Napoleon once said that an army marches on its stomach, but few historians believe the French Emperor had any food fights in mind, à la Bluto Blutarsky. Nevertheless, the America Commander-in-Chief has made clear that the best the beleaguered Ukrainians could hope for from Washington would be humanitarian aid in the form of a few already delivered trucks and plenty of surplus MREs (Meals, Ready to Eat).
Arms aren’t the only extremity Ukrainian women seek to control. As the right-of-center news portal Breitbart.com reported on March 26, 2014, and the fashionista magazine Elle on March 25, 2014, a new movement has sprung up in the Eastern European nation calling on the nation’s women to refrain from engaging in sexual relations with ethnic Russians at least for the duration of Moscow’s saber rattling at their fellow Slavs.
Guaranteed sovereignty by President Clinton in 1994 via the Budapest Memorandum, the Ukrainian people and government have long been led to believe by American leaders that their country’s borders would be respected. Yet a handful of Western media outlets have been reminding the masses that it was certain American leaders who were instrumental in the disarmament of the Ukrainian nation, as reported by both the Indianapolis (Indiana) Star, and the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal on March 21, 2014, as well as the Federation of American Scientists on Aug. 30, 2005.
Karina Zhironkina may have put away her Miss Ukraine 2012 sash and crown long ago, but she obviously hasn’t shelved her patriotism in the face of an increasingly arrogant Vladimir Putin, as reported by the right-of-center Washington Free Beacon on March 20, 2014.
With the official title of The Prosecutor General of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Natalia Poklonskaya has not only been installed by Moscow as the new chief prosecutor of the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula, she’s also become quite the anime sensation in Japan, South Korea and China, as reported by the anime-centric news portal Kotaku.com on March 19, 2014.
In the course of human history, there has been more than a few examples of arrogant leaders. And then there are those who take arrogance to a new level. Vladimir Putin’s assertion that the 16,000 heavily armed Russian troops that are rapidly occupying all of the Crimean Peninsula aren’t actually Russian troops has left many Westerners speechless, as reported by on Mar. 4, 2014 by both The Washington Post and News Corp Australia.
Despite a handful of Western media outlets claiming a relatively unknown treaty binding the United States and Great Britain to the defense of the Ukraine may lead to armed conflict with Russia, a closer look indicates American and British intervention may not be in the offing, as reported by the right-of-center The American Spectator and France24.com on Mar. 3, 2014; and London’s The Telegraph and The Daily Mail on Feb. 28, 2014.
There’s an old political adage that’s been floating around Eastern Europe for centuries, “Without the Ukraine, Russia is just another country. With the Ukraine, Russia has become an empire.”
There’s also the sage wisdom of Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana who noted: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”