Before you throw rotten eggs at me for my thoughts, I assure you that as a former Berliner I harbor no love for Putin and those Russians he stands for.

I do not understand how the Russian intervention is condemnable when we felt it to be in our national interest to send troops, as in Panama and a few other countries, or for the protection of Americans as in Grenada.

The Crimean Peninsula was handed to the Ukrainians by the Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev, who was born there, without giving the Crimeans a choice. 

Imagine a U.S. president with ties to Mexico, somehow assuming the same power Khrushchev had, giving Texas “back” to Mexico. 

And, after Mexico allowed us some autonomy, a new government in Mexico City making the use of the English language illegal.

Consequently, the English-speaking majority of former U.S. citizens in the “given away” state calls on the U.S.A. for help. 

Responding, the U.S., having preserved for itself the use of its Corpus Christi Navy base, similar to Guantánamo Navy base, moves from there to assure our rights of self-determination, and a referendum is called for Texans to decide who we want to be part of.

Unlikely scenario? Hardly, when we recount early Texan history.

The revolutionary Ukrainian government did, as soon as it was in power, issue such decrees that disallowed the use of any language other than Ukrainian. 

In contrast, even a heavily authoritarian nation like Russia tolerates other languages and cultures within its borders.

If we were Russia, what would be our response to such development being condemned by, let’s say, China?

The Ukraine is in this mess because of widespread corruption, not just that of it’s president. 

The Crimean Peninsula was Russian for more than a century or more. 

It was never given away — it was just switched from one Soviet Republic to another. 

Let the people there decide who they want to be part of and let us not meddle.

Let’s not play the world’s selective policeman again. 

This has really nothing to do with us, but it is convenient for politicians on both sides to cry that Russia is again the old war nemesis. 

That conveniently turns our attention away from our congressional economy debacle.

Gerhard Meinecke lives in Dickinson.

(10) comments

Steve Lamb

This is an excellent explanation of of very complex situation. I do not believe 99.9% of Americans have any understanding of what is going on over there. I was unaware of the dynamics myself until talking with a Polish friend, who also has NO love for Russia, about it.

Mike Box

Thanks for the rational analysis! More of that would be nice in the news.


Thank you sir,.. but I think I will continue to support my country instead of the Russians. Putin is a KGB Communist at heart who, longs for the past, he has not changed, he is like the Word of God and Satan,... and they like himself,....will never change.
Everyone here are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own truth(s). The truth is Putin does not believe in the truth, and neither did Pontius Pilate in a Roman Court yard, so many years ago! Blessings to all.

Gerhard Meinecke

You may have overlooked my first sentence. Yes, Putin is old KGB and cannot be trusted. But, what does that have to do with us in this case? What is there for our country to be defended about the Crimean Peninsula.

And PLEASE, do not imply that I do not support my country. I support it by not wanting to get us to have to pay $$$$, adding to our deficit and maybe even loose our young people's lives by getting ourselves sucked in to an affair that is not ours.

BTW, no one is entitled here to their own truth? Is that except yours? "THE TRUTH IS..."!?!? tsk, tsk


Add one more to who does not really know the truth. I would say tsk,tsk like you, except I don't think it's funny. To each his own though, have a good night.

Lars Faltskog

JBJ, play nice!! God is watching.


"And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil."

"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."

Lars Faltskog

I mean, JBG

ole dad

You know, I'm sick and tired of policing the world. Russia's broke, Crimea's broke, and Ukraine's broke, and yes we have trillions of dollars in deficit. What are we doing! Leave them alone and let them kill each other. It's not our war. We can't even get out of the wars we're in. Quit wasting my money and quit wasting my fellow American lives on useless efforts to change century's old beliefs in foreign countries that mean "diddly squat" to Americans.

Bruce Niebuhr

in 1991 the post-Communist government in Russia disbanded the Warsaw Pact and removed their military bases and troops from eastern Europe. Amazing! The United States could have reciprocated and disbanded NATO and remove our troops from western Europe. Instead, the Clinton, Bus and Obama regimes enlargesed NATO adding almost all of eastern Europe. Now we Americans are responsible if any of these dinky countries get into a conflict with Russia. Dangerous warmongers like John McCain would like to add Ukraine and even Georgia to NATO. Look at a map: Where is Russia, Ukraine and Crimea? Anywhere near the USA? Only we the citizens of this country can stop the madness of inciting a war with nuclear-armed Russia. Contact our senators, representatives and the President.
Bruce Niebuhr

Steve Fouga

I don't think there's much chance of inciting a war, but your comment about enlarging NATO is right on the mark. It's one thing to be a trading partner with, or a nation friendly to, a former Soviet Socialist Republic. It's an entirely different thing to bring them into mutual defense treaty. Asking for trouble.

As for McCain, he's mad as a hatter.

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