Violence and conflict in the 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.

KievPlease 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.


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