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Diary Blog, 1 July 2022

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On this day a year ago

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Empires rise and fall, emperors and other political leaders rise and fall, and those empires and states are the foundation, basis, or catalyst for coming cultures. The evolution of consciousness has world-historic results, but those events in turn mould consciousness, producing the next twist of the spiral.

Ukraine

[Ukraine: apparent state of play as of 30 June 2022]

Even the Western msm are reporting that Russian forces are fast closing-in on Lisichansk, having taken nearby Severodonetsk. Sky News admitted that many civilians in Lisichansk are actually pro-Russian and await the arrival of Russian forces with anticipated relief.

It is only a matter of time before not only the Donbass region but all of Ukrainian territory within the polygon Kharkov-Mariupol-Zaporozhye-Kremenchuk-Kharkov falls to Russian control. Once that happens, the Ukrainians will be unable to prevent a massive Russian advance on a broad front generally northwestward, between the Dnieper and the Russian border.

The Ukrainians have insufficient fuel east of the Dnieper to last long in terms of infantry and armour mobility, and are running out of artillery capability. If Russian forces can occupy everywhere east of the Dnieper, and south of a line Kremenchuk-Kharkov, their approach towards Kiev might be both swift and unstoppable.

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Exactly. The Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan.

I saw, just yesterday, a TV ad for a new film, a remake of The Railway Children. Guess what? One of the children is now a black…

Every TV ad, pretty much, now has blacks, indeed often many more blacks than whites; same goes for every TV drama, even those set in the 18thC, even those set in Tudor times! See my blog from years ago: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/12/10/tv-ads-and-soaps-are-the-propaganda-preferred-by-the-system-in-the-uk/.

This is no accident. It is part of a giant push by transnational conspirators to “reset the global agenda”; aka The Great Reset, combined with The Great Replacement (of European populations by non-Europeans). No prizes for guessing (((which group))) is behind much of it.

The TV ads etc do not “simply reflect society”, as some weasels claim. The UK is, at least officially, still (still?) 85% white, and actual blacks are only about 3% of the population. In England, the figures would be maybe 80% white, and 4% black. Somewhere around there.

In other words, those ads and TV dramas are social engineering, largely by (((“them”))), the aim being to normalize non-whites everywhere, to normalize that in the minds of, mainly, the impressionable young.

Well before 2066, in my view. Unless it is stopped.

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https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gunman-22-died-after-accidentally-27350838

Take a look at the virtue-signalling nonsense uttered by that coroner. ‘Nuff said.

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I am surprised that Jess Phillips is allowed to be involved in any such activity: see https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/05/07/deadhead-mps-an-occasional-series-the-jess-phillips-story/.

Time to take away some of those medics’ rice-bowls.

Life in the controlled, cramped, no-free-speech, multikulti dystopian ant-heap of the day after tomorrow…

Police are searching for a suspect who is not a white man“…

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That Dr. Patterson is in fact little more than a superannuated student, who has scarcely worked as a doctor, certainly not for long, and who most recently (several years ago) was training to be a psychiatrist. More recently, the lady in question started selling facemasks, and is fanatical about the facemask nonsense (she even makes her child wear one when walking in parks). Seems unstable to me. Trying to make a career out of being an “activist” of some sort.

The Jew-Zionist Zelensky regime…

These are the slugs to whom “Boris”-idiot is funnelling British taxpayers’ money.

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Diary Blog, 14 June 2022, with developments re. Bitcoin and Ukraine

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On this day a year ago

Bitcoin

More or less what I predicted, 4-5 years ago, would be the ultimate outcome: see https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/12/10/thoughts-about-bitcoin/.

Ukraine

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-61786949

All bridges to the embattled Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk have now been destroyed, the local governor says.

With the city effectively cut off, Serhiy Haidai says delivering supplies and evacuating civilians are now impossible.

Reports suggest that about 70% of the city is now under Russian control.

[BBC News].

