The effective occupation of the Crimea by Russia has this morning been hailed as one of the most dangerous moments of the 21st century and follows an all too well historically established route.

For EU countries this should not just be about defending a far-off small country on NATO’s Eastern Border.

This is the middle game period in an already well developed Russian strategy to regain territory that the Russian people and importantly President Putin believes are Russian by right, historically linguistically and culturally.

To look at the build up to Crimea is to see a disturbing similarity eighty years before.

Since 2008, the Georgian government has lost control of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, both effectively annexed by Russia.

Though they are still unrecognised as separate countries by almost all of the world, the two territories have effectively become Russian.

The international community’s response?

UN talks to try to resolve the dispute have got nowhere and Russian appeasement has been rife in case of retaliation by Gazprom, the Russian State owned Gas company, for whom most of Europe depend for a large amount of their Gas supplies .

Given that the international community has done nothing to stop Russia, now Crimea has effectively been annexed and still the international community is relying on “harsh words” diplomacy, leaving the fledgling, democratically elected, Ukrainian government to sabre rattle on their own.

Let’s look back 80 years at another country that believed it’s People historically,  linguistically and culturally extended beyond their own borders.

Germany.

In 1935 a majority of Germanic population allowed Germany to take back control of the Saar.

Then in 1936 in violation of an international treaty the Germans re-militarized the Rhineland.

During the period they were arming and providing military aid to Franco in Spain, then in 1938 with the Anschluss Austria became a part of Germany.

The Germans, not being stopped by the international community with anything other than words, only continued demanding first the Sudetenland and then eventually taking the whole of  Czechoslovakia.

Only with the invasion and annexation of Poland in 1939 were other countries finally willing to act.

What will be Poland this time round….?

Can we afford to wait and find out?

30 years ago today, the Military Junta under Galtieri, mounted an invasion of the Falkland Islands.

Two days later the UN Security Council adopted a resolution, which condemned the hostilities and demanded immediate Argentine withdrawal from the Islands, which the inhabitants of have always self identified as British.

The Argentinians refused the Americans offer to mediate, and so it was left to Britain to focably free the Islands from the invaders. This was acheived with loses of 258 British and 649 Argentinian troops and 1843 wounded (combined).

Obviously 30 years on my thoughts are with those families, of both nations, who lost loved ones in this war. However my thoughts, as they were then as a young boy, are today again with the Falkland Islanders; A tough group of people, eeking out their lives under constant threat of Argentinian aggression.

They want to be British, they are British, and I am proud that they are.

Kelpers, God Bless You.

The other Cllr Johnson (Mrs) has just had to calm me down, from shouting at the TV.

I was shouting, because the Argentinians were at the UN posturing, accusing the British of militarising the South Atlantic.

Had the Argentine regime of the 80’s not illegally invaded these British Overseas Territories with such violence, then perhaps we would not have to forcibly protect the 3,000 people living there, some for many generations, with our armed forces.

Perhaps the Spanish people living now in Argentina should consider giving their land back to the Charrúa, Mapuche and the Guaraní amongst others, who they stole the country from……

In the meantime, the residents of the Falklands, many whose families have lived there since 1833, have determined themselves to be British.

God and the Queen protect and watch over them!