Neutrality has been abandoned without any objective reason other than American-driven Russophobia
Sweden and Finland have broken their neutrality status and are seeking NATO membership in response to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. It is the latest sign that entire countries are falling for the media’s anti-Russian games.
After years of relatively calm relations with Moscow, Stockholm and Helsinki have thrown their neutrality aside by queuing at the NATO window for membership in the military bloc. Now, in practice, both countries will lose their security and sovereignty, not to mention spend more money, only to become contracted servants of the US military-industrial complex. And if that was not enough as a “reward” for joining NATO, they will also carry a much more conspicuous goal on their backs if – God forbid – the infamous shit hit the fan between Russia and the West.
Of course, it did not have to be this way. Sweden has not engaged Russia on the battlefield since the so-called Finnish War (1808-09), when the Russian Empire annexed Finland from Stockholm. Thereafter, the Scandinavian Empire lost its status as a European superpower. Although some history buffs may buzz about this humiliating chapter in Swedish and Finnish history, which helped put Muscovy on the path to superpower status, there seems to be little reason to pull the trigger on Russian relations today.
At the same time, the last time Finland and the Soviet Union met militarily was when Finland sided with Nazi Germany during World War II, partly to retake territories occupied by the Soviets during the Winter War of 1939. At that time, the Soviets tried to create a buffer zone around Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Finland would set aside some bog for this purpose. After the Finns refused, the Soviets attacked, leading to a short and bloody war. However, in a spirit of historical accuracy, the Winter War was waged by the multinational Soviet Union, then led by a Georgian. Not the Russian Federation, the modern state that emerged from the ashes of a defeated Soviet empire in 1991.
While there has been a relative calm between Russia and its northern neighbors for many decades, subversive efforts have long been going on to portray Russia lurking in the shadows, ready to throw itself over unsuspecting prey at any moment. In fact, the newest form of western entertainment for both young and old is anti-Russia fear porn, where anyone is allowed to indulge in their xenophobic tendencies without any obvious consequences.
2014, for example, Western media put the Swedish public into a mild state of panic over alleged sightings of a Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm. Similar to Orson Welles’ famous 1938 radio broadcast of a fictitious alien invasion, which many terrified listeners at the time considered real, was the only thing that “The Hunt for Red October” produced a troubled population. The unfounded media reports about an elusive Russian ship walking in the waters of the IKEA empire helped to condition the Swedes on the false idea that Russia (as opposed to steadily invading NATO) was the ultimate threat to global peace.
This is the kind of propaganda that was carried out when the people of Crimea voted overwhelmingly in a referendum in 2014 to join the Russian Federation. The peaceful integration of the peninsula, which the West has refused to recognize, came after a US-backed coup in Kyiv overthrew Viktor Yanukovych’s democratically elected government. That cheeky interference in the affairs of a foreign state, in which American politicians agitated crowds in Kyiv against the legitimate government, unleashed a wave of violence over Ukraine, much of it aimed at the well-known Russian-speaking region of eastern Ukraine over the past eight years. . as Donbass.
Like the course of the Western media, however, it never put Russia’s “Crimean invasion”, or the ongoing special operation, in any kind of appropriate context, preferring to chalk it all up to the amorphous threat of “Russian aggression”. . It is this type of myopic, media-induced Russophobia that paved the way for Sweden to host Aurora 17, a three-week large-scale military exercise involving a number of NATO states, including, of course, the United States. Finland, which was then also a seemingly neutral state, also participated in the 2017 event.
For anyone who thinks that NATO today can imagine cooling its heels when it comes to playing war near Russia’s border, especially in light of recent events, think again. Estonia is currently playing hosts one of the largest military exercises in the Baltics since 1991. The maneuvers, codenamed ‘Hedgehog’, involve 15,000 soldiers from 10 countries, including Finland and Sweden, and will take place 64 kilometers (40 miles) from Russia’s nearest military base.
Ironically, given that it is NATO that is invading Russia and not the other way around, the games are designed to simulate “an attack from Russia on Estonia.“The fact that the exercises were planned before Russia launched its offensive in Ukraine on February 24 serves to support Moscow’s argument that NATO poses an existential threat to Russia and should have been disbanded immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
At this point, we can only imagine what would make Stockholm and Helsinki turn their backs on the ultimate shelter called “neutrality” in what is becoming an increasingly dangerous chicken game with nuclear-armed Russia. Is it simply that the anti-Russian media campaign has been so effective that joining NATO now seems to be the only way? For ordinary people, whose only source of news in these countries is NATO-friendly (especially since RT has been conveniently silenced in large parts of Europe), it would make sense. But top politicians and decision-makers, who should have a clearer understanding of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, really know that the situation can not only be reduced to the bogeyman of “Russia aggression”.
No, something else must be going on here. Whether that “something” is the promise of returns from the huge military spending that follows, or perhaps a more primitive arm twist in the back room, it’s hard to say. It is probably a combination of the two factors, with a large dose of russophobia to make the concoction go down more smoothly. In any case, the Swedish and Finnish people are led on a dangerous path by leaders who obviously do not have their best interests at heart.