If You Poke a Bear Long Enough ...
Part 2

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Bill Kochman

Published On :
February 28, 2022

Last Updated :
February 28, 2022

Government Manipulation Of Public Opinion, George W. Bush Administration And Iraq War, Imaginary WMD And Mushroom Clouds, Freedom And Democracy Lie, "There Is Always A Good Reason To Go To War" Lie, America's Never-Ending List Of Enemies And Wars, The World Is A Chessboard For Superpowers, Safe Wars: America's Wars Are Never On American Soil, Putin Picked An Opportune Time To Invade Ukraine, The Simultaneous Problem In Taiwan And Ukraine: Was It By Intentional Design?, America's Limited Power In The World, Biden Is An Empty Wind, Economic Sanctions Won't Work With Putin, Putin Knows Biden Is Weak, Russia Has The Military And Geographical Advantage, Deceptive Fallacy Of Bush's "Coalition Of The Willing", The Whole World Did Not Support America's Invasion Of Iraq, The USA Pushed For War In Ukraine, Europe Does Not Want Another War On Its Soil, Blame Being Cast Everywhere, NATO Realizes It Is No Match For Russia, Biden Has Limited Military Assets In NATO Members, Obnoxious America Pressures Other Nations, Putin Realized He Had To Act Now Before Ukraine Was Admitted To NATO, I Have Anticipated Russia Pushing Back For 24 Years, Quotes From My Articles "Communism: Is the Dead Beast Really Dead?" And "Communism: The Raging Bear out of Control!", Is He President Autocrat Or Dictator?, I Warned About Communist Vladimir Putin Years Ago, Communism In Russia Is Not Dead, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania And Bulgaria Join NATO Alliance, The World's Mentality: Attack Your Enemy While They Are Weak, Once America Is Let In The Door It's Hard To Get Her To Leave

Continuing our discussion from part one, the second point I wish to make is the following. As we've already seen, before secular governments engage in an action which they know may be unpopular with their constituents, they will first take time to soften up the people, and use their spin doctors to psychologically manipulate them, so that in the end, they will accept the government's action as being both rational and necessary. This sly, subtle process can take days, weeks, months and even years, as public opinion is slowly altered. People don't even realize that they are being conditioned to think a certain way. We have seen it so many times before; so why not this time as well with regards to Russia and Ukraine?

For example, with the unjustified war in Iraq, many of you will recall how the Bush administration invented imaginary tales of WMD and mushroom clouds over America, in order to frighten the American public into accepting that awful war. At the same time, they also demonized Saddam Hussein -- who was indeed a cruel tyrant and monster according to some accounts -- but he was never a real threat to the United States of America. His SCUD missiles could barely reach the nation of Israel, and they were very inaccurate. But, you see, as far as governments are concerned, it does not matter if what they are saying is true or not. All that matters is whether or not their words are having the effect that they want on the general populace. Don't forget that.

Another one of Uncle Sam's lies was that they insisted that they only wanted to bring freedom and democracy to the Iraqi people. "Oh, the Iraqis will greet our troops with flowers", they said, "because they are so desperate for what we have here in America." Well, here we are in 2022, and there is still no real democracy in Iraq, and government corruption there runs as deep as ever. By the way, as I mention in my four-part exposé called "Obama, McCain and the Bush Legacy", America's incursion there destroyed the country in more ways than one, and left at least hundreds of thousands of people dead in the process. Please consider reading it.

One of the big lies of warmongering nations is that there is always a good reason to go to war. If there isn't a reason, well, then just make one up! Don't you find it strange that there is always an enemy lurking somewhere which needs to be dealt with and put in their place? If you doubt that this is so, just look at America's war history over the past seventy years. I think you will become convinced. God blesses the peacemakers, and NOT the warmongers! One of the other very big lies is "Oh, we're only there to help those poor people." I say, "Hogwash!" There is ALWAYS an ulterior motive, and it is NOT the reason that they are promoting to the public.

