Scott Ritter: Finland and Russia

Scott Ritter, for better or worse, explores some of the more controversial storylines of Modern European History en route to delivering a strongly worded warning to the people of Finland.

Scott Ritter: Ukraine, Finland and Nato, a Warning to the People of Finland ta kloka beslut [Swedish: make wise decisions] – 8 May 2022

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  1. malagabay says:

    Footnote #1
    David Cornwell was also surprised by the realisation that West Germany hadn’t been de-Nazified.

    Thus it happened that in 1951, a mere six years after the end of the war, and two years after the creation of West Germany as a state, Dr Hans Globke achieved a stroke of legislation on behalf of his former and present Nazi colleagues that today remains barely conceivable.

    Under Globke’s New Law, as I shall call it, civil servants of the Hitler regime whose careers had been curtailed by circumstances beyond their control would henceforth receive full restitution of such pay, back-pay and pension rights as they would have enjoyed if the Second World War hadn’t taken place, or if Germany had won it.

    In a word, they would be entitled to whatever promotion would have come their way had their careers proceeded without the inconvenience of an Allied victory.

    The effect was immediate.

    The old Nazi guard clung to the plum jobs.

    A younger, less tarnished generation was consigned to life below stairs.

    Chapter 2. Dr Globke’s Laws
    The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life
    John le Carré – 2016
    Amazon US
    Amazon UK

    Hans Josef Maria Globke (1898-1973) was a German lawyer, high-ranking civil servant and politician, who was Under-Secretary of State and Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery in West Germany from 28 October 1953 to 15 October 1963.

    In 1936, Globke wrote a legal annotation on the antisemitic Nuremberg Race Laws that did not express any objection to the discrimination against Jews, placing the Nazi Party on a firmer legal ground and setting the path to the Holocaust during World War II.

    By 1938, Globke had been promoted to Ministerialdirigent in the Office for Jewish Affairs in the Ministry of the Interior, where he produced the Namensänderungsverordnung, a law that forced Jewish men to take the middle name Israel and Jewish women Sara for easier identification.

    In 1941, he issued another statute that stripped Jews in occupied territories of their statehood and possessions.

    Globke was identified as the author of an interior ministry report from France, written in racist language, that complained of “coloured blood into Europe” and called for the “elimination” of its “influences” on the gene pool.

    In 1951, he issued a statute that restored back pay, pensions, and advancement to civil servants who had served under the Nazi regime, including himself.

    Wikipedia – Hans Globke

    David John Moore Cornwell (1931-2020), better known by his pen name John le Carré, was a Irish/British author, best known for his espionage novels. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for both the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).

    Wikipedia – John le Carré

  2. malagabay says:

    Footnote #2
    It appears the Soviet-Finnish Wars are still being fought on the pages of Wikipedia.

    The Winter War, also known as the First Soviet-Finnish War, was a war between the Soviet Union and Finland. The war began with a Soviet invasion of Finland on 30 November 1939, three months after the outbreak of World War II, and ended three and a half months later with the Moscow Peace Treaty on 13 March 1940. Despite superior military strength, especially in tanks and aircraft, the Soviet Union suffered severe losses and initially made little headway. The League of Nations deemed the attack illegal and expelled the Soviet Union from the organisation.

    Hostilities ceased in March 1940 with the signing of the Moscow Peace Treaty in which Finland ceded 9% of its territory to the Soviet Union. Soviet losses were heavy, and the country’s international reputation suffered. Their gains exceeded their pre-war demands, and the Soviets received substantial territories along Lake Ladoga and further north.

    Finland retained its sovereignty and enhanced its international reputation.

    The poor performance of the Red Army encouraged German Chancellor Adolf Hitler to believe that an attack on the Soviet Union would be successful and confirmed negative Western opinions of the Soviet military. After 15 months of Interim Peace, in June 1941, Germany commenced Operation Barbarossa, and the Continuation War between Finland and the Soviets began.

    Wikipedia – Winter War

    The Continuation War, also known as the Second Soviet-Finnish War, was a conflict fought by Finland and Nazi Germany against the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1944, as part of World War II.

    Numerous reasons have been proposed for the Finnish decision to invade, with regaining territory lost during the Winter War being regarded as the most common. Other justifications for the conflict included Finnish President Risto Ryti’s vision of a Greater Finland and Commander-in-Chief Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim’s desire to annex East Karelia.
    Plans for the attack were developed jointly between the Wehrmacht and a faction of Finnish political and military leaders, with the rest of the government remaining ignorant.

