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Blog posts : "In English"

An essay on the supporting chat-show

A Dutch female politician, Esther de Lange, representing the 'Christian Democrats' in the 'European Parliament', this toothless drain on the European budget, was a guest in a daily Dutch 'Chat-Show' promoting war with Russia day in, day out, to defend the 'Pricecap' on Russian oil. She blurted state…

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An essay on losing your mind collectively

This ship is going down. The west has already lost the war in Ukraine, but they don't want to acknowledge it yet. At least, that is my analysis of the present situation. But allow me to introduce you to my background to expose my 'bias'. I am the 'victim' of a classical Dutch 'Beta'-education, as it…

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An essay on crushing numbers

The war in Ukraine has turned, increasingly, into a 'Numbers Game'. Alexander Mercouris, Brian Berletic and others are trying to find the real numbers of military combatants killed on both sides in the ongoing war, as well as the status of available equipment and ammunition on both sides. Their pain…

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An essay about 100.000 dead Ukrainian soldiers

Alexander Mercouris went on at length about Ursula von der Leyen dropping the ball, when she mentioned in a speech she gave that Ukraine had lost 100.000 soldiers already. Dead. Efforts by the EU to scotch this remark from the record have therefore not been successful in an absolute sense, but no do…

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An essay on minding your own business

Libya used to be the wealthiest nation, by far, in Africa. Although the Muslim faith restricted individual freedom, and constrained women, the 'socialist' streak inspiring Gadaffi, himself born to a poor Bedouin Arab family, allowed women more freedom than in the typical Arab country closely linked …

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An essay on building Maginot Lines

Multiple sources report military 'developments' in Ukraine associated with some kind of 'winter-offensive', or escalation of the fighting at multiple points along the frontline. West of Donetsk, and around Bakhmut, the Russians appear to be successful, and close to a breakthrough. In part, it is sai…

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An essay on a sad story, told many times

The story is a sad one, told many times’, the lyrics of the REM-song ‘How the West was won and where it got us’ comes across as an appropriate line to start this contribution. How did we get into this mess? Clearly, songs are artistic expressions which may be used as a template for opposing t…

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An essay on Teflon leadership

Though I’m under no obligation to serve my fellow man, as they dig ever deeper holes for themselves, this blog is my honest attempt to save them from disaster. I do not want the Ukrainian people to suffer. Not even those in that country who wanted this war, for whatever reason. The horror is that pe…

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An essay about criminal neglect

And then there was this interview Boris Johnson gave to CNN, in which he gave his version of how we entered this war with Russia. It led to a rebuke from the Germans, where he informed us that Germany had been unwilling to embrace the need for war, because it would hurt their economy. And if there w…

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An essay on losing through winning wars

Define ‘winning’. 

 

Various commentators covering World War Two and its aftermath noted that Germany and Japan thrived after the war. And the surviving Jewish population grew substantially more influential in world affairs, with an exclusively Jewish nation to boot, despite the horrendous s…

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An essay on aborting a mission

Again and again we read and hear that the Russians are running out of precision missiles. And then there is yet another massive attack, bigger than any of the previous attacks. Various stories meant to support the thesis that Russia doesn’t have the means to continue hitting targets all over Ukraine…

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An essay on the MH-17 verdict

On my Dutch language blog I wrote extensively about the MH-17 disaster previously. After years of court-procedures taking place in a special fortified courthouse, with non of the accused present, but a truckload of prosecutors and judges, as well as the media, and people who lost loved-ones in that …

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An essay about bleeding white

Certain ‘sources’ in our NATO-aligned world worry about ‘Ukraine-Fatigue’. By which they mean that the people may wake up and demand that their governments stop funding this war with Russia on Ukrainian soil. As you will, no doubt, understand, my own ‘Fatigue’ started somewhere around 2014…

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An essay about setting people free

A missile struck Poland, and killed two people and destroyed farming equipment they were operating. Though it is most likely a Ukrainian air-defense missile which strayed off course, as has happened on multiple occasions previously, destroying entire apartment buildings in Ukraine itself, or setting…

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An essay about where we're going with this war

As explained previously I do not do predictions as to what the outcome will be of certain clashes, or the military side of the war in Ukraine itself. I’m limiting myself to identifying the goals of the parties involved, based on multiple sources, and following the news to see how developments fit a …

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An essay about situational awareness

Just look at this mess we’re in today. People who studied ‘Effective Leadership’ identified the importance of a mental condition they labeled ‘Situational Awareness’. People who didn’t go to school would call it ‘Streetsmart’, without studying anything. Moreover, people with little or …

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An essay about the bottom line

This essay is about the central topic for this ‘In English’ extension of my blog, the developments in Ukraine, but I need an introduction to clarify my thinking on the topic of ‘Mistakes’.

 

Mistakes were made, now heads must roll. This is a rather simplistic impulse, and a direct threat …

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An essay about kicking ass

The decision to leave the westbank of the Dnieper was clearly a military decision, and not a political one. In a way this signals that the gloves came off on the side of the Russians. They just upgraded their effort, and what we are witnessing is not about plugging holes in their defenses, or ‘sou…

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An essay on Cherson follow up

The picture emerging from the accounts on well informed websites, is that the military retreat from Cherson is real, and not some kind of trap as feared by the Ukrainians. Already NATO-aligned commentators are celebrating, while supporters of Russia on Western forums and blogs are in denial, or angr…

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An essay on the Cherson evacuation

Expectations may be realistic, though they fail to materialize because of outside interference. If that happens, others who were skeptical will point out that these expectations were not realistic to begin with. Most prominently the parties responsible for the outside interference. Any realist worth…

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