President Obama can make all the empty rhetorical declarations about Russia being isolated, but the facts are clear. Russia has invaded a sovereign state. They have supported a para-military separatist movement that has ceded the Crimea from Ukraine. Russia was behind the shoot down of a civilian airliner to wit we know nothing about as they enabled their proxy army to cordon off the area from investigators. Just recently it seems that Russian-backed hackers went after the banking systems at JP Morgan Chase — that doesn’t sound like a country that is isolated — certainly not to the Ukrainians.
As reported by USA Today, “The United States told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that Russia has “outright lied” over its military activity inside Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian armed forces. The accusations came as NATO released satellite photos it said showed heavily armed Russian forces operating inside eastern Ukraine. “Russian soldiers, tanks and air defense have supported and fight alongside separatists as they open a new front in a crisis manufactured and fueled by Russia,” Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the council.”
Folks, tanks, infantry, artillery and air defense of another country inside the sovereign border of a different country is simply defined one way — an invasion. The Washington Times reported that a Russian separatist stated the Russian Soldiers were in Ukraine for a vacation — that’s how obtuse they are, and reflects how little respect they have for America and Europe.
And let’s be very honest, Russia sits as a permanent member of the United Nations security council and holds veto power, so don’t expect anything from that prestigious body of do-nothing governance. America should take the lead, call for an immediate NATO meeting and admit Ukraine and as part of the violation of Article V render security assistance and support. Right now, that country is being thrown under the bus. Also, you must realize that Vladimir Putin — unlike Obama — is not going to lose face as his separatist movement was losing. Therefore, he is stepping in to save his proxy endeavor, acquiring at least all of eastern Ukraine.
As a matter of fact, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has intimated that Russia supports a federalized Ukraine — ain’t that a peach!
Evidence of Russia’s dismissive and disrespectful attitude towards the United States can be seen in this exchange. U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power stated, “At every step, Russia has come before this [security] council to say everything but the truth. It has manipulated, obfuscated and outright lied.” To which Russian ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, responded, “Everyone knows there are Russian volunteers in eastern Ukraine. No one is hiding it.” He said the conflict was all Ukraine’s fault, calling it the “direct consequence of the reckless policy of Kiev, which is conducting a war against its own people.” He added that rather than blame Russia, the United States should “restrain your geopolitical ambitions. Countries around the world would breathe a sigh of relief.”
USA Today reports that “Russian military boots are on Russian ground,” according to Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, who also appealed to the U.N. for a response to a “growing military threat from Russia.” In London, British Prime Minister David Cameron said there is “mounting evidence that Russian troops have made large-scale incursions” into southeastern Ukraine. Such actions are “completely unacceptable and illegal,” he added, urging Russia to find a political solution to the crisis or “there will be further consequences.” In Brussels, Brig. Gen. Nico Tak told reporters at NATO headquarters Thursday that the alliance had noted a “significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine” in the past two weeks. “Russia is reinforcing and resupplying separatist forces in a blatant attempt to change the momentum of the fighting, which is currently favoring the Ukrainian military,” Tak said.
Lots of talk. I support seeking diplomatic and economic solutions, but there comes a time when the world must recognize a dictator, despot, autocrat or theocrat. I have been on battlefields and dare not rush into any conflagration. However, while not advocating war, we must as well be ready to answer the door when war knocks. To sit in the comfort of your home and believe that the knocking will stop — it might — but that silence could be the prelude to your home being destroyed, just like the neighbors next door.
John Stuart Mill aptly stated, War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse… A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
I pray in America we will always have the “exertions of better men” — certainly better than that of Barack Hussein Obama.