Sep 1, 2014
Crikey readers talk the Ukraine-Russia conflict and the NBN.
The other side to Ukraine civil war
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If only regional Australia had a political party that represented their needs and aspirations instead of selling them out to Liberal party’s key constituents (mining, finance, foreign owned multi-nationals and Rupert)… hopefully PUP’s ‘brain fart’ method of populist policy formation will provide some nuggets for them.
The Russian point of view as expressed by a couple of writers is appreciated and is not irrelevant.
However, nothing they have presented explains Putin’s military games and minor wars with the other former satellites, eg up to 4 threatened air incursions per day in Latvia and similar events affecting Finland recently. Where do Russian ambitions stop? If anybody considers that Ukraine’s territory would appease Russia, they are seriously mistaken. The Crimea exercise is but one of several thus far; neither the first nor the last.
What is needed is a thorough analysis of Russian ambitions towards those many Soviet-era satellite nations which left their control circa 1990-1991. There can be no simple all-encompassing answer, for the same reasons that the breakup of large families results in long term problems, financial, social and personal.
I could write of my small recent experience in one such country, including the many discussions I had with a range of ethnic Russians, locals and those whose families are mixed, but will not out of respect for privacy. Suffice to say that when people across the wide spectrum from proudly independent locals to ethnic Russians, some with current Russian citizenship, cannot see a pathway to a happy ending for all, then we in Australia are highly unlikely to understand the issues and options in a meaningful way.
The Russians enjoyed 50 years of control over their neighbours; in some former satellites, hundreds of years, often marred by conflict, dispossession, land grabs and even forced migration east and north. These leave deep wounds.
It makes me want to weep when I think of my friends who, through no fault of their own, may become involved in war, which is always the least smart tool in the toolbox, when peaceful coexistence has so much to offer.
Perhaps someone with deep knowledge of peace studies could provide insight towards a less destructive future than that which will be reached by following the current path towards reunification of the USSR and escalating military and economic tensions between NATO and USSR.
I agree with Roy and Richard. There is too much rubbish being written and broadcast about Russia, in this country.
Most of it is fanciful, put about by the USA, and channeled through the MSM here.
If you know where to look on the net there is ample evidence of this misinformation. How many people in Oz are aware of the fact that Russia released to the world, ALL of its satellite data from the MH17 disaster, less than a week after the incident? And as Roy says – where are the black box details?
Too many questions and not enough answers right now!
Luke you say: …If only regional Australia had a political party that represented their needs and aspirations instead of selling them out to Liberal party’s key constituents (mining, finance, foreign owned multi-nationals and Rupert).
Figuratively speaking in terms of representation the NP has for the last two decades nailed their constituents to a shed wall. And the constituent knowing fully well they were being bilked and nailed, ask the NP that one arm be left free so they can vote for them again. That’s it …you get what you vote for. Maybe next time around, maybe PUP will pick up disenfranchised NP voters that would be a laugh. I can see Barnyard Joyce reacting like a fast boiling steaming kettle if this looked like happening.
Does anyone think that the hostility/sanctions toward Russia as well as the false flag attack are payback for the Snowden asylum?
Remember Afghanistan in the ’80s – what the West did to help the likes of al-Qaeda out against Russia? And what happened after?