The ambassador very much hoped that Georgia—whose people regard themselves as unique but closer to European than Russian—would be allowed to join NATO, as this might be the only thing that would stop eventual invasion by
Today, the Times reminds us of the result of those deliberations.
Of course, many Nato members will consider how, had Georgia already been a member, they would have had to defend it. Germany will win more support for its argument, which dominated the Nato summit in April, that it would be wrong to offer membership for fear of provoking Russia and while its territory remains in dispute. Alarm at this near-war on Europe’s borders will easily persuade more governments of the need for caution.
The Nato summit was a clash of philosophies about Europe’s future. On one side was President Bush, making one of his best speeches, about the value of bringing Georgia and Ukraine into Nato as an assertion of common principles. On the other was Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, laying out why this should be postponed, perhaps for ever, even at the cost of undermining the pro-Western camp in Georgia. (British officials let it be known that they were on the American side in sympathy, but as the US would not win, they were “on the side of compromise”.)
So, the main reason for not letting Georgia join a military organisation, the members of which pledge to defend one another in the face of aggression, is that the members of NATO might actually have to defend Georgia in the face of military aggression. This is disgusting cowardice and we might have known that it would be led by the fucking Germans. I'll bet the fucking French backed 'em all the way, as well.
Our government, craven little shits that they are, decided to undermine the American position and side with those screaming turds in the EU, because our state lackeys lack balls. What a bunch of bastards.
As soon as Russia started making moves against the Ukraine and Georgia, i.e. well over a year ago, we should have fast-tracked those countries into NATO as a matter of fucking principle. Unfortunately, the only principle that we seem to be adopting these days is that of appeasement, as articulated by Helen Szamuely in her guest-post at Iain Dale's place.
The further you go in appeasement, the more difficult it gets to stop the bully. We can do nothing for Georgia, though the Americans will be able to supply some technical assistance, such as anti-aircraft missiles. Our best hope is that Russia will get bogged down in another Caucasian war and might want out at a not too distant future.
There are other countries to consider. If Georgia is put under Russian control, its duly elected government is dismissed and the nascent democracy is destroyed, who will be the next on Russia’s list? Ukraine? The Baltic States? Eastern Europe? They are all worried and would like some assurance from their allies (I do not include Germany and France or the EU with its common foreign policy among these) that the same fate will not befall them.
It is time to stand up to the bully. Ukraine’s membership of NATO should be speeded up and Russia should be told that those energy agreements may be up for revision sooner than expected. The Kremlin needs to sell oil and gas and, at present, has no other outlet for it. Russia, we are told, is to be applauded for standing up for her interests. Fine. But it is time we stood up for our interests and, in the process, supported our allies.
I entirely agree, but we will not do so. This is firstly because, logistically (with our military forces spread throughout the world and bogged down in the Middle East), we are in no position to make good on any sabre-rattling—and Russia knows this.
Tied to this is the fact that we know that we would receive no support at best, and active opposition at worst, from our cowardly EU allies who, for all their talk of the civilising effect of the EU and all the claptrap talked about the EU as an effective powerbloc, these bloody little cunts have no stomach for making difficult choices. The EU countries would far rather be left to civilise people by means of petty regulations on banana-curvature or the minutiae of insurance contracts than actually stand up for freedom. There are those, of course, who might do even more than imply that the EU might have some fellow-feeling for the old Soviet Union.
The third reason that we will do nothing is because our Foreign Office is led by a screamingly cowardly policy wonk who genuinely believes that no one is playing power-politics anymore.
A few days ago, I was acting as a Fifth Columnist at the Fabian Society Spring Conference—an amusing account of which Trixy has indulged in. Batshit was giving the keynote speech and it was whilst I was listening to the tail end of his encomium to his own ability that I understood why Britain is in such a shitty position in the world.
You see, Batshit seems genuinely to believe that other countries are no longer indulging in "brinksmanship and powerbroking", and that we have some magical world of mutual co-operation; this is, of course, the kind of dangerously naive attitude that could only be held by a particularly stupid Communist.
If all of our negotiations have been made on the basis that other countries are never trying to screw us over for advantage—and this attitude is one that must have been prevalent in the Foreign Office before Batshit arrived there; he could hardly have established this opinion in the few short months that he has been Foreign Secretary—then it is hardly surprising that we always come off worst. We might as well bend over, hold our collective bumcheeks open and wait for the inevitable, painful arse-raping.
But, of course, our government are too craven even to do that: instead, our FO mandarins are standing by and nodding sagely whilst the Georgians get fucked. And, as Helen pointed out, who's next? Whichever state it is, we can be pretty sure that we will still stand by and watch them get fucked too; if we are feeling particularly daring, we may be able to sneak some lube in so that their raping will not be as painful as it might otherwise be, but we will do nothing to stop said violation.
What though, will happen if the Russians decide to target an EU nation? Estonia perhaps? Perhaps there will be a bright side to that for I believe that the EU will do nothing, even then. And then the illusion of the EU powerbloc will be shattered and all will come tumbling down.
And then, maybe, we in Britain might finally be able to take back our collective balls and start standing up for our allies.
Don't hold your breath...