By John Helmer, Moscow
Once upon a time, before the Blin-Noodle gang had been born; when their grandparents were still Ukrainians; and before the gang was pushing its protégés to make war on Russia from behind a shield of civilians in Donetsk and Lugansk, there was an American humourist named James Thurber. He was the 20th century successor to the other American humourist Mark Twain. There is no one to succeed those two Americans in our time.
Thurber told a story about provocations, false warnings, and what these days is called the RED LINE. Thurber’s moral was: “Get it right or let it alone. The conclusion you jump to may be your own.”
Remember who the Blin-Noodle gang are and what they are doing with their Ukrainian, Polish, Romanian, and Canadian followers, proxies, surrogates and stand-ins. This is how the gang got their name .
This is how the International Criminal Court’s founding statute defines the war crime which Antony Blinken (Blin) and Victoria Nuland (Nudelman) are committing on the Ukraine front . Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the UK, and Canada have ratified the criminal articles of the court; the US, Ukraine, Turkey, and Russia have not.
For those who need an assist from talking animals, read Thurber’s story, “What Happened to Charles ” — remember the punch line is the punch the Blin-Noodle gang are asking for.
This month it is the 127th anniversary since Thurber’s wit started in the present tense in which we can appreciate it today. It is also the 60th anniversary since Thurber became past tense himself. Remember him this way .