Vladimir Putin is “under pressure” (to sue for peace) apparently after the apparently obvious and inexcusable Russian involvement in the horrific downing of a civil airliner, killing 298.
No he isn’t. Not by a long stretch.
Yet again, the West can’t see outside its own bubble – unable even to play devil’s advocate. Yet few play the devil’s advocate better than Vladimir Putin.
A devil’s advocate would point out that Ukraine was always a borderland. It has always been split between various large states (actually usually empires), from Poland-Lithuania to the Soviet Union. To Russians, Russia is “Great Russia”, Belarus is “White Russia” and Ukraine is “Little Russia” – Eastern Slavic brothers, in other words. What they saw in Ukraine in February was Western meddling within Greater Russia.
A devil’s advocate would continue to note that no such Eastern meddling would be allowed by the United States anywhere in the Americas or within other spheres of interest. The United States has brought down unhelpful regimes in the Western Hemisphere many times. Of course, it has frequently intervened in the Middle East, geographically well away from home – even bringing down an Iranian civil airliner on one occasion.
A devil’s advocate would continue to reference the point I have frequently made that ethnic or linguistic Russians within the Western sphere of influence (e.g. NATO or the EU) are treated as second-class citizens, effectively disallowed even the vote in some cases (whereas they are allowed a vote in Russian elections, note well).
Looked at that way around – and the whole of Russia does look at it that way around – and you see that far from being “under pressure”, Vladimir Putin will in fact be encouraged to act more aggressively to put a complete end to the apparent Western meddling within Greater Russia.
Why are the Western media and civil society so unable to see this obvious – and frankly exceedingly dangerous – point?