"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, February 9, 2015

On the Front Lines with the Ukrainian Army

Marching to August, 1914
  • Every side is eager and can't wait to show "them" who is in charge.  All this chest thumping and bullshit sounds so very, very familiar.  
  • Since ancient times nothing changes.  The political hacks scream for action while the common people die for their country.  But don't worry, the politicians (who stay safe far behind the front lines) will come to the soldier's funeral to put a flag on the on coffin and bloviate about how brave the troops are.

(Reuters)  -  The leaders of RussiaUkraineGermany and Franceagreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on confronting Vladimir Putin.

The four leaders held a call on Sunday, two days after Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande traveled to Moscow for talks with Putin that produced no breakthrough in the nearly year-long conflict that has claimed over 5,000 lives.

After the call, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said progress had been made and that he was hopeful the meeting in Minsk would lead to a "swift and unconditional ceasefire" in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have stepped up a military offensive in recent weeks, seizing new territory.

Defending the Ruined Village of Pisky

                     On the Front Lines with the Ukrainian Army

                                        Trapped by Artillery Fire

Language groups of the Ukraine.
What do you do?
The "Ukraine" has never existed in history as an independent nation.  The border is just a line drawn on a map by politicians that splits up ethnic and language groups.  Going to war to defend the artificially created borders of nations that never existed is insane.
Cool heads need to meet and perhaps adjust borders or create autonomous regions that allow different ethnic groups to manage their own affairs.

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