How Putin Dismembers NATO Without Firing A Shot. A Scenario From the Cold War

    How Putin Dismembers NATO Without Firing A Shot. A Scenario From the Cold War

    Yesterday I wrote on the speech Vladimir Putin gave on March 18, on the occasion of accepting Crimea’s request to be annexed by Russia. In it I posited that Putin announced two clear objectives. First, he intends to regain for Russia the territory comprised by the former Soviet Union, either by direct occupation or by browbeating small countries into a political and economic alliance operating | Read More »

    Joe Biden Goes To Poland, Allies React With Dismay and Terror

    The NATO alliance is facing the most significant test of its solidarity since the nuclear freeze movement of the early 1980s. Ukraine, not a NATO member but a participant in the NATO Partnership for Peace program, was invaded by Russia. A fake independence referendum was generated in a Russian majority enclave. The results of that referendum were used by Russia to annex a part of Ukraine.

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    The matter of Estonia.

    (Via Instapundit) It does not in fact surprise me that a person’s enthusiasm for Communism is usually [directly] proportional to how long it’s been since he or she had to live under it*: [Estonian finance minister] Parts is vigorous, blonde, and athletic, but seems tired. He tries to conceal a yawn, explaining that he and his wife have just had their fourth child and nights | Read More »

    The matter of Estonia.

    (Via Instapundit) It does not in fact surprise me that a person’s enthusiasm for Communism is usually [directly] proportional to how long it’s been since he or she had to live under it*: [Estonian finance minister] Parts is vigorous, blonde, and athletic, but seems tired. He tries to conceal a yawn, explaining that he and his wife have just had their fourth child and nights | Read More »

    Small government wins another election in Europe

    Forgive me for being a broken record on this, but the right has won yet another election in Europe, this time in Estonia. Last June, I wrote that Keynesianism is dead in Europe as a political force. This weekend, the Estonian right has won another election fought over government spending. The coalition of the right went from 44% of the vote in the last parliamentary | Read More »

    Small government wins another election in Europe

    Forgive me for being a broken record on this, but the right has won yet another election in Europe, this time in Estonia. Last June, I wrote that Keynesianism is dead in Europe as a political force. This weekend, the Estonian right has won another election fought over government spending. The coalition of the right went from 44% of the vote in the last parliamentary | Read More »

    August 23, 1939 – The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

    Today is an anniversary that is being marked rather somberly in places like the Baltic countries. Seventy years ago today, the foreign ministers of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany – Vyacheslav Molotov and Joachim von Ribbentrop – stunned the world by announcing a non-aggression pact between their two (totalitarian) countries. While there had been a great deal of vituperate invective between the two great | Read More »

    Re: Skanderbeg’s RedHot

    The key principle here seems to be patience. Laar said that they “tried to become too rich too fast.” It seems to me that in our present crisis, we are flailing about desperately trying to hold on to what (with loan agreements) was never ours. And as the present economy shakes us down to what we truly own and don’t own, the government is now | Read More »

    “Estonia’s Tax Phenomenon”

    This is a little unfinished business from the week before last, induced by my tidying up my briefcase this morning as I prepare for my next “deployment.” When I travel in and out of Tallinn, I normally don’t use Estonian Air (because it’s not really a Star Alliance carrier); however, when I was planning out the trip, there was no alternative viable way to get | Read More »

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    Baltic Sunset

    This is very fresh material. Sunset over Laulasmaa Bay….

    “O – A Lonely Marxist Zero”

    This is a gift. I was visiting with friends here today in Tallinn, and they insisted on a trip to the beautiful new art museum on the edge of town. It was wonderful – lots of wonderful Estonian painting and sculpture, particularly from the 19th century. At one point, we wandered up to the top floor to look for the exhibit known as the “WC.” | Read More »

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    Postcard from Tallinn

    Well, if Moe and NightTwister can do this, so can I – except that I get paid to make trips like this. Pikk Herrmann, the tallest tower in the old citadel – with the Estonian flag flying proudly in the wind. The narrow, winding, cobblestoned streets of Toompea, the Old Town. This one is difficult. In 1940, when the Soviets moved into Estonia, they rounded | Read More »

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    Russia May Be Trying the “Ossetia Gambit” in Estonia

    Novosti is reporting that two farms in Estonia have declared their independence from that nation to form an “Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic” Estonia is a member of NATO. This may be “revenge” for Estonia’s hosting of Georgian hackers and others who are standing up to the Russian invasion. It may lso be a response to this move by NATO Although this particular “Ossetian Gambit” might | Read More »