So, we’re all on board that Russia behaved very badly, right? There should be “costs” (per Obama) for this “act of aggression” (per Kerry), right?
The West organized the coup in Ukraine and they can make this very ugly, but there is no chance of Russia being able to back down, Danny Welch, blogger and anti-war activist, told RT.
Russia’s dispatch of a stabilization force in Crimea on official request from local authorities was harshly criticized by US Secretary of State John Kerry over weekend, threatening to isolate Russia economically and politically and warning of potential asset freezes and visa bans.
“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century.”
Danny Welch: The harshness of his [Kerry’s] reaction is indicative of the weakness of his position. In the first place it is absolutely surreal for the Secretary of State of the US to state that a country doesn’t have a right to invade other countries without a pretext, when right at the moment his own government is involved in up to a dozen countries. And I think the whole world thinks it sounds crazy except for the Western press.
RT: Western countries back Kiev … are we seeing a self-appointed government receiving international recognition?
DW: I’m not sure that’s international recognition. The Western powers always use a term international community when they mean themselves and a few of their closest friends. I think what remains to be seen is Russia and China – they are the two strongest members of the UN Security Council. They’ll obviously withhold recognition. Turkey basically agrees with Russia on the Crimean issue.
The coup is unraveling. The Navy commander defected and swore his leniency to Crimea. It’s not a tenable position for anyone involved, I think [the West] will try and they have military muscle, if they really want to start a war they can. [The West] started the coup, they funded the coup, they organized the coup – they can make this very ugly. But there is no chance of Russia being able to back down, so I don’t think they can do much.
RT: Washington and Brussels appear to be ignoring the nationalists and extremists within the Kiev government. Why is that?
DW: Because it’s supremely embarrassing. I was in Kiev and in Moscow many years ago, and one of the things that you can see when you’re on the ground there, that you are never taught in American schools, is the overwhelming pride at having defeated the fascists, and having pushed back the Nazis, and at what an incredible sacrifice of tens of millions of people for the Soviet Union and how important that is to the national identity. And now to have these Western powers actually paying fascists, paying neo-Nazis, to seize power in a country on Russia’s border is simply too evil and too embarrassing to admit, and so they’ll just continue to deny it.
That’s more than enough, as I’m sure you’ll agree. But it’s what they’re telling themselves. Or at least what this Danny Welch (who he?) is telling us.
I stopped there because there’s one little hole in his story: to paraphrase John Kerry, the Soviet Union was for the Nazis before they were against them. And it does little good to defeat German fascists if all you’re going to do is impose Russian fascism for the next four decades.
But if this is how Russia sees Obama/Kerry bluster, Ukraine is in for a very, very, very long winter.