Things are on a knife-edge in Ukraine. This from ZeroHedge:
The Washington Post is publishing a new map that shows, using information from the Royal United Services Institute, recent troop movements in the region. The graphic illustrates how military exercises conducted by Russia have left a big build-up of troops on Ukraine’s border. It also shows Ukraine’s own military moves to its borders with Russia and Moldova’s Russian-dominated enclave, Transnistria.
I watched a documentary about the Battle of Stalingrad recently, and was struck by the similarities between that momentous point in 20th century history and the clash of civilizations taking place in exactly the same region today. Here’s the pertinent part:
The Battle of Stalingrad saw fierce street fighting in the city of Stalingrad, today named Volgograd, on a bend in the great Volga River in Southern Russia. Lasting from August 1942 to February 1943, it was among the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare.
Less well known is that Hitler’s armies were substantially defeated in preceding battles that took place either side of the Seversky Donets River, which forms part of today’s border between Ukraine and Russia. Citing Soviet- and Nazi-era military records, U.S. military historian David Glantz contends that the tide turned for the Nazis in the very same region where people are today rising up against a reactionary, racially-motivated clique of virulently anti-Russian madmen transplanted into Kiev by the Western NATO military alliance.
Here we are, again, 72 years later, in the same location, witnessing the convergence of another potentially titanic battle between East and West.
It’s eerie to think that the Russians essentially defeated Nazism in the very place where NATO-trained and backed neo-fascists from Galicia, Western Ukraine, are today killing ethnic Russians. So much for ‘never again’, eh Europe?
Nazi Germany never recovered from its losses in Southern Russia.
Will Ukraine turn out to be the graveyard of the North Atlantic Empire too? Perhaps in some roundabout way; I don’t foresee Russian and U.S. troops engaging directly in Ukraine or elsewhere. But with the Atlanticists having to lie in ever more egregious ways as they maneuver their way through this crisis, they run an increasingly higher risk of exposing their hand to the slumbering Western masses and having their ‘world democratization revolution’ backfire spectacularly.
To paraphrase Twain, history may not always exactly repeat itself, but it certainly rhymes.