Friday, 7 March 2014

West As Much To Blame For Debacle In Ukraine

The last few days have been interesting with regards to Russia, Ukraine and the West, mostly because Russia is considered to be the bad guy who should have sanctions against it and be ostracised from everything from the G8 to the Olympics committee, but nobody is sure exactly why.
With some gentle probing the case against Russia quickly falls away and it is the West and the EU who end up looking like the bad guys so might be better to not look too hard if we can help it. 
It does all very much remind me of the late 80s when the Cold War was in full swing when Russia was the enemy and we were expected to hate everything it said and did and accept unquestioningly that everything we did was great. 
Seems that view is still being upheld today and it boo at Moscow, cheers for Brussels, Washington and London and let's hide behind the curtain the Wests role in the Ukraine's breakup, this is little Ukraine being bullied by the big bad Russia who has all but declared war on Ukraine.
The West say that Viktor Yanukovich who is the man deposed by crowds of protesters in Ukraine was a dictator imposed on Ukraine by Moscow. Rather, he was elected in 2010 by 49% of the electorate which is more than David Cameron (36%), Angela Merkel (33%) and only slightly less than Obama (53%). What we have in the Ukraine is a situation where the West is cheering the ousting of a democratically elected leader.
As we found out in Kosovo, Egypt, Syria and Libya, the protesters we are backing to become the next Government are not all nice, democratic, Western-leaning individuals. Among the new Government wannabe's in Kiev are more than a few far-right parties such as Svoboda, who controls three ministries in the new interim government a little more than a year after the European Parliament expressed concern regarding Svoboda's growing support, warning that: 'the racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic views go against the EU's fundamental values and principles' and appealed to 'pro-democratic parties not to associate with, endorse or form coalitions with Svobod'. A year later we are endorsing the same party as democratic.
Far from storming into Ukraine to prop up Yanukovich, Moscow kept away while conflict brewed there over the past three months. It was Western politicians who were stirring up the tensions in Ukraine, Senator John McCain, EU Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Catherine Ashton and US Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria 'Fuck the EU' Nuland and John Kerry all pitched up in Kiev to support the protest camps and telling their inhabitants that theirs was a ‘just cause’ and meet with opposition leaders like Vitali Klitschko and advising them on how and when to form a new interim government to replace Yanukovich’s. It wasn't Russia meddling but the West.
Russia has sent 30,000 troops to the Crimea but apart from a few shots in the air on the 4th March, not a shot has been fired so while Russia should be rightly condemned for marching into another country, it is not only them being the bad guy here and the West has some rather awkward questions about its role in all this and it is doing its best to avoid them by upping the rhetoric against Russia.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

interesting perspective Lucy. recap of what you said, from a certain perspective:
1. the leader was voted in but not by a minority of the people
2. you mention far right parties, and I'm sure they have some, with 45 million people you are bound to have some of everything, but FDR and JFK are right of you...
3. yes, politics is nasty and you have to pick sides at times. the Ukraine is to big and too semi-strategically located to just stand back. I don't see Russia as an enemy to the west as much as a competitor, but the enemy of my enemy is my ally applies here
4. the fact that we (casual observers) didn't see overt Russian action does not mean they weren't playing...
5. you would go bat shit crazy if the US sent 30,000 troops into mexico under the similar conditions - I'm not saying you are crazy I just like to use the phrase "bat shit crazy"

q

Lucy said...

1. Not sure i understand what you mean here. It was the fact that he was elected and then while we have bombed other places to bring it democracy in the aim of improving it, we cheered on the exact opposite.

2. It's specifically the far right party Svobod who are far right and have been given positions in the interim Government but who only a year ago the Eu was telling everyone not to touch with a barge pole, now they are sharing power.

4. Russia probably was trying to pull strings, the offer of the cheap gas and the £15bn proves that.

5. I don't like it that the Russians have sent troops in Crimea and i don't like it that the US, UK & EU have been stirring up problems in Ukraine to force an uprising to remove their leader for a more pro-Western one. Above all it is the hypocrisy of shouting democracy and then doing the exact opposite if the person who gets elected isn't to our benefit.

Keep Life Simple said...

lucy,

all of your points are defendable.

my point: geopolitics is complex.

our views (yours and mine) are generally based in western values. I don't like many of your solutions but i agree with many/most of your ideals.

our world though has many conflicting views on what is ideal.

if we (UK, US, EU) don't defend and expand our ideals, then someone else will. We (you and i) might not like them...

q

ps - concerning the election... an election determined by a minority of voters is not a lot better than a monarch in my opinion