While I have been concentrating on my volunteer commitments, I have not been spending time thinking about the Ukraine. Thanks to MardyS for his posting on his Facebook page. The Consortium News article is Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many?
There is one huge difference between Prague in 1968 and Kiev 2014. The “Prague Spring” revolution led by Dubcek enjoyed such widespread spontaneous popular support that it was difficult for Russian leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Aleksey Kosygin to argue plausibly that it was spurred by subversion from the West.
Not so 45-plus years later. In early February, as violent protests raged in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev and the White House professed neutrality, U.S. State Department officials were, in the words of NYU professor emeritus of Russian studies Stephen Cohen, “plotting a coup d’état against the elected president of Ukraine.”
We all know that Putin has no cause to intervene in Ukraine.
Putin described this move as necessary to protect ethnic Russians and military personnel stationed in Crimea in southern Ukraine, where the Russian Black Sea Fleet and other key military installations are located.
With much less provocation, Ronald Reagan intervened in Grenada to protect US students, but of course there is no parallel here. If you read the article, you can see that it is even plausible that Russia believes our actions in the Ukraine are an existential threat to Russia. I don’t believe Reagan had the same fear about Grenada.
Of course we accepted with complete equanimity the fact that Russia allied itself with Cuba even though we had a naval base there. If you don’t know your history or didn’t live through that time, you might want to check reliable sources to see whether or not I am being sarcastic here (cough Bay Of Pigs). Although, since I raise the issue of sarcasm, what do you think you will find?