The entrepreneur demands that Austria must get out of the sanctions against Russia, veto the planned oil embargo and be a neutral mediator in the Ukraine conflict. Under no circumstances should prosperity and stability be sacrificed in a proxy war in an already divided country. In his current commentary, Markel explains why the Ukrainian civilian population should be helped, but why the country should under no circumstances strive for a military victory.
Courtesy of Gerald Markel.
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If nobody wants to say it, then I’ll say it: the sanctions against Russia have to go. Postscript and bitter truth – Ukraine cannot and must not win. I’m a father of six and a grandfather for three months, I’ll be 60 in 14 months, I’m not a politician and don’t want to become one. I am economically independent and have never received a cent in subsidies from this state, for which I have earned millions of euros in taxes. I don’t have to please anyone and I don’t want to become anything. My only motivation is to protect my family and the well-being of those around me. And that’s why I can (and will) always tell the truth. Even if it sounds brutal and bitter. And the brutal truth is for the good of this my homeland:
- We must drop all sanctions against Russia.
- Ukraine cannot win this war.
- And Ukraine must not even come close to winning because this to the demise of Europe would lead.
The closer Ukraine’s victory, the more likely the use of nuclear weapons
Beate Meinl – Reisinger showed her obedience to the international mainstream yesterday and tweeted that Ukraine MUST win this war. At the meeting of their sect last weekend, Werner Kogler and all the other fanatics in ministerial positions described the sanctions against Russia as “there was no alternative” and called for further sanctions, up to and including the completely insane boycott of gas and oil from Russia. The media are completely aligned on this topic, even Servus TV reports unilaterally on the standard line given by the USA. And I say – WRONG.
- Die Ukraine can’t even come close to winning, because Russia then use atomic bombs.
- Ukraine must not win, because then millions of people of Russian descent will live in eastern Ukraine under an apartheid regime will have to live.
- Ukraine – and this is the bitter truth – can no longer exist undivided. The rifts between the sections of the population are too deep, peaceful and democratic coexistence has become impossible for at least one generation.
A military victory will not change the already real division of Ukraine
Let’s see the reality. Russian speakers can in Ukraine no longer live freely. Their language was abolished as an official language in 2014, which was an important reason for the uprising in Donbass. Their political parties are banned, and support and public sympathy for “Russian-friendly” positions are considered high treason. The Ukrainian secret service has shot one of its own negotiators as a Russia sympathizer, the Azovnazis and the other right-wing militias from the Polish-speaking west of Ukraine are murdering every suspected collaborator in the east and south, the evidence is clear. All media are brought into line, reporting in Russian is forbidden, not a word is said about the atrocities committed against the Russian-speaking population.
So how is this supposed to continue if Ukraine should win the war militarily, as the mainstream in Western Europe is demanding? Does anyone seriously believe that after the war the Ukrainian junta and fanatical units of armed militias will simply return to peaceful coexistence with the 50,000-strong Donbass armies? Does anyone believe, that the eight million Russian-born people in Ukraine will be an equal minority with protected rightsshould Ukraine win the war militarily? Ukraine is already divided. POINT. A military victory of Ukraine does not change anything anymore, this topic is closed, a return to the status quo ante 2014 is impossible in Donbass, in Crimea and in the south-east near Mariupul. This is a fact, the faster this realization prevails, the sooner this war can be ended and the dying can stop.
The use of locally limited nuclear weapons leads to uncontrollable chain reactions
Militarily, Ukraine must not even come close to victory. What are these people thinking when they post something like this? What will a superpower do when the military situation is close to defeat due to the enemy’s massive intervention in a proxy war? After all, who doubts that a nuclear-armed superpower will not use ALL its military options before its own army loses? And when I then read idiots like the opposition leader Merz in Germany, who says in the interview, that he is “not intimidated by nuclear war”then I can’t think of anything more about such madmen. Even the use of locally limited nuclear weapons is UNTHINKABLE and would trigger an uncontrollable chain reaction, which no one could complain about, because then, at least in Europe, no one would be alive. The fact that nuclear weapons are even TALKED about is so unbelievable – words fail me.
aid to the civilian population. No economic suicide.
Yes, it is unbearable, unjust and wrong. But it’s reality. Nuclear superpowers can wage war and the rest of the world has limited ability to stop them. This has been the case numerous times in the past few decades with the US and it is the case with Russia in the Ukraine war. And that brings me to the subject of sanctions and back to our home country of Austria. I don’t care at all whether the other European countries like it or not. I don’t give a damn whether one is insulted as lacking in solidarity or as pro-Putin. I don’t give a damn about the interests of others on this point, now we are at the point arrived where it is only “Austria first”..
- We must out of the sanctions against Russia.
- We must like Hungary our own interest and focus on the hard-earned prosperity of the population and the associated social peace.
The consequences of the sanctions are killing us, we simply CAN’T do without Russian gas and we SHOULD not do without cheap Russian gas at all. Why should we commit economic suicide? For Ukraine, this kleptocracy? Of course not. I am always ready to help the Ukrainian civilian population, I am absolutely in favor of taking in Ukrainian refugees – but neither should a single Austrian die for Ukraine, nor should our country commit economic suicide for Ukraine. It’s a question of pragmatics. We are a tiny country and can only exert influence to a limited extent. Yes, war is a catastrophe. human and moral. but Never in human history has morality been a yardstick for the actions of great powers. We’ve watched the US go to two dozen wars in the last 50 years. And this out of pure power politics and geostrategic interests. 10,000 km from the Americas, the US saw its interests threatened and while I find Putin’s decision to go to war wrong, I can still understand his actions right on the Russian border in the light of his security interests.
No participation of Austria in the proxy war!
I think that by now everyone has understood that NATO is in Ukraine under the leadership of the United States a proxy war lead against Russia. And Austria is neither moral nor in its own interest to take part in this war. We have had a good basis with Russia for decades, Russia still keeps all treaty obligations with us. We simply cannot afford the sanctions. And so I say loud and clear:
- Austria needs to get out of sanctions against Russia in the energy sector, veto the oil embargo like Hungary and Slovakia (and Bulgaria tomorrow) and bring us into play as a neutral mediator.
No more green-pink bullshit and warmongering.
Enough ramblings about Putin’s victory and fall.
Get out of the sanctions and back to reason and mind.
Before it’s too late for our country and its people and we perish with the others.
I stand by that.