President Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus, Once a Thug Acting Solely on Behalf of Russia, has Turned into an Effective Conciliatory Statesman!
On February 11, the EU countries which are directly involved in the conflict with Russia over the Ukraine, along with the USA and NATO representatives, will meet in Minsk, the capital of Belarus under the diplomatic aegis of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko.
Now, this Belarus President has a certain meaning in my personal life. About a decade ago, I was on a train from Moscow to Poland. When we arrived at the Brest-Litovsk station in order to change our rail gauges, I was confronted with an array of Belarussian security guards pointing an assortment of weapons at me, including the infamous AK-47 rifles. A melee of discussions, accusations and pushing ensued. Result: I was thrown off the train for presumably not having had a transit paper to go through Belarus. The reality, of course, was a little different. The fact that I spoke Russian to some of the guards, carried an American passport and was on my way to my ancestral homeland, Poland, coagulated into a clot-like impediment to proceed the remaining thousand yards into Poland.
When I returned back to Moscow, I reamed my KGB operatives, disguised as travel agents for having ‘inadvertently forgotten’ to give me a transit paper through Belarus. I did not go to the US Embassy in either Minsk or Moscow. I found that the hotel services of the Marriott corporation were far more efficient and effective than the US Embassy Representatives [hint: get rid of our useless US Embassies]. In any case, I eventually returned to Poland soon after, using a direct flight from Chicago to Poland.
Yet I simmered for years, cursing under my breath both Lukashenko and Belarus. However, something happened to me and Aleksandr. Over time, I noticed that Aleksandr had started to act in a more reasonable, less totalitarian way toward his own lovely people [extremely helpful when I was thrown off the train]; as well as very statesman-like toward the Ukraine problem.
There were times that Lukashenko, by geopolitical proximity to Russia, had to support Putin in some of his more rash moments of action. In particular, Aleksandr initially sided with Putin when Putin decided to invade the Crimea under false pretexts. Then over a period of time, Aleksandr correctly perceived that unadulterated affiliation with Russia was both harmful to his country, Europe and Russia, itself.
In a very mature and statesmanship like initiative, he offered to broker the dispute between the US/NATO/EU interests vs Russia/Putin’s geopolitical spheres of influence. I don’t know what the outcome will be of this forthcoming meeting. I would hope that Merkel of Germany [East Germany] and Aleksandr [ Former Communist Official] can convince the ex-KGB agent, trained in East Germany that times have changed. Spheres of influence, created by the nonsensical neocon and faux geopolitical strategists wherever they may be ensconced [usually in some type of govt funded think-tank] are completely irrelevant in a world of economic/psychological warfare; climate wars; and interdependency of fiscal/political interests; and most importantly, Cyber wars and cyber-attacks.
The world has changed. Putin has not come to that realization yet. Russia is a great country with large amounts of natural and human resources that need a new type of bright Russian youth to take over the Kremlin and redirect Mother Russia toward a greater destiny than old regrets and antiquated geopolitical mandates. Maybe in the new Russia, there is a young man who can arise and become the new Peter The Great and take Russia back into the world full of economic growth and progressive development. Or better yet, a young Russian woman of Prussian descent can arise to become the new Catherine the Great.
Anything is possible in this newly changing world where a wrestler can become a leader of a country and then eventually evolve into an effective world statesman, like Belarusian President, Aleksandr Lukashenko.
Let Us Thank God!