The Russians will eventually control at least a third, maybe a half, of that part of Ukraine that lies east of the Dnieper river. If so, it will have been a victory bought at a tremendous cost in human and animal suffering and death. Few if any (on any side of the conflict) will be untroubled by what has happened. It could have been accomplished quicker, and in a far less brutal way. Too late now. The Russians have no choice but to continue to the bitter end.

On the above premises, it may be possible for Russian forces to take (or besiege, until surrender) Kharkov, Zaporozhye, and Dnipro. That would leave the Kiev regime ruling over only Kiev itself, Odessa, and Lvov, together with mainly rural western Ukraine.

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What happens when a part-Jew clown and poseur lies and cheats and blags his unmerited way into the office of Prime Minister? What do you get? That’s right— a circus.

Britain 2022: imprisoned for a joke (in this case about a black who was never even in the UK), or for speaking in Whitehall to the effect that Britain should be cleansed of Jews (Jez Turner), or for lampooning Jewish behaviour in funny songs and animations (Alison Chabloz).

Meanwhile, serious real crimes are commonly dealt with by way of non-custodial sentences, or even by formal police caution.

Mad. The country is just going mad. Fast.

Seems that the USA is even more mad than the UK.

Eventually a complete purge of the West and East will be necessary.

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Diary Blog, 28 May 2022, including more on Russian strategy in Ukraine

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[Rome: view of river Tiber and Vatican, including St. Peter’s Basilica]

On this day a year ago

Saturday quiz

Once again, political journalist John Rentoul loses out to me: he scored 7/10, but I trumped that with 9/10. The only question to which I did not know the answer was no. 6, though my answers to questions 1 and 9 were educated guesses; still correct, all the same.

Boris-idiot talks ethics

How can you deal with a crocodile when it’s in the middle of eating your left leg?” Johnson said in a Bloomberg Television interview on Friday, when asked about the prospect of negotiating with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The guy’s completely not to be trusted.” [Bloomberg TV interview].

Ha ha! “The guy’s completely not to be trusted“…

Is that hypocrisy, or just a stunning lack of self-awareness?

Ukraine

As I blogged a month (or more) ago, and more recently (including yesterday), the Russian strategy now seems to be to consolidate control of the coastal regions on the Sea of Azov and Black Sea, as well as in the inland southeastern/Donbass region; also, to press north up the eastern bank of the river Dnieper and generally, to isolate or take the cities of Zaporozhye and Dnipro [Dnepropetrovsk], and then to push up to the northeast towards the Kharkov area. At the same time, the Russian forces in the region of Kharkov will keep that city isolated, if it cannot be taken.

If the above tasks can be accomplished, any Ukrainian forces east of that Sea of Azov-Zaporozhye-Dnipro-Kharkov line are doomed, and Russian forces will then control over half of that part of Ukraine which is east of the wide Dnieper river. Also, some territory to the west of the Dnieper in the south, around the Kherson and Mykolaiv [Nikolayev] region. Russia of course already has complete control of Crimea and its almost entirely Russian population.

Russian forces, assuming success as above, will then probably push west from the general region of Kharkov, and from the southeast through Poltava to the Dnieper and, simultaneously, north from Dnipro (following the river), until those three advances meet at the Dnieper, somewhere southeast of Kiev. At that point, there may be a gathering of forces so that Kiev itself can be assaulted.

The Zelensky regime has fortified Kiev. I wonder how much of the city will survive a brutal battle for supremacy.

As I blogged some time ago, the Russian forces may take all of Eastern Ukraine (i.e. Ukraine east of the Dnieper), but that will not determine this conflict unless Kiev, the ancient seat of authority, is also taken.

Once Kiev is taken, the Zelensky regime will lose much credibility in the West, and have to fall back on Lvov.

The largest cities of Ukraine and Crimea are shown here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_Ukraine.

It can be seen that, of the most-populous 20 cities, 8 are already in Russian hands, at least 2 seriously menaced, and another 3 or 4 not likely to remain outside Russian control for an extended period if assaulted. So about two-thirds of the largest population centres in Ukraine generally are or quite soon will be in Russian hands. In east-of-Dnieper Ukraine, probably all such large towns and cities.

