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In a fawning article on Baroness Catherine Ashton in today’s Independent entitled: The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton – recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home the pathetic claim: ‘On Facebook, there is even a “Catherine Ashton for Nobel Peace Prize” page, with 32 likes.’ was made. For someone, who has received so much front page coverage of late, to regard this ridiculously modest number as a great achievement speaks volumes. Little wonder she finds herself the subject of ridicule.
In the comments section below the Independent article I posted the challenge that I think I could manage more than that on my blog. So, I am asking my followers and other readers to help me prove it. Now, thirty-two likes on my blog really would be quite an achievement.
For those, who have never heard of this unelected EU politician, along with the likes of John McCain, John Kerry, and Victoria Nuland, Catherine Ashton can lay claim to the dubious honour of helping bring the world one step closer to WW3 with her recent shenanigans in Kiev, where she encouraged groups of demonstrators, including gangs of anti-semitic rightwing thugs, to overthrow the legitimately elected leader of Ukraine.
Although I am no supporter of Viktor Yanukovych, encouraging this type of antidemocractic behaviour in a nation already dangerously divided along nationalistic, political and religious lines is both irresponsible and criminal. Their actions probably would have resulted in McCain, Kerry, Nuland and Ashton being held on charges of inciting extremists and actively supporting terrorism in their own countries.
But the West has developed a reputation for fomenting and funding discontent in other sovereign nations. Political and military interventions in Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent victims and the injury of many more. Ill-conceived actions have divided fragile societies even further, encouraged terrorism, brought financial ruin, and increased corruption to unsustainable levels. This in turn has led to abject poverty for millions of ordinary people. It is increasingly likely the same is about to happen to Ukraine, whatever the pundits and politicians predict. They were wrong about all the others, so what makes them think they are right about Ukraine?
The idea Baroness Catherine Ashton should be put forward for the Nobel Peace Prize would be yet another stain on this already deeply discredited honour. For this warmonger to even have her name associated with the Nobel Peace Prize would only sully the reputation of Norway even further. Norway was the homeland of my late mother, and this attempt to push Ashton’s name forward in such a cynical manner makes me feel deep shame for a country I often consider partly as my home.
I do not wish to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and don’t expect to be. Unlike the efforts of Ashton’s well-oiled publicity machine, this is not an attempt towards that aim. My purpose is simply to bring to attention her recent history, which should enough to disqualify her.
If you are against Western interference in Ukraine, and believe it is bringing the world closer to World War III, vote for me by pressing the like button. Vote early, and vote often. I thank you for your support.
And I don’t think anyone said it much better than John Lennon with Imagine
Une fois. Encore.
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