These videos blow my mind every time
i feel like this reduced my anxiety?? so calming so cool.
This is one of the coolest videos I’ve ever seen.
Aleppo, Syria: The aftermath of Assad’s TNT barrel bombs.
President Obama claims to be preserving “the principle that no country has the right to send in troops to another country unprovoked.” Because we never do that.
Venezuela Rising: As the crisis continues, it seems that protesters will stop at nothing until they see a change in their government.
So now, thanks to the Ukraine crisis, we need to revise our current understanding of the concepts “coup d’etat”, “invasion”, and “occupation”. See, when the US invades countries thousands of miles away from it, countries whose non-English speaking populations are overwhelming anti-American and vehemently opposed to US aggression against their land, it’s sanctioned internationally as “humanitarianintervention” and “R2P”, and justified domestically as “defending” US “national security”. But when Russia steps in to protect a region literally at its doorstep, a region which would have remained part of Russia today had Khrushchev not transferred it to his native Ukraine in 1954, a region whose population is close to 60% ethnic Russian, and hence, is calling for Russia’s protection, a region which hosts Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, and for all these reasons has great symbolic value for Russia and is part of its national identity, it is not considered a national security issue or protection of a population, but is branded an “invasion”/”coup d’etat”/”occupation”. Got it?
Have to disagree on this. Russia may think it’s protecting the Ukraine and may have good intentions going into it, and I know it’s not a black-and-white issue for sure, but from what I can gather (having personally corresponded with a Ukrainian protester and having read Ukrainians’ thoughts and posts on this issue), the Ukraine does not want Russia’s interference. At all. They want to be independent and free, which is why they stood up against their government’s corruption in the first place. If Russia takes over, all the work the rebels did will have basically been for nothing because they’ll essentially be in the same position as they were. Heaven’s Hundred will roll in their graves.
This is obviously a complicated issue and sitting on the outside of it I certainly can’t claim to be an expert, and I know there are different sides to the story and all, but to say that the Ukraine is “calling for Russia’s protection” is inaccurate.
That said, I completely agree with what you said about the US. There is definitely a huge double-standard there. For the record, I don’t agree with US intervention in other countries any more than I agree with Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.