Sun. May 19th, 2024
Courtesy The Guardian

By Ken Carman
 Putin, Russia and Ukraine… so easy to understand, yet I hear the left stammering, and stuttering, and actually helping support the right’s mis-frame of it all. And too much of the left backing that up. Example: the strawman; WE have interfered. QUESTION… why does that make what Putin is doing right? NEXT QUESTION… how does us putting troops on the border IN RESPONSE to Putin’s actions, qualify as intimidation? More intimidating intimidators who deserve to be intimidated.
Inspection Don’t give me “defending his borders.” Ukraine is about as threatening as a drunk mosquito. Putin already has proven he can take what he wants the last time, he just wants more. And more. And more.
 This is simple: he wants to reform the eastern bloc, just part of what goals he has already admitted to over the years: an Axis of Oligarchs. Semi-Soft Fascism. Ignore the pretty ice cream truck framers keep trying to deliver it in.
 When this whole mess RE-started I predicted Putin, his internet trolls, and unwitting fools in the States, might push some false flag tale. As I was finishing editing this… too late! Supposedly Ukraine soldiers planning to invade Russia and commit mas murder. Anyone else think, on the edge of war, that Ukraine would even thinking of attempting that beyond “absurd?”
 Hey, right wing and left wing-ers; I can hear you chiding the Biden administration: an admittedly poor answer to “proof” about the Russian plot to fake an invasion from Ukraine. (Odd, I don’t remember you asking for “proof” for so many of Trump claims with such immediate intensity.) Do you understand this is cyber intelligence? That our sources could be someone like second in command to Putin, or some telephone line. I assure you that person would be dead, line cut and removed, almost BEFORE we revealed such things.
 We spy on them.
 They spy on us.
 And exactly who has this hurt here? They weren’t doing it… they can laugh it off, but it does put them on notice we ARE watching. They have been warned. Don’t even think it. They were going to do it… they won’t do it.
 Win win.
 If Putin wants to give similar warnings about us doing something like that, again, what’s the harm? Accusations serve as either revealing or not, but certainly can provide exposure to the bright, bright light cockroaches don’t like.
 Putin’s answer when that didn’t work: buddy up with Xi Jinping who agrees with him. Surprised? Really???
 We’re supposed to trust China NOW? Whether right or left, COVID or human rights, seems odd to give these two much credence.
 NOTHING excuses wrong past actions. Ours or theirs. NOTHING excuses possible conquering the rest of Ukraine. We shouldn’t get to decide for Ukraine. Putin shouldn’t get to decide for Ukraine. We BOTH should be doing what we can to make sure they decide for themselves.
 Don’t fall into the trap of allowing the theft of other people’s liberties and lives because of what we may have done. Remember Hitler excused his treatment of the Jews by citing our treatment of the original Americans.
 Seems some would wish he had just finished the job.
 Ukraine is not ours
 Sure as hell shouldn’t be theirs.
 Let’s push for Ukraine to be for Ukrainians.



Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for almost 50 years, first published in fall of 1972. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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