Many years ago, when it all seems like yesterday,
I wrote for a Bosnian weekly magazine titled The Parisian War Journal.
Unfortunately, these few words about the war in Ukraine are the follow-up of this journal about Europe at war. Or more precisely: about the war in Europe; because the EU is not a military force and cannot intervene militarily.
The situation is worrying, and every French politician shows it. It is even surprising that all the presidential candidates in France have strongly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Even the far right. Everyone knows that an independent state with internationally recognized borders has been attacked, regardless of all the mistakes of the West in this regard, which appear much less today than yesterday. And the first mistake, by some candidates, was to provoke the beast and talk about the enlargement of NATO (also) in Ukraine, i.e. non-compliance with the NATO pact non-expansion agreement in Eastern Europe. Then, an important thesis of the extreme right was that Ukraine still has been the cradle of Russia, meaning Russia has a right over that country. According to this logic, there will be no end to changing borders and, of course, the blood will flow. I can’t develop here thesis about the cradle and cradles of peoples, but let’s recall what Putin said about NATO enlargement and the “false promises of the West” in his 2014 speech that justifies the annexation of Crimea by Russia, with which no not only confirms his outrage but also announces that he will return honor to Russia, by force if necessary, as Mussolini said: “They lied to us several times, made decisions behind our backs, put us in front of a fa” You accomplish it. This happened with the expansion of NATO to the east, as well as the installation of military infrastructure at our borders.”
So, NATO had asked Putin to put an end to the “myth” of the “alleged NATO enlargement promise”. For a French journalist, the documents, whose “confidential” sign was recently removed, allow to reconstitute the debates at the time and show what measures were taken by Westerners in exchange for Gorba’s initiatives to end the cold war. Coming to power, Gorbachev encouraged the Warsaw Pact countries to undertake reforms and, on June 13, 1989, he signed a joint declaration with Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, reaffirming the right of the peoples is and States to Self-Determination. The Wall is falling down and the debate on economic reform quickly turns into a debate on uniting the two Germans, then on joining the whole NATO. The French President Mitterrand accepts the development of events, provided that it takes place in respect of borders, in a democratic, peaceful manner, in the European context, Philippe Descamps reminds us in one of his texts your…
Gorbachev explained to the Americans that the integration of a united Germany into NATO would upset the military and strategic balance in Europe, and called for a neutral Germany, participating in two pacts at the same time, both NATO and NATO Warsaw Pact, stating that the two alliances should develop so as to become a political structure, demanding that NATO does not expand. US Secretary of State James Baker then reportedly promised him that NATO would not extend an inch east.
Putin has long accused Gorbachev of treason. In an interview given to American director Oliver Stone in 2015, Putin will say: “Nothing was put on paper. it was Gorbachev’s mistake. In politics, everything must be written, even if the guarantee on paper is often flouted. Gorbachev just talked with them and thought the prole was enough. But things don’t happen that way! “
Next Mitterrand will make promises to Gorbachev, but many countries will apply for NATO membership as early as 1991, the first being Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Romania. A delegation from the Russian parliament meets the NATO Secretary-General who says that thirteen of the sixteen NATO Council members were against enlargement, adding: “We must not allow the isolation of the US.”
Such were the objections of the French far-right to the West, as well as those of the French leftist Melenchon, before Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. In a live broadcast on France2 about Ukraine a few days ago, Mélenchon was the only one worried about Bosnia’s exit, while the media wrote that the EU is worried about the fate of the Balkans. A blood-soaked dictator can hardly be stopped by words. Whatever may be the mistakes of the West, it must also be borne in mind that no country in the Old Warsaw Pact wants Russians as masters anymore and that Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine is inadmissible.
French journalists say the war between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists and Russia, which began in 2014 as part of the Russian-Ukraine conflict and is taking place in eastern Ukraine, mainly in Ukraine Between 2014 and 2015, Donbas killed 10,000, and approximately 2 million displaced people.
Al-Jazeera writes on February 22 this year that in the two self-proclaimed rebel republics, Donetsk and Lugansk, whose independence was recognized by Russia a few days ago, more than 14,000 people were killed in clashes between the Ukrainian army and the separatists This undoubtedly proves that the war in Ukraine, as President Macron also announced, will last long and blood will be flowing everywhere.
Waging a precautionary war, “kill before you get killed” is Putin’s war currently waging with no concern for his own victims. The same war we, the Balkans, have already lived through. Putin will eventually lose, just like Hitler, but being slower, a good warrior, and probably less crazy, even if his twenty-four years of power have gone to his head, his reign of terror may last longer than Hitler’s.
Of course, every journalist must be honest, and people should be able to distinguish truth from the myriad “truths”.
Already comparing the 1990s referendum in Bosnia and Serbia’s secession of Kosovo with the annexation of some or all of Ukraine to Russia. This time every one or almost everyone is Orthodox Why are so many Serbs defending Putin’s Russians, accusing the Ukrainian president of being the cause of the war? Is the hatred of the West that much? But these, however, have chosen to live in Europe or America, not in Russia. Putin called the Ukrainian president a nazi while this one is Jewish. Not enough to understand Putin’s “logic”. Thanks to those people, who give extraordinary support to Putin, he succeeded. On the other hand, Putin yesterday arrested almost two thousand Russians during large anti-war demonstrations, which Pro-Putin people are not interested in.
If the diplomatic situation is identical to Hitler in the 1930s, it does not mean that Ukraine is identical to Bosnia, and Kosovo is Bosnia. But as Republika Srbska “looks” like Donetsk, Putin will do his best to help Orthodox brethren physically “their homeland” (whose leaders are Bosnians, hated by a large portion of Belgrade). In other words, Putin’s supporters are supporting Dodik and his secession desires.
At the same time, the fact that some French diplomats, ministers, and intellectuals compare Ukraine to Syria, Libya, and Iraq seems amateurish. Shouldn’t they first learn something from the past of each of those countries, then from the Arabs, Muslim countries, and the East in general, and then compare or contrast the countries and events taking place there?
Only Bernard-Henri Levy stressed on this show in France2 that the attacked Ukrainians should be helped with weapons, while philosopher Pascal Bruckner stresses that the Bear – as everyone calls Putin – does not know what is negotiation and talk, not understanding May the strength be. In Africa, part of which is also occupied by Putin with the help of WAGNER mercenaries, songs are sung to Putin and cartoons show the Bear (Soviet) beating (Western) hyenas.
Europe will Await, hoping that the Bear will not go any further, that he is a reasonable person, conscious at the same time Dodik (the only president of a country who wishes him death) is counting only on a successful end to the invasion of Ukraine, so that and its “difficult” problem can be solved. Instead of enjoying his illicit enrichment, he, like all the other leaders of a small fragmented Bosnia, only provokes and incites his subjects to war. Orwell was right when he said all the war propaganda and howling came from the mouths of those who never went into combat. He also said that the history of freedom only makes sense if you tell people what they want to hear.