    Hostilities between Finland and the USSR ended with a ceasefire, which was called on 5 September 1944, formalised by the signing of the Moscow Armistice on 19 September 1944. One of the conditions of this agreement was the expulsion, or disarming, of any German troops in Finnish territory, leading to the Lapland War between Finland and Germany.

    Wikipedia – Continuation War

    Under the treaty, which was signed on 6 April 1948, the Soviets sought to deter Western or Allied Powers from attacking the Soviet Union through Finnish territory, and the Finns sought to increase Finland’s political independence from the Soviet Union.

    Under the pact, Finland was obliged to resist armed attacks by “Germany or its allies” (in reality interpreted as the United States and allies) against Finland, or against the Soviet Union through Finland.

    Wikipedia – Finno-Soviet Treaty of 1948

    Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867-1951) was a Finnish military leader and statesman.

    He served as the military leader of the Whites in the Finnish Civil War of 1918, as Regent of Finland (1918–1919), as commander-in-chief of Finland’s defence forces during the period of World War II (1939–1945), as Marshal of Finland (1942–), and as the sixth president of Finland (1944–1946).

    The Russian Empire dominated the Grand Duchy of Finland before 1917, and Mannerheim made a career in the Imperial Russian Army, rising by 1917 to the rank of lieutenant general.

    He had a prominent place in the ceremonies for Emperor Nicholas II’s coronation in 1896 and later had several private meetings with the Tsar.

    After the Bolshevik revolution of November 1917 in Russia, Finland declared its independence (6 December 1917) – but soon became embroiled in the 1918 Finnish Civil War between the pro-Bolshevik “Reds” and the “Whites”, who were the troops of the Senate of Finland, supported by troops of the German Empire. A Finnish delegation appointed Mannerheim as the military chief of the Whites in January 1918.[citation needed]

    Mannerheim was appointed as Commander-in-Chief of the country’s armed forces in November 1939 after the Soviet invasion of Finland.

    He personally participated in the planning of Operation Barbarossa and led the Finnish Defence Forces in an invasion of the USSR alongside Nazi Germany known as the Continuation War (1941–1944).

    Wikipedia – Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim

  3. malagabay says:

    Footnote #3
    Scott Ritter, in context, states “Ukrainians are racist”. However, the histories [for example] of the Jews and the Roma indicate it’s also accurate to state: Racism is widespread throughout Europe.

    Babi Yar or Babyn Yar is a ravine in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and a site of massacres carried out by Nazi Germany’s forces during its campaign against the Soviet Union in World War II.

    The first and best documented of the massacres took place on 29–30 September 1941, killing some 33,771 Jews.

    The decision to murder all the Jews in Kyiv was made by the military governor Generalmajor Kurt Eberhard, the Police Commander for Army Group South,
    SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Jeckeln, and the Einsatzgruppe C Commander Otto Rasch.

    Sonderkommando 4a as the sub-unit of Einsatzgruppe C, along with the aid of the SD and Order Police battalions with the Ukrainian Auxiliary Police backed by the Wehrmacht, carried out the orders.

    Sonderkommando 4a and the 45th Battalion of the German Order Police conducted the shootings. Servicemen of the 303rd Battalion of the German Order Police at this time guarded the outer perimeter of the execution site.

    The massacre was the largest mass-murder under the auspices of the Nazi regime and its Ukrainian collaborators during the campaign against the Soviet Union, and it has been called “the largest single massacre in the history of the Holocaust” to that particular date.

    It is only surpassed overall by the later 1941 Odessa massacre of more than 50,000 Jews in October 1941 (committed by German and Romanian troops), and by Aktion Erntefest of November 1943 in occupied Poland with 42,000–43,000 victims.[need quotation to verify]

    Victims of other massacres at the site included Soviet prisoners of war, communists, Ukrainian nationalists and Roma. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 150,000 people were murdered at Babi Yar during the German occupation.

    Wikipedia – Babi Yar

    Einsatzgruppen were Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary death squads of Nazi Germany that were responsible for mass-murder, primarily by shooting, during World War II (1939–1945) in German-occupied Europe.

    The Einsatzgruppen had an integral role in the implementation of the so-called “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” (Die Endlösung der Judenfrage) in territories conquered by Nazi Germany, and were involved in the murder of much of the intelligentsia and cultural elite of Poland, including members of the Catholic priesthood.

    Almost all of the people they murdered were civilians, beginning with the intelligentsia and swiftly progressing to Soviet political commissars, Jews, and Romani people, as well as actual or alleged partisans throughout Eastern Europe.

    Under the direction of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and the supervision of
    SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the Einsatzgruppen operated in territories occupied by the Wehrmacht (German armed forces) following the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941.

