According to Anne Applebaum in the Russian sphere of influence today, “LGBT” means pro-Western:
Afterward, I worked it out. The lawyer meant to say that Saakashvili — who drove his country hard in the direction of Europe, pulled Georgia as close to NATO as possible and used rough tactics to fight the post-Soviet mafia that dominated his country — was “too Western.” Not conservative enough. Not traditional enough. Too much of a modernizer, a reformer, a European. In the past, such a critic might have called Saakashvili a “rootless cosmopolitan.” But today the insulting code word for that sort of person in the former Soviet space — regardless of what he or she thinks about homosexuals — is LGBT.
I think that President Obama is overstating his case when he makes the claim that Putin’s Russia isn’t the vanguard of some “global ideology”. In the recent UN General Assembly vote condemning Russia’s annexation of Crimea the vote was 100 in favor of condemning it, 11 opposed, with 58 abstentions.
Those who voted against the condemnation were Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. That’s a combination of countries affiliated very closely with Russia, the usual suspects, and the “Bolivarian” countries of Latin America. But look at the passive-aggressive abstentions. They include China, India, Brazil, Egypt, Iraq, Kenya, and Pakistan. They include countries on every continent and the largest countries in the world. They represent more than half of the people in the world and more than half of its land territory.
If President Putin can claim the leadership of this 21st century “non-aligned movement”, the next few years may be very troubling times. We could face a global ideology of opposition.