May 16, 2022
Sunday the 15th, 2022, I was asked to comment from a peace research point of view on Finland and Sweden’s moves to become full members of NATO.
I gladly do so since it is a long time since I commented on anything on RT. For those who think that it is surprising or even wrong to speak with Russian media, my media policy can be found here.
The denial of access by the EU and others to RT is an indisputable violation of human rights – but most people do not know it. I’m talking about the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Article 19 from 1966.
If you want to get around that violation of your rights, download and pay for a proxy server such as PrivateVPN, set it to e.g. Finland and you will be able to access RT.
Then you may also read my front page article on RT – “Finns and Swedes won’t benefit from NATO. Helsinki and Stockholm are looking to join a “failed organization,” renowned peace researcher Jan Oberg warns”
And should you think that one cannot talk with media in a country that is conducting warfare, I would hardly ever have been able to comment or publish myself on US-based media.
And, while thousands of Western media – including Swedish and Finnish media do receive TFF PressInfo, not one has shown any interest in my critical analyses of these issues. So much for the freedom of the press in today’s Sweden and Finland.
Now watch these 10 mins on
‘Peace is not the goal of these people’
– Jan Oberg on NATO expansion”
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Russia acted in self defence the 24th of Febr 22.
Thank you Jan for a great interview.
I want to emphasise on one very important key in this war that Chrisopher Black points out in his article “The legality of war”
Christopher Black https://christopher-black.com/the-legality-of-war/
“The request for military assistance from the Donbass Republics also compelled Russia to send in its forces to help push back the Kiev forces from the territories of the Republics.
Second, Russia itself had been attacked multiple times by Kiev regime forces. Saboteurs were sent into Crimea time and again to carry out raids, assassinate officials, to destroy infrastructure. They even cut Crimea’s water supply, a crime against humanity. Just a few days before Russia acted a Kiev reconnaissance unit invaded Russia but was detected and destroyed. Russia had every right under The Caroline Doctrine to go after the attackers and to prevent further attacks.
The Caroline Doctrine was established in 1837 when American forces invaded Canada, to assist Canadian rebels who had risen against the government. The Americans travelled to Canada by ship across Lake Ontario. The British then later invaded New York State to retaliate and burn the ship, named the Caroline. As a result of that incident, it was agreed by both the USA and Britain that the right of a nation to self-defence rested on two factors:
1. The use of force must be necessary because the threat is imminent and thus pursuing peaceful alternatives is not an option, and,
2. The response must be proportionate to the threat.
In this case the threat was more than imminent. It was on-going and increasing. The only effective and proportional defensive response was to destroy the offensive forces being deployed.“
Some readers may ask who is ChristopherBlack?
*Christopher Black* is an international criminal and human rights lawyer. He is Chair of the Legal Committee for the International Committee for the Defence of Slobodan Milosevic (https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Slobodan_Milosevic) and vice-chair of the overall committee, and was Lead Defence Counsel, at the Rwanda War Crimes Tribunal (https://wikispooks.com/w/index.php?title=Rwanda_War_Crimes_Tribunal&action=edit&redlink=1) in the case of General Augustin Ndindiliyimana (https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Augustin_Ndindiliyimana), Chief of Staff, Rwanda Gendarmerie and won his acquittal on all charges in 2014. He was one of the advisers to President Milosevic until his death in 2006 and also worked on other cases at the Yugoslav and Rwanda tribunals.
The acquittal of Augustin Ndindiliyimana (https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Augustin_Ndindiliyimana) represented a serious embarrassment for the Tribunal and was preceded by some very ugly physical attacks and threats against Christopher Black and his work. source . https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Christopher_Black