Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Henry Kissinger is Moscow's "useful fool"

Henry Kissinger recently wrote an opinion article in Washington Post, entitled "Finding Common Ground With Russia," in which he advises United States to appease Russia and not "humiliate it" and agree to many current Russian demands, such as stopping the push for Ukraine's NATO membership. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/07/AR2008070702218.html

My personal opinion is that Kissinger is a "useful fool" of the Putinist Russia. He seems so concerned about a decade of perceived Russian humiliation and is absolutely unconcerned about hundreds of years of actual and extreme Ukrainian humiliation and national destruction. Just one example here: http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?AddButton=pages\E\M\EmsUkase.htm Kissinger is basically repeating the talking points of the Kremlin - if Ukraine wants to be in the EU, that's great, but NATO - that's not necessary.

To the Russians, brotherly behavior has always meant sucking resources and creativity out of Ukraine, but claiming credit exclusively for Russia. For goodness sake, many Russians still consider the Klitschko brothers to be "their boxers" and list them on Russian sports sites as Russian boxers, along with some other Ukrainian athletes. Basically, if an athlete is primarily Russian-speaking, then he is claimed as "Russian".

And don't even start me on where the name of their nation comes from. Peter the First renamed his fiefdom of Muscovy into the Russian Empire after taking over Ukraine-Rus.

In any case, one thing is clear - Kissinger is not a friend of Ukraine or its European aspirations.

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