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Putin and Ukraine

January 18, 2022

The resolve of Joe Biden and NATO to constrain Putin’s plans to restore Russia to it former pre-1991 greatness will now be tested.

Russia lost its Empire twice, once as a consequence of World War One and again in the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Yet, pro-Russia Ukraine politicians are a force to be reckoned with.

In what appears to be a repeat of the 2008 war between Russia and an independent Georgia, Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to integrate Ukraine into a newly formed Russian Empire.

No one living in the former USSR believes in Marxism-Leninism as the intellectual basis of a new Russian Empire—not even Putin. But military power alone cannot be sufficient to sustain integration of Ukraine into a new Russian Empire.

Vladimir Putin desires to integrate Ukraine under his control to increase Russia’s GDP, but national identity of an independent Ukraine is very strong, much like identity of independent American colonies led to war with George III in 1776.

Perhaps President Biden should suggest that the price Putin will pay for colonizing Ukraine will be as great as King George III’s loss of his American colonies.

Russia will remain a Great Power, to be sure, due to its central geographic location, its people, language, Orthodox faith and culture, but it must struggle the old fashioned way to grow Russia’s power and wealth by hard work and entrepreneurial activity. When Russia’s culture engenders a Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, we will know that Russia has recovered from Lenin, his Bolsheviks and Vladimir Putin.

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