Putin makes Crimea part of Russia as US vice president heads to Poland to send a signal to Russia
I know I’ve used it before but it seemed so apt. Source: zerohedge
The Main story today was the speedy acceptance by Russia of newly independent Crimea’s request to join the Russian Federation. Interesting to see western journalists and political pundits getting their knickers in a twist over this one.
Another headline yesterday screamed “Crimean independence cannot be justified, Crimea is not like Kosovo and the independence vote is illegal.
Now how does Crimea’s demand for independence from Ukraine differ from Kosovo’s split from Serbia in the 1990s in any way other than that the Crimeans, guaranteed protection from Ukrainian reprisals by Russia went down the civilized (well civilisedish) route of holding a democratic vote while the Kosovars, guaranteed protection from Serbian reprisals by western bombers went down the uncivilized route of slaughtering ethnic Serbs living within the area they claimed. There’s no consistency in saying that the secession of Kosovo was fair and the secession of Crimea is unfair.
Apart from that fine example of Orwellian doublethink (cognitive dissonance on a national scale), the west seems more pissed off with Russia for failing to be intimidated by the empty threats of the limp dicked Rent Boy President. In fact the Russian leader Vladimir Putin has repeatedly responded with the political equivalent of rude gestures to the bluster of the USA and EU leaders.
The main thrust of responses from The Chatterati seems to go, “Ho ho, that Putin had better watch himself, if he doesn’t fall into line behind The Obamessiah soon her could find himself isolated in the international community. The art of international diplomacy is to understand what effect a given action, by the first party, will have on the actions of a third party. If you build something threatening on another nation’s border then you have to understand that nation will take steps to do something about it.
It is not difficult to find and read historical accounts of Russia’s centuries old obsession with its own security before criticising the present, transitory, regime or suggesting that threats of isolation will bring them into line with the “international community” (which seems to be breaking apart rapidly). And in the end, whatever anyone thinks of Russia’s actions it must be acknowledged the root cause of the trouble in Ukraine was the EU / USA sponsoring extremist groups with the intent of toppling a democratically elected government and putting in it’s place a west – friendly puppet government.
I’m always gobsmacked by the historical ignorance of lefties. Russia has always been isolated, that’s the way they like it. So what can the west do? Here’s the most ludicrous response so far:
Leaders of the Group of Eight world powers have suspended Russia’s participation in the club amid tensions over Ukraine and Russia’s incursion into Crimea, France’s foreign minister said today.
The other seven members of the group had already suspended preparations for a G8 summit that Russia is scheduled to host in Sochi in June.
France’s Laurent Fabius went further today, saying on Europe-1 radio that “concerning the G8… we decided to suspend Russia’s participation, and it is envisaged that all the other countries, the seven leading countries, will unite without Russia”.
He did not give further details.
The US and European Union today announced new sanctions against Russia over its actions in the Crimean Peninsula.
What planet are these people living in? There was a referendum held in which the people of Crimea voted to leave Ukraine. And to those who say that the referendum was illegal, may I remind them that so is a mob toppling the elected government of Ukraine and forcing its president into exile. So is a bombing campaign by the FUKUS axis to topple the nasty but internationally recognized regime in Libya. So is the supply of arms to enable a bunch of human organ noshing religious fanatics to wage civil war in Syria against a regime that while thoroughly distasteful to the west had the support of more that half of Syrians As for the G8, kicking Russia out will just cause Moscow to cooperate more closely with the other BRICs, thus causing further polarization of developed and developing countries on key global issues.
Once the west sets a precedent for flouting the United Nations charter by meddling in the domestic politics of sovereign nations in the service of its own interests is not hypocritical to claim the moral high ground when condemning others for doing the same. And don’t let the pathetic wailing and gnashing of teeth from those lefties who whine “but we intervened on humanitarian grounds, we supported doing what is right,” fool you. How is it “right” to overthrow a tyrant who has people shot in private and replace his government with theocrats who hack opponents heads off with blunt knives in public and then disembowel the corpse and eat the still warm vital organs, afterwards posing with smiles all round for the people videoing the atrocity to be posted on You Tube.
We should also have no time for the people accusing Putin of not playing fair in threatening to respond to sanctions by cutting off Europe’s gas supply. It ought always to have been obvious (and was to everyone except the political leaders of the EU) that Western Europe should never have become reliant on Russia for gas supplies; even Germany is now publicly regretting the day the decided to rely on imported Russian gas. The CDU party in the German ruling coalition are advocating buying UK gas which is something of a forlorn hope as we hardly have enough for ourselves.
The attempt to impose a government in Kiev that would have taken Ukraine into the EU and NATO was blatant incitement a show of aggressive nationalism by Putin. That EU / US cowardice ensured the response was directed at an economically weak and politically divided sovereign state in Europe is so regressive that comparisons with European politics in the approaches to Word Wars one and two. Except that the Russian armed forces are massively more powerful now than the Germany military was in ’39 or the German / Austro – Hungarian alliance in 1914.
At the very least this signals a return to cold war hostility and an East-West divide. Those smug twats who talk of Russian isolation overlook China’s abstaining on the UN security council vote to condemn Russia’s support for Crimean independence was not a sign of Russia’s isolation; the Chinese supported Russia. And why should Russia fear the G8 (now G7) Britain, USA and France are in dire economic straits and cannot afford an economic crisis, Italy and Japan are effectively bankrupt and Putin has a pistol to the head of Germany as long as Russia’s hands are on the gas tap.
Suggestions that Russia is trying to acquire territory are equally stupid. Even with many former Soviet nations having severed political ties and now being independent nations, The Russian Federation covers 6M square miles and has barely 140M inhabitants. It does not need more territory. Quite the converse; if some deluded people want to live under the rule of this DINO (democracy-in-name-only), Russia needs them to populate its vast spaces and exploit its vast resources.
Western foreign policy maneuvering works best in the dark, we don’t really get to know what all these NGOs and government agencies have been up to until at least 50 years after the fact, if ever. Putin’s strategy works by calling it out into the open, and its rewarding to see our establishment squirm and try to scuttle like cockroaches away from the light. The media class is so fawning now they are just not used to being called on their BS. So when the leader of a major nation does it things start to unravel pretty quickly.
If you want to fully understand the political thinking behind everything I have said above, just look at a map showing the route Russia’s gas pipelines follow to get into the EU:
Russian pipelie routes through Ukraine – Source: tombreyfogle.com
You can see at a glance why Russia could never stand back and allow the installation by foreign sponsored coup d’etat of an anti – Russian government in Kiev.