Quentin Jacquet, Boulevard Voltaire
July 5, 2015
July 12, 2015
Translated from French by Tom Winter
Translator’s prefatory note: see America’s Monroe Doctrine: “we should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety.” More below… Now to Quentin Jacquet’s column…
Ukraine, or 20 years of American hypocrisy
After persistent rumors, the United States announced on June 23 that it will send tanks and military equipment into Eastern Europe.
Vladimir Putin is naughty. And the naughty don’t understand anything but a stern hand. Thus, after persistent rumors, the United States confirmed on June 23 that it will be sending tanks and military equipment into Eastern Europe.
The accident of the calendar also would have it that the Ukrainian government on June 23 proposed to the Rada a draft with the wordy title “Cooperation in consultations, management, liaison, reconnaissance and observation in the framework of the NATO Partnership Programme for Peace (PfP) and the implementation of the trust fund project of the Alliance to support Ukraine.”
Coincidence? I don’t think so. Elementary my dear Watson!
Russian leaders have always made it clear that the integration of Ukraine into NATO would be unacceptable. And nothing will make them change their mind. In any case, the international organization will be seen as a Western bridgehead in line with the American policy of interference in Eastern Europe.
And recent events have done nothing to shift the opinion of Russia in this regard. First the Orange Revolution of 2004; Then the coup in 2014 against the president, certainly pro-Russian, but democratically elected Viktor Yanukovych. And now this … A measure to “show US determination to respond to the aggressions of Russia in the region,” if we are to believe the Wall Street Journal.
But what about the US responsibility? They gave assurance in Gorbachev’s time that NATO would not expand impromptu (and without the review of the Russians!). But for twenty years, the United States has continued to support an increasingly irresistible advance eastwards. And always with coups of “democratic values” and other ideals that have recently led to the sending of 500,000 “observers” in Iraq.
The “Protectors of the free world” took advantage of the vegetative state of the country during the Yeltsinian chaos to act this way, arguing at the time that Russia should absolutely be contained. But a feeble power never constitutes a threat! But actively taking advantage of this temporary impotence could foster any positive response once the crisis is gone.
So how are we to believe that this claim is not provocative? A great power would never accept the deployment of military forces in its area of influence. How would Washington react if China decided, the day after tomorrow, to set up bases in Canada or Mexico? Whatever anyone says, Russia does not intend to put on the boots of a hegemon which, as the US pictures it, would practice interventionism on a global scale. The country can only hope at best remain a regional power, but its right to inspect and review the affairs in Eastern European should always be considered.
This is a bad start …
Translator’s note: Consider a key passage of the Monroe Doctrine of 1823:
“We owe it, therefore, to candor and to the amicable relations existing between the United States and those powers to declare that we should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety. With the existing colonies or dependencies of any European power we have not interfered and shall not interfere. But with the Governments who have declared their independence and maintained it, and whose independence we have, on great consideration and on just principles, acknowledged, we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling in any other manner their destiny, by any European power in any other light than as the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States.