When Putin drew a parallel between the Crimea and Kosovo in his speech and then used the latter to justify Russian action in the Crimea he was, at the very least, demonstrating a flawed logic. After all, Russia refuses to recognise the Kosovo.Therefore, does it not follow that Moscow’s annexation of the Crimea is illegal?
Nevertheless, as was pointed out earlier had the United States and the European Union not facilitated what was an illegal coup in Kiev there would have been no referendum in the Crimea. Therefore, while Russia’s fait accompli might be contrary to international law, it is fair to say that the catalyst for it was the events in Kiev. Moreover, while Moscow most certainly cannot be condoned for annexing the Crimea, it is also difficult to condemn that annexation unreservedly. Was Moscow expected to wait until the US navy arrived in Sevastopol?
That is why it might be appropriate to consider the achievements until now and the ultimate goals of those neo-conservative groups which were instrumental in the Maidan demonstrations and the violent overthrow of what was an elected government.
To begin with, even if nuclear weapons don’t come into play, the neocons have provoked a confrontation between the major nuclear powers. Furthermore, they have succeeded in driving a wedge between Putin and Obama to the point where cooperation on Syria and Iran is no longer possible. This in itself might be seen as one of their major goals? Nevertheless, the neocon operatives, led by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), also have more immediate and wider ranger goals.
Last September those aims were formulated by the NED president Carl Gershman in the “Washington Post” when he said that the Ukraine was the “biggest prize”. In other words, over six months ago the NED, whose funding is approved by Congress, was pursuing a change of government in Kiev. However, while the Ukraine might be the “biggest prize” Gershman then went on to state that it was in fact only a stage towards a much bigger goal,which was removal of Putin. In other words, the neo-cons ultimate goal is regime change in Kiev and Moscow.Of course, it cannot be expected that Putin will stand idly by and let this happen.
There are, of course, other forces at play in this drama and it might be worthwhile querying the role of the European Union, which has just signed an association agreement with the Ukraine’s “unelected” interim prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. That querying might prompt a number of questions. For instance, is the EU being used by Washington or does it have geopolitical ambitions of its own, and who is meant to pay for the Ukraine?
Unfortunately, while that last question might be a restraining factor on unrealistic EU ambitions, there is more than enough evidence to suggest that it will not worry the neocons as they go after their greatest prize as they continue to pursue their project for a new American century.
Since the Russian annexation of the Crimea it has at least become clear that it is not going to be plain sailing for them, but then they are probably not too worried, after all, it is not they who will be paying the price, neither for a Ukraine brought into the western sphere, nor for the chaos which is about to break loose.