Category Archives: Russia

D-Day Anniversary-America Once Great

It is the 70th anniversary of the day when British, Canadian, French, American troops landed on the beaches of France as part of the plan by which the Soviet Union and its allies would end the regime of Adolf Hitler. In the morning as dawn broke, German soldiers awoke to see 5,000 ships staring at them while cannons boomed and troops headed for the beaches of Normandy. It was an Allied effort, actually Americans constituted only 45% of those who landed. The British and Americans devised an incredibly complex plan which worked out, and within a day 150,000 men were on the beaches fighting for their lives. About 20,000 American and British paratroopers landed behind the lines and engaged German troops. So, what was unique about this day?

1. American leaders actually had a war plan that worked.
2. American leaders actually worked in a cooperative manner with allies.
3. The plan required pin point military decisions that actually worked.
4. American troops knew why there were landing on a distant beach, and who was the enemy.
5. There was close cooperation between the air force and ground troops.
6. The entire American nation was behind the effort.
7. Believe it or not but the top tax rate was 90% on the wealthy.
8. Wealthy people were willing to give their riches for the country’s need.
9. Believe it or not but high tax rates only led to more job creation.
10. We all were proud to be Americans.

That was then, today is now.

A New Guerrilla War In Ukraine

I understand the frustration and fatigue of the American people who have endured over a decade of war in foreign places where people fight and die, and Americans are engaged in un-explicable events. A war is beginning in eastern Ukraine between the government and “separatists.” It would be one thing if these “separatists” actually represented the people of areas such as Luhansk, but it increasingly is clear those fighting are Russians who have been armed by the Russian government. Only a fool would believe that “separatists” could possess modern weapons and have military training that enables them to launch attacks.

It is time for the US and NATO to dispatch arms and ammunition. It is time to dispatch military advisors, not to fight, but to train and equip a Ukraine army that can put amend to separatists. There is NO need for American forces to engage in military action, but they can engage in training and offer modern equipment and helicopters for the fighting that must occur if Ukraine is to gain peace.

You Have Freedom To Think As I Do

I recently encountered the ideas of a Turkish professor who is a devout Muslim and it became clear that his ideas are not only found among conservative fundamentalist Muslims, but represent the thinking of many Christians and Jews. Professor Hayrettin Karaman argues that modern secularism “does not have aspects which are in harmony with or parallel to Islam. He does agree with the concept of freedom of religion, but in his interpretation of this concept that means everyone has the right to freedom of thinking providing it directs the individual to believe in Islam. He does have ideas concerning the idea of pluralism. At the “bottom of pluralism lies the relativity of right and wrong, good and bad. “This goes against the essence of Islam.”

Ironically, the same manner of thinking is found among many Orthodox Jews or Christians. Heck, in America, we have Republicans who believe seeking to raise taxes one percent will result in the decline of America and simply punish our beloved job creators who will cease to job create. Those who posses the “truth” know there is only ONE TRUTH and that is what they believe. When it comes to this approach to thinking, one discovers such thinkers in ANY religion!

Blame It On Someone, Not Me!

Russian President Vladimir Putin is employing one of the oldest strategies in politics by waving the flags of fear in order to divert attention from real problems and issues confronting the people of Russia. He has employed control over the media and press to instill fears about Nazis and Fascists in Ukraine who threaten the very existence of true Russian nation. It worked in the Crimea and that area is now part of Russia. Putin is using his surrogate secret police in eastern regions of Ukraine to stir up the pot of anger and hate against the government in Kiev. Suddenly, that entity has become a “Nazi government” with its huge army of 150,000 ill armed men with a few tanks and no air force now threatening the very existence of the Russian nation! Dimitry Gukov, is a rare Russian creature, he is an opposition member of the Russian parliament and thus stands against the Putin campaign of fear and distrust.

Polls show that 85% of Russians do not want to engage in any form of protest against their government. President Putin now has the support of 82% of Russians because he “saved them from the modern Fascist government of Kiev.” According to Gukov, “Russia’s domestic policy is being conducted through Ukraine. The population reluctance to protest does not mean that it is necessarily happier or more satisfied. Citizens are being distracted from domestic problems by state authorities’ insistence on the presence of foreign enemies-in Ukraine and the West. There will come a time when authorities will no longer be able to distract Russians from their troubles at home.”

Every bully and dictator in the 20th Century used this ploy to get or maintain power. Shades of Mussolini and Hitler and Stalin.

Time To End Violence In Ukraine

The people of Ukraine just had an election and a candidate garnered over 50% of the vote. Mr. Poroshenko is a billionaire who is pragmatic, desires to restore law and order to his nation and wants to do it NOW. Even as he spoke the separatists in the Donetsk region were attempting to take over an airport only to be thwarted by Ukraine forces, including jet planes. Reports are that about 30 died in this silly effort by a group of thugs, most probably in the pay of the Russian government. Poroshenko was blunt in making clear to President Vladimir Putin the time was over for his efforts to split Ukraine. “The anti-terrorist operation cannot and should not last more than two or three months. It should and will end now.”

