I am the first to admit that the world is a complex place. This truth is perhaps most evident in geopolitics. In a complicated world, one must take each world event in a very specific context, and when violent conflict arises, the atrocities are seldom only attributable to a single party. However, the chaos in Ukraine is not as complicated as stated in your Feb. 20 editorial (“Ukraine Ablaze: Foreign Powers Must Calm, Not Fan, the Violence”).
Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, is and has always been the puppet of Vladimir Putin. Let’s not forget that it was against Mr. Yanukovych whom former President Viktor Yushchenko ran in 2004 — a campaign he stuck with despite an assassination attempt by members of the Ukrainian Security Service sympathetic to Mr. Yanukovych. Let us also remember what became of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko who deigned to challenge Mr. Yanukovych’s bid for re-election.
It’s one thing to mourn destruction and the loss of life; it is quite another to suggest that a people must endure tyranny to sustain it.