The Zelensky regime may soon control only Kiev, Odessa and Lvov, and it is doubtful whether Odessa could hold out for long if seriously attacked.

If then, Russian forces eventually take both Kiev and Odessa (admittedly a big question, at present) that will mean that Zelensky and his cabal will control only a rump Ukraine, mainly poor and rural, based on Lvov.

Latest news is that Ukrainian forces are in retreat, or planning imminent retreat, in the east/southeast: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-europe-61593803

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The truth that the Western msm, particularly in UK and USA, are not showing.

The Jew Zelensky and his Zionist media-savvy cabal have been winning only one war— the propaganda war. The real war on the ground is now going against the Kiev regime.

Also, at least some people in, say, the UK, USA etc, are waking up to the fact that Zelensky’s corrupt shambles of a government is far from being a “democracy” with civil rights: all opposition parties banned, criticism of Zelensky and his basically Jewish regime banned, anyone wanting peace with Russia arrested, some tortured, and some even shot out of hand, as was the Ukrainian negotiator shot dead in the street in Kiev 2-3 months ago by Ukrainian security killers.

“Major Clark” must be frighteningly thick.

News from old Ireland

The piece below was sent to me; I am unaware of its provenance. Sounds about right, though.

”Republic in Retreat”

Ireland, a country which has historically valued its neutrality and ability to negotiate, is now engaged in political battles on every front foreign and domestic.

The country has shattered its decades old neutrality by supplying military aid to Ukraine in its conflict against Russia and is now antagonizing the British on behalf of the European Union, which is still extremely upset over the Brexit vote.

More than supplying Ukraine with Irish supplies, the Irish state is supplying Ireland with Ukrainians, or anyone claiming to be Ukrainian anyway. The Irish government has declared there will be no limit on the amount of “Ukrainians” it is willing to bring to the country. This policy is being enacted despite a housing crisis which has made Dublin the worst city in the world to find housing, doubled the homeless population, and is leaving young Irish completely unable to get onto the housing ladder.

While most Irish cannot find a home in which to raise a family, the few lucky enough to have a family are subject to sexual violence by immigrant men, all while their towns are being steadily demographically transformed regardless of any protests by locals.If Ireland were run by the Irish for the Irish, instead of by an Indian and a load of neoliberal traitors, then it would not be embarking down the path it currently is.

[provenance unknown]

Sadly, it seems that the present Sinn Fein is complicit in all the ZOG/NWO nonsense being foisted on Ireland’s people: black so-called “Ukrainians” given priority treatment, general mass immigration by blacks and browns from Africa and Asia, and the LGBTQXYZ nonsense, “trans” nonsense etc.

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[Shishkin, Before the Storm]

London zoo

The multikulti society:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/mum-took-son-heathrow-booked-24066977?int_source=nba

A mum who booked her son a flight to The Gambia after a 16-year-old boy was murdered in his own home has appeared in court. Alison Scott, 55, is accused of taking her son to Heathrow Airport two days after Camron Smith was brutally stabbed and disembowelled by a group of armed males in front of his mother.” [My London]

How much more “enrichment” can we take?

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The transnational conspiracy must be getting desperate: global warming, conflated with made-up non-“Covid” triggers for the problems caused by the “vaccines”, and a conspiracy to take away companion animals, all in one mendacious propaganda gambit.

Stella Creasy is a prime example of an MP working entirely against the interests of the British people: pro-immigration, pro-EU, pro-Jewish lobby, pro-Israel, pro fomenting war in Ukraine. Not an exclusive list, incidentally. She also wants to destroy free speech online.

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[fraternization, Paris 1941…]

Diary Blog, 12 April 2022

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On this day a year ago

Ukraine situation

Despite my (overall) “pro-Russia” position (a simplification, but let it stand for purposes of convenience), I have been, naturally, appalled by the alleged war crimes supposedly committed by some of the Russian forces, though I note that many were committed by non-Russians such as Chechens, and that some, perhaps many, Russian soldiers have behaved decently.

Some of the alleged crimes may not have happened at all, but it seems clear that at least some have, and there is no doubt that civilian infrastructure, such as apartment buildings, have been targeted. That is terrible, though whether it counts legally as a “war crime” will depend on whether Ukrainian fighters were ensconced therein.

