I'm fascinated by the Putin-Merkel standoff. Personal experiences in my own life have shaped me into a consistent Nazi watcher, and this clash between European political titans is rife with Nazi significance. The crisis in the Ukraine is what has introduced this bothersome Nazi spectre into the Putin-Merkel relationship. It's like a crisis within a crisis.
Personally, I want to believe in the basic decency of Germany and its people, so I find it hard to believe that Angela Merkel seriously expects the Russian president, to accept a Ukraine where ethnic Russians are marginalised and even slaughtered by a reborn Nazi regime loosely allied with NATO. This viewpoint leaves me exasperated when I read that Merkel insists that Russia broke international law in the Ukraine. I'd like to know exactly which international law Russia is supposed to have broken.
Given Russia's decisive defeat of the German Nazi regime in World War Two, and the horrific stories of Nazi occupation of the Ukraine and other Russian border states at that time, Russia would seem to be entirely within its rights to defend its borders against any new Nazi aggressions, especially if those NAZIS are fronting for extremist elements within NATO.
Furthermore, the USA's thinly veiled attempt to establish NATO missile bases in the Ukraine and other nations bordering Russia, surely puts the USA and its NATO allies in violation of numerous defense treaties. So once again, Russia must surely be within its rights to resist this obvious aggression from NATO.
As for the Crimean annexation, it is a tempest in a teapot. With the exception of some wild eyed Ukrainian Nazi zealots, and some crackpot NATO generals, nobody gives a damn if Russia annexes its own navy base. Russian ships have been mooring on the Crimean peninsula since the seventeenth century. NATO is seriously out of step with reality. We can only hope that both Putin and Merkel have more respect for their own shared history, than NATO is willing to recognize.
Edited by Colombo, 08 December 2014 - 05:34 AM.