A Developing Crisis in the Ukraine War

Ukrainian soldier at Bakhmut

Ukrainian soldier at Bakhmut

Bakhmut is a city of about 71,000 in Donetsk oblast (state), about 40 miles north of the city of Donetsk, capital of the seceded Donetsk Republic, with a population of over 900,000. The population of the Donetsk oblast in 2013 was 4.4 million, Ukraine’s most populous region and about 10 percent of the total population of Ukraine. Donetsk oblast is also the most mineral-rich and industrial region of Ukraine. The Donetsk oblast is over 90 percent Russian-speaking and judging from voting records (2010), Russian ethnic and cultural identity is also over 90 percent. Nine oblasts in southern and eastern Ukraine voted 60 to 90 percent for a pro-Russian candidate for President, Viktor Yanukovych, in 2010. Yanukovych was a former Governor of Donetsk oblast. When Yanukovych was overthrown by a violent U.S. State Department, CIA, and British MI6 backed coup in February 2014, Donetsk, Lugansk, to its east, and Crimea, to its south, petitioned the Russian Federation to receive them as oblasts of the  Russian Federation.

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More Woke-Hate Politics in the Making

Arlington Confederate Memorial

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 was enacted on January 1, 2021.  This included creating a commission, called the Naming Commission, to rename all military assets with names associated with the Confederate States of America. According to the 2021 NDAA, within three years of its enactment, the Secretary of Defense is required to implement the plan developed by the Commission to "remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America or any person who served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America from all assets of the Department of Defense.

President Donald Trump vetoed this NDAA because of the Naming Commission, but his veto was overridden by Congress.  

Renaming nine Army bases are the most famous targets of this Woke-Hate Commission: Fort Benning, Fort Bragg, Fort Gordon, Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Hood, Fort Lee, Fort Pickett, Fort Polk, and Fort Rucker. The list of woke-hate renaming targets is far more extensive and includes Navy ships, West Point buildings, and almost anything remotely touching slavery. As if this sort of Reconstruction meanness is not enough, on September 19, 2022, the Naming Commission recommended that the Arlington Confederate Memorial be dismantled and removed. What next?

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Truth is the First Casualty of War

Casualties and Propaganda in the Russia Ukraine WarIn 1918, during World War I, California Republican Senator Hiram Johnson remarked that “The first casualty, when war comes, is truth.”  A similar statement was made in the British Parliament early in the war by MP Philip Snowden, probably in 1915 : “Truth, it has been said, is the  first casualty of war.” This was published in a 1916 book, Truth and the War, by E. D. Morel.  Senator Johnson, having a high interest in avoiding war, would probably have read this book and may also have been  influenced by the scholarly British writer, Samuel Johnson, who in 1758 wrote:

“Among the calamities of War may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by falsehood which interest dictates and credulity encourages.”

In her 1809, Memoirs of an American Lady,  Anne MacVicar Grant wrote:

“Truth is the first victim to fear and policy; when matters arrive at that crisis…all the kindred virtues drop in succession.”

A like quote is sometimes attributed to the Greek tragedian and soldier, Aeschylus (526 BC-456 BC):  In war, truth is the first casualty.”  But  an Aeschylus play may also have expressed, “God is not averse to deceit in a just cause,” which has helped sow the poisonous seeds of much evil propaganda. 

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Examining an Important National Faultline

Family Bible ScruggsIn February 2016, the Pew Research Center published a study entitled, How Religious is Your State. One question on the survey asked how important religion was in the respondent’s life. The states were then ranked by what percent responded that religion was very important in the respondents’ lives. Alabama and Mississippi tied for first with 77 percent. Alabama was also first in those who said they believed in God with absolute certainty, 82 percent. Alabamians were second, 73 percent, in those who claim to pray daily. They were also second with 51 percent who claimed they went to church one or more times weekly.  

I have listed the first 15 states that were classified as highly religious, i.e. those where 60 percent or more respondents considered religion very important in their lives. Besides that  percentage figure for each state, I have given the percent who voted for Trump in the 2020 Election.

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The 2014 Maidan Revolution

Ukraine Election Map 2010
Ukraine Election Map 2010
Viktor Yanukovych 4th President of Ukraine
Viktor Yanukovych 4th President of Ukraine

According to Eric Zuesse, writing in Strategic Culture (September 5, 2016), in 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was tasked by President Obama to overthrow the democratically elected President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych,  and Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad in Syria by means of “color revolutions.”  Color revolutions are opportunistic regime changes by “popular revolutions,” which are clandestinely planned, directed, and financed by CIA sources, often assisted by the British MI6 foreign intelligence services. The CIA Director at that time was John Brennan. John Kerry replaced Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in February 2013. The objective of such color revolutions is supposedly to spread the rule of democratic government.

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