giovedì 30 aprile 2015

Myth vs. Myth on Politika Show 30 April, 2015

I just watched Politika (Политика) from 30 April 2015, a popular weekly show on  Pervyii Kanal Russia (that’s the main Russian TV channel).  The show’s topic of discussion was the history of the Great Patriotic War. As the two main hosts admitted during the show, it was perhaps the hottest debate they had ever witnessed in the studio. And that already says a lot about the topic, and is an interesting fact by itself.
But let me brake down the discussion stripping it from the “propagandist” nuances that each, (or some of the guest participants) presented its point of view. The discussion, although “hot” was trying to justify today’s official Russian take on the history of that period, which (regrettably) is the good old Soviet take, continued.
The basic elements of it are:

      The USSR was the largest contributor to the defeat of the NAZI regime/Germany.
2.       The USSR liberated Eastern Europe from the NAZIs/Germany.
3.       The  “evil” side of WW2 was NAZI Germany, as decided at the Nuremberg trial.
4.       The modern Ukrainian take on history or any other revision are nothing but the creation of a myth. This point being a recent one, unlike the previous three.

Let us examine each element closely, starting with the Soviet contribution in defeating NAZI Germany. Here only an ignorant fool, could claim otherwise! The Soviet Union was the main contributor, especially when it comes to manpower, in defeating the Third Reich. Period!  This fact alone, however, is being manipulated by Russia today (and the USSR in the past) by being used as a cover for its other contributions, when it comes to NAZI Germany, or namely the Soviet Union was the largest contributor as well to:
1.       The creation of the German and later NAZI war machine, against the ban of the Versailles treaty.
2.      The most significant ally to NAZI Germany from August 1939 to 22 June 1941, without which Germany was never going to be able to succeed in its military endeavors in that time frame.
3.      The designer and host of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, the pact which became the spark that ignited WW2, and was also the premeditated arrangement of the invasion by NAZI Germany and the USSR, and division, of Poland.

These facts are obviously not a shining example of the true and just participation of the USSR in WW2, and that is why the term Great Patriotic War was created and put in circulation only hours after the Germans began their invasion of the Soviet Union. It was the perfect opportunity for Stalin to write off, to conceal, the Soviet Union’s responsibility of the same crimes of which NAZI Germany is held responsible for today. The Nuremberg trail was in fact initiated by Stalin’s request, not so much because he was concerned with bringing justice, but to make sure that the Soviet Union’s responsibility for this tragic and bloodiest war in human history, remained concealed and replaced by the  Soviet’s heroic struggle against the NAZI evil.

This MYTH began expanding into the territories of the “liberated” countries of Eastern Europe. And was cemented by numerous memorials of the Soviet soldiers, the “liberators” together with decades of propaganda starting as early as kindergarten! Today’s Russia does not even want to admit, that the Soviet Union invaded the countries of Eastern Europe, and the only reason they invaded them and did not liberate them, was the fact that the Soviet Union forgot to leave these countries (with the obvious exception of Austria), and instead set up Soviet puppet regimes and began dictating its own sociopolitical system to them as well. As a result in many of those countries people revolted, but were literary slaughtered by the then Soviet army, occupying them! Or, by the “national” coercive structures under the orders of the puppet government. As a result, even today these countries are still far behind the rest of Europe in development and living standards.  This is a direct result from the Soviet occupation officially lasting until end of 1989, and unofficially even until today,  through the same puppet political and military elites, still in power and holding key position in many of these countries! And Russia, today expects these countries to be grateful and thankful for this occupation, and to actually refer to it as liberation!

And you still wonder, why many of these Soviet war memorials are being painted or removed? Well, because they are a symbol of the Soviet INVASION of these countries. And simply because the US, UK and France, decided to keep a blind eye to this Soviet invasion (because of its contribution in defeating Germany), this does not mean that it did not happen! It did, and people were unhappy about it, so they revolted, the Soviet forces with or through the Soviet puppet regimes killed them, put them into concentration camps, harassed them, threatened them, and tortured them. And this process is not, and never was a liberation! It was a Soviet invasion, which meant Sovietization!

