A wake-up call for Western leaders

Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer

Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer

First published in Letters

THIS is a conflict of polar opposites. On one side of the terrifying crisis blowing up on the borders of Russia and Ukraine stands Vladimir Putin, the ruthless former KGB officer, focused with deadly intent on rebuilding the Soviet empire.

On the other are the frivolous, dithering politicians of the West, high-fiving each other at summits and conveying their condolences, after a monstrous atrocity, on the teenagers’ medium Twitter.

As Flight MH17 was shot down over our continent, almost certainly with weaponary supplied by the Kremlin, where are the statesmen of stature to lead us through these worrying times?

Don’t count on the United States, where an increasingly isolationist Barack Obama has all but turned his back on his country’s role as leader of the free world.

Don’t look, either, to the EU where the former local council officer Lady Ashton, ludicrously in charge of foreign affairs, has poked the Russian bear with a puny stick by attempting to lure Ukraine into the Brussels fold.

As for Britain, once Europe’s mightiest military power, those who run our country have spent decades winding down our armed forces while they frittered away our money on wind turbines, overseas aid and an unsustainable welfare state.

The West’s leaders must wake up and join the real world before it’s too late.

Colin Henson, Ullswater, York.

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1:14am Sun 27 Jul 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Good letter Colin. Countries like Germany and Italy are dependent on Russian Gas, especially Germany after closing its Nuclear generators.
The Windmills are not producing much and the new coal generators will take time to build.
It is disgraceful how this country has been reduced to where we are and we are expected to vote for more of the same.
We are still borrowing money while the national debt spirals out of control and yet giving money to countries like oil rich Nigeria, who not only have a Space Agency but also Good Luck Jonathan has two Presidential jets to chose from. But like renewable energy, foreign aid has its target to be met too.
I'm embarrassed when our politicians say they are proud that the UK gives away money it has to borrow.
Putin knows that most world leaders have their heads so far up their own backsides that they can and will do nothing.
Good letter Colin. Countries like Germany and Italy are dependent on Russian Gas, especially Germany after closing its Nuclear generators. The Windmills are not producing much and the new coal generators will take time to build. It is disgraceful how this country has been reduced to where we are and we are expected to vote for more of the same. We are still borrowing money while the national debt spirals out of control and yet giving money to countries like oil rich Nigeria, who not only have a Space Agency but also Good Luck Jonathan has two Presidential jets to chose from. But like renewable energy, foreign aid has its target to be met too. I'm embarrassed when our politicians say they are proud that the UK gives away money it has to borrow. Putin knows that most world leaders have their heads so far up their own backsides that they can and will do nothing. ColdAsChristmas
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11:04pm Tue 29 Jul 14

gwen4me says...

Can'g argue with that!
Can'g argue with that! gwen4me
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