Not the last victim
Even Vladimir Ilyich (and not only in the April theses) taught us to read the enemy press first, because what “ours” writes, we already know in general terms. “Our” press, alas, is not so much now as we would like, and it brings some in such a way that “enemies” are just right to hide in their holes.
The XNUMXst century is an era of not only hybrid, but also information wars, in comparison with which the battles of the newspapermen, which once stimulated the British premieres, Bismarck or Count Witte, are no more than child's play. It is only a pity that information wars often turn into quite real battles with very real victims.
Here, for example, is one of these heroes, and today, rather, one of the victims of information wars. The namesake of all the legendary Russian Vladimirov is Zelensky. Obviously more was expected of him than he could not only do, but even say. And he, probably, would very much like to become a collector of Russian lands - albeit on the other, so to speak, "primordial" side. That is, from Kiev.
It’s not just that some “scientists” from the same Kiev suddenly started talking about the fact that the Muscovites had stolen from them not “MOV”, but the great and mighty Russian language. But it doesn't work. As it did not work exactly three years ago, and Poroshenko, who started a fuss with the notorious law on the reintegration of Donbass.
In fact, you can even feel sorry for this talented actor and showman in the chair of the Ukrainian president. It seems that it is necessary to cling to the power and fulfill the pre-election obligations. And his predecessor, just after the failure in the Donbass, took off from the presidency no worse than a champagne cork.
Russia in Donbass
And let no one be deceived by fakes about Russian technology and verbal cover not by any means about fakes about Ukrainian technology on behalf of ex-President Kravchuk. And regular “truthful” reports that thousands of Russians are ready to go “to fight for Donbass”.
Among these "thousands", almost the majority are professionals who, it seems, do not know how to do anything other than to fight. And there are still many who are looking for either heroic deeds, or adventures in one place, but someone can’t wait to escape to the war from everyday and other problems.
For ordinary people, in any case, it is better that there is no war, especially since just a few months ago the leaders of the DPR and LPR were already accused of being ready to surrender. However, most likely there will not be a big war. And if something happens, then an attempt at provocation.
Provocations against Russia, which may not come to war again, unless asked too much. But, unfortunately, it is unlikely that there will be something like an "Anschluss", comparisons with which from the Western media for some reason are heard less and less.
An analogue, as you know, has already happened - in the Crimea. But Luhansk and Donetsk, although they voted for Russia, is not the case at all. Many overseas, of course, would very much like to send some Poles with the Balts and even Romanians to the war with the Russians (not necessarily "small and victorious").
But if they do, it will not be long, and almost certainly - immediately into the boilers. It has been checked many times already. And now big Europe has no time for Russia with its illiberal values and craving for "expansion" in all forms, up to the compulsion to peace "in the Syrian way." Europe is now you know where.
Europe on the needle
An outright failure of the vaccination game, which so far has brought nothing but the third wave and the "cancellation" of the second Catholic Easter, simply requires some real action. If these actions again spill over into words, this only annoys the audience.
The undeclared war against the Russian "Sputnik" is a little less annoying, as the results from almost universal acupuncture are not very convincing. In Russia, by the way, too. But somehow it is necessary to save the economy, and China cannot do without Russia.
You can, of course, continue to pile on the ships that are completing the construction of Nord Stream 2, but it would be better to remember how this project infuriates Russians from the provinces, where it seems easier to drag a house to a pipe than a pipe to houses. May Gazprom's top managers forgive us for such a hint to the “enemies”.
Today it is not easy to understand how much participation in information wars reduces the level of negotiability of politicians. Businessmen in this regard only seem to be more adequate, the example of old Trump convinces just the opposite.
The February visit of Josep Borrell to Moscow, where a return hit to Brussels from the Russian Foreign Ministry was received, not only drove the topic of Navalny to the margins, but also left the EU alone with his problems. However, we understand very well: there will not be such a thing that we will “turn off the gas” and it cannot be.
As they say, draw conclusions when the question of prices starts to arise, since in terms of pragmatism, Russia can also give some people a head start. And in the Minsk agreements - let them understand, not a party, but an observer. Which, however, was not used to abandoning "his" people.
And Biden on the Persian carpet
Long before the pandemic, the authors were lucky to be at an extended briefing at the Rossiya Segodnya news agency, timed to coincide with the next anniversary of the famous meeting of the Big Three in Tehran in 1943. The outcome of the Great Patriotic War, and after it the entire Second World War, was not yet predetermined, but great leaders had already begun to figure out what the post-war world would be like.
Then, perhaps for the first time in recent years, from the mouth of Alexei Martynov, director of the International Institute of the Newest States, and now also a popular host of a talk show on TV, it sounded: "The world urgently needs a new Tehran-43".
It is clear that Tehran-43 was a prelude to Yalta-45 and to subsequent summits and to the creation of the UN. But even now the attention of the world media is riveted to the capital of ancient Persia. After all, it is from there that comes perhaps the most powerful, moreover, not disguised as an ideology or religion, a message for some kind of reformatting.
Washington's reaction to this message is clearly nervous. After Republican Donald Trump, supposedly a pragmatist, acting on the principle of "profitable - not profitable", missed almost all the benefits in the region, Democrats have no choice.
The return of the Americans to Tehran is almost inevitable, otherwise, in addition to the Russians, who have good appetites, but limited opportunities, the Chinese will settle there seriously and for a long time, if not forever. That is why Biden walks half asleep on the Persian carpet, as if in a prison cell.
From Washington, where "sleeping Joe" seems to reign but does not rule, then they expose Iran to a multi-page list of preconditions for lifting sanctions and returning to the nuclear deal, then give the go-ahead for lifting some of the restrictions. For example, for the sake of supporting Iraq.
But thirty years ago, under the Republican President George W. Bush, Iraq was completely ruined by the Americans themselves, along with other NATO members who joined them.
Well, the last jerks of the president and the State Department are covered with tough but liberal rhetoric, clearly addressed at once to Israel and the Saudi princes, along with all their Arab satellites.