During the show, video clips with the coloring of the Soviet war memorial in Sofia, Bulgaria were shown. One of the participants, tried (in vain) to explain why these memorials have different meaning to Bulgarians, as compared to other countries, but as usual, reason was suppressed by loud objections, because today’s Russian “intellectuals” (as was referred in the show) cannot hear anything, which may differ than the official ex-Soviet, and now Russian line of propaganda! Let me clear it once again here: Bulgarian and Bulgarians have and still are grateful to the Russian empire, for giving them the opportunity to re create their sovereign statehood again, after five centuries of Ottoman yoke, as it was referred to years ago. They were so grateful, that they did not send forces to the eastern front to fight along with German, Italian, Romanian etc. forces, when the Soviet Union launched war against Bulgaria, and invaded her, the Bulgarian government ordered its force not to resist, so the Red Army did not fight and loose soldiers entering on Bulgaria, on the contrary, quite numerous acts of looting by the Red Army were fixed, but nothing was done about it, especially because the official Bulgarian government, was removed, and a band of criminals and terrorists were put in power in Sofia! This, was no liberation, this was an invasion! As soon as this band of criminals took power, they ordered the Bulgarian army to pursue the retreating German army, as a result in a matter of few months, 20000 Bulgarians died. Perhaps, in your world, it is OK, to waste human life in the name of… whatever it may be, but most people want to LIVE in peace, which they were before the USSR invaded them.
That is why the RUSSIAN memorials in Bulgaria depicting the struggle of the Russian army against the Turks in 1878-9, are standing untouched and unharmed by anyone, but the SOVIET memorials of occupation, are constantly being mocked, usually painted by some street graffiti artist, and no, this is not a "governmental policy," as one of the discussants, obviously heavily brainwashed by Soviet propaganda methodology, suggested in the show. On the contrary, it is the government that cleans them up, instead of removing them and perhaps returning them to Russia, since in Bulgaria, the Red Army did not liberate anyone, did not have to fight anyone, again due to that respect Bulgarians had (and still do) to the Russian people for liberating them from the Turks. The Red Army occupied Bulgaria, these memorials are a symbol of exactly that, and that is why, they are being constantly mocked!

This, by the way, should be used by Russians today as a means of corrective, for them to try and understand, that mixing the history of the Russian Empire and later the Soviet Union is a grave mistake, which brings nothing positive.  To simply accept the Soviet part of the history of the people of the Russian Empire, and justify it, as it is being done today, is simply justifying the biggest human meat grinder in history hitherto! And this dear modern propagandists, will never happen, as too many innocent souls were brutally eliminated to simply write them off!  And it does not matter if the Soviet meat grinder labeled them as socioeconomic rather than ethnic groups, they still eliminated them by the millions. And so,  to claim that the Gladomora in Ukraine is simply modern propaganda, because it also happened in other parts of the Soviet Union is NOT an argument! 
As long as those who keep on forcing this Soviet myth of history, which has been today re-chosen to be Russia's future national bond, more of the ex-Soviet people will move away from it, even if they need to create a counter myth of their own, to identify with.  And one of the main culprits in what’s happening in Ukraine today is nothing else, but that old Soviet myth about its history that, sadly, modern Russia has chosen to continue to follow, and force upon others! The problem with that is, that the bond is a myth, and as such will crack, no matter how much resources Russia puts into it, and so it turns out today’s modern Russia is being held by a fake glue, that would mean is not being held by anything at all.

To summarize, most of the questions during the show, were why are these ungrateful people disrespecting our just history? Because the history you uphold to today, was not just, it was in fact unjust and terrifying to the rest of the world and to your own families. The difference is that Germany has admitted to its crimes, while the Soviet Union, and today Russia, keeps on denying them!  And Russia had such an opportunity to cut once and for all from its awful Soviet past during the past 25 years! Instead, they could not come with something new, and decided to use even more resources to continue to uphold the old Soviet myth! As Victor Suvorov rightfully asks, “Where is the country Soviet Union that won the victory, today?”  

sabato 11 aprile 2015

To Soviet or Not to Soviet?