Let's be frank and speak the truth here. Major powers and superpowers -- such as the U.S.A., China and Russia -- don't really care about the welfare of people of other nations. On the surface they may PRETEND that they do, but the cold fact of the matter is that those other nations are just pawns on the chessboard, which can be used in an advantageous manner by a major world power to expand their sphere of influence, whether politically, financially, militarily or ideologically. That is it. Don't believe anything else, because it is all just lies, meant for public consumption by the dumb sheep. As I've already made rather clear, that is precisely what we see happening in eastern Europe right now.

Another stinging truth regarding the current war in Ukraine, is that from the American government's perspective, it is a safe war. Why? Because it is NOT occurring on American soil. America chooses its wars very carefully. Do you not find it strange that they always seem to happen somewhere else, and usually thousands of miles away? You don't think that is by intentional design?

One thing I will say is this. I don't think that Putin could have picked a better time to conduct an invasion of Ukraine; and he knows it! Just think about it for a moment. The world has been ravaged by COVID-19 for almost two years now. As a result, national economies have been weakened. Supply chain shortages are still occurring and may possibly get even worse. There is growing concern with regards to climate change. Then, of course, there is American president Joe Biden's very poor performance. His numbers in the polls -- and those of his vice president, Kamala Harris -- are very low. Many Americans continue to struggle financially. Then there is the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.

As if that isn't already enough, there's preoccupation with the serious problem that's brewing between China and Taiwan. The Biden administration cannot possibly deal with both of these problems -- Taiwan and Ukraine -- at the same time in a very effective manner. It has to be one or the other. In fact, given the close ties that have been developing between Russia and China in recent years, I wouldn't be surprised if Russia and China purposely planned to have the Taiwan and Ukraine problems surface at the same time. Who knows. But if Putin pulls off grabbing Ukraine with minor damage to himself and his nation, China will surely try to grab Taiwan in the near future as well.

To be quite honest, my friends, I don't think that the U.S.A. could have stopped Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine, any more than it will be able to prevent China from invading the island of Taiwan. America likes to project an image of both strength and power, but the truth is, there is only so much that it can do in the world. It does NOT control the world.

To add to our picture, Joe Biden is old, and may not even be mentally or physically fit to continue serving as America's president for the current term, much less for a second term. It is quite possible that he will be a one-term president. If Trump re-enters the picture, as is highly anticipated, it is almost a sure bet that Joe Biden will be history, even if he does choose to run for a second term. But the point is, President Biden has shown weakness. I see it each time that I read the daily news. When I paused to think about him the other day, the words that entered my mind were "empty wind", and "a cloud without rain". These thoughts of mine are actually based on a few Scriptures. Consider the following:

"Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain."
Proverbs 25:14, KJV

"These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever."
2 Peter 2:17, KJV

"These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;"
Jude 1:12, KJV

So what do I mean when I say that Joe Biden is an empty wind and a cloud without rain? Well, it really isn't too hard to figure out. Consider the facts on the ground. While Vladimir Putin was slowly building and organizing his military forces and surrounding Ukraine on three sides, what was Biden doing during that time? Threatening Russia with harsh sanctions, as he has continued to do. So while Putin was getting ready to bash Ukraine with a very big stick, Biden was threatening him with some light slaps on the wrist. Putin surely must have laughed. Do you honestly think he is worried about economic sanctions? I doubt it.

Now, I am not saying that economic sanctions are not a good way to apply pressure to another country that is not doing what you want. However, anyone who knows Putin's background, and who has carefully watched him over the past two decades, knows that economic sanctions are NOT going to deter Putin from his ultimate goals, whatever they happen to be. Just the other day, I read one particular news report where Biden claimed that Vladimir Putin's ultimate goal is to restore the previous glory of the Soviet Union. Maybe it is true, or maybe it is not true. At the very least, it is a good piece of psychological manipulation to get the American public to support whatever comes next. And that is the big question, isn't it? But first things first. It's only been a few days, so let's see what happens in Ukraine.

