Ukraine Geopolitics: Why Does Merkel Disregard Opinion of Her People?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused Russia of invading the Crimea and of acting in violation of the international norms. In her address to the Bundestag, she said that Russia’s aggressive behavior reminds her of how countries acted in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Of course, Merkel should know – it was her country, Germany, that invaded most of Europe, starting both WWI and WWII and killing over 100 million people in the process. Russia, and USSR as a whole, bore by far the largest weight of both World War I and World War II. TWENTY SEVEN MILLION of Soviet citizens were killed by Germans in WWII alone and many Russian/Ukrainian/Belorussian cities were destroyed during German aggressions. Peoples of the world have to thank primarily Russia/USSR for defeating the German Nazism.
However, the USSR and Russia forgave Germany, and have been trying very hard to work with Germany all these years, attempting to build a more normal relationship on the European continent.
During every pause in Merkel’s speech, the Bundestag exploded with applause. To me, this robotic clapping was a bizarre reminder of the Politburo or Communist Party congresses – the same brainless, automatic clapping which means one thing: these people don’t have an independent thought to speak of.
Merkel also said that the EU/Germany would be imposing sanctions on Russia.
I will leave outside the boundaries of this article the obvious: that there was NO Russian aggression in Crimea; that Russia has a long-standing agreement with Ukraine which allows up to 25,000 Russian troops in Crimea (Russia currently has 16,000).
I won’t go into the fact that Crimea has always been Russian land and only thanks to drunk Khrushchev and equally drunk Yeltsin, it illegitimately ended up in Ukraine. I won’t mention that 97% of Crimea is Russian-speaking; that Crimea (along with Pridnestrovie, as well as eastern and southern Ukraine) has been begging Russia for 23 years to accepts it back as a subject of the Russian Federation.
I also won’t concentrate on the fact that Russia until now had supported and didn’t challenge the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and if Russia hadn’t supported it, Ukraine would have split up a long time ago. The reason Russia does not insist on the territorial integrity of Ukraine any more is because the rights of the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine have been grossly and criminally disregarded and betrayed by both Ukrainians and their Western handlers.
Meanwhile, Russian news agencies report on the amassing of NATO and American troops near Western Ukrainian border. US navy ships have entered the Black Sea and they have been participating in exercises with Bulgaria in the western part of the sea. The infamous Blackwater and other Western mercenaries have been spotted in Kiev, Odessa and eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian high level military and security personnel’s emails were hacked by the Anonymous, and here’s what they have discovered: emails are being circulated tasking mercenaries and western Ukraine nazi units to attack Ukrainian army installations, pretending they are Russian Spetsnaz. One of the emails says: “when attacking the military airfield, damage only the planes that are already in bad shape or disrepair. They will be pointed out to you. Do not touch working planes as Ukrainian army will need them. Speak only Russian – never Ukrainian, so we could pin it on the neighbor.”
It has also been noted in various sources that Romanian army has been amassing near its border with Ukraine. Romania pursues their own interests here: they’ve been wanting to annex Moldova and Pridnestrovie (Russian-speaking area that broke away from Moldova after the 1990s bloody war for fear that Moldova would become a part of Romania). Romania is also after the biggest prize of all: the wealthy Odessa region – obviously, contrary to Odessa population’s wishes. Romania’s desire to annex Odessa region is an old one. During WWII, Romanians, who were German nazi allies, were promised Odessa as their prize. They were the main occupiers of Odessa, but of course their plans didn’t really work out. Looks like they are back at it.
Add to all this saber-rattling madness the fact that inside Ukraine people are disappearing and dying. Svoboda and the Right Sector nazis have executed an armed takeover of the Kiev morgue. This gruesome takeover, per reports, is so they can quietly dispose of bodies of those they had kidnapped and killed, without anyone knowing. Masked nazi thugs in Kiev and elsewhere in Ukraine have been looting shops and stopping cars to demand “contribution to the cause.” It’s clear what happens to those who refuse to pay up. Police (militsia) in the country is demoralized and dysfunctional. Police can hardly defend themselves, as many of them have been shot and killed by the same nazis, or other bandits. The police is incapable of protecting the population or keeping order.
