Winston Donald is a Fine Art Gallery Operator, Cultural Practitioner and Newspaper Columnist.
If America backs down from supporting the Ukraine , we will see a serious ambitious leader who will be exerting hegemony and modern colonization. History should not seek to revert previous signed declarations. Let the past be the past if it does not affect the lives of individuals. From all account the Russian speaking majority in the Crimea are not affected, not discriminated against, but Russians are unique screamers. Any where in the world, and I literally means anywhere thee are Russians (could be Jamaica ) for that matter , Putin and the former communists see it as a destiny and goal to “protect” their brethrens. This has been the case in Georgia, in Chechnya , in Poland, in areas of Finland. Putin and others will and have invaded these countries.
I am wondering hw the west is going to react when Russia tries to seek and claim territories now part of Poland and Finland that changes hands so often throughout European history. Obviously the weakness of Western economies make Russia more bolder than ever in its bid to re-colonize areas that the Russian empire previously controlled.
Equally important , Russia is a violator of international laws and wants to continually control the black sea coastal frontiers, in particular Sevastapool. It is warm , we must remember this is near to what the Bible or old history would refer to as “Asia Minor”. You have to wonder , how can a white Slavic nation be part of a warm subtropical region? It is the same as asking how can white people capturing East African lands called themselves Africans and justified settlement of the land.
The next few months and years are going to be frightening. Personally , it will be war. We will never get away from a trhird World war. In the interim if cool heads reconcile we should see an increase in the demand for bauxite , because it will be back to old business old military manoeuvres , the lust and greed for territories and so maybe it will be good f or us as we could capitalise by increasing our bauxite supply. Ironically , our bauxite investors are Russians. Bauxite and its metal aluminium is critical for modern day military stock especially for aircraft manufacture. Our greatest earnings were always during the years America was at war, whether Vietnam or in the cold war with interventions a part and parcel of their DNA.
Putin will not back down , he will not want to be seen as another Kruschev. He wants to be seen as that tough person who restore Russia’s imperial past both from a Tsartist and a Communist perspective. So yes it will be military actions for the next few years as I honestly do not see the west having the power to stop him and with China flexing her muscles in the South China seas , the world will once again turn upside down. Whoever failed to believe the bible, will have to think twice now. For a certainty , “there will be wars and rumors of wars” is alive and relevant.
It will be time for increase minerals for war effort. Lets hope when the time comes , which I think will be soon , we capitalize on this. Let us hope our political leaders make use of this unfortunate world affairs and do something good for our economy.