March 18, 2015

A year after the invasion of Crimea, "it's time we arm Ukraine"

Marissa SemkiwArchive

Today is the one-year anniversary of the illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea.  

I reflect on what has happened over the last year, including the release of a documentary that includes important insights into the role of Putin in the annexation, and how the West should act next.

Do you agree with me that we need to arm Ukraine?

Have your say in the comments.

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commented 2015-06-26 09:52:40 -0400
Canada needs it’s own nukes.
commented 2015-06-26 09:10:33 -0400
Question for the Harper Government:

Why are you still, essentially, betting Canadians’ security on the charity of an American Administration that is, clearly, delusional, incompetent, weak and unreliable?

Oh, and don’t tell me about a deal we have with in which the United States pledges to come to our rescue if we are attacked by, say, Russia.

Obama has repeatedly demonstrated that America’s word is no longer any good.
commented 2015-06-26 07:27:36 -0400
1. Incidentally, I would’ve tweaked my last post (below), if this website had provided me with a way for doing such. (Irritating.)

Unfortunately there is no “edit” button.

Other forums enable members to modify their posts.

The Rebel should do the same by installing an edit button.

2. Perhaps it was fitting that during my time of irritation, I tried improving my mood by watching the movie “Olympus Has Fallen”. I had just picked it up, from the $4.88 bin, at Walmart, the night before.

The flick starred Morgan Freeman and when it was showing at the theatres, the commercials looked exciting. So, I thought I had gotten lucky and I was looking forward to watching the movie.

Unfortunately, the commercials were better than the film (a lot better) and this just seemed to exacerbate my irritation.

In a way, “Olympus Has Fallen” was too realistic, because it portrayed America’s leadership as incompetent, weak and unreliable. The story was about that so-called “leadership” repeatedly giving in to terrorists’ demands – despite the implications and costs and America’s Constitution.

Sound familiar, though?

In my post below, I complained about Obama being incompetent, weak and unreliable.

Yesterday, too, we learned that his administration was, now, going to start negotiating with terrorists.

So, essentially, among other things, it sounds like Obama just put a price on it on the heads of every American.

Very irritating!
commented 2015-06-25 16:46:59 -0400
So, now Russia is predictably adding 40 more ICBMs to its arsenal. (See: Clearly, again, there is a Cold War underway and Russia is a hostile player.

Clearly, again, too, that country has threatened us.

A major reason why Putin has been aggressive, though, is because incompetent Obama has been weak and unreliable.

So, again, Canada needs its own nuclear deterrent. Waiting for an actual invasion to begin is both nonsense and dangerous.

Yet, what will it take for our slumbering ‘leaders’ to snap out of their predictably-hazardous denials? They don’t even seem to have a healthy appreciation, for the benefits of being in control of their own deterrence/fate. Consider, for example, how “nuclear weapons”, for Canada, falls under the jurisdiction of Foreign Affairs – like the placing of another unnecessary consulate, government desk, or chair.

Yet, the Department of Defense – not Foreign Affairs – should be in charge of Canada’s defense. Nuclear weapons are serious military hardware. They are not parts of speeches, trade or diplomacy. In addition, nuclear weapons work best when they are available to be fired. Not when they have to be fired.

So, there is an significant incompetence, at Canada’s senior government levels – and that is unnecessarily placing all of us all, at risk.

Putin – like his old Soviet taskmasters – respects nuclear power.

Furthermore, the old “Bear” should not feel that it can treat us, like Georgia and Ukraine.
commented 2015-03-20 04:09:54 -0400
Harper needs to tone down the rhetoric regarding Putin. While I am no fan of Putin I acknowledge he is no push over and isn’t easily intimidated by the likes of Harper, especially when Canada only has the ability to carry out token actions against Russia.
commented 2015-03-20 03:48:56 -0400
Illegal invasion? I think you’re confusing this situation with the 2003 Iraq war. This is just another case of the U.S. and her allies sticking their noses where they don’t belong. Russia intervened in Ukraine following the U.S. backed coup that allowed neo-nazis and other groups to overthrow the democratically elected Ukrainian government with a pro-western puppet regime. Crimea is and has always been heavily pro-Russian and when this pro-western puppet regime took over Ukraine, the people of Crimea overwhelming chose to join Russia. It seems the will of the people only matters when it fits the agenda of the U.S.
commented 2015-03-19 20:07:32 -0400
I do not support arming Ukraine for the same reason I don’t support giving welfare to people too lazy to work. Hand a man a cheque or a gun and he will do what he will with it. You cannot control it. Work or fight on his behalf, and he will be forced to do what you want him to do, lest he face the reality of life without your charity.

