Reason and Russia: Part 2

“Reason must be the universal rule and guide; all things must be done according to reason without allowing oneself to be swayed by emotion.”

– Cardinal Richelieu

It’s important to review some history in a calm, rational, and methodical way when thinking about Russia, Crimea, and other neighbouring countries in the region.

A controversial question nowadays is which country should Crimea belong to? Should it be part of Greece, Khazaria, Mongolia, the Venetians, or the Golden Hoard? All ruled all or parts of Crimea.

Perhaps Turkey has one of the most legitimate claims to Crimea. They ruled the peninsula from 1441 to 1783. That’s about 342 years – a significant amount of time.

During the Crimean Khanate the Ottomans sacked Moscow in 1571, essentially burning the entire city to the ground. In addition to constant raids against the Russian and Slavic populations, the Ottoman Khanate, with their Tatar allies, trafficked millions of Russian and Slavic slaves from Crimea to the Ottoman Empire.

This came to an end in 1783 when, under the rule of Catherine the Great, she conquered Crimea from their Ottoman tormenters. Subsequently, Crimea became a Russian Oblast (or State) and then an Uyezd, which is an administrative subdivision of Moscow.

Crimea is also the site of Russia’s main and only warm water military port at Sevastopol.

So when 85 % of Crimea’s population is not Ukrainian and 77 % of Crimean people name Russian as their native language, it would seem strange that Crimea would end up part of Ukraine, how did this happen?

In 1954, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR issued an arbitrary and ambiguous decree transferring Crimea to Ukraine. That’s it. This is what Western powers are going on – a seemingly random, and from witnesses there, a drunken decree from Khrushchev.

In my opinion, that’s not the pinnacle of legitimacy.

I’m relatively sure Khrushchev never thought Ukraine would collude with Western powers for subsidies, steal vast amounts of Russian natural gas and other resources, and line stack pipelines reversing their direction east instead of west causing deaths from hypothermia in western Europe. This happened so Ukraine could bailout a failing and corrupt steel industry.

What’s more, Ukrainian leadership enriched themselves at the expense of Russian national security, attempted to seize Russia’s most strategic naval base, and threatened to join a military alliance traditionally hostile to the Kremlin.

In hindsight, the Crimean decree was a colossal blunder that President Putin is now trying to rectify. I don’t think he has a choice. Particularly when NATO is violating its agreements to Russia that they would stop expanding and empire building eastward.

Let’s recall President George H. W. Bush’s response to members of the Ukrainian nationalist movement in 1991. That he would not support their “suicidal nationalism” based on “ethnic hatred.” I think that is sound advice when you are seeking stability and navigating the complexities of the geographically immense landmass and cultural and ethnic diversity of Eurasia.

Reason and Russia

Let’s get back to reason.

Brexit did not happen because of Russia.

It probably had more to do with the fact that legal superiority of Community law over the laws of British Parliament implemented in the UK under the European Communities Act section 2(1) is illegal and unconstitutional under UK law.

It also might have something to do with most of the laws the subjects of the UK are forced to accept originate, not from British Parliament, but from unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels.

The UK wants to be ruled by people they directly elect. That’s reasonable. If you’re against or confused by this, then Brexit must have been caused by the Boogie Man, which, happens to be the Russians this week.

Donald Trump was elected, and turned US states Republican that haven’t voted that way since the early 20th century. Many people simply didn’t like or trust Hillary Clinton. It’s reasonable to fathom that Trump voters who elected him were tired of the slowest economic recovery in recent history. If you can’t understand that, then Trump must have been elected by nefarious Russian agents in the Kremlin and the United States.

If you’re interested in election meddling, here’s a brief history. The United States has interfered in elections in Cuba, Nicaragua, Angola, Panama, Dominican Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Chile, Grenada, Afghanistan, Iraq and Guatemala among others. Hillary Clinton personally intervened in elections in Haiti and Honduras. What’s more, the Obama administration hacked into Angela Merkel’s email and the emails of the European Commission (and probably more that we don’t know of).

Why President Obama would want to spy on the European Commission is still a mystery. Perhaps he was really keen on discovering the results of the EU’s investigation of whether water can help in hydration or not (that actually was an EU investigation). Nevertheless, this is what countries do to every other country. Recall Germany and the European Union trying to influence elections in Poland, Austria, and Hungry. The EU tries to influence referendums in the UK, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and other EU member states by punishing them for wanting self-determination. I guess fear is the best motivation for keeping that horrible experiment alive.

The whole job description of the State Department, or any other country’s foreign ministry, is to attempt to influence events and collect information in other countries. Did Russia publishing of some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails somehow get the thousands and thousands of counties in the US with each their own voting systems to un-elect Clinton? I really doubt it. However, what is doubtless is the stupidity of the global Left, in the US and Europe, to blame all their failures on Russia.

The Left would be wise to remember Shakespeare when Cassius said, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

I had an opportunity the other day to meet with John Nixon, Head CIA Leadership Analyst and the individual who first debriefed Saddam Hussein. He told me the pity of American foreign policy is we always feel more comfortable when we can blame and explain events we don’t understand on a Boogie Man. It would behoove us and our politicians to wake up; poking the Russian bear based on faint speculations is a dangerous game.