Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to urge the President of the United States to arm Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. The United States needs to be very careful here.
I travel to Ukraine often. I travel to Moscow often. Ukraine has a long, tortured history with Russia that most Americans don’t understand.
How can we effectively deal with a war like this when we may not have a full understanding of the situation and the history that has driven the conflict in East Ukraine to where it is today?
Slavic society started in Ukraine. After the tribes of Kievan Rus were overrun by the Golden Horde from the East almost nine hundred years ago, the princes moved to Moscow and started a new Slavic kingdom which became known as Russia.
The Russian Orthodox Church started in Kiev. Ukraine holds a special place in the Russian Slavic heart.
I am for democracy and for the right of people to determine their own destiny. I have to say I am torn with this situation. It is not as easy as to say “ok, let’s just go kill Russians in Ukraine and make the world a better place.”
There will be serious consequences from Russia. Russia is bristling with modern nuclear weaponry and nationalist xenophobia.
I am concerned that arming Ukraine will fall right into Putin’s trap. Now, he will have a real enemy to keep his population’s eyes off the coming economic misery.
Let me say that NATO countries should be the absolute red line. There should already be multiple armored brigades in Eastern Europe to show America’s intent to defend the alliance and her allies.
However, I think we have to be much more clever in Ukraine. It seems to me there has to be some other way to stop the Russian advance in the East than for America to directly provide weapons. For instance, we could easily just provide funds secretly for the Ukrainians to arm themselves.
This is a serious situation and could easily lead to a world war which could go nuclear quickly. Russian President Vladimir Putin has often told the West to not forget that Russia has nuclear weapons. The problem is, he is willing to use them.
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