Putin is learning the painful reality of supporting, with money and weapons, a violent contingent in another country. Some among our own representatives and senators demand we do the same in Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere, despite our abysmal record doing exactly that in the Middle East. It does not bring peace.
Promoting and supporting violence in another country differs from supplying humanitarian aid, just as leading every conflict available with the best armed forces differs from leading by example. We would react with righteous outrage if another country supplied a fringe militia group with weapons to shoot down our government planes or murder civilians, soldiers and police on our soil. We would vehemently hate them.
The world is more closely linked than ever before. So I think it would better serve us to impose economic sanctions, seek diplomatic solutions, and broker humanitarian results that work to solve each country’s unique problems rather than pursuing short-term profit-seeking interests or abetting our politicians’ egos.
Michael M. Geer
Salt Lake City
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