In thinking about the situation in Ukraine I can’t help but to compare it to pre-WW II when Adolph Hitler began the takeover of Europe:
- Invasion of one country by another country, by force for hegemony and economic gain.
- Invading country is led by an egocentric strongman inclined to force and supported by patriotic fervor.
- Part of Ukraine is ethnically similar to Russia and approves the take over, like Hitler’s takeover of Austria.
- Invading country is militarily powerful.
- American sentiment is anti-war.
- Immediate economic impact for America is negligible.
- WMD’s exist and are held by both Russia and the US.
- Ukraine is ethnically different from most Americans.
- America is militarily powerful, and Europe’s forces are significant as well.
- The nature of war has changed and is less reliant on cannon fodder, conscription unnecessary.
- Russia evidences no ambitions to extend their takeover beyond this one country, and the takeover may be limited to the Crimea.
- The UN, NATO and the IMF exist now.
- All countries are now committed to a global economy.
- In the internet age, world opinion is more immediate and more of a factor for both participants and observers.
- This time there is no attack on our homeland (Pearl Harbor).
Once again, the principal question as I see it is the one of American exceptionalism and involvement. I feel sorry for the Western Ukrainians, but if the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan haven’t taught us that we can’t be the world’s policeman, then nothing can. But, that won’t stop the hawks from howling. War can be quite a rush for those who aren’t themselves at peril in it.
When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die. — Jean-Paul Sartre
The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution. — John F. Kennedy