I am watching in disbelief, how the media (with exception of Post-Gazette columnist Dan Simpson, “Stay Out of Ukraine,” March 12) joins our politicians in pouncing on the Russian Bear.
Let’s look with some historical perspective.
During the Cold War the United States with NATO built missile defenses to protect Europe from the Soviet Union. After the fall of the Soviet Union, NATO kept the bases and its influence crept eastward, including former USSR-member countries. Ukraine has always been divided between East and West. Crimea was part of Russia for a long time.
When recently the opposition overthrew the duly elected left-wing government of President Viktor Yanukovych, the United States helped immediately with moral and financial support. Russian President Vladimir Putin said: Enough!
I do not recall Russia’s intervention when the United States deposed the Haitian duly-elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, invaded Grenada or engineered the overthrow of left-wing governments in Honduras and Yugoslavia, and tried in Venezuela.
It is time our government stop its interference all over the world.
Unfortunately, though, the United States is in need of an enemy to justify the existence of our 715 bases — permanent and quite elaborately outfitted — in 130 countries. We have been in Japan, Germany and Italy since World War II, in Korea for 60 years. Why? It is very profitable for Lockheed Martin, Boeing and others, the contractors, to build and maintain the bases and the weapons. These are the same corporations that finance the campaigns of our Congress.
Something to think about when you pay your taxes.
The writer is a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.