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

Morning music

[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

Tweets seen

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.

Other music

[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?

Late tweets

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.

Late music

[fraternization, Paris 1941…]

Diary Blog, 28 May 2021, including thoughts about Sir Roger Casement

Historical inaccuracy about Sir Roger Casement

Switching on Radio 4 late at night, just before it switches to BBC World Service, I heard the Irish politician or ex-politician, Mary McAleese [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_McAleese], reading some of her memoirs.

I was surprised to hear Mrs McAleese say that Sir Roger Casement [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Casement] had been executed for treason “because of his support for the Easter Rising.” Not so.

Casement was put on trial for treason because, as a British subject (indeed, he had been a civil servant, first at the Colonial Office and then at the Foreign Office) he had committed various acts which were not only adjudged treasonous in the First World War but which would still be, on similar facts, today. Indeed, in WW2, some others were executed for far less. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Casement#Capture,_trial,_and_execution

William Joyce [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Joyce] was hanged merely for having broadcast from Germany [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Haw-Haw].

The last statement of William Joyce: “In death as in life, I defy the Jews who caused this last war, and I defy the power of darkness which they represent. I warn the British people against the crushing imperialism of the Soviet Union. May Britain be great once again and in the hour of the greatest danger in the West may the standard be raised from the dust, crowned with the words – “You have conquered nevertheless”. I am proud to die for my ideals and I am sorry for the sons of Britain who have died without knowing why.”

It is not generally known that dozens of other actually-British people (Joyce’s nationality was and remains disputed) who broadcast from the Reich during WW2 were either not prosecuted or received short prison sentences. In other words, in Joyce’s case, as in that of Casement, political rather than legal expediences proved determinative.

John Amery [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Amery], who was hanged after WW2, did more or less the same as had Casement in WW1. He toured POW camps trawling for potential recruits etc. Indeed, Casement did more than that and, after all, was eventually arrested (by a solitary sergeant of the Royal Irish Constabulary) after having been landed ashore —awaiting an arms drop— on the “lonely Banna Strand”, from a German U-boat. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Casement#Irish_revolutionary.

[the “lonely Banna Strand”, where Sir Roger Casement was landed from a German U-boat in 1916]

In fact, the Irish rebels’ operation was a total botch: “Casement did not learn about the Easter Rising until after the plan was fully developed. The German weapons never landed in Ireland; the Royal Navy intercepted the ship transporting them, a German cargo vessel named the Libau, disguised as a Norwegian vessel, Aud-Norge. All the crew were German sailors, but their clothes and effects, even the charts and books on the bridge, were Norwegian.[citation needed] As John Devoy had either misunderstood or disobeyed Pearse’s instructions[citation needed] that the arms were under no circumstances to land before Easter Sunday, the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) members set to unload the arms under the command of Irish Citizen Army officer and trade unionist William Partridge were not ready. The IRB men sent to meet the boat drove off a pier and drowned.” [Wikipedia]

It can be seen that, however unfortunate in many ways Casement was, Mrs McAleese’s statement that he was hanged, as her memoirs seem to imply, simply because he “supported” the Easter Rising, seems to me to be disingenuous at best.

Until I looked her up on Wikipedia yesterday, I knew nothing much about Mrs McAleese. Seems that she was appointed a professor of laws at Trinity College, Dublin, when only 24 years of age, failed to get elected as a would-be politician, but was eventually adopted as Fianna Fail candidate for the Presidency of Ireland; she served two terms (14 years).

Casement, though not much known by the general public these days in England, is still a major historical figure in Ireland.

Tweets seen

In the real sense (not the formal legal sense), what the LibLabCon-men (and women) have done in the past half-century is far more treasonous than whatever Sir Roger Casement did; and he was hanged for it…

While I certainly agree with Cummings (and have blogged so from the start) that Boris-idiot is unfit to be Prime Minister, Cummings is himself a personification of the crazy way in which Britain is run. Are there other countries where a person with effectively no track record could become such a power behind the political throne?

A degree in History, a few unsuccessful years trying to make money in Russia (including an airline which only made one flight), then an office bod at Conservative Party HQ for a number of years, then…all but running the UK’s administration. It’s mad. https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/08/10/les-eminences-grises-of-dystopia/; https://ianrobertmillard.org/2020/01/03/dominic-cummings-a-government-of-dystopia-and-lunacy-posing-as-genius/; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Cummings

Remembrance of Cummings’ times past: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/dominc-cummings-lockdown-rules-boris-johnson-oxford-university-press-conference-a9532451.html

Afternoon music

Alison Chabloz

Usually-reliable sources report that the persecuted satirist and singer-songwriter, Alison Chabloz, is now resting at home, having been released from Bronzefield Prison earlier today.

More information will be published in this blog later today, or on another day.

Alison’s appeal against conviction and sentence is scheduled to be heard in Crown Court (probably at Southwark) on 3-4 June 2021, i.e. next week.

[Alison Chabloz]

Late tweets

I shall blog another day about the upcoming Batley and Spen by-election. My first thought about Galloway’s candidature is that he is a busted flush, with no real chance of even saving his deposit. On the other hand, if the by-election is as close as it might be (i.e. as close as I, provisionally, think that it might be), then Galloway getting, say, 2% might be the difference between a Conservative win and a Labour win.

Late music