Friday the 13th
If Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, we die, and the whole free world dies, including Taiwan, Israel, et cetera. If Hamas surrenders tomorrow, on the other hand, Putin’s genocidal campaign against Ukraine won’t end, because Iran, which arms Hamas, will continue providing Russia with weapons to kill Ukrainians. So will North Korea and Houthi tribes in Yemen.
It’s tempting to think policymakers in western liberal democracies don’t want to prevent our demise, because there seems to be a powerful argument to the effect that a plurality of their constituents support this. But the MAGA morons in the minority shows this is an error, which means we should probably go ahead and order that Black Diamond headlamp, because it might save our life in Kyiv this winter.
The carbon-fiber-hull glue that once held everything together is no longer sticky.
Ukrainian politician Tetiana Montian, speaking on Belarusian TV, tells us that in Britain there are shortages of vegetables and people are so impoverished that they pull their own teeth and fill their own cavities because they can’t afford modern dentistry.
And over in Russia…
As always, we’ll end this post with something positive: enemy losses.