It’s rumoured that the flight of capital has started – the flight of capital from areas of uncertainty to safe havens such as Great Britain where Russians have been spending heavily.
So a time of prosperity in Russia or the Ukraine is good for the British Economy – sanctions against Russia on the other hand, would not be good for the British Economy. So I’m told by one who knows. No one has yet told me how such sanctions would or could affect Sweden or the Swedish economy.
It’s good to note that since the real crisis began, not a single person has been killed in the Ukraine or in the Crimean peninsular. It’s just been a lot of hysteria and some helter-skelter all the world’s a stage diplomacy with our own Carl Bildt with the “big dog attitude” as one of the main actors, among the big guys, poking his nose in the Russian-Ukrainian affair. You would have thought that it’s enough to have Sweden and the UN’s Jan Eliasson the deputy to Ban Ki-Moon there, but of course, it’s very important that Sweden and Mr. Bildt especially,“ska vara med och påverka”
Fortunately, it’s no cloak and dagger scenery in Kiev and so there’s little likelihood of him being dispatched like the Polonius who was dispatched by Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, with these copious words:
“Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell.
I took thee for thy better. Take thy fortune.
Thou find’st to be too busy is some danger”
The last I heard, Mr. Bildt was promising Ukraine some financial aid, don’t know exactly how much – maybe a drop in the bottomless pit, but according to Shapiro who was interviewed on the BBC two days ago, Ukraine owes (I don’t know who) some $50 Billion dollars and needs another $50 billion to stay above water. Their economy is said to be a lot worse than that of Greece and Spain – and since the definitely unconstitutional coup that deposed their democratically elected president, Russia (very wisely) is withholding the $15 billion that they had earmarked for their brother nation Ukraine – and so would you, assuming that you would not like someone to bite the hand that feeds them, especially not if that hand happens to belong to you. Meanwhile, if only Uncle Sam could beseech Santa Claus and have his dreams all come true, he’d ask for the Russian naval base in the Black Sea to be transferred to the Uncle Sam as a Christmas present. That’s what it’s really all about.
The concluding lines of Arnold’s Dover Beach summarise the gloomy picture being painted of the impasse between the illegal, ambitious interim government in Kiev and Mama Russia. I say ambitious because in the coming months they will be led to believe that by joining the EU the population of 46 million people will metamorphose from rags to riches. Some of the dogs are already salivating, mouths drooling about what they forecast is the impending demise of Russia. But about whatever, the Almighty is the true judge and not any American lackey or lackeys who can even be paid to vote to depose a democratically elected president…
“Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.”
Civilization, from Russia here’s some peace and love:
It’s not all barbarism in Russia, as Russia’s cold war enemies would like you and us to believe.
“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext”
That was John Kerry in his own words indicting himself and the USA’s invasion of Iraq, ostensibly to look for Saddam Hussein’s non-existent “weapons of mass destruction.” Today, it’s just as the bard croons and complains,
“Oh, man is opposed to fair play
He wants it all and he wants it his way”
And that’s the way that Kerry wants things in the whole wide world, not just in his home town Aurora, Colorado but also in Cuba, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan and Iraq, in Israel and in Iran too. For a fuller indictment I refer you to Robert Mugabe’s 2007 address to the UN
Some more about the sheer hypocrisy in what John Kerry said
We (in Sweden) are supposedly not living under the shadow of what was known in the US as McCarthyism but it looks like the shroud remains, at least I get that impression just reading some of the hysteria and the paranoid opinions being expressed in Sweden’s conservative Svenska Dagbladet and even the more liberal Dagens Nyheter these past couple of days.
Well, that was mostly the right-wing and the liberal press. Here’s an article “A Dangerous turn of events in the Ukraine” from Offensiv who are standing at attention to the left of the middle-of-the-road Social Democrats.
Two Swedish Ukraine experts weigh in on what’s happening: The oligarchs return to Ukraine’s power play
For balance: Real Clear World (especially this opinion piece in the Washington Post by Henry Kissinger)
Of course the US still has a lot of friends left in the world. Hopefully, Mr Snowden, wherever he may be presently will not be causing further trouble or doing some more spy-ing. By now, Iran understands that even nuclear powers are liable to be hit by sanctions without threatening to blow up the great Satan or the rest of the Middle East.
About paranoia, the only real cause for paranoia that I can think of is after reading this article which portends a third World War. In that regard the busy bee Bildt will soon be turning coat about Sweden’s Defence Budget and probably once more entering into yet another little tittle-tattle difference of opinion with his boss (our Prime Minister) who famously said just a few months ago, that Russia ” lacks capacity” to attack Sweden. Even the Big dog USA doesn’t say that sort of thing and if Barack Obama did say that, I suppose that Mr Putin would probably think, “Shiooor !”
I can only shake my head, remembering ultra-Russian nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky and his famous words still echoing in my ears, his words, “I do not respect a country that has a woman as defence minister”, although I cannot remember exactly whether the macho-man actually said woman or ”pussy”, in which instance he was talking about Finland who had Elisabeth Rehn as their defence minister and not Sweden who only recently now has a woman named Karin Enström as our Minister of Defence.
There’s this dirty piece of work: Kiev Snipers Hired by Maidan Leaders – Leaked EU’s Ashton Phone Tape
And this shoddy propaganda and misinformation by the presstitutes
More on Ukraine
Oi! According to al-Islam, the Almighty does not like divorce, but it is allowed. In my opinion anyone who wants a divorce should be granted one – and if the people of the Crimea or Eastern Ukraine also want a divorce, on what basis should their wishes not be respected?
The good news is that the Crimean Parliament has voted to join Russia and the people of the Crimea are going to have a referendum on 16th of March
to ratify that decision – it’s what is known as self-determination – (as opposed to “territorial integrity” and I hope that the world (“the international community”) will respect their decision, in the interests of peace, security and prosperity.
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