Russian speaking population (who usually are the most educated part of the population) from various parts of the country is leaving Ukraine in droves. Most go to Russia or Belarus, as well as Crimea, to hide from Ukrainian atrocities.
Angela Merkel and the ostrich-like EU are still in denial (or just lie) about the nazi infestation and atrocities committed by them in Ukraine. But facts are undeniable. These Ukrainian nazis are presently in high positions of power in Ukraine:
Yarosh, the de-facto leader of nazis, who has the reign of the streets in Kiev/western/northern Ukraine, is supported by his heavily armed nazi thugs. He is the founder and leader of the far-right/ nazi “Right Sector. ” Yarosh states: “National socialist ideas are popular here…We want a clean nation, not like under Hitler, but a little bit like that.”
Below is just a short list of the members of the Neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine (SNPU), otherwise known as Svoboda, who are in high positions of power presently in Ukraine:
– Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Sych
– Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh,
– Andriy Parubiy, Head of National Security Council that covers the military, police, courts and intelligence apparatus,
– Dmytro Yarosh, second-in-command of the National Defense and Security Council
– Attorney General Oleh Makhnitsky
– Minister of Education Serhiy Kvit
– Minister for Ecology Andriy Moknyk
– Minister of Agriculture Ihor Shvaika
The list comes from the heavily anti-Putin Huffington Post, which can hardly be suspected in any sympathy to Russia.
Of course, Angela Merkel failed to mention any of this in her speech. Generally, EU/US completely ignore the humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine, just shrugging their shoulders when Russia mentions the facts on the ground, as it does not fit their rosy picture of “Ukrainian democracy.”
During her speech, Merkel went on to say that the Crimea Independence Referendum scheduled for March 16, 2014, was illegal, despite the fact that the right to self-determination is an international norm, and despite the clear precedent of Kosovo. To remind: Kosovo was broken off from Serbia by Germany, EU, NATO and US citing the right of people to self-determination. Kosovo was an ancient Serbian land. During the break-up of Yugoslavia and further break-up of Serbia proper into small pieces, another international norm: the right to territorial integrity was conveniently forgotten. Instead, the right to self-determination was touted as the only norm. Interestingly enough, there was NO referendum in the case of Kosovo, most likely because US/EU would have lost as the Serbian majority would have voted it down. NATO/US/EU simply announced that Kosovo is declaring independence from Serbia – and who would argue with NATO tanks.
Incidentally, both self-determination and territorial integrity are equally legitimate international rights, and technically, both contradict each other. However, the hypocritical EU and US have been pulling, like a magic trick out of a hat, that right which suits their geopolitical game at any specific moment, while completely ignoring the other right.
Back in Kosovo, it was the right to self-determination that suited them; however in Ukraine, it is the right to territorial integrity that has become the one and only right to behold.
In her Bundestag speech, Merkel explained it this way: Kosovo was very different from Crimea because in Kosovo there was a threat to Kosovars from Serbs. At first EU tried to reason with the unreasonable Milosevic, and only after they knew he could not be reasoned with, they (US/NATO/Germany/EU) decided to divide Serbia. By ‘reasoning’ Merkel must have meant the infamous bombings of Serbia by US/NATO, in violation of all international norms.
Unlike Kosovars – according to Merkel – Crimeans have nothing to fear from western Ukraine nazis that want “Ukraine for Ukrainians” and threaten to kill all Moskali (derogatory for Russians). Therefore, Kosovo precedent doesn’t apply here.
Of course, Merkel, as well as US and EU, had said the same in 2008. On the night of August 8, 2008 US/Israeli trained and equipped Georgian army attacked the sleeping South Ossetia. The city was bombed, many residents and Russian peacekeepers were killed. When South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia, citing Kosovo precedent and the right to self-determination, Merkel/EU/US were howling for 2 years that this was illegal and that Kosovo precedent was a very special case that didn’t apply here – despite indisputable proof of the direct threat to people’s lives in the case of South Ossetia.
