Perhaps 1 out of 100 Americans understand what is happening in the Ukraine, and why it is happening. Simply stated, the political leadership of the US, EU and Russia are trying to force the Ukraine into the EU, and have American taxpayers pay the Ukraine’s enormous debt.
The Ukraine is a debtor nation, and owes huge sums of money to its creditors, mostly Russia. The Ukraine’s physical location limits its potential “saviors” to either the European Union (EU) or Russia – no other source of money is available. With one exception. The “desired” solution would be for Ukraine to join the EU and have the United States pay their debts.
How could this “desired” solution be brought about? If Russia appears to be the aggressor, then many American will feel we must go to the Ukraine’s aid. Some Americans would agree to pay Ukraine’s debt to prevent Russia from overwhelming Ukraine’s military forces. In reality, the last thing Russia wants is to invade the Ukraine and have to “write off” the Ukrainian debt. The EU, likewise, is having trouble financing their current debtor nations.
So in steps the US, with its deep pockets.
And how do the Ukrainian people feel about this solution? According to polls, a little over a third of them favor joining the EU – the majority don’t want the EU because they see Brussels passing laws and forcing the new laws on the 28 former sovereign member nations against the will of their citizens. The EU is fast becoming a dictatorial government much like Russia. Better to keep the devil they know than take chances with a new one.
Approximately one-third favor going with Russia. Most of them are too young to remember Stalin’s deliberate starvation of the Ukraine’s kulaks during the 1932-33 genocide in which an estimated 5 million Ukrainians perished.
Slightly under a third don’t like either of the above solutions, but are unable to suggest an acceptable alternative.
That means a majority of Ukrainians will be opposed to whichever solution is forced upon them. And the minority will soon hate the selection when their freedoms perish.
Just another instance in which the US sticks its nose where it doesn’t belong, and have all sides in the dispute blame America for interfering. Check, please?
Al Kuchinka is a local resident and columnist.