical lapping up of western misinformation (largely motivated by Russia’s failure to be enthusiastic about homosexual marriage).

      • Father Todd Unctious

        Read Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsevs. Shocking .

        • ClausewitzTheMunificent

          I’d rather not read that steaming pile of horsemanure, thank you very much. I’m certain that it’s very shocking, in the way that unsubstantied and unsourced sensational claims usually are. Peter Pomerantsev conveniently ignores the “political technology” and outright cheating under Yeltsin, who falsified the 1996 election, and completely disregards the rather inconvenient fact that political media manipulation and corruption is a serious problem even in “enlightened” Western Europe and America. Or do you find rosy the current media landscape in Europe and America?

          • Father Todd Unctious

            ButPeters book is based on his experiences of living and working in Russia as an investigative journalist over a period of 11 years. What is unsubstantiated?

          • ClausewitzTheMunificent

            Context is important because the book is used as a political weapon against the Russian government and is not an impartial look at the state of affairs in Russia. Moreover, as I pointed out, the Yeltsin scandals are very important in assessing the extent to which Putin is personally responsible for the state of Russian politics, or indeed its direction. If it was Yeltsin who “murdered democracy”, shelled and cowed the Duma, centralised decision making and introduced the concept of Media “political technology” (also known and widespread in the West as good old PR propaganda / branding) how can Putin be blamed for the mess caused by his predecessor? At the very least, he shold be accorded the same treatment by the obviously impartial “standard bearers of democracy” in the “West” who got on so well with Yeltsin.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Nonsense. Russia has always manipulated it’s media in the most sinister of ways. Yeltsin did not invent it. He just carried on with more of the same. Your efforts to portray Russia as benign are more than ridiculous and as dubious as their clumsy violent diplomacy.

          • ClausewitzTheMunificent

            You can only claim this nonsese if you believe there is no difference between the Soviet Union and the Russian state which tumbled rather unsteadily out of the carcass of the former. Russia in 1991 was about as “free” as it had ever been and almost as free as one could be, but Yeltsin’s abuses of power and those of his and the West’s associates conspired wether knowingly or otherwise to weaken Russian democracy. It is the great formative experience of 1991-1999 which necessatited the arrival of a Putin to restore stability and growth and which makes the Russians so uncomfortable about Western fomented catastrophic “democracy”.

      • justejudexultionis

        Regardless of Russia’s stance on homosexuality, the country is facing demographic collapse and cannot last indefinitely.

    • tairo

      According to your post, there are no so many differences between Russia and the West…, I am not getting your point… You should explain yourself in a better way.

      • Father Todd Unctious

        Russia is a Christian Orthodox culture. All such cultures , including Greece, Armenia and Ethiopia are cultures of revenge. In the West we have cultures of co-operation. Russians assume everyone is selfish and corrupt. This excuses and explains there own individual dishonesty . Russians do not trust even close family members. There time is spent in denial and in elaborate lies.
        It is a country barely able to function ,with no proper legal system . Forty per cent of young men actively avoid conscription. They have no loyalty to their Mafia overlords.

        • Tamerlane

          How long did you live there?

          • Father Todd Unctious

            How long did you?. How long have you lived in the Muslim Middle East, or Ireland or Sicily, or Poland or China, or Japan, or Lebsnon or Belgium or Switzerland? Or any of the places you claim to know all about.
            You are just a rude liar. Beneath contempt. We spurn you like we spurn rabid dogs.

          • Tamerlane

            I lived in Moscow about three years, Novgorod one, Jeddah around two, Dublin just the one year, Warsaw a year, Beijing twice for six months and Honkers once for a year, Lebanon I spent six months in approx between 1995-1996, Switzerland I was in yesterday funnily enough hence I was silent for the last three days, Zurich on Mon/Tues and Geneva Weds/Thurs and since it’s topical today Belgrade I was in for about three years.
            Keep it up.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Rubbish. Nobody believes a total liar.

          • Tamerlane

            I’m better educated than you. Better travelled than you. More intelligent than you. More successful than you. It eats you alive and I just love it.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            ….and oh so modest. That is what appeals Tammy. Your self effacing understatement and kindness.

          • Cyril Sneer

            hahaha he really gets under your skin.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Not really. He is more an irritant, a rash, than a full blown infection.

          • Lawrence James.

            Self evident.

          • Mr B J Mann

            Thirteen years, six months and three days doesn’t equal a hundred years!

          • Cyril Sneer

            Not only do you suck at life you also suck at simple maths.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            How? I am excellent at maths after years playing darts and work as a demographer.

          • Lawrence James.

            ‘We’ ? Are there more than one of you ? Have you by any chance had an encounter with a rabid dog. If so it explains much.

          • Cyril Sneer

            That’ll be his wife Yvonne. A right munter apparently.

          • Cyril Sneer

            I think Tamerlane touched a nerve.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Just probing some of his habitual lies.

        • Lawrence James.

          Vapid generalisations.

        • Mr B J Mann

          So Putin was getting revenge on Assad while the west were co-operating with him.

          Just like they co-operated with the Kurds in Iraq.

          Not to mention the way they co-operated with Gaddafi.

          Good to know that in the West we have cultures of co-operation.

          Not a culture of revenge.

          Not to mention selfishness, corruption and dishonesty.

          You’re a right banker!

      • Le Ruscino

        Father Todd has’t the faintest idea about Russia !

        • UKSteve

          There are people from Russia on here who don;t have the faintest idea about Russia.

          • ClausewitzTheMunificent

            Then there’s people like you Steve, who don’t have the faintest idea about the UK.

          • UKSteve

            And then there are clueless imbeciles like you, who spout hilariously erroneous drivel in every post, without fail.

          • UKSteve

            And then there are clueless imbeciles like you, who spout hilariously erroneous drivel in every post, without fail.

          • Cyril Sneer

            Steve your paid troll accusations are pathetic.

            But like the child you are you think it’s clever don’t you stevey boy.

    • Lawrence James.

      Sounds familiar ! A paraphrase of Hitler in 1941 who spoke about kicking the door down and the whole rotten structure will collapse. He kicked, it didn’t, and four years after Stalin was standing on Frederick the Great’s parade ground at Potsdam. But you are in good company: a Swedish king and a Corsican upstart.

      • Father Todd Unctious

        No one is suggesting attacking Russia, even though it’s record in war is patchy. The realists are simply waiting for demographics and lack of will to Balkanize it.

        • http://www.only9sixty.blogspot.co.uk yesterdaytodayforever

          You recommended a book to me. For a genuine insight into Russian politics in the 21st century, I suggest you take a look at this BBC documentary, ‘Russian Godfathers’, first broadcast in the autumn of 2005: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLPxyDlQfBc

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Eleven years out of date. Does it explain how corrupt Russia is today?

          • RMM

            Europe contributed to the destabilisation of the Middle East. Now the ME is hitting back, and Europe is turning the other cheek.
            Soon Erdogan will make short work of Europe.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            How?

        • RMM

          Why not check the demographics of Russia and compare them to those in Western countries? You’ll be surprised at the story that the data tells you.

        • Lawrence James.

          A ‘patchy’ war record ? Tell that to the Swedes, the Turks, the Germans and the people of the Khanates of central Asia. Your knowledge of Russian history is threadbare which explains but does not excuse your comments.

        • Mr B J Mann

          You mean provide air cover for Mujahadeen and Jihadis as with Bosnia?!

    • Le Ruscino

      Reading & swallowing too much Western Spin & propaganda to write that comment me thinks!
      Research some independently verifiable statistics & maybe just maybe have the courage to go & visit? Russia’s economy is still running on a surplus & their reserves increasing with their biggest worry being low oil prices & not sanctions – in reality when oil prices hit $60/bbl they will be booming again – GDP measured in PPP terms their economy was bigger than Germany in 2014 & guess what Russia is NOT our enemy? We wrecked their currency & it didn’t kill them & in fact it turned to Russia’s advantage creating a boom in import replacement which will take about 2 years to fully kick in. See http://www.tradingeconomics.com/russia/indicators

      When the Soviet Union fell the CIA plan was to split Russia into 40 small & controllable states & they financed & created an oligarchy to cleverly & legally take over all the state assets resulting in 80% of Russia’s income being diverted to the US. Putin set about untying these knots in 2004 & got the income back in 2008 in majority & has been systematically gelding the oligarchs – Right now Russia is in all respects unbeatable both militarily & economically yet still Russia is NOT our enemy.

      • Father Todd Unctious

        Were you paid to say this nonsense? Cheats and liars all of you.

        • Le Ruscino

          Seemingly you are insane or can’t research?

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Perhaps you could help my research into why Orthodox cultures are corrupt. But then as a Russian you would cynically want to rip me off and take revenge for my stepping out of line.

          • RMM

            The Orthodox cultures may not be perfect, but they are definitely doing better morally than the Catholic cultures.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Do explain. Catholics tend to be more honest and tend to trust more than Greeks or Russians.

          • justejudexultionis

            The Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches pedal a heretical variety of Christianity with an undeveloped theory of substitutionary penal atonement.

          • turriseburnea

            Oh, sure, and you’re a great and prestigious theologian.

          • Tamerlane

            He’s a Respect Party activist, of course he hates the Russians and the Orthodox, they’re the only one’s who really stand up to his agenda.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            No I am not . You bare faced liar.

          • Tamerlane

            Yes you are and it’s wonderful to note from other comments how many people now understand this.

          • Cyril Sneer

            Be a man for the first time in your life.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Be a human for once Russian lover.

        • G.

