The new Russian foreign policy is “slog’ngrab.” The revolving door government of Vladimir Putin slogs through global diplomacy while staging land grabs by referenda wherever there are high concentrations of ethnic Russians. The world can see it coming, but are they prepared to halt it?
The answer is no so long as EU nations remain dependent upon Russia for natural resources such as fossil fuels. The stumbling block for global freedom and emancipation is the petrol paradigm. Economies must shake that for good reasons:
- Petrol is not sustainable
- Compromising human rights is not acceptable
- Enemies of freedom are expendable
Consider each of these as explained in the list post with pictures.
A story by the BBC this morning wonders aloud about the strength of free world resolve against actions by Russia to grab land from pockets where ethnic Russians hold the majority. If Europeans lose their resolve, it will have implications for others following the Russian slog’ngrab model.
“Ukraine crisis: The weakness of Europe
In both Washington and Moscow I suspect officials are asking the same question of Europe: "How strong is its resolve when it comes to Ukraine?"
This week brought a reminder that Europe's economies are still struggling to emerge from recession, that unemployment remains stubbornly high and that there is growing discontent with the political establishment in many countries.
So on Sunday in France the far-right National Front made strong gains in the first round of local elections, even topping the polls in several towns and cities.
Last week in local elections in the Netherlands the anti-immigration party of Geert Wilders won in the city of Almere and came a close second in The Hague, with his supporters chanting they wanted "fewer" Moroccans in their city.
On Saturday there was violence in Madrid, as tens of thousands protested against unemployment, poverty and corruption.
Grit and spine
These are just the news fragments from an average week, but they serve as a reminder that politically many European countries are still worn down by years of economic crisis, with a mood angry and mistrustful of political elites.
It is against this background that Europe's leaders are being asked to show grit and spine in a crisis which just weeks ago they could scarcely have imagined.
Many of them will gather again on Monday in The Hague with their resolve once again under scrutiny.
The meeting was intended to focus on nuclear security, but it will be overshadowed by the crisis in Ukraine."