by Jim Emerson, staff writer
The true extent of Barack Hussein Obama’s stupidity and bluster is on full display as he and Vladimir Putin face off over the Ukraine. For Russia is there and Obama is not. And the community organizer’s talk is cheap to a man of action. This Administration is failing to dissuade the Russian incursion to the Crimean region because they are Ivy League educated and therefore ignorant of the history and the relationship between Russia and Ukraine. (1)(2)
Russia and the Ukraine have been linked for centuries. Their histories and culture are tightly intertwined, beginning in the late 9th to the mid-13th centuries as a loose collection of clans known as Kievan Rus’. Kiev was the birth place of the Russian Orthodox Church as founded by the Apostle Andrew. So many battles were fought on Ukrainian soil to preserve Russian freedom that the Russian people would have a difficult time seeing the Ukraine as a separate nation. (1) In fact, the idea of the Ukraine joining the E.U. and NATO would greatly concern the Bear given the history of the Ukraine acting as a buffer against Russia being attacked by her enemies in the West.
In a nutshell, Ukraine is two countries rolled into one separated by language, culture and religion. The western Ukraine consists mostly of Catholics speaking Ukrainian while residents of the East are mostly Russian Orthodox speaking Russian. During the Ukraine’s 23 years of independence, neither side would compromise but only attempt to dominate each other. It was only a matter of time that riots and revolts would take place. Yugoslavia provides a perfect example of what happens when various factions try to dominate each other.
Perhaps the best solution to conditions in the Ukraine involves a peaceful split into two separate and distinct nations. The split of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia might serve as a model. Today those countries coexist peacefully, continuing to trade with each other while allowing free travel across their borders. Each is an independent nation, freely aligning itself with other countries. If, as Henry A. Kissinger points out, the Ukraine is to survive intact it must remain independent both from Russia and the West. However, based on history, neither Russia nor the West are likely to permit the Ukraine to exist in peace.