          These people are by nature prone to deception, only a strong beating subdues it…” – Richard Chancellor, the English explorer.
          “… They are leaning toward evil, easy to lie and steal,” – Rafael Barberini, “Travel to Muscovy”, 1565
          “Ordinary human virtues are strange, incomprehensible to Muscovites that they consider the hypocrisy to be of high virtue …
          The Muscovy is always and everywhere possible for a little money to find false witnesses who will swear on the cross and the Gospel in the Church…” – Baron Sigismund Herberstein.
          “Russian are cunning and insidious, for all their virtues are actually the result of pretense and deceit .. The Russians are always on their guard against truth which they dread … Who will dare to love truth who will defend it in a country where idolatry is the principle of the constitution … .How could liberty be given to men whose acquaintance with social laws is about on a level with that of the trees and plants…” – Marquis de Custine, a French writer (1790 – 1857 years.)
          And about Kremlin shills purporting as Americans/Westerners in all American/Western blogosphere:
          “Tribe Muscovite abilities are even more cunning … if they ever trade with foreigners, in order to maintain greater trust they will not call themselves Muscovites, but pretend to be foreigners from elsewhere…” – Alessandro Guagnini, Polish-Italian historian, 1578.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Excellent post. Thank you for this. I am heartily tired of the Russian Embassy shills who spend all day telling lies on behalf of their Mafia leaders. Russia is and always has been a culture of deception and resentfulness. Nothing has changed. Do not trust them. Ever.

          • Tamerlane

            And Mrs Yvonne/Barry eloped with a Ruski one cold winter night, don’t forget that bit.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            For some bizarre reason you are seriously irked by my low opinion of Russia. Odd for a supposedly loyal Brit.

          • Cyril Sneer

            Maybe it’s because you’re a russophobic liar.

          • RMM

            Russia is the healthiest country in Europe. And very fortunately, for the West, which does not seem to be able to protect itself from terrorism.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Ha flipping ha. You ridiculous fool.

          • justejudexultionis

            Russia is facing long-term demographic collapse, but then again, so are Germany and Italy.

          • ClausewitzTheMunificent

            And in Britain you’re just lying to yourself by importing millions of foreigners. Don’t think it’s to healthy for the “glorious” Anglo-Saxons, either. Come to think of it most of Europe is suffering this collapse. On a positive note, the Russian demographic rate is among the healthiest in Europe as of 2015.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            No it isn’t. Russia has the same population as it had 30 years ago. It has fallen 6 million in a decade and only rose because of the annexing of Crimea. Male life expectancy is only 65. The fertility rate at 1.75 per woman is far below the 2.14 needed just to replace the population.
            Yes they had a small surplus of births over deaths in the last three years but saw deaths exceed births by 750,000 a year for 23 years before that. The extra births are all among the one in eight Russians who are Muslim.

          • ClausewitzTheMunificent

            The fertility rate of 1.75 is much better than that registered in most countries in Europe, which is the only relevant one in the context. The much maligned Chinese over whom you appear hysterical will be much reduced in numbers from 2030 as a result of the 1 child policy. Moreover, you claim that most surplus births are from Muslims as though to be Muslim and a good Russian were mutually incompatible, which they are not. But most importantly you are outright falsifying the statistics, because Muslims do not make up a disproprortionate number of births. The comparison to 30 years ago is fallacious given the demographic and social catastrophe of the 1990’s. Since 2000 the trend has reversed itself and was even optimistic in 2008 and then in 2013 – before the current economic war on the Russian Federation.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            To be a good Muslim and good Russian is incompatible. I am not falsifying statistics there are plenty of analyses available in the endless articles about Russia’s demographic crisis.
            I know you are in denial about your countries failings but the trend was most definitely not reversed in 2000. Russia had a further deficit of 5 million births between 2000 and 2011.

          • Cyril Sneer

            You really are a prize d ckhead.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            I notice as soon as Tamerlane said he’d be away for a few days ( because the boss to!d him he had exceeded his shill post maximum), you appeared. 70 posts in a day is only rivalled by Tamerlane the arch troll.

          • Cyril Sneer

            So says the ukie fascist.

      • Frank

        “Russia is unbeatable both militarily and economically” – that is quite funny. Keep taking the medicine and rationality may eventually return.

        • Le Ruscino

          Name one area of Military Tech where the West has an advantage over Russia ? When you study a bit you’ll be shocked how far the Russians are ahead of us these days. On economics the figures do all the talking.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Manpower. Spending. Conventional forces. Navies. There that’s four.

          • UKSteve

            Ludicrous comment. The UK’s Type 45 anti-air destroyer is regarded as the world’s most sophisticated warship. Our Astute class subs have sonar that can detect a boat sailing up the East River in New York. While it is sitting docked in Portsmouth (England).

            We have the world’s most sophisticated battlefield and tactical management hardware and software that could run a war from the back of a small van.

            You were saying?

          • Le Ruscino

            Can your Type 45 handle an incoming SS Sunburn Missile ? Nope !! No floating warship can………….US Navy even admits it !!

            Can we find & track Borei Class subs – nope US Navy calls them “Black Holes” & they carry nuclear ICBMs

            What’s the speed of the West’s fastest Torpedo? – 65knts & Russian is 300knts, the VA-111 Shkval !! – You waking up yet?

            What fried USS Donald Cook electrics with Aegis on board while it came to show dominance in Crimea on April 10th 2014? Answer Khibiny L-175V !! do some research on why the ship had to limp into Constanta & swear the crew to secrecy!!!

            In the air the entire World knows without question that Russia is No. 1 – US admit that in any conflict Russia would take air superiority in 24hrs – Research.

            See the latest RS-26 Missile & why the West has ZERO defence against it.

            I could go on & give example by example with references !

          • UKSteve

            “I could go on & give example by example with references !”

            Why don’t you provide some for the Tass / Pravda propaganda / garbage you’ve spouted above? Not a single link.

            Like this: http://www.pravdareport.com/russia/economics/25-11-2014/129124-russia_borei_class_submarine-0/

            It’s all BS – not one credible, independent news source / think tank / defence report to support the garbage you typed – it is all state owned / operated blogs in Pakistan, China, etc.

            A recent report on the new Tupolev bomber claimed it can “reach Mach 4 in seconds” – not physically possible, unless their using “alien” technology.

            Fairiy stories for children in love with Putin.

            Next…..

          • Le Ruscino

            Such a sore loser !

            Do your research your self you lazy git & start with this http://investmentwatchblog.com/new-russian-submarines-are-so-silent-that-the-u-s-navy-calls-them-black-holes/

          • UKSteve

            A link to a site that links to other sites, all either Russia Today or Russian propaganda / funded sites.

            How incredibly pathetic. How much is Vladimir paying you to peddle this fantasist horsedung?

          • Mr B J Mann

            “Our Astute class subs have sonar that can detect a boat sailing up the East River in New York. While it is sitting docked in Portsmouth (England).”

            That’s handy.

            As what what few serviceable ships a subs our navy still has can’t afford to sail out of port!

            “We have the world’s most sophisticated battlefield and tactical management hardware and software that could run a war from the back of a small van.”

            That’s not so handy as the MoD says it can’t afford to hire even a small van!!

            You were saying?!?

          • UKSteve

            I was in discussion with adults – which is why you were excluded.

            I think this site is more for you.

          • Mr B J Mann

            Clearly you didn’t learn anything from your discussions.

    • Tamerlane

      Balls. Read this crap twenty years ago.

      • Father Todd Unctious

        …and failed to understand it 20 years ago too,by the look of it. You have so little knowledge of Russia it is boring even discussing it with you.

        • Tamerlane

          You are an ignorant foul mouthed racist.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            How does that insult follow what I said?

          • Tamerlane

            It’s not an insult, it’s a statement of fact. You are an odious racist.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            I have absolutely nothing to do with the idiot publicity seeker Galloway. You liar.

          • Tamerlane

            We all know full well that’s not true. You are a Respect Party activist, tricked into revealing yourself and so you changed your name. It’s an old story by now, it’s why you accuse everyone else of being a shill – because you are the shill here.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Who is we? When was I tricked? Why did you seek to trick anyone? What was your motivation forvthis attempt to misrepresent me? Why do persist in repeating these lies?
            Other than a misplaced rage at being repeatedly shown up as an uneducated charlatan.

          • Tamerlane

            Now , now, steady, run out of script for this one Galloway man?

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Come on then let’s have the evidence.

          • Lawrence James.

            ‘Script’ – this suggests thought and preparation. Rather we have the mind-numbing repeating of invention, surmise, mindless prejudice and Russophobic fantasies.

          • Lawrence James.

            Judgement – you flatter the man.

          • Cyril Sneer

            You’re an ignorant racist goon. A standard respect supporter.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Cyril is a Russian name isn’t it? Or is just a preference for Russian deceit?

          • Cyril Sneer

            Well said.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Are you a total idiot ,or just a bit of an idiot? It is hard to tell through the grunting uninformed rudeness. Perhaps you are Russian.

    • RMM

      Putin will save the Middle East, and Europe as well – even against her zombie politicians.

      • ClausewitzTheMunificent

        I wouldn’t count on it. It is ridiculous to expect him to pull our chestnuts out of the fire. Though the Russians hardly look favourably on the destruction of Western Europe, their cultural cousins and potentially greatest trading partners, I don’t see what they could do to stop us from committing suicide.

    • Cyril Sneer

      It must hurt to have your neo-liberal ambitions stopped in Syria.

      Now your ISIS friends have lost Palmyra to the Syrian army and Raqqa is next and the end of ISIS in Syria.
      Ooh thats gotta hurt.

      • Father Todd Unctious

        I am not a neo Liberal. I have no friends in ISIS. You seem to be just a rude liar.
        I’m sure it is just a coincidence that Tammy has disappeared after being outed as a stalker for targetting 130 posts at me in 5 days, and suddenly you appear to make a comment on every one of my posts and to concur with his gross idiocy.

