Thursday 20 April 2006

Belarus and Ukraine

Belarus might well have a nasty government, just as the Ukrainian elections might well have been rigged. But no one objects to the ghastly governments of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, nor to the highly questionable President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia, whose ninety-seven per cent of the vote is presented as wholly credible while Lukashenko’s mere eighty-three per cent in Belarus is presented as wholly incredible.
The problem is simply with a Belarussian, or a Ukrainian, government unconvinced of the case for, in the case of countries located where these are, accession to NATO and the EU. Were they prepared to pay such tribute (or its equivalent elsewhere in the world), then they could do what they liked, and would actually be sustained in power by Western military force against their own people if necessary.
Anyone who still doubts, denies, or pretends not to notice that European economic and political unification has been a key American aim since the 1940s need look no further than Belarus or Ukraine, the former certainly, and the latter very probably, to be bombed into EU membership by the Americans.

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