One year has passed since I wrote last. A lot has happened in Ukraine, but in my opinion only the recent law they passed in the Rada, banning all Soviet symbols has finally been a major step in the right direction! I will try to explain why I think so.
The ATO (i.e., anti terrorist operation) failed to bring back the now DNR and LNR parts of Ukraine. What it did, was waste the lives of many people! This could have and should have been avoided by Kiev. The first step should have been this exactly same law: ban the Soviet propaganda once and for all! No, not by banning Russian language, with the strategic goal to have a non Russian speaking population in Ukraine three generations from now, but by enforcing such law, by printing and translating all of Victor Suvorov’s books in Ukrainian language as well!
One of the major strategic errors committed by numerous governments in Ukraine since 1991, was exactly this: they did not change the propaganda! It kept on rolling. So, today we have millions of people who sincerely believe that WW2 was actually The Great Patriotic War, which of course beat Hitler, so therefore was also justified!  Most of the world population has no clue that:
1.       It was the Soviet Union that was after world domination, not Hitler.
2.       It was the Soviet Union that helped Hitler come to power in Germany.
3.       It was the Soviet Union that intentionally worked to provoke WW2, for its own (world domination) means.
4.       It was the Soviet Union that against international agreement, secretly helped and built German military might on its own territory.
5.       It was the Soviet Union that gave the know-how to Germany on building and running concentration camps.
6.       It was the Soviet Union signing the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact in Moscow (not Berlin), before Stalin, (not Hitler) that divided Poland, and created the German-Soviet “axis” which allowed Germany to achieve its initial victories!
7.       It was the Soviet Union that openly eliminated at least 10% of the best people in any society, as means to demolish it, and construct an entirely new one.
8.       It was the Soviet Union that murdered millions, and caused even millions more to die (from starvation, planned labor elimination in concentration camps etc.) .
9.       It was the Soviet Union that evicted and moved entire ethnic populations from their lands to Siberia and the far East.
10.   It was the Soviet Union that in preparing its invasion of Europe, scared Hitler, and pushed him to begin planning Operation Barbarossa, not an out of context sentence taken form Mein Kampf.
11.   It was the Soviet Union in positioning its army ready for invasion, that allowed the Germans their initial tactical success, not the invented German superiority.
12.   It was the Soviet Union that allowed its commanding staff to abuse mercilessly its troops by numerous ineffective maneuvers and operations. Thus contributing to the enormous death toll of the Red Army.
13.   It was the Soviet Union that INVADED half of Europe, and did not LIBERATE it from Germany, because it forgot to leave it after that (until 1991). An obvious exception here being Austria!
14.   It was the Soviet Union that enforced half of Europe with its inefficient socio-economic system for over 45 years.
I am sure there are numerous other reasons, that could be added to this list, but even those are more than enough to JUSTIFY the new law that Ukraine voted for.  And this should be followed by the rest of the world!
And so what if the Soviet Union helped destroy Hitler? Because it did so,  we should now simply forget its incomparably larger list of evil acts, including the creation of NAZI Germany,  and respect it? Is that it? Well, I do not think so!
The Soviet Union never fought to liberate anyone from Hitler, it fought to INVADE countries that were either sovereign or previously invaded by Germany, with the Soviet help of course! The same German camps Soviet soldiers liberated, were then quickly cleaned up and stuffed with new people, this time under Soviet control.
