Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pat Buchanan on the Ukraine Crisis

In previous posts, I've gotten a lot of comments from people in the area — Russia and Ukraine — and it's clear that emotions run high in both directions. Actually, in all directions. There are more than two sides to this one.

Not to sound like a touchy-feely liberal, but in most such situations, there's right and wrong on both sides. It's pretty clear after a minimum of research that:

1. Russia sincerely feels threatened by European attempts to bring Ukraine and other former Soviet Republics into the Western orbit.

2. Ukraine sincerely feels threatened by Russian attempts to bring it back into the Russian orbit.

3. Countries aren't monolithic units. Russia, and especially Ukraine, both have internal factions with agendas of their own.

4. Some people in the West are sincerely concerned about freedom for the Ukrainian people.

5. Some people in the West stand to make big bucks from exploiting the Ukrainian people.

6. Most American politicians mouthing off about the crisis — from Obama to McCain, from Kerry to Palin — don't seem to know enough about the situation to have a legitimate opinion.

So, unlike most pundits and politicians, Pat Buchanan takes the long view in both directions, the past and the future, and analyses the Ukraine not in terms of good guys and bad guys, but in terms of historical realities and actual American interests.  At Antiwar, he writes:

Hillary, Hitler, and Cold War II

by Patrick J. Buchanan, March 07, 2014

In assessing the motives and actions of Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton compared them to Adolf Hitler’s. Almost always a mistake.

After 12 years in power, Hitler was dead, having slaughtered millions and conquered Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals.

And Putin? After 13 years in power, and facing a crisis in Ukraine, he directed his soldiers in the Crimea to take control of the small peninsula where Russia has berthed its Black Sea fleet since Napoleon.

To the Wall Street Journal this is a “blitzkrieg.”

But as of now, this is a less bloody affair than Andrew Jackson’s acquisition of our Florida peninsula. In 1818, Gen. Jackson was shooting Indians, putting the Spanish on boats to Cuba and hanging Brits. And we Americans loved it.

Still, there are parallels between what motivates Putin, a Russian nationalist, and what motivated the Austrian corporal. Hitler’s war began in blazing resentment at what was done to Germany after Nov. 11, 1918.
Quibcag: The Soviet girl I can't identify, but the illustration is from HERE.

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