The Russian Army must shoot its own looters and rapists, and make the punishments known to the world.

An army without discipline is just a rabble, or rampaging mob. Putin must put steel and backbone into his army. Immediately.

Leaving legalities aside, for the Ukrainian civilians, and their companion animals, this is a terrible situation. The invasion should have been a swift, overwhelming, and almost bloodless seizure of Kiev and the rest of Ukraine east of the Dnieper, not the horrible bloody mess that has developed.

I have blogged in previous posts that Stalin would have been shooting generals and intelligence chiefs by now. I have just yesterday read that Putin has detained some 150 top military and intelligence personnel. That is, I think, as much as he can do in his position, overtly at least.

The sheer inefficiency and negligence of the Russian Army and intelligence components (apparently parts of the FSB and GRU) has been stunning. Putin must, quite rightly, be furious.

I do not rule out actual treachery. The Western allies seem remarkably well-informed, though that did not prevent them making the same error as both Putin and me, i.e. thinking that the invasion would be almost a walkover, in the usual racing term.

I recall that, in 1941, Hitler had to persuade his generals that the invasion of the Soviet Union would not be as hard as they imagined. As he said to them, “kick in the front door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down!

Hitler was right, but where he was not right was in assuming that the incapacity of the Red Army, and the decrepitude of the Soviet Union, in the initial phas, would continue forever. In the event, despite a relatively swift approach to Moscow, the weather, events, fresh Siberian troops sent from the east, and a split in German strategic aims, meant that the German advances faltered, stalled, then stopped. The Red Army proved that it had resilience under new commanders.

The Russian Army in the Ukraine of 2022 has been pathetic in all ways, but the story is not yet at an end.

Fresh manpower reserves, elimination or demotion of useless generals, new weapons, new equipment, an increase of armoured pressure on strategic points (Schwerpunkten) will, or can, tip the balance in Ukraine east of the Dnieper. Missile strikes on Ukrainian fuel supplies and arms dumps in all areas of Ukraine can help to turn the tide in the east.

Alison Chabloz

Readers of this blog will probably be aware that persecuted satirist and singer-songwriter, Alison Chabloz, was convicted last Thursday of an offence under the notorious anti-free-speech Communications Act 2003, s.127, which is due to be repealed this year (to be replaced by other legislation).

This Thursday, 14 April 2022, Alison Chabloz will face a sentencing hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. 1400 hrs.

Already, solicitors and Counsel are preparing appeal against conviction and (depending on what happens on Thursday) sentence. Any appeal hearing will be heard (eventually) at Crown Court.

Alison Chabloz

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The newspaper noted, the Manchester Evening News, seems to hate anything to do with European race and culture. I can only assume that there is a strong Jewish element there.

In fact, the first picture is a poster from about 1943, not 1917, but the tweet’s overall message is right.

So Jewish-lobby puppet Starmer wants to introduce a Cuban-style block-and-neighbourhood police state in the UK. Much as some of the country is out of control socially, that is just one more reason not to vote Labour.

The world population must be reduced; the proportion of humans of European descent must be very greatly increased. Das ist’s!

“To win without war; this is the supreme excellence” [Sun Tzu, The Art of War; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Tzu; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_War]

Incidentally, Putin and his government could take a few lessons from the Chinese…

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[The Roman Empire at its greatest extent in 117 AD, at the time of Trajan, plus principal provinces]

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..and it remains KIEV, incidentally…

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Diary Blog, 5 April 2022

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On this day a year ago

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Some may say that that specific robot is relatively unsophisticated, or that its capabilities are few, and that it is still being controlled by human controllers elsewhere, but what is important is the direction of travel.

Same with the “how will Britain be able to house tens of millions of non-Europeans without building on Green Belt and other open country?” nonsense question.

Answer: “we don’t want more people, especially non-whites, but also uncultured ‘wigger’ plebs, not to mention arrogant English/Scots/Welsh nouveaux-riches bastards and their pushy aspirational families.”

