The Next Flashpoint: Ukraine ( The Atlantic )

Facing a resurgent Moscow, Yushchenko has decided that when it comes to NATO membership, it’s now or never…

The once-handsome face of Ukraine’s Westward-looking president, Viktor Yushchenko, bears the scars of his country’s tortured politics—a disfiguring mass of pockmarks serving as permanent reminder of his still-mysterious dioxin poisoning during the run-up to the 2004 Orange Revolution. His ravaged face may also gravely prefigure ravages in the future of Ukraine, the largest formerly Soviet republic apart from Russia, and the one whose loss Russian revivalists have most bitterly regretted since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991…

News reports have been circulating recently that Russia, fresh from slapping down Georgia in the Caucasus, is now taking steps toward reclaiming other former territories…

NATO should refuse membership to Ukraine, and urge it to work out its problems with Russia in a manner consistent with the inescapable strategic, economic, and geographic realities that no external military bloc can counter or negate. NATO should also find a way to return to the principles of strategic partnership with Russia that it espoused for so long after the end of the Cold War. The institutional framework (the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council) should be revived and preserved. Russia, it must be remembered, has not so far embarked on a military buildup to counter the West. But with its petrodollars, it could afford to do so—and with backing from its population. The West would then face a new cold war, with all its grievous, costly, unpredictable consequences…

The Next Flashpoint: Ukraine (by Jeffrey Tayler in The Atlantic)


2 thoughts on “The Next Flashpoint: Ukraine ( The Atlantic )

  1. De zogenaamde ‘democratische revolutie’ in het Oostblok is vanaf het begin een farce geweest.
    Het is in dit verband best wel eens goed om het artikel van Uri Avnery (2004) te herlezen.
    Wat de mening van ‘het volk’ betreft zegt het volgende citaat (uit het hierboven genoemde artikel) veel:
    "Polls conducted as recently as June 2008 found that 55 percent of Ukrainians oppose membership, with only 22 percent in favor—numbers making clear that hostility to the West’s preeminent military bloc remains strong among far more than just ethnic Russians."

  2. Leerzaam artikel Wim; ook de site lijkt interessant.
    Dat zes van de zeven rijkste oligarchen in de Sovjet-Unie joden waren, voedt natuurlijk – en helaas – anti-Semitisme bij het Russische volk:..The “oligarchs” are a tiny group of entrepreneurs who exploited the disintegration of the Soviet system to loot the treasures of the state and to amass plunder amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars. In order to safeguard the perpetuation of their business, they took control of the state. Six out of the seven are Jews…
    Mede gezien de onvoorwaardelijke steun van de VS voor Israel, leidt dit ook tot anti-Amerikanisme en daarmee tot anti-NAVO stemming.

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