  • Zalacain

    Putin is the very definition of a paper tiger. A disastrous economy cannot maintain a strong military for a long time. It amazes me that people like Taki are unable to see this but maybe, it shouldn’t.

    • Frank

      Taki always talks about his admiration for the waffen ss, so probably only natural that he should fall under the sway of the shirtless wonder from Leningrad. The only surprising thing is that Spectator should continue to commission articles from him!

      • Father Todd Unctious

        It is disgusting. He is a disgrace.

        • Tamerlane

          Who Taki or your racism?

        • RMM

          A very interesting article – and pat on, as the facts on the ground prove.

          Palmyra is liberated. Soon Raqqa will be free from Daesh. Iraq is also advancing against Daesh. Good show, Putin. Shame on you, Obama – and Hammond, etc.

          • Richard Young

            Hammond.The guy who when asked why the UK was involving itself in Afghanistan said with a straight face”To keep the streets of Britain safe” A career apparatchik.

          • UKSteve

            LMAO!

            “Facts”? Russia isn’t in Syria to bomb ISIS, fool.

          • NATOcracy

            And who did more than two hundred attacks in a last few days in Palmyra?
            The US?
            They are plowing down there.

        • peter6218

          Just because Taki isn’t a cultural Marxist doesn’t mean that he is ” disgusting ” .

      • peter6218

        Well the Spectator was taken over by the cultural Marxists with their globalist agenda about ten years ago but fortunately it does allow a little freedom of speech.

      • ClausewitzTheMunificent

        Of course the Waffen-SS while involved in war crimes, does have an interesting combat record, in particular the volunteer battalions. They fought with great skill as well as with great cruelty during the war. But of course this is all purely academic and incidental since I don’t remember ever hearing of Taki’s “admiration” of such. I suppose you’re another one of these moral equivalence people trying to equate Nazism and Stalinism? Sad to see that this dangerous myth lives on.

        • Frank

          Not sure what you are talking about. You clearly don’t read Taki’s articles with any great regularity as he usually manages to shoehorn some approving mention of the German military machine into his articles.

          • ClausewitzTheMunificent

            And? The German military machine comprised many aspects, of which the Waffen-SS are but one, and a rather small one at that. Moreover, the Waffen-SS were originally a paramilitary organisation and remained outside the political and operational control of the Armed Forces, a sort of Praetorian Guard whose rise was the direct result of Himmler’s power struggle with the military leadership and the other party bigwigs. Admiration for the effectiveness of the German military machine != admiration for a particular paramilitary organisation within the whole structure. Finally, what is wrong with admiring the German operational successes of 1939-41, and tactical successes of 1942-44? Denying them is merely to falsify history, and bury one’s head in the sand. Rather than learning from the success, pretend it didn’t happen instead! Perhaps that is why most armies in the world today can’t fight their way out of a paper bag, and certainly cannot provide their leadership with the enormous range of political options which Hitler had at his disposal at the height of his military success in 1941 up to early 1943.

          • Frank

            You really are quite strange.

          • Frank

            You really are quite strange.

          • Frank

            You really are quite strange.

          • Frank

            You really are quite strange.

        • Richard Young

          My great uncle was in the Scots Guards during Normandy.His section captured a Waffen SS trooper who was pulled up in front of a Guards captain.The SS trooper promptly spat in the captains face.I’ll edit the rest.Unbelievable soldiers in a vile cause.

    • Dryermartinithanyours

      Zalacain, you are just hilarious. Can’t fault the military strategy so you go after the economy. Why do we hate the Russians so much? We’ve made sure that they know we won the Cold War ever since 1990, pushing and prodding and trying to claw back the empire we feared just as much before as after Lenin, excluding them, giving our support to their former drunk president who facilitated the rape of their country. And the people who profited most from the fall of the Soviet regime have been the largest crooks, hence the peoples’ support Putin. And we can’t stand it. Is it their ‘otherness’ we can’t stand? Their worldly realism vs our effete and ineffectual unrealism? And when they prove success in an area we’ve dithered to the point of global tragedy, down fall such comments like rain from a groupthink digital cloud, from people who’ve been told what to think by our own lackluster politicians and politically correct media, more Marxist than the Soviets, and dutifully fall in line.

      • Zalacain

        You’d have to be a bit of an idiot not to understand that a critique of Putin has nothing to do with my view of the Russian people.

        • Dryermartinithanyours

          Well, I think that just shows you’re a genius and I’m a bit of a fool. Congratulations.

      • G.

        If Russians don’t want to be hated, they need to stop being barbarians, to learn to respect sovereignty of other countries, to stop invading their neighbors to annex their territories, because there is no nation around them who didn’t already suffer from their hand.
        All they do is ruses, provocations, invasions, blatant lying, stabbing in the back, denying, blaming everybody else in own actions, propaganda, more propaganda, cheap posturing, threats by nukes….
        “Otherness” you say? – was this “otherness” ever marked by anything besides willingness to invade neighbors and to cause destruction? What other nation is still in 21st Century is sobbing for lost empire and tries to re-conquer it piece by piece, because it doesn’t care to make use of own territories and resources?
        Who needs their “military strategy” in this day and age when Russian economy is puny 1.5% of Global and infrastructure is in par with poorest African countries? What “success in an area” – carpet bombing of hospitals, schools and goat sheds? What “worldly realism” from the country that is #1 in the World on alcoholism and heroin use, with ghost towns and villages where nobody younger than 20-21 is alive, in country where 50% of men die in their 50s?
        Russian “military strategy” historically has been the same: barbaric, resulted from disregard of human life: covering battlefield with corpses of their soldiers, thus old saying “to shower the enemy with hats”. Check their casualties during any past war, including that with Hitler or Napoleon.
        “The peoples’ support Putin”? Read Russian blogs of up to 2014, when Kremlin in preparations to invasion of Ukraine started propaganda machine full steam and shot down any opposition: there was descent everywhere, “Thief #1” was the nicest name “peoples’ ” called him and his cronies in Kremlin. Read about 2011-2012 protests, about falsificated elections – Russians are only twice as poor now and reported “love” is just that: reported by Kremlin-owned/controlled Media and army of hired Internet propagandists.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          So well put I could cry.

          • Tamerlane

            Translate it back into Russian then hot shot.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Why?

          • Tamerlane

            Because you’re being a patronising git and you can’t.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            29 of your 33 posts today aimed at me. You are being obsessive in your stalking now.
            That makes 130 in a week.

          • Tamerlane

            Not to worry Yvonne/Barry I’m off to Moscow in the morning and out of action for a few days so you’ve a bit of time to lick your wounds. But don’t worry… I’ll be back!
            Spoki!

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Rubbish. Why would anyone believe a proven liar. You are simp!y embarrassed by the ridiculous number of stalking comments you have made and your bosses have told you to our low for a bit.
            Crawl back under your stone. The closest you have ever been to Russia is a bottle cheap Vodka from Aldi.

          • Mr B J Mann

            Not that you’re counting, eh?!

          • Cyril Sneer

            Good. I hope he continues to troll you.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            I see he has handed the baton to you you creepy simpleton.

        • Bonkim

          Utter Rubbish – Both Ukrainians and Russians are Slavs; Ukraine is practically bankrupt and was trying to get the EU to save it and failed. It is old Catholic versus Orthodox divide;

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Ukraine is Orthodox. There are three Orthodox Churches there. Kievan and Moscow patriarchies and the Autocephalous Church with 35 million adherents. The Greek Catholic church has about 4 million adherents. The Latin rite has fewer than 300,000. So what “old divide” do you mean?

          • Bonkim

            Yes of those that follow Christianity majority is Orthodox but Ukraine is mostly (over 62%) Atheistic.

            “Ukraine in religious geography lies on the boundaries separating Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Islamic spheres of influence. Traces of the cultural influence of Catholic Lithuania and Poland, of Kievan and Muscovite Orthodoxy, and of Tatar and Ottoman Islam combine with the Soviet legacy[citation needed] of promoting atheism to shape the various present-day beliefs and professed beliefs of Ukrainian citizens.”

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Ukraine

          • Father Todd Unctious

            You said Ukraine v Russia was Catholic v Orthodox. I am trying to work out which one is the Catholic .
            75% of Ukrainians believe in God. 40% claim to adhere to Orthodoxy and 5% to Catholicism. Ukraine is an Orthodox nation.

          • Bonkim

            Of no consequence – they were part of the Polish Empire once and the Catholic Church had poisoned much of Estern Europe – Ukrainians and also Slovaks, Hungarians and also polish collaborated with the Nazis. Religion lost its importance during the Soviet era.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            You think it is of no relevance that in your bitter Catholic v Orthodox feud both sides are Orthodox. Because centuries ago one side did have a few Catholics.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            So you say the fact that Ukraine is majority Orthodox is” of no consequence”because they are really Catholics.

          • Mr B J Mann

            Polish collaborated with the Nazis?

            This would be the 3 million non Jewish Poles who “volunteered” for the gas chambers?

            Or the ones who fought them in the Battle of Britain, North Africa, Arnhem, Italy…….

            Or perhaps you’re thinking of the ones who got early information on Enigma and extermination camps out to the West….

