Dear CCI Colleagues,
I've written and rewritten the piece on Ukraine intended to go to you. Each hour has brought more twists and turns from all factions involved, including Washington. The ethnic components and histories are so complex, there is no way to write a short account of them. Many are attempting, but they are depending on slogans and demeaning one side or another like kids on a playground. Much of what's being written is useless, blustery and dangerous. I've read perhaps 500 articles on this one issue, know the positions of all sides, yet still haven't been able to sum them up adequately.
Today a clear and understandable article emerged. When reading it I marveled at how concisely it explains the multi-dimensional Ukraine and Crimea situation. While incorporating new details into my piece, I began to realize that what I need to send you is the article below. This analyst is better able to get the facts into digestible pieces than I. So here it is. I may yet send you mine -- it will in essence be very similar but the writer below is far better than I at condensing the facts. I hope this Q & A format is easy to absorb and helps you toward a better understanding of the tragic situation.
Let us hope and pray that sanity will rule and each side can find a face-saving way out.
Ukraine: A Candid, In-depth Discussion
By Chris Kanthan
Fighter jets are scrambling, tanks are rumbling, naval destroyer ships are entering dangerous territories, sanctions - diplomatic and economic - are flying, and leaders around the world are exchanging heated rhetoric. What in the world is happening in Ukraine? Here is a discussion with a perspective that is sadly missing in the mainstream media.
Q. In a nutshell, what is happening in Ukraine?
A. There were huge protests in Kiev (the capital of Ukraine) for a couple of months, and about two weeks ago, the president of Ukraine – who is pro-Russian – fled the country. A new, pro-western government has taken over Ukraine, rekindling some of the cold war tensions between Russia and the United States/European Union alliance. Specifically, Russia has sent troops to Crimea - a Ukrainian peninsula in Black Sea – and this action is being viewed by the other side as an invasion of Ukraine. Crimea is also trying to leave Ukraine and join Russia, and this is unacceptable to Ukraine and the U.S./E.U. countries which have responded quite strongly in words and actions.
Q. Every mainstream media, from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal, seems to agree that Putin is wrong. Some leaders, including Hillary Clinton, have compared him to Hitler. So why shouldn’t we try to stop his aggression?