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Ron Paul: Leave Ukraine alone!

Published time: February 24, 2014 19:41
A woman stands near a makeshift memorial in homage to anti-government protesters killed in the past weeks' clashes with riot police on Kiev's Independence Square on February 24, 2014 (AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic)

​Last week Ukraine saw its worst violence since the break-up of the Soviet Union over 20 years ago.

Protesters occupying the main square in the capitol city, Kiev, clashed with police leaving many protesters and police dead and many more wounded. It is an ongoing tragedy and it looks like there is no end in sight.

The current conflict stems from a divide between western Ukraine, which seeks a closer association with the European Union, and the eastern part of the country, which has closer historic ties to Russia.

The usual interventionists in the US have long meddled in the internal affairs of Ukraine. In 2004 it was US government money that helped finance the Orange Revolution, as US-funded NGOs favoring one political group over the other were able to change the regime. These same people have not given up on Ukraine. They keep pushing their own agenda for Ukraine behind the scenes, even as they ridicule anyone who claims US involvement.

A recent leaked telephone conversation between two senior government officials made it clear that not only was the US involved in the Ukrainian unrest, the US was actually seeking to determine who should make up the next Ukrainian government!

Senator John McCain, who has made several trips to Ukraine recently to meet with the opposition, wrote last week that the US must stand up to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.

Why are US government officials so eager to tell the Ukrainians what they should do? Has anyone bothered to ask the Ukrainians? What if might help alleviate the ongoing violence and bloodshed, if the Ukrainians decided to re-make the country as a looser confederation of regions rather than one tightly controlled by a central government? Perhaps Ukraine engaged in peaceful trade with countries both to the west and east would benefit all sides. But outside powers seem to be fighting a proxy war, with Ukraine suffering the most because of it.

If you asked most Americans how they feel, my bet is that you would discover they are sick and tired of the US government getting involved in every crisis that arises. Certainly the American people want none of of this intervention in Ukraine. They understand, as recent polls have shown, that our interventionist foreign policy is only creating more enemies overseas. And they also understand that we are out of money. We could not afford to be the policemen of world even if we wanted to be.

And I bet if we asked the Ukrainians, a vast majority of them would prefer that the US — and Russia and the European Union — stay out their affairs and respect their sovereignty. Is it so difficult to understand why people resent being lectured and bribed by foreign governments? All we need to do is put ourselves in the place of the Ukrainians and ask ourselves how we would feel if we were in the middle of a tug-of-war between a very strong Canada on one side and a very strong Mexico on the other. We would resent it as well. So let’s keep our hands off of Ukraine and let them solve their own problems!

Former Congressman Ron Paul’s article first appeared at the-free-foundation.org, the temporary home for his weekly column until his personal web page is up and running.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

Comments (42)

 

james greer 25.03.2014 00:48

George Lundquist 25.02.2014 20:43

This is a misleading title. The title should read 'Obama: Leave the Ukraine Alone'. Ron Paul is for leaving it alone to let them work it out themselves.

[[Tha t would be the difference between a comma and a colon - ED.]]

  


Watch out obumer has a new pin. And somebody paid his phone bill.

 

james greer 25.03.2014 00:45

If the United States went to war, you can bet the Mexicans wouldn't lift a finger to help. They would wait to see how many freebees they could get from the enemy.

 

james greer 25.03.2014 00:39

Americas expectations of ever having a respectable government again is exceedingly depleting on a grand scale. Our leaders have become deplorable. The illegal and deceitful actions taken against other nations has escalated beyond the danger zone. Distrust and hatred to wards America is growing on a daily basis through out the world. The US is in no position to be interfering under any circumstance.

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