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A recent TV film about Zhukov, for all its conventionality and weightiness, unexpectedly sharply raised the issue of the need to "defend" the defenders. One can read the biographies of great generals, Suvorov for example, and you will see hardly anyone of them avoid disgrace.

It is not just about protecting the prestige of the military class, because it was high enough in the days of Suvorov, and in the times of Zhukov.

The paradox is that the army is one of the most "vulnerable" institutions in society. Its structure consists of a mass of interconnected parts, and each of them is important. Ideally, the structure combines the most sophisticated philosophy of war with the everyday life of the common soldier. Even in an over-democratic society, the army is always hierarchical. In these circumstances, any changes, not to mention reforms, affect not only the individual parts of the body, we call the "army", but its condition as a whole.

Elementary arithmetic routinely holds keys to much more complex political algebra. At the moment, for example, it appears that fairly simple regards explain the bizarre conduct of the Arab League which, contrary to reasonable expectations, alligned itself with the West in destabilizing Syria and keeping B. Assad under pressure.

Oil embargo of the European Union on Iran: punishment with postponement - “War of nerves” in the Persian Gulf -  Oil import embargo on Iran    January, 26, 2012  There are a number of factors nowadays which demolish the War Conceptions,  well-established from the Clausewitz times on. The conception and practice to conduct the so-called “ Total Wars”, have passed away. The main purpose of those wars was to annihilate the enemy man-power as well to annihilate the man-power resources, able to compensate for the losses, incurred within long-distance front lines. To gain efficient threatening effect, the abolishment of the civilian population was well acceptable here too. As a matter of fact, Hitler was following the conception of Total War verdadero.

Disorganization, destruction of the vitally important infrastructure and communications, blinding of the enemy means of detection – here are the essential methods to conduct a modern war. The main idea here is not to annihilate the enemy manpower but to gain the maximum shock effect,  destined  to suppress the enemy will-power and ability to resist. Exactly a similar scenario was written  for Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and which now seems to be being prepared for Iran too.      

At least, the formula, which says that “the war means the continuation of politics but with other means” is still vivid, at the first glance. But under the present situation and circumstances this phrase is far from being able to surely determine every time the motivation of this or that war or find what or whose interests are provided with the certain hostilities. In other words, it still presents not easy at all today to answer the following question: “ The continuation of whose or what politics or interests may  provide some certain war?” 

The European Council Resolution, that imposes  embargo on the Iranian oil import, has abruptly aggravated the situation around Tehran and even if it does not bring Iran on the edge of War, then it surely pushes it this way. The Leader of the British Laborites, Mr. Miliband, has already named this process as “Lunatic sliding down to War”.

150 years ago, on the 3rd of February 1862, in the old style calendar, or 15th of February in the new calendar *Savva Timofeyevich Morozov was born in the Bogorosky district of Moscow.

 I always wondered how small Gorky’s characters, such as Clim Samgin and Bulychov stand next to a boulder such as Savva Morozov. But, would it not seem to be just as easy to draw from real life, especially for someone like Maxim Gorky, who knew Morozov very well. But such is the property of denunciation of socially charged literature from all times - the living image ruthlessly bent under the stilted idea. However, the truth of life always takes its toll, and often fails to sound the trumpet in triumphant hymn, but in evidence of bitter loss and devastation.

How do foreign investors take the prospects, which are opening up for them in Russia after the presidential elections?  “The Nezavisimaya Gazeta” daily quotes the forecast by the chief economist of HSBC group who says that the investors are scared by the coming 2012 election and new political risks linked with the change of the head of the state.

Not long ago, before the tragic events in Syria began, Anglican pastor Padgett went to Homs, Aleppo and Damascus, to study the situation of the Christian communities there. He mingled with people of different social status and religion. He wrote in the wake of his fresh impressions "Everywhere in these places Bashar Assad is seen as the" right "or only person capable of implementing gradual reforms, or at worst as the most preferred of the candidates that could guarantee social stability and freedom of religion ... Have we learned nothing from our previous experiences of interference in the Middle East?”  So exclaimed the pastor.

One cannot say that the "hysteria" in the West about the veto of Russia and China in the anti-Syrian resolution at the Security Council indicates that they flatly refuse to understand the logic of Moscow and Beijing’s actions. If it is”hysteria", then it is controlled and managed.

The unpreparedness of the opposition to put forward a more or less coherent program for the rebuilding of Syria, except for the slogan "Down with Assad" is obvious to Washington and its allies. Today the Syrian opposition does not have a leader acceptable to the West and willing to provide a unifying platform. "In some cases, they hate each other more than the regime," said an expert from the Henry Jackson Society.

WE ARE WATCHING the "abduction of Europe": the European dream of many generations of great European politicians is melting away. It was immediately after the war that Robert Schuman, Jean Monnet, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Konrad Adenauer, Paul-Henri Spaak and many others laid the ideological foundation of united Europe. In 1962, Harold Macmillan disappointed his audience by saying to the EEC prime ministers that his country was determined to integrate into Europe. The British primer was convinced that his country could look forward to economic growth only as part of a big continental bloc. Today, the British press has dismissed this as a superficial and short-sighted approach which nevertheless was accepted by the larger part of the establishment and which cost dearly to the nation. The Brits, however, are often pushed aside as an insular nation. Le Monde of France betrays its concern by asking "Will Europe repeat the history of the USSR?" It admits, with a great deal of bitterness, that the integration institutes and Euro-bureaucracy which have grown out of proportion "are treated in Europe at best with indifference or at worst are totally rejected."

The current situation in Syria remains one of the most important components of the Middle Eastern and international policies. Using Syria’s domestic crisis and pursuing their own goals NATO’s leading states, Israel, Turkey and the monarchies of the Persian Gulf are trying to undermine the Syrian regime.

The EU oil embargo recently slapped on Iran and the threats voiced by the US and other Western countries to come up with further sanctions against the country led watchers to conclude that an armed conflict between Iran and the West finally became imminent.