In Reply to: re: Putin and Russia invade Ukraine posted by Sergius on March 06, 2014 at 11:10:28:
While you make some interesting points Sergius and its certainly refreshing to hear someone on here countering the rather biased reporting we are getting from most of the Western media I found your assertion that the Russian people “want(ed) strong leadership after the chaos of the Yeltsin era and they expect their President to take action to protect Russian speakers” somewhat disturbing.
There are a few people still around who remember a time when many of the people in another country became disillusioned with the chaos that prevailed their and decided the solution lay in strong leadership and furthermore that a leader who made all sorts of promises to “protect” and “defend” speakers of their language in neighbouring territories was just the man. By all accounts it did not end well................
Then again this is a situation where the option of playing the Godwin card is open to both players as by some accounts the political backgrounds of some of the members of the new government in Ukraine are rather worrying as too. Not that one hears much about this on TV “news” of course.
Mistreatment of Russian language speakers is hardly a phenomenon confined to Ukraine either. There are ongoing instances in several other countries (including some EU member states)
In short the whole issue is far from the black and white portrayal it gets in the media and there is some nasty and disturbing rhetoric coming from both camps.