Yesterday Putin apparently got fed up with all the delays and pointlessly petty prevarication. He ordered the white trucks to roll and they did. Into the Ukraine. Over the last twelve hours there has been a chorus of condemnation.
Kiev has been screaming it’s an invasion. The US has been condemning it and making threats.
These are some of the comments being made:
The U.S. called a "flagrant violation of Ukraine's sovereignty."
Ukraine alleged that the trucks were actually carrying weapons for the Moscow-allied rebels and said it was under "direct invasion."
Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser, told reporters in Washington that the "humanitarian" convoy was illegal because it was sent without the approval of Kiev and in violation of agreements that the International Committee of the Red Cross had to be involved in the delivery of any humanitarian assistance. "The ICRC is not part of this delivery. The government of Ukraine did not give agreement for this convoy to move within their borders." NATO's secretary-general condemned Russia for sending in a "so-called humanitarian convoy." Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russia committed "a blatant breach" of its international commitments and "a further violation of Ukraine's sovereignty."
Funny thing, all these people and organisations so loudly complaining about Russia sending a convoy of food to feed people going hungry when I haven’t seen a single reported comment from any of them about that fact that tens of thousands of people are homeless and hungry because of attacks by Kiev.
Funny thing, all these people and organisations so loudly complaining about Russia violating the Ukrainian border (which Kiev doesn’t even control) when the US is now declaring that it no longer recognises the Iraq / Syria border and that it will freely launch attacks against ISIS in Syria.
Funny thing, all these people and organisations so loudly complaining about Russia blatantly violating international law. Is it not against international law to boom, rocket and shell people’s homes, to make them refugees and to drive them away from fighting to go hungry and cold?
Funny thing, all these people and organisations so loudly complaining about Russia sending food and water and baby food, just how much food and water and baby food has NATO or the EU or the US sent into the region. When the west has the resources to fly Aid to the Middle East how has it failed to notice a refugee crisis in Eastern Europe?
All the comments about the convoy being packed full of weapons.
Western reporters were told they could pick any lorry they wanted and the covers would be pulled aside so they could examine the contents, Ukrainian border police have inspected the contents of the lorries. All anyone has found is food and water and medical supplies and baby food.
But still Kiev would not let them enter the country, a part of the country not even controlled by them anyway. A political fiction that Russia was politely accepting.
The Red Cross said they would not accompany the convoy unless they could guarantee its safety, something which was not possible. Exactly who is threatening the convoy and the area across which it would travel, that would be Kiev. So by refusing to let the convoy go unless it was under Red Cross control and them blocking the Red Cross from going in we have a political stalemate.
Then of course there are all the comments about the trucks being some sneaky attempt to get Russian soldiers into the country. As if Russia needs a bunch of white painted trucks to get troops into the country across a long stretch of border that Kiev does not control. After all we keep hearing Kiev and NATO say that Russia is bringing weapons and tanks across the border all the time, but so secretly that there is not a single picture. So why would Putin use big, white trucks, in front of the worlds media, to bring combat troops across the border.
Take a look at the pictures below, these are the men driving the trucks, the men that are apparently such a threat that Kiev refuses to allow the convoy to enter the country. Lean mean killers, the lot of them. Clearly Elite Special Forces at the peak of physical fitness.
Yes I am being sarcastic.
You only have to look at the drivers to see they are not anywhere near being fit and trim. I'm sure many if not all of these men are soldiers or work for some branch of the military, but they are hardly front line combat troops, they are logistics and support, they drive lorries.
Again I ask why so much fear, if Russia wanted to send troops into the Ukraine why on earth do it in white painted trucks when they can easily stroll across unobserved sections of the border at night.
Kiev has said it will not fire on the convoy, Well that's terribly decent of you chaps, most kind. Is there any possibility your newly found Humanitarian concerns could extend to not bombing and shelling people and forcing them to flee so they need that humanitarian aid in the first place?
Ben Rhodes deputy national security adviser also , told reporters, "Russia should take the opportunity to remove this convoy from within Ukraine. If they don't, they will face additional costs and consequences from the United States and our partners in the international community."
Seriously. The US is threatening more Sanctions on Russia for giving Food to people who are going hungry. Has giving clean water to the thirsty now become a crime in the eyes of the Obama administration, or is it now an American thing. Does the US now make threats to people trying to give baby food to hungry babies?
Does anyone have a shred of evidence that this is a Russian plot or trick? Has anyone found a single thing to prove all of these rumours and claims and reports? Does anyone have so much as one REAL reason why food and water should be held back from those in need?
If it were ISIS bombing these people would there be the slightest hesitation in allowing the Aid to go in. If these were French or German lorries would there be delays?
So why is it acceptable to play these bloody stupid political and propaganda games when people are suffering?
Just because it is an EU / US ally state (or servant given that western money is now paying for the Kiev government to exist) that is creating the refugees and Russia trying to feed them is no justification for people being made to suffer needlessly.
This New World of ours, it is neither Brave nor Ordered. It is just as petty and cruel and self serving as the Old World.