,I think we should kick the Russian Federation out of the United Nations Security Council for their invasion of Ukraine. Can we do that? Yes, we kicked the Republic of China off the Security Council in 1971 in favor of communist China: Is Republic of China Still a Permanent Member of the Security Council – Despite its Ouster in 1971? | Inter Press Service (ipsnews.net) (Taiwan) The Republic of China (Taiwan) is still listed in the United Nations Charter: uncharter.pdf
So the UN Charter still lists the USSR (Soviet Union) as a permanent member of the Security Council. We could say that allowing the Russian Federation to take its place was just a clerical error.
The UN was created in 1945 to suppress acts of aggression; Article 1 Paragraph 1. Has the Soviet Union acted aggressively in Afghanistan? soviet invasion of afghanistan 1979 - Search (bing.com)
Was it Soviet aggression to supply North Korea and China with weapons and pilots during the North Korean invasion of South Korea? Soviet Union in the Korean War - Wikipedia (1950)
Domestic fights are off limits to the UN and Vlad Putin claims Ukraine is a Russian breakaway province without their own language, border and customs: Differences Between Ukrainians and Russians | Culture Whiz
Funny how Stalin insisted Ukraine was an independent nation when it joined the United Nations in 1945:
Ukraine and the United Nations - Wikipedia
Now, Vlad Putin says he is recognizing old borders for parts of Ukraine he wants to occupy despite agreements made in 1994: Ukraine got a signed commitment in 1994 to ensure its security – but can the US and allies stop Putin's aggression now? (theconversation.com) Budapest Memorandum to cede nuclear weapons to Russia.
So, my opinion is the Russian Federation can and should be ousted from the UN Security Council. I don't think it will happen.
La Brea solo adventure rifle
MI recently learned La Brea tv show was contracted for a second season so will end this newsletter on a lighter note. The season finale saw father Gavin Harris jump into a living room size sinkhole to 10,000 years BCE. The modest sinkhole is roughly 1,500 miles from his wife, Eve, and their son in the Los Angeles area. Hiking an ambitious ten miles per day will take nearly six months so Gavin will need food and may need defense from animals and humans. The animals of the time are known as the megafauna: The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals (Princeton Field Guides, 112): Prothero, Donald R., Williams, Mary Persis: 9780691156828: AmazonSmile: Books
Larger herbivores include mammoths, mastodonts, giant sloths, glyptodonts, bison, camels, horses and 300-pound beavers. Predators number saber tooth cats, lions, jaguars and dire wolves. The wolves are about twice the weight of modern grey wolves and likely hunted in packs. The larger animals deserve a long round nose bullet with full metal jacket to ensure adequate penetration. Such bullets were common to military cartridges of 120-years ago. Karamoja Bell used a 6.5mm rifle with a 156-grain bullet to kill hundreds of elephants before graduating to slightly larger calibers: CUTTING EDGE BULLETS 6.5mm (.264) 155gr BULLET COPPER SAF SLD 50b - Graf & Sons (grafs.com) Lost hunters and, more likely, wounded game animals led to game managers requiring larger caliber bullets for African Game. I have previously advocated the .375 Ruger cartridge for the gun-savvy maroons in La Brea, who numbered about thirty souls: 375 Ruger Rifles For Sale (Caliber/Gauge: 375 Ruger) - Buds Gun Shop (2020). I'm sure there are several such rifles in the Los Angeles area for buyers planning on a safari to Africa or Alaska. The solo adventurer may be attacked by a pack of dire wolves or even people and need to fire many rounds in a short period of time. I will nominate the 9.3X62mm cartridge in a military Mauser rifle for the task.
The 9.3X62 resembles to .30-06 cartridge with a .366 diameter bullet of 286-grains. It happens to be the smallest cartridge advised for the big five of Africa: elephant, rhino, hippo, cape buffalo and lion: 9.3x62mm Mauser: Is It The Best Hunting Cartridge Ever? - Big Game Hunting Blog (thebiggamehuntingblog.com)
While not as desirable when facing a charging mammoth as the .600 Holland and Holland double, it is lighter to carry and can be loaded into a military Mauser using stripper clips. The Mauser is easy to clean from the rear by removing the bolt and has a step profile barrel that does not change the point of impact as it lengthens with the heat of firing: ANKARA ARSENAL M98 1945 for sale (gunsinternational.com)
Bolt actions like the Mauser cam the cartridge to the rear as the bolt handle is lifted, easing extraction when the chamber gets hot and dirty. I have fired an Ankara 8x57mm Mauser in a 100-round civilian marksmanship meet and had no problems with the action. I bought the bayonet for the rifle and imagine it would discourage attempts to grab my rifle muzzle: Your Rifle Needs a Bayonet: (thenewrifleman.com)
Military Mausers are not chambered in the 9.3X62mm so the rifle would need to be rebored and rechambered: Caliber & Bore Options - Reboring by J E S (35caliber.com) 9.3X62 Mauser
Arming Ukraine and Taiwan
Russia has moved some 130,000 soldiers to her border with Ukraine. Russia, United States and others gave assurance of Ukrainian borders in return for Ukraine ceding it's inherited nuclear weapons to Russia in the 1990's. The subsequent seizure of Crimea from Ukraine and ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine cast doubt on Vladimir Putin's protests of peaceful intent.
Ukraine is not a member of NATO and NATO has not made a coordinated response. Great Britain has sent anti-tank weapons, anti-aircraft weapons and advisors. The United States is sending similar short-range, defensive, weapons. These man-portable weapons may be more appropriate than the Blackhawk helicopters supplied to Croatia. US gives military helicopters to Croatia, Russia arms Serbs (msn.com)
My opinion is colored by my understanding of Taiwan's plans for asymmetrical warfare against and invading army from the People's Republic of China. Taiwan’s Overall Defense Concept, Explained – The Diplomat a large number of small things. While Taiwan has advanced fighter jets and is expanding her fleet of diesel submarines, there is concern that PRC could target these larger assets to greatly degrade Taiwan's defense. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of small anti-ship missiles can be purchased for the cost of one submarine and would be difficult to detect and eliminate aboard small fishing boats. Anti-ship missile - Wikipedia sea skua 320-lbs. Small boats can shelter in small coves and may be difficult to pick up from ground clutter on the open sea. Similarly, man portable air defense missiles, like the Stinger, could be concealed in every home or foxhole. Man portable air defence systems: Ranking the top five (army-technology.com)Man portable anti-tank weapons have been capable against the heaviest tanks since the adoption of the 90mm super-bazooka. The U.S. Army Is Testing a Devastating New Weapon: A Super 'Bazooka' | The National Interest M3E1 Carl Gustav. American interest was piqued after British marines in the Falklands War damaged an Argentine warship with a Carl Gustav. When 22 British Marines Held off a Superior Argentine Invasion Force & a Naval Corvette (warhistoryonline.com) Carl Gustav versus Argentine frigate.
Could such lightly armed forces hold off a modern army? The Soviets left Afghanistan after we sent in the Stingers. The United States recently left Afghanistan to the Taliban. Finland defeated the Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939. Not conclusive evidence, perhaps, but it should give aggressors pause. Rick
Rick Kester is a Viet Nam era veteran living in Northern California with his wife Nancy.