Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Ukraine is not Romania. EU should STFU and wait to be told what to do.

The people of Ukraine are pretty well split equally between those who want to be closer to the West and those who want to maintain links to Russia. There is no clear majority for either option. Interestingly, surveys suggest that a majority does support closer ties to both - a nation between east and west that wants to have its cake and eat it, and why not. 

The current outbreak of violence was in reaction to an attack on the Parliament by the protesters. The resultant killing is not one-sided - police and regional politicians have been assassinated. A middle-aged woman pedestrian has been gunned down by protesters in a 'drive by'. The police have fired indiscriminately at the crowd. The armed forces are holding back. 

A lot remains lost in the 'fog' of gross civil disorder, but one thing is clear - Ukraine is no Romania. This is not a case of people, police and military rising together to bring down an unwanted leader. 

Under the circumstances, the amateur bunglers of the EU are the very last people I would trust in formulating any western response. Allowing Ashton to do anything at all is akin to letting the job-experience boy negotiate a new construction contract. The message from Europe's foreign ministers to the EU should be clear; shut up, butt out and wait until we tell you what to do.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely - this is just a powerplay by the EU against Russia, something which any sane observer would consider to be ill-advised at best...

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

Tut, you post Roman Anglo Saxon types just don't get it do you?

what you need here is a more aggressive ex NHS administrator type - Kaff's such a wuss, now Babs Young - she's yer girl - limpet mines, bullets Caledonian fighting spirit, and a "Lady" way to go !

I sincerely hope these dumbf^cks don't suck us into anything more serious.

Anonymous said...

..looking back on the events of that year, most people in Europe saw it as something that couldn't effect them. How wrong we all were. The failure of the April talks led to a hardening on both sides. The Russians would let the European elections pass before acting, and with the expected shift in power from Left to Right the tanks began to roll across the border. Thus, in June, eight years of war began in Europe

Steve

Mike Spilligan said...

As has been said before, Ukraine is really two nations and the "bad blood" between them goes back a very long time, exacerbated by some welcoming the "Nazi liberators" in 1941.
It has to be supposed that Ashton was just carrying out instructions from Barroso as her interference with that background can't have been a well-considered policy, and could appear only to be deliberately provocative.

G. Tingey said...

ANd, of course, the evil & corrupt Putin won't be interfering either, will he?
OTOH is this a case of "two wrongs"?
Um errr .....

Raedwald said...

Greg - Putin plays hardball. He's already bitch-slapped the amateurs at the EU. The trick is is to stop the EU from going home and getting its Dad's gun whilst the US face him up.

As in Bosnia and Kosovo, the US will have to rescue us from Euro incompetence.

right_writes said...

There's a third player involved in this, not counting Ukraine of course.

Namely... The good old boys...

Witness the conversation between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt.

Our Vicky makes her opinion regarding the EU known in no uncertain terms...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOZkH8XiPJY

@3:00 minutes...

F**k The EU....

Ho Hum.

Timothy Davis U.S. of frakken A said...

"As in Bosnia and Kosovo, the US will have to rescue us from Euro incompetence."

I hope Dear Sir that you have a few years on you hands. The wait until this will happen might take longer than you think.

You should encourage your government to rearm as quick as possible. Until The United States returns to being These United States any rescue will simple be impossible.