It doesn’t. All of this support of Russian imperialism would be laughable if it weren’t murderous and tragic. Russia has seized part of Georgia. It has annexed Crimea. Its agents are in Ukraine (where all the fighting is going on…not in Russia). And this is a “western plot” against Russia?
The anti-westerners surely know Obama is absolutely spineless. What’s his reaction to “Jihad John”? To invade? To blast ISIS where it lives? No, it’s to indict him in some American court and hope maybe someday the FBI catches him somewhere so he can lawyer up and be tried in an American court.
Europe knows, as well, that the U.S. is no longer a leader in any world conflict. Putin frightened Obama off from taking out known WMD in Syria. He frightened Obama away from putting anti-missile defense in Poland and Czechoslovakia. And the anti-westerners (who live comfortably in the west) want us to believe Obama is somehow taking aggressive action against the man who has him frightened senseless?
What a joke. But then, back when Stalin was in power, he had a lot of anti-western apologists too, who sat in their armchairs in perfect freedom and security and prosperity and defended the indefensible. Nothing new under the sun.
It’s hard to feel very sorry for the Russian people in all of this. I guess sometimes people yearn for what they perceive as the departed glory of an evil empire. They remember the “empire” part and try to forget the “evil”. And so, they support a fascist regime that supports fascists all over Europe. One could say to oneself “well, they like imperialism over there” except, of course, that other people have to pay the price for Russians to beat their threadbare chests.
Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the ultra-right candidates drew about two percent of the vote. And yet, the neo-Soviet apologists like to accuse Ukraine of being what Russia, in fact, is. But there’s nothing new in that either. The Soviet KGB colonel who now wears a business suit when he wears anything at all, would have been well-trained in disinformation. After all, his organization declared Pius XII a fascist too. And that KGB colonel still maintains the shrine in Moscow to one of the worst murderers and torturers the world has ever known. Well, two, I guess. He is reinstating Dzerzhinsky’s statue to its place of “honor”.
But the Russian apologists shouldn’t worry (if, indeed they do, which I doubt) that Obama will come riding to Ukraine’s rescue. He won’t even buy Poland’s apple crop, which Putin boycotted because Poland dared to upgrade its defenses.
No, Obama will leave it to the likes of the Netherlands and Maylaysia to protest the Russian murder of the civilian aircraft flight.
But I can understand the anti-western sense of frustration. The audacity of those Ukrainians to not want to be ruled by a repeat of the empire that starved, enslaved, shot, tortured and imprisoned them! (They called them “fascists” then too, but then the KGB called everybody they imprisoned, shot and enslaved “fascists” regardless of nationality.)
And I can understand the anti-western frustration with Putin. Why doesn’t he send his 40,000 troops over to shoot those pesky Ukrainians up? Quite possibly he will, in time, of course. But how many lives of the sons of Russian citizens can he afford to sacrifice if Ukrainians resist, even with shotguns and pitchforks, before Russians no longer believe in the “glory” of it all? Being KGB and all, and being familiar with Stalin’s empire from the inside, he probably knows the count. Maybe right now it’s just a bit higher than he would like.
He might worry some about that. But about Obama? Not at all.