And now a question to all professional western historians, who have built their careers on continuously repeating the Soviet propaganda, and brainwashing generations of nothing suspecting students: Was it worth it? Or was the Soviet propaganda so well made, that you suspected nothing wrong with it? And if that was so, then why was it that most of you ignored at best Victor Suvorov, who has since 1985 (mind you) been trying to explain the world population the real history of the Soviet Union? Was his Ice-breaker not enough for you to be convinced that there was something fishy with the main stream “historiography”  to make you scratch your heads and perhaps look deeper into it? Oh, no most of you added couple of pages to your professional CV’s list of publications, on how BAD Victor Suvorov was! Well, good or bad, who cares? But was he right? Where do you stand today on the Ukrainian crisis? According to your writings, Russia is right, the Ukrainian government is fascist, because anyone trying to build an Ukrainian national identity must be a fascist!  The Soviet Union that you, with your ill researched books,  have supported all these years, must be right, it fought against Hitler, right? Well, it fought WITH Hitler as well! So, where do you stand now?
And last but not least. Today’s Russia is changing, and I could not be happier to see that the people of the Russian Federation are finally being counted as human beings, that their government is trying to help them, with creating a better rule of law. Kremlin is taking most of the Soviet era faults, and is trying hard to avoid them at all costs, to take better and more effective ways to run and develop the country! But one STRATEGIC mistake Kremlin did and still does is the carrying over of the Soviet propaganda about the Great Patriotic War! This is a huge error, that could have been fixed long ago, in the 1990s, and by today was going to be over with, and was not going to become a rotten plinth in the fundamental of the new Russian Federation. Was it so hard to really do away with the horrific policies the Bolsheviks took, to blame them, to even put few in jail, or at least on trail, so that the millions who were victimized by them, could feel a sense of justice, for their loved ones, vanished  in the concentration camps or elsewhere in the Soviet Union? Instead, I guess fear took the upper hand, and as a result the new Russian Federation today, absolutely VOLUNTARILY took over the heave burden to continue to deny and to spread the Soviet WW2 propaganda! May I ask, is the veteran who fought on the front line against Germany, on par with the veteran who served at the NKVD surround units and shot at his back, so that he would not try to retreat? Is the NKVD concentration camp guard, or investigator, who has humiliated, tortured and murdered many Soviet “citizens” just equally a veteran who fought against Hitler as well? Especially those who paraded together with the Germans in Poland in 1939? And those who INVADED  the three Baltic states and parts of Romania in 1940, are they on par with the rest of the veterans? And what about those who fought and died while INVADING Finland? They must have been liberating it from Hitler as well, what else were they doing there in inhumane climatic conditions… spreading socialist happiness? No way!
My question to the modern Russian politicians is: why did you take this unnecessary and doomed burden? Back in the Soviet time, Stalin and his band of criminals (as Mr. Nikolai Starikov establishes well in his book Not a Revolution, but a Covert Operation 1917) had to cover up their intentions, their responsibility for WW2, so they lied! 1991 was the perfect opportunity for resolving this issue, once and for all, letting people know the truth about their own history, about the reasons for their hardships, and their burdens during the years of the Soviet social experiments. And no, you were never going to “betray” the veterans, at least those who really fought with Germany, and those who murdered and terrorized their own population, well, they at least were going to feel a bit uneasy and uncomfortable for their deeds! I’d say that’s nothing, compared to what they had done! And today you are faced with the enormous Soviet-style burden to re-invent the wheel, only so that you carry on with these Soviet myths. And this in an increasingly unfriendly climate with the West. This can now be always used to show that you are no better than the old Soviet Bolsheviks, even though, you are trying to be, this is obvious toady to anyone who follows Russia closely.   Too many people were eliminated, too many were tortured and humiliated, to sweep it all under the carpet, and pretend it never happened! And no matter how many new TV shows, mo vies, books, conferences and discussions you invest in to try and sell it as the truth, it will always remain nothing but a cheap lie. The new Russian Federation, did not need this, and it will hamper its development until it is finally resolved!

