The past week has definitely enabled Vladimir Putin to enjoy himself. Leaders of France and Germany came begging to him and imploring the man who once was a KGB agent. He so enjoys being in the limelight of power when those who regard themselves as leaders of great nations seek his approval. It is also wonderful that most Russians somehow believe this excuse for a human is a “great” leader of their nation. Yes, the world gets a path to his house and he has the power to allow them to enter or wait outside begging for alms from the man who controls guns and artillery and planes. In theory there is a ceasefire in Ukraine. In theory separatists and Ukrainians have laid down their arms. Of course, the great leader decides what constitutes “peace” and quiet. We can expect further “incidents,” we can expect further deaths of Ukrainian soldiers.
It is the winter of discontent for those in the West who have allowed themselves to be bullied by this person. Can anything be done?
1. Isolate Russia. No travel, no trade.
2. Send defensive weapons to Ukrainians.
3. Allow Ukraine to become a member of NATO.
4. Continue the sanctions.
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There is not a doubt in the world that Senator John McCain loves the USA, the American armed forces, and the right to bear arms not only in America but just about every other place in the world. He wants Congress to pass legislation that sends weapons of destruction to the forces of Ukraine. Yes, the government of Ukraine is under attack by Russia through its proxy “separatists” in Ukraine. Yes, Putin is just dying to show Europe it can not insult the man who is all powerful in Russia. Ukraine needs assistance, but it must be provided with care. Yes, Ukraine must be protected. But, the road to war has problems since Putin needs war in order to convince the people of Russia they are under attack and must allow him to save the nation.
1. Step one is to increase in severity economic sanctions against Russia.
2. There must be an embargo against any trade or economic interactions with Russia.
3. Ban travel to Russia.
Make the Russian economy suffer even more. In the meantime provide just enough weapons for Ukraine to defend itself. Avoid any all out war, too dangerous in the age of atomic weapons.
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