#170: Sanctions Against Russia Are Working – And Need to Be Even Stronger

It seems that virtually everybody agrees that sanctions are not working, and that we should reconsider as they obviously have not yet stopped the war against Ukraine. And it certainly is true that right now, Russia seems undeterred. But we need to look a little deeper and listen to what Russia is actually saying. Before… Continue reading #170: Sanctions Against Russia Are Working – And Need to Be Even Stronger

#169: What Russia Claims to Want Is Irrelevant Now

We have heard nothing but outrageous claims, distortions and lies from the Russian government and those that support it. At this point, it is almost impossible to know what is fact and fiction, and we should really not care. What does Russia want? Is “Russia” identical with its government? For now, as long as those… Continue reading #169: What Russia Claims to Want Is Irrelevant Now

#168: Why Must Ukraine Win?

There are quite a few opinions out there who caution against unachievable war aims and urge both parties to negotiate some kind of settlement. The delivery of more and more weapons would, in this argument, lead to a prolonged conflict, and thus to more loss of life and destruction. In the end, both parties would… Continue reading #168: Why Must Ukraine Win?

#166: Reflections on Memorial Day

It is strange to have to look up the meaning of a central holiday of the country into which you have immigrated. I grew up in Socialist/Communist East Germany, and that was a criminal state, I did not care for its traditions. The Catholic Church dictated most of my holiday schedule – the Protestants varied… Continue reading #166: Reflections on Memorial Day

#165: Realpolitik Is About Appeasing Power, not Reality or Morality

Henry Kissinger reminded us recently that Realpolitik means to make a compromise with a “great power” like Russia. Specifically, that compromise was supposed to respect Russian claims and restore the “status quo ante” before the most recent attack – thus codifying the theft of Crimea and parts of the Donbass. Such a statement clearly ignores… Continue reading #165: Realpolitik Is About Appeasing Power, not Reality or Morality

#163: Putin’s Russia Celebrates Its Own Fascism

Under the guise of celebrating the 77th year of victory over Nazi Germany, Russia has continued to deny its own home-grown brand of totalitarianism and to sanitize the savage brutality of the Soviet Union. Before Hitler attacked the Soviet Union, the Soviets were allied with him and happy to wage war on Poland, Finland, Latvia,… Continue reading #163: Putin’s Russia Celebrates Its Own Fascism

#161: Poem: We All

WE ALL Corvallis, April 28th, 2021 - P#773 we allhave hopeswe allhave dreamswe allseek solace of the soul for as we walkin this valley of darknessfar too oftenwe're all alonewe're all, deep down,a single being,reaching outfor all our lives:for all our sakes:and though we trythe only certainty in birthis death;and all that happens in betweencan… Continue reading #161: Poem: We All

#160: Victim Blaming Par Excellence: Russia Complains About Those Helping Ukraine

Russia is complaining that the West is “prolonging” the war unnecessarily by helping Ukraine out with weaponry. This is quite outrageous – the aggressor, who in 2014 attacked an innocent country it was bound to protect (due to the Budapest Memorandum), stole part of its territory (Crimea and Donbas), and has now been waging an… Continue reading #160: Victim Blaming Par Excellence: Russia Complains About Those Helping Ukraine

#158: Russia’s Entire “Special Operation” Is a War Crime

Putin allegedly is outraged that President Biden just called him a “war criminal” now that the International Criminal Court is investigating Putin for war crimes. No need to labor over what exactly it could have been that would justify such a terminology. We can all plainly see what is going on. This entire “special operation”… Continue reading #158: Russia’s Entire “Special Operation” Is a War Crime

#157: Liars Lie. Stop Believing Putin and Lavrov

We seem to always be surprised that proven liars keep lying. Maybe we are too honest, maybe we are desperate for honesty, and we certainly should expect it, but sometimes, we just need to accept that liars lie. They will keep lying. Expecting truth from established liars is the height of stupidity. Putin and his… Continue reading #157: Liars Lie. Stop Believing Putin and Lavrov