On the eve of Monday’s scheduled EU Foreign Ministers meeting, which is slated to join the insane Obama administration in announcing sanctions against Russia, some voices of sanity in the West continue to speak out.
“European foreign ministers could approve sanctions against Russia tomorrow. This would be madness,” wrote Liam Halligan in today’s Telegraph. In an otherwise timid article, which fails to report on the Nazi nature of the illegitimate government in Ukraine, and on the danger of thermonuclear warfare triggered by the crisis, Halligan does argue that Russia’s response is understandable and legitimate. They have treaty rights to station up to 25,000 troops in Crimea, he says, adding that “Moscow still sees Yanukovich as the legitimate president” of Ukraine. He concludes by endorsing the Chinese view, as stated by Beijing’s ambassador to Germany: “We don’t see any point in sanctions. Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, triggering a spiral with unforeseeable consequences.”
Similarly, Virginia Republican State Senator Richard Black wrote on March 14 that “the West should stay out of Ukraine crisis… Russia has legitimate concerns with the eastward expansion of NATO and the European Union,” and the new anti-Russian government in Ukraine “was installed by a mob at gunpoint.” Black concludes: “We need to rein in the bombastic rhetoric and provocative actions that might trigger yet another distant, unproductive war–in a place where Russia has legitimate vital interests and we have none.”
And the March 13 LA Times ran an article by University of Southern California professor Robert English, who says that in the movement that toppled the Yanukovich government in Ukraine, are groups like Svodoba, who are “odious people with a repugnant ideology… These are groups whose thuggish young legions still sport a swastika-like symbol, whose leaders have publicly praised many aspects of Nazism and who venerate the World War II nationalist leader Stepan Bandera, whose troops occasionally collaborated with Hitler’s and massacred thousands of Poles and Jews.” Even worse are their plans for the future, i.e., language and citizenship requirements. “Is it so hard to understand Russians’ shock that senior U.S. officials (such as Sen. John McCain, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland) flirt with extremists who have been denounced as anti-Semitic, xenophobic, even neo-Nazi by numerous human rights and anti-defamation groups?”