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Truth is always the first casualty of war – and no less so than the current conflict in Ukraine. Russia insists it’s a localized police action to uproot a new Nazi uprising. Ukraine, which has become a US protectorate, insists it’s fighting to halt Russian aggression against a freedom-seeking nation. No mention that Ukrainians used to be called Russians.

For interesting contrast, go back to the first Chechen War from 1994 to 1996 and the second one from 1999 to 2009. The 1.4 million Chechen, a fierce Muslim people of the Caucasus Mountains, who had been battling Russian imperial expansion for 300 years, rose up and waged two David v. Goliath wars to regain their freedom from Russia.

In the first war, Chechen fighters routed Russian forces. Moscow agreed to independence for the Chechen Islamic Republic. But then hardliners, led by security chief Vladimir Putin, resumed the war after a staged fake bombing of Moscow apartments by the renamed KGB, the SVR that killed 200-300 people.

At that time, the US was actively supporting the Yeltsin regime in Moscow, particularly so with massive financial aid. Yeltsin had long-established links to CIA and Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.

The US refused to help the Chechen resistance or recognize its fight for independence. I know this because I was closely following this tragic story and trying to raise some support for free Chechnya.

As fighting raged in Chechnya, the US called on the then Chechen leader, Gen, Dzhokhar Dudayev, to negotiate with Boris Yeltsin. Dudayev was given a special mobile phone supposedly connected to one held by Yeltsin for the ’peace talks.’

As so as Dudayev and Yeltsin were connected, a covert US aircraft launched a missile that homed in on Dudayev’s phone receiver. The Chechen leader was blown to bits. With further help from US intelligence, the Chechen resistance was relentlessly ground down and eliminated. Chechens were arrested and tortured en masse in so-called Russian ‘filtration camps.’ A Chechen warlord, Ramzan Kadyrov, was named ‘gauleiter’ of Chechnya. Chechen leaders were hunted down and assassinated by KGB or Kadyrov’s agents.

Chechnya was literally thrown to the wolves by the US. What a contrast this is to the current situation in Ukraine which has been flooded by \$15-20 billion of modern US weapons in recent months and aided by a massive propaganda campaign directed by the US and Britain.

Unlike 1991, the US sees the war in Ukraine as a rare chance to tear a big chunk of Russia away or even go on to crush the Russian Federation into fragments. Many Ukrainians would be happy to see this outcome. The memory of how Stalin’s USSR starved or shot some six million Ukrainians in the 1920’s and 1930’s lingers among the older generation.


But younger Ukrainians must question what will happen if their war with Russia continues. Will Ukraine invade Russia and try to regain Crimea? Will the US or some European powers support an attack on Crimea? Poland and Britain are already deeply involved in the war. Who will be next?

The right wing of the US Democratic Party, now in power, is far more warlike and anti-Russian than most Americans realize. In fact, it’s the real `war party.’

If this half-baked war continues, the risks of a nuclear or chemical confrontation grow daily. So does an accidental clash in the Black Sea between Russia and the US. Off on the sidelines the Greeks, Turks, Armenians, Azeris, Egyptians. Iranians and Israelis may be spoiling for a fight.

• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Military, Chechnya, NATO, Russia, Ukraine 
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  1. Alistair says:

    The West is betting the family farm on an Ukraine victory; hoping for some kind of regime change in Russia. The problem is that no one really knows what would succeed the Putin regime; Russia’s history showed that Russia will always get worse before getting any better. So, if Putin fails, chances of getting the next Joseph Staline is more likely than another Mikhail Gorbachev.

  2. meamjojo says:

    I’m sure there was a point to this article but I can’t seem to find it.

    Perhaps it was the opportunity to try and pitch your alternative world view by pondering

    “Will Ukraine invade Russia and try to regain Crimea?”

    Newsflash Margolis: Crimea is Ukrainian. Russia took it and now Ukraine intends to get it back. Thankfully, the USA under president Joe Biden will have the Ukrainians backs and will assist in helping them make this a reality.

    The beauty of taking back Crimea is that it will be the equivalent of grabbing Pootin by the scuff of his neck and rubbing his face in his own crap. It’s going to be a fun party!

    • LOL: Notsofast
    • Replies: @Old Brown Fool
  3. Renoman says:

    Putin will stay, Biden will go, Ukraine will be gone and Crimea will be Russian. There is no way the Russians will allow their naval base on the Black Sea to fall into Ukrainian hands.

