It was tough going for the Russian hunter as he made his way through the tundra. Suddenly, stopping in his tracks, he noticed a baleful bear staring at him. Instinctively, the stalker raised his rifle. As he was about to pull the trigger the bear called out: “Whoa, not so fast. Let’s talk this through, brother.”
At the bear’s suggestion that he show some goodwill, the hunter placed his rifle against a nearby tree and took the proffered seat. The bear and the tracker chatted amiably. “The way I look at it,” the bear smiled, “I need a square meal and you need a fur coat.”
The outcome was that the bear got its square meal and the hunter got his fur coat. The allegory was anti-Soviet Cold War satire. This was in response to the peace initiative waged by the USSR at a time when Moscow was amassing a nuclear arsenal.
Aware of Russia’s rapid modernisation of their military resources there are signs that the European Union’s political elite are acutely aware that the US wants Europe to provide a battleground for their anti-Russian aggression. However, there is no way the EU democracies can hope to emerge other than as a glass-strewn parking lot much as the US left Germany in 1945.
Some Europeans hold vivid recollections of the British and US incineration of Europe during the latter half of the 1940s.
The Spanish have a maxim: ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.’
European reconstruction, peace and security lie in good relations based on trade with Russia and the CIS. Russia is by far the world’s largest country.
The economy is based on huge natural resources upon which the world depends. It is going to have a solid future.
Russia spans two continents and is within swimming distance of the American continent.
The far smaller petrodollar-dependent US is a busted flush, hence the about turn now taking place in the faux parliaments of Western Europe’s democracies.