(Premiile Darwin: cele mai reuşite faze de sinucidere involuntară, din prostie)
The Unz Review:
[...] Most of Eastern Europe seems to be seized by a militaristic frenzy and a genuine fear that the Russians are about to invade. Just enter “Baltic invasion drills” in your favorite search engine and see for yourself how the imperial propaganda machine is constantly discussing whether an (apparently imminent) Russian invasion can be stopped or not and how the US tanks will save the Baltics from the Russkies.
Russians, who are constantly informed about these developments which are discussed on an almost daily basis in the Russian media, are absolutely baffled by this paranoid hysteria. In fact, they have a hard time believing that anybody could take that kind of nonsense seriously.
At the same time, however, the Russians are also realizing that what is taking place now is very much like what preceded the German invasion of the Soviet Union: a mix of rabidly russophobic rhetoric and an increasing concentration of military forces along the eastern borders of the Soviet Union. So even though the notion of Poland or anyone else actually preparing for a Russian invasion elicits only baffled reactions and giggles in Russia, the Russians are also assuming that the current militarization is only the first step in a much longer and larger process and are actively preparing for war too.
What will happen next is hardly a surprise: the toxic mix of US Neocons and East-European russophobes will result in first and foremost a lot of paranoid rhetoric and grandstanding and in an increase of US and NATO forces in Eastern Europe. That, in turn, will result in the inevitable increase of Russian military capabilities directed at NATO, which will give the NATO officials even more reasons to speak of a “Russian threat” and give more paranoid nightmares to the East-Europeans.
There is no way to deny that this is a huge victory for the US Neocons: they have finally created a situation in which
- East-Europeans are so terrified that they are unable to thinking logically.
- West Europeans are maybe capable of thinking, but cannot take any action.
- All EU countries will increase their military spending and purchase mostly US weapon systems (to meet NATO standards); the US MIC will make a killing.
- NATO will find a new (old) role for itself.
- Russia will be further decoupled form the EU, especially economically.
- Europeans will be further terrified by predictions of war and further convinced that NATO is the indispensable alliance lead by the indispensable nation.
- Russia will be further surrounded by new US protectorates (Finland and Georgia are probably next)
However, I don’t think that anybody could have prevented this outcome. Let’s be honest here: there is nobody for the Russians to speak to in Europe (except, maybe, Hungarian President Orban). The Russians tried everything they possibly could to try to revive a modicum of common sense into the European politicians, but to no avail: the Europeans simply don’t have the brains, the spine or the balls to dare to have an opinion of their own. Instead, their opinion is whatever the White House says.
I know, the argument will be that its only the leaders, that the people of Europe don’t support these policies. But how is it that millions of Europeans took to the streets during the so-called “Euromissile crisis” or to oppose the war in Iraq, but have absolutely nothing to say about their sovereignty being turned into a farce, about their leaders supporting a Nazi regime in Kiev and about being used by the USA a cannon fodder in possible continental war?
I can only conclude that the Europeans deserve the leaders they have.
They also all deserve a collective Darwin Award. Especially the East-Europeans who have painted a bullseye on their heads just to please of Uncle Sam. One Polish official denounced the “Negro mentality” of his colleagues and one ex-foreign minister even spoke of “giving oral sex and getting nothing in return”, a very apt image indeed. But these outbursts lead to nothing. If McCain compared Russia to a “gas station masquerading as a country” then I would compare EU as a brothel masquerading as a continental alliance, a brothel where Americans get serviced for free. “Despised by all, feared by none” could become the new EU motto.
At the NATO summit in Warsaw the Americans will try hard to treat their EU NATO allies with absolute courtesy and respect, but in reality they will view them exactly as what Malcolm X called the “house negro”. Let me quote him in full as it is a perfect description of the modern European:
So you have two types of Negro. The old type and the new type. Most of you know the old type. When you read about him in history during slavery he was called “Uncle Tom.” He was the house Negro. And during slavery you had two Negroes. You had the house Negro and the field Negro. The house Negro usually lived close to his master. He dressed like his master. He wore his master’s second-hand clothes. He ate food that his master left on the table. And he lived in his master’s house–probably in the basement or the attic–but he still lived in the master’s house. So whenever that house Negro identified himself, he always identified himself in the same sense that his master identified himself. When his master said, “We have good food,” the house Negro would say, “Yes, we have plenty of good food.” “We” have plenty of good food. When the master said that “we have a fine home here,” the house Negro said, “Yes, we have a fine home here.” When the master would be sick, the house Negro identified himself so much with his master he’d say, “What’s the matter boss, we sick?” His master’s pain was his pain. And it hurt him more for his master to be sick than for him to be sick himself. When the house started burning down, that type of Negro would fight harder to put the master’s house out than the master himself would. But then you had another Negro out in the field. The house Negro was in the minority. The masses–the field Negroes were the masses. They were in the majority. When the master got sick, they prayed that he’d die. If his house caught on fire, they’d pray for a wind to come along and fan the breeze. If someone came to the house Negro and said, “Let’s go, let’s separate,” naturally that Uncle Tom would say, “Go where? What could I do without boss? Where would I live? How would I dress? Who would look out for me?” That’s the house Negro. But if you went to the field Negro and said, “Let’s go, let’s separate,” he wouldn’t even ask you where or how. He’d say, “Yes, let’s go.” And that one ended right there.Is that not a prefect description of the “new European” towards the USA?
And I am quite certain that US officers will have far more respect for their Russian “adversaries” than for their NATO “allies” (I have often noted that attitude in US servicemen).
Still, I am not losing all hope.
First, I want to believe that the Neocons can still be defeated in the USA and that what I call the “old Anglo guard” can give them the boot. Second, I have not lost hope in two European nations: France and Italy. I might be mistaken, but it seems to me that the French and the Italians are, in Europe, those who are least influenced by the imperial propaganda machine, maybe because of their complex and rich history, who knows? I think that there is a typically Latin (I mean that culturally, not religiously) spirit of resistance and revolt which has not been completely blotted out of the French and Italian people. I might be very naïve of course, and totally wrong. I had high hopes for the Greeks, and all they could muster was the resistance power of a wet firecracker. Even the always proud Serbs appear to have been put down on their knees, at least for the time being. It is a very sad spectacle indeed.
In the meantime, there are signs that Russia is coming out of the recession. The Russian armed forces are planning over 2000 military exercises just for 2016. As for the Russian people, they still overwhelmingly support Putin. After the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw, this popularity is likely to soar even higher.