Putin knows that he has lost. He awoke one day and realized that if Russian forces actually invaded the UKraine his government would be confronted by billions of dollars in cost to run the region plus facing the prospect of new economic sanctions that will damage Russian banks and business enterprises. It is time to conclude this folly.

So, Who Is Voting?

So, what happens if an election is held but there is no place for people to cast their ballot let alone having people who want to cast a ballot? Here in America we have something called, “elections” and about forty percent of the people just do not show up to cast a ballot. No surprise that in Ukraine yesterday and election was held to determine who would be president and a heck of a lot of people in eastern regions refused to accept the idea there even was an election. About twenty percent of eastern region Ukkrainians want to return to the good old days being part of Russia. There is scant doubt they are being provided with guns and money by the Russian government.

Anyway, most eastern folk did not vote, either because there were no ballots, let alone polling places due to separatists. After all, who wants to risk life in order to vote? Most probably in Ukraine, let in dear old USA, money talks. Industralist Petro Poroshenko will win and life will go on. Sorry, separatists, Vladimir Putin does NOT want you. He finally figured out that getting eastern Ukraine would cost money.

Putin Plays Gentle Man

During the past several days, this blog has predicted that Russian President Vladimir Putin would back down, withdraw his forces from the border with Ukraine and seek to come across as a man of peace and good will. Putin announced that his government “will respect the choice of the Ukraine people” in the upcoming election for president of the country. Why?

1. The Russian economy is stagnant and can not absorb the costs that would accompany taking over the Ukraine.
2. He fears a Russian takeover would result in guerrilla warfare which would be an enormous financial drain on his government.
3. Sanctions are not only working, but they pose a serious threat to the Russian economy.
4. If Russia does take over the Ukraine, then who is equipped to run the country? There is not a single opposition person who could assume the responsibilities of being president without causing chaos.
5. Maintaining an army that goes into battle COST MONEY!

Money Brings Peace To Ukraine

Up until a few days ago, the situation in Ukraine appeared dark for the hope of peace, but suddenly things are becoming quiet and Russian soldiers are the border will soon back off. Why? Rinat Akhmetov is the richest person in eastern Ukraine and he owns factories in which over 300,000 people work. His estimated wealth is about $12 billion. The plant owner pointed out a simple fact to his workers, many of whom were deeply involved in the movement to have eastern Ukraine secede from the rest of the country. He quietly informed his workers that if eastern Ukraine joins Russia, most probably the plants would close since their economic future lies in the west, not the east. Within days, “worker patrols”were in the cities of eastern Ukraine and those who had taken over government buildings quietly and peacefully left.

Barriers are being removed, officials are being asked to return to their jobs. The Ukraine flag has returned. There is scant likelihood of more violence. In the end, jobs and economics triumphed over the desire upon a part of the population to return to Mother Russia. Much better to seek Father Akhmetov!

Return To Mother Russia

During the past several months, Senator John McCain and many Republicans have been demanding that President Obama “take action” in order to halt Russian seizure of land in the nation of Ukraine. Fox News even claimed the recent seizure of girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram stemmed from refusal on the part of President Obama to resist Russian actions with military actions on our part. Of course, Boko Haram leaders have absolutely no idea as to the nation of Russia nor something that is called, Ukraine. In this case, Barack Obama has kept his cool, drawn upon economic sanctions, and did not send a single American soldier into harm’s way. Instead of an endless brutal war in Iraq or Afghanistan, the situation in Ukraine is now concluding in a peaceful manner.

President Vladimir Putin announced that Russian troops on the border of Ukraine will return to their bases. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu sent a similar message to US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. The crisis is defused, why?

1. America used economic weapons rather than military ones.
2. Ukraine industrialists decided there were economic consequences for themselves and their workers by continued chaos in the country.
3. Workers were sent into cities to end violence and protect their jobs.

NO AMERICANS DIED.

I wonder if Fox News will make any mention of an Obama success story??

Let’s All Secede!

President Vladimir Putin made clear to the Tatar minority in the Crimea they now are part of Russia, and keep your mouths shut. “Today we must all realize that the interests of the Crimean Tatars today are tied to Russia. The Tatars represent 12% of inhabitants of the Crimea and they are Sunni Muslim in contrast to the majority Christian population. As I pointed out the other day, Tatars were brutally persecuted under the regime of Joseph Stalin and thousands sent off to Asia during World War II. The new government, or should I say, the new stooges of Putin, have made clear there will not be any demonstrations in the coming months because that would impact the summer tourist trade.

Let me get a few things clear:

1. Putin insists the rights of regions in eastern Ukraine have the right to be independent since they prefer Russia as their homeland.
2. But, regions in the Crimea –12% of the people–who seek to remain part of Ukraine do NOT have that right because majority rule holds!

Anyway, here is some good news for those living in the Crimea, it has just been announced that President Vladimir Putin played in a hockey game against professional athletes. Despite the fact he only learned to skate five years ago, he dashed and pushed his way to score FIVE GOALS! I trust Crimea Tatars can now be happy knowing their new leader is not only a brave man, but a great hockey player!!