lunedì 14 aprile 2014

Ukraine crisis...

The democratically elected government of Ukraine (corrupted for sure) was forced out of power by Ukrainian pro-Western protesters using the tactics, that now the Ukrainian pro-Russian protesters are using to refuse to subordinate to the interim government in Kiev. We helped the pro-Western protesters, and now Russia helps the pro-Russian protesters. These are the raw facts, no need for pro or anti coloring of them.  Sure, our media tries hard to have us believe otherwise, but as always, it is best to look at the facts, and at what is NOT being discussed, by the same media.

Ukraine's majority population and industry is in the East, and its major produce goes to Russia, not the EU! The EU offered Ukraine the usual deal: 1) open your market to us, 2) close down your industry and as a return one day you may get Visa-free entrance to the EU and a pre-accession deal.
We offered that to a country, which is in deep crisis, and basically lives off Russian credits and gas sponsorship. We could offer Ukraine the IMF's wonderful austerity measures which have done "miracles" in the poorest and newer EU member states, and most recently in Greece (mass unemployment, lowering standard of living, increase in suicides, etc.). 

Let's put ourselves in the shoes of  ex-president Yanukovych. On one hand he had to choose between destroying Ukraine's industry, that employs thousands of Ukrainians from the East (those who elected him), and thus cause a severe supply problem to his biggest trade partner and neighbor Russia, which also happens to be the hand which feeds him and his country, and the motherland of his electorate. On the other hand he had more support from Russia, credits gas, and continuous open market for the existing industry.   Well, it is no wonder that he chose Russia, despite the fact that apparently 70% of all government contracts in his time, went to companies belonging to his son (according to World Bank source). Corruption aside, this guy really did not have a choice! And this, of course, is not discussed in our media.

The minority of Ukrainians from the western parts -- less developed and in a more economically difficult situation -- believe that the EU will be the solution to their problems, and not without our help, went out to protest against Yanukovych's choice. This all resulted in the Maiden events which were surrounded by violence on both sides, let's not forget the Ukrainian ex-KGB agents, pulling individuals from the protesters, torturing them, humiliating them, and probably murdering some of them. As a result of the violent shooting of protesters and police, the government collapsed, and Yanukovych left to Russia.

Now let's put ourselves in the shoes of Putin, or rather Kremlin, as Putin is not a single dictator as many are trying to portrait him.  People who do that, have absolutely no clue of how totalitarian regime functions (as an experiment, ask any of them to explain how the Soviet Union functioned, and they'll remain quite... yet they will explain in detail how democracy functions in the US, or the different models in Europe). So, Kremlin, which has done endless concessions to Ukraine -- a classic example of a client who constantly fails to pay -- and had just signed a long-term agreement with that government and president finds itself cheated by a bunch of protesters who with OUR help (understand "OUR" as ENEMY, as Kremlin sees it) had seized power in Kiev. 

From here on come into account the strategic interests of both Russia and the West. Russia sees NATO's advance towards its borders as aggression, and a pro-western government in Kiev could easily undertake a pro-NATO policy, which neither Russia, nor the majority of the Ukrainian population desire!  And since what the people desire has never been the utmost concern of any government in any system, Russia was practically forced to react by our little orange revolution 2 scenario. And here comes into play what Ukraine really is. It in effect is a political post-Soviet creation of a state. Half of its population and territories are basically Russian and are populated with ethnic Russians, or pro-Russian Ukrainians. Crimea was the first move, as it is strategically important to the Russian Black Sea fleet and military history, but also because it has been used by Ukraine to extort billions in gas reductions fro Russia! So in a way, Russia was paying for its own base on its own territory among its own people, only because a famous communist crook and a butcher of Ukraine called N. Khrushchev, gave it away to the Ukrainian SSR back in 1954 against the then existing constitution. This act was forced on Russian president Boris Yeltsin back in 1994, when Russia was practically ruled by Washington, as means to collect the remaining Soviet nuclear arsenal and keep it all in the Russian Federation, as means to prevent parts of it to leak to terrorist organizations or "states". Strategically speaking, this was a positive move for Russia, as today Ukraine is an open house, which anyone having a real army can invade. And in this case, this is the Russian Federation. 

Ukrainian army is a joke, (and please Ukrainian nationalists, do not take this personally, it is a fact, and we all see it right now before our own eyes). A conscript army, which means half of it is made up from Russian or pro-Russian soldiers and officers, which has almost no combat experience, leave a brigade or two,which have been used in NATO hot spot missions, and is poorly fed, with almost no resources to train, but most of all, without a will to fight its own people! Yes, that's right! Most Ukrainians have relatives in Russia, or in the Eastern parts  of Ukraine. They don't want to shot at them, and this is why they do not follow the orders from the interim government in Kiev, that is why they cannot achieve their "anti-terrorist" operations in reality, the army and police is refusing to fight against what they see as their own people, with demands they know too well are just and are so! 

And sure, the Russian military intelligence is helping and has sent operatives to organize the  Russian and pro-Russian citizens in Ukraine, but they won't achieve nothing had not the local people want that! The people are in support of separation, and their demand is not only based on ethnic or "fascist" propaganda spread by Moscow, it is very much based on simple economics calculations:  as part of Russia, we get paid better, and we get stability, which is not the case as being part of Ukraine for the past 23 years! The language ban law is only a small but reassuring element for their support for separation from Kiev!

