Berlusconi accuses West of irresponsible attitude towards Russia

The first few paragraphs of the material below cover comments made by former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi on Europe’s relationship with Russia. Valid points but not exactly radical thinking, however I was more interested in the material below that, added by an anonymous commenter because they reflect my own experience of working with Americans and Russians (I have spent periods of several months in the USA but only short times on business in Russia).
(the article below, not authored by me, is reproduced under Creative Commons licence)

from The Tap

Berlusconi accuses West of irresponsible attitude towards Russia
ROME, September 07, /ITAR-TASS/. Italy’s former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday accused NATO and Western leaders of irresponsible attitudes towards Russia.
“We are strangled by a most profound economic crisis, the situation is only worsening and it the situation is being aggravated by the international situation and the decisions of European leaders, heads of Western countries, the United States and NATO, who were irresponsible and unthinking to make null and void of the enormous work done after the signing of the Pratica di Mare agreement [on the establishment of the Russia-NATO Council – ITAR-TASS) that ended the 50-year-long Cold War,” he said.
He said that the recent development around the Ukrainian crisis, the United States’ and the European Union’s policy of sanctions against Russia were an irresponsible decision of the world leaders.

“Russia cannot but defend Ukrainian citizens of the Russian origin who are like brothers for Russians,” he noted.

TAP – Ukrainians are fellow Europeans, as are Russians. I found Americans very different to us culturally, when I visited the USA and did business there over many years. The expectation from years of Hollywood was that we would be almost identical in outlook, but we aren’t.

In Russia and Ukraine, on the other hand, I felt almost at home, their culture and attitudes are so close to our own. That was not my expectation either after living with daily anti-Russian propaganda throughout The Cold War. They keep nations separated from each other with visa requirements for no real reason, other than to prevent peoples from knowing how friendly they are with each other. So wars can be orchestrated.

We also had many Ukrainians visiting us over many years in the UK, starting with choirs from the Llangollen Eisteddfod, but later on with children from Cernobyl area sent over by charities, and adults. The children didn’t cry but the adults did, seeing how we lived. They said that there was no middle class left in Ukraine after they were all wiped out by Stalin, and it broke their hearts to see a nice house with a happy family living in it, as it made them realise what they had lost.

Ukraine has been under attack a very long time. How come there was a US geostationary satellite placed overhead the day the power station blew. Now we are visiting yet further evil on these very nice and cultured people. I am ashamed of my country, and have nothing to say about the evil bastards who masquerade as civilised human beings in our media, while committing genocidal acts, and supporting mass murder of civilians. Don’t call them politicians, or the government. Make sure they carry the stigma that their actions deserve.

Russia along with three quarters of the world, is isolated

The latest EU sanctions announced today after last weeks NATO summit have left Russia increasingly isolated in the world according to mainstream media reports of the response from western governments.

Now I know Professor Want-War is likely to come along and say I’m Putin’s best mate if I publish a realistic view of the situation rather that the latest warmongering propaganda from The White House. But as I squash him like I’d squash a cockroach every time he shows up (Hey Prof, where’s that compelling evidence that pro Russian rebels shot down that aircraft over Ukraine. I see the report could not identify who was responsible; this report tells us nothing at all – as those of us with more brain cells than testicles knew it would) maybe he will not risk a comment – Couldn’t resist winding him up over that

As Zero Hedge commented

While the West continues to press the “Russia is increasingly isolated” meme, it appears – as has been noted (ironically) previously, that Vladimir Putin is finding plenty of friends… most notably China and Iran. While threats of ‘asymmetric’ retaliation over European sanctions may have been enough to worry Europe’s leaders, the slew of news overnight regarding increased cooperation between China and Russia is likely more damaging to Western strategy (and egos).

So let’s have a look at the propaganda claim that Russia is isolated in the world. Someone has done a nice infographic showing in in blue those nations that are in the world and supporting sanctions, the black areas are the countries covering three quarters of the plante’s inhabitable area that are not in the world but still trading fully with Russia, and just to remind us how big Russia actually is, they are in Green.

Isolated Russia
Yep Russia is really isolated in the world, alone, bordered by enemies  and nations that are not part of the world (image source)

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Another View Of Syria

Little Nicky took some stick for his views on Syria, not because I was a supporter of the Assad regime or a supporter of the revolutionaries because I was neither.

What upset the lefties who attacked me was that I talked some common sense in saying it was an Arab / Muslim problem and talk of military intervention to bring about regime change was just another New World Order sponsored, Obama / Cameron led excuse for war.

I was right of course, Little Nicky Machiavelli is always right. The NATO powers are now fighting a proxy war with Russia and Iran with the innocent people of Syrian caught in the middle.

This blog has always believed Assad is a brutal dictator but unlike our left wing critics, people so left wing it has to be said that they believe in totalitarianism, abolition of individual freedom and total government control of everything (Just like Hitler’s Nazis, you might say. I could not possibly comment) Little Nicky believes in letting both sides put their case.

So here is an article by an Assad supporter. How true it is I do not claim to know but I do know there has been little truth in the reporting of the Syraian conflict in western media, with the Bolshevik broadcasting Corporation among the worst culprits.

Syria: Democracy Versus Foreign Invasion by Arabi Souri Read it if you are liberal enough to allow your certainties to be challenged.

Just How Close Are We To World War Three

While the UK papers and television news stations rant and rave about racism and homophobia in football, the sheer injustice of making sure kids can at least write their own name before awarding them a GCSE A level in everything or that we should plunge ourselves even deeper into deebt and surrender more national sovereignty to the EU, we have heard little about how rapidly things are deteriorating in the middle east.

Have you read or heard in your news supplier of choice of the recent massive troop movements in Israel, the massive build up of British, French and American warships around the approaches to the Persian gulf or just how badly the situations in Egypt and Libya have deteriorated since the so called liberations.

You may have heard that an attack on the allies Camp Bastion base in Afghanistan forced Prince Harry to put his knob away or risk getting it shot off but have you heard a word about how big or professionally executed that attack was?

From The Examiner, 16 September, 2012

The Taliban attack against Camp Bastion/ Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines and wounded several others was conducted with military like precision.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “The coordinated Taliban attack destroyed six Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jump-jets and “significantly” damaged two others, as well as some hangars, the coalition said. The Taliban also destroyed three refueling stations. Harrier jets cost about $30 million to $40 million dollars apiece – for a total in of anywhere between $180- $240 million dollars in damage.

A US military press release stated “Taliban dressed in American uniforms managed to get into a main NATO Air Base and destroyed six of our AV-8B Harrier fighter jets,”

Big news you might think, seeing as how the official line is that our boys have the Taliban on the run. But no, all the headlines were about Prince Harry.

Read full story

Once again the world’s economic situation is far more precarious than is being reported. Falls in the value of the US$ over the past few days will soon be ironed out at other nations relaign their currencies with the reserve currency but gold is on the rise again and all these things add up to higher prices in the supermarket and at the petrol pump for all of us.

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