Certainly, Kosovo precedent applies ONLY to a situation when US/EU reap geopolitical benefits and when it results in a weakening of their geopolitical rivals. Interests of people mean absolute zero to them.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bundestag speech re. Ukraine (in German with Russian translation). Выступление Ангелы Меркель в парламенте по ситуации на Украине:
Results of German polls
While all this madness, incited directly by the US and EU, is happening inside and outside of Ukraine, Merkel accuses Russia of aggression, and her dutiful Bundestag robots clap with great enthusiasm.
Meanwhile, let’s see what German people actually think:
1. Here are the results of a recent German poll (emailed to me by a German friend): 4% support NATO military intervention; 14% support sanctions against Russia; 78% are in favor of Crimea going back to Russia.
2. And this is the most recent online poll: 80% of Germans feel that West’s criticism is hypocritical and Russia is protecting its legitimate interests in Ukraine and Crimea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QARsm-LIwFQ
So, why does Merkel insist on pushing for sanctions and escalating animosity, despite German people’s opinion? Is Merkel really representing the interests of her people?
It certainly is in the best interests of the German people to have a good and stable relationship with Russia. Germany and Russia are very large trading partners. Russian gas goes to Germany via Nord Stream, which is a joint German-Russian venture. German car manufacturers do huge business in Russia. There is a large number of joint Russian-German tech ventures, including for instance, high-speed railroads. Mutual trade can only flow more extensively in the future. Yet, every time a conflict inflicted from across the Atlantic takes place, Germany sides with the opposite side. (More about German/EU and Russian trade and long-range interests: Russia’s Geopolitics, USA’s Bluff and EU’s Big Mistake).
Why is that?
One: Of course, there is NATO allegiance. Here, I have to point out that US/NATO solemnly guaranteed Gorbachev that Germany after re-unification under no circumstances would be included in NATO. After Gorbachev agreed to Germany’s re-unification, they promptly and unapologetically broke that agreement, thus creating imbalance of power and additional threats to Russia. NATO is ruled by the USA, and other countries just do USA’s bidding.
Two: Despite the size of its economy and clout in the EU, Germany is not an independent country. There presently are 50,000 American troops in Germany and multiple US military bases.
Soviet Union troops cleared out of East Germany after re-unification – USA never did, in violation of agreements signed by Gorbachev and Reagan, and in violation of US guarantees! As an aside, how come no one is even whispering about American occupation of Germany with 50k of US troops there?
Three: German gold – 1,500 tons of it, is being held hostage at the NY FED. When Germany asked for a partial return of its gold: 400 tons out of 1,500, US told them that they could get their 400 tons little by little within 7 years. In the past year, US shipped only 5 tons of German gold, instead of agreed upon 50.
Of course, most analysts are convinced that German gold, along with the US gold, is no longer there and that USA sold the gold it held in custody for other countries (read: stole) in order to avoid Comex default and to cover losses.
As an aside: after Germany’s re-unification, Russia/USSR shipped back to Germany ALL GOLD it held in trust for East Germany. USA never did!
Consequently, Germany is being held hostage to the geopolitical, military and economic interests and whims of the USA. How can German government be expected to act independently and reasonably? How can it be expected to uphold the interests of its people?
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Posted on March 14, 2014, in Geopolitical Trends, Russia, Ukraine and tagged American Military Bases in Germany, Angela Merkel, Can EU afford sanctions against Russia, Cold War, Crimea independence vote, Disappearance of the German Gold Reserve, Does Merkel disregard interests of German people, East Germany, EU, EU and Ukraine, EU and US sanctions against Russia, EU Russia relations, Federal Reserve, German Gold Reserve, German Gold stored at the Fed, German Nazism, German opinion polls about Crimea, German relations with Russia, Obama, Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine coup, Ukraine nazis, USA, World War II. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.