Why are all these police stations falling one after another in those eastern Ukrainian towns? Because most of the officers either support the cause, or understand that the locals being the majority are for it and shooting won't change anything. So they just go and surrender the building and weapons to the locals and their GRU helping agents. Anyone who believes that the protests in the eastern parts were done by Russian sent agents, must watch youtube videos of them. Whole towns, older, younger, whole families protesting and waving Russian flags and supporting the armed men in charge of the ex-Ukrainian police r administrative buildings. And this is exactly what we are not being told by our media, because we may then say, well, if the majority wants Russia, let them have a referendum! And this was exactly what they were protesting for weeks ago, and what Russia was asking the interim government to do, but since it responded with "No" people said, the hell with Kiev and started take control of their own lives, and sure with the support of Russia, no doubt about that! 

So, before anyone say that Ukraine is sovereign country, hence the handful of the western supported interim government should call the shots, please do not forget that it cannot call the shots, because it does not have the legitimacy with the majority of the Ukrainian citizens! This is the bare fact, and if a future referendum is held, I would be very surprised to find that most Ukrainians want us and NATO. Perhaps, few months ago, they may have wanted to stay within Ukraine, and not join Russia, but after the recent political unrest, that aspiration has long changed.

domenica 23 marzo 2014

Russia, Ukraine, Crimea and the West: Making sense of it all!


The answer was provided by Russian president Putin in his address on 18 March 2014, just before the treaty for joining Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation was signed. 
1. Crimea is historically Russian and is indispensable part of Russia. Sevastopol is the birth city and pride of the Russian Black Sea fleet;
2. It was administratively transfered to Ukraine by Kruschev in 1954, against the legal and constitutional norms active in the Soviet Union then;
3. Russia was too weak to stand up for its own interests in the early 1990s;
4. Despite all that, Russia respected Ukraine's sovereignty until the upper hand within Ukraine was taken by what Russia perceives as Ukrainian nationalists otherwise called "banderovcii." (from Stepan Andreevich Bandera infamous Ukrainian nationalist).
5. It is impossible to turn Russia's Black Sea fleet pride city into a NATO base.

Legal issues?

This will be an utterly useless discussion. One must be a real romantic to believe that international relations in the 21st Century have changed and are thus a subject to international law. Reality has shown time and time again that this is not the case and that the stronger side gets what it wants. Whether we take Russia, USA, France, Britain, among others as an example, we will inevitably have enough recent examples demonstrating how each has disregarded international law and acted on its own will. What seems to be the case, however, is that during such power conflict the loosing side is the one blaming the winning side of disregard of international law. Rewind to 1999 Kosovo crisis, for example, and you will witness the same rhetoric used by Russia then, is used by the West today.  

Economic Sanctions?

The simple but unavoidable point is: Russia has integrated into the world economy today, which means that to hurt Russia's economy would mean to hurt ours too. Period! 
Those talking and/or writing about cutting Russian gas and oil supply should know that Europe does not depend on Russian gas or oil! It can successfully meet these needs from alternative suppliers. This was discovered few years ago, when Putin shut off the gas supply for two weeks, and it was a surprise for the Western based industry as well, that they could do without the Russian supply! But can Ukraine do without it? Europe does not want to change Russian supplies with alternative ones, simply because the Russian gas and oil are just as lucrative to business in Europe as they are to business in Russia! 

The current Russian political system, no matter how one calls it, has taken into account one fundamental element and it sticks to it: it is stable for business! Big corporations know that and work in and with Russia. Some, who have been used for back-door anti-Kremlin political activities in Russia, have of course suffered, but those who concentrate on business only are doing fine. Hence pulling the entire western business interests from Russia is basically impossible, since they are too great to be wasted on some silly plan to bring Russia down to its knees economically again. Although a bit off topic, this is the place to point out that the economic collapse of the Soviet Union was a result of its own isolation, incapable economic model, and last but not least a fully conscious decision by those in power in the USSR to do so! Bringing Russia to the same state today is impossible, because its economy is too important because by now it is a vital part of the world economy, but also because the current people in power (like them or not) have no desire to collapse the country again, on the contrary, as we have seen, they are on course to restore its Soviet era status.