But as I said, U.S. President Joe Biden is an empty wind, and a cloud without rain, and Vladimir Putin most certainly knows it. He realizes that Biden is weak, and is not cut out for the job. Putin also knows that Biden will not risk starting World War III by directly engaging with Russian troops. In fact, as you may have read yourself, different news sources quoted the president as saying this on one or more occasions. As far as I can tell, everything that Biden is saying and doing is merely bravado which is purposely designed for consumption by the American public. It is to make Mr. Biden appear decisive and strong, but Vladimir Putin sees right through it.

That is why Putin chose to attack. He knows that he has the advantage in more than one way. Not only does he have the geographical advantage, but as even a number of news outlets have candidly stated, he has the military advantage as well. Personally, I honestly don't know how many troops Russia now has surrounding Ukraine. As I noted earlier, we simply cannot trust everything that the mainstream media, or the government for that matter, tells us. With each news report, the number of Russian troops continued to grow. The last number I saw was 190,000. In contrast, Biden and NATO talk about sending a few hundred troops here, or a few thousand troops there. But what is that compared to the massive war machine which Putin possesses and has assembled?

So again, Joe Biden is huffing and puffing, but he is just an empty wind whose threats Mr. Putin has chosen to ignore. What is the point of even sending said troops, if you have already informed your enemy that you have no intentions of even engaging him? Is President Biden merely sending them in an advisory role? Good question.

Another point which is worth mentioning concerns America's NATO allies. You know, if a person has been really observant over the past few decades as America has engaged in its wars around the world, one thing he will notice is that it always takes the lead, as I mentioned earlier regarding the United States assigning itself the position of "policeman of the world". Then what happens next? It pokes, prods and pressures other nations until they finally decide to contribute a small number of troops, or military hardware, or something else, just to get the aggressive American government off their back.

Folks, I am not exaggerating here. You may recall that twenty years ago, when US President George W. Bush foolishly engaged in the ill-conceived invasion of, war in, and occupation of, Iraq, he coined the phrase "coalition of the willing". What I find odd about this is the fact that many of us never quite understood exactly who was a part of this coalition. Myself, I always questioned it and wondered about it. It was kind of a nebulous, ambiguous thing. I now believe that it was more than likely intentionally designed that way, and I will tell you why in just a minute. According to my online research, the "coalition of the willing" consisted of those "countries who supported, militarily or politically, the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent military presence in post-invasion Iraq."

But here comes the clincher. According to Wikipedia, Bush's "coalition of the willing" consisted of 46-48 nations. BUT, of those four dozen countries, only three of them -- that is, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland -- actually contributed troops to the actual invasion force. That was it, my friends. Just three countries out of a supposed 46 to 48 nations. What does that tell you? Do I need to spell it out for you? Wikipedia also states that "An additional 37 countries provided some number of troops to support military operations after the invasion was complete." Wikipedia also states that in 2008 it was discovered that the lists of the coalition members had been tampered with. Some lists had even been removed from the record.

So what is my point in sharing this particular information with you? It is to expose the lies and deception which are employed by your own government, in order to convince you of something which is not necessarily true. In this case, we know -- or at least should know -- that the administration of George W. Bush was intent on convincing the American people that the whole world supported America's illegal invasion of Iraq, for the purposes of so-called "regime change". It just was not so! I believe that it is more accurate to state that other nations were pressured and dragged along, in order to try to conceal the fact that this was primarily America's war -- and no one else's -- from beginning to end. In fact, you may possibly recall that at that time, the idea was promoted that any American who did not support the war in Iraq was being unpatriotic. Not so!

Now fast forward almost twenty years to 2022, and we now see something similar happening with regards to NATO and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. As I made clear earlier, it is America, and no one else, who pushed for this war. The incursion into Ukraine is in reality a clash between the American sphere of influence, and the Russian sphere of influence. If there is one thing of which I am certain, it is that Europe does NOT want another war on its soil. The European members of NATO do NOT want another war on European soil. They have been through enough wars already, and they've suffered enough as a direct result of it. They would rather live in peace with Russia.

