Shame on you Russia….
In an earlier post I compared Vladimir Putin’s de facto annexation of the Crimea to Hitler’s absorption of the Sudetenland as a prelude to the Second World War.
Now I find myself bound to compare Russia’s undoubted provision and training of Ukrainian separatists in the use of surface-to-air missiles with the sinking of the cruise ship Lusitania in 1915.
Shame on you Putin!
Many historians and political commentators have compared the current situation with that immediately prior to the Great War one hundred years ago, prompted by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Indeed, the sinking of RMS Lusitania – an innocent commercial ocean liner, much like the Malaysian airline flight MH17 – was in large part responsible for the entry of the United States of America into the First World War.
Unfortunately, and hopefully, the cowardly, mistaken, long-range shooting down and killing of 298 innocent souls on board a tourist flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and beyond by Russian-backed separatists will not trigger the downfall of President Putin or the commencement of military intervention by the USA and the West.
In times gone by it might have. But, the lack of an effective NATO deterrent and the non-existence of a viable conventional and nuclear military or political response to counter the threat of Russian aggression and military might means that it is unlikely that Western forces will mobilise against the Russian leader who seems intent on reforming the Soviet Union. If ever there was a just cause….
I think this is a damning indictment on the failure of the USA, the UK, and the West to stand strong against the aggression of failed dictators. But, above all, it is a damning indictment of Vladimir Putin and Russian politics which remains focused on a Western and ideological threat which no longer exists.
Shame on you Putin.
RIP the innocent souls of MH17.
RIP former Shell colleagues.