Los Angeles Times: Fund Ukraine? Is the US Santa Claus?
|March 14, 2014||Posted by Staff under Editorials|
$1 billion in US aid to Ukraine? Who are we, Santa Claus?
This 2014 excerpt of the Los Angeles Times, Mar 4, is by Paul Whitefield.
Kerry announced a $1-billion U.S. aid package to Ukraine — just to prove to Vladimir Putin that we’re no pushovers.
Russia’s Gazprom, its energy giant, announced it was canceling the 30% discount it had been offering Kiev on gas imports because it is owed more than $1.5 billion on previously delivered shipments.
The Europeans seem to want Ukraine. The Ukrainians seem to want to be Europeans. So let the Europeans pay the Ukrainians’ bills. Let them help Ukraine fix its economy. Let them stare down Putin.
Ed. Notes: Why should anyone fund Ukraine? Its government is deep in debt because it’s corrupt. Why does the US always choose corrupt rulers to give Americans’ money to? Better than all this macho posturing would be to shut down US bases in Europe and admit Russia into NATO — then shut down NATO, too.
The main reason that power-grabbing individuals want their own country is so that they can rip off their own people. The reason that vast numbers want their own country is so they can be ruled by individuals who belong to the same ethnic group that the people identify with. Both are shallow reasons and make the notion of country appear shallow, too.
If the world went geonomic, these disagreements would become non issue. Who cares who’s in power if they have no power to tax your labor or capital or subsidize their cronies? Who cares where the border is drawn if there’s free trade, free travel, and global Earthling dividends? It’s hard for most people to see beyond the imposed framing on current conflicts but once you do, you see the solutions that work right for everybody.