The US and the EU got the pot boiling with Ukraine. They organized and mobilized the protesters. They put up the barricades and lit them with burning tires. But, the pro-Russian government chose a softly-softly approach and sent in unarmed riot police.
They upped the ante with stones and molotov cocktails. And still, the Yanukovych government didn’t take the bait. The police stayed unarmed, although sustaining heavier casualties. The standoff continued.
Then came the snipers. We’re not sure who hired them, but they appear to have been shooting at BOTH the police AND the protesters. That’s when everything started to fall apart for the Yanukovich government.
Within days, it was all over. Viktor Yanukovych was in exile. Ukraine was in the hands of the pro-EU opposition parties. It was a big win for the US State Department and the CIA, and there was egg on the face of Vladimir Putin.
The problem is that Putin didn’t play the game like he was supposed to.
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First Ukraine – Then Georgia
Don’t get me wrong. Yanukovych is a corrupt thug who was bought off by Moscow, and Putin – the guy who did the buying – reeks of eau-de-Russian-mafia. You would NOT want either of these guys as neighbors. But, they weren’t the ones who lit this bonfire.
And, since Putin didn’t react like we wanted, we’re going to light another one – in Georgia.
Putin Didn’t Turn Off the Gas
You see, the US State Department was expecting Vladimir Putin to turn off the natural gas being piped to, and through, Ukraine. Instead, he sent in six thousand Spetsnaz in nondescript uniforms into that legally murky zone called the Crimea, and claimed that they weren’t Russian, weren’t sent by him – and anyway, he was having dinner at the time. Then he launched a series of military exercises near the border with Ukraine and hinted at the possibility of full-scale invasion.
But, he didn’t turn off the gas.
How very frustrating for the US State Department.
But, what are we now hearing?
The US is now pushing forward the idea that Georgia should join NATO. Georgia has wanted to join for a long time, but they haven’t been able to pull it off. When they tried it in 2008, Georgia was invaded by Russia and soundly beaten.
Now, it looks like the US and the EU are going to try it again.
We’ll talk about the implications of that tomorrow.
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