Crossposted many timeshttp://www.businessinsider.com/greek-prime-minister-heads-to-russia-seeking-help-on-the-economy-2010-2
This article is really unfair. How would bailing Greece out undermine the EU? Surely its the actions of American hedge funds and other speculators that are undermining the EU. Some "friends" they are! They get us into wars we can't win and fuck up our economy. Screw that.
I have a theory about Russia. It goes like this: The Russians are like the Israelis, they get a bad press but basically they're there, they exist, they're not going anyway, and we're just going to have to deal with that. We're not going to kill all the Russians like some of us tried to in WW2 and the Cold War, and nor should we. We're not going to bankrupt Russia (as happened in the 90s) and we shouldnt do that either. In fact, I think we should get into bed with them.
The Russians are not the same as the Soviets. They just want to sell their crap weapons and Gazprom gas and oil and get on with their lives. They're not about to march their troops into Berlin and impose a system of government on Europe again, in fact if anything Russia has changed in response to the West's demands. Essentially as the Russians have got more right wing and liberal Europe has got more Left wing (and illiberal), and we have met in the middle. We certainly have more to gain from allying with Russia right now than we do from America. America has no cash, their economic model (the "Washington concensus") is a failure, they don't make anything we particularly need except TV shows and phones, and the Japanese make better phones. Christ, they can't even put a person in space anymore.
Meanwhile the Russians have got the security blanket of being a big nuclear state, they have access to outer space, a huge untapped market for our own goods, and most crucially,
shitloads of oil and gas - possible more than the entire Middle East.
Therefore, we should ditch the Arabs and Americans and their restrictive "free"-market bullshit, and get in bed with the Russians. Our big furry friends to the East.
They've got oil, tons of unfashionable people desperate for to trade it for our products, look, there's a real economy out there unlike the trade between America and the rest of the world (where we give them stuff and they give us green toilet paper) or Arabia and the rest of the world (we give them money and they blow us to bits).
The Future may not be Red, but Russia is a big and important part of it. We should respect the Russkies, let bygones be bygones and cut a deal. Bailouts for the spaghetti-money, P.I.G. countries in return for favourable access to markets and defence treaties. No Osama Bin Fuckwit is gonna dare fuck with us if we've got those mad bastards on side, they'd tear them a new arsehole, and more importantly we wouldn't have
to fund their terrorist asses, as we'd have first preference on the sweet Gazprom tit, at least until the energy market changes again with solar, at which point global warming will have given us our very own sun-kissed deserts in Spain and Italy.