US Vice President Mike Pence told a room full of Washington lapdogs that the USA would “continue to hold Russia accountable”. Then, Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov went up to the podium and straightened him out. The opening line to CNN’s report on the predictable sabre-rattling that took place at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday was:
Aiming to calm European fears about USA-Russia ties, Vice President Mike Pence told world leaders Saturday that the USA will stand firm against Moscow while also seeking avenues for coöperation. Pence told the audience that Washington remained unwavering in its commitment to NATO as it faced a more assertive Russia.
Shortly after Pence had finished his war liturgy, Lavrov took the podium. He phrased his comments in a very simple manner so that his American counterparts could understand. Lavrov said that the time when the West called the shots was over and, dismissing NATO as a relic of the Cold War, added:
I hope that (the world) will choose a democratic world order… a post-West one… in which sovereignty defines each country. Moscow wants to build relations with Washington that’d be pragmatic with mutual respect and acknowledgement of our responsibility for global stability.
Lavrov is a career diplomat and a true gentleman, but we’ve noticed a subtle change in his approach to US bullshittery over the last two years. He rarely dances around issues anymore. Sure, he still refers to Washington as “our western friends” or “our American colleagues”. However, he doesn’t hold back after that. The crisis in the Ukraine made it clear that Washington wanted blood, but the US-led crimes against the people of Syria are what made Russia realise that they aren’t dealing with normally reasonable people. Washington is a cabal of psychopaths. The war in Syria also ushered in a new era… we’re witnessing a seismic shift in how we conduct international relations. Russia and Iran just proved that fighting the bully works. Besides, other countries took notice. Lavrov’s comments are more than just an invitation to all nations to join Russia in creating a new world order based on state sovereignty and international consensus. He also issued a warning to Washington:
Pack your bags. It’s over. Buckle up, buttercup.
19 February 2017