        • Dryermartinithanyours

          It seems to me. G., you and likely your family have a history with the Soviet Union, as with some State Department and CIA people I know, never to forget and always to remain vengeful. Perhaps in Ukraine. I worked on post-Soviet affairs from the US and European side and experienced two types of people in the West at that time: those whose abiding long-term, inter-generational hatred of the communist regime meant they would do anything to pull the Russian Commonwealth down to perpetual weakness now that they were already down – and by the way were willing to weaken the Ukraine and Georgia if need be to achieve that goal; and those whose naivety favored “Shock Therapy” which nearly led to the renewed collapse of the country and a fascist take-over in 1997. But on-subject, rather than decrying the failings of the Soviet society, if you could explain how much more effective Western policy has been in the Middle East, we’re all eager to learn, because the lessons are obscure. And if you can also characterize how much more robust is US society, that would help too. Because to me the Soviet Union and US – whose leftists have, ironically, imbibed so much Soviet era Marxism they are more Soviet than the Soviets – seem to me two sides of the same coin, experiments of equal success. Having lived in The Bronx, Carnarsie in Queens, downtown Manhattan, Philadelphia and Miami, having worked in the WTC and recommended its car park be closed to the public after Gulf War I, having commented to friends in New Orleans on a visit in 1991 that if ever the levee broke civil war would also break out within 10 minutes, and having experienced how vengeful US intelligence people to folks on their own side when they feel like it, I have some experience.

        • Izya

          Ahaha, you’re definitely from Ukraine. But this typical set of delusional fairy tales about barbarian, poor, drunk, dying Russia is just mad dreams.
          1) About barbarian.If Russia wanted to re-conquer a “lost empire” piece by piece, it would attach whole Georgia and whole Ukraine as soon as this possibility appeared, and nobody could prevent this.
          2) About “carpet bombing of hospitals, schools and goat sheds”….. It’s a blabla like stories about Saddam’s chemical weapon with the same proofs.
          3) About “poorest African countries”. According to this IMF report Russia is right after Germany http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2015/02/weodata/weorept.aspx?sy=2013&ey=2015&sort=subject&ds=.&br=0&pr1.x=46&pr1.y=10&c=512%2C668%2C914%2C672%2C612%2C946%2C614%2C137%2C311%2C962%2C213%2C674%2C911%2C676%2C193%2C548%2C122%2C556%2C912%2C678%2C313%2C181%2C419%2C867%2C513%2C682%2C316%2C684%2C913%2C273%2C124%2C868%2C339%2C921%2C638%2C948%2C514%2C943%2C218%2C686%2C963%2C688%2C616%2C518%2C223%2C728%2C516%2C558%2C918%2C138%2C748%2C196%2C618%2C278%2C624%2C692%2C522%2C694%2C622%2C142%2C156%2C449%2C626%2C564%2C628%2C565%2C228%2C283%2C924%2C853%2C233%2C288%2C632%2C293%2C636%2C566%2C634%2C964%2C238%2C182%2C662%2C453%2C960%2C968%2C423%2C922%2C935%2C714%2C128%2C862%2C611%2C135%2C321%2C716%2C243%2C456%2C248%2C722%2C469%2C942%2C253%2C718%2C642%2C724%2C643%2C576%2C939%2C936%2C644%2C961%2C819%2C813%2C172%2C199%2C132%2C733%2C646%2C184%2C648%2C524%2C915%2C361%2C134%2C362%2C652%2C364%2C174%2C732%2C328%2C366%2C258%2C734%2C656%2C144%2C654%2C146%2C336%2C463%2C263%2C528%2C268%2C923%2C532%2C738%2C944%2C578%2C176%2C537%2C534%2C742%2C536%2C866%2C429%2C369%2C433%2C744%2C178%2C186%2C436%2C925%2C136%2C869%2C343%2C746%2C158%2C926%2C439%2C466%2C916%2C112%2C664%2C111%2C826%2C298%2C542%2C927%2C967%2C846%2C443%2C299%2C917%2C582%2C544%2C474%2C941%2C754%2C446%2C698%2C666&s=PPPGDP&grp=0&a=

          • G.

            Sober up, Russki, and figure what report page 5 in your link belongs to.
            “If Russians want to be considered civilized, why is that they don’t speak language of civilization?” – William Somerset Maugham, Ukrainian.
            ” The Russians are always on their guard against truth which they dread… If they wish to be recognized by the European nations and treated as equals they must by submitting to hear themselves judged…” – Marquis de Custine (also Ukrainian), Russia Volume3

          • Izya

            Typical ukrainian bla-bla again, just pathetic empty words about how rissian are bad. Million citations of very different peoples exists, you can search any one, but you has found about “bad russian” only. Unfortunately I cannot find any old citations about ukrainians, maybe because this nation started to be built last century only.

            I know, today Ukrainian historians try to accuse Russian that they “stole” Ukranian history, and that the Russian are not russian at all. At that, ukrainians rename russian famous persons in a way like they were ukranians. As an exapmle, russian surgeon Nikolay Pirogov (he was born in Russia, learned in Russia, and worked in Russia and for Russia all his live) is known today in Ukraine as a “great ukrainain surgeon Mikola Pirogov” just because in old age he lived near Vinnitsa (this city was in Russin empire then). And all this bullshit is poured into heads of poor ukranians during last 20 years.

            I think Ukranians are a first nation which try to build itself with core idea “why a neighbor is bad”.

        • Mr B J Mann

          “If Russians don’t want to be hated, they need to stop being barbarians, to learn to respect sovereignty of other countries, to stop invading…..

          “What other nation is still in 21st Century sobbing for lost empire and tries to re-conquer it piece by piece, because it doesn’t care to make use of own territories and resources……..

          “What “success in an area” – carpet bombing of hospitals, schools and goat sheds……”

          Perhaps you prefer “precision” bombing of hospitals, schools and goat sheds?

          And old people’s homes, TV studios and embassies.

          From Yugoslavia to Yemen via Afghanistan Twice.

          Did someone mention “need to stop being barbarians, to learn to respect sovereignty of other countries, to stop invading…..

          “What other nation is still in 21st Century sobbing for lost empire and tries to re-conquer it piece by piece, because it doesn’t care to make use of own territories and resources……..”

          Doh!

        • Cyril Sneer

          Does losing Crimea and half of your country still sting? Oh yeah you bet ya.

    • Bonkim

      Russians can do with less and GDP comparisons mean nothing in assessing Russaia’s strength and willingness.

      • Father Todd Unctious

        Brilliant. So now Russians actually aspire to mediocrity and lack of wealth. You couldn’t make it up…….oh hold on, you just did.

        • Bonkim

          Russians are happy the way they are and proud – no need for silly comments from outside..

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Perhaps we could put one of Trumps walls around it and send all the Russians in London, Cyprus, Swizzland and the Riviera back.

          • Bonkim

            Where do you think you will end up?

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Sat on the wall goading the Russians below.

          • Bonkim

            Russians are smarter than you are.

          • Cyril Sneer

            You’re like a child.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            You’re like a Pig.

    • CCCP

      And yet look at the facts please. Russia broke the back of Islamic state for half a year. All previous time (3 years) while you were building the democracy, his power only grew.

      Or actually the strengthening of Islamists is your true goal, or not everything in the world is measured by money.

      • UKSteve

        Utter rubbish. Russia is bombing (innocents) in Syria to support Assad, ISIS casualties are a convenient bonus. I think you’ve watched too much Russian TV news.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          He is a paid Putin shill. No serious commentator thinks this.

          • Lawrence James.

            You are repeating yourself: remarks which were amusingly cranky have now become boring. You keep alleging that your adversaries are being paid. Are you ? If so you paymasters are getting a poor return on their investment,

        • CCCP

          Mind you, I’m not even asking you for links to confirm your claims, because all of them will come from a pair of bloggers who are already not the first year living in London.
          I’m talking about well-known facts. Just turn on the brain and soberly to analyze the indisputable information.

          Also
          You have already found Iraq’s nuclear bomb? You’ve already figured out who spread the anthrax? But I can’t remember how many there were killed innocent people? A hundred thousand or a million?
          But instead of the promised democracy there, until recently, flourished only Islamic State.

          • UKSteve

            “A pair of bloggers”? – you need to see a doctor. There are countless links.

            Iraq? About 500,000 – what has that do with anything, silly person?

          • CCCP

            >> There are countless links.
            Sorry, links to tweets of ISIS scums I do not consider as credible sources.

          • UKSteve

            Ironic you mention credibility, when yours is zero. Still, at least your posts are (unintentionally) hilarious.

          • Cyril Sneer

            Steve you just said the Russians and Syrians are only targeting civilians when Palmyra has just been liberated by the SAA.

            Reality always exposes the liars.

          • CCCP

            Mind you, I’m not saying that astronauts never landed on the moon. I’m talking about well-known facts.

            And you bring the absolute lie as the ultimate truth. Okay, let’s say, I don’t know anything. I live in a country where there is only one TV-channel and КГБ kills everyone who listens to the voice of America (not clear as I read this article?) I want to get a reference to the source. Where the information that Russian aircraft have bombed innocent people was found.

            After presentation of the test tube with white powder of Colin Powell, I’m sorry, I do not believe.

        • Mr B J Mann

          I watch BBC TV news and they keep forgetting to show us bombing (innocents) in Yemen to support Saudi!

          • UKSteve

            I wouldn’t know what the BBC does / doesn’t show, gave up TV 12 years ago.

          • Mr B J Mann

            Yes, from your earlier “reply” to me you seem to be more familiar with CBABIES, or whatever it’s called, on the web!

        • Cyril Sneer

          “Utter rubbish. Russia is bombing (innocents) in Syria to support Assad,”

          How would that support the SAA?

          Oh what happened in Palmyra? ISIS defeated by Assad’s men. But hang on they’re only bombing civilians in support of the SAA… look Steve it doesn’t make an sense. Are you a man or a 12 year old boy?

          Why do you have to be so dishonest?

  • AdrianM

    The West has been poisoned by soft and navel-gazing liberalism and is paying the price. Putin may be many things, but he is not a man to dabble in this terrible mindset. It is better to be wrong by actions, than to be wrong by procrastination and self doubt.

