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While Chomsky does admit that Russia's invasion was criminal and did call the Kremlin "thugs", the thing that bugs me about him is the double standard he applies when the aggressor is not a Western country.

As a peacenik, I think he wants there to be some non-violent solution. He wants Ukraine, or more correctly the West through diplomatic pressure on Ukraine, to make territorial concessions and promise of neutrality despite it being "distasteful". He takes it as a given that Russia's leadership is nuts, and the only alternative to some type of capitulation on Ukraine's part is nuclear war.

But this is almost an exact mirror of what happened with respect to the Vietnam War. Yet there, he was highly critical of the US. Like why not blame North Vietnam for not negotiating in good faith and continuing to press the war. Didn't Nixon threaten to press the button there as well?

He also believes that the West and especially the US was somehow "undermining negotiations", which is laughable. He also heavily alluded that the war was "provoked" by the desire to expand NATO. I suppose that Russian leadership could feel provoked. The question is whether is whether it is a reasonable response.
Yes, that does give voice to my irritation with him.
 

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A short film made from footage taken from the phone of Russian officer who is now a POW. It has English subtitles.

May 11, 2022 Ukrainian Pravda has received a video from the phone of a captured Russian soldier. This is the story of the life of Lieutenant Yuri Shalayev, a graduate of the Moscow Higher Command School, commander of the motorized infantry platoon of military unit 71718 (stationed in Chechnya), a representative of the elite of the Russian infantry. About how he lived and served in Russia before the "military special operation". How he came to Ukraine to fight. And how, in the end, the war ended for him as a prisoner. This story is a guide for all the successors of the Kremlin cadet Shalayev. How, at best, is the fate of those who become occupiers.



The beginning of the film of when the guy was a cadet before the war reminded me of my own time as a cadet in college. Especially the scenes of the guys partying. I once was at a military ball which was very similar to the one shown in the film.
 

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I thought it had ended badly there for a second.
POV, It depends on sides as to whether an ending at any point in the video would have been good or bad.

Those fellows happened to be Russians shooting at Ukrainians.
 

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POV, It depends on sides as to whether an ending at any point in the video would have been good or bad.

Those fellows happened to be Russians shooting at Ukrainians.
I think the blue bands means UKR. Russia wears white bands.
 

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@SamAndreas -

they are definitely Ukrainians shooting at Russians -


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I made that out to be a Russian patch. In the gloom only the white strip on top showed. Notice that the white strip made up only 1//3 of the size of the patch.

Had it been a Ukrainian patch a yellow band would have been 1/2 of the size of the patch, and at the bottom not the top, and because it would have been yellow it wouldn't have shown up as much as a white strip in the gloom.

The fellows at one point talked to each other a bit and they were speaking Russian. I thought so, and so did Illia Ponomarenko the fellow who posted the video. This is his tweet which followed his tweet of the video:




Edit to add a link to Illia Ponomarenko's latest article about the progress of the war. It is dated the 7th of May. It is still good to read, he explains a lot of details that otherwise get over looked.

 
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This video shows off the American M777 155mm (6 inch) guns we gave the Ukrainians. It shows lots of close up detail of the gun's parts.

On it's second shot it destroyed a Russian self propelled gun which cost several times what the M777 cost to make.

From all the twitter mentions about them the Ukrainians are clearly excited to have these guns. Today I saw four or five videos of Ukrainians using them while looking at the Twitter feed.


 

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