Monday, April 28, 2014

Come Monday...Putin is on Us

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

It is our (Americans) fault that someone like [Vladimir Putin] could come to power in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.  For we could have rushed to the aid of the citizens of the former communist countries, but we wanted them to lie in the bed they had made for awhile.

So, instead of fostering feelings of eternal gratitude with people, who had watched their means for existence disintegrate right before their very eyes, we reinforced the notion of us really being their enemies.  This made it easy for someone like Putin to come to power.  For he has not been shy about wanting to rebuild the Soviet Union, and life was not all that bad for many in the area during that era—certainly not as bad as it has been since.

Yes, some of the blame must be layed at the feet of the British, French and the rest of the free world.  For they sure didn’t do much, but in all fairness, our leaders were probably discouraging them from doing what they could.  No, I do not have any evidence.  It sure makes sense to me, though.

The West Germans did more than anyone else to help their people, who had been trapped on the eastern side of the [Iron Curtain].  Hence, there is now a truly united Germany, which is as strong as a country as it ever has been—both economically and politically.

Alas, I see the Russian encroachment into Ukraine as being a no-win situation.  For unless our Heavenly Father does some serious changing of hearts and minds, it will only be by military force that Putin will be stopped, and I do not see him refusing to go nuclear when he starts losing a conventional war with the west.

In the end, the west would not lose even a nuclear war, but the survivors would be hard-pressed to claim victory.  May our Heavenly Father have mercy upon us all.

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  1. It's a scary world out there any more.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Ann!!! I don't think it is really all that much more worse than it always has been, but we do hear about more (and much faster, too) these days.

  3. I really appreciate your perspective. I know these things are complicated but the power mongers know how to take advantage of honest, good, hard working people. Their philosophy requires dominating over others for their own benefit.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, my dear L.D.!!! Alas, I was about as hardcore of a political conservative as one can be before our Heavenly Father started letting me see things through His eyes. Be assured that it has not been a pretty sight when looking at my beloved country most of the time.

  5. I think the Ukraine is going to be another Afghanistan for Russia. Putin will regret what he's done.

  6. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Stephen!!! In any event, I really hate the part we have played.

  7. I try to read the headlines, a few articles here and there and keep up with the "what, hows and whys" of these things, but mostly it baffles me. Interesting perspective-- thanks for sharing.

  8. It's difficult to comment upon...

    I have a dear friend and his wife who live in Moscow...they're Russian...I wrote about Andrei in my blog a little while back. I make no mention of this to him...I feel, rightly or wrongly, it's not my place to do so.

    It is the world we live in...and unfortunately, we will never have peace no matter how much we, the simple folk, desire it.

  9. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Julie!!! I don't think Putin's actions will have much of an impact upon us, but I would sure hate to be living in Ukraine.

  10. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Lee!!! I suppose it is just consistent with human nature, but it pains me deeply that our government will never come to the aid of another country unless there is something quite substantial in it for us. No, goodwill does not seem to count for all that much.

  11. Hmmm What could be done once Gorbachev was replaced by Yeltsin? The internal structures falling apart, clever men, usually once highly placed, knew how to wheel and deal inside the old USSR and once Yeltsin was pushed aside they took over.
    Difficult then to know how to aid Russia, aid not always welcomed! Putin's gang are now well established and he wants to make Russia powerful again.
    The real question is how much control does he have over the folks in Eastern Ukraine? He led the Crimea attack but does he control those now occupying places?
    He cannot afford to have a war there, the economy cannot stand it. Folly however knows no end.

  12. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Adullamite!!! Yes, inaction can always be justified until it cannot.


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