    • Father Todd Unctious

      Putin is a misguided second rate politician advised by third rate liars.

      • AdrianM

        I take it you’re not a Putin fan then?

        • Father Todd Unctious

          I think he is an utter joke.

        • UKSteve

          Who is? He’s a gangster.

          • AdrianM

            My comment was more about Western policy paralysis than Mr Putin’s alleged ‘gangsterism’. Mr Putin just happens to be an apposite example of much needed decisiveness, and a lesson to over-liberal and weak Western governments. Governing by consensus, is not leadership.

          • ClausewitzTheMunificent

            I think the lesson is: it depends on whose consensus :)

          • AdrianM

            Please elaborate?

        • Tamerlane

          He’s a Respect Party activist. Go figure.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            No I am not. I do this all on my own. I know you wish it was a conspiracy. But it is just one bloke who is much better informed than you and your Wikipedia finger.

          • Tamerlane

            Nice try. You were tricked into outing yourself a long time ago, it’s why you changed your name Yvonne/Stuart Barry-Hargreaves.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            But you know that is a lie you made up. Maybe you too are Russian.
            Remember when you sent queit for 4 weeks when you were outed as a shill?

          • Cyril Sneer

            Um yes you did change your name from Yvonne/Stuart Barry-Hargreaves.

            Stop being do damn dishonest.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            I have never denied that. I changed it because it was too long for the Disqus profile. I was also Ian Beale-Steeplecoque and Sir Vincent Smythe Obleson. I change my moniker regularly for comic effect. Unlike you shills who adopt multiple guises at once and uptick your own crass mumblings.

          • Tamerlane

            Nonsense. You repeatedly changed it over a three week period after you were tricked into exposing yourself as a Respect Party activist in the forlorn hope it would cover your trail. Sadly for you yvonnestuart etc is on your Disqus page…with you permanently. The only comic effect was in watching you try to wriggle off yet another hook you hooked yourself on.

      • JPVan

        That may all be true but context is important. Turning away from politics, Putin is beyond doubt a gifted leader and warlord comparable to some notables of the past. With our logistical support, he would handle his half of taking down ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, al Shabab, etc. if we could find and empower a complementary leader from within the weaselly, knock-kneed Western establishment. A fast riser in the US military is Gen. Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti but he’s on ice like other military leaders in the West until the rules of engagement change.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          You said gifted leader and Putin in the same sentence. Tee hee.

      • Pip

        Ignorant foolish sentiments.

      • Bonkim

        But he acts – and usually wins. The one who puts foot forward first usually wins.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          Putin is a total disaster for Russia as he lines his and his cliques pockets. He allowed the collapse of the ,rouble, the extension of Western sanctions, the hastening of Ukraine’s joining of the EU, the loss of any warm water ports in Iran to China, the continued haemhorraging of moral in their military, the ossification of their navy ( just the one air craft carrier and 20,000 miles of coast).
          He is a complete clot at diplomacy, for which see his cynical downing of the Malaysian airplane and equally clumsy invasion of Crimea. His reputation has been shot to smithereens. Jumped up nonentity.

          • Bonkim

            Crimea has been Russian all through history, Russia did not shoot down the plane – casualty of the civil war and the plane should not have take that route – all sensible planes avoided Ukraine.

            Ukraine is a criminal state – corrupt and the EU will not want it for a long time.

            And regardless of all you say russians love Putin – that is what counts – not your silly opinion.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            You little liar. Are you a Russian too? Crimea was annexed by Russia in 1783. They ethnically cleansed it of Tatars and it only became majority Russian in 1955. Legally it is now part of Ukraine.

          • Bonkim

            O.K same time the European migrants moved to North America and got rid of the native population.

            We better organize a repatriation of the European Immigrants back to their home land and let the American indian have their lands back. That would be fair.

            You must be a Catholic to support the corrupt regime in Ukraine.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Europeans migrated to the Americas in 1500 not 1783.

          • Bonkim

            The bulk of the Territories were opened up after the civil War and the vast majority in immigrants arrived in the 1800s when famine and wrs ravaged Europe and in the early 20th century. The 1500s saw Spanish expansion and early European adventurers. The first English settlement (Pilgrim Fathers) was in 1620.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Population of the 13 colonies in 1775 was 2.5 million. About a third that of Great Britain.

          • NATOcracy

            The Russians conquered Crimea in the 10th century.

            “and it only became majority Russian in 1955”

            You better check some censuses, you look ignorant and stupid.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Russia did not exist until about 1380 and the Battle of Kulikovo when there’s defeated the Mongol Horde. So conquering Crimea 400 years earlier would be impossible.

          • NATOcracy

            That was Rus’ ( a very strange name ) and the Greeks ( Byzant) made some agreements with them calling them like that. Their leader married a sister of the Byzantine Emperor and that was unseen before, a princess married to a ‘pagan’ even if he was baptised at Crimea.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Crimea was conquered at various times by Scythians, Greeks, Romans, Huns ,Bulgar’s and Khazars. It became Khanate of the Golden Horde and was briefly controlled by Kiev. But never by Russia until 1783.
            Please don’t seek to rewrite history to suit Putin’s current diplomacy.

          • NATOcracy

            And who were those people? How did they call themselves?
            I’ll help you, They called themselves Rusini, Rusichi, Ruskie.

            From “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign”

            “O Russian land, you are already behind the culmen!”

            “With their vermilion shields, Rusichi have barred the great prairie, seeking for themselves honor, and for their prince glory”

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Wow. You are conflating myth and legend with real history. But then Russians only ever deal in fantasy.

          • NATOcracy

            Which part you don’t understand? A real historical event was described there and that is not the point, the point is how they were calling their land and themselves.
            You can also search Russo-Byzantine treaties from 911, 945 and 977 and read.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Not Russo numpty, Rus. Rus was the name the Byzantines gave to the Ukrainians of Kiev.

          • Tamerlane

            Again balls, Rus is a Finnish word, has nothing to do with the Byzantines who called them Varangians.

            Do you just make it up as you go along? Yes you do.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            You have it backwards Varangians were from the Baltic . Varangian is what Greeks called the Vikings. Rus was also a Greek word but taken from the Finnish Rootsi meaning rowers.

          • Tamerlane

            Varangians were indeed from the Baltic but the Byzantines didn’t get that and saw them all as one, hence Russians (sic) became Varangians which makes studying that region via Byzantine sources a very complex matter, perhaps that’s what’s confused you, don’t sweat it, a common mistake for rookies but you’ll learn. There is no mention whatsoever of the word Rus in any Byzantine source, which had you studied the Byzantines properly you would know.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Only, your own Wikipedia that you felt onto pretend to any knowledge lusts the Slavic and the Greek spellings.
            I am glad you have clarified it though. There can be no Russian claim to Crimea going back over 1,000 years because then they were Vikings. Perhaps Norway should complain to the UN.

          • Tamerlane

            I’ve never said the Russians have a claim to Crimea, my point was the Ukrainians have the claim not the Russians, not that it matters as it’s their’s now so it’s all academic. I’m afraid I don’t accept the Norwegians have a claim at all. Not sure where you get that madness from, I’m not aware of any connection with Norway but then this is you so you’ve probably misinterpreted some information you came across and thought it the same as knowledge. Anyhow, In future read properly before jumping in. Better luck next time. You can go back and change your post now for your imaginary audience.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            I was being sarcastic. Lost on you I know. But we agree on something. Crimea is Ukrainian.

          • NATOcracy

            HaHaHa
            What a moron. Ukrainians in the 10th century. Oh I got it, are those the ones that dug out the Black sea?

          • Father Todd Unctious

            The Kievan Rus are the forebears of Ukraine and Russia hence why they are both Orthodox nations.

          • zappata

            Kiev was destroyed by the mongols of the Golden Horde and the centre of Rus power and the Orthodox religion moved first to Vladimir and then to Moscow.As mongol power faded Lithuania and then Poland took control of Kiev,Galicia and Volhynia(today’s Ukraine and Belarus,broadly speaking).Russia took back these territories in stages,notably the three partitions of “Poland” in the late 18th century,with Stalin completing the job when he moved Poland’s borders westwards in 1945.

          • Tamerlane

            Ummm….you forgot the part where Crimea was settled by Ukrainians and Tartars. Kind of important. Perhaps stay off wiki? There’s a good lad.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Err. Tatar Khanate and the reference to Kiev. Kiev is in Ukraine. Do keep up.
            Plus who are the Tartars? The fish sauce people or the dirty tooth brigade?

          • Tamerlane

            If you don’t know, you shouldn’t be here spouting your usual pompous half-baked ignorant cr@p. Move along Yvonne/Barry. Move along.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            But I do know. That is what irks you so. I know so much more than you and you are left trying to nitpick or resort to insults.
            If only you read more or had listened at school. If only you had made it to a University. Then perhaps your envy would wane a bit.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            I am delighted to see Ukraine win the Eurovision song contest with a tune about Stalins ethnic cleansing of the Tatars from Crimea and Russification in 1944. Not the tenth century, not 1500 and not 1783. But just 70 years ago in living memory.
            History is on my side again.

          • Tamerlane

            Eurovision is definitely your kind of history.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            32,000 troops were used to evict and march 300,000 Tatars to Uzbekistan. They then moved Russians in. This must irk a holocaust denier like you. Someone who thinks Crimea was Russian for centuries rather than decades.

          • Tamerlane

            That’s grand, enjoy Eurovision in your fluffy slippers. Fulfilling life you lead.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Who said I watch it? I read the news. I read lots. It is why I am able to correct you so very often.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Says the fool who thought the people were called Tartars.

