Roll back Russia. Support Belarus

I’m no fan of Belarus’s dictator, Alexander Lukashenko. He is a third-rate goon in the mold of Slovak strongman Vladimir Mecier. I’ve previously called for Lukashenko’s overthrow. However, while Belarus is a beach of authoritarianism to the island of democracy that is Europe

Democracies in Green. Belarus (dictatorship) in Pink and Russia (dictatorship) in Red

But Russia is much, much, much more dangerous than Belarus could ever be. Indeed, seen in the proper context, Belarus is infinitely more useful if she is a buffer to Russia than if she serves that Bear

Democracies in Green. Belarus (dictatorship) in Pink and Russia (dictatorship) in Red

Roll back Russia. Support Belarus.

Free Belarus from Russia. Then Free Belarus

Democracy can come to a Belarus free of Russia faster than it can come to a Belarus that belongs to Russia. Europe and the west must take Russia’s blackmailing of Belarus as the opportunity it is to splinter Moscow’s hold on the Eurasian Heartland.

Don’t let Russia threaten Belarus.

6 thoughts on “Roll back Russia. Support Belarus”

  1. Purpleslog,

    First, encourage the formation of an Organization of Natural Gas Importing Countries on the European Rim. From Ireland to Belarus, these countries are united in their fear of Russian high-handedness. These countries should purchase in a block and work together to build new sources of energy. Instead of Russia subsidizing the energy needs of eastern Europe, and thus gaining political leverage, this should be an opportunity that is lept on by the West.

    Second, encourage further deRussification in Central Asia. For instance, while Russia exports natural gas to Europe she imports it from Turkmenistan. It should be possible to cooperate with Iran, for instance, to get Turkmenistani natural gas to flow south, to the Persian Gulf, instead of north, to Moscow.

    Third, secessionist elements should be supported, with everything from encouraging words to cash. While it would be dangerous to support anti-Russian militants, Moscow’s position from Kaliningrad (Konigsberg) to Vladivostock (Outer Manchuria), Chechnya to Tartarstan, is tenuous. In some cases, it may be possible to directly subsidize largely independent regional governments.

    Russia’s long term mode of operations has been to trade land for cash. We can speed this up by cutting Russia out of the equation. Subsidies to the right elements will free countries and regions from the centralizing group of Moscow, and continue the work that the fall of the Warsaw Pact (1989) and the Soviet Union (1991) began. The fall of the Russian Federation is possible. Let’s hope that day comes sooner rather than later.

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