What I’m saying in this cryptic metaphor is this: Canada cannot supply arms to Ukraine unless Canada is prepared to go to Ukraine and fight Russia. We’ll have ISIS all over again. Boots on the ground versus the world’s second strongest superpower is the only way I agree to sending military arms and equipment to Ukraine.

I have no problems assisting with non-combat aid such as food, water, medical, and perhaps financial aid. Ukraine’s destiny should be in the hands of their people. Russia couldn’t intervene if there was no support for them to do so. In a way, Russia’s “assistance” is the will of their people. Not all, but enough.
commented 2015-03-19 13:22:59 -0400
Canada needs its own nukes.
commented 2015-03-19 07:51:03 -0400
Wanda you comment that “Putin senses the weakness of Obama and other world leaders and is exploiting that weakness”. Is it really “weakness” on Obama’s part or intentional? Perhaps this hushed private conversation overheard between Obama and then Russian President (now Prime Mister) Dmitry Medvedev in March 2012 provides some clues:
Obama: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility”.
Medvedev: “I understand. I transmit this information to (Comrade) Vladimir. I understand.” Obama and Medvedev shown warmly clasping hands
commented 2015-03-19 03:10:33 -0400
I’m no friend of Obama, but HO HUM, your a nincompoop!
commented 2015-03-19 02:48:31 -0400
I don’t agree with this. If you do your homework you will discover that the U.S. spent BILLIONS fomenting this civil war in the Ukraine. The U.S. was behind the overthrow of a democratically elected leader of the Ukraine. Putin had no choice to annex the Crimea which has long been home to its black sea fleet and is populated by mostly ethnic Russians.

Considering how many innocent people have died as a result of Obama’s illegal intervention in the Ukraine Obama should be tried for war crimes. Of course it is not just the Ukraine where Obama has been fomenting civil war. The list is long and includes Egypt, Libya, Syria.
commented 2015-03-19 00:23:00 -0400
Why to arm Ukraine? Let USA try to sell their arms to other country. Russia and Ukraine will fight and USA gona make money. “Good thinking”.
commented 2015-03-18 23:32:23 -0400
I support democracy in Ukraine and I respect the opinion of Harper’s government in the matter. I am unsettled by rumours corruption in Kyuv may have supported Islamists to slaughter Christians in Crimea had Putin not intervened so I defer to those with power to decide whom to arm. I’d hate to see the freedom the Orange Revolution worked so hard for go up in flames.
commented 2015-03-18 23:05:47 -0400
The posturing of Putin and his cohorts is exactly the same as was the posturing of the Kremlin members under Brezhnev. They simply deny responsibility for all their murderous, hegemonic war crimes with a shrug of their shoulders and a dismissive wave of their hand, and move on to the next issue. It doesn’t matter to them whether or not anyone else in the world believe them. In fact, they don’t expect anyone to believe them….. They just don’t care! We should definitely be arming the Ukraine, but Canada can’t go it alone. And I’m afraid with Obama in power no one else has the courage to step up to the plate. I fear for the future of not just the Ukraine, but Western Europe and liberal democracies as well. I don’t think it’s beyond the pale to surmise that Russia could possibly form an “alliance of convenience” with ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc. to further their hegemonic aspirations, which are similar to those of radical Islam. If that happens, it won’t be just western Europe in trouble, it will reach Israel as well. Of course if that happens, China won’t be willing to just sit back on the sidelines without getting their piece of the pie. If and when that happens, and if they succeed, they’ll tear each other to bits afterwards, trying to divide the spoils but by then it will be too late. Of course, I can’t see into the future any better than anyone else. I’m just speculating. But I don’t feel very optimistic.
commented 2015-03-18 23:02:19 -0400
Good piece Marissa. This is of great meaning to me as well, for obvious reason. Keep up the good work.
commented 2015-03-18 20:57:01 -0400
If we reneged on the deal that compelled them to relinquish their nukes then give them back there nukes or give them permission to re-squire them. In the meanwhile the Ukraine could build a sort of Maginot line berm to limit further Russian expansion from the soil surrounding Chernobyl.
commented 2015-03-18 20:15:45 -0400
I do agree with you Marissa. The Ukraine needs assistance from the global powers and middle powers who claim to be supportive of the right of the Ukrainian people to pursue democracy. Putin’s aggressive posture and the lessons of history make this a very lethal situation and one that could lead to global conflict eventually – as happened before. It’s frustrating the lack of interest that the elites who influence government decisions are taking in what’s going on there. Putin senses the weakness of Obama and other world leaders and is exploiting that weakness. His aim is to grab as much European land as he can the next US election. I really wish more people understood the history of that part of the world and realize that Putin and his cronies are not at all like their western counterparts. There’s a culture there that most North Americans can’t get their heads around.