What you say is true that Ukraine is an independent nation. I do not think that Putin is using the historical ethnicity excuse; there are other issues like port access. Crimea is 60% Russian.
Russia has assets to protect in Sevastopol. Ukraine and Russia signed a treaty that allowed Russia to keep its fleet in Sevastopol. The agreement is that the Russian fleet is set to remain there until at least 2042.
Hence, I do not think that the Hitler analogy applies. I do not know when the West will stand up. I do not know enough to even guess where this is headed. Will it be constrained to Crimea? Where is Ukraine headed to settle the issues and unrest? How real is the worry that Russia is bent on rebuilding its empire?
Last I heard Russia’s government debt was about 8% of their GDP.
Western bankers, meanwhile, have the US government debt over 100% of GDP.
Russia has done VERY well economically since 2000, after recovering from an economic debacle in 1998.
It’s not about “empires” and political rhetoric, it’s about real, everyday economics.
IBM and Boeing have been doing business inside Russia since 1972.
No nation on earth has anywhere near the capability to occupy the US, so we are in no danger of some boogie man coming after us.
Our biggest enemy is international financial elites that too few people want to even admit exist, so they go on exporting jobs, exporting food and raising its price, dreaming up things to sell to the government which we pay for with tax dollars, etc.
Most of “conservative” America is clueless as is “liberal” America.
While we’re all arguing about “Hitler”, the elites are enslaving us.