27 March 2014

The Situation in the Ukraine

Sub Tuum.

As the situation in the Ukraine has continued, I have had relatively little to say on the matter. What was essentially a regional matter (regardless of who is "right") has been exploited to advance the political agendas of governments around the world. This is one of the greatest tragedies of the entire situation. 

Now, consider also that the uprisings that sparked all this mess were the source of the majority of the violence, not the Russians. It is also unlikely that such an uprising would have been able to get going without backing from one or more other countries quietly manipulating things from behind the scenes. Some countries are particularly famous for doing that. 

And what of Crimea itself? Well, that was originally part of Russia. It was in fact "given" to the Ukraine during the time of the Soviet Union by Khrushchev. Furthermore, that region is not "pro-Russian," but actually Russian. There has been a long-time problem of ethnic Russians being the victims of severe discrimination and even violence at the hands of the ethnic Ukrainians. Where was the world outrage at that? I don't even hear about that in the western news. 

Also, it is ironic that many of the countries condemning the actions of the Russian Federation have themselves a long history of annexing other territories, often with far more bloodshed than is currently seen in the present situation. The pot so often loves to call the kettle black. 

Regardless of which side is right, the rest of the world would do well to lay aside petty politics and ultra-nationalism and instead strive to understand the totality of the situation. Above all, let us pray for a peaceful resolution to the matter, and one that results in the best benefits to all parties concerned.