March 22, 2014
I never really understood the neocon buzzword “embolden,” as in “if we show weakness, we will embolden our enemies,” but now I do.
With one total victory over the dark forces of the United States behind it, Russia is looking toward Estonia.
Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia’s treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian.
Russia has defended its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula by arguing it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders, so the reference to linguistic tensions in another former Soviet republic comes at a highly sensitive moment.
Russia fully supported the protection of the rights of linguistic minorities, a Moscow diplomat told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, according to a summary of the session issued by the U.N.’s information department.
“Language should not be used to segregate and isolate groups,” the diplomat was reported as saying. Russia was “concerned by steps taken in this regard in Estonia as well as in Ukraine,” the Moscow envoy was said to have added.
I, of course, completely support an invasion. They could also take an eye-for-an-eye approach, and pour 5 billion dollars funding a revolutionary force in that country to stage a coup.
The final papers were signed to integrate Crimea.
Russia has finalized the legal process of taking Crimea under its sovereignty, as President Putin signed a law amending the Russian constitution to reflect the transition.
Earlier Russian lawmakers ratified both the amendment and an international treaty with Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which was legally required for the incorporation.
Following the signing of the law, Putin thanked lawmakers and everyone involved in the historic change of European borders for their efforts to make it happen.
“I ask lawmakers of both chambers to work actively and do everything we can, to make the transition process not only painless, but also beneficial for all Russia and the people of Crimea,” Putin said.
The treaty and the bill were submitted for the approval of Russian lawmakers on Tuesday by Putin, following last week’s referendum in Crimea, which showed the overwhelming support of the peninsula’s residents for joining Russia.
I hope that we are entering a period where Russia will begin to take the offensive, rather than being purely a response system.
In order for history to live again, great men must act and blood must be shed. Such was always the way of things, and such shall it always be.
This was funny: the Russian Parliament unanimously voted on a demand for the West to extend sanctions to all members.
The State Duma has passed a motion suggesting that the US and EU extend the freshly introduced sanctions to all Russian MPs rather than a limited group of officials, defying western pressure just hours before Russia and Crimea signed a federation treaty.
The motion was supported by a unanimous vote on Tuesday morning. It was prepared the day before by all four parliamentary parties after representatives of the United States and the European Union said they were slapping sanctions, such as visa bans and asset freezes, on a number of Russian officials who are seen as “key ideologists and architects” of the policy towards Ukraine.
The State Duma motion reads that the US President’s decree was limiting the rights of Russian citizens and that similar discriminatory measures were approved by foreign ministers of the EU nations.
In a speech MP Mikhail Markelov (Fair Russia) called the move by the US State Department, President Obama and the European Union “an absurd attempt”, and suggested that the US punished all lower house members. “As long as they stress that MP Lyudmila Mizulina is on the blacklist, they should also impose sanctions on all 436 MPs who voted for the law that protects our children from gay propaganda,” Markelov noted.
A day earlier, after first reports about the new sanctions the head of the lower house committee for family issues Lyudmila Mizulina said that she was perplexed by her addition to the list. “The decision is puzzling – although we’ve expected sanctions – because I don’t have any accounts or real estate abroad, nor do my family members live abroad…Why was particularly I included?” the lawmaker said in press comments.
Deputy Markelov also said in his Duma speech that Russian politicians cannot be intimidated by Western sanctions as previous examples of their application demonstrate that such measures are hardly effective. “They tried it before in Serbia, Belarus, Syria. But these nations have not lost their dignity, have not lost their identity, they remain united and independent countries,” the deputy said.
“Our position is extremely clear and honest. We never betray our own. We will never betray the Russian-speaking citizens and simply the citizens who live on the territory of Crimea, who have made a decision to be with Russia forever,” Markelov told the parliamentarians.
That is darn funny.
I’ll close with some possibly even funnier poll results.
The US citizens believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a stronger leader than American head of state Barack Obama. That’s according to opinion poll conducted by the British company YouGov, together with the Economist magazine. Stephen Lendman, Chicago-based radio host and author, believes that a US president would kill for Putin’s approval rating of 71%.
The survey was held since March 8 till March 10, 2014 and was responded by 1000 of US citizens following the Ukrainian crisis.
33% of Americans recognized political force of Mr Putin as very strong, even 45% – somewhat strong. Only 8 per cent of Americans found Vladimir Putin politically weak.
According to the poll, the American public did not support Washington decision to impose sanctions against Russia because of the Crimean referendum. Only 0.4% of the interviewed wouldn’t mind sanctions. The majority that is 44 percent is in favor of diplomatic solution to the Crimean crisis.
On the question whether the US should participate in the dispute between Russia and Ukraine, 25% of respondents answered positively, 50% – negatively, and the uncertainty about the possible intervention was expressed by 24% of Americans.
Americans were also asked to foresee if Washington would still impose sanctions against Russia. Answering the question whether Russia would send its troops in Crimea, 55% said that it is most unlikely to happen. Only 0.3% said there is a high probability of this, the possibility of such events was marked by 0.17% of the respondents.
Recent events in Crimea and the Olympic Games in Sochi influenced the rating of Vladimir Putin in Russia. According to the data released earlier by Russian Public Opinion Research Center, the number of Russians approving of the President’s activity reached its peak in the last three years. The number was 71.6 per cent.
Thinks are looking up, White Man.
By the Grace of God, we are all going to end up exactly where we belong.