A Winters Express opinion column
By Charley Wallace
As I was sitting in my recliner watching the news about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, I almost felt guilty. Seeing the damage being done by Russian missiles raised my blood pressure, but I don’t want to see American troops fighting from house to house. I was thinking that there must be more that we can do to support the Ukrainians as they fight to remain an independent country.
If you think that the Russian government has changed, think again. The Russian dictator, who claims to be elected, Vladimir Putin, is proving that he is the devil himself. He claims that the Russian military invaded to free the Ukrainians, from whom he didn’t say. If you oppose Putin, he will either kill you or put you in prison. I’m hoping that the Russian people figure out a way to free themselves from Putin and his government. Seeing Russians protesting in the streets, and being arrested by the thousands, is a good sign.
The Greek scholar Euripides said “I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” The Ukrainians must be part Greek, because it looks like they are standing their ground and fighting the Russians to the death. The world is cheering for Ukraine and their citizens who look like they are willing to defend their country from all enemies, foreign or domestic.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been pushed into joining forces to condemn the Russians, and they aren’t alone. Most of the world is supporting sanctions on Russian banks, trade, sports and travel.
My hope is that Ukrainians can survive long enough for the world’s condemnation and boycotts to get the Russians to stop their attack. The longer the citizens can fight back the better their odds of winning. NATO, including France, Germany and Poland have stepped up and are trying to resupply Ukraine with weapons, including anti-tank and surface to air missiles. I’m hoping they can also supplement their air force. We are sending money and equipment to our NATO allies to help with the cause.
You always hear that our prayers and thoughts are with Ukraine, but what they need is military support. Without putting boots on the ground, the world needs to figure out a way to get Russia out of Ukraine, now. The evil empire is alive and well and like the saying goes, for evil to succeed good people need to stand by and do nothing.
Last month the United States bought $700 million in oil from Russia. That should be down to zero today. So when you see the price of gas increase at the pump, think that you may be doing your part in making Russia pay a price for invading an independent country.
If no one is aiming missiles at your home, say thank you to our American military, and have a good week.