Three cheers to the Centre Daily Times for George Enteen’s take on ending the conflict in the eastern Ukraine (“Ukrainian tragedy a new Cold War,”Aug. 30, CDT). Enteen’s proposed solution is decentralize the governing of the eastern Ukraine vis-a-vis Kiev, and have the Ukraine disavow any intention of joining NATO. What a reasonable solution — who could be against it except those in power in Kiev and misguided hawks in the U.S. (and western Europe) haunted by the specter of a Cold War II with Putin trying to retake all lands formerly in the Soviet Union.
Enteen’s solution to the Ukraine conflict suggests benefits for all — the Ukraine, the U.S., western Europe and Russia. First, it should end the useless killing and destruction in the eastern Ukraine. Second, hopefully it would end the sanctions on Russia — only reluctantly agreed to by the Europeans — and restore normal commerce between the U.S., Europe, and Russia, i.e France could continue to sell warships to Russia and the Brits to develop oil fields in Siberia with a clear conscience. Third, it might ease U.S.-Putin tensions and promote cooperation on tackling ongoing problems in Iran (nuclear) and Iraq (ISIS etc.)
Bottom-line on the Ukraine situation for the U.S. is that it poses no reasonable threat to national security. Lyndon Johnson famously said “Let us reason together.”’ Let’s hope reason prevails in the Ukraine.
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