Ukraine

[Daily Mail graphic showing the apparent state of play as of 4 April 2022]

The alleged (and, if true, appalling) crimes said to have been committed by Russian forces in the Kiev area have trashed Russia’s reputation even more than was already the case.

Despite the brutal history of both Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, and despite the cruelties inflicted by Russian and other troops on the conquered Axis nations of the 1940s (notably on the peoples of Germany, Austria, and Hungary), the overall (or, perhaps, parallel) reputation of Russia and Russians as a cultured people never completely died. I begin to fear, now, that that reputation has all but died in the West, at least among the relatively uneducated masses, and that Russia is seen now, by many, as a barbarous and cruel nation and people.

The Russian Army evidently lacks discipline, a fact shown not only by the alleged war crimes (assuming reports are accurate), but by the pathetic planning and execution of the invasion itself, and also by the reports of Russian soldiers fraternizing with the Ukrainian civilians (and so being poisoned with spiked cakes, pies, booze etc). We see reports of Russian soldiers looting shops and homes, and it is no excuse to say that, historically, many armies at war (including British and American) have committed some such acts at times.

Putin, for all the NWO/ZOG propaganda against him, is not Stalin, and Russia in 2022 is not the Soviet Union.

Stalin would have shot generals, intelligence officers, and lower-ranked persons in large numbers by now, for their lack of discipline, for their lack of performance, and for the bad impression of Russia given by them, an impression now spread across the world.

Putin cannot copy Stalin. He has not the power, has not the —or any proper— ideology, and has not the power structure (including a facade of “law”) to permit him such freedom of action.

Putin and Putinism was, like the Yeltsin years of shambles, a transitional phase between Sovietism and the future. “Was?” Well, unless Russia changes drastically soon, Putin and Putinism are history, not because of the very poor behaviour of some of the Russian soldiers, but because of the sheer failure of almost every aspect of this “operation”. Also, because the standards of living of Russians will now decline without any —even notional— gain or benefit.

Below, some of the recent devastation:

[devastated suburban road in Bucha, Kiev district, Ukraine]

Hard to believe, looking at the Bucha area as it now is, that Bulgakov [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Bulgakov], born in Kiev, whose original main family home is now a museum there, and who was author of the book The White Guard (about the various contending forces in Ukraine between the start of the Russian Civil War and the period just before the establishment of Soviet power) had a pleasant summer cottage in Bucha.

[Bulgakov’s pre-revolutionary family home in Kiev itself, now a museum: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Bulgakov_Museum]

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Guard; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_War_of_Independence.

Looking at the terrible aftermath of war in that Kiev suburb (nearby town) of Bucha, and then seeing [below] Bucha city park as it was in summer a year or two ago, and essentially as it was up until the recent invasion and war, makes one fear for such places not only in Ukraine but in Poland, Germany, France and, yes the UK too; even in the USA.

[city park, Bucha, Ukraine, before invasion]

We see more and more calls for more armament to be shipped to the Kiev regime. The world is being pushed, by hidden conspiratorial groups in the West, towards world war, or at least NATO-Russia war.

One sees silly people saying “Russia only has the GDP of Italy!” as if that is in any way relevant. The war of 1914-18, the war of 1939-45 (for Russia, 1941-45), those wars had economic imperatives, but a nuclear war between east and west has no such imperatives; it will, or would, be over too quickly for economic strength to play much part.

One also sees “NATO has many times the nuclear power of Russia“. Again, irrelevant. Once you’re dead, you’re dead and, in most cases, you are as dead if one nuclear missile lands on you as you are if ten or twenty land on you. Something for the citizens (and political leaders) of London, Washington, New York, Seattle, LA, Houston, Chicago etc to think about.

Yes, NATO could destroy Russian cities as well as straight military targets, but some of the countryside would be left, and some of the people, maybe even some cities, in a country 72x the size of the UK and 2x the size of the (contiguous) USA.

What would be left of the UK if, say, London, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, Plymouth, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Liverpool and Manchester were all wiped out? Not a lot. That’s with 10 missiles. Russia has 6,200, we are told.

