“Some people thought Ukraine didn’t have anything to do with them. They are now discovering their error,” one senior US official said, adding that this could shatter the view in some European capitals that the conflict was largely contained.” (Stuff)
I am curious as to which European capitals felt that this conflict was largely contained? Which people think the Ukraine has nothing to do with them? Though it is understandable that there are many conflicting and difficult issues at hand in this situation, and this may sway one to employ the head-in-the-sand method, surely no one really thinks that this will all just get swept under the rug as long as we avert our eyes? In the words of Blam Blam Blam’s There is No Depression in New Zealand;
“Oh but everybody’s talking about World War Three,
Yes everybody’s talking about World War Three,
But we’re as safe as safe can be, there’s no unrest in this country”
And yes, there has been some ‘international pressure’ applied to this delicate situation, but perhaps it’s time to look at something more than the proverbial ‘you’re not coming to my birthday party, so there’. I do not advocate for violence in any way, but there is certainly a wide variety of other methods that can be applied. For example, let’s take a look at something that truly draws in eyes the world over, the FIFA World Cup;
“FIFA raises awareness of the need to abolish racism and other forms of discrimination worldwide”
“FIFA promotes the positive benefits of playing by the rules”
Some of you may recall that the host of the 2018 World Cup host will be Russia. FIFA is an international federation that claims social responsibility as a guiding principle, stands strong against discrimination and pushes for fair play. Is not hosting the next World Cup exactly the kind of privilege that should be removed from a country that will not play by the rules?
And not to dismiss the broad issue of discrimination, do people still recall that Russia has something referred to in English as the ‘Russian LGBT Propaganda Law‘? It was designed “for the purpose of protecting children from information advocating for a denial of traditional family values”.
Conflict of interest anyone?
Or just TL:DR?