Friday, February 20, 2015

Britain stands in a very unusual position: "We came into this Ukraine crisis like lunatics"

Britain stands in a very unusual position: "We came into this Ukraine crisis like lunatics"

 February 20, 2015,

The House of Lords in a special report criticized the EU intervention in the affairs of Ukraine, stated the lack of competent analysts in Brussels and advised to continue to listen to the views of Moscow, while supporting sanctions against Russia as a whole. It is possible that the lords just a shame: Britain's role in the problems of the world is not the same as before.

The upper house of the British Parliament accused his government and the European Union in the "catastrophic misunderstanding" of the situation in Ukraine. The members of the Committee on EU Affairs issued a report in which, inter alia, states: "The Committee believes that the European Union and therefore to blame for Britain that they have entered into this crisis, not realizing, like a sleepwalker." 

"The lack of strong analytical resources in the United Kingdom, and the EU has actually led to a catastrophic misunderstanding sentiment (Ukrainian society - approx. VIEW) before the crisis," - said, in turn, head of the committee of the upper house of the British Parliament for EU Affairs, Lord Christopher Tagendhet.

"The events in Ukraine in the same way as the events in Hong Kong, developed by the US and the EU - voluntarily or under pressure - should be US policy"As a result, according to the report, during the crisis over Ukraine British government "has not been able to play such an active and prominent role in this matter, which it could play." Ie dissatisfaction with the British Lords is primarily due not so much to "the lack of strong analytical resources" as insufficient zeal London. Ukrainian settlement of the crisis involved France, Germany, Russia and even the recent rogue - Belarus. Incitement - the United States, Poland and the Baltic States. But Britain stands in a very unusual position for himself a detached observer, occasionally acting contradictory statements.

Perhaps, some analysts blame in this situation is, but on the whole the British political establishment blame primarily themselves.


After transforming the country from the "empire on which the sun never sets" in a small island state with strong centrifugal tendencies in Britain had a few behaviors. It was possible to bet on European integration, but distrust of the Spaniards, French and Germans evolved on the island over the centuries, it has been difficult to overcome. Could do neocolonialism: the formal political freedom former colonies continue to implement them in the economic and cultural expansion, that is, to build a kind of a "liberal empire", but this would require an effort comparable with the usual colonial conquest, and even more serious.

As a result, Britain has taken the third way, gradually becoming a satellite of its former colony - the United States. If Margaret Thatcher spent relatively independent policy even though the Anglo-American relations were then called "extraordinary" that Tony Blair has received well-deserved nickname "poodle Bush" - as Britain lost its independence in foreign policy.

In the romantic movie "Love Actually", filmed in the era of Blair, the British prime minister raises voice against the American president, for which he receives applause and a surge of people's love. Popular culture, tend to reflect what is happening in the mass consciousness. Another thing is that the film is about love, and discontent with the British prime minister has caused not US policy, and the fact that the American president stuck to his secretary.

However, on the eve of his retirement Blair went across the US demands and announced a sharp reduction in the British group in Iraq, for which he earned an article in The Washington Post with the headline humiliating "Our British poodle jumped off the leash" . Its author, that is very significant, was not an American, and a member of the House of Commons, Sir Malcolm Rifkind - former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence of Great Britain.

The current British Prime Minister Cameron also called "American poodle", and together with French President Hollande. Revived the term Member of Parliament George Galouey due to hasty agreement the EU to impose sanctions against Russia.

"The events in Ukraine in the same way as the events in Hong Kong, developed by the US and the EU - voluntarily or under pressure - should be American policy," - said it in October 2014.
In addition to voluntary refusal of Britain from its own foreign policy in favor of the US, the cause of the weak participation of London in Ukrainian affairs became difficult to overcome them (or rather - delayed) threat to the very existence of the state. All the forces of the political elite were thrown at countering a referendum on Scottish independence . By concentrating and bringing together unionists managed to defeat the separatists, whose position is received less than 45% of the vote. That is all the time Britain was not until Ukraine.

Trying to catch up

Now internal problems subsided, so London is trying to do what he always did - to intervene in the conflict loudest on the planet. And, perhaps, would have to agree with British lords - the level of intelligence of the proposed actions of the British politicians, mostly very low.

Yesterday's loud statement by the Minister of Defence of Great Britain that Russia is in Europe a more serious threat than the LIH, has already caused a backlash. "The statements of Mr. Fallon, of course, are beyond the diplomatic ethics - said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich. - This is absolutely intolerable characteristic that he gave something recalled last year's speech by US President Barack Obama, who has put Russia among the three main challenges of his country. "

Press Secretary of the President of Russia, Dmitry Peskov, in turn, noted that "the one who could say such a thing, hardly understands the substance of which he speaks."

The funny thing is that the statements Fallon categorically denied even those he was trying to "protect" - the Baltic countries. Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas accused the British of "alarmism". The same is said and Estonian colleague Sven Mikser Fallon: "there is no reason to panic." Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius and does shamed Fallon: "I think that such statements should not be. Where information is available, it is possible to exchange with colleagues through diplomatic channels. " Finally, the Minister of Defence Raymond Vejonis directly stated that he disagreed with his British counterpart, and now the threat of Russian military aggression in the Baltic countries do not.

Probably poodle who besieged the mouse should feel about the same as Fallon.

Escapade Defense Minister was not the only attempt of the British to intervene. Prior to this, London Moscow refused to participate in the exhibition of military equipment DSEI 2015. According to analysts, this decision is a big blow to the organizers of the show, and not by the Russian military-industrial complex, which is primarily interested in the markets of Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.As noted in an interview with LOOK editor of "National Defense" Igor Korotchenko, the British did Russia "muck on the basis of short-term considerations."

It is significant that in the UK there are experts whose opinion differs from what is happening in the US policy of escalation. For example, the former head of British intelligence MI6 John Sawers in an interview with The Guardian called learn to coexist with modern Russia. "Russia has rejected Western values, but we are dealing with the Russia that is, not the one you would like to see," - said Sowers.He also criticized the policy of the West in Libya: "When the crisis erupted, we did not feel entitled to sit and watch as the crumbling Gaddafi rebels, demanding an end to the dictatorship. But we did not want to carry out a ground operation. The result - the growing chaos used fanatics. "

Unfortunately, pragmatists like Sowers in London not so much.Many British politicians complexes associated with the collapse of the empire, combined with the historical memory of the "great game" against the backdrop of suspicion in relation to the European Union at a subconscious understanding of its wholly subordinate role in relations with the United States. On the whole psychological cocktail superimposed education in public school for boys. About how it happens education, can be read, for example, in the books of Stephen Fry.

Speaking of Stephen Fry. On the eve of the Olympic Games in Sochi, he wrote an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, in which Vladimir Putin likened to Hitler and warned about the terrible dangers threatening gay-Olympians.During the Olympics, as we know, no one was hurt LGBT people, which gave occasion to remember about"Godwin's law" , according to which a person by comparing the opponent to Hitler, a priori lost in the dispute.

Thanks to the British minister Fallon and his American predecessors, it seems, it is time to upgrade "Godwin's law" and to add to it compared to LIH.

In general, it should be remembered that the Pax Britannica was in the distant past, and the opinion of the UK in the modern world does not weigh more than the position of Estonia and Latvia. The leaders of the Baltic countries is already well aware.

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