Wednesday 25 May 2022
A Pretty Sensible Settlement
Never mind Genghis Khan. Imagine being to the right of Henry Kissinger. The latest to join Robert Kagan and the Pope in naming the root of the problem was once Ronald Reagan's and George H.W. Bush's Ambassador to the Soviet Union.
As everyone from Kissinger to Noam Chomsky now sees, the areas that a largely Ukrainian Soviet elite had put in the Ukrainian SSR in order to make its independence impossible should no longer be in a Ukraine that would be more coherent and stable both for its loss of them and for its own constitutional neutrality. The quicker that that state of affairs were brought about, the less painful it would be.
That would not satisfy those to whom, "Ukraine as a state has no geopolitical meaning, no particular cultural import or universal significance, no geographic uniqueness, no ethnic exclusiveness, its certain territorial ambitions represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia and, without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics." Nor those to whom, "The mission of Ukraine is to lead the White Races of the world in a final crusade for their survival against the Semite-led Untermenschen."
Rather, it would be exactly as had been advocated by "Vladimir Corbyn", who has a far more anti-Putin record than either the Conservatives or the Blairites. In any case, Keir Starmer can honestly retort that he had never made the slightest effort to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister. Quite the reverse, in fact. Nor is it is obvious exactly how much electoral mileage there would be in anti-Corbynism after another two years of the present economic direction of travel.
Theresa May is being canonised by comparison with Boris Johnson, but she brought him into the Cabinet. Her Hostile Environment is Windrushing hostility to Britain across the Caribbean while legitimising at home the sexual assault of black youth by the State. And she turned Manchester into the global centre of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. We know what came of that.
Once again, what we are encouraging abroad would, or at least should, meet our full force at home, and vice versa. In 2013, Pavlo Lapshyn murdered 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham, before putting bombs outside three mosques in this country. Lapshyn belonged, and presumably still does belong, to the Wotanjugend, which is closely allied to the Azov Battalion, being led by its "political ideologist", Alexey Levkin.
In August 2020, Lapshyn pleaded guilty to a count of preparing an explosive substance in his cell. Our genius of a Foreign Secretary actively encourages our people to engage in the criminal act of going to Ukraine to join his organisation. Those who survive will bring home all of those weapons which we had sent them, together with both the knowledge and the desire to use them.
Not that Lapshyn would recognise things these days. Levkin and his ilk are bringing in IS fighters from Syria. Older readers will remember IS. Shamima Begum went off to join it in Syria when we were aiding and abetting it there while bombing it across the Sykes-Picot Line in Iraq, where our intervention had created it in the first place. It is now part of the side that we are backing in Ukraine, while, yet again, everyone who knows anything at all about the subject is pointing out that our position is suicidally insane. Our rulers never learn.