April 15, 2014
March 3, 2014
Instead of prompt resolution, i.e. Crimea Annexed, this time the fomentation of civil unrest, i.e. Crisis Deepens. With a light touch light the touch paper and retire, only in order to re-appear as peacekeepers – reducing ethnic tension; curtailing civil war.
plan, but which side is being talked about here – Russia or the
same could be said of
either: they’ve both been stirring up strong emotions; then stealing away with faces covered or wearing a well-rehearsed expression.
Note from the
Fashion Police: if you can’t go for the
Balaclava round here, where can you be seen in one?
plot is always thickening, bubbling away like Bisto. Meanwhile in Liverpool on the
twenty-fifth anniversary of the
Hillsborough disaster, or in Boston a year after the
bombing, there is only the
guile; abdication of
self-interest in memory of the
I think not. Rather, after loss of
son or daughter, I suspect every step out of
bed has to be negotiated. Rounds of
diplomacy are required to answer the
Why should I be, when my child is not (to be)?
Recurring question, secret diplomacy, successive rounds – all before you’re out the
Be advised: there are no absolutes of
innocence or experience. Behind the
balaclavas, even veterans wear both of
these. Hence the
mask: to hide the
line about Fashion Police? Only something silly to undermine the
The red tea lights are the same: outside Kunming railway station; insidethe Maidan (square) in Kiev.
Lights lit in memory of
29 knifed to death on Saturday by Uighur separatists in south west China, and 77 killed during successful demonstrations against pro-Russian President Victor Yanukovych, who fled the
Ukrainian capital on 21st February.
Lively little lights to take away the
stillness; unholy stillness which otherwise outlives removal of
Meanwhile in the
Crimea, an Orthodox priest (just don’t say ‘Russian Orthodox’ to the
wrong person) uses what looks like a washing-up brush to spray holy water on soldiers from both sides – Ukrainian security forces and troops from the
diplomatic situation seems too big for them; absurdly large like the
hats on the
Black Sea sailors. While Russian infantry with chins tucked into dust masks are perhaps trying to hide their tender years; kissable mouths would give them away as conscripts.
Yet any Ivan can easily become Terrible, should the
situation demand it. Terrible as the
knife-wielding posse which ran riot – slitting and stabbing – through Kunming station, Yunnan province.
On the periphery of the world economy, in far-flung provinces and narrow peninsulas,the slow pace of development can turn into its opposite at almost any moment; outrunning the most mercurial diplomat, turning gunboats and sabre-rattling into live ammunition and thousands of little red candles.