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January 21, 2022

Should Ukraine be Defended by the United States and Other Threats

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 3:36 AM
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The Constitution of the United States defines the numerous means of forming treaties and their required ratification. Once these definitions have been completed, the treaty is to be treated as the “Law of the Land.” Numerous, if not the vast majority, of treaties entered into by the United States went through a ratification by the United States Senate, after which, they would even supersede the Constitution itself. One such treaty is the December 5, 1994, <a href=http://www.pircenter.org/media/content/files/12/13943175580.pdf> “Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances…”</a> whose beginning is quoted below.

  • 1. The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the CSCE Final Act, to respect the Independence and Sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine.
  • 2. The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defense or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.
  • 3. The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine…

Apparently, should Putin violate the Ukrainian border, not only are the United States and Britain being required to respond and defend the Ukraine, but Russia is also under treaty obligation to defend the very borders they are violating. As far as obligations; the United States, by her own Constitution, is required to come to the defense of the Ukraine defending against any aggressions by Russia or any other invasion. Fortunately, a military defense is not specifically required, thus mere economic sanctions would satisfy the requirements of the treaty even if ignoring the intended sentiment. In the end, it would be so wonderful if the media, all of them, would simply inform the American people of the pertinent facts and follow their reaction, which is guaranteed to be vehemently opposed by the minority. So, would the Americans demand action in defense of the Ukraine should Putin send his troops across their border; and if so, to what extent, sanctions, non-military aid, military equipment or actual American troops (only airstrikes or including ground assault forces)?

Biden Unable to Locate Putin

This is as if President Biden is not facing grave challenges. Well, actually he is clueless on the national difficulties but probably does face the “gravest” of threats. It is saddening watching the United States slowly spiraling towards the drain seemingly unable to take a true direction supported by the people. There appears to be a disconnect between the apparent direction taken by the government and the will of the people. The people are done with Covid, back at work unless throttled by government, and tired of foreign military entanglements. Yet, we bet given the entirety of treaty obligations, their Constitutional importance and their legal weight; they will reluctantly insist on military aid as a minimal first step, followed by air support and even troops if required. Perhaps we will see as the debate begins if anyone will stand for the truth and reality of the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances.

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January 7, 2022

Meanwhile, Here in Israel

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 2:08 AM
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We realize that the United States is currently turning inwards towards their own particular challenges. We have watched the news about horrifically high crime rates with numerous cities setting records of homicides and other violent crimes. Smash and grab assaults on retail outlets in places across the country, not just in California, without facing prosecution are reaching unacceptable levels. We understand those expressing fear over calls for national police, with powers beyond those limiting the FBI, will be heeded, much to freedom’s demise. Then there are the confrontations between parents and teacher’s unions closing schools favoring remote learning (a true oxymoron) or over the choice of curriculum. Fears over potential rule changes concerning the Senate filibuster, the Electoral College, nationalizing elections, adding Justices to the Supreme Court, statehood for Washington DC, open borders, overheated Covid scare coverage and other potential political battles cannot be simply dismissed as inconsequential.

Fancy Star of David
Fancy Star of David

Currently, there exists one area causing Israel some degree of concern, Iran and their drive for thermonuclear warheads and the missiles to deliver them. The United States will gain nothing and very likely give Iran lenient terms in a desperate effort to reach any agreement. Israel may as well assume that unless we prevent the unimaginable, Iran with thermonuclear warheads and ballistic missiles with which to deliver them anywhere on Earth, then Iran will present an existential threat to more than just Israel, but the United States, Saudi Arabia and any other Sunni Islamic nation refusing to convert to Shiite Islam and the entire world in general. Such an assumption means should Iran fire any number of ballistic missiles targeting Israel, we will have to assume the weapon is nuclear armed and our response must be in kind. This would present the world with problems none of us wish, especially we Israelis. On a more personal level, inflation in the United States can lead to problems for retirees residing here in Israel and anywhere outside the United States. Furthermore, we expect the midterm elections will fail in being a solution beyond the promise of gridlock with nothing damaging being accomplished. Perhaps we are placing too much faith in the presumed conservatives to hold the line.

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December 21, 2021

Oh My Crom – Omicron

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 2:45 AM
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Fortunately, Conan never had to fight the Omicron virus or any other Covid variant past, present or future. Unfortunately, the real world where we all reside has had to face, are facing and will likely continue to face some form of illness resulting from the initial Covid virus. The reports that Omicron is more virulent are absolutely true but the reports of Omicron threatening to overwhelm hospitals and morgues are completely false and the absolute opposite of the science as reported from South Africa where they have tracked this variant for over a month. One interview with an immunologist got quite a response to the query about how we should view the upcoming Omicron variant where he responded that if at the start of the Covid epidemic he had produced an efficient vaccine, it would have resembled Omicron. In defense of his answer, as of this writing, there have been zero Covid deaths and a single hospitalization. We wish that the scare tactics, which are frightening fewer and fewer people, was the end of twisting, bending and mutilating the science to fit their narrative of expected horrors just around the next variant.

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Covid-19 Virus

We keep watching as numerous cities, counties and states threaten mask mandates and/or lockdowns despite their proven complete ineffectiveness. President Biden is continuing to claim that Omicron is a “Pandemic of the unvaccinated,” despite studies showing the majority of people testing positive for Omicron are fully vaccinated with a sizeable number having also received a booster jab. We believe that the rate of infection per capita between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated are probably statistically equal. Biden also stated “We are looking at a winter of severe illness and death for the unvaccinated.” Were this a valid statement, it would portend an almost equally bleak outlook for the vaccinated, but that would be ridiculous. Apparently, Omicron is an equal opportunity infector where it could be slightly worse few days for the unvaccinated but limited to at worst similar to the flu or even the common cold. The reality is, agreeing with numerous physicians and viral researches, not dependent on NIAID subsidizing their research, Covid is over, done, exiting stage right; simply stated, Kaput!

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