May 28, 2015

How Russia burns its dead soldiers, and international order

Marissa SemkiwArchive

Isn’t it funny? The 2018 soccer World Cup – one of the greatest sporting tournaments in the world – will be held in Russia.

Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Yes, the land that 'liberates' nations by encouraging dictators (think Assad) to gas their own people and by training intoxicated rebels to murder their fellow citizens (think Ukraine).

And now Putin is burning his dead soldiers.

In a piece published on Tuesday, Josh Rogin of Bloomberg View explained how Moscow, in an attempt to hide its presence in Ukraine, is using mobile crematoriums to burn the bodies of dead Russian soldiers. Yup, mobile crematoriums.  Everything about it is sick. Not only is Putin content to lie to his people and to the world, he’s happy to burn Russia’s fallen sons in order to cover-up his own crimes of aggression. 

Of course, in Vladimir’s mind, this is an easy choice.  After all, by incinerating Russian corpses to scorch any evidence of his involvement in Ukraine – Mr. Putin knows he’s getting away with the destruction of Ukraine’s sovereignty.  To Putin, morality is as irrelevant as President Obama’s phone calls.  Still, the incinerators are more than a pretense.  They speak to the nature of Putin’s international strategy. For months now, NATO officials have affirmed with increasing certainty that Russia has deployed thousands of troops inside Ukraine in order to destabilize that nation.  But, aware of the West’s disinterest in standing up for its values, Putin knows that all he needs to do to continue his conquest is to mitigate the evidence of his involvement.  Correspondingly, by burning the remains of Russian soldiers, he’s alleviating new pressure on President Obama to take any serious action. This is covert action in the 21st century.

And Putin is the master of this dark art.

Consider his record in Ukraine.  An expert at the niceties of the diplomatic game – promising hope and taking photos with Western leaders – Mr. Putin nevertheless resorts to violence every time.  Consider that he deliberately signed, and then promptly undermined the Minsk I and Minsk II ceasefire agreements (Sept 2014/Feb 2015).  While the West praised his concessions, he laughed at the West’s stupidity.  Today, as evidenced by Russia’s continued strategy of carving out Ukraine’s southeast, Putin continues to funnel Russian Special Forces into that nation.

Only one thing will stop him.

As I’ve argued, before, the West must arm Ukraine.  Putin is hell bent on expanding the Russian federation beyond its borders to include territories he claims are his own.  And yet, as Putin literally burns Ukraine and his own soldiers – President Obama still cannot make up his mind about what to do about arming Ukraine.

But perhaps this means Putin’s legacy might find another testament.

Along with Ukraine, Putin’s stick-it to America attitude may one day secure him a spot on cheap souvenir t-shirts like other murderous tyrants.


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commented 2015-09-20 03:03:35 -0400
Stupid twat I’d stuck in the cold war.
commented 2015-09-10 13:59:43 -0400
No i dit not like it…this is pure PUTIN BACHING!!
RUSIA is the only European nacion that wil fight the islam.
commented 2015-08-08 02:09:17 -0400
Russia gets the 2018 champs, and why not? Russia is not our enemy—-islam is!
commented 2015-05-30 13:09:56 -0400
2018 soccer championships? I wonder who pocketed the cash?

Burning soldiers? Just another twist in the truth – which no one else will print it would seem Well done Rebel.

Hussein obama? Just a complete waste of skin – and it would seem the world is not finally starting to agree with me.

Assad gases? It is total war – and there is far more to this than the average person realizes – and if he loses the war, slaughter that will come from the victors will make Hitler, Mao and Stalin look like choir boys. The UN inspection team did not find clear evidence of Assad using gas when they were there. The revolution did not start because he was a hard liner – it started because the imams in Daraa did not like Assad’s liberal ways., I know – I was there.

Ukraine? A bad scene that Putin is going to continue with – this is where the real fighting might just start. The world is not watching very closely and Hussein obama is allowing it to happen.
commented 2015-05-29 10:31:45 -0400
You lost me at “Assad gasses …”
Right, Obama says “if Assad gasses his people. we will invade”.
Assad. “Time to do some gassing I guess”.
Assad + Iran + Russia = Russian gas into Europe
Emirates + ISIS + USA – Assad = Arab gas into Europe
Anybody that buys into either side of the conflict as being in the right is a complete moron. Sorry. It is about pipe lines, end of story.
commented 2015-05-29 02:03:55 -0400
So much nonsense in this story it is hard to know where to begin. First off there is no evidence that Putin is using mobile incinerators to dispose of his dead soldiers. The Josh Rogin report is based on claims by two U.S. lawmakers. There has been NO evidence to back up this claim. The Secretary General of NATO was asked about this on CNN and he said he has not seen any evidence. If in fact the mobile incinerator story is true I think the head of NATO would know about it! This reminds me of all the lies told in the run-up to the first and second gulf wars.

