The Military Situation In The Ukraine, by Jacques Baud

This is a long article, but it’s much closer to the truth than the mainstream propaganda. From Jacques Baud at

Part One: The Road To War

For years, from Mali to Afghanistan, I have worked for peace and risked my life for it. It is therefore not a question of justifying war, but of understanding what led us to it. I notice that the “experts” who take turns on television analyze the situation on the basis of dubious information, most often hypotheses erected as facts—and then we no longer manage to understand what is happening. This is how panics are created.

The problem is not so much to know who is right in this conflict, but to question the way our leaders make their decisions.

Let’s try to examine the roots of the conflict. It starts with those who for the last eight years have been talking about “separatists” or “independentists” from Donbass. This is not true. The referendums conducted by the two self-proclaimed Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in May 2014, were not referendums of “independence” (независимость), as some unscrupulous journalists have claimed, but referendums of “self-determination” or “autonomy” (самостоятельность). The qualifier “pro-Russian” suggests that Russia was a party to the conflict, which was not the case, and the term “Russian speakers” would have been more honest. Moreover, these referendums were conducted against the advice of Vladimir Putin.

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3 responses to “The Military Situation In The Ukraine, by Jacques Baud

  1. Incredible article. He is truly an expert here and writes very clearly. Everyone should see this! Well done! I had never heard of him.


  2. A writer that I follow, who I think has very clear perceptions generally, has gone bonkers in his hatred of Putin. This might be just the thing to calm him down. It is factual. It is clear. It is written from the perspective of a Westerner who has been a part of NATO efforts, UN peacekeeping efforts (including in the Ukraine itself) and Western intelligence. No one could ever call him a tool of Putin, unless they refuse to take the cotton out of their ears.

    They say, “the truth hurts,” because sometimes it really is painful to bring your mindset into congruence with the truth.


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