Skip to comments.Opinion: What the West owes Ukraine
Posted on 02/26/2014 1:00:53 PM PST by No One Special
A true revolution doesn't come every day. The word "revolution" appears all around us, in commercial advertisements and political propaganda, until it seems to have lost all meaning.
The most minor tumult, the smallest change, and immediately we pronounce the word. And so when the real thing arrives, with tyranny and blood, with masses striving for freedom, with an ancient regime destroyed and a new one born, we might just fail to see its significance.
The spark that began the revolution was something called Europe: a trade agreement with the European Union that many Ukrainians saw as a chance to enter a world of free trade rather than government syndicates, and the rule of law rather than overwhelming corruption. When President Viktor Yanukovych, after months of promised, rejected the deal in November, Ukrainians protested.
The students were the first to reach the "Maidan," the main square of Kiev. They are the ones who already considered themselves Europeans, and took a European future for granted. After the riot police were sent to beat them, they were joined by the "Afghans," the veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
Then came the businessmen, the professionals, the people who had hoped to make an honest living, but found themselves thwarted by unpredictable taxes and corruption. In December, hundreds of thousands of people, from all parts of the country and all walks of life, were on the streets.
Then Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared with a proposal. Why not take 15 billion euros from Russia instead of playing around with Europe? Although the Russian side promised that the loan was without conditions, Russian leaders then explained that disbursements could only follow when political stability had been established.
In January, President Yanukovych formally did away with basic freedoms. A package of legislation introduced by a...
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The U.S. owes nothing to Ukraine. Whatever money is put in there will be stolen, just like in Iraq and Afghanistan.
$16 Trillion in debt is enough.
“The West” owes nothing. Ukraine’s neighbors (the U.S. is not one) can feel free to step in and help their neighbor if they desire.
“The West” needs to mind its own collective business. Every time (EVERY TIME) “The West” gets involved, another dictator takes the reigns. “The West” (especially the United States) needs to let Ukraine and every other country sort out their own damn problems.
We owe it to ourselves to not light off WWIII by injecting ourselves into Russia’s backyard, and a former Soviet state.
LOL. The Ukrainians should have looked to Spain, Greece, Hungry, and Cyprus to see what happens when a country hands over its sovereignty to the sodomite EU.
Sure. Turn the whole thing over to Kerry’s State Department. Do we really hate the Ukrainians that much?
I don’t anything that comes from CNN or this professor, but when they said students, and then Afghans, my tin foil antennas started twitching...something smells like community organizing. Plus, what happened to all that gold in the palace? The president escaped in a helicopter. Tons of it? Why do they need an infusion of cash?
Hmmmm ... some pretty disappointing responses.
And do the bidding of their big brother just like we did after the Holodomor when we gave the USSR diplomatic relations. Try reading the article.
Try reading my reply. I agree with you, or I did. Now you can kiss it.
Yes, sadly, it does.
BilltheDrill, I said “some pretty disappointing responses,” rather than all, because of your response. That said, perhaps, you should assume that the reply of the original poster was made in haste.
Our so-called leader should be more concerned about Venezuela then the Ukraine but he’s Hugo Chivez’s lover.
My apologies. Short-tempered today. I happen to hold the Ukrainians in very high regard.
Who would have expected rationality here at Free Republic?
The liberal press asserts that conservatives are for any war any time.
They lied to you again, there have to be merits outweighing the disadvantages.
No sale on Ukraine interference.
Try using some IMF brain wash...4 out of 5 European central bankers recommend it.
Holding them in high regard does not magically create a new Eurasia that won’t be destabilized by clumsy Islam centered American interventon managed by Odumbo.
So, there is no position to be taken between doing nothing and war?