Lithuania needs to get rid of the victim mentality

Guest article written by Adomas Abromaitis, adomas333@inbox.lt

There is an urgent need to change the political image of Lithuania. A disastrously untrue stereotype of the country has been formed today due both to objective and subjective reasons. Let see what foreigners may think about the country reading news about Lithuania.

First of all it may seem as if the Lithuanian people strongly need help in all spheres. According to numerous statements of government authorities, Lithuania needs constant attention, special support and financial aid.

One of such spheres is the energy sector. During fifty years of Soviet era the Soviet Union designed an energy infrastructure for Lithuania that made it totally dependent on Russia for oil and natural gas. After the reestablishment of independence in 1990 Lithuania has been struggling for reducing this dependence, because the Kremlin could use energy as a political tool at any time. Under such conditions Lithuanian political elite continues to rely only on the US support. (http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/country-profiles/countries-g-n/lithuania.aspx).

The more so due to EU pressure Lithuania had to close Ignalina nuclear plant and even received huge amount of money, but it still needs additional funds for this project. It has to ask for more money. Once again Lithuania is a moocher.

The other sphere is defence. Those who are interested in modern politics are absolutely sure that Lithuania has remained little more than a few months before the war with Russia and it is absolutely unable to defend itself because of out-of-date military equipment and arms. Lithuania is always first to ask for foreign military presence on its territory and for new weapons. And these claims are always on first pages of news feed.

Paradoxically, more than twenty five years have passed since restoration of independence of the state, but the role of Lithuania on international arena remains without changes: the country asks for help.

This position of moocher allows other countries to speak to Lithuania in mentor’s style and point the direction of foreign and internal policy. According to the US military analyst and the president of Jamestown Foundation Glen Howard, “Lithuania’s government authorities should take measures, should field a standing army of at least 20,000 and create a 200,000-man reserve, and so on and so forth (http://en.delfi.lt/opinion/lithuanias-key-role-in-countering-russian-a2ad-challenge-to-baltics.d?id=70576206). Nobody asks people, nobody query, nobody understands that such statements and actions provoke Russia and destabilize the situation in the region.

Even more, such position of Lithuania may lead to another dependence – dependence on other than Russia strong political players.

Once we will have to realize that Lithuania does not any more make its own decisions, someone has already decided for us. Who will understand first the futility and danger of militarization of the region? It is “One Way Road”.

The idea of the inevitable war on Lithuanian land where major powers will show who is stronger makes me think about inability or lack of political will to build independent foreign policy. Lithuania needs to get rid of the victim mentality and become at last self-sustained.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Join the Hive!

Featured Stings

Can the US-Iran rapprochement change the world?

EU takes again positive action on migration crisis while Turkey asks for dear favors in exchange for cooperation

Medschool 4.0: how to succeed in the smart revolution of healthcare

Italian voters put again the European Peoples in the Brussels picture

From diamonds to recycling: how blockchain can drive responsible and ethical businesses

Why Eurozone can afford spending for growth

Eurozone’s north-south growth gap to become structural

The Oslo model: how to prepare your city for the electric-vehicle surge

Ukraine turns again to the EU for more money

‘We face a global emergency’ over oceans: UN chief sounds the alarm at G7 Summit event

The European Sting live from the World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

Following the World Cup? Then you’re watching high-performing migrants at work

What we take for granted: The EU is not perfect

The historic accomplishment of a seamless EU patent and intellectual property space

MARKUP initiative to boost market access to Europe for East African SMEs

Fostering global citizenship in medical students through exchanges

Ben Stiller’s new role, more about hope than humour, as he’s named Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR

Global Citizen-Volunteer Internships

Young? You should work out the entrepreneurial heart before the mind

For how long will terror and economic stagnation be clouding the European skies?

Eurogroup president swallows statement on savings confiscation

PM May fosters chauvinism, declares trade war on Europe

The battle for the 2016 EU Budget to shake the Union; Commission and Parliament vs. Germany

Imported and EU fisheries products should be treated equally

Jakarta is one of the world’s fastest disappearing cities

The refugee crisis as a young Nigerian doctor sees it

Trump’s Russophiles under investigation, Europe remains ‘en garde’

Senior UN children’s advocate says they ‘should never be targeted by violence’

Jeroen Dijsselbloem new Eurogroup president

Politics still matter in the US but not in Europe

Mental health in medical students: the deciphered quandary

Parliament sets up plan to fight the 3,600 criminal rings of EU

Cyber defence: MEPs call for better European cooperation

Vĕra Jourová, European Commissioner in charge of Justice

The New EU-US “Shield” for data privacy is full of holes

Macron’s Presidency: what the young generation’s expectations are

G20 LIVE: Fact Sheet from the G20 Leaders Summit and key outcomes (G20 Antalya 2015 Summary)

European Youth Forum welcomes steps towards raising awareness of youth rights by EU ministers

Ethiopia is Africa’s fastest-growing economy

Mali: Presidential elections critical to consolidate democracy, says UN peacekeeping chief

VW emissions scandal: EU unable to protect its consumers against large multinationals

The third bailout agreement for Greece is a done deal amid European economies full of problems

EU budget: Regional Development and Cohesion Policy beyond 2020

1 million citizens try to create a new EU institution

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “There is a communication issue (about China) which markets don’t like” Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of IMF stresses from Davos

Spirit unlimited

Tackling Youth Unemployment

Who threatens the lives and livelihoods of Ukrainians?

G20 LIVE: “This was not an attack against France, this was an attack against the universal human values!”, EU President Juncker cries out from G20 in Antalya Turkey

EC v Samsung: A whole year to compile a case

Junior Enterprises as a solution for Youth Entrepreneurship

Spanish vote – bad luck for Greece: Does Iphigenia need to be sacrificed for favourable winds to blow in Eurozone?

‘Immense’ needs of migrants making perilous journey between Yemen and Horn of Africa prompts $45 million UN migration agency appeal

Global health challenges require global medical students

The EU Parliament slams Commission on economic governance

JADE Generations Club: Connecting perspectives, changing Europe.

De Gucht: More gaffes with the talks on the EU-US free trade agreement

COP21 Breaking News_07 December: “The world is expecting more from you than half-measures”, UN Secretary General Bank Ki-moon cries out from Paris

Eurozone has practically entered a deflation trap

Here are six bold ideas to accelerate sustainable energy innovation

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s