Voice of the People
New solution to the problem of Putin
Vladimir Putin is in a little box. The president of the Russian Federation is without doubt responsible, most likely indirectly, in the crash of flight MA 17 over the eastern Ukraine. (Not for the first time in civil aviation history.) Nearly 300 innocent lives, entire families, HIV researchers, and tourists and adventurers obliterated in seconds.
How can we respond to this tragedy? The U.S. has been leading a campaign to punish the Russians but with little European support. The European reluctance is due to their dependency on Russia for energy supplies, mostly gas, and trade in armaments and other commodities. And, the European economies are very weak at this time, in a much more fragile financial position than the U.S.
My solution is to provide the European nations with our surplus gas output (thanks to “fracking,” which is destroying our environment but cannot be controlled as yet). That, with our banking clout, should wean Europe away from Russia and isolate Putin’s imperial ambitions. It will take time. A modern version of the Marshall Plan.
The Russian president is popular at home, catering to nationalist and ethnic pride (e.g., the taking of the Crimean Peninsula). A former KGB operative lighting candles in a Russian Orthodox church! Really?
A sign of a once powerful nation receding into a second-rate role. Hard to swallow. Ask France and the United Kingdom back in the late 1940s? Dangerous since they still have the weaponry and the know-how, and the residual influence, to inflict huge damage to our little world.
Putin’s box is getting smaller and smaller — and he is doing a disservice to the real contribution that Russia can make to better our world, with its diverse economy and its scientific and artistic genius. Sadly, dictators have no opposition by definition.
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