Today an Edward Lucas, writing for the Daily Mail, unburdened himself of a 730 nanometer lament to Putin’s fang-faced global carnivory. While engorged of stupefyingly prosaic calumnies, the piece was most striking in its simultaneous fear and lust for nuclear war. It’s horrible, it’s terrible, it’s…beautiful! It’s the written spectacle of a man ejaculating on his own tear-streaked face. Welcome to neocon dacryphilia. Watch for the booth at this year’s Fulsome Street Fair. So grab your assless chaps, because here we go…
Deep in the flat and featureless landscape of eastern Ukraine, it is all too possible that the outline of World War III is taking shape. [the logic ends where it begins, right there]. Whipped up by the Kremlin propaganda machine and led by Russian military intelligence, armed men are erecting road blocks, storming police stations and ripping down the country’s flag. They are demolishing not just their own country — bankrupt, ill-run and beleaguered — but also the post-war order that has kept most of Europe and us, here in Britain, safe and free for decades. [Russians seceding from Ukraine threaten the freedom of Pakis to rape in Britain]
Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West. [Donetsk: the heart of the West]
We are soon to face a bleak choice. We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states — almost certainly Putin’s next target — from further Russian incursion. Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions. [and which infantry divisions would be involved in this final attempt?]
If we do choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying military escalation, which I do not think it an exaggeration to say could bring us to the brink of nuclear war.
Putin knows that. And he believes we will choose surrender. For the real story of recent events in Ukraine is not about whether that country has a free-trade deal with Brussels or gets its gas from Moscow.
It is about brute power. It is about whether Putin’s Russia — a rogue state on Europe’s doorstep — can hold its neighbours to ransom, and whether we have the will to resist him. So far the answer to the first question is yes. And to the second a bleak no. [the bleak reality of not exchanging nuclear warheads to keep Russians from joining Russia]
The Russian leader believes the collapse of the Soviet Union was a ‘geopolitical catastrophe’. He believes Russia was stripped of its empire by the West’s chicanery. And quite simply, he wants it back. [the collapse of the American nation by its treasonous state has been the worst geopolitical catastrophe. The west also has been stripped by chicanery. And we want it back]
While modern Germany has forsworn militarism and empire, and is liked and admired [yes I have heard eulogies for many liked and admired men. I imagine they would all rather be less liked and more alive] Russia has not. Putin believes its historic destiny gives Russia the right to seize land, intimidate and blockade its neighbours. The Russian leader sees Ukraine not as a real country, just a territory, and one he is determined to dominate. [not a real country…just a territory…one to dominate. This is of course said with no reflection]
Putin has presented the Ukrainian leaders with an impossible choice. Either they consent to the dismemberment of their country. Or they fight a war they cannot win.[What other people could he guess have been presented with that same impossible choice?]
Now Putin can claim his soldiers must be allowed to intervene because the very social disorder his outriders have engineered demonstrates that the authorities cannot maintain order.[Was order what Mr.Lucas was advocating in February?]
The hypocrisy is breath-taking. [jinx]
But the biggest benefit to the Russian president lies abroad. He makes no secret of his hatred for the West. [I don’t see that he hates the West sufficiently to replace its population wholesale]
He is contemptuous of, yet fears, our soft power. [Fears our soft power! For the love of God.]
He resents the laws, liberty and prosperity that our citizens enjoy. [How many mushrooms are required to hallucinate of Putin hurling a vase into the wall screaming, “Damn their laws! Damn their liberty!]
In his bleak world view, only force and money count. [Neocons, of course, conscientiously eschew both]. He believes we in the West are too weak to defend ourselves when threatened. [still awaiting word on what western country Putin has threatened.]
Vainly, our leaders hope diplomacy will make Putin back down. Surely he can be made to understand that confrontation is not in Russia’s interests? [is perpetual war and population replacement in yours?].
But that approach fundamentally misunderstands a man like Putin. He is prepared to make his people suffer economic pain and risk war for what be believes is their national interest. We in the West are not.[Iraq, Afghanistan, Serbia, Libya are all just random letter combinations that have no meaning]
Having taken Ukraine, he will turn his attention to the Baltic states. Members of the EU and Nato, their lawful societies, elections and thriving economies are an implicit rebuke to those who preside over sleaze and brutality in Russia.
Now Putin sees a chance to humiliate them — and the West. He does not need to invade, just to provoke. Using social division and agitation he will raise the pressure — whether economic or political — on one or more of the Baltic states until it becomes unbearable.
Nato and the EU — on current form — will merely appeal for dialogue and threaten sanctions. But nothing will happen. Which means the Baltics will buckle, and Putin will take back lands which he believes are rightly Russia’s.
That will be the end of Nato — and the dawn of a terrifying new world in which international rules count for nothing and the strong dominate the weak. Russia — ruthless and greedy — can play divide and rule for decades to come.[it’s as if the the good old Uese doesn’t even exist. Always remember, the only acting principle is who/whom]
Meanwhile, our once ‘special relationship’ with America was tested by our failure to support Obama over intervention in Syria. [another succulent war tragically averted]
What’s worse, the West’s intelligence operations have been severely compromised by the exploits of Edward Snowden, the former U.S. intelligence contractor who has taken refuge in Moscow, having stolen tens of thousands of secret state documents. [the rotten bastard who betrayed his State to the enemy Nation.]
If the West does stand up to Russia, Putin will put its nuclear forces on alert, all the while decrying our ‘aggressive behaviour’. As the centenary of the Great War in July approaches, historians are vying to pinpoint the chain of events which started that conflict. I may be wrong, but in 100 years time, will their successors look back at the events in Ukraine to make sense of the beginnings of the next world conflagration?
If not I will make that sense now for their benefit: Neocon vampires would rather rule a world of burnt corpses than suffer the impertinence of the living. And this will be the source of the next great conflagration: Tikkun olam as foreign policy. Repair the world…until every square millimeter is in cinders.
Get out of other countries. Get out of their conflicts and cultures. Get their people out of ours. And drop Edward Lucas and the Weekly Standard into some forlorn African combat zone. There are no losers.