On the Russian invasion of Ukraine

By February 24, 2022March 14th, 2022No Comments

Putin warned the West not to interfere “from the outside”, despite thinking it acceptable for Russia to interfere from the outside, Ukraine being an independent sovereign state.

In his address on the day the invasion began he certainly made some good points about the “empire of lies”: the series of illegal wars begun by the US, assisted by other NATO countries, notably the UK; and the ‘woke’ pseudo-values they propagated.

NATO itself, despite being ostensibly a purely defensive alliance, unlawfully attacked Serbia in 1999, Afghanistan in 2001, Libya in 2011 and Syria even more recently, while the US and its “coalition of the willing” partners in crime including the UK, invaded and occupied Iraq in 2003 on the false grounds that it possessed “weapons of mass destruction”.

Perhaps Putin believed that if the West can launch illegal wars Russia can too and arguably with greater justification as Ukraine is right on its border.

Of course he is wrong, because two or more wrongs do not make a right. But this appears to be his reasoning.

Putin even, despite not mentioning him by name, appears to admire the dictator Stalin, who waged war principally not against the armed might of Germany but against ordinary Russian and Ukrainian people.

A dictatorship armed with nuclear weapons is always going to make neighbouring small democracies nervous. It wasn’t the Soviet Union’s stale ideology, that even their own people didn’t really believe in that made other European countries anxious, still less its failing economic power but rather its potential, under the wrong ruler, for military aggression.
That is why NATO still had a defensive role to play even after 1991 and the collapse of the Soviet regime. Unfortunately, NATO overreached itself to say the least and we are now seeing the consequences of that mission creep.

I fear that Putin has on this occasion crossed the line and may soon have cause to regret his unwise decision.

What might he do next? Order Norway to leave NATO because it shares a land border with Russia? What about Poland? I think Putin is in need of a reality check. His behaviour is likely to bring about the very things he fears, namely Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

But a country does not need to be a NATO member in order to oppose and resist bullying from Russia. NATO membership indicates that a country is a democracy but not every democracy is a NATO member.

If we are to apply effective sanctions to Russia and its oligarchs we need rapidly to become more self-sufficient in energy, exploiting to the full our North Sea oil and gas, coal and nuclear power, ditching ‘net zero carbon’ and unreliable so-called renewables.

Should we expect to see this government strengthening our shamefully neglected and run down armed forces as a matter of the utmost urgency? Or will Johnson still be performing his Winston Churchill tribute act as Putin’s special forces parachute into Westminster?
As for helping Ukraine: we can assist with arms and training and with humanitarian aid for displaced persons; but we should not attempt to impose a ‘no fly zone’ and not accept any refugees as immigrants, even on a so called temporary basis. Soft Touch Britain is full!

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