You can blame who you want in the Ukrainian affair and there are always biased sources available to craft an article to condemn Russia, the USA, the Ukraine or whoever but one fact is sanctions being proposed by the USA will not affect them directly.
Saturday Russia has said that sanctions will boomerang on the USA but that is likley more bravado, although it should not be dismissed lightly.
Russia does half of its trading with the EU and less than 3% with the US. That US trade involves
Grain, Vodka, Paper, Lumber, China, Art, Computers, pharmacuticals, Medical Machinery.
If you ever wondered why the USA was busily courting China and the far east economically, despite its poor human rights record, now you know. Was it all part of a grand plan? Some will say yes it was?
But Russia in effect has the gas meter of Europe.
Little wonder the UK government is prepared to frack the UK to within an inch of its life to achieve gas independence. It has looked across the Pond to the US and views that country as a good example of shale gas fracking.
As bribes to communities around the UK fail to garner support the British government is now looking at changing the law. One reform on the cards is allowing fracking under your property without your permission.
US meddling in the Ukraine snowballed unrest in that country and now it is Europe that will pick up the pieces. The US may levy sanctions, send fighter jets and more but Europe is not near to the USA strategically.
US fighter jets sent to the Ukraine region this week were dispatched from Lakenheath in the UK reminding this writer of the Greenham Common women's peace camp, which operated from 1981 to 2000 as a protest against such possible action.
Why not from the USA's new best buddy France?
As far right politicians in the Ukraine put themselves forward for the May elections can the people of Europe feel safer? Russia could switch of Europes' gas supply but surely the Ukraine could do the same?
No wonder Brussles feted the unelected leader of the Ukraine this week. It is a complicated mess which may have been inevitable but was spurred on by western interference.
The EU may yet give a little but will the USA? Saturday Republicans in the USA said Russia should be booted out of the World Cup. The US is keen on imposing sanctions and getting other countries to do the same. Germany will likely not play ball.
Germany is unlikely to commit to sanctions against Russia, as that country is doing quite well thank you very much, and its main trading partner is Russia. Symbolic sanctions are one thing but not those that hit German stability and their economy.
The UK are also reluctant to impose sanctions. Let's face it the UK economy is still in a delicate condition and people are set to experince more cuts at home so why would they support this nonsense in the Ukraine. A 'leaked' document indicates that the UK government will hold back on tough sanctions.
Friday the UK's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hinted at a Crimea deal if Vladimir Putin 'drops KGB mentality'. According to the Guardian he said the Crimea is in different category from rest of Ukraine, and Russia has 'pronounced imprint' there. Hell a politician daring to speak in such a way.
He may be a lone voice as those hungry to put Russia in its place wield the big stick.
An American said to me this week his country fought a war to stop the Communist flag waving over London. That shows how misguided some Americans are.
And the truth is we do not want the Hammer and the Sickle, we do not want the Stars and Stripes, we do not want the flag of Europe, we want our Union flag to fly over London and the UK.
How many people in the UK want to get dragged into an EU battle over a country that is not even a member of the EU?
The mainstream media of all the countries involved will mostly now obey the rules in order to spin the situation and help the propaganda machine. Make your own mind up on this rather than blithely believing government spin.
In the end Europe will probably jump through the USAs' hoops, as it may have to, which leaves this writer questioning is that country then any better in some ways than Russia.