And to illustrate this point, think how would Germany feel when most of its car producers will suffer considerable (and to some /ie. BMW/ life-threatening) sale falls if Russian market was to close down. This would include the closure of numerous factories located there as well, the same goes for the French Renault btw, among many other businesses.  Trillions in projects have been invested in Russia and simply canceling them all and isolating Russia from the rest of the world is by now impossible! Even if hypothetically Europe cuts gas and oil supply from Russia, (that would mean a total collapse for Ukraine and its inevitable fall into Russian hands again) guess who will start importing and paying for these supplies... China of course!

It is absolutely astonishing that people assume that those policy makers in Kremlin standing behind the recent policies have not foreseen and calculated  the possible economic sanctions that the West may impose. Have they been as dire to Russian economy as so many in the west today wish they could be, Russia would not have done what it did!

The EU

I would argue that this crisis had a terrible effect to the EU's image and legitimacy, but I doubt it would be a waking up call for the union, unfortunately. It fell in a ridiculous situation: its supposed partner the United States played its own game in Ukraine over the EU's efforts to defuse the situation, and as it turned out the US literally does not give a "f**k" about the EU! By saying what she did, Victoria Nuland with her official standing, only provided legitimization of Moscow's suspicions, and she did so publicly, no matter how this talk was obtained! Furthermore, the Estonian foreign minister's exposed talk about the evidence suggesting that snipers' shooting at the protesters in Kiev could have actually been a hired hand by the opposition and not the Ukrainian militia put the EU into an even suspicious situation, standing between Kiev and Moscow claiming it is trying to defuse the situation. 


If we clear this event from all details, we would inevitably reach the most fundamental conclusion: Russia stood up again! This time, not only rhetorically, but with carefully designed military actions. It did state officially so too, "They constantly are trying to corner us, because we have an independent position, because we stand up for it, because we call things with their real names, and because we do not dissemble. But everything has its limits, and in the case with Ukraine, our western partners crossed the line, they behaved rudely, irresponsibly and unprofessionally. They knew well that in Ukraine and in Crimea live millions of Russian people. How lost must one's political sense of measure be, to not foresee all repercussions form one's actions? Russia turned up at a frontier from which it can no longer retreat... Today hysterics need to stop, give up Cold War rhetoric and recognize the obvious thing: Russia is an independent and active participant in the international life, which, just like other states, has national interests that need to be considered and respected." (Putin's address on 18 March 2014, c.28.00-30.45 min) 


The above statement by Putin is a hard one for the US to swallow. It was going to be perfectly fine for the US, had not Russia acted the way it did. But this precedent sets a major change in the world power balance. Russia has resurrected and now its interests need to be respected and accounted for when planning the global policy in DC. Many are quick to shift back to the Cold War era, not realizing that things today are very different. Russia in not the self-isolated, want to conquer the whole world communist Soviet Union from the past. It is a modern country, true with its own problems, which hopefully, for the people living there, will be resolved with time, that has fully integrated itself into the world economy, has a stable economic growth, income and know how, but most of all, elite that wants Russia to prosper, unlike the old Soviet era criminals, who massacred more of their own citizens than they managed to kill others'. This will be a big problem for DC, as their seemingly unchallenged power is now actually being challenged, not by nuclear destruction, but by modern politicians, calling them "partners" which ironically puts the US today in the old USSR shoes: threatening serious repercussions! 


In his address, Putin also mentioned in particular the German people. He reminded them how in 1990 Russia respected their will to re-unite, and that it was now their  turn to do so for Russia. This is a particularly interesting example, which to me, also echoed as a warning to Germany, and their approach to Russia from now on. 

Why do I take the time?

From what I have read in our own western media, it seems they have lost themselves (again) in a rhetoric repetition mode, about how Russia disrespected the treaty of 1994, how president Obama does not act hard enough etc. Basically how wrong Russia is, and how poor Ukraine has been violated. Although some of these claims are correct, in no way are they the only ones, or the decisive ones, which let to this crisis and the outcome of it! What happens is a further hatred rhetoric being spread against Russia, not a single word about our own active involvement into bringing this crisis to the state it reached, and a basic lack of knowledge of the general public of what happened and why! I thought presenting Russia's point of view will to an extend shed more light over this whole issue. Generally, the lack of knowledge of the real world history, especially the one of the past 100 years or so, by the general public, especially in the west, is one of the major contributing factors to their lack of understanding of why Russia behaves the way it does today.