Protests against pension reforms in France. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
James De Burghe May 20th 2023
Since the Maidan coup of 2014 we have seen increasingly bellicose propaganda aimed at Russia and at China. The US hegemony game was moving into top gear and Biden, Nuland Sullivan and Blinken considered the build up of anti-Russian sentiment in Ukraine as unfinished business, Cash, weapons and military training poured into Ukraine from the US once Biden ousted Trump and became the US President. From the very first US intelligence underestimated both Russia’s military and economic capacity. Russia itself took all possible diplomatic steps to avoid war and when those diplomatic steps were ignored and ridiculed it made clear what its red-lines were and what would happen if they were crossed. The White-House and the US State Department scoffed at the Russians, as did their vassals in the UK and EU. Ukraine shook its fist at Russia claiming it could not only defeat them in battle but could invade Russia. Meanwhile it continued its campaign of genocide against Russian speaking Ukrainians in the Donbass and elsewhere in Ukraine.
The Russian special military operation took off when the red lines Russia had laid out were crossed. The immediate effect was the decimation of the Ukraine field army, they suffered huge losses in tanks, artillery, manpower and aircraft. Russia achieved air superiority in the first few day and has never lost its since then.
The immediate response of the US was to unleash a host of unilateral (and illegal) sanctions upon Russia, these sanctions were quickly adopted by the EU and UK and a handful of other US vassal states. Factual news reporting was stifled as the western press moguls ensured that only the western narrative which was 95% propaganda and lies reached their citizens. Russia was to be brought to its knees economically, and humiliated militarily within a few weeks. The only problem was that it did not work.
The Russian economy suffered a mild decline in GDP which was quickly reversed by exporting its oil and gas away from Europe and towards China and India who both refused to endorse the US sanctions. In fact the global south, which is the majority of people in this world all refused to endorse the US sanctions. In Europe however the effect was an unmitigated disaster, as denied cheap Russian gas and oil, prices soared and industrial output fell. European nations were forced to import US LNG at fives times the US domestic prices and twelve times the price of the Russian gas it replaced. Rampant inflation took hold leading to public unrest in several countries. The USA itself was hit by inflation as Biden’s domestic policies had stifled the US domestic oil industry and the US needed to import more oil from the Middle East, these countries were already besieged by Europeans to get allocations of oil and gas. Biden’s personal intervention failed to produce a result and Gasoline and other oil prices in the USA rose dramatically leading to 40 year highs in inflation.
The conflict in Ukraine dragged on with all attempts to settle the conflict derailed by the USA. By the end of the first year of fighting Ukraine had lost one million men, dead wounded, and missing. Worse still the daily loss rates were increasing remorselessly. The US, UK, EU poured billions of dollars worth of weapons into Ukraine as well as cash to pay its soldiers and civil servants. Each batch of new weapons was lauded as a game changer, but they failed to change the game. Through M1777 howitzers to HIMARS, from Challenger and Leopard tanks to Patriot Air defence systems and UK cruise missiles each new weapon was met by Russian countermeasures that nullified its value on the battlefield. Ukraine manpower losses from January 2023 to mid May 2023 added another 400,000 dead, wounded and missing to the grim statistics of the war. The ration of 10:1 in favour of Russia became the established rate of Ukraine battle field losses. Worse still Ukraine deserters as well as POWs volunteered to fight for Russia in such numbers that two battalions were formed from them, trained and serve in the Donbass.
The final boomerang to date is the fate of the depleted Uranium ammunition sent by the UK to Ukraine to be used in Challenger tanks. It was stored in an armsdump close to the town of Khmelnytskyi. This dump was hit by a precision missile attack launched by Russia on May 14th. The enormous explosion that followed lifted a cloud of radioactive dust high into the air, and the prevailing winds carried this cloud westwards over Poland and into western Europe and the UK. From previous experience gained in the wars on Iraq and Yugoslavia, where this type of ammunition was used, we can expect to see accelerated cancer rates, birth deformations and increased mortality.
UK expert Dr. Chris Busby, physical chemist and scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk made the following statement:-
“Since I am a scientific authority on Uranium and its health effects, but have also examined its dispersion and behaviour in the environment, I will comment on what I believe happened, and why it is important. I was a member of the UK government Ministry of Defence Depleted Uranium Oversight Board (DUOB) in 2000-2005, and also the UK government Committee Examining Radiation Risk from Internal Emitters (CERRIE) 2000-2004. I am Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR) which is an independent NGO that provides advice on risk from ionising radiation.”
“They will deliver genetic damage and death like that seen in the Balkans and Iraq. Cancer, birth defects, miscarriage, infertility, lung damage, mental problems (Gulf War Syndrome) and so forth. The scientific and epidemiological evidence on this has been clear since the Gulf War. It is all there in the scientific literature—but the governments in the West and the military ignore it, deny it and cover it up. In the case of the UK coroners court finding for Stuart Dyson, the jury found that DU caused his fatal colon cancer. But when the coroner wrote to the health minister (as he had to by UK law, Rule 43) the reply was: we disagree. This stuff can be measured, but no one will measure it, or if they do, they will be attacked and their arguments dismissed.”
“Examination of the UK meteorological weather pressure maps tell us that at the time, and for days after the explosion, there was an anticyclone to the north of the explosion site and winds were weak but from the south-east blowing north-westerly around the high-pressure area. So, the plume would move towards Poland.“
Now Dr Busby is no lover of Russia, and certainly had the highest UK security clearance. He is also one of very few experts in this field of Uranium dispersion in the atmosphere. So yet another ill-thought out and utterly immoral action by the UK has boomeranged back upon the European population.
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