Why Ukraine?

We shouldn’t be concerned … or should we?

I’ve heard it said many times. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a European problem. Let them deal with it.

Over the past month reports about the Russian atrocities in Ukraine moved from the headline story down to fourth or fifth place behind the economy, the border, and whatever the Biden administration is currently screwing up. I’ve heard more than a few news commentators and their guests speak about our problems at home. They raise the point that we should fix things here first. Ukraine is halfway around the world. Why are we even involved?

Yes, I agree we have our share of problems. We have a huge border crisis, massive inflation, and a supply chain issue that simply never impacted Americans the way this one has. Imagine empty grocery store shelves like the ones in Russia. Oh, wait! We don’t have to imagine that do we? The list goes on and on, and on some more.  

The ineptitude of the Biden administration doesn’t change the truth (not to be confused with fact). An imperial Russia illegally attacked a smaller sovereign country because it could. Why did it think an invasion of Ukraine was a good idea? Because America is weak. That’s the truth.

A weak America means a world in conflict. All you need to do is look at the last 100 years of world history. You may not like the fact, but that doesn’t change the reality, the truth. America’s role is a stabilizing force in world politics. Turning a blind eye shows weakness.

Then there’s the Budapest Memorandum (see Lesson to the World: | davyd’s blog (wordpress.com) ) which by the way, is being ignored by everyone on both sides of the Atlantic. Did you know that not only do we have a legal responsibility to defend Ukraine, but so does Russia? Talk about a war crime, Russia is legally bound to defend Ukraine from itself.

Mariupol

Today Russians take Mariupol, tomorrow Times Square.

Look. The reality is this. If Putin is allowed to continue unabated, he will not stop. Yeah, just like Hitler. If we don’t stop him now, we will have to stop Putin later. Only then, he’ll be much stronger.

And if Putin succeeds with his invasion of Ukraine, why wouldn’t China think they’ll succeed with Taiwan? They’ve already made it clear that Taiwan is a target. If they are allowed to invade without consequence, then they too, will not stop. Eventually, America will have to fight a two-front war; one on her Atlantic shore, and one on her Pacific.

P.S. – It’s not just a matter of our future survival; it’s a matter of human decency.

P.S. – FYI, Bill Clinton made the commitment to the Ukrainian people. Bill Clinton, husband of Hillary Clinton. Did Bill lie? Did Hillary lie? If we don’t stand by our word, does that make us liars? Hmmm …

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