          • Tamerlane

            They are called Tartars you imbecile. Tatar is for the right on PC Brigade and technically ‘Tatar’ is just one tribe (mainly now in Turkey, so even that’s wrong). Do you call it Munchen or Moskva? You are such a loser.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Oh. So the people always known as Tatars since the fifth century are now really called Tartars because of some western mispronounciation from 200 years ago when they decided to name a sauce after them.
            Nothing to do with you being wrong yet again . You must learn to use fact and not assumption.

          • Tamerlane

            You’re just wrong. Again. Twit.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Find me the reference to where the real name is tartar, like the dental plaque.

          • Tamerlane

            If you spoke Greek I would. Tartar as in teeth is ‘cream of tartar’ a 19th C dental term for potassium that forms on the teeth. It has no connection to the Tartars from the East whose name derives from the Greek Tartarus, the underworld of the Titans, adapted for the Mongol hordes whose behaviour was pretty consistent with a Titan underworld. Tatar is one tribe, found in Russian and apparently, according to you, also Crimea, which makes Crimea Russian after all doesn’t it now?
            Twit.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            No it doesnt. That is a mistake . The Tatars came from Mongolia in the 5th century. The name is first recorded there on the Orkhon inscriptions. Westerners mistakenly linked them with Tartarus. Hence your error. You really need to read more widely.
            Tatars are several tribes; Volga, Lipka, Siberian, Astrakhan, Crimean, Qasim…..
            The Kazan Khanate only stopped fighting the Russians in 1847, but as I have said before Russia is a culture of revenge. Stalin took his revenge in 1944. Just like his expulsion of the Kalmyk Buddhists.

          • Tamerlane

            You will never know enough to know how stupid you are. Must be wonderful.

          • Tamerlane

            Nonsense, Russia was still a way off after that. You’re confusing Moscow with Russia. Rookie mistake, a lot of freshmen make it so don’t beat yourself up about it.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Muscovy?

          • Tamerlane

            No kidding. Well done. You’re learning.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            No. I am teaching.

          • Tamerlane

            Congrats.

          • Mr B J Mann

            And the UK and USA didn’t exist until long after the 1500s, so why do you insist on harking back to them?!

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Pardon. Where have I “harked back” to the US or UK? We are talking about Russia’s absence of a legitimate claim to the Crimea. It has been suggested that Crimea has been Russian for over 1,000 years. That is nonsense.
            Much of Britain has been English for 1,500 years. That is fact.

          • Mr B J Mann

            I said:

            “…..the 1500s, so why do you insist on harking back to them?!”

            And you “replied”:

            “Pardon. Where have I “harked back” to the US or UK?”

            Pardon indeed!

            Where had I said you “harked back to the US or UK”?

            Especially as I specifically referred to the 1500s.

            That you keep harking back to.

            And I had specifically said the UK and USA didn’t exist until long after the 1500s,

            As you seem to struggle with your own posts:

            By your arguments, as the North of America belonged to the native North Americans, how can the English, or any of their successors, including the US, have any claim to it?

            Regardless of whether the English had part, or even all, of Britain 1500 years ago?!

          • Father Todd Unctious

            So are you suggesting 1500 as the date for the start of history or the end of history? Why is 1500 so important? In 1500 Russia was nowhere near Crimea.

          • Mr B J Mann

            You really are an illiterate ignoramus:

            Or you have extremely early onset pre-pubescent Alzheimer’s:

            Again, it was YOU who kept harking back to the 1500s.

            You’re barking!

          • John Whatmeworry

            Spot on, except for a few points:

            – He did no allow the collapse of the ruble, oil prices did that. Maybe he should have diversified the economy more in previous years but the Russians are making up for it now. And the ruble is currently the best performing currency in the world and is at it’s strongest rate since december last year. Same goes for the economy. It’s almost at pre-oil price crash levels. This is a recession, not the apocalypse as some persist in painting it. It’s a short term problem.

            – Western sanctions will be extended no matter what. Ukraine was just an excuse. Even if Ukraine is resolved they sanctions will stay in place. The issue is that Russia is making decisions in it’s own interests and not in the interests of the West. The West hates that.

            – if by hastening the Ukraine joining of the EU you mean in 20-30 years (and that is if the civil war in the east is resolved without becoming a frozen conflict, which is unlikely to happen any time soon). That is by the way the estimate of the EU itself. First the EU has to still exist in 20-30 years for Ukraine (which may not exist in its current state at that point either) for there to be any hastenings.

            – not sure what you mean about losing warm water ports in china and iran. You completely made that up.

            – not sure where you get the whole army moral thing. The army moral couldn’t be higher, they have been completely revamped with new high tech equipment and weapons. They’ve also been winning the battles they’ve faced. What exactly are they losing moral for?

            – the navy is being revamped as well. And Russia has never been known for its aircraft carriers (even during the Soviet era they had one), but for it’s submarines. And when you count those thats a totally different picture.

            – for a guy who is supposed to be isolated he has had more leaders coming to see him then any other leader in the world. He has ran rings around the west for over a decade now. You’re assertion is just silly.

            – no evidence whatsoever that Russia had anything to do with downing the Malaysian airplane. Stick to facts. And if you want to insinuate cynicism, then wouldn’t Ukraine gain a lot more from it’s downing?

            – clumsy invasion of Ukraine? No soldiers lost, no big operation, and a grateful population reunited with it’s home. I don’t think you could have a more picture perfect ‘invasion’ if you tried. Maybe your standards are a bit too high, no?

            – As stated above, his reputation is stronger then ever. And he has shown time and time again that it’s his actions that he cares about, not his reputation.

            – funny you should mention those three leaders considering russia had a major role to play in their downfall.

            So when I said you’re spot on, I meant that sarcastically. As in every single sentence in your comment is wrong.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            How many of you propagandists does the Russian Embassy employ now? China is building a massive port in Iran and you Russians just hate it.

          • John Whatmeworry

            And how many people have you accused of being propagandists because you don’t agree with their opinions, or facts for that matter?
            How convenient it is to be you. If you don’t like what you hear simply accuse that person of being a paid troll. No need to write a thought out response, just fling out an accusation instead because thinking or admitting that you’re wrong is hard.

            And no body cares about a Chinese port in Iran. Why would Russia want one there when it has one in Syria? Don’t forget that growing military ports and bases around the globe like mushrooms is a western thing, not a russian one. It’s a complete waste of money to boot.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Well it only seems to be the Russians who have armies of shills peppering the web with nonsense and lies for the Kremlin.
            Other shills tend to operate in smaller numbers.

          • John Whatmeworry

            What you call Kremlin nonsense and lies is for others not just truth but an easily verifiable one. I’m not saying there aren’t any paid trolls out there but that doesn’t change the fact simply dismissing all opinions you dislike as products of trolls is self defeating.

            It doesn’t matter whether or not you agree with an opinion, it doesn’t matter whether you like what is being said, it doesn’t matter if you think it’s true or not. What you does matter that it’s an opinion that someone holds and believes in. Simply dismissing that as propaganda is like burying your head in the sand and saying ‘lalalalalalala’. Most wars start because opposing sides take the approach you’re taking. Pretending that the other side doesn’t have an opinion or a genuine belief or principles, and that it’s all just propaganda.

            Don’t forget that when it comes to Russia all of western media outlets get their news regarding its actions from the likes of the US state department or its equivalent in other countries. In other words, from their GOVERNMENTS. So I can just as easily call you a troll because the official news you get about Russia come from your government.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Sorry. But when the opinion put forward is so patently ludicrous it can have no source but a shill. Insane person would write it, only someone paid to post incredible pap.

          • John Whatmeworry

            The mere fact you suggest that Russia has nothing to trade is absurd. Especially when it comes to Iran.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Rugs?

          • Lawrence James.

            Carpets actually.

          • Mr B J Mann

            “Other shills tend to operate in smaller numbers.”

            Like the ones who co-ordinated Arab and Ukrainian Springs?!

          • Lawrence James.

            Do we want the Ukraine ?

          • Hagen vanTronje

            The Germans do, they still refer to the Ukraine as their ,’Kornkammer’.

          • ClausewitzTheMunificent

            I dream of Russian Iskander tactical missiles on the Italian alps aimed at the military infrastructure of those bastards in Frankfurt and Berlin. Italian missiles would be best of course, but given the degree of our political cuckoldedness I don’t think them feasible for the forseeable future.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            We?

          • Lawrence James.

            The Russian still hold the Crimean which was relinquished by the drunken mujik Khruschev. It will remain Russian unless you buckle on your sabre and set forth to the heights of the Alma and ‘tame the Russian bear’.They’ll probably send a policeman to arrest you.

    • CCCP

      But even better to be right, and act from the awareness of his rightness.
      The facts are that America while established a democracy, constantly influence of the Islamists grew. After five months after entering the Russian troops, Islamic state is on the verge of defeat. And you say that Putin is wrong?

      • AdrianM

        Au contraire, I am saying that Putin acted without the debilitating indecision of Western behaviour, and without the fear of being wrong.

        • CCCP

          Well, maybe I have problems with the translation… I’m only learning English :)

  • Zhang Wei

    Ffs another emasculated old Putin fanboy what is it with Western males of a certain demographic being in love with this manboobed dictator.

    • Dryermartinithanyours

      What is it with ineffectual people with zero authority or influence feeling a desperate need to criticize self-evidently effective people?

    • Cyril Sneer

      Perhaps you should read the news outside of the western MSM.

  • Tickertapeguy

    Alex Jones the founder of “Inforwars” were filming in London when a group of Muslim youth approached a group of British youth with the intention of doing bodily harm.

    The British youth were so intimidated that one guy urinated even before the Muslims did any harm. Mr. Jones and his American crew saw this and confronted the Muslim group, threatening them that they will be beaten up if they did any harm. The Muslim group immediately left.

