The gloves are off and the diplomatic has become undiplomatic. Russia has been doing the utmost lately, with no regard for anything and any one. Obama, who has, throughout his tenure been diplomatic to the point of inaction, seems to now view the last few days as “The Chill Deficient Days“.
Obama believes that Russia and Putin were behind cyber attacks that sabotaged Hilary Clinton’s bid for the White House. Putin has said “I totes did not do that! Smug smile”.
It’s been mental since then.
Under the US action taken on Thursday:
- Thirty-five diplomats from Russia’s Washington embassy and its consulate in San Francisco were declared “persona non grata” and given 72 hours to leave the US with their families
- Two properties said to have been used by Russian intelligence services in New York and Maryland will be closed.
- Sanctions were announced against nine entities and individuals including two Russian intelligence agencies, the GRU and the FSB.
Hian! Initially, it was announced that the Russian foreign ministry had called for a similar expulsion of US officials from Russian soil. However, it has now emerged that Putin has quashed the proposal. The Russian president declined to engage in a tit-for-tat over the hacking scandal, saying Russia would not “stoop” to the level of “irresponsible diplomacy”, and would work to restore ties with America under President-elect Donald Trump.
This is hardly surprising as Trump is about to become Putin’s bitch.
All I will say is this: when two elephants fight, it is the ground that suffers it. Whilst these two world powers are doing “Do me, I do you; God no go vex”, Syria is decimated. The refugee plight is heartbreaking. ISIS grows in power daily. The far right is gaining ground. Hate crimes, massacres and death is on the increase.
I know they move around with security, bulletproof everything, and have no idea how the other half lives. But some of us are vulnerable to their every whim and action. They need to GET IT TOGETHER and let us strive for peace!
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