    • Agree: Notsofast
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  4. Either Russia or America will use nuclear weapons first, if the circumstances require it. Deterrence Doctrine could not work if that were not the case. It requires being able to control the scenarios in which nukes will be used: that control is ebbing away. And history warns: every empire eventually gets the war it is trying to avoid – including nuclear war it would seem.

    • Replies: @meamjojo
  5. @meamjojo

    Crimea is Ukrainian.

    Because Khrushchev gifted it to Ukraine one fine morning in a hangover headache? Crimea speaks Russian. So what will happen to the population once Ukraine “takes it back”? Those Russians will be driven out or killed, and Turks and Tartars will be brought back to populate it?

  6. meamjojo says:

    What is this continual bullcrap about what language an area speaks?

    Half of California speaks Spanish. That doesn’t mean that Mexico gets to take CA back, even if the Spanish speakers wanted such a merger or voted in some kind of referendum.

    • Troll: Notsofast
  7. meamjojo says:

    I wish there were a functionality in UNZ to flag posts like yours so as to be able to return to them at some point in the future to see how accurate your prediction might have been.

    I think you will be proven wrong on every count.

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  8. meamjojo says:
    @peter mcloughlin

    I sincerely hope that Russia does use nuclear weapons. The world will be cleansed of Putin and Russia that much sooner.

    • Troll: Notsofast
  9. Notsofast says:

    holy shit, i wasn’t going to commet on this thread (because the author is obviously retarded and my mother told me not to pick on them.) but seeing jojo the morphadyke smearing his mental excrement all over the comments, i felt the need to express a rational point of view. hell, even poor, old, befuddled, paul craig roberts is starting to get it, his latest offering entitled “finally perhaps we can make sense out of putin’s decisions” lmmfao, “perhaps we” does he have a mouse in his pocket? there are a lot of people who understood it from the beginning but i’m glad paul finally is starting to see the light.

  10. Notsofast says:

    …and i wish there was a “deep-state troll” button for posts like yours.

  11. anonymous[214] • Disclaimer says:

    Margolis deserves thanks for bringing attention to the Chechen story, the absolute worst crime of post-Soviet Russia. Russia saw it as a survival issue, because of oil and gas lines and some deposits in Muslim Chechnya and Dagestan.

    It’s said Russian false flags in the Chechen wars blaming Muslims, were actually the inspiration for USA & Israel to do 9-11. USA collaborates on Chechnya lies, Putin supports official 9-11 story.

    Chechens had an absolute right to secede of course under ‘self-determination’ just like the EU touted with Kosovo, but denies with Crimea or Donbass. Just like Taiwan has that right too.

    Quite awfully, there’s little true respect for this top-level moral principle of ‘self-determination’, as people pick their sides, even tho it’s a principle trumping ‘national borders’, as the EU & Nato themselves declared with Kosovo and Yugoslavia-Serbia, when it suited their agenda.

    On the positive side for those reading, it’s long been clear that nuclear weapons do NOT exist, Hiroshima & Nagasaki were proven chemical firebombings just like Tokyo, mushroom clouds are chemical etc. The 66 planes that hit Hiroshima with chemicals popped up in accidentally-revealed US records, the ‘smoking gun’. Big powers all work together on the nuke hoax for terror, and for stealing taxpayer funds. But ‘nuke bombs’ are as fake as 1969-72 ‘landings on the moon’.

  12. Alistair says:

    The Ukraine war is a proxy war between U.S and Russia; it’s gambling with security of the Europe and Canada — because the Old US leadership is determined to remove Russia’s strategic capability.

    Regardless of their political affiliations, today’s US leaders are too old, in their 80th, and certainly out of touch with the 21st century’s global realignment– these guys are mostly from 1970’s, when their political careers have been greatly shaped by the “Cold War” with USSR; their solution against today’s Russia is outdated — particularly, Joe Biden 79, appears to be numb, insensitive; he appears to be indifferent; detached from the current global events, he seems to have archived-solutions for every global crisis, which he pulls out of his old-dusty foreign policy cabinet from 1970’s.

    The old US leadership has chosen to escalate against Russia in Ukraine, even at the cost of a “Nuclear Confrontation”; gambling with the security of Europe and Canada, but also with the Ukrainians’ life.

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