The weekly crescendo of crisis builds and this week’s winner for the “big fuss” award could be the “Trojan horse” humanitarian aid convoy now approaching Ukraine’s border with Russia.
Each week there is a growing crescendo of crisis, culminating on Thursday and Friday. Then, on Saturday, it all goes down the old memory hole and everyone goes shopping. (Background: Crescendo of Crisis Returns, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of July 24, 2014.)
It was only yesterday that the stooge government in Kiev suddenly decided it would not allow “Putin’s convoy” of humanitarian aid to enter Ukraine. Kiev suddenly feared the two-mile long convoy of trucks carrying baby food, sleeping bags, electrical generators and the like might in fact be hiding Ninja assassins in the various containers.
“Putin” is of course Vladimir Putin, the Russian President. In the wake of the February 2014 coup d’etat in Kiev, Putin had promised to protect the Russian-speaking people of eastern Ukraine. Now some of those people are in dire need of protection, especially in the besieged city of Lugansk. There, the city is surrounded by fascist forces and artillery pounds it indiscriminately. For about two weeks there has been no electricity in Lugansk, no running water, and dwindling food supplies.
Yesterday the Putin convoy was temporarily stalled in its mission of mercy. But now the line of trucks has resumed its journey toward Ukraine. Ominously, the route has been altered. Before, it had been headed towards a border crossing controlled by the Kiev fascists. Now, the Putin convoy is “taking a road leading directly toward a border crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels in the Luhansk region.” 
Notice how Associated Press (above) gives the spelling as “Luhansk.” This underlines the bitter divide in opinion, where even the spelling is contested: one side spells it “Lugansk” and the other side spells it “Luhansk.” So which side is Associated Press on?
The question is, will Russia decide to “cross the Rubicon” and send the convoy into Ukraine? A similar hairs-breadth decision happened in 1956. Back then, the people of Hungary had revolted against Soviet rule. At first, the Soviet troops had withdrawn and it seemed like the revolution had succeeded. But it began to be feared that the Hungarian revolt might be contagious and the USSR would collapse. Even so, the pendulum of decision in the Kremlin swung back and forth: “We should go in… We should not go in… We should go in… We should not go in…” Nikita Khruschev’s son Sergei has written that his father “simply could not make up his mind whether Moscow should intervene or should allow the Hungarians to solve their problems independently.”  At last the final decision was made: We should go in. Soviet troops entered Hungary. And in the end, the Americans did nothing. (Further background: Hungary 1956; Lugansk 2014, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of August 11, 2014.)
Russia has at least 20,000 troops mobilized at the Ukraine border. Suppose the humanitarian convoy crosses the border in defiance of Kiev. Suppose then Kiev starts artillery shelling, an air attack, or something similar against Putin’s convoy. What then? Do Russian troops already at the border get sent in to defend the convoy? And if that were to happen, does the United States or NATO enter the bubbling cauldron? As you can see, here we have possibly at least the crisis of the week, if not of the month or even longer.
Obviously, Vladimir Putin must be losing sleep, trying to decide what to do: “We should go in… We should not go in…” The pendulum of decision must be swinging back and forth in Putin’s mind. At Mobile Bay, Alabama, in 1864, Union Admiral David Farragut faced a similar tough decision. A Confederate minefield had just claimed one of Farragut’s ironclad monitors. It appeared too dangerous for Farragut to run his fleet through such treacherous obstacles. The USS Brooklyn, part of Farragut’s convoy attempting to hurry past the range of Confederate shore-based cannons, had suddenly slowed down. “Why is the Brooklyn not moving forward?” asked Farragut. “Sir, it is dangerous. There are torpedoes,” was the reply. To this, Farragut responded with his famous command: “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” And the Union forces won a great victory.
——- Sources ——-
 “Russian aid convoy resumes travel toward Ukraine”, by Alexander Roslyakov. Associated Press, August 14, 2014
 Sergei Khruschev, qtd. in Explosion: The Hungarian Revolution of 1956, by John P.C. Matthews. Hippocrene Books, 2007