Christine Odone in “The Daily Telegraph”.
Unfortunately, there is a big problem with what is going on in the Ukraine. The present leader – whom Ms Odone refers to as “increasingly despotic” – was democratically elected, and a mob (which no doubt contains many good people as well as a far right fascist element) is trying to depose him because he took a decision they didn’t like.
Now most of us think he’s a Russian poodle and on the wrong side of history, but I don’t know what Ms Odone and/or the EU expect him to do exactly. The fact remains that he is in the right to resist attempts to depose him. I say this as someone who despises Putin’s Mafiosi Russia, but the facts are the facts.
The Ukrainian situation is not in a MILLION YEARS comparable to Syria, where the free-world has shown itself to be gutless and moronic in turning a blind eye to a fascist gangster thug of zero legitimacy. There is not even any real similarity with Egypt, where the people rose up in their millions when Morsi started an obvious Islamization of the country, in effect a coup against the democracy that elected him, since Islam is basically incompatible with democracy. (see Iran). All the Ukrainian President has done is to refuse to sign a deal with the EU.
The whole thing is a shambles, but unfortunately Putin is right in saying that the EU should not stick its nose in, even though of course he does himself. The worst-case scenario is if the EU interferes so much that it gives Putin an excuse to roll some tanks in …. he has said that the break-up of the USSR was the greatest tragedy in his lifetime, and most Russians regard Ukraine as part of their domain. At the moment, the EU is playing an extremely dangerous game: one which could lead to the total LOSS of the Ukraine, not its liberation by the EU.
As for the EU, it is despicable. Its bleating about “supporting democracy” is hilarious. Where was the democracy in ousting the democratically-elected PM of Greece for the heresy of suggesting a referendum on the catastrophic euro for his long-suffering people? Where was the EU democracy in forcing Ireland to revote after rejecting the Lisbon Treaty? The French had a referendum, too, and ALSO rejected it, but the French parliament ignored them. You must be having a laugh, Ms Odone.
The EU is despicable, and you’ll have to do a lot better to convince most of those who think otherwise. The EU is NOT democratic, and I don’t mean just in the limited powers of the European Parliament. The Commission already behaves as if it runs a European Empire, and has blatantly ridden roughshod over democracy to achieve its aims, which are TOTALLY UNMANDATED.