Thursday, February 27, 2014

The situation in Ukraine

Ukraine is a testing ground to end cold
war diplomacy .
Well America  again is jumping up the old  cold war era band wagon . The situation in Ukraine . Here is my little analysis of the problem . The Ukrainian people revolted when President Viktor Yanukovich walked away from a treaty with the European Union under pressure from Russia. President Barack Obama referred to Ukraine in his  last State of the Union address on , voicing support for the principle that all people have the right to free expressionVice President Joe Biden has spoken to Yanukovich at least three times. And two U.S. senators, Republican John McCain of Arizona and Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut, traveled to Kiev last month and addressed demonstrations. It seems to me that with all the pomp of being a world leader as such we seem to be meddling the nations own nose where it should not be .Why I ask? Our American foreign  policy has not exactly worked well , we have Egypt , Syria as 'examples' . Now our nation is off again to poke it's nose in the 'name of freedom' with out any kind of justification  If Yanukovych government was democratically elected, why should we support anarchy?  Why should we impose our values on a sovereign nation?  Isn’t Ukraine itself divided about its future?  With so many problems of our own. The Obama administration is still playing from the cold war blue book . In every international conflict since 1917 the US has laid its principles and beliefs on the line as a guide to the purpose of the conflict, and its key objectives ie: Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. From The trenches of WW1 to the burned out alleyways of Aleppo these freedoms have been at the core of the reason Americans have gone into battle. No other country has done this.Obama believes this is the right path for his country and will continue to follow it.Warning Russia not to make any moves. Anyhow Ukraine has always been under the Russian umbrella for a 1000 years . Here is some points to ponder as I call them. Many point out that Viktor Yanukovych was elected President in free and fair elections.  This is true, but the issue at hand isn’t his election, but his actions in office. Case in  point of the "revolt". Sen. Bob Corker, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he is concerned that Russia will invadeUkraine, just as it started a war with Georgia when it sent troops to back rebels in the breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008. Although I doubt that Obama has any plan (other than which celebrity to party with in the White House next) I have to ask Senator Corker: what plan do you suggest? If Russia does invade Ukraine what can the U.S. government really do about it? How should this crisis end . Look no further than what Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev urged the presidents of Russia and the United States on Thursday to help broker negotiations to end violent protests in Ukraine, which he said was facing a possible "catastrophe".Gorbachev, 82, a Nobel Peace laureate whose reforms helped end the Cold War but led to the Soviet Union's demise, appealed to Russia's President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama to help Ukraine resolve the conflict peacefully. "Without the help, without the cooperation of authoritative representatives of our two countries this (situation) could lead to catastrophe," Gorbachev, who has Ukrainian heritage, said in an open letter posted on his foundation's website. "I ask you to seize the opportunity and take a decisive step to help Ukraine return to the path of peaceful development. I am really relying on you," he said. "The opposing sides should sit at the negotiation table."

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