THE $7 billion US-backed overthrow of Ukraine´s President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014 was not universally popular. Donbass, Ukraine´s most productive province, declared Unilateral Independence (UDI). Today, Ukraine is the poorest country in Europe and its Kiev regime Europe´s most unpopular.
The expansionist NATO was denied Crimea when 96.77% of electors chose to annul their forced marriage to Ukraine and return to Russia. The U.S had drooled over the prospect of occupying Crimea and incandescent at the naval province being snatched from under their noses.
Revenge sanctions imposed on Russia by 2016 had cost the EU $60 billion in lost trade. Russia smiled and took their shopping basket to alternative suitors.
U.S and EU sanctimonious twaddle over Crimea is gut-wrenching. According to Global Research the U.S aka NATO since 1945 has brought conflict to 37 nations leading to the deaths of 30 million people. Again, as the refugee crisis is wholly the responsibility of NATO we are reminded of the adage, with friends like NATO who needs enemies.
Ousting so-called dictatorships and making the world safe for democracy is Western hypocrisy of the first order. Washington DC is currently allied with 30 authoritarian regimes.
Every photo opportunity of Western leaders in the company of elected Russian President Vladimir Putin shows sullen expressions. It is claimed that American antipathy towards Russia is a resumption of the Cold War.
By contrast, stock photographs depict Soviet dictator, Nikita Khrushchev hosting NKVD delegates during their visit to one of the state´s 476 slave plantations. The total death toll of the Gulag Archipelago is estimated at 70 million martyrs. Most victims were transported in Western built railway stock or road vehicles. No sanctions then.
The most prominent of the Khrushchev hosted delegation is Genrikh Yagoda. The head of the NKVD was authoritatively said to be responsible for the deaths of 10 million of those Trotsky dismissed as ´White Negroes´.
Again in contrast to excessively formal events at which Western leaders glare at President Putin, AP photos show Western leaders embracing the Soviet Union´s most blood-soaked tyrants. In my cache of Press (PA) photos are pictures of Nikita Khrushchev being wined and dined by British Prime Minister Harold McMillan and on another occasion Harold Wilson. Many more photographs were taken at British and American soirees.
In high spirits, due no doubt to their being stuffed with spirits, are revealed U.S Presidents and UK Prime Ministers, also Henry Kissinger, grinning like the oafs they are as they smooch with Soviet tyrants Josef Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, Nicolai Bulganin and Leonid Brezhnev.
Yes, a return to the Cold War would indeed be welcome. Imagine, press photographs of Merkel, May and Macron having a knees up with President Putin.