Thursday, March 13, 2014

Guillaume Faye On the Russian Annexation of Crimea

"Crimea" by nikkiyoyoneko
Unless Obama wants to risk reprising Merkin Muffley, Russia has taken Crimea and that's all there is to it. The neocons are wailing that Obama should have prevented this. I'm not sure that he could have, or, for that matter, if he should have. From what I've been hearing lately, Crimea is a pretty Russian place. Discounting Putin's propaganda, and McCain's mumbling, we might arrive at a sensible evaluation of the situation.  For that, we turn again to Guillaume Faye:

On the Russian Annexation of Crimea
800 words
Translated by Greg Johnson
The Crimean parliament has called for independence from Ukraine and a referendum over joining the Russian Federation. Thunder in the chancelleries! The Crimean authorities are illegitimate because they are self-proclaimed. Who is right, who is wrong?
Barack Obama said on March 6 that the planned referendum for joining Russia would be undemocratic and illegal. (See my previous article on this point.) He was followed in this analysis by the European governments. So, the decisions of the people are supposed to be illegitimate if they do not support the interests and ideology of what the Russians call the “Western powers.” Democracy is, therefore, a rubber standard.
Here we encounter a very old problem: the principle of nationality in the ethnic sense against the same principle in the political sense. Let me explain. Politically, the detachment of Crimea from Ukraine is actually illegal under the constitution of Ukraine, a Republic “one and indivisible” like France. But Ukraine is a very unstable, indeed divided nation-state. Imagine that tomorrow in France a majority of Bretons or Corsicans wanted to unconstitutionally secede.[1] Worse still, imagine a future region of France populated after decades of colonization migration by an Arab-Muslim majority desiring autonomy or attachment to an overseas Mediterranean country . . .
The same problem happens all over the world: in Spain with the Catalans, in Britain with the Scots, in Belgium with the Flemings, in Israel with Muslim citizens who have a higher rate of population growth. Many examples exist in Africa and Asia. Remember Kosovo, torn away from Serbia because Albanians became the majority? In that case, the Americans and the West agreed to the partition of Serbia! But they are no longer for partition in Crimea. A double standard.
Americans would do well proclaiming their principles carefully. For what if a Hispanic majority emerges in the Southwestern states (through immigration and high fertility) and demands to rejoin Mexico? That is a real risk in the next 20 years . . . This brings us to the old conflict between legality and legitimacy, thoroughly analyzed by Carl Schmitt. And it also makes us reflect on the concept of the multiethnic state (imperial/federal), which historically has always been difficult to manage and quite unstable.
In the minds of Putin and the Kremlin, Crimea historically belongs to Russia: it is predominantly Russian-speaking and harbors part of the fleet. Putin wants to restore Russia, not to the borders of the USSR but to those of Catherine the Great, the Russian Empire, which the ambitious Vladimir wishes to defend. Then what? Of course, Vladimir Putin wants to appear to his people as the one who brought back the (formerly Russian) Crimea to the motherland and wants to restore Russian international power.
Putin handled the crisis smoothly, using good judo to turn to his advantage the aggressive moves of his opponents, including the EU, NATO, and the U.S., to draw Ukraine into their fold.[2] It is a major geopolitical mistake to provoke Russia instead of respecting its sphere of influence, pushing it into the arms of China. It is stupid to revive the Cold War. Russophobia is not in the interests of Europeans. Russian power is not a threat, it is an opportunity. Presenting Putin’s Russia as a threat to “democracy” is the sort of lazy propaganda championed by the attention whore and professional dilettante Bernard-Henri Lévy. Of course, Washington’s policy (which is logical) is both to prevent Russia from once again becoming a great power and to decouple the EU and Russia: it is a general pattern.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian crisis is just beginning. This improbable country will probably not find a stable balance. Crimea will probably end up being part of Russia. Eastern and Southern Ukraine may become quasi-protectorates tied to Russia. The Western region, under the influence of “nationalist” and pro-Western Ukrainians has a more complicated fate. Indeed, Ukrainian nationalism faces a fundamental contradiction, for they are attracted to the EU, but it is committed to a cosmopolitan ideology opposed to all nationalism. And all “ethnic hatred.” This cannot be overcome. There is an inherent incompatibility between Ukrainian nationalism and the EU’s ideological vulgate, which many do not understand.
In history, there are often insoluble problems. My Russian friend Pavel Tulayev, who has published me in Russia, understands this well: the union of all peoples of European descent from the Atlantic to the Pacific is the only way, regardless of political organization. The Ukraine crisis is a resurgence of the 19th and 20th centuries. But we are in the 21st century.
1. Already the “Red Hats” present Breton autonomist claims against the French State tax, yet they do not belong to the traditional Breton autonomy and independence movement. Good food for thought . . .
2. In addition, Putin played upon the new authorities in Kiev’s measures against Russian speakers.


  1. "what if a Hispanic majority emerges in the Southwestern states (through immigration and high fertility) and demands to rejoin Mexico? " Contrary to the rantings of certain Raza Unida types, we are not that stupid.

    Look at a frigging map. Russia needs to control the Crimean Peninsula. It would take a really, really huge bribe to the Russian nation to get Putin to let it go.

  2. I understand the reticence of Americans to continue the thankless role of World policeman that has made us widely hated, but the optics of Russians tanks rolling into the Ukraine to annex territory is probably not a wise thing to have happen at this point. Its no secret that there are many smoldering ethnic and religious disputes around the World that have up to now not caught fire, but with the Russia Chinese alliance against the West, it is possible that China could interpret the lack of American response to such an invasion in an unfortunate way.
    Unfortunately, The USA and UK have signed a treaty with Ukraine to defend its territorial borders, and the failure by the West and especially America to honor that treaty is not going to sit well with our other commitments in Korea and Taiwan.
    China could reasonably interpret an unopposed invasion of Ukraine as a signal that the United States is no longer capable of intervening on behalf of Taiwan or even Japan, and such a thing could conceivably lead to an ill-advised invasion.
    North Korea could see it as a cowardly act by a declining America and try invading South Korea, and Iran could also attempt to annex the Shia region of Iraq that it now marginally controls.
    Enough of these conflicts concurrently could conceivably draw in neighboring countries, which could trigger another World War. Not coincidentally, the last two times that America withdrew from the World stage it invariably led to a series of conquests that led to World War, and although we would want to stay out of such a thing, I do not believe that from the last two World Wars that this attitude could even be a viable option.

  3. In my country the Nazis seized power . They are like Hitler . Do you remember Hitler? Politicians like him, now sitting in Kiev - our capital, and they are taking russophobe laws that oppress the entire east of the country . Thousands of armed militants come to our city from the west of Ukraine and doing what they want . New illegitimate government can not control them. They cut off Russian TV for what it is telling the truth . Now we can see only channels who praising the new regime . There is chaos now . I live in east Ukraine, in the city of Kharkiv . And all of people who live here look forward to the Russian troops in our city. We are waiting for them. We are dreaming about them. Only Putin can help our country in this critical situation . I 'm shocked on how international media distort events, calling Putin - the Hitler and supporting the Nazis who make chaos in my country. John Kerry don't touch my country! We have big brother country near us, who can help us. Russia, not you. We don't need your democracy!