Hungarian daily advises against getting involved in US power games in Ukraine

Text of report by Hungarian privately-owned conservative newspaper Magyar Nemzet website, on 6 June

[Editorial by Gabor Laszlo Zord: "In Cold War Atmosphere"]

When Barack Obama visited Europe before his election and then after having come to power, and was awarded, as it were "on trust" the Nobel Peace Prize, the enthusiastic crowd received him as a messenger of hope in Europe. He was seen as a person who, after the Middle East wars of the Bush era, would restart the dialogue with his allies as well as his enemies and restore the United States’ squandered moral prestige in the world. It is an almost impossible task to describe the sharp contrast this image is in with what the US President emanates these days as he outlines the initial manoeuvres of a potential new Cold War on our continent while alluding to the Ukraine crisis. In the background we do not see a superpower normalizing its position in the world and ready to adjust to its real resources as well as to its partners, as was seemingly promised by Obama at the time. It is much more a classical empire striving for dominance and applying ruthlessly the traditional means of divide et impera, namely divide and rule.

Because, let there be no misunderstanding, the United States is not in the least interested in Ukraine’s sovereignty or Ukrainian democracy – plenty of evidence has been supplied for the latter by its attitude towards the composition and methods of the Kyiv power. It is even less interested in the life or death of Ukrainians, and especially not in their welfare. For the United States, Ukraine is simply a strategic means, basically with two functions. One is that, by "separating" it from Russia, it is to weaken the superpower which in the 2012 campaign Obama’s Republican challenger called, surely not by accident, the United States’ number one geopolitical opponent. However, we can also quote a personality with much more gravitas, namely Zbigniew Brzezinski, who in 1997 flatly stated that, without Ukraine, Russia would cease to be a Eurasian empire. For Washington the second, perhaps even more important function of our unfortunate north-eastern neighbour is that, with its frozen conflict, it should form an obstacle to European-Russian cooperation. This is necessary because while turning to the rising China and the Pacific Ocean region, it is obviously not in the United States’ interest for a Berlin-Moscow relationship system to fulfil its full potential in the area of the economy and as a long overdue second pillar of Europe’s lasting peace. It is an irony of fate – we could note – that in Ukraine precisely the same politics is being turned against Moscow that it has also followed, to keep in its sphere of interest the nearby post-Soviet foreign countries.

It is not at all surprising that the superpowers keep seeking positions and trying always to stay in the stronger team, not even amidst the conditions of globalization. However, this game is now being played at our place and this makes it dead serious. Let us not doubt, either, that should the tables turn, they would involve the entire East-Central Europe in providing the strategic functions intended for Ukraine. Our tragic historic experiences and understandable phobia against Russia (and Germany) can come in handy now for those who think in these terms. Even if the pain, fear, and perhaps historic desire for revenge are intense, these must not determine the politics and the practical steps, and we must not allow ourselves to be dragged back into the dark past. In EU, NATO, regional, or even national framework, it is our right and obligation to increase the region’s security but we must not become engaged in adventurer actions, for example, in "peacekeeping" in Ukraine. Not even if, God forbid, our main overseas allies, the champions of democracy, try to persuade us to do it.

Source: Magyar Nemzet website, Budapest, in Hungarian 0000 gmt 6 Jun 14

 

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