Now that Vladimir Putin has actually invaded Ukraine, fingers have begun pointing everywhere, and blame is being cast. For his part, President Biden is being blamed for being too weak, and for not taking a stronger approach to deter Mr. Putin. Of course, as I have already mentioned, Vladimir Putin is being accused of being the aggressor who has broken international law. As for Europe's NATO members, they are being accused of not doing their part and for being too slow to build up their military assets after the Soviet Union fell. Their reluctance continues to this day. As I explained earlier, despite all of the huffing and puffing, there is not a lot of willingness to commit large numbers of troops to the nations which border Russia, or which are located not far from it. With regards to Ukraine, it is not even a member of NATO yet. This point does not work in its favor, obviously.

According to some reports I have read, part of the reluctance is due to the fact that said nations recognize that to engage Russia is not only an exercise in futility, but even suicidal. In other words, they acknowledge that they are no match for Russian military might. Neither do they want war on their own soil. It's just that simple. I also find it very interesting that some war analysts are suggesting that the reason why Mr. Biden has repeatedly stated that he will not engage American troops with Russian forces in Ukraine, is because he too knows that NATO forces in Europe are not sufficiently prepared or equipped for such engagement. Biden does not have sufficient European support. So again, this is America's war; but as has occurred before, it is NOT being fought on American soil. As I explained earlier, this is why she is always more willing to start another war somewhere in the world.

As I mentioned to you earlier, you need to understand that the U.S.A. can be very obnoxious. She has a way of bullying and pressuring other countries, until they finally do what she wants. She is one mean lady who will resort to whatever schemes are necessary in order to get what she wants. This can include, but is not limited to, fomenting civil unrest, engaging in economic embargoes, enticing nations through the sale of weapons of war, offering financial assistance, etc. Once America gets her foot in the door, watch out! She will not let up! "Oh please let us put a few of our bases in your country. Let us provide you with a few missile launchers to protect yourselves against those nasty Commies. Would you be willing to accept some more troops?" And on and on she goes.

Let us return to the issue of what prompted Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine a few days ago. As we have already discussed, one of Putin's unbending demands was that Ukraine would never be allowed to become a member of NATO. But the U.S.A. and her NATO partners insisted that this was a non-negotiable demand. But to try to assuage Putin's fears, they stated that even if were to occur, it was still years away from becoming reality. Well, obviously, Putin realized that he could NOT possibly take that chance. He could NOT have NATO forces right at his front door. He HAD to act, and he had to act NOW, before it became too late. As I explained earlier, Mr. Putin was slowly forced into his current position by the United States and its allies over the past three decades. And then he took action.

Quite frankly, and personally, I for one am NOT surprised in the least. In fact, while I didn't know at the time exactly how it would eventually play out, in conducting a review of all of my previous articles and series, I discovered that I have been anticipating the current East-West clash for at least twenty-four years now. As proof of this, consider what I wrote in part one of my 1998 article entitled "Communism: Is the Dead Beast Really Dead?":

----- Begin 1998 Quote -----

"However, there is a very real danger lurking here. If the West continues to isolate Russia, as it has been doing by way of the eastward expansion of the NATO countries, which both Russia and China have strongly opposed, or by cutting off Russia's access to her Arab allies, this could result in some very dire consequences. If in months and years ahead, Russia were to return to full-fledged Communism, and if her newly-blossoming relationship with some of the Arab nations were to be placed in jeopardy, I can very well imagine a desperate Communist Russia -- which is still in possession of her nuclear arms by the way -- trying to make a move to protect her remaining territory, and perhaps to protect her interests in the Middle East as well."

----- End 1998 Quote -----

So, as you can see, at least twenty-four years ago, I was already drawn to the serious trouble that was then brewing in the former Eastern Bloc nations, and being instigated by the United States of America and her NATO allies. Folks, please understand that you do not need to be any kind of a prophet to see these things. All you have to do is to pay attention to the news, and see what each side is saying and doing. Then you have to pray and ask God for His Wisdom and Discernment in order to properly understand the matter. You need to learn to see through all of the psychological manipulation, and the lies which are constantly being spun by the spin doctors, on BOTH sides of the fence, and even across oceans.

