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By Rube Render
Local columnist 

Opinion: No reason for US to enter Ukraine fight

 

Last updated 4/16/2022 at 10:38am



From The Associated Press, by John Daniszewski:

“While there can be no credible polling in a country now effectively under martial law, the number of Russians informed and courageous enough to protest against the war in Ukraine so far has numbered in the thousands, not the hundreds of thousands.”

After reading this, the notion occurred to me that the number of Americans informed and courageous enough to protest the war in Ukraine so far has numbered not in the thousands, but not even in the hundreds. Maybe not even the tens.

Daniszewski continues: “More recently, (Putin) has imposed draconian anti-media laws that ban telling the Russia public anything about the war that conflicts with the Kremlin’s chosen narrative about the ‘special military operation.’ Dissenters and doubters have been branded scum and gnats, worth only to be spat out.”

While our Congress has not imposed any draconian anti-media laws that ban telling the American public anything about the war that conflicts with the current administration’s chosen narrative about the “special military operation,” our talking heads, editorial writers and social media elites have taken that duty upon themselves. They have shouted down and ostracized as Putin stooges and traitors any of the few who have raised questions about our role in Ukraine.

Also, while I can’t speak for Tucker Carlson or Tulsi Gabbard, I would rather be referred to as scum or a gnat than a traitor.

From an AP article by Dusan Stojanovic: “Russian ally Serbia took the delivery of a sophisticated Chinese anti-aircraft system in a veiled operation this weekend, amid Western concerns that an arms build-up in the Balkans at the time of the war in Ukraine could threaten the fragile peace in the region.”

Are there no Western concerns that the arms build-up the West is perpetrating in Ukraine will widen the existing war as well as threaten the fragile peace in the region?

Both Barack Obama and Donald Trump, two presidents at polar ends of the political spectrum, have opined that Ukraine is not an existential threat to the United States. Now we have White House correspondents asking why we don’t stop Putin with a no-fly zone or with boots on the ground. The mainstream media is promoting and advocating for United States involvement in a shooting war.

Currently, around 1% of Americans serve in the military. I will support America’s entry into a European war when I see media people and Congress persons of all political persuasions leading their children by the hand to the nearest military recruiting station.

Rube Render is a former Clovis city commissioner and former chair of the Curry County Republican Party. Contact him:

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