Geopolitics

Ukraine: The Backstory

By William S. Lind, Traditional Right

American establishment media, which combine historical ignorance with shallow ideology, are presenting Russia’s threat to invade Ukraine as just typical Russian bad boy behavior. However, there is a backstory to current events, and if we understand that backstory Russia’s actions become a good deal more understandable.

The backstory begins with the Bosnian Annexation Crisis of 1908. The Russian foriegn minister at that time, Izvolsky, made a deal with his Austrian counterpart, Aehrenthal, that Russia would not object to Austria annexing Bosnia if Austria would similarly not object to Russia taking the straits linking the Black Sea to the Mediterranean (both territories were then owned by the Ottoman Empire). Izvolsky set off for other European capitals to obtain their OK to the deal – something Aehrenthal knew he would not get. Austria, however, moved quickly to annex Bosnia, leaving Izvolsky looking like a sucker and Russia humiliated. In 1914, one of the main arguments of the pro-war faction in St. Petersburg was that anything was better than another embarrassment like that of 1908.

Now the backstory moves forward to the late 1980s. As the Soviet Union careened towards dissolution, the United States assured Gorbachev that if Moscow dissolved the Warsaw Pact, NATO would not expand into the former Pact countries – Poland, Hungary, Rumania, etc. Then, after the USSR was gone, NATO did exactly that. When Russia objected and pointed out America’s promise, Washington replied, “You did not get it in writing.”

READ MORE

Categories: Geopolitics

Leave a Reply