European leaders forgot something important — RT World News
People are only willing to sacrifice ‘for Ukraine’ before they realize their leaders don’t care about them
Brussels overlords and various EU leaders, taking turns on the UN General Assembly podium, beat Western war drums against Russia – all in the interests of « peace, » neglect to determine what the average European really wants.
Contrary to the wishes of their leaders, the average European is only willing to give up personally at a certain point”for ukraine— whatever that means, because it’s pretty obvious that the Ukrainian people are also not profiting from the current state of perpetual conflict that the EU and the US are allowing.
It’s one thing for the average EU citizen to rally behind high values, expressed above day-to-day struggles if it costs them nothing. Or at least if the waters are murky enough that citizens can’t easily connect the dots in their wallets to the relentless spending of their leaders. Selling this seemingly endless conflict in Ukraine, a notoriously corrupt country, as a defense of « democracy, » only works until it means choosing between paying your own bills and paying all the blank checks you write to Kyiv.
In his address to the UN this week, French President Emmanuel Macron said of the countries absent from the Ukrainian conflict that « those who are silent today serve, against their will or in secret with a certain complicity, the cause of a new imperialism. Macron then paid lip service to the “sense of injustice » felt by those who pay the price due to rising food, energy and inflation prices. The message is clear: the average citizen must tolerate these demands imposed by Western elites because it is a moral imperative. These citizens have heard this before, with Covid restrictions and climate change regulations. Now the circle is complete, setting limits on home heating and cooling, but this time « for Ukraine ».
No wonder Macron is trying to chastise the Global South, which has largely opted out of the current fiasco and refused to participate in Western sanctions against Russia. Southern nations actually do what they think is best for their own citizens, unlike the EU. Their approach is likely to make their own countries and peoples more prosperous, which is likely to be noticed by Europeans as their bills pile up and daily life becomes increasingly taxing. So it makes perfect sense that Macron and his fellow European leaders want everyone to be in the same sinking boat. If only because it’s hard to argue that Ukraine is a global problem that needs more imperialism disguised as Western-led global governance when much of the world doesn’t buy into it .
During a visit to Mexico City this week, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also tried to bully Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador into abandoning his non-aligned position and refusing to impose sanctions on the Russia. It must be a bad look for Germany that Mexico, having stayed away from the fray, is now able to offer Germany cooperation on gas (even if it will not sink for a few years), while Germany faces deindustrialization, rationing, and has just been forced to nationalize its own gas company, Uniper.
Meanwhile, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has expressed annoyance that NATO member Turkey is considering breaking out of the Western straitjacket and joining the Russian-Chinese-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which would effectively diversify its interests away from the West and therefore reduce its exposure to any pressure. « I am very irritated by this development,” Scholz said. « But in the end, it is important to agree on what drives us to say clearly that the Russian war against Ukraine may not succeed. » In other words, « I do not like it. But it doesn’t matter, as long as you don’t abandon the sinking ship of our Western ideology.
Scholz should be more concerned about average Germans who resent being less concerned with ensuring his country’s energy security than taking instinctive steps to cut off their own supplies.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez also this week worked on EU rhetoric to shift blame on the sidelines of the UN assembly, telling the press that Russian President Vladimir Putin uses energy as a « tool of waragainst Europe. In reality, it is the European elites, whose policies towards Russia have made their own citizens foot the bill, and they now desperately need Europeans to believe that it is Putin’s fault. But if populist surges in recent elections across the bloc are any indication, resentment is growing towards the EU establishment. If they continue to ignore the will of the people, then they shouldn’t be surprised when it turns out to be at their political peril.
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