In my 2016 update to my 1998 article "Communism: Is the Dead Beast Really Dead?", in part two, I likewise warn my readers to beware of Russian dictator Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. While due to political correctness, the world may refer to Vladimir Putin as the "president" of Russia, everyone with an understanding of such matters recognizes that he is in fact an outright dictator, just as Saddam Hussein was referred to as a "president", while he too was a cruel and tyrannical dictator. Another politically correct word which much of the world likes to use for people such as Putin is "autocrat".

My friends, why can't they just call a spade a spade? In my view, the common use of such words as a description of such dictatorial leaders is a compromise of the truth, to say the least. It is a vast web of lies and intentional deception. In this present evil world, one can't remain in power for almost twenty-four years -- as Putin has most certainly done since first rising to power within the KGB -- without relying upon calculated, dictatorial maneuvers. Consider the following quote from the aforementioned article where I warn my readers to keep an eye on Putin. And by the way, not only did Putin outlast Donald Trump too, but I would not be the least bit surprised if when all is said and done, Putin outlasts U.S. president, Joe Biden, as well:

----- Begin 1998 Quote -----

"As I explain in the article entitled "Alexander Lebed and the Year 2,000 Russian Presidential Race", neither Alexander Lebed, nor Gannady Zyuganov, won the Russian election that year. In fact, after Boris Yeltsin chose Vladimir Putin as his final Prime Minister in August of 1999, Putin went on to claim the top prize as Russia's new president in 2000. Not only that, but since that time, Putin has served as either the nation's President or Prime Minster, uninterrupted. He has outlasted the last three American presidents -- Clinton, Bush And Obama -- and he is still going rather strong.

But what I really want to say to you is this: I am still not very convinced that Russian Communism is totally dead. In fact, I believe that it is still very much alive and well in the embodiment of current Russian president Vladimir Putin. Mr. Putin's entire demeanor -- that is, the way in which he runs his government with tight control and such a firm hand -- is Communist-styled governing through and through. In that regard, I have to agree with incoming President Donald Trump. Putin is a very strong leader who does not show any weakness. Everyone knows that he is the man in control, regardless of who may hold other government positions around him.

As I have stated before, whatever you do, don't be deceived by Vladimir Putin. He is a very shrewd man. He may not wear a pin bearing a hammer and sickle on his lapel, but the man is a Communist, I do believe. You don't come out of the KGB not being a Communist. As I also point out in "Alexander Lebed and the Year 2,000 Russian Presidential Race", what you may also find interesting is the fact that to this day, the Communist Party is the second largest political party in the Russian Federation, behind the United Russia Party. Not only that, but in every presidential election which has been held in the Russian Federation, a Communist Party candidate has always finished in second place. So, as you can see, this is even more proof that Russian Communism is definitely not dead by any means.

At any rate, it will be very interesting to see exactly what kind of a relationship Vladimir Putin and President-elect Trump develop following the January 20, 2016 inauguration in the United States. As I also mention in the aforementioned article, Putin and Trump are both already beating their big chests, and talking about a new arms race. They are clearly not off to a good start. However, I suspect that Putin sees through all of the garbage that President Obama is throwing in Putin's direction. Thus, Putin is just waiting with a great deal of patience, until President-elect Trump assumes the office of the presidency in three weeks' time. I for one will be watching this pair closely. With their personalities and egos, it ought to be quite a ride."

----- End 1998 Quote -----

Continuing our discussion, in part one of my other article from the year 1998 entitled "Communism: The Raging Bear Out of Control!", I again express my concern with NATO expansion towards Russia's borders. It is a bit lengthy, but consider what I wrote back then, and how it has in fact now become reality:

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This brings us to the final point concerning the angry bear which protects its young. What is one of Russia's, and even China's, chief concerns right now? It is the expansion of the sixteen-member NATO alliance into three former Soviet Bloc nations. Because of the significant political and economic reforms they have made since the supposed fall of Communism in 1989, the Central European countries of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic were officially invited to join the NATO alliance during a summit held in Madrid, Spain in July of 1997. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported the following at that time:

