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Another Russian bomber has been ‘escorted’ away from British airspace, this time having strayed as far south as the county (or, as some eccentrics believe, Nation) of Cornwall.
As terrifying as it sounds, this is actually becoming commonplace. Ordinarily, the Russian air force teases the UK by flying low over the North Sea within the political territory of Scotland. The choice of Cornwall this time around, demonstrates only an escalation of the same initiative.
We shouldn’t patronise ourselves by wondering why Russia has a problem with the UK. We will only consider how this problem may be solved before it transforms into something apocalyptic.
Firstly, we must recognise the reality of Russia, and how it threatens our hard-won European peace. There can be no longer any doubt as to whether Putin has intervened in Ukraine, and nor that this represents a dangerous violation of geopolitical custom and law.
Timothy Gartan Ash, the Guardian’s noted analyst of foreign affairs was consequently right to put the dispute in the following, brutal terms:
“Behind a smokescreen of lies”… “(Putin) has renewed his drive to carve out a puppet para-state in eastern Ukraine… Innocent bystanders are killed in the Black Sea port of Mariupol. In besieged Debaltseve a woman scoops water from a giant puddle in the road. The rubble that was once Donetsk airport recalls a scene from martyred Syria. About 5,000 people have already been killed in this armed conflict, and more than 500,000 uprooted. Preoccupied by Greece and the eurozone, Europe is letting another Bosnia happen in its own front yard. Wake up, Europe. If we have learned anything from our own history, Putin must be stopped.”
Although I have resisted the emotion, given my respect for Putin’s diplomatic manoeuvres on Syria and Libya, I must agree with Ash here. Putin must be driven back. If we have any respect or love for our continental security, military deterrents must be put in place. A rapid detachment of multinational EU troops should be sent to Western Ukraine and the Baltics in order to pre-empt and block any broadening of Putin’s aggression.
I am aware that I am here going against the prevailing argument within the CounterJihad tendency – the argument that Russia is a vital ally against Islam and should be welcomed back into the community of the Western World. I don’t disagree with the logic of it; my opposition is simply a matter of solidarity with Ukraine – another kindred state of Europe – in its time of need. No state deserves to be carved up by a foreign power, especially not by a power that previously presided over a policy of genocide in that country.