UkraineLET’S STAY OUT OF THIS!

Here we go again. Violence has broken out in the Ukraine, and Russia has occupied the Crimean Peninsula to “protect” its mainly Russian-speaking population. War hawks in the United States are having a field day. Sen. John McCain demands that Obama announce consequences for Putin’s regime. Others call for everything from billion-dollar aid packages, to the dispatching of a U. S. Naval flotilla to the Black Sea.

Please folks, can we have a little perspective here? Not only are the hawks ignoring reality, but history as well. Ukrainians are themselves divided—Easterners favoring alignment with Russia, while Westerners prefer association with the EU. For most Russians, the vast region surrounding Kiev represents the cradle of their history and culture. Ever since Prince Vladimir consolidated the Kievan state in the 10th century, Ukraine has either been part of, or closely associated with Russia. That’s more than a thousand years of shared history. Kiev was the first capital of Russia. It’s now in a foreign country. That’s a sticky situation. Let’s leave this one to them to work out for themselves. It’s their backyard, not ours.

 

One Response to LET’S STAY OUT OF THIS!

  1. Your 0-Sixellency; It’s been awhile. Good to see your face. Agree about Ukraine. I was in Kharkiv in 91-92 when the flag came down. Heady days. Worked in the Balkans mostly,(Bulgarian, Macedonia) consulting ’95- 2010. I’ve been busy too. I have a website, under pen name, VassarBushmills.com. Interested in your thoughts about ISIS. Guy Daines said he came to visit and you were hale and hearty, so I hope this finds you well. 804-318-1750 (Richmond VA)

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