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Post"Stick It!" Alan Shore on Russian Aggression in Ukraine (Roman Zhovtulya, USA, 09/13/14 5:05 am)
Boston's top lawyer Alan Shore of "Crane Poole & Schmidt"* speaks on current atrocities in Europe:
When the Russian army occupied and annexed Crimea in direct violation of the Budapest memorandum on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons (1), I expected the Western world to rise up. Ha! They didn't.
Then, when the Russian-sponsored terrorists shot down a civilian flight MH17 (2), killing all 300 people on board (including 80 children!) and it was revealed that the Russian army officers launched the high-altitude missile that took down the plane (3), I was sure then the free world people would be heard from. We stood mute.
Then came the news that the Russian mercenaries launch artillery assaults at the high-density residential areas in Donetsk and Luhansk and kidnapped close to 100 children from Ukrainian orphanages (4). Certainly, we would never stand for that. We did.
And now, it's been discovered that the regular Russian army started sending their latest weaponry (including heavy artillery, tanks, APCs, etc.) and troops into Ukraine by thousands, while cynically denying and lying about it in their official media. And I at least consoled myself that finally, finally the Western world people will have had enough. Evidently, we haven't.
In fact, if the people have spoken, the message is we're okay with it all. Torture, kidnappings, provocations, killing civilians, shooting down airliners, an all-out war on false pretenses. We, as a citizenry, are apparently not offended.
There are no major demonstrations on city streets or college campuses. In fact, there's no clear indication that anyone seems to notice.
Well, people of Ukraine have noticed. At the end of 2013, when the corrupt Putin's puppet President Yanukovych failed to sign the association agreement with the EU and continued his rule of terror, intimidation and lawlessness, they took to the streets. Despite sub-zero temperatures, they staged what was called one of the largest non-violent protests in Europe. Right until the riot police started intimidating and killing off peaceful demonstrators (5). Over 100 brave souls (6) were ruthlessly gunned down by the Secret Service and Putin's snipers--right there, in downtown Kyiv at the main square of the country!
Stop for a second and try to fathom that.
At a peaceful demonstration, rally or parade, if you do something in protest, you can be killed by a sniper, in broad daylight.
This, in the center of Europe! This, in the 21st century! Is no one embarrassed?
Last night, I went to bed with a book. Not as much fun as a 29 year-old, but the book contained a speech by Adlai Stevenson. The year was 1952. He said, "The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live and fear breeds repression. Too often, sinister threats to the Bill of Rights, to freedom of the mind are concealed under the patriotic cloak of anti-Communism."
Today, it's the cloak of anti-terrorism. Stevenson also remarked, "It's far easier to fight for principles than to live up to them."
I know