Secondly Putin didn’t encourage Assad to “gas his people” in fact there is no evidence that Assad was behind the gas attacks and lots of evidence that the Jihadist rebels (our “allies”) were responsible for the attacks and that they used CW’s obtained in Libya. The rebel groups that morphed into ISIS received arms from Libya as part of Obama’s secret “Operation Zero Footprint” :

And as for the Ukraine mess anyone who has done any research on this subject will know that Obama with the help of the EU spent billions in aid to opposition groups (which included neo-Nazis) to overthrow a democratically elected President and install his own puppet. Putin had no choice but to annex the Crimea! What was he going to do – let the home of his Black Sea naval fleet come under control of an American backed puppet regime? And our idiot “conservative” PM went along with Obamas criminal scheme. How many 100’s of Millions has Harper given to the regime in Kiev by now? And nobody questions this! Harper sent our CF-18’s to Libya to provide air support for Al Qaeda and look how well that turned out! The same thing will happen if the war criminal Obama gets his wish and Assad is toppled. If that happens ISIS will take control of all of Syria and MILLIONS of Christians will be exterminated!

Like most on here I lean conservative but I also try to be a critical thinker. We must be! We should not be so ready to swallow propaganda which much of what the MSM reports.
commented 2015-05-29 01:23:52 -0400
Blair Watson, Putin would love to have you. Go be a comrade, ( I hope you’re not gay) We absolutely do need to arm Ukraine, the clock is ticking, and no one is taking any responsibility for leaving them out in the cold. Russia promised to respect their sovereignty , ya right. But the US and Canada absolutely have a responsibility. So does Europe, except for the fact that they all get their power from Putin. Oh to develop the Northern Gateway. Screw your research Blair.
commented 2015-05-28 20:57:17 -0400
I would say a US President probably acting on what he has been told by the CIA is villain number 1. Villain number 2 would be Mr. Putin who appears to taking advantage of another blunder by the Americans. That is how I see it sitting in my arm chair. Going back to your earlier comment on the US being the most corrupt nation I would rephrase that and say in modern times they interfere more than any other Western democracy in the affairs of others and are usually wrong.
commented 2015-05-28 20:07:53 -0400
Ok agreed, they are number 3 on the list…no one’s payroll…just want to read the truth and not some propaganda…do the research then tell me who is the villain in the Ukraine.
commented 2015-05-28 14:21:06 -0400
Blair Watson, who’s payroll are you on?
commented 2015-05-28 14:12:24 -0400
“The US is the most corrupt country on earth”. Really. Guess who wrote that has never been to Zimbabwe or Mocambique.
commented 2015-05-28 14:05:58 -0400
Also “we must arm Ukraine”…hahaha…Putin toppled Georgia in three days, if Putin wanted to do as you say he does he could roll over Ukraine in a week. The only people saying he wants to expand his federation in the way you suggest are the mouth pieces for the arms industry…..are you one of those Marissa? I am curious Marissa does your heritage have something to do with your cries for war?
commented 2015-05-28 14:01:15 -0400
So, I read nothing here about how the US-Euro toppled a democratically elected government to install their own puppets. Must have forgot that eh Marissa, if you did any research instead of swallowing the garbage propaganda coming out of the US. you would see just who the true villains are. But why let facts get in the way of a good story. Your lucky Marissa, the majority of the population are brain dead fools and probably believe this crap. The US is the most corrupt country on earth, why don’t you write about that instead of regirgitating garbage and being the mouthpieces of the MSM.
commented 2015-05-28 14:00:01 -0400
Well said, Marissa.
The Soviets, and let’s face it, that’s exactly what we’re back to except in name, love useful idiots like Obama.
commented 2015-05-28 12:24:55 -0400
Have the authorities found out who Putin paid off to get the World Cup…and the Olympics?
commented 2015-05-28 11:02:59 -0400
I don’t think much can be done about Putin. No one is going to take him on. He will use his RT propaganda channel to expose us to his worldview. I guess in the jihad phony war he keeps jihadists quiet in his region.
commented 2015-05-28 09:00:41 -0400
I’m not sure cremating dead soldiers is sufficient to erase all evidence of invasion in today’s world where everyone has a cell phone. I’ve seen footage of Russian soldiers in Ukraine.