The news is not all bad. We learned yesterday that Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite system suddenly (and mysteriously) stopped working for the Ukrainian military. Recall that this system, since the start of the war, has given the Ukrainian side an advantage, in being able to share real-time information with the Pentagon. Regarding Russian troop movements, and that sort of thing.
Yesterday Ukrainian officials started reporting “panicky phonecalls” from front-line commanders. Who suddenly started getting blank screens when they tried to tap into the system. Starlink outages were widespread along all the fronts: Kherson, Zaporozhie, Kharkov, Donetsk and Luhansk. Without this system, so graciously provided to them for free by Mr. Musk, Ukrainian soldiers are fighting blind and dumb. In essence, they lost their internet. Oh, and what a coincidence this should happen right after these ingrates cursed and bot-swarmed Musk, calling him all kinds of names, tsk tsk…
The United States being a fascist oligarchy as it is, one might assume that an eccentric billionaire like Musk is allowed to do whatever he pleases: If he gets ticked off at his playmates, he may just take his toys and go home, if that is his choice. Apparently not. I just read today that the American Congress is demanding that Musk appear before Congress to explain himself. Well, at least according to Representative Adam Kinzinger: “The Starlink system stopped working along the front lines. Musk has a lot of explaining to do, since we are talking about national security.”
Natural security? But.. but.. this is just Musk private toy, no?
A lesser man than Musk would have caved to the Ukrainian lobby as soon as they started going after him. Responding laconically to Kinzinger’s demand, he deferred that “whatever happens on the field of battle” is a private and confidential matter.
Of course. You know what they say: What happens in Kharkov, stays in Kharkov.