Monday, March 24, 2014

Resetting the foreign relations button with Russia


Well, the U.S. certainly has 'reset the button' on foreign relations with Russia.  We have 'reset' it all the way back to the Cold War.

With Russia's grab of Crimea right out of the sovereign borders of Ukraine to return as  part of Russia, the U.S. and the rest of the world has been whooshed back to the 1950's.  It was in 1954 that Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union at the time, who gave Crimea to Ukraine. Since then, Crimea has been an autonomous region of Ukraine and continued so, when Ukraine gained its independence as a country with the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990's.

Vladimir Putin, the despot that he is, preened on the world stage during his triumphal Sochi Winter Olympics, and filled with that success, immediately turned to Ukraine, invaded, and grabbed back Crimea into Russia.  

And. . . the world just sat by and watched.

Now, all the independent countries that were once part of the Soviet Union are concerned and nervous that Putin and the Russian army may invade them.  And, who can blame them?

Ukraine is the most nervous one of them all.  Will Putin try next to acquire the eastern region of Ukraine because that is where many Russian ethnics live?   Ukraine has already been broken up with the grab of Crimea.  Will it continue to be broken up by Putin annexing the eastern region of Ukraine?

Russia has just rolled in and smashed into Ukrainian bases in Crimea and have taken over. Ukranian commanding officers have been detained for questioning.  

I realize no one wants war, but when an affront like Putin has done on an independent nation occurs, isn't there something the world can do?  Can't NATO come to Ukraine's defense? Wouldn't a strong presence of NATO forces in Crimea and Ukraine deter Putin and his cronies from what they are doing?   Putin sees economic sanctions as a weak response to his invasion, and sadly, Europe doesn't really want to follow suit with sanctions of their own because they rely on Russia's oil to heat their homes in the winter.

Putin is a bully.  And, although we teach children not to bully and not to but up with bullies, what examples do they see by adults on the world stage?   They see Putin being rewarded for his bullying and invasion of another's property and sovereign borders.

He might think twice about land grabbing if he was truly up against and looking at strong NATO forces and not just Ukrainian forces in Crimea and Ukraine. 

I don't see much changing in this world if we keep repeating the same mistakes, aka Hitler and his land grabs.  We need to stand up to the bullies of this world at the moment they begin, not years down the road when they are at the point of trying to take over the entire world and committing genocide.

We really know how to 'reset' things, don't we?  We have 'reset' ourselves right back into recent cold war history.

If this is the 'new world order,'  God help us.

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