Drums Of War

24 Nov

Not good.

From the excellent ZeroHedge (reproduced in full, emphasis in original):

Russia Retaliates Against US: Puts Radar Station On Combat Alert, Prepares To Take Out European Missile Defense Systems

Earlier today, we presented the latest developments in the escalating possibility of an imminent air (and potentially land) campaign targeting Syria by the “western world”, a move that would infuriate not only Iran, but also Russia and China, both of which have made it clear they would not sit idly by and let such an “aggression” stand. Now it is Russia’s turn to retaliate. Cutting straight to the chase – in a nationally televized appearance by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev: in response to what the Russian believes is an active incursion and a potential act of eventual aggression on behalf of NATO countries in Eastern Europe (and hence the US), he he said the following (7 minutes in): “First, I am instructing the Defense Ministry to immediately put the missile attack early warning radar station in Kaliningrad on combat alert. Second, protective cover of Russia’s strategic nuclear weapons, will be reinforced as a priority measure under the programme to develop out air and space defenses. Third, the new strategic ballistic missiles commissioned by the Strategic Missile Forces and the Navy will be equipped with advanced missile defense penetration systems and new highly-effective warheads. Fourth, I have instructed the Armed Forces to draw up measures for disabling missile defense system data and guidance systems if need beFifth, if the above measures prove insufficient, the Russian Federation will deploy modern offensive weapon systems in the west and south of the country, ensuring our ability to take out any part of the US missile defense system, in Europe. One step in this process will be to deploy Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad Region. Other measures to counter the European missile defense system will be drawn up and implemented as necessary. Furthermore, if the situation continues to develop not in Russia’s favor we reserve the right to discontinue further disarmament and arms control measures. Besides, given the intrinsic link between strategic offensive and defensive arms, conditions for our withdrawal from the New START Treaty could also arise.” That said, he concludes that Russia is still open to dialog. However, if Obama merely intends to bomb any nation at will, we are very much concerned that everything Medvedev has just threatened will be enacted. And exponentially more so when Putin comes back in charge. One thing is certain – Russia is not North Korea, and taking this speech for more empty jawboning is probably not the wisest option.

Full must watch address to the public: for English closed captioning hit the CC button.

14 Responses to “Drums Of War”

  1. bushbunny November 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Maybe Richard Andrews was right! The Russians aren’t a nation to take any rubbish from America. Personally I think America are a load of trigger happy dollar seeking pricks.
    But I always gave them the creditation of being sensible. They have their backs to the wall right now, financially, and possibly they are trying to reestablish their international strength. And Russia aren’t the type of people to not kick someone in the belly when they are down.

    This world is awful right now ain’t it Blissful.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus November 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

      It’s been awful for a LONG time Bushbunny. But I for one see light on the far horizon … what is it they say about it being darkest before the dawn? 😉

  2. bushbunny November 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Right now, I am exhausted with fighting with some city slicker bitch who wishes to change history to suit her sense of history. See you tomorrow Blissful, I am out of fight! Until tomorrow though!

  3. JMD November 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    This ZH article is somewhat misleading. I think the announcement is more about the ongoing push by the US & NATO for missile defence at Russia’s borders rather than the Russian’s reacting to an immanent attack on Syria. Not that Syria isn’t about to be ‘Gaddafied’.

    This poking & prodding of Russia has been going on for a couple of years at least.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus November 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

      Did you check the link in ZH’s article from earlier in the(ir) day, re US carrier parked off Syria, declaration of no-fly zone etc?

      • JMD November 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

        I saw that but don’t think this supposed ‘combat alert’ is to do with Syria per se. I’ve been reading stories about NATO ‘missile defence’ in Eastern Europe for a good while now. NATO has been angling to effectively neuter Russian nuclear capability, it was inevitable they would get a reaction.

        I guess we’ll see whether the Russian’s or Chinese can provide any counterbalance to a NATO attack on Syria. Judging by Libya I’d be skeptical. Apparently Chinese oil companies had invested millions if not billions in Libya. Not money well spent.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus November 24, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

      Wouldn’t surprise me if (Israeli?) attack on Iran in the offing … been brewing for years, Netanyahu + assorted questionables (IAEA etc) all beating the drum pretty loud in recent weeks.

  4. JMD November 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    More from Egypt – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-23/egypt-yields-heading-to-record-as-pound-seen-sinking-17-in-year.html

    I’d think that a NATO attack on Syria would really f**k things up. With Libya pretty much broken & a 1000km border, weapons must be moving into Egypt. Breaking Syria doesn’t strike me as something very wise for anybody right now.

    • JMD November 24, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

      I should add, a devaluing Egyptian Pound will make a bad situation worse. Unless somebody is actually trying to start a world war it would be insane to destroy Syria & Iran.

  5. Tomorrows Serf November 25, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    Nato v Syria… Israel v Iran…. Either way, it all sounds like BS to me….

    No matter which happens first, we’re going to get sucked into another BS shitfight…

    And you’d have to ask “Why”

    Could it be that when the financial weight of too much debt everywhere brings the “Western” Cental Bank debt-based “Rothschild” monetary system too its’ proverbial knees, the last trump card is to take us to war??

    Why not?? It’s a great distraction for us “goyim”. Bodybags full of our youth…

    Sort of keeps us busy killing other poor souls just trying to get through life.

    Darwin seems like a great place to host a new US base aimed directly at our biggest and best customer… China.

    I have four “conscriptable-age” sons, and I’ll be damned if they’re going to be dragged into this next bankster-generated, bullshit war..”for love and country”

    Thanks Julia. Thanks Barak..(one who has none and one who has daughters)

    By God, these guys are good at what they do……..may they rot in hell!!!

  6. Twodogs November 25, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Anything which creates opportunity for Islamic fundamentalists is a bad idea. NATO can’t control Libya, and they sure as hell can’t control Syria and Iran and Turkey. Any NATO move in that regard would be regarded as a power play. Especially in the even of an Israeli attack on Iran.

    It just goes to show that it’s not just the Yanks that are inclined to war as a distraction. Europe in free fall looks suspiciously like getting away from problems at home. Syria is best left the hell alone.

  7. Twodogs November 25, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    This is what we have always feared, and I’m mot just talking about WWIII. The proliferation of nukes. Every leader on Earth knows that nukes are the best defence.

    When the Yanks allowed the overthrow of Murabak, they enabled Egypt to step out of the nuclear umbrella that the US provides. His overthrow has created an imbalance in nuclear protection, so any regime opposed to US in Egypt will want their own nukes.

    But even without this, the Islamic takeover of the Turkish leadership and military has them wanting their own nukes, especially with Iran seeking them. In the current scenario, the multitude of opposing middle eastern countries has them all now wanting nukes.

    The can of worms has been opened. Can we stop it getting worse? At least?

    • bushbunny November 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

      O/T While having me lunch at the Servies, I got talking to a lady whose husband is German. She said that the EU financial crisis is worsening like the yanks. It appears Germany has offered its bonds for sale, and no one is buying? Well if they won’t buy Germany’s they won’t buy Greece’s or Italy’s as they have suggested. World bankers are being very very cautious. Something is a foot, Blissful?

      • bushbunny November 25, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

        PS. With the new speaker’s debacle, and just before Christmas too.

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