The Return of Reality
So, we were right all along. Those of us abused as reactionaries, warmongers, morons and right wing fascists, have been proved correct about the way the world is, and all the so called progressives, globalists, liberals and self described peace lovers are shown up as the useful idiots they have always been. Once again, as in the 1930s, a combination of self deception, complacency, and a refusal to recognize the realities of the world, has put the democratic nations in jeopardy, and vindicated those of us who have long argued against the defence reviews which consistently reduced our military capabilities, and the increasing reliance on foreign nations for our energy, while arguing for the retention, indeed expansion, of both our nuclear deterrence, and conventional forces.
The claims by Hitler that he was only seeking to protect his fellow countrymen who lived in foreign nations, and were being oppressed, are now echoed by Putin in his claims about Russian speakers abroad. These claims allowed many foolish people to defend the former's actions, until he finally launched the Wehrmacht against totally different peoples. Vladimir Putin has crossed the Rubicon, letting slip the dogs of war, and we now hear the hoofbeats of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse resounding across the world. He is clearly not motivated by fear of encirclement, but by a desire to recreate the Russian Empire of the Tsars.
If Putin is allowed to get away with crushing the Ukraine, then the Baltic states will be next, followed by Finland, before he turns his baleful eye on the countries of Western Europe. Meanwhile China will invade Taiwan, while Iran will no doubt try their luck against Israel, although the latter will rightly reply in a manner which will finish the Ayatollahs. As far as we in the West are concerned we must, as Lady Macbeth says to her husband when he hesitated “Screw your courage to the sticking place”. When Putin threatens us with nuclear weapons we must reply in kind, stating that, if he were to unleash them we would destroy Russia in response. No sane person wants that, but deterrence only works if you make clear that you will, albeit reluctantly, meet fire with fire.
The fellow travellers of organisations such as "Stop the War", and CND, will squeal at the thought of drawing a line in the sand. One comment by a supporter of these moronic groups was “Ukraine deserves more condemnation than Russia, as, if they had acceded to President Putin requests, there would have been no war”. It is impossible to understand the mindset of such idiots, who would no doubt have said something similar about Hitler in the 1940s. It is worth recalling that, had the Ukraine not abandoned its nuclear weapons in the aftermath of the Cold War, Russia would not have dared attack. So much for the mindless appeasers of CND!
The usual suspects, from the Left of the Labour party, and the ragbag of boneheads and traitors who always support any enemy of the West are whining about "NATO aggressors". As Churchill said of possible traitors in 1940 “Woe betide them!". It now clear that, as always, they constitute that section of society of whom George Orwell said “In intention, at any rate, the English intelligentsia are Europeanized. They take their cookery from Paris and their opinions from Moscow. In the general patriotism of the country they form a sort of island of dissident thought. England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during 'God save the King' than of stealing from a poor box. All through the critical years many left-wingers were chipping away at English morale, trying to spread an outlook that was sometimes squashily pacifist, sometimes violently pro-Russian, but always anti-British.”
It is regrettable that there are even some organisations on the Right, and not merely the mad extremists, who seem to have been hypnotised by Putin into looking on him as being someone to be admired. Anyone who can watch children being slaughtered by Russian attacks, and does not condemn them outright, is as culpable as any of the usual imbeciles of the Left.
As far as the ordinary people are concerned, they must not support a policy which as Churchill said in January 1940, describing the neutral states "Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured. But I fear greatly that the storm will not pass. It will rage and it will roar ever more loudly, ever more widely". Finland and Sweden, neutral for so long, suddenly find themselves under threat from the mad Russian dictator, so are now reconsidering their stance, while even Switzerland, that epitome of neutrality, has joined the rest of the West in imposing sanctions upon him. Better late than never!
The idiotic pursuit of a so called peace dividend has led the West to consistently run down our conventional forces, so that, in the event of overt acts of hostility by our enemies, we will quickly be faced with the alternative of yielding, or resorting to nuclear weapons, which would inevitably lead to use of strategic ICBMs, resulting in the destruction of much of humanity. Too many rungs have been removed from the ladder of escalation, and we must hope that we have time to rectify the situation. We must, as in the words of Shakespeare's Henry V "When the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger; Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood" or endure years of retreat, and eventual defeat, by the totalitarian states. Friedrich Nietzsche said that "Under conditions of peace the warlike man attacks himself.", and in recent years, we have seen this happen, particularly in the Anglosphere. The absurd concerns of the wimps of woke, of whining Remainers, and of fanatical environmentalists, now fade into irrelevance, as the real world puts into proportion their vacuous meanderings. Those pathetic namby-pamby weaklings infesting our universities, are crying for 'safe spaces' might find that there are worse things than statues, and books, to threaten their poor little sensibilities, such as a Russian bayonet up the backside (as Corporal Jones might say). What the Chinese government describe as 'Sissy men', desperate to walk around in women's clothes, could discover that the use of incorrect pronouns is the least of their worries, given that Mr Putin is not known for his sympathies to vanishingly small sexual minorities.
The rump of irreconcilable Remainers still obsess over their beloved EU, even now claiming that the latter has reacted to the Russian invasion more forcefully than the UK. These claims are, as so many of their statements, outright lies. While we have trained Ukrainian troops, sent effective military equipment, and led the way in imposing economic warfare on Russia, the Germans have had to be dragged kicking and screaming into reversing course on their appeasement of Russia, Macron has been humiliated by Putin, and the EU has talked a great deal but done little. Of course none of this seeps into the skulls of the boneheaded Remainers.
Now is the time to call 'Halt' to the appeasement of the fanatics of the Green movement. Quite apart from the fact that they are totally wrong about climate change being due to human activity, their insane demands that we abandon our main means of creating energy are totally insane. I am old enough to remember rationing, and the insane refusal to use our own energy resources, while relying on foreign imports, means that we soon will face placing comparable restrictions on domestic users. The Greens must be ignored and fracking, and new nuclear power stations brought online, while the still large oil and gas fields in our waters, plus if necessary the coal mines, reopened.
We must instigate a crash enlargement of our nuclear, and conventional armed forces, and we have a moral duty to take in Ukrainian refugees who share our desire for democracy, and freedom.
In truth we are now seeing a return to the realities of the world. War is an inborn tendency within mankind, and although we do not seek it, we must be aware that it will never vanish from the planet. As Franklin Roosevelt said "Speak softly and carry a big stick”. As we watch the martyrdom of the Ukrainian people we forget that truth at our peril.