Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ukraine Is Caught Between A Rock And A Hard Place

This article provides a bleak picture of the battle between the West and Russia over Ukraine.  Most Americans do not realize that Ukraine is a very large country.  It is the home to 46 million people, and it is about the size of Spain.  The US and Russia media portray the current situation as a battle between the good guys and the bad guys.  Putin's popularity in Russia has skyrocketed because he is standing up to the bad guys in the West.  Of course, Putin and Russia are still viewed by many Americans from the lens of the cold war.  This article claims that there are no good guys in this situation. The big guys in this story are engaged a contest over an immature state with one of worst economies in Eastern Europe.  Unfortunately, for the citizens in Ukraine, neither side offers them anything worthwhile.  Ukraine will not be made a full member of the EU, and Russia is only interested in aligning itself with puppet states on its periphery.  We should all be concerned about this contest because the game of chicken is being played by states with nuclear weapons.

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