Victor Davis Hanson writes:
It was the diabolical Putin’s once dirt-cheap and reliable natural gas that gave German moralists the margins of error to push their suicidal green gospel upon the world.
Critical Russian natural gas shipments to Europe are no longer guaranteed. It will take years for Europe to find comparable alternative new sources. Yet in these months before its impending 19th-century winter, the European Union still remains hostile to its own fracking and horizontal drilling, nuclear power, and coal generation.
Under Joe Biden’s pressure, Europe passed on the win/win EastMed Israeli/Cypriot/Greek natural-gas pipeline. Some Americans talk grandly of saving Europe by shipping massive amounts of American liquified natural gas to new German terminals. But at home, Joe Biden has shut down pipelines as well as oil and gas fields.
Joe Biden has a bad habit of exploiting the petroleum and weapons bounty that he inherited from Trump, depleting and not replenishing it, and then covering his tracks by blaming Trump. Russia keeps selling oil to its new, anti-American partners China and India—40 percent of the global population. He mobilizes more manpower. He transforms his stale propaganda from posing as a reluctant, legitimate oppressor to a noble oppressed victim. He watches the West slide into recession and mutual bickering, Biden slide into utter incoherence, and America slide into dangerous pre-midterm factionalism.
So how does it all end and all these agendas become compatible?
It doesn’t and they won’t.
The mere idea of a negotiated ceasefire or settlement that allows plebiscites overseen by third parties in the disputed territories between 2014 and 2022 is an anathema to all sides. So, the battlefield alone will apparently be the final arbiter—as it is so often in history.
Everyone is signing up for a very long, very cold winter.
Victor Davis Hanson writes:
Israel an unintentional beneficiary of the Russian-Ukrainian war:
“Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, a total of 13,172 Ukrainians and 24,707 Russians have immigrated to Israel, according to Jewish Agency figures. Another 35,000 Russians and nearly 27,000 Ukrainians are currently residing in Israel – they are either waiting out the war as tourists or are in the process of immigrating, the figures show.”
Anybody who can’t see by now the suicidal lunacy of shutting down our oil, gas, and coal production, to be replaced with “green energy” to “save the planet”, has to be a complete idiot.
But Bizarro World continues, as we head toward total collapse.
While I really do not like the idea, I will not be surprised to see the inhabitants of Europe get really hungry this winter. Maybe not a full-fledged famine (though that is possible) but more than few missed meals. Add to that cold and inadequate fuel for heat and the situation seriously sucks.