COMMENTATORS HAVE WORKED themselves up into a frenzy of emotional turmoil over how to react to Vladimir Putin since Flight MH17 was brought down with such catastrophic consequences.
It was not only the shooting down, but how and why the bodies were treated and the way the crime scene was abused with such indifference by Russian separatists which has increased the fury of Western journalists toward Putin. But then when you are impotent to act, all that is left is blind fury; not only toward the villain of the peace but toward Europe who have refused to take any real measures to punish Putin. Frustration has been the navigator of the presses keyboards; with each commentator trying to outdo the other to pour scorn on Europe for failing to act.
Cameron, in his usual way of seeking a praiseworthy headline, joined in by challenging Europe to make a further stand against this modern Tsar Ivan. He demanded ever greater sanctions against Russia exceeding those that had taken place after Russia took back the Crimea. He elevated himself to become Putin's nemesis, imploring and cajoling his European partners to stiffen their spines, and bring Putin to his knees.
If the situation was not so grave; Cameron's hypocritical performance, as leader of a much diminished nation; which is now taken very little notice of in the world, would be comedic (be it of a black nature). No sooner had he made demands of his European allies, than we learnt of our own arms industry's provisions to Russia: which had followed the exposure of France's contractual obligation to provide Russia's modern tsar with two helicopter carriers, one of which was paid for and due for delivery. The French had not only the right, but the obligation to deliver on its contract.
BOTH GERMANY AND FRANCE had made themselves obligated , on a near wholly depended reliance upon Russian energy supplies. Neither nation seemed to fear Russia or Putin's governance of it before agreeing to such a reliance. Even the UK welcomed the Russian oligarch's billions, and the migration of Russian billionaires on to London's premiere street codes, buying up properties and herding out the poorer residents of Sloane Square (that dominated the 1980s) into parts of Fulham no less.
Our own great and good have also enjoyed the indulgences of Russian oligarchs, such as Peter Mandelson and David Owen to name but two. Our former politicians have cashed in on the bounty on offer. Putin's face must distort itself into an expression of contempt when he hears David Cameron trying to act the principled strong man, a pitiful specimen who has allowed his armed forces to become dilapidated at the expense of oversees aid; and renders any such convincing military option to himself, obsolete.
Economic sanctions will not work. The Russian people have learnt to survive the barren diet of living under Tsars, Commissars, and the rape by Nazism. Why do you think it was that the Russian separatists showed little respect for the bodies of Flight MH17? Because once put under threat, as was the Soviet Union from the Nazis, and seeing for themselves what could be done to humanity, and brought up to understand what could be expected from the Tsars, Communists, and Nazis, the Russian people adapted to suffering. During the Second World War 21,800,000 to 28,000,000 died fighting Nazism. This does include the millions of others sent to the Gulags, who eventually met a similar fate under Stalin
No other country on this planet has suffered the kind of suffering Russia had to endure under the years of Soviet imperialism.
Flight MH17 was a mistake. It was probably not even targeted properly but assumed to have been a Ukrainian transporter carrying soldiers; as had happened in the days before when such a military transporter was hit, killing 45 Ukrainian soldiers who were being delivered to the east of Ukraine to tackle Russian separatists.
THIS CONFLICT, and the West's response, may become far more serious for Europe than any Gazan distraction – and I do not mean this cruelly regarding innocent Palestinians on the Gaza Strip. The EU is expansionist by nature and sought to include eastern European nations once under the Soviet hegemony to become part of their own European hegemony
Whatever the appalling nature of Putin; he set himself against his boarders being challenged by the EU. Which is exactly what has been done by the expansionist EU. It was the EU itself that set this ball rolling; and before it is brought to a stop I fear many thousands of lives will be brought to a summery end on both sides.
I now read that 1,300 British troops are being sent to Poland in response to Putin's behaviour. It is a meagre and pitiful response, but one associated with a country that has pared down its own national defences to such an extent that it is building two aircraft carriers that will have no aircraft to take off from - unless they are French: and one of the carriers, once completed may even be sold off – what a pathetic excuse for a national defence.
Putin must be laughing at such a pitiful offering from a once great military nation, if, that is, he has even noticed the Ministry of Defences announcement of it. Our politicians are seen as stand-up comics by the likes of Putin. He is almost daily entertained by either our prime minister or Foreign Secretary boasting on the world stage. Believing themselves still believing in this country punching above its weight. When in fact, they are an embarrassment to the country.
It was Douglas Hurd, who as Foreign Secretary, first used this "punching above our weight" aphorism. It was embarrassing then and it is even more so now. The trouble is our Foreign Office is only as influential as our armed forces capabilities allows; and these are meagre thanks to the Cameron government preferring the ring fencing of foreign aid over the nation's defence.
RUSSIA IS INCREASING its defence budget by £400 billion over the next five years; while Europe has decreased its own defence spending, and lacks the ambition to increase it; probably because of its reliance on the USA for its defences.
So in five or so years time Russia will be militarily more powerful than the Europhile's Greater Europe. America, by now self-sufficient in its energy needs through fracking, will no longer require a dependence on the Arab world for its oil. America will also see no purpose in remaining in Europe, especially as the USA is so despised among European nations, for delivering them from the Nazis.
AMERICA WILL turn to the Pacific region for its trade, and will continue to prosper; while Europe continues on with its decline; but without the protection of America. European nations have despised the so-called Anglo-Saxon economic agenda which included the USA.
America must remove its military might from Europe. Europe, while despising America, has relied upon its military protection. America's military removal from Europe is the only way that Europe will see that its own military budgets have to increase to defend the continents people. But what's the betting that such a lesson will go unlearned?