15/11/24 9 a.m.
I haven't mentioned the possible (further) NATO (military) interventions in Ukrania and Afghanistan yesterday. (Please excuse the bad looking links at the end, must be a bug or sth.) I wished Afghanistan and neighbors would look after themselves now and that it all went faster with former Soviet Union nations concerning leaving ultra-nationals, all-too-opportunistic pro-Europeans (and -NATOs) and any dreams of yesteryear behind - including Russia, yes. But somehow it's all so "If you want NATO, you must have EU as well." Nowadays and with all these east European countries, that is. Living in Germany I'd say "Can't I have a EU without that much NATO in it?" And could any nation please find time to live past all these world war inhumanities and not be forced to step into the next war trap? They are not only discussing the next proper propaganda in my neighborhood these days, they sell war technology, too.
Yesterday evening local WDR finally had this to say. Here is some alternative/left news also including a newspaper article I missed. And some more in that vein, of which I hope that they are not such national socialists as the people they invite, i.e. that Lafontaine guy shown in the last link of yesterday. If anybody wants to see German and Turkish young socialists against NATO wars on the streets of Essen: Pictures here. Erdogan and the US fight on different sides in Libya? Both NATO? Right. Which NATO party is fighting for what exactly in Syria then? Okay, partly they simply help Turkey. You want to know other countries NATO helps out atm? Somalia, Sudan, Kosovo. Nothing that could not be done by anybody else or only by some of today's NATO members. So is NATO mainly there so that its members don't fight against each other too often? Well, in fact it's more than that. Lots of options.
15/11/24 12.30 p.m.
I guessed it, I could have guessed even better before: One of the events I was about to join in Brussels this week, the European Culture Forum, has been cancelled. Maybe I don't know about other cancellations yet, just because I am not taking part. Meanwhile in Essen there have been about 6 or 7 police horns in the morning. Right, EU is kept from working while NATO keeps happening next door. Anything in the news about one or the other? No, but about metal detectors on Thalys trains and the Russian plane Turkey just grounded close to the Syrian border.
Oh, here is a news about NATOessen and this demonstration again. Why do they call their demonstration successful? If this is victory, what is defeat? And here is an (anti-)announcement of the JAPPC conference, where they also mention the Baltics and of course Georgia as possible targets of Anti-Russian NATO "engagement". I start getting really sick of this cold war centered pacifism, as obviously NATO doesn't care about this logic (see link up above). NATO working, nationalists working, European Union gone hostage. Qui bono?
15/11/24 1.30 p.m.
You might ask: So what is JAPCC doing there? More of the same like here and here. And here is somebody working for them I might even be related to. And here is another working on similar territory, so to speak. This guy from Ljubljana? Will see if I meet him on the streets here now.
15/11/24 4 p.m.
Oh, NATO goes Brussels within the hour! Guess the place is well prepared. Here is what Jens Stoltenberg declared in October, talking about NATO, Turkey and Russia. The Turkmen (not those of Turkmenistan or Afghanistan!) play an important role here.
"London is suspiciously quiet", I just said yesterday. Here is what the British socialists' frontman is doing right now. And Cameron might know what to say on Thursday, too - after today's NATO meeting in Brussels, right?
15/11/24 6 p.m.
The Free Syrian Army claims to have hit one of the Russian helicopters looking for the plane crew, according to the Independent, who hurries a bit to say "US-armed" before the news even starts. NATO Air Power propaganda in full effect already? Wait! What if the FSA shot the plane down(, too) - nevermind who hit the helicopter. Would Erdogan-Turkey "jump in" and "take the blame", because it feels it has NATO behind them? Hard to say. Tail wagging NATO-dog or Russian bear being clumsy? Satellites and radar can lie - we know that. Especially if being manipulated. So: No reason for further escalation, if you ask me. All propaganda. Maybe JAPCC is actually analyzing if this approach works out fine atm.
American press? NY Times features an "opinion" about a Sunni state, very obviously with an eye on Iran (and Moscow) - a nice "hello" to the Free Syrian Army? The plane incident itself and questions of "why that" are a more neutral read. "Why that?" Hm. This escalation threatens to undermine negotiations etc. Even if NATO "stands by its allies"... Well, it's all about a post-war order in Syria, isn't it? Turkey looks a bit better atm, but only to those, erm, believing the new Air Power propaganda - or what? You decide.
15/11/24 11.30 p.m.
I heard what Stoltenberg roughly said on the radio, then I typed "JAPCC Essen" into a search engine and found a guy who claims via Twitter that no visitors of the Essen conference left for Brussels at all. Okay. The Guardian as well as NATO and UN think the parties should "cool down". I do, too.