Quote: “This is a defining moment for Russia.”
At the risk of being rude online – shut it, Cameron, you’re pathetic and as for that embarrassing stint by Beaker in Washington – the less said the better.
We know we’re impotent on the world stage, in a way we weren’t in Maggie’s day, despite Britain steadily going downhill in real terms for quite some time.
Do you really think Obama or Putin respect your opinion?
Now it may or may not be that Putin is a monster, his agenda might be the same as every dictator’s in Russia and is largely to do with a buffer zone around the country and oil/gas – not hard to see what Russia is about. He may back the wrong horse, he may be this and that but to think, as Boris does, that all we have to do is “hit Russia where it hurts” is naive.
You can’t hurt Russia. Montgomery, 1962, House of Lords:
Rule 1, on Page 1 of the book of war is: “Do not march on Moscow.” Rule 2 is: “Do not go fighting with your land armies in China.”
Russia is the original rule-breaker, agreement-breaker. If it doesn’t suit them anymore, they’ll find a reason to default and withdraw. What are you going to do? Kill off 28 million of them again? They’ll just withdraw to the wilderness with Generals Janvier et Fevrier and lay waste to the territory between it and the west.
If you circumvent their pipelines, they’ll sell to someone else. UKIP actually has it right over here – trade with everyone, don’t shackle us to one economic union. Russia doesn’t care, don’t you understand, Cameron? 180 million odd speakers don’t care.
Frustrating? Maddening? Bad for the ego? Get over it – Russia will keep on being Russia and that’s that. And they’re not too fussed how they do it. You’ve heard the expression – whatever it takes. So you and your masters, Cameron – Obama and the EU – attack western Russia? They still have the east and China as an ally. You going to try to bomb them?
So please, don’t be such a tosser on our behalf.
1. Withdraw from the EU and trade with the world again;
2. Deal with the internal enemies;
3. With increased economic strength, influence increases again, your word means something;
4. Deal with Russia, pretending to be able to influence it.
Win-win, everyone happy.