Trust me, this isn’t another post about Syria. It only begins this way. As we all now know, Russia is clearly doing something in Syria, and this has included seaborne shipments as well as airlifts. In response, some countries have closed their airspace to Russian military aircraft bound for Syria. As it turns out, one of those countries is the good
EU and NATO member Orthodox Slavic Brother Nation of Bulgaria, and Russia’s response was predictable.
Did you catch that? If a country decides who can do what in its own airspace, its sovereignty is called into question. Interesting theory there.
Of course in reality the explanation is simple- the Kremlin is still deep within the delusion that it is like a Victorian-era Great Power, vying for influence with its rival, the United States. If a smaller nation refuses Russia’s demands, it must be because the US collected more influence points in that country and used the “discredit” tactic against Russia. On some level they probably think this is a sort of psychological tactic, the equivalent of screaming “chicken” when daring someone to do something. The problem is that nobody’s stupid enough to buy this kind of tactic at this level. They know that knuckling under to another country’s demands isn’t bold or independent. Any sane person can see that.
Now to be honest, Bulgaria’s government may indeed be motivated by its ties to NATO and the EU, but is this really a sign of submission or just an acknowledgment that such ties are far more valuable to Bulgaria? Take a look at Bulgaria’s foreign trade, for example. Where’s Russia in the list of top trade partners for Bulgaria? Oh…right. They’re not there.
At this point the pro-Kremlin geopolitical experts start slobbering about this supposed need for the “multi-polar world” (which doesn’t exist until Russia is a pole), “spiritual values and tradition,” homosexuals, and the Anglo-American Atlantic something, but in reality it’s just another example of Russia-as-neckbearded-nice-guy.
The nice guy, the self-proclaimed “gentleman,” cannot accept the fact that his qualities simply aren’t sufficient to arouse sexual attraction in women. So he’s funny and intellectual? Well there are a lot of other guys out there who are funny, intellectual, and who are also in great shape. They do sports and other activities, they can cook, or they produce art in their spare time. In short, they do more to their life than play video games, argue on Reddit, and obsess over their supposed need for a girlfriend. But the nice guy never gets this, and thus he suspects the existence of a conspiracy to brainwash women so that they don’t recognize his superior qualities. Feminism killed chivalry, so women are no longer willing to give up their bodies for him just because he opens doors, pulls out chairs, or pays for dinner. The media makes women reject intellectual guys in favor of brainless jocks and “bad boys.” That must be it.
So it is with Russia, the wearer of the biggest trilby fedora in the world. Yes, Bulgaria might have considered its relationship with the rest of the EU and NATO when it closed its airspace to Russian cargo flights. So what? Why shouldn’t it? What does Russia actually offer Bulgaria other than this bizarre fantasy about “standing up to the West?” Does that delusion benefit the Bulgarian people more than their trade and connections with the EU? Of course it doesn’t. The very idea itself is a lie, as Russia continues to accept Western investment, Russian politicians continue to own or buy property abroad in the West, and their children continue to study or live there. So again, why should Bulgaria tell the EU or US to fuck off just to let some Russian cargo planes use its airspace? How is it not asserting its sovereignty when it exercises its right to determine who gets to use Bulgarian air space and for what purpose?
It’s amazing that the Russian foreign ministry hasn’t figured out how insulting and counter-productive this tactic is. When you consider how often they’ve been using this as of late, it’s no wonder that opinions about Russia worldwide are overwhelmingly negative. This is what happens when your diplomacy boils down to: “Come on, do what we say! You’re not a little bitch, are you?”