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"Political leaders in Poland and Hungary are expressing pleasure at news from Madrid that NATO leaders reached a consensus today on inviting their nations, along with the Czech Republic, to begin accession talks. News reports say members of Hungary's Parliament broke into cheers when the news came during question time. In Warsaw, Polish Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz told reporters that today "has a good chance of going down in history as the end of the order established at Yalta." The World War II allied powers, including the Soviet Union, divided Europe into spheres of influence in 1945 at a meeting at Yalta. In Prague, Czech Foreign Minister Josef Zieleniec also mentioned the passing of Yalta as well the 1938 Munich agreement after which Czechoslovakia first lost borderlands and then was absorbed by Nazi Germany. Zieleniec called the invitation from NATO one of the most important developments in the Czech Republic since the fall of communism."

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If additional reforms continue on schedule, these three countries are expected to become regular members of the NATO alliance by April of 1999, at which time NATO will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg, as the United States of America and her NATO partners have not tried to hide the fact that this is only the first wave of invitations. Others are eventually expected to be be extended to the Baltic countries -- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- to Romania, as well as to other Central and East European nations as they continue to strive to meet the various requirements set by the NATO alliance. It is for good reason then that Russia and China both are quite concerned about this issue of NATO expansion. Today, more than eighteen years after I wrote the original version of this article, the situation has only grown worse.

However, this is still not the end of the story concerning Western expansionism. It is much more complicated than that. As if this action by NATO wasn't already enough to provoke and anger the Russian bear, consider that barely one week after the NATO invitation was extended, the European Union Commission also began its negotiations for the inclusion of these same three countries, as well as Estonia and Slovenia into the fifteen-member European Union. While this process will certainly involve overcoming some serious problems, this integration would eventually result in an even stronger more unified Europe, and a weaker and more isolated Russia. Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty also reported the following in July of 1997:

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"After months of study and political debate, the European Commission called today for opening negotiations to admit five Central and East European countries: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia and Slovenia. But, it turned back applications from five other countries, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, and in the harshest words of all, Slovakia. Jacques Santer, Commission President, presented the decision to the European Parliament today in Strasbourg in a report titled: "Agenda 2000."

----- End Quote -----

If all goes well, it is expected that these five countries will become a part of the European Union by the year 2002; and as with the NATO expansion plans, other currently non-participating nations are expected to follow. Thus we see that the Russian bear is indeed being provoked in a very real sense. It is because of all of these factors that I can't help but wonder if the current heated situation in Kosovo might not involve much more than what appears on the surface.

Let me ask you something. If you had a life-long opponent, who suddenly grew ill, or who became distracted by personal problems, wouldn't you try to take advantage of his weakened condition in order to try to gain some victory over that opponent? Now, let us be honest for a moment. If you were a shrewd, battle-savvy opponent, you most certainly would. However, due to political correctness and world opinion, you would have to make sure that you did it in such a way that it was acceptable to the majority of your friends. You would have to transform your subtle plans to conquer and to expand into a noble venture, such as in the defense of human rights for example; and there we have the Kosovo situation.

How many times before have we seen the United States of America intervene militarily in a certain country for the stated purpose of protecting the human rights of the citizens of that country? The problem is, once the Americans do go in, it seems that they have a very difficult time leaving after that. Today, as I update this article at the end of 2016, we can look back in retrospect. Just take a look at Iraq. How many long years has the United States government, along with its military, been engaged in that war-torn nation? Many will say too long, and I most certainly agree.

Of course, once Uncle Sam gets his foot in the door, next come all of the fancy little trinkets and the nice gifts, the military bases and the arms sales, and the trade agreements of Western industrialized society, in order to entice and to appease the natives so that the temporary visitors can stay permanently in one way or another. Thus begins their control, as well as the gradual deterioration of a society to Western standards; including the name brand tennis shoes, the famous American sodas, and the hard rock music to pollute the minds of the youth, and to cause them to rebel against their very own parents. A simple, rural life is traded for a selfish, materialistic, and quite often ungodly lifestyle.

----- End of 1998 Quote -----

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