Does Britain still Remember Chamberlain?
Simon Tisdall, a columnist for The Guardian in Britain, says Russians think of British Prime Minister David Cameron a “useful idiot” who offers the KGB regime of Vladimir Putin “de facto, unthinking legitimization.”
Tony Brenton, Britain’s ambassador to Russia from 2004 through 2008, says that “Russia’s ruling elite has become immovable and predatory, elections are fixed, corruption is on a par with Nigeria, the legal system is pliable, and the police and security agencies untouchable.” He says its government is a sham: “While Dmitri Medvedev enjoys the title of president, Vladimir Putin continues to call the real shots.”
But despite that, the British idiot-in-chief recently traveled to Moscow and inked hundreds of millions in trade deals in exchange for ignoring Russian human rights atrocities and the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in London.
Taking his cues from America’s coward-in-chief Barack Obama, Cameron is attempting to curry favor with the Kremlin in order to score cheap political points at home. In our issue today, we republish an essay by Russian Pavel Stroilov warning Cameron about the dangers his stupidity present for British national security.
Of course, it’s hard to blame the Brits too harshly when the President of the United States is an even more egregious traitor to democratic values in Russia. But it’s still possible. Because the USA did not have a barbaric murder like that of Litvinenko to remind it of the true horrors of the neo-Soviet state, and Britain does. Nor does the USA have a Neville Chamberlain, who attempted to appease Nazi Germany and saw the results as bombs rained down across his country.
Have the Britons completely forgotten Litvinenko and Chamberlain? Are they so panicked by the global economic downturn that they are prepared to abandon their national security and their basic national values in hopes of receiving some of the bounty of Russia’s oil wealth?
If so, they should look at their financial pages. The Russian stock market and national currency just took their biggest hits in two years. The Russian stock market has now lost nearly one third of its value in just the last six months. Russia can’t even help itself, much less other nations.
And they should look at Russia’s leadership. Do they really think they can trust a clan of proud KGB spies who spent their lives learning how to destroy Britain and trying to?