Let’s not take things at face value too quickly Marissa Payne. John Howard, along with Bush and Blair, lied, deceived, fabricated, and took us into Iraq. The Americans allied themselves with Osama Bin Laden to get the Russians out of Afghanistan and install a puppet government. Weren’t they doing what Putin is? Or is Putin doing what is the American norm. Under the Monroe Doctrine and the “Domino Theory”, they ” took care of their interests” anywhere on the planet?
Finland is a Socialist Democracy bordering Russia but is not declaring it wants to be a part of NATO. It’s not threatening or being threatened by Putin or being invaded. It too historically was once a part of the Tsarist Russian Empire. The Russians took missiles to Cuba and there was an immediate and imminent threat of nuclear war as a consequence America has sanctioned them for over 60 years.
What seems significant is that governments that aren’t “servants of their people” and lead from the top down all suffer the same disease the paranoiac fear of the personal loss of power. The very opposite of any real Social Democracy, any real democratization of power. When the shit hits the fan they then ask why didn’t the people do anything? Where do Morrison and Albo lie on that continuum of power, servants of or servicing Australian citizens?
Australia will look to impose direct sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, while Australia’s top diplomat Marise Payne has left the door open to the possible expulsion of Canberra-based Russian diplomats. Senator Payne said Putin was being targeted because he was “personally responsible for the deaths and the suffering of innocent Ukrainians”. Marise Payne, Foreign Affairs Minister, speaks about Australia’s personal sanctions against Russian leader Vladimir Putin.