If the, say, 20, 30, 40 largest American cities were wiped out, there would be people, areas, even towns left, but it would take a century for the US to really recover. The UK? I am not sure that it would ever really recover.

France? A large country, almost three times the size of the UK, but if its top ten cities were destroyed, France as a state would be gone, certainly for many decades, possibly for centuries.

I am disturbed to see people in the UK, including some of the less-intelligent politicians (eg Johnny Mercer MP) almost saying “bring it on“, re. nuclear war with Russia. And why? Over the Jew-ruled failed “state” of Ukraine? It’s just mad.

As for shipping tanks, planes etc to the Kiev regime, that just prolongs the suffering in Ukraine, as well as making it quite likely that Russia will attack NATO forces or supply chains directly.

What about the strategic situation in Ukraine itself? As I thought right from the start, the aim seems to be to seize the coastal areas, and also the part of Ukraine east of the Dnieper river. However, I fail to see how that is sustainable if Kiev itself is left in the hands of the Zelensky regime.

Kiev is on both banks of the Dnieper, but the important and historic parts are mostly on the western side. If Kiev is not taken by Russian forces, then the holding of much of eastern Ukraine (the northern sector of the east) becomes, surely, unsustainable, because arms, equipment, ammunition, and forces will be channelled through Kiev region to attack the Russian-held areas to the east.

Everything depends on Putin, and whether he can carry with him his military and intelligence “top brass” in any attempt to seize back the initiative.

Hard to see that the defenders of all the presently-besieged cities will be able to keep going for very long in terms of food, as well as ammunition, but human beings are remarkable creatures at times. I daresay that the Ukrainian fighters will still be eating after the civilians have starved.

Looking at the conflict as if through the eyes of Putin, the odds must be on escalation rather than withdrawal.

We know more or less where Russian forces are, but what we, as Western observers, do not know in any detail, is where are the Kiev-regime forces. I have read accounts in online newspapers etc to the effect that most active Ukrainian forces are in the east and south-east, which seems credible, looking at the resistance in those sectors. If, then, Russian forces can defeat those resisting forces, huge numbers of Russian troops will be available to redeploy, either to the Kiev area or to the occupation of the rest of east-of-Dnieper Ukraine.

Ukraine is now not in any sense a functioning state. It has no legitimate government (and has banned most opposition parties) but, more importantly, it cannot import or export by sea, because its ports are blockaded, occupied, or under attack, its domestic market for anything except food is all but non-existent, its industrial centres are mostly occupied or ablaze, and its farm produce can only be exported by road, making it uneconomic.

More facemask nonsense

Readers of this blog will know how I have opposed the facemask nonsense for the past two years. I have now just seen a photo of Kim Jong-Un this week, pointedly not wearing a facemask, while all the underlings around him are wearing the useless muzzles.

Just as in the West. Same set-up: the “important” person or persons not wearing facemasks, while all the “unimportant” persons are wearing them, and forced to do so. As often said, this has nothing at all to do with health and safety.

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Not so sure about the “fascist” designation; after all, Mussolini, Franco and Pinochet were less harsh than Trudeau’s regime.

So ignorant radio loudmouth Julia Hartley-Brewer (((?))) is ready for nuclear war with Russia? Ready to see her precious family and home obliterated with the rest of London, all because she wants (other people) to fight Russia in and about Ukraine, a shambolic failed state run by a sickeningly corrupt cabal, mostly Jews?

“Madonna”, a major symptom of a very sick society.

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Diary Blog, 24 March 2022

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On this day a year ago

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Complete idiots on the roads of Jamaica. Who would have thought it?…

Russia is going to win this war, come what may. Any adventurers, freebooters, and would-be contract soldiers, from the UK, USA etc may well find themselves prisoners of war —but not treated according to the Geneva Convention(s)— in a prison camp, somewhere like Siberia, or (more likely) Mordovia (central Russia). That’s if they do not get a bullet in the head in the field.

Sadiq Khan is an idiot.

