Yesterday we highlighted the concerns of Polish nationalists that Germany, backed by the Neocons, is angling to play a major role in a postwar Ukraine. Obviously the US will want to be the most major player, but German companies are known to be angling to get their share. For example, Rheinmetall, manufacturer of such objects as the Leopard line of main battle tanks, is known to be planning a factory in Ukraine. As we discussed yesterday, the Poles are concerned that they could be caught in a literal geographical squeeze play, between Germany and Ukraine. Poof! would go their ambition to forge some sort of alliance with Ukraine that would bring to fruition Marshall Piłsudski’s dream of a resurrected
Seems like Ukraine has no problems aligning themselves with the lavender mafia whereas Poland is still staunchly Catholic, so it seems natural that they’d align with Germany.
If Germany wants to become a major player in Ukraine, let it. It will be only the latest in a long line of disastrous and suicidal decisions taken by the German leadership in the last 20 years. And as for any Leopard factory in Ukraine, it will be destroyed within hours of its opening ceremony by the Russians.
Beyond the geopolitics of energy of this present conflagration, these neocon toadies seem to be saying, energy for me but not for thee! I wonder what Nuland’s electric bill looks like? Any number of gadgets humming along, a giant freezer to house the never-ending supply of cup-cakes her oven(s) turn out; multiple Dysons (upstairs/downstairs) whirring, washing machines churning, dishwasher humming to wash all that breakfast lunch and dinner ware - not to mention the energy required for the outside - perhaps now a snowblower (lawnmower in the summer) might be in use so the 2 gas-guzzling Lexuses can get out in the chilly mornings…compare all that consumption to the amount of energy used by, say, a couple in a flat in Kyiv or a rural farm family in western Ukraine…or, heck, a family living in Paris where energy costs have soared! Stomach turning!
So the Neocons threaten Turkey (a NATO member and the controller of the Bosporus Strait, and a major player in Syria) and advocate a direct attack on it precisely at the time when Erdogan is threatening to attack Israel, while they know that Erdogan would love to reconstitute the Ottoman Empire. So, I guess they don't care about NATO because they don't care about Article 5 or Turkey leaving NATO, and they don't care about the ability to counter Russia's military and naval presence in Syria or the Eastern Med. And they don't care about Israel (even though it is a western colonial establishment) and they certainly don't care about a "backwater" called Poland, other than sacrificing it for their own purposes and the greater good of Germany, even though (or perhaps because) it has been the matchstick for war after disastrous war over the last centuries. Well, I don't call myself Dissonant1 for nothing... but I think these people are horrifically nuts.
...to promote transatlantic energy security.
Trying to wrap my mind around this one. I don't know why this should startle me after all that we have witnessed over the past few years, but still: blowing up someone else's market in the name of security.
I know, wrong definition of security... they're just trying to secure market share.
Bulgaria could be replaced with a pipeline route through Macedonia, but I guess Greece won’t go along with that.