I haven't posted much about my thoughts on the Ukraine situation - neither during the protests in Kiev that (apparently?) toppled its president, nor the Russian military action in Ukraine's Crimea, where Russia has bases by treaty.
Why? Because as a non-Russian-reading, US citizen living in Uruguay, I know I really don't have much perspective on it. But I also know that the US and Global-North/"Western" media should not be trusted as the only voices explaining the situation and creating the narrative. I also know that my home country of citizenship has had no problem, itself, taking over countries by either military force or by backdoor efforts to install and prop up brutal dictatorships.
I'm living in one of those countries now, that is free, more free on most measures than USA, but is still in national-PTSD at times in the wake of the US-sponsored 1973-1985 "dictadura" in Uruguay. Still struggling with prosecution or impunity for the torturers, who were trained with US tax dollars by the US FBI and CIA in the notorious "School of the Americas".
Not to mention constantly calling Latin America "our backyard", the Monroe Doctrine, invasions of Panama, Grenada, Cuba, and many others, in our own hemisphere, and our own totally wrong (and totally hyped by MSM at the time) invasion of Iraq, and our misguided 12+ years in Afghanistan - doing the initial job wrong, and then doing just what for the next decade? In my opinion, the USA has zero standing to say anything to any other nation about invasions and interference.
This share, from +The Huffington Post
new joint'venture The World Post
, is one of those other voices in the media about what other narratives we concerned citizens of the world should consider, before making demands for sanctions, interventions. And before getting on the typical USA hypocrisy high-horse.
I don't agree with all of it. I don't have the deep background in Russian and European history to have full context to evaluate it. But I do know that it presents an important alternate view. Thus I share it for education of myself and others, enlightenment, and if you like, discussion.
Kudos to +Arianna Huffington
, who too often is an Obama sockpuppet, for daring to publish Michael Vlahos' commentary.
edit 20140306 grammar only.