|Serbian volunteers fight for Russia in the Ukraine|
to pay back the Russians for supporting them against the Muslims.
50 Shades of Grey and then some
An interesting mix of foreign fighters are
helping Russia in Ukraine.
The bipartisan war-hawk political hacks are always screaming about some territorial dispute or another around the world and urging U.S. military action.
I am not an isolationist, and I am far from a pacifist. But not every dust up around the world needs the U.S. to threaten war or the shipping of arms to encourage wars to continue.
These regional conflicts have been going on 10,000 years before the U.S. even existed and somehow the world has managed to go on.
Yes Russia is aggressive in the Ukraine. This is nothing new, Russia has been aggressive since it was founded in 862 AD. Hell everyone is aggressive: The English took Scotland, Ireland and 25% of the planet, the Japanese took Korea, China took Tibet and the U.S. took 80% of the our country in the west and south from Indians, Spaniards, Hawaiians and Mexicans.
Just about every nation on earth will steal their neighbor's wealth and land given half a chance.
Which brings us to Ukraine. What do you realistically do? The Ukraine never even existed as a country before 1991 and about one in five "Ukrainians" speak Russian. So puffing up your chest and screaming about Ukrainian borders being respected does not cut it with me.
Economic sanctions and the U.S. brokering a peace conference sounds better. Certainly better that pushing the Russian bear closer to a wider war.
Meanwhile I find it interesting the number of foreigners gravitating to the Ukraine to fight for Russia and other eastern European fighting for Ukraine.
Volunteer Soldier Fighting in Ukraine
VICE NEWS - As the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues, thousands of foreign soldiers are joining the fight alongside the pro-Russia separatists of the Donetsk People's Republic (DNR). While the majority of these soldiers are from Russia, a growing number of volunteers from western Europe, and even as far as Brazil, are joining the ranks of the separatist forces.
French volunteers fighting for Russia
|French volunteers fighting for Russia|
|Spanish volunteer fighting for Russia|
Police have arrested eight Spanish men who returned from fighting alongside pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine, in what they said was the first operation of its kind in Europe.
Officers detained the suspects in six regions across Spain after they returned from predominantly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, the interior ministry said in a statement.
They had gone to Ukraine last year where they joined pro-Russia groups fighting for independence in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, the statement added.
The Spaniards belonged to the far left and were inspired by the International Brigades, the multinational volunteer forces that fought against Francisco Franco’s uprising during the Spanish civil war in the 1930s. (The Guardian)
|Serb volunteers helping Russia in the Ukraine|
|Milutin Malisic, a member of a Serbian Chetnik |
paramilitary group. (Reuters / Thomas Peter)