KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Monday March 31, 2014 – I can understand the Russians feeling threatened, deeply worried about a European and US threat to Russia’s naval base in the Crimea. I can understand them feeling the wanting to protect a people who speak and understand Russian. I can understand them wanting to protect a people who want to be affiliated, allied or associated to Russia, a Russian speaking people who want separation from Ukraine and Europe. But I do not understand why they would invade the Crimea and organise through their collaborators to hold a referendum, then to annex the country, it is now an integral part of Putin’s Russia.
Putin is a man that finagled to be President of Russia twice, then finagled to drop back as prime minister but still in charge, only to come forward again as president of Russia. A circumvention of the rules. Rules that are designed to stop anyone being Russian President more than two times continually. A carefully planned method of holding power and thumbing his nose at all things regarded as decent and proper, by decent and proper people, both in Russia and even Worldwide. The man is not nice and has used a method that in any society of common decency would not be accepted.
Keeping all that in mind, Putin is a best friend of Venezuela, Cuba, and ALBA in particular. Whatever he does, however wrong it is, he will have the eternal backing of the ALBA membership, all those jumped up Marxist follwers with similar desires of everlasting control of their peoples. Whatever he does, right or wrong, they will go into the United Nations Assembly in New York and vote with him, vote for him, support his Russian regime, why because he holds out hope for each one of them, hope to be able to emulate him. Hope of personal power to each and everyone of them.
Putin has armed Venezuela to the teeth, they are currently building missile silos all over the country. The shipment of military equipment, including two Mig fighters found in a North Korean ship, destined for North Korea, last year at the Panama Canal, a shipment of several thousand tons of sugar in bags burying and hiding the shipment. The story put forward was that the arms and equipment originated in Cuba and was on its way to be refurbished in North Korea. But the truth is according to Lloyds list before calling at Cuba to take on sugar, it had sailed from the navel port in the Crimea, I believe it was there that the arms and equipment was loaded, a gift to North Korea from Putin. Cuba needs all the engineering work it can get, it would never ship arms and equipment to North Korea for refurbishment, and why hide it all under a ship load of sugar? Why? because it is against a UN embargo, an embargo that bans all shipments of such equipment to North Korea. That switch enabled Putin to say it was not the Russians, it was the Cubans. See what we are up against, Cubans and Russians playing their dirty little games once more. We must never forget how this duo almost destroyed the World, almost created World war three, we should never forget exactly what a nasty and dangerous couple they have previously proved themselves to be in the Caribbean. Yes I am referring to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
How about if the Americans wring the changes? How about if they take a page from Putins book? Just think about the US naval base. The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, also called Gitmo or GTMO by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel stationed there, is located on 45 square miles (120 km2) of land and water at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, which the United States leased for use as a coaling and naval station in the Cuban American Treaty of 1903. The base is on the shore of Guantánamo Bay at the South-Eastern end of Cuba. It is the oldest overseas U.S. Naval Base, and the only U.S. military installation in a country with whom the United States has no diplomatic relations. How about if, like the Russians, the American military simply walked into Cuba, held a referendum and took over the whole country, lock, stock and barrel? There are thousands of English speaking Cuban people who would love to be part of the US, if they were offered the right deal.
Should America simply grab Cuba and hold a referendum? Cancel all previous obligations and stretch their borders for the sake of the people of Cuba and then they can move a portion of Miami back to their home country? How perfect. Fishing is good, weather is nice, better stopping off point on the way to fish in Mexico.
Can the US and the World simply ignore the actions and behaviour of Russia? Can they stand by and accept further expansionism of Russia, swallowing up pockets of surrounding countries? can they? Or should America with their European friends stop Russia’s advance at any cost? whatever that should be? Because President Putin is a man who is not easily scared or put in his place. No one can put heavy manners on him, as they say in the Caribbean.
How can anyone doubt this man’s nastiness? Look at all the Putin cloak and dagger stuff, spies being poisoned with radiation… the scariest KGB actions ever. Putin is the same old soviet operative, bringing that nasty era back to life.
Whatever the US say or do, they had better mean it and be prepared to follow thru with military action. Because any sign of weakness, failure to follow through, will only give him more encouragement.
There is no doubt that equipment wise the US military is light years in advance of Russia. They could fight a war where the Russian forces are totally destroyed and the US forces are sitting at home watching a ball game. Aircraft undetectable by radar, aircraft faster than the human eye, unmanned aircraft controlled from up to 10,000 miles away. Ultra powerful new laser technology, and bombs that destroy people but not buildings or property. Lasers that can destroy rockets, missiles, and aircraft, even destroy all communications, satellites, command centres and ballistic missile silos. The Russians may as well be living in the ‘stone age‘. In fact Hugo Chavez went even further, if you all remember. He claimed that the Americans had machines that they used to give him cancer. Machines that could cause storm and tempest, and machines that can cause earthquakes. What Chavez never told the public was his cancer was most likely caused by him carrying a present for the Iranians, a surprise flask of uranium sample, carried on his lap during a flight from Caracas to Tehran. It was said he hugged it like a child with a favourite toy.
We must ask, we must consider in the light of Russia’s behaviour, would the Americans be better off destroying the kind of Cuba that we currently have. I am sure the world would be a better place without the ruling family, the Castro’s, they are among the worlds most wealthy men, whilst administering slavery to the Cuban people. Remember Forbes list of the Worlds richest people, the Castro’s featured in that.
We can be absolutely sure that Cuba would be a better place without communism and the slavery that the Cuban people find themselves in. Communism is a cancer that the Cubans have tried to install throughout the hemisphere.
One problem is, what should the hemisphere do with the local leaders that support Cuba. May I suggest we send them all to Cuba, not at some later date, send them now.
I wrote this opinion to kick start the brains of some of you leftist Caribbean people who support the current leaders, the leaders who we really should of never allowed into our lives. Of course I am not really supporting America going into Cuba. But I really would like everyone to consider just what rubbish the Cuban leadership and all the ALBA leadership really are.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Peter Binose. Peter Binose, self appointed keeper of the whistle, and blowing hard.