Ukraine

[state of play as of early 24 March 2022]

Russian forces are almost stalled; stagnating. My impression though, is that (despite the Daily Mail take), they still (just about) hold the initiative. If Russia can energize itself to take and hold the territory between Donetsk and Kharkov, and then lay siege to, or at least encircle, Zaporozhye and then Dnipro (former Dnepropetrovsk), a general approach, east of the Dnieper river, on Kiev (from east and southeast) will be possible.

As I blogged right from the start, even before the start of the invasion, the Russian strategy should be to secure the Black Sea and Sea of Azov shores/littoral (to maybe 50-100 miles inland), to secure the entire territory of Ukraine east of the river Dnieper, and to take and hold Kiev. The rest of Ukraine can then be left.

On that basis, the Russians would control almost all the major cities of Ukraine, most of its industry, a significant amount of its agriculture, much of its electricity generation, and all of its sea-ports and Dnieper river-ports.

It appears that that is more or less what the Russians are doing, but very slowly.

It may be that Putin is going to have to commit greater forces to the war. Russia and its ally, Belarus, abut about two-thirds of Ukrainian territory. It must be possible to bring in more of everything in order to start the campaign moving again.

My sense is that Putin is not going to withdraw all forces to Russia proper. He will not back down or be seen to “lose”. I do not think that simply holding on to the Donbass regions alone will be seen by Putin or the Russian public as anything akin to a victory. There has to be more. To control the entire south and east (everywhere east of the Dnieper) would do it. That really means taking and holding Kiev as well.

Is Kiev essential to a Russian victory? I think that it probably is.

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[Raphael, The School of Athens]

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[Daily Mail map of positions in the Kiev area]

If it is true that around Kiev, and possibly elsewhere, Russian forces are being pushed back, then Putin has either to bring in fresh reserves from Russia, or he has to use missiles and air power to flatten the Kiev-regime forces and/or the cities which are as yet holding out, the most important of which is Kiev itself.

We are told that the Russian air force has been held back by reason of the ground-to-air missiles supplied to Zelensky’s forces by the USA and UK. If that is so, and if the Russian ground forces cannot overrun the Ukrainian positions and prevent use of such Western weaponry, then the only logical way for Russia to regain the initiative will be to use long-range missiles which cannot easily be shot down, and which would be able to change the battlefield, depending on what kind of warhead is used.

If this continues much longer, I can see Kiev and other major cities of the Ukraine being all but razed to the ground.

I note that Russian forces are (said to be) taking up defensive positions as far as 20 miles outside Kiev; away from any danger of being within any circle of destruction from the air, perhaps. Does this betoken a massive onslaught by missiles and planes? We may not have to wait long to find out.

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Once again, sinister clown Boris-idiot plays the Poundland Churchill. Amateur dramatics. Today’s role? “The Great War Leader and Statesman”. Benny Hill could have done it better, just like that other sinister clown, Zelensky.

So the UK, which has never been allied to Ukraine, never had anything much to do with it, is suddenly going to have hundreds of millions of pounds wasted on arms sent to prolong and make worse (for civilians) a horrible near-civil war, at a time when British people can, many of them, scarcely make ends meet.

…which is why Enoch Powell, for all his great intelligence, knowledge, education, resilience, and courage, ended up as a political joke, incapable of leading even a reformist tendency, let alone a national-revolutionary movement.

That pathetic sack of ****, Linehan, was extremely insolent to me on Twitter more than once, and I seem to recall that he loved the fact that a pack of malicious Jews had instigated my (in fact not only unwarranted but unlawful) disbarment in 2016 (my “crime” was tweeting five completely true and accurate tweets about society and a few politicians): see https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/07/09/the-slide-of-the-english-bar-and-uk-society-continues-and-accelerates/ for detail on that.

So Linehan kicked me when (he thought) I was down. Now look at him! A snivelling wreck, because the often crazed and degenerate “trans” lobby (and the wider “woke” lobby) has had him “cancelled”. Ironically, I happen to hold views not far distant from what I understand to be his on that one topic: see https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/11/15/when-reality-becomes-subjective/.

He needs to stop snivelling, stand up, load up, and fight the enemies of civilization.

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