    The Einsatzgruppen worked hand-in-hand with the Order Police battalions on the Eastern Front to carry out operations ranging from the murder of a few people to operations which lasted over two or more days, such as the massacre at Babi Yar with 33,771 Jews murdered in two days, and the Rumbula massacre (with about 25,000 Jews murdered in two days of shooting).

    Wikipedia – Einsatzgruppen

    Stepan Andriyovych Bandera (1909-1959) was a Ukrainian politician and theorist of the militant wing of the far-right Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) responsible for ethnic cleansings also implicated in collaboration with Nazi Germany.

    Born in Galicia (at the time Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, part of Austria-Hungary) into the family of a Greek-Catholic priest, young Bandera became a Ukrainian nationalist.

    After the Empire disintegrated in the wake of World War I, Galicia briefly became a West Ukrainian People’s Republic; following the Polish–Ukrainian War of 1918–1919, it was integrated into eastern Poland. In this period, he became radicalized. Bandera enrolled at the Lviv Polytechnic, where he organized Ukrainian nationalist organizations.

    For orchestrating the 1934 assassination of Poland’s Minister of the Interior Bronisław Pieracki, Bandera was sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

    In 1939, as a result of the joint German–Soviet invasion of Poland he was freed from prison, and moved to Kraków in the German-occupied zone of Poland.

    For a time, Bandera collaborated with Nazi Germany. When Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, he prepared the 30 June 1941 Proclamation of Ukrainian statehood in Lviv, pledging to work with Nazi Germany. For his refusal to rescind the decree, Bandera was arrested by the Gestapo and on 5 July 1941 held under house arrest.

    After January 1942 Bandera was transferred to Sachsenhausen concentration camp but kept in special, comparatively comfortable detention.

    In 1944, with Germany rapidly losing ground in the war in the face of the advancing Allied armies, Bandera was released in the hope that he would be instrumental in deterring the advancing Soviet forces. He set up the headquarters of the re-established Ukrainian Supreme Liberation Council, which worked underground. He settled with his family in West Germany where he remained the leader of the OUN-B and worked with several anti-communist organizations such as the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations as well as with the British intelligence agencies. Fourteen years after the end of the war, Bandera was assassinated in 1959 by KGB agents in Munich.

    Wikipedia – Stepan Bandera

    The Roma people of Europe provide mute testimony that European History in the 1st millennium is a dark secret and that the story of European Civilization in the 2nd millennium is intrinsically a story of barbarism.

    Malaga Bay – Catastrophic English: R Is For Roma

  4. Patrick Donnelly says:

    You cannot fight what you cannot find.
    The HRE spoke in German.
    Christianity is not what we are taught.
    Tsar is actually Caesar, pronoiunced Kaisar. Latin had no ‘k’, the C is hard.
    Be careful what you look for?

  5. Patrick Donnelly says:

    The Black Sun is observed when the filament that powers our Sun reverses polarity. The photosphere is extinguished for a short time a couple of days. The Corona persists. The symbol is a reminder of what is to come.

    According to the New Testament parable of the Carpenter’s Son, it will happen in 2053, 33 years after the last exact Bethlehem Star.

  6. malagabay says:

    2022.05.13 Finland About To Lose Its Gas
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    Russia will cut its delivery of electricity to Finland starting Saturday, RAO Nordic said Friday, which is a subsidiary of Russian state energy holding Inter RAO. It’s calling the stoppage unprecedented.

    “We are forced to suspend the electricity import starting from May 14,” RAO Nordic said, explaining as the reason that it had yet to receive payment for volumes sold in May. “RAO Nordic is not able to make payments for the imported electricity from Russia.”

    Russia To Cut Electricity Supplied To Finland Saturday On Heels Of Announced NATO Bid
    Zero Hedge – Tyler Durden – 13 May 2022

  7. malagabay says:

    Garland Nixon with Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern – 14th May 2022


    28:10 Ray McGovern:

    … the US military (who can only be described as crazy – as Scott has) said: “No way. Let’s make it so that we can put these intermediate range nuclear missiles in Poland, Romania and maybe Ukraine.”

    That was my point about this earlier stuff now.

    I hope you don’t mind me mentioning this Scott but Scott has written a book, a real book, of his experience watching the destruction of these SS20s in the then Soviet Union and his experience and what this meant. How the warning time was broadened again. Now what is it? Down to, well if you include Finland, and Scott is right, what is it? About three minutes warning time.

    Now what’s Putin going to do?

    He’s going to automate his response system.

    We’re all going to be fried as soon as somebody detects some kind of missile, whether it’s a scientific research missile from Norway or whatever.

    We’re all gonna be dead. Okay?

    That’s how stupid this whole thing is…

  8. malagabay says:

    1:01:54 Scott Ritter

    Well to understand all that you have to understand China’s strategic posturing.

    They have something they call the Nine-Dash Line.

    Basically it’s an old Chinese map that outlines China’s territorial reach based upon the continental shelf extension off of the Chinese continent into the Pacific.

    The Nine-Dash Line takes them well into the South Pacific.
    They’ve solidified their position there by building these enhanced man-made islands that they’ve now fortified.

    For a long time the position in the United Sates and its allies in the region was to push back, to roll back, the Chinese.
    To make the Chinese posture on these islands untenable.
    That has failed.

    China has completed the fortification of these islands.

    One of the many lessons of the Ukraine conflict is that big ships that get too close to shores that contain anti-ship missiles tend to sink.
    Even if they’re called Moskva.

    And, you know, the fact of the matter is China has stocked these islands with area denial capability.

    That eliminates any naval advantage the United States might have had.

    So the United States has been looking for a way to contain the new Chinese reality.

    And that’s where the Solomon Islands comes in, that’s where the Philippines comes in, because the United States needs the Philippines, needs the Solomon Islands, needs other areas to create this fourth wall around China.

    China’s penetrated that.
    They penetrated it by negotiating the deal with the Solomon Islands.

    That has just blown America’s mind because, you know, the Marine Corps we have this new missile that the army’s building.
    This missile called the Dark Eagle hypersonic missile.
    Supposed to be deployed – they’ve talked about this summer.
    It may be delayed next summer because we can’t build weapons that work.

    The idea was that we would fly these missiles into Australia operating in Northern Australia off of unimproved airstrips and then deploy with a C-130 into other unimproved areas like on the Solomon Islands where we could land, cart them off, load them up, fire a bunch of missiles, load them back on, fly away before the Chinese even knew what hit them.

    Except the Solomon Islands ain’t playing that game anymore.
    They’re on the other side.

    All our strategic thinkers are going: Wait, the Chinese just destroyed all the chess pieces we’ve been carving.

    The chessboard has changed.

    1:05:57 Scott Ritter

    China’s inside our decision-making cycle.
    They penetrated it.
    They’re flipping around.
    We are reacting to them.
    And we will never catch up.

    And while this is taking place
    the biggest game in town is Taiwan.

    And I think China has looked at Ukraine
    and the big lesson they’ve got from Ukraine is:
    When you decide to act, act decisively and win quickly.

    The nine-dash line, at various times also referred to as the ten-dash line and the eleven-dash line (by the ROC), are line segments on various maps that accompanied the claims of the People’s Republic of China (PRC, “mainland China”) and the Republic of China (ROC, “Taiwan”) in the South China Sea.

    The contested area in the South China Sea includes the Paracel Islands, the Spratly Islands, of which Taiping Island, the largest of the islands, is controlled by the ROC, and various other areas including Pratas Island and the Vereker Banks, the Macclesfield Bank, and the Scarborough Shoal.

    Certain places, known as the “Great Wall of Sand”, have undergone land reclamation efforts by various nations that claim the area, including the PRC, ROC, and Vietnam.

    The Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) is a surface-to-surface hypersonic missile planned for use by the United States Army.

    The United States Navy intends to procure a ship/submarine-launched variant of the missile as part of the service’s Intermediate-Range Conventional Prompt Strike (IRCPS) program.

    The weapon consists of a large rocket booster that carries the unpowered Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) in a nose cone.

    Once the booster reaches significant altitude and speed, it releases the C-HGB, which glides at hypersonic speeds as it descends towards its target.

    Dynetics will build the glide vehicle while Lockheed Martin will build the booster as well as assemble the missile and launch equipment.

    The C-HGB has been successfully tested twice, in October 2017 and March 2020.

    The missile is planned to enter service with the Army in 2023.

    The Navy intends to field the weapon aboard its Zumwalt-class destroyers by 2025 and later on its Block V Virginia-class submarines in 2028; it was intended to also be fielded on guided missile variants of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, but funding delays and the boats’ impending retirement caused those plans to be scrapped.

    The United States Army intends to deploy the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon in an eight missile battery containing four M983 trucks and trailers each holding two missiles in launch canisters alongside a command vehicle.

    The LRHW has been named Dark Eagle by the US Army.

  9. Patrick Donnelly says:

    The Chinese islands are susceptible to tsunami attack as they all seem to be less than 5 metres high.

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