Trompe News. NATO member-state citizens responded with enthusiasm to last week's invitation by Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (a/k/a Fear of Fog) to enter a contest for the most creative approach to addressing Ukraine land-grab-fomenting issues.
The prize will authorize the winner to name the Ukraine Question Resolution Operation. The ideas submitted will weigh heavily in NATO decisions to address Ukraine issues, as the people love contests and immortality in naming. Tweaking Himself is taken seriously as an option here, viewed as an effective counter to the ego-filled recent Russia-Crimea-Rest of Ukraine land-grab scenario initiated so baldly by Vlad Putin, He of the Shaven Chest. Germany in particular has spearheaded the humor with stab approach in its own history, a matter greatly feared by the Rus.
Luneburg, Germany. Henry the Lion is greeted by Wends after their defeat in the Northern Crusades.
Forbes Magazine: The Forbes entry is a dour rerun of its earlier idea that NATO forces surround Kaliningrad, see http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexberezow/2014/03/03/how-should-u-s-and-nato-respond-to-russia-over-ukraine/ The serious, subtly threatening tone reflects the policy of the International Secret Society of Oligarchs: tweaking each other's power players is heresy. Whupping them with other people's children at the end of guns is preferred.
Germany's entry expands upon the surround idea, using Lithuanian and Polish military and nonmilitary persons, but with a twist. The Germans propose The Lunenberg Moon Shot Variation: position the participants to surround Kaliningrad, and so that any viewer from the Russian side will be surprised and humiliated even without actual invasion, a more effective deterrent to bad behavior. On signal from a hovering moon-drone, all such participants shall drop their drawers as authorized by historic precedent and turn about smartly. This entry is the most popular so far. See illustration.
In promoting the contest,Tweets abound, showing the popularity of the contest among the people. Hashtags include #surroundkaliningrad; and #surroundkonigsberg; and #surroundkaliningradoblast. Use @ at will.
- Historians will note that Konigsberg is an earlier name of this wee town by the sea, located between Poland and Lithuania, which name stems from its German domination for a time; and which was annexed by Russia from Germany in 1945. See history at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-18284828
- The #kaliningradoblast identification is preferred by hashtag aficianados as referring more officially to this area as an administrative hub for the now-Russian enclave, soon to revert to earlier owners, New Poland or New Lithuania. One problem is that the term "aficianado" smacks of illegal immigrants for far right US conspiracy theorists, and this nonsense gobs the works. For purposes of this contest, however, the #surroundkaliningrad designation is favored by the NATO contest umpires, largely because of the famous Konigsberger Klopse recipe craze also stemming from Prussian dominion over the wee town, see these fine German meatballs at http://www.chefkoch.de/rs/s0/einfache+k%F6nigsberger+klopse/Rezepte.html/
Roots of Kaliningrad - Konigsberg. Search its cooking. The cuisine of the area, as well as its isolated location away from the rest of Russia, acting as a wedgie between Poland and Lithuania, also demonstrates that no one nation can claim it as its own after invading others, without others hooting loudly: See See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_cuisine most clearly reflects checkered past. Find influence by German, Lithuanian, Austrian, Hungarian, Russian, Jewish, Belarussian, French, Ukrainian, and Italian in the pot. See the Wiki.