Ukraine

The Russian gangster state is about to take the Ukraine apart as I write.

This is not our fight, I think. There are no big American interests at stake. American lives are not endangered. As I write, there is not big humanitarian crisis (as there is in Syria, and continuing) either.

I hope we  mostly agree in this country that national borders are not sacred. We are not sworn to go to war to have them protected. If the Ukraine becomes two states  or if a part of it becomes incorporated into Russia, that’s alright with me. I hope it happens quickly and with little bloodletting.

The argument that we are on the side of Ukrainian democrats is not very convincing, right now. I just don’t know. I don’t think they know.

The main downside of this crisis, as I see it, is that President Obama was not able to keep his big mouth shut. He just gave another reason for political mafiosi, tin-pot dictators, savage tyrants, and pure fascist states such as Iran and North Korea to consider the US a paper tiger. That is very dangerous. It leads to gambling miscalculations, a la Saddam Hussein.

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About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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5 Responses to Ukraine

  1. Tige d'airain says:

    I agree on the fact that the Ukraine crisis is not the problem of the United States although, as the leader of the Nato organization which they have strongly promoted and from which they largely benefit, they are involved in the security of Europe.
    Poutine still believes that the prosperity of a nation lies in its territorial predominance which is not true anymore since about one century. The prosperity of a nation now lies in its capacity to produce raw materials or manufactured products that can be sold to other countries and more and more to product goods incorporating a high level of technology.
    I hope that this crisis shall oblige the European community to consider their weakness and their inability to build a common army and that they shall undertake the necessary steps to remedy to it in the future.
    On this point I recommend to listen the Standford University – James Sheehan’s lecture, available at:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/history-international-system/id384240428?mt=10

    the item 27 entitled “The Future of International Sovereignty: The European Model”, tells the history of the European failure to create a federal state and how finally there is neither an European army nor an European foreign policy able to offer to Vladimir Poutine a credible resistance.
    On the other side Mister Poutine should also consider that his present attitude might result in the fact that those European countries whose energy needs depend on the Russian gas shall take the necessary steps to loosen this constrain. It might even happen that the German people realize that nuclear energy could be of some interest!

  2. Bruce says:

    Obama is the weakest president in US history. It’s hard to believe the people leading our country are the likes of Obama, Biden, Kerry, Holder, Reed, Pelosi, Boehner and resting up for 2016 Hillary Clinton. The only “transparency” in the Obama administration is how incompetent and weak they are. Reagan would have squashed Putin like a bug. Instead, our enemies mock us and our friends wonder what the hell is going on. Sad thing is I don’t see much changing, at least until things get much worse.

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