Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 12.03.2018
Russia is invading Ukraine, bombing Syrians, falsifying democratic elections, waging cyberwar, and assassinating people throughout the world. Nevertheless, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), multinational corporations, and the global political elite think it’s a great idea to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The world will come to play football (soccer) on the bones of the dead in Putin’s Russia.
The FIFA World Cup in Russia should be boycotted because Russia is attacking Europe in Ukraine – an invasion that has killed over 10,000 people. The opportunity to cancel the 2018 World Cup in Russia was clear and obvious four years ago, when foreign invaders from Muscovy attacked and occupied Crimea and then Donbas in the largest country that lies wholly in Europe: Ukraine. That opportunity was lost in the wave of appeasement to Putin that followed Russia’s unprovoked aggression.
Now, the only chance of Western civilization recovering some dignity and respect is a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia – a boycott of sponsors and a boycott of the matches to be played. There may be some chance of a boycott now, because Russia attacked Europe in Britain – a chemical weapons strike that hospitalized 21 people.
Russia is at war with the West. Russian invaders have killed hundreds of people in the Battle of Ilovaisk, the Battle of Luhansk Airport, the battle of Donetsk Airport, and the Battle of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine. Russian invaders and occupiers are persecuting the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians, committing grave violations of international human rights law in Crimea and Donbas. Russia shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 on 17 July 2014 and killed 298 people. The Russian air force is bringing “death from above” and has slaughtered hundreds of people in Aleppo and in East Ghouta in Syria. Russia uses chemical weapons in its attacks, and specifically targets hospitals and the rescuers known as the White Helmets with missiles and bombs. Russia is deliberately exacerbating a flood of millions of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, and directing them towards the European Union to foment division and crisis in Europe. Russia spurred a joke referendum in the Netherlands to attack Ukraine primarily and the European Union secondarily. Russia interfered in the “Brexit” referendum in the United Kingdom as it sponsors every other effort of divide-and-conquer special warfare in Western democracies. Russia falsified the result of the 2016 US election to make a compromised asset of Russia’s intelligence services, Donald Trump, the president.
No outrage of Russian aggression – no mass murder or terrorist attack or act of sabotage – has been enough to lead to any serious action by a Western democratic country (except Ukraine, which is fighting for its survival in a war of national defence). Not even the 2018 World Cup, being staged by corrupt FIFA in corrupt Russia, has been affected by Putin’s War.
There is a chance that Russia’s attack on Britain on March 4 may change that. Because all politics is local. The British public is outraged that Putin’s agents launched an attack in Salisbury, England using a nerve agent. Chemical warfare in a peaceful English city is completely to be expected as a result of the British government’s policy of appeasement of Russian aggression. British political elites learned no lessons from Britain’s experience fighting for its survival in a war of national defence in the 1930s and 40s against Nazi Germany – a lesson with which they should have become reacquainted given that Ukraine is doing the exact same thing now against Putin’s Russia. Appeasement of Russia by Britain’s political elites has proven to be a disaster, as evidenced by the attack by Putin’s operatives in Salisbury. Doing nothing after Putin’s operatives assassinated Alexander Litvinenko proved to be a catastrophic error – Russia launched an attack in the centre of London using a highly-radioactive poison and got away with it. Doing nothing as the Putin-Kremlin crime syndicate used the City of London as a primary conduit for money laundering proved to be a catastrophic error – Russia has turned the City into “Londongrad” and the British government into a criminal co-conspirator. Doing nothing when Russia invaded Ukraine proved to be a catastrophic error – Britain had promised in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances to uphold Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial in return for Ukraine giving up all of its nuclear weapons; Ukraine kept its promise but Britain failed to keep its promise.
Russia has attacked Britain with chemical weapons. This is a part of Russia’s global war against the West. An act of war by Russia against Britain should be met with a declaration of war, but the British government is so effete that it will certainly fail to do that. The only question is whether Britain will impose effective sanctions against Russia and boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Britain must do these things if the country is to retain any semblance of sovereignty.