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Canada not helping resolve Ukraine crisis

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  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 06:00 am

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It is irresponsible and a little hysterical to compare Russia to 1938 Czechoslovakia or refer to UN, EU, U.S. actions as “appeasement.”

The Russia-Ukraine situation can’t be compared to Czechoslovakia of 1938.

What occurred in Ukraine is undoubtedly a coup initiated by far-right elements like the Right Sector and Svoboda parties, whose leaders and members are anti-Jewish and anti-Russian racist extremists. There were more than 80 people killed in Maidan with evidence pointing, not to Yanokovych’s government forces, but the coup plotters themselves. There is no doubt of U.S. and other foreign countries' involvement in this putsch.

The suggestion that Russia should be stripped of its UN Security Council seat is utterly naive. Russia is too important economically, is a well-armed nuclear power, and beyond that, supplies the EU with 60 per cent of its oil and gas. Two-hundred thousand Ukrainians of Russian ethnicity have fled to Russia in well-founded fear for their lives.

U.S. machinations seem to be aimed at installing NATO bases right in Ukraine which was until 1991 a part of the USSR proper. This in addition to the already NATO-fied countries surrounding (threatening) Russia. Objections to Russia's actions in the Crimea are hypocritical considering the U.S. invasion of Grenada and Panama and killing thousands on the pretext of protecting U.S. nationals.

And that doesn't even touch on the extensive list of invasions of countries everywhere in the world and/or the systematic undermining of democratic government by infiltration of agents provocateurs and the funding of class-based trouble makers – as is presently the case in Venezuela.

Russia's satellite countries chose independence and left the former USSR without a single shot being fired. In exchange for the dissolution of the USSR, Russian resources and assets were plundered by Western oligarchs and recovery has been a long and painful process.

It would be simple to explain this anti-Russian bias as a remnant of anti-communist paranoia, but it may be more insidious. It may be simply an example of anti-slavic racism which will rebound onto Ukrainians as well. Putin and Yanokovych proposed to help Ukraine out of its debt burden by a plan involving Russia/EU co-operation, and it was turned down.

We must all hope this situation will resolve itself in a reasonable way. In any case Russia will likely remember the redundant and unhelpful yapping at their heels of Canadian government officials, and it won't be to our advantage.

We've already alienated China. It seems to be what we do best these days.

Doris Wrench Eisler, St. Albert


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