I write this having just read more words from the Dutch Prime Minister and the British Prime Minister and other members of the Euro elite. The words from all of them are designed to sound tough but in fact portray spineless weakness.
These leaders bleat on (again) about a ‘last chance’ for Vladimir Putin and Russia but if I have figured it out, you can bet that Putin has. These ‘threats’ are hollow. The EU will do nothing to punish Russia. Be clear, Russia is to blame (though the hands of the EU are not clean, either – see below). Russia might try to push a technical line and say that it was ‘separatist’ rebels that fired the BUK missile but we can be sure that this was an act committed by Russia for Russian aims. These ‘separatists’ want to have part of the Ukraine secede and become part of Russia. Everything they do is in furtherance of this aim. Everything that they do is supported, both materially and verbally and diplomatically, by Russia.
The ‘separatists’ and Russia, have become emboldened by the supine reaction to the annexation of Crimea, by Russia. Indeed Russia has known, since its 2008 invasion of Georgia, that it can get away with invasion because the West will do nothing. To be fair, the West does impose sanctions and this does cramp the style of Russian oligarchs and leaders who want to visit the West but I think we can all agree that this isn’t really having any impact other than letting the leaders of the West have a moment of strength and solidarity photo-op on TV.
While not excusing the barbaric atrocity committed by Russia, it is not alone in deserving of blame.
The European Union has fomented (along with Russia) the crisis in Ukraine. They have led pro-Western Ukrainians to believe that the EU will stand behind Ukraine and will assist the country, economically. Then, at the first sign of Russia flexing its energy muscles, the German-led EU backs-off. Germany is heavily dependent upon Russian gas supplies. Now more so than ever because they shut down all of their nuclear plants, after the Fukushima tsunami and because, in thrall to the lunatic Greens, they oppose exploitation of shale resources and are said to be pushing the Poles to do likewise. So Russia gets the Crimea with just the tiniest slap on the wrist.
Now we have this atrocity and again all there are, are a few words of condemnation. Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating that the EU and America and other similarly minded nations, declare war on Russia. At least , not a military war. I am though saying that those nations should conduct an economic war against Putin and his country. Cease all economic activity with Russia, immediately. Freeze all Russian bank accounts in the West. All of them. Ban all travel to and from Russia.
In short, isolate them.
Of course not all countries will join such a blockade but the major players are the EU and the US and Canada. Together these countries should be able to have some influence on other countries but even if they don’t, other than China, does anyone think that these non-boycotters have the wherewithal to replace the West as suppliers to Russia.
Now to the ‘elephant in the room’. The USA.
I have tried to think of a word other than ineffectual, to describe the response of the Obama administration. Shameful and shaming come to mind but they have been used so many times relating to Benghazi and the VA scandals that they don’t seem to demonstrate the depths to which America has sunk. Incompetent? That well describes the Administration’s response to the flood of illegal immigrants (Incidentally, since America doesn’t seem to have a Southern border, at the moment, what is the proper term for these people?) and the Fast and Furious scandals but again doesn’t quite show the shambles that is America’s foreign policy.
So ineffectual it has to be. President Obama’s initial response was bordering on flippant. His action in then continuing on to a fundraiser were un-statesmanlike and unworthy of the office he holds. Biden did seem to recognise that this was a serious issue but then his intellect or courage ran out and he clammed-up. John Kerry went into his default ‘speak slowly in a deep voice but actually say nothing’ default mode. And that’s it.
The so-called greatest nation on Earth has nothing to say or do against the unlawful killing of so many innocents. Just a few words of condemnation and then let’s move on to the next fund-raiser or golf game.
I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised. The Russians have been jerking Obama’s chain over Iran and Syria for so long that they can now get away with just about anything and America will do nothing. Obama and his acolytes are so fixated on destroying America that they have no time to concern themselves with the destruction of the lives of so many allies. The Chinese are doing the same in Asia and the world is fast coming to the conclusion that being an ally of the USA doesn’t mean what it used to, under both Republican and Democrat Presidents.
I know that there is a convention that former Presidents, do not comment on current events but surely, given the seriousness, Bush Snr and Jnr, Clinton and Carter have a duty to speak-out about the outrage that is being perpetrated by the Obama Administration.
Don’t be surprised if Russia (or China, for that matter) gets bolder. Don’t be surprised if the illegals flooding into the southern states include some Muslim radicals and terrorists, hell bent on killing more innocents (American, this time)
Who would have thought that having won the Cold War, the Americans would, inside a generation, give back the gains to its arch-enemy, Russia?
America’s ultra-weak leadership is imperiling the world.
Winston Churchill used to have a note put on documents, during the 2nd World War – ‘Action Today!’ Obama and the American administration have reconstructed the letters to ‘I no act, today’