Originally published on EU: Ramshackle Empire (revisions 30 April 2015)
Go to the link above to read the original. This comment shows just how the Swedish media play up the anti-Russian hysteria over the murder of Boris Nemtsov. You should have heard the voice of the Swedish reporter on this, dripping with artificial grief, as though she was a close personal friend of Nemtsov. You can read about this here, the English-language version. It shows Sweden’s Social Democratic Foreign Minister shedding crocodile tears for the Russian opposition politician: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=6105444
This made a deep impression on me, a rising feeling of nausea and revulsion at the sheer cowardice and hypocrisy of the Swedish media. Apart from this it is strange that all the western media made a big number of this, hoping, no doubt, that it was the start of a colour revolution, staged as the murder was, within sight of the Kremlin, photogenically placed, the main towering object beyond the bridge.
All part of the EU trying to recruit Ukraine: naked cynical power politics…
There is another side to this, too. The Swedish Social Democrats are in favour of keeping and strengthening its long-neglected Armed Neutrality. I agree with this: co-operating with Finland, also a neutral country, is a good move. But the pressure on Sweden to join NATO is growing and now the Löfven Minority Social Democratic Government has broadened military co-operation to embrace Norway and Denmark, both NATO members, a Scandinavia-wide co-operation. As if this were not enough, Lövfen recent signed an agreement with the Ukrainian Junta to give them a large sum of money. This, too, will no doubt be corrupted into the pockets of the Junta, or perhaps spent on weapons to fight the breakaway Novorussian oblasts of Eastern Ukraine. What are the Swedish Social Democrats doing?
Swedish soldiers going to teach the Kurds how to fight Islamic State:
This stretches neutrality to, or even beyond, what is reasonable. A tiny Swedish force is being sent to help the Americans keep their hold on Iraq – Iraq of all places – as Obama struggles to keep that sad and violated country in the US sphere of influence after the US invasion and lynching of Saddam. The Swedish mini-force is going under the thin guise of military advice and training Kurdish Peshmerga against ISIS: http://www.thelocal.se/20150409/sweden-to-join-us-led-coalition-against-isis.
I would have thought the Kurds, who have spent the last half-year fighting ISIS would be giving advice to the Swedish mini-unit on fighting ISIS, not the other way around! The point of this joining the coalition of the willing without even having been asked, completely escapes me. It is only for internal Swedish consumption, a good safe way to do nothing and yet something, an empty gesture.
The Nuclear Threat:
There is still the overhanging danger that the EU’s Ukrainian adventure will lead to a nuclear holocaust. Indeed, it is now growing as a result of the latest Swedish compromise. A bomb wiping out beautiful Stockholm would be enough. Sweden is highly urbanised. Greater Stockholm alone is highly vulnerable because of its unique contribution to Swedish life:
“Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden. The region alone accounts for over a third of the country’s GDP, and is among the top 10 regions in Europe by GDP per capita. It’s an important global city, and the main centre for corporate headquarters in the Nordic region.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm
Stockholm is also the closest Scandinavian capital to the isolated Russian Exclave of Kaliningrad Oblast. With Russia will now probably be strengthening Kaliningrad, especially as the EU has systematically ignored trade with the competitive tax-free exclave. No wonder Putin expressed disgust at the Swedish co-operation with NATO. From such small seeds grow bigger conflicts. If Kaliningrad is threatened then it will be better defended. It is also a good case study of the Thomas Theorem in symbolic interactionism, formulated in 1928: “If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences.”
No Russian Mini-sub: a white plastic 1o-meter Sailing Boat!
Finally, it is now clear that the sightings of Russian mini-subs was nothing of the sort. Svenska Dagblad carried the headline item (Easter Sunday in the orthodox church!). You can read it here: http://www.svd.se/nyheter/inrikes/forsvaret-nedgraderar-ubatsobservation_4478909.svd. Dagens Nyheter repeats this today: http://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/forsvaret-om-bilden-det-ar-ingen-ubat/, “instead of a 20-30 meter submarine it was a white plastic 10 meter boat.” Another mistake was the sighting of a Russian plane that was in reality French, corrected shortly after.
The point is that everyone was looking for a Russian sub and so they found it! The correction comes many week later, after the damage is done. A classic case of the Thomas Theorem of 1928: “If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences”
This quote from the fortruss blog link above highlights the dangerous game the EU is playing.:
8) Countries in this new anti-Russian bloc, are not the beneficiaries – rather, just the opposite, they will suffer most, as they will become the battlefield. The US, as always, is far away.
The EU has become the European Empire, now making a grab for Ukraine. The EU has always worked hand in glove with the USA: the latest colour revolution – Maidan – was the most blatant US-engineered coup in the entire history of the post-World War II Cold War era. The one before that was the so-called Rose Revolution in Georgia, ousting Shevardnadze in 2003. The Cold War never ended. Thank you, EU for nothing!