Amid a rising stench of pious hypocrisy, American Secretary of State John Kerry has announced more economic “sanctions” against Russia
saying they will make Russia’s “weak economy even weaker”.
Together with sanctions planned by the EU, they said their sanctions would “have an even bigger bite”.
You can see from that language that the aim is to damage Russia, not to achieve anything in Ukraine.
The new sanctions are supposedly partly because of the MH-17 crash.
Speaking in Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia and the rebels to give Western investigators full access to the crash site.
“They still can’t even ensure that all of the victims’ remains have been removed, and that is an unsupportable burden for any family to have to bear, and it is an unacceptable standard for behaviour, period,” he said.
“The site has to be cordoned off, the evidence has to be preserved, and Russia needs to use its considerable influence among the separatists in order to be able to help ensure this basic approach of common decency.”
Absolutely breathtaking. In those three paragraphs Mr Kerry actually managed to both criticise the rebels for preventing access to the crash site, and criticise them for not preventing access to the site.
That BBC report itself gives the real reason why the investigators cannot access the crash site:
An international team has again failed to access the crash site, amid heavy fighting between government forces and rebels there.
It is the war that is stopping access. The Ukrainian government has refused to call off its assault in the region near the air crash, despite being urged to do so by the Dutch Prime Minister and others.
So explain to me: how could Russia guarantee access to the crash site? There is one way of course – by sending in the Russian Army. I assume the Americans would not want that.
Short of that, the only way for access to be granted to the site is for a ceasefire in the area by both sides in the civil war – as Russia has repeatedly urged to happen.
The Americans may be calculating that there is no cost to all their lies and hypocrisy over Ukraine. They may be looking at opinion polls and seeing that most of the Western public have little sympathy for Russia or Vladimir Putin.
If that is what they think, they are wrong. Call me naive if you like, but I have spent most of my life admiring the United States, and indeed seeing it as the world’s fortress protecting freedom. After what has happened in Ukraine, and after seeing US antics there, I will never again trust the United States as long as I live.
I am sure the American government does not care less about the views of one obscure blogger. But I am not the only one. Every day I see the Daily Telegraph comments full of disgust at the antics of the Americans – where once you would have found amongst Telegraph readers the most Atlanticist crowd to be found anywhere. I am not the only one – I am not special or unusual. By their actions in Ukraine, the Americans are every day alienating all their friends across the West.
The “special relationship” is dead. Britain needs to look to its own interests, and start disentangling itself from America before it is too late. That will never happen, unfortunately, while we have a numptie like David Cameron in Downing Street.