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Belarus, Totalitarians and America

May 24, 2021

Sometime in 2004, my friend and fellow political theorist, William B. Allen, introduced me to an administrator of European Humanities University in Belarus who was in exile at Dr. Allen’s James Madison College at Michigan State.

His University in Belarus was under attack by the totalitarian regime in Belarus and students and faculty were compelled to meet in classes in nearby Lithuania.

I offered to place his university courses on the Internet.

To make a long story short, the idea of offering courses via the Internet was too radical for scholars in Belarus steeped in the traditions of European scholarship. Things have gotten much worse since 2004.

In 2020 the European University Association issued a statement protesting actions taken by Belarus’ totalitarian regime against students and instructors at universities in Belarus.

On Sunday April 23 a Belarus fighter jet forced an airliner on a flight from Athens to Lithuania with a Belarus political dissident aboard to land in Minsk where the passenger was arrested, imprisoned and beaten.

What’s going on?

Vladimir Putin is restoring the Russian Empire and because Belarus is strategically located, Putin needs Belarus and is willing to put up with hijacking of an airliner!

The Biden Administration has issued a strong verbal rebuke, but will not do much beyond that.

However, that is not the end of this story. Protests directed at Putin’s treatment of his political dissidents, and especially Alexei Novalny, suggest that Putin’s grip on power is slipping.

Understanding that the independence of Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine are at play as Putin plays “Caesar,” the United States is faced with the need to respond more forcefully. That will require military support of Poland and Ukraine (missiles and anti-tank weapons) and placing NATO on a war-footing.

The United States must reinvigorate NATO with a sense of urgency.

Because Joe Biden is cognitively impaired, however, and not the man for this job, there is an opportunity for new leadership–either in the GOP or the Democrat Party.

Are there any 40 year old Governors willing to take the initiative? Take a look at this list–your life may depend on one of them.

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