Putins patetiske hævn

Diverse — Drokles on July 23, 2018 at 8:34 am

Spengler minder om årsagen til de senere års forsuring at forholdet mellem USA og Rusland

The United States supported the 2014 Maidan uprising in Ukraine and the overthrow of the Yanukovych government in the hope of repeating the exercise in Moscow sometime later. Then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland pulled whatever strings America had to replace the feckless and corrupt Victor Yanukovych with a government hostile to the Kremlin. She didn’t say it in so many words, but she hoped the Ukraine coup would lead to the overthrow of Vladimir Putin. Evidently Nuland and her boss, Hillary Clinton, thought that the Ukraine coup would deprive Russia of its Black Sea naval base in Crimea, and did not anticipate that Russia simply would annex an old Russian province that belonged to Ukraine by historical accident.

At the time, liberal opinion evanesced with the notion that Moscow would follow Maidan. The Christian Science Monitor reported in February 2014:

Some in Russia’s liberal community see in the Maidan a hope that the Kremlin, no matter how solid it looks, could one day crack under similar popular pressure. “What we are seeing in Ukraine is the realization of the Ukrainian people’s aspiration for democracy, of the right to revolt,” says Sergei Davidis, a board member of Solidarnost, a liberal opposition coalition. “It doesn’t mean we’re ready to follow that example. Russian conditions are different. But in the long run, as the contradictions pile up, we may well come to the same pass and find ourselves with no alternatives but the Ukrainian one.”

Of course, no such thing occurred.

The Maidan coup was the second American attempt to install a Ukrainian government hostile to Moscow; the first occurred in 2004, when Condoleezza Rice was secretary of State rather than Hillary Clinton. As I wrote in Asia Times a decade ago, “On the night of November 22, 2004, then-Russian president - now premier - Vladimir Putin watched the television news in his dacha near Moscow. People who were with Putin that night report his anger and disbelief at the unfolding ‘Orange’ revolution in Ukraine. ‘They lied to me,’ Putin said bitterly of the United States. ‘I’ll never trust them again.’ The Russians still can’t fathom why the West threw over a potential strategic alliance for Ukraine. They underestimate the stupidity of the West.”

Hverken Spengler eller Monokultur er fans af Putin og hans bøllestyre. Men proportionerne, proportionerne. Rusland har ikke andet at tilbyde Verden end olie/gas og våben, som tidligere præsident Obama mindede om da han afskrev dem som en seriøs trussel mod USAs demokrati. Så mens Robert Mueller har skudt sine teorier ud i uvished ved at anklage en række russere der aldrig kommer til at afkræve beviser for deres påståede memfabrikker og arrangementer af besynderlige demonstrationer ved en amerikansk domstol, så mener FBI at Kina er den store spionagetrussel. Og Riget i midten sammen med EU den største største trussel mod internettets frihed, frygtsomme som de begge, på hver deres måde, er, for dissens fra det herskende meningsparadigme.

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