    What struck me is that the British boys did not have any fire in them to fight back. Maybe they feared the law coming down against them. But even so they should have had the manhood to fight back. they did not.

    • CCCP

      Where is the firewood? Let proof please.

      • Tickertapeguy

        Heard in on Inforwars from Alex Jones.

  • justejudexultionis

    Yes, the Russians are tough but the long-term prognosis for Russia is extremely poor given its demographic collapse and the slow but steady movement of the Chinese across the Amur river into Russia’s far east, a colonisation by stealth.

    • ClausewitzTheMunificent

      Given that the Chinese are practically everywhere, I’m far from certain about how interpret that. In my hometown in Pavia (Italy) the Chinese practically took over most of the bars (coffee that is) about 5 years ago and it’s the same next door in much bigger Milan.

      • Father Todd Unctious

        Like all the Chinese textile workers in Pistoia.

    • DukeofAnarchy .

      It’s Europe and the US that are facing civilizational collapse due to demographics (I mean, the invasion of those countries by hordes of third-world savages.)

    • Lawrence James.

      Chinamen gathering firewood: they must be trembling in the Kremlin.

      • Father Todd Unctious

        The Chinese are stealing Russia resources unchallenged. Russia cannot project its power beyond the Urals.

        • Tamerlane

          The Chinese aren’t stealing anything, they have a treaty, we’ve been through this.

  • Rob74

    The Russian loving idiots on the right seem to forget that Russia is not the USSR anymore and would be trampled under foot by NATO.

    • UKSteve

      Stupid comment. NATO has never aggressively seized territory by invasion it is a Treaty organisation.

      Russia and the Warsaw Pact expanded at an average rate of 17 sq. miles per day between 1945 and 1972.

      • Lawrence James.

        What exactly were NATO forces doing in Aghanistan ? Field exercises ?

        • Father Todd Unctious

          The job the Russians failed to do.

          • Lawrence James.

            And was that ? To bully the Afghans. They failed, so did Nato and before then the British, twice. Better leave Afghanistan alone.

        • UKSteve

          “Destroying the bases of the perpetrators and training camps of those responsible for 9/11” I believe is the official line. And by UN resolution, not a NATO involvement – which is a reaction / peace-keeping force.

          The idea that NATO would invade Russia (the original point) is…..as I said…..stupid.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            We don’t need to invade. Just wait.

          • UKSteve

            For what?

          • Father Todd Unctious

            For Russia as a coherent state to fall apart. It is inevitable.

          • Lawrence James.

            Quite so: NATO agreed to support a UN resolution which extended its activities ( and purpose ) beyond the continent to limited effect beyond imposing western values which have ever been and are unpalatable to Afghans. I quite agree that any invasion on Russia would be utter lunacy even if Russia imploded. We tried that in 1918-1919 and lost.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          The only fields in Afghanistan are poppy fields.

          • Cyril Sneer

            That’s a lie.

            Standard for you.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            That’s a joke you cretin.

      • Father Todd Unctious

        You mean Hungary and Czechoslovakia. That was between 1956 and 1968.
        Between 1989 and 1991 the Russian Empire retracted by 2,750 square miles a day.

        • UKSteve

          No, it was more than that.

          Second sentence completely irrelevant, do learn to follow a discussion.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Please explain. How much more land did Russia lose in those two years?

          • UKSteve

            See my post above.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            That refers to modest expansion not rapid contraction.

      • DukeofAnarchy .

        Have you never heard of Yugoslavia? What about Afghanistan?

        NATO is a tool of the American Empire. It may have originally been founded to defend the Empire rather than to expand it, but since the 1990s it has been entirely concerned with aggressive, expansionist actions.

        • UKSteve

          You actually think NATO “invaded” Yugoslavia?

          It was a UN mandate that required joint forces to intervene on a humanitarian mission – to try and stop genocide – Operation Joint Endeavour – of IFOR (Implementation Force).

          The original point was about NATO invading Russia.

          You people. I think there must be something in the F water.

          • NATOcracy

            There was no any UN mandate to bomb Yugoslavia. There was no any genocide there.

          • UKSteve

            Bullsh1t. And no-one said “Yugoslavia” If only you read something….

            http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/303126.stm

          • NATOcracy

            You said Yugoslavia and NATO bombed Yugoslavia, not Serbia only.
            Montenegro was also bombed and was a part of Yugoslavia.
            What about that link? Showing BBC incompetence?

            And listen about ‘genocide’ from a German General and an American diplomat that were there on the ground with the OSCE.
            https://youtu.be/hI4kz8CSYmA?t=6m7s

          • UKSteve

            No.

            More incoherent bilge from a half-wit. Try reading something.

          • Mr B J Mann

            So if Sinn Fein declared UDI in Ulster and the US, sorry, NATO, bombed old people’s homes and hospitals, plus the Beeb and the odd embassy, in London, it would be bombing England, and not the UK?!

          • Mr B J Mann

            Even ITV twigged in its Saudi documentary last week that the Serbian “genocide” was actually Wahabi Jihad!

          • DukeofAnarchy .

            You actually swallow the tripe the mainstream media feed you…

            NATO invaded Yugoslavia because that country remained friendly to Russia and refused to submit tamely to American domination. To gull rubes like yourself, the propagandists developed the story that the Yugoslavs were committing “genocide” (by defending their country against Western-sponsored Islamic terrorists).

          • UKSteve

            You spout the most egregious h0r$esh1t on the internet – so what?

            You are as rude and obnoxious as you are bizarre – strongly suggest you get an adult to read some books to you. Hopefully, you might learn something.

            DukeofAnarchy? LMAO! KingofH0r$esh1t more like. Next……

          • Cobbett

            It bombed Serbia….do you think that’s better?

          • UKSteve

            Do learn to follow a discussion.

          • Mr B J Mann

            Like Iraq and Libya then?!

          • Mr B J Mann

            By the way, where was the genocide?

            It was the illegally seceding UDI regions that had been ethnic clean clean genociding.

            With EU/NATO support.

      • ClausewitzTheMunificent

        erm how do you reckon that expansion? Did you divide the landmass of the signitories of the Warsaw Convention and divide that by the number of days in the years (27) from ’45-’72? It’s also misguided to refer to the Soviet Union as Russia.

        • UKSteve

          Ignored for rudeness.

          • ClausewitzTheMunificent

            How is that a rude question? I was merely asking after your methodolog since your number appears suspicious. Unless the members of the Warsaw Convention somehow managed to find a magical way of multiplying their land without taking away those of their neighbours.

        • UKSteve

          Ignored for rudeness.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          It is misguided to refer to Russia as having integrity.

      • Cyril Sneer

        Steve… it’s 2016.

        The cold war is over.

        You want to start it up again? You send your son to invade Russia.

        • zappata

          From Pushkin,”To the slanderers of Russia”:-
          Then send your numbers without number,
          Your madden’d sons,your goaded slaves,
          In Russia’s plains there’s room to slumber,
          And well they’ll know their brethren’s graves!

        • UKSteve

          “Steve… it’s 2016.”

          The only accurate and intelligent thing you’ve ever typed on Disqus. I’d hold on to that teacher if I were you.

    • DukeofAnarchy .

      It seems to me that it is rather the Russia-hating idiots who think (or pretend to think) that Russia is still the Soviet Union.

      As for being “trampled under foot by NATO” – NATO has been trying in vain to do that for the past 20 years. At the superficial level of counting armored divisions modern Russia may seem less powerful than the old USSR, but in fact capitalism and conservative nationalism give Russia more substantive strength than she could ever have achieved while crippled by the communist ideology. Russia is quite capable of defending herself against any and all aggressive, imperialist efforts NATO can muster.

      • Rob74

        America has a population of 320 million and spends $575 billion on defence.

        Russia has a population of 143 million and spends $70 billion on defence.

        Forget NATO, America could jump all over Russia on its own.

        • ClausewitzTheMunificent

          You lead the first column and see where that gets you.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            This is great. You sound so increasingly desperate in the face of real truth. You people detest honesty or evidence.

          • Cyril Sneer

            So why then is Syria going so badly for your jihadist mates?

            What happened to Palmyra?

        • Isabella

          America has a population of dumbed down idiots who couldn’t find their own rear ends with both hands and map, and spend half their time shooting each other.
          Russia has a population of young highly educated and intelligent kids, whose access to and use of guns is almost zero
          America spends a fortune on military hardware and overseas bases, non of which is viable, it’s F35 jet is a pathetic lumbering joke and it’s latest ship had to be towed back to port on it’s maiden shake down.
          Russia spends much less for much more, has state of the art, cutting edge planes, fighters, the kalibr missile, the S400’s and much more.
          Russia could annihilate both NAATO and America if they try to invade by so much as one inch.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Good grief. You even sound like you believe this tripe.

          • Rob74

            Having easy access to guns means the American public are better at shooting people.

          • Cyril Sneer

            Wow the level of debate here is something to behold.

        • Cobbett

          Like it jumped all over Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

        • Cyril Sneer

          “Forget NATO, America could jump all over Russia on its own.”

          If Russia didn’t have nukes and a very capable military.

          Oh and of course forgetting history – as usual the Russians are to be underestimated.

          Some things don’t change.

          • Rob74

            Russian fan boys make me laugh.

      • UKSteve

        “It seems to me that it is rather the Russia-hating idiots who think (or pretend to think) that Russia is still the Soviet Union.

        Nope. More idiocy…..don’t you even take a break?

        • Cyril Sneer

          Denial of reality eh Steve… don’t worry there is a lot of that going around the Russophobes. I guess they’re still hurting about Syria.

    • Le Ruscino

      How so? Can any NATO warship handle an incoming SS Sunburn Missile ? Nope !! No floating warship can………….US Navy even admits it !!

      Can we find & track Borei Class subs – nope US Navy calls them “Black Holes” & they carry nuclear ICBMs

      What’s the speed of the West’s fastest Torpedo? – 65knts & Russian is 300knts, the VA-111 Shkval !! – You waking up yet?

      What fried USS Donald Cook electrics with Aegis on board while it came to show dominance in Crimea on April 10th 2014? Answer Khibiny L-175V !! do some research on why the ship had to limp into Constanta & swear the crew to secrecy!!!

      In the air the entire World knows without question that Russia is No. 1 – US admit that in any conflict Russia would take air superiority in 24hrs – Research.

      See the latest RS-26 Missile & why the West has ZERO defence against it.

      I could go on & give example by example with references !

      • Father Todd Unctious

        How pointless. You are here to deceive by pretending your sclerotic nation and rusting military still count for something.
        The desperate lieing makes the whole charade an even bigger joke.
        Nobody believes you.

    • Cobbett

      Prat.

    • Cyril Sneer

      What does that even mean? That you can’t support Russia because you think it would lose to NATO. What is this, playground politics? My dad could beat your dad up.

      Russia – they won in Syria and they stopped the US neo-liberal regime change in its tracks. Thats a big f ckin win.

  • rjbh

    God Bless Vlad Putin and Mother Russia.

    • CCCP

      Because “force is in the Truth”, comrade :o)

  • Katty Graystone

    Mr.Taki, please, note that in Russian a short form of name Vladimir is “Vova” or “Volodya”. “Vlad” is a short form of Vladislav. I really do wonder why Western journalists and politicians love so much to show their ignorance and conceit. Seriously, this is not a reason for pride.

  • Katty Graystone

    Mr.Taki, please, note that in Russian a short form of name Vladimir is “Vova” or “Volodya”. “Vlad” is a short form of Vladislav.

    • Andrei Maslennikov

      Vlad -Vova – Vladimir the same! Vladislav – Slava. “Vlad” it is short name just in English, not used in Russia.

    • Sanctimony

      Whatever it is, I’ll have another glass, please…

    • jeremy Morfey

      An equivalent is Harry, is this a diminutive of Harold, or of Henry?

  • олег

    No American, and European or Arab (Turks, Saud and others. Riffraff) or hozel the west of Ukraine is not able to exploit the Russian officers. Only he, realizing that he was surrounded, could cause the fire itself and fell Hero of death.

    And what did heroic coalition of 60-odd-go..v..n..o..e..dov countries?

    Even its ally Turkey could not rein.

    Yes, I understand that this does not extend to the liberal brain, because for them “soy business” and “this is not my war” remarkable thesis. Therefore, the Americans cried in captivity in Iranian (laughter one, not soldiers, and women are some), so no one Ukrainian soldier and officer APU in Crimea could not resist the Russian, so the Turks are afraid to fly on the Syrian territory (after being wrought by large), and the Saudis in Yemen prefer to strike at hospitals (probably a “smart” US weapons that always prefers as a hospital objectives and civilians).

    So, gentlemen, Europeans, as if you are not preparing for war with us, as if you yourself are not convinced that Russia – feet of clay – you will always be beaten, and you’d better not make plans for the invasion of Russia. Everything will be as usual.

    • Father Todd Unctious

      Paranoid,barely literate claptrap detracts any grain of credibility from your propaganda campaign.

    • Sanctimony

      Que ?

    • jeremy Morfey

      There is a saying – never turn your back on a hungry bear.

      The problem invaders of Russia have always had is that at some time you have to turn your back to face home, and then the bear strikes. Only Ghengis Khan had the willpower and the resources to cross Russia in one direction and not look back. How many modern leaders can you say that of?

      The best way to handle a hungry bear is to feed it.

      • zappata

        I think it was his grandson,Batu Khan,actually but your point is well made.

        • Father Todd Unctious

          Mongols indeed. Mongrels.

  • Андрей Сухинин

    OMG WHY Vlad? why? im cry $-(, dont undersand. say me pls.

    • Katty Graystone

      Because they like to think so. Traditional western ignorance and conceit.

  • Anatoly Tananykhin

    As always, the noble Europeans wanted to bring civilization in Russia, but the Russian did not understand his happiness, and gave them a fierce resistance. It is better to scold if praise, cat scratching on the soul.

  • Marcus Tullius Cicero

    The article is highly biased, the author should not include his own personal perspective. If he is a Putin fanboy it doesn’t mean that Putin is good. In fact, there’s no democracy in Russia, there are high levels of corruption, and people in the regions struggle because of uncontrollable police officers and prosecutors who take bribes from the population. I think what’s happening is that people respect power. While living comfortably on the West they always complain and praise Putin for being the “man”, riding horses flying jets and all that stuff. However, I am almost certain that none of them would want to live in Russia.

    • Leonidas

      Since when have we ever expected balanced articles from Taki? The whole point of reading Taki is he is biassed and all the better for it

      • Father Todd Unctious

        Biased and very inaccurate usually.

    • Bokonon

      It’s just an opinion piece by an elderly Green playboy and wastrel who has put several hundred thousand pounds worth of Peruvian Marching Powder up his nose over the years. Accuracy is not something he does.

  • Jacobi

    The spirit of Mother Russia, and Kutuzov incidentally, is alive and well as so many have found to their cost before.

    The next question is how to get the Saudis back on their camels and into the desert or wherever they came from some 80 years ago.

    We will have to persuade the US Arms dealers, the real power behind the USA cardboard cut-outs of that first, I suppose?

  • Anna Bananahammok

    Russia will still be there in 40 years. Britain?

    • Mike Christie

      By “Britain” do you mean the British Isles, the British state (the UK), or the British people?

      • Father Todd Unctious

        British culture.

        • Cobbett

          So what?…plenty of Indians speak English…doesn’t make them English.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Makes them Anglo though certainly not Russian eh?

          • Cobbett

            Makes them Indians who happen to speak English.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            But none speak Russian. After all why would they?

        • Le Ruscino

          Hey Russophobe Durak!

          Its actually (c) 277 Million Native Russian Speakers & is World’s 5th most spoken language after:
          1. Mandarin 1.2 Billion
          2. English 508 Million
          3. Hindusatni 497 Million
          4. Spanish 392 Million

          Ref: http://listverse.com/2008/06/26/top-10-most-spoken-languages-in-the-world/

          What a f*kk wit you are :)

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Utter rubbish. Native speakers. You include everyone who has it as a second language. If you do that for English well over 2 billion speak it.
            Russia has barely 140 million native speakers. Glad you found the time for an insult though Ivan.

        • Mike Christie

          I think “Anna” is probably one of these “Kremtrolls” we heard so much about not long ago. This comments section is absolutely infested with the beggars.

          • Father Todd Unctious

            Almost certainly.

          • Cyril Sneer

            That says more about you than it does anyone else.

            Keep wearing the tin foil.

          • Mike Christie

            Whatever that is supposed to mean. Is English your second language?

      • Bokonon

        Who knows what on earth the brain-dead troll meant? Shame on you for feeding it.

    • Father Todd Unctious

      Britain will be here in 400 years. Russia will be a fragmented shadow of its former self.

  • Toy Pupanbai

    ‘son of a barrel-maker from Lorraine.’
    Nice touch, that!

  • Mr B J Mann

    “Stopped beating his wife”?!?!

    Why has no one pulled him up on the fact that he never started?!

    To put it politely he was paraphrasing a loaded question.

    Or lying!

  • enoch arden

    “…On 17 November 1813, Marshal Ney, the bravest of the brave, had been the last to march out of Smolensk…”

    It was 1812. Read your school textbook of history before writing.

    • Father Todd Unctious

      Correct 1812.

  • philip arnold

    as commissioned by the KGB ex- colonel
    also Syria is a humanitarian disaster that rivals that of Yemen. The Russian and Assad air forces have bombarded unarmed people and blown up hospitals in a futile effort to beat back the Syrian rebels

    • Father Todd Unctious

      Futile and ill conceived.

      • philip arnold

        yes the article is which is why i just cut and pasted this absurd speculation and rather neatly threw it back at Taki

      • Cyril Sneer

        Ah another mong comment from our resident mong Father Todd.

    • Mr B J Mann

      But where is the evidence the Russians blew up loadsa skoolsnospitals?

      Never mind deliberately!

      And why would even evilmonstermaniac Putin do that?!

    • enoch arden

      Thanks for conveying us the opinion of ISIS and their Saudi masters.
      Please accept condolences for the loss of Palmyra.

    • Cyril Sneer

      Wow propaganda much.

      Oh what’s that.. Palmyra has just been liberated from ISIS by the SAA with Russian air support… Raqqa next.

      Futile seems to be what the ‘rebels’ (think salafist, jihadists, beheaders) are doing – trying to hold off their inevitable defeat.

      Remember they’re not rebels, they’re terrorists, soon to be dead terrorists.

    • MickeyDr

      Funny that there should be so much unsubstantiated accusations about civilian deaths and especially hospitals. Hospitals without names or locatoions btw

  • John Jett

    Well, I agree, we are a paper tiger; but only so long as Obama stinks up the White House. Democrats weaken the whole country. They have weak character and it shows internationally. President Trump will reverse the situation.

    • enoch arden

      Over 50% are ready to vote for the mad housewife Hilly. The country is hopeless.

  • http://straannick.livejournal.com/ O Straannick

    Much better would be a comparison with Suvorov: “I came, I saw, I conquered” (A.Suvorov)

    • Bo’sun Higgs

      Suvorov? No, that was Julius Caesar.

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