by A. Joseph Lynch
THE WEEKLY BRIEF
RUSSIA'S NEW PATH FORWARD
Yesterday marked a turning point in world history. Russia has accepted the results of the referendums in southeast Ukraine, integrating nearly 20% of the nation into the Russian Federation. In his speech given during the recognition of these former Ukrainian regions, Putin effectively announced that Russia had separated itself from Europe and its Anglo-American allies. This is unlike anything any Russian leader has said since the time of Peter the Great. Even the Soviets saw the USSR and Russia as oriented to "the West" rather than separate from it.
Putin might well have quoted Pope Francis idea of "ideological colonization" as he condemned the West as an evil force of colonization, which sought to destroy Russia, pillage its resources, and impost on its people "values" that are opposed to human nature itself. His words, like those of Pope Francis, are aimed at the nations of the global south, which suffered at the hands of Western colonizers for centuries. In effect, Putin told the global south that Russia is more like them than it is like Europe and that the global south should join Russia in its quest to overturn the neo-colonial world order led by the US and its allies.
Putin also spoke to the economic disaster facing Europe if it does not end the sanctions and force Ukraine to make peace. Money, he said, cannot serve as food. In other words, if Europe has no fuel or food, there's little that money can do to fix it. Russia is clearly in the driver's seat. It holds all the economic cards, has forever brought new lands home to Russia, and is assembling a it's micro-mobilization of 1.2% of its potential manpower - some 300,000 soldiers - to defend its new lands and ultimately defeat Ukraine.
What's more, with the new regions incorporated into Russia, Putin is now legally able to move beyond the legal limits of a "special military operation" (which allowed only a token expeditionary force into Ukraine) to the full military defense of Russia's new territories.
While major battles continue in Donbas, we await a military slowdown during the autumn rains followed by a potential Russian advance once the ground hardens in winter. There's much more to come, but both the war in Ukraine as well as the global contest with the atheist West are Russia's to lose.
I. POPE FRANCIS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
NOT GOOD GUYS VS BAD GUYS: Although Pope Francis has gone back and forth a bit on the topic of Ukraine, we're glad to see he's once again stating that the war in Ukraine is not a war between "good guys" and "bad guys" but is rather quite complex, citing the issue of NATO expansion as a key factor that led to the war. Pope Francis understands that Ukraine is a microcosm of something far more global at hand. Indeed, Russia is standing up against what Francis himself has termed ideological recolonization.
BIBLE ON HOMOSEXUALITY: After forcing a vote by hand with no anonymity, the German bishops were not men enough to block gay blessings in the increasingly heretical German church. While Taylor Marshall breaks all this down, he does an excellent job explaining key biblical passages concerning the immorality of homosexual acts.
WESTERN ELITES ARE SATANIC: Putin is calling out the West for its Satanic attack on human nature and authentic religion: "Let me repeat that the dictatorship of the Western elites targets all societies, including the citizens of Western countries themselves. This is a challenge to all. This complete renunciation of what it means to be human, the overthrow of faith and traditional values, and the suppression of freedom are coming to resemble a 'religion in reverse' – pure Satanism. Exposing false messiahs, Jesus Christ said in the Sermon on the Mount: 'By their fruits ye shall know them.' These poisonous fruits are already obvious to people, and not only in our country but also in all countries, including many people in the West itself." Truer words were never spoken. More on this from Dr. Steve Turley.
FORGIVEN OF SINS: Russia's Patriarch Kirill has effectively granted Russian soldiers who die in Ukraine a plenary indulgence. It's a fitting reminder that in Russia, unlike the atheist West, religion still plays a vital role in all aspects of life, including warfare.
II. AMERICAN POLITICS
CANIBALIZING ALLIES: It's all but certain that the United States conducted the attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines. These natural gas pipelines were Russia's primary leverage over Germany going into winter. Using this leverage, Russia had hoped to open the gas pipelines in return for an end to sanctions and to the war in Ukraine. Clearly Russia would not destroy what was both it's own infrastructure investment as well as its tool to end the war. What the US has done, however, is doom its ally, Germany, to a dark fate in hopes that Russia will fall to the sanctions in the months ahead. It's atheistic nihilism at its finest.
RED WAVE COMING: While some polls seemed to suggest the "red wave" might be nothing more than a trickle, post Labor Day polling that now tracks "likely" voters rather than "registered" voters is now showing the red wave is indeed coming. More from Red Eagle Politics.
TO MARTHA'S VINEYARD: Ron DeSantis perfectly revealed the hypocrisy of the Left by sending a mere fifty immigrants to Martha's Vineyard. What happened next? They were quickly deported and now long to return.
III. THE NATIONS
WHO IS WINNING? The American Conservative asks the very important question, who is winning the war in Ukraine? Despite Ukrainian advances in Kharkov, Russia appears to be in the driver's seat.
EUROPEAN COLLAPSE: The EU has officially crossed 10% inflation while the UK's new prime minister - the bimbo of Britain - has cost her nation half a trillion dollars as India takes the UK's place as the world's sixth largest economy. German's PPI - producer price index - has risen to 45.8%, meaning production costs in Germany have increased by nearly 50%! Meanwhile Russia's currency continues to strengthen, its unemployment remains at a low 3.9%, costs of goods is decreasing, and the nation's GDP contraction appears on track to be a meager 3%.
ITALY MOVES RIGHT: Italy now has a center-right government led by a the conservative Giorgia Meloni, who has been branded a fascist over her conservatism. The question is, why is she so hated?
IV. CULTURE OF LIFE, CULTURE OF PROTECTION
TRANS TREASON? The US Army's first transgendered officer has been arrested for allegedly attempting to give classified information to... the Russians. We leave you to muse with us at the irony.
AF ACADEMY ON MOM/DAD: The US Air Force Academy is taking the institution in yet a still further woke direction. "Mom" and "Dad" have now been laid on the pyre of woke sacrifice. It's hard to see why any red-blooded American would enlist in this the wokest of the US armed forces.
WOKE ATTACK ON GAYS: The woke agenda is such that even its allies must be on board 100% with all its delusions - including its defense of "groomers". A gay organization - "Gays Against Groomers" - found this out the hard way as electronic payment businesses banned the non-profit organization from their services.