It's been 75 years since the start of Operation Barbarossa, the all-out Nazi-led attack on the Soviet Union and the largest ground invasion in history. The invasion involving three and a half million men (including Nordic SS volunteers, Spanish fascists, Romanians, Hungarians and Italian Nazi allies) on a front stretching over a thousand miles from the Arctic to the Black Sea began at 4:15 a.m. Moscow time.
(See today's related Russia Analyst RM post: "Those Silly Paranoid Russians, So Worried About Missiles and Armies Massing on Their Borders")
Tonight June 22nd hundreds of thousands in Russia, Belarus and likely some in the breakaway Donbass Donetsk and Lugansk republics will be watching this 2010 film, The Brest Fortress, about the heroic men who held out for eight days while being massively outnumbered and encircled by Hitler's Wehrmacht. While the number of troops NATO and its Ukrainian 'foreign legion' as Putin calls it are massing against ethnic Russians in Donbass and Russia's borders isn't anywhere close to three and a half million, history does not repeat but it 'rhymes'. And modern nuclear weapons and the possibility of the next U.S. President tearing up the 1987 Intermediate Forces Treaty (IMF) make it possible to launch strikes from the U.S. and Europe against the Russian Federation that could claim as many lives in an hour as the Nazis killed in four years of the bloodiest theater of war in history.
Watch this film -- and know that the Russian people are being psychologically conditioned for a real shooting war. Then ask yourself: are Americans and the vast majority of Europeans ready for war? Are the 51 U.S. State Department foreign service officers who want their preferred next President of the United States (Hillary, cough cough) to bomb Syria and kill Russian servicemen in that country ready for a ferocious Russian response?
We don't think so.
By J. Hawk at Ft. Russ 27 March 2015: