Dragged Into A New Cold War By A Puffed-up Bullfrog
(And I Don't Mean President Putin)
By Peter Hitchens
March 23, 2014 "Information
Clearing House - "Daily
Stupidity and ignorance rule the world. The trouble
is that the stupid and the ignorant think that they
are clever and well-informed.
Take Mrs Hillary Clinton, next President of the
United States and former chief of American foreign
policy. She has directly compared Russia’s Vladimir
Putin to Hitler. And she has compared events in
Crimea to the Czech crisis of 1938.
Dozens of other politicians and grandiose
journalists are currently doing the same.
It’s the one thing they think they know about
history – that Britain’s pathetic Neville
Chamberlain didn’t stand up to evil Adolf Hitler in
1938 at Munich over Czechoslovakia, so making Hitler
believe that he could take over the world. And that
the brave Winston Churchill then saved the world.
Almost no part of this legend is true. Even those
bits that are true are misleading, with one
exception. Hitler was certainly evil. But so was
Stalin, the communist mass-murderer who ended up as
our main ally in the fight against Hitler.
If we had gone to war to save Czechoslovakia in
1938, we would have been beaten. We had no proper
army. Nor did the USA, whose army at that time was
about the same size as Portugal’s.
When we later went to war to ‘save’ Poland, we
didn’t in fact save it at all, leaving it to be
bombed, starved and massacred by Hitler, carved up
between Germany and the USSR and later swallowed
whole by Stalin. And we were beaten – just not
Churchill was indeed a great man, but his
achievement was to secure our bare survival, which
came at the desperate cost of our national wealth
and our empire. Later in the war, Churchill appeased
Stalin by giving him the whole of Poland and Eastern
Europe. Just like Chamberlain at Munich seven years
before, he had no choice. The Yalta conference,
which finalised these arrangements, was as
disgracefully self-interested as Munich.
Yet the silly, half-educated politicians of today
still like to pose as tough guys with the following
formula, addressed to anyone who suggests that
Russia might have a case over Ukraine and Crimea.
It goes: ‘Putin is Hitler. You are Neville
Chamberlain. I am Winston Churchill – hear me roar.’
Apart from knowing nothing about European history,
and apart from their bone-headed inability to
distinguish Christian Russia from the communist
USSR, these people also don’t understand what is
going on in Ukraine.
It never occurs to them that Russia has good
historical reasons to fear its neighbours. It never
crosses their mind that the borders drawn by the
victorious West in 1992, like those drawn at
Versailles in 1919, are an unsustainable, unjust
They never ask why Britain (or the USA) should be
hostile to Russia, or what the quarrel between us
actually is. What is it to us whose flag flies over
Sevastopol? Yet it matters greatly to those who live
They cast every Russian action as evil, and every
Ukrainian action as saintly. The world is not like
I hated the old USSR as an evil empire. But, having
lived in Moscow, I feel a strong affection for
post-communist Russia and count Russians as good
friends. That does not make me an apologist for Mr
Putin. I have repeatedly condemned him for his
suppression of opposition and the many evil things
done by his state. I can see his faults and do not
pretend they do not exist.
But the warmongers are selectively blind. Hardly any
British news media have mentioned an event in Kiev
last week. A group of five louts, one of them an MP
from the thuggish, racialist ‘Svoboda’ party, forced
their way into the office of Oleksandr Panteleymonov,
chief of the main Ukrainian TV station. There they
physically attacked him and shouted anti-Russian
racial abuse at him.
The MP involved is a member of the Ukrainian
Parliament’s committee on ‘Freedom of Speech’. And
the louts were so proud of what they did that they
filmed it and posted it on the internet.
These people are supposed to be our allies and
On their behalf, our Prime Minister is puffing
himself up like a bullfrog, and busily creating a
new Cold War that will benefit nobody except spies
and weapons-makers, for a cause he doesn’t
understand and can’t explain.
If this is the kind of statesman it produces, it
strikes me that Eton can’t be such a good school
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