Resolution 758: an attempt at an analisys

The House of Representatives has approved on 4 December 2014, the resolution number 758. A 15-page long document that could be in the near future US policy towards Russia. Resolution 758, despite its almost unanimous approval, would seem pure propaganda were it not for the insistence on Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.

Eight introductory pages for a total of as much as 43 indictments against the Russian government and its legitimate President Vladimir Putin. Russia is accused of violating three international agreements: the 1975 Helsinki in the totality of all its ten principles, that the intermediate nuclear forces of 1992 and the 1994 Budapest just on Ukraine.

President Putin has explicitly accused of having won the last elections in illegal and fraudulent way, threatening its opponents and making them pursued by police.

The Russian government is accused of supporting governments defined dictatorial as that of Assad in Syria and organizations defined terroristic as Hezbollah, its ally.

According to Resolution 758, were the separatists of Novorussja to take down the Malaysian airliner with anti-aircraft weapons supplied them by the Russian army.

And was the Russian government to have started an unprecedented world campaign of surveillance: it is fault of the Russian government and its secret police if we are all bugged, overheard, under video-surveillance. It is fault of his regime media if there is a widespread propaganda against the West.

It was the Russian army that has attacked and invaded Georgia in 2008 creating de facto the separation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia from the rest of the former Soviet Republic.

It was the Russian army that has attacked and invaded the Ukraine in 2014.

What's more, the resolution recalls Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and the commitment to mutual defense of the members, in case of aggression against one of them.

To read those fifteen pages, one wonders whether there is still a country called Russia or whether it has been replaced by a sewer of lawlessness, oppression, tyranny. A black hole of human rights, able only to perpetuate itself by sponsoring other similar dictatorships.

However we must remember well the events of the past months, we should carefully read media reports if not American at least Europeans or other parts of the globe.

Edward Snowden and Julian Assange ended in oblivion. Erased from history. Yet it was thanks to these two brave people and the poor soldier Manning, who has found out who spied the whole world, including allies. Certainly not Russia, but someone closer to Washington than to Moscow.

You should remember that Russian forces were already present as peacekeepers in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, by virtue of a specific UN resolution. The Russian response was provided by international law. And to be honest, if the Georgians had not stopped in the street to settle old scores by killing people, they would be able to arrive first at certain transit routes, thereby preventing the Russians from going.

How much silence that Syria is tortured for years by an infamous enemy injected from the outside according to a plan orchestrated by the United States, Israel and the absolutist monarchies of the Persian Gulf? Assad is not the enemy of Syria but those considering acceptable depose him massacring those who they say to want liberate from the tyranny.

And as for the flight 17 of the Malaysian airlines, oh ... say that recalls the Italian tragedy of Ustica is too easy. The knocking down of the Itavia's DC9 in the skies of Ustica has been a mistake because the real target was the airplane of Gaddafi, plane hiding in its radar tail. Perhaps the real target in the Ukrainians skies was the Russian presidential plane, carrying President Putin returning from a journey to Europe. Or someone has deliberately shot down an airliner with the idea to put the blame on the Russians and thus trigger a Western intervention? A political calculation as inhumane as useless.

Resolution 758, despite its almost unanimous approval, would seem pure propaganda were it not for the insistence on Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and the obligation of Member States to mutual defense in case of aggression.

Ukraine is not part of NATO. Or maybe it has become hidden in secret in the past months?
Someone may try to apply a retroactive principle?

Such an eventuality reminds me of the apparitions of the clown Pennywise in IT, by Stephen King. I hope that is not so but saw some people in Washington, that's surprising?

Russia is underestimated. And despised? Conversely, America is seen as the nation Exceptional and Essential? This attitude is a real perceptual filter that prevents the resolution of any problem at the international level.

Americans must eliminate these monstrous blunders otherwise it will be the whole world, and not only them, to pay for this, their limited vision.

Costantino Ceoldo







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