World War I, optimistically dubbed the “war to end all wars,” didn’t begin because Gavrilo Princip assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie by on June 28th, 1914 but because the rabble of Europe had long been embroiled in their petty and major squabbles that were resolvable had they wanted resolution; the assassinations were nothing more than the catalyst for a conflict that would have erupted sooner or later anyway due to the European penchant for warring.
World War II didn’t begin because Germany invaded Poland on September 1st, 1939 but because the Western powers had failed to enforce the Treaty of Versailles by permitting Hitler to remilitarize the Rhineland in March 1936, by failing to intervene when he annexed Austria in 1938, and by acquiesing in his seizure of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia; those failures were the direct result of the prevailing pacifism in the West which sought “peace for our time” at any cost.
The First World War led to the deaths of 37 million people, the Second to the loss of 60 million lives. If and when it comes, World War III promises to dwarf those numbers and, like the previous conflicts, could be avoided given competent and courageous leadership on the part of the presumptive “Leader of the Free World,” America’s President Barack Hussein Obama.
Based on his proven record of dithering hesitancy, terminal international naiveté, and questionable interest in anything aside from campaigning, fund raising, and golf, we shouldn’t expect much, and that’s exactly what we’re getting.
Mercifully not yet a fait accompli, the opening salvos of the Third World War may already have been heard in Ukraine.
Despite Obama’s dire public warning to Russia on Friday that there would be (typically unspecified) costs for any military intervention in Ukraine, a threat that probably gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a hearty chuckle and provoked Russian lawmakers to ask for the recall of the country’s ambassador to America, nothing changed.
Despite Obama’s 90 minute Saturday phone call to Putin vapidly expressing his ”deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity” and urging Putin to de-escalate tensions by withdrawing his invading troops back to Crimea, nothing changed.
Despite the request by the United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for “an immediate restoration of calm and direct dialogue between all concerned to solve the current crisis” in Ukraine and his vow to call Putin to express his “grave” concerns, nothing changed.
Well, “nothing changed” isn’t quite correct. Changes have occurred, none of them good and all of them the consequences of our weak and disrespected American president.
According to the New York Times, following Obama’s and Ban Ki-moon’s feckless pleas, “Russian troops stripped of identifying insignia but using military vehicles bearing the license plates of Russia’s Black Sea force swarmed the major thoroughfares of Crimea, encircled government buildings, closed the main airport and seized communication hubs.” Putin also “convened the upper house of Parliament to grant him authority to use force to protect Russian citizens and soldiers not only in Crimea but throughout Ukraine.”
This world crisis isn’t imminent; it’s here. And, while Russia is on the move under the able and ruthless rule of the former head of the KGB to re-claim its lost Soviet Socialist empire, our leader’s national security team met on Saturday to discuss policy options regarding the situation in Ukraine.
Apparently, President Obama had more pressing issues to deal with than a potential World War III (a round of golf, perhaps?) since he couldn’t find time to attend the meeting of his own security team although he reportedly was fully advised on what they discussed.
Former Alaska Governor and Republican candidate for the vice presidency of the United States in 2008 Sarah Palin has been redeemed once again.
Back then, the oft-derided Mrs. Palin presciently questioned whether the inexperienced then-Sen. Barack Obama would know what to do if Putin invaded Ukraine and pointed out that, ”After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence–the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”
Putin clearly doesn’t give a rat’s petuzzi about anything but Russia and least of all about starting World War III. He would scoff about “moral equivalence” but he wouldn’t dare stand up to an American president like Ronald Reagan who would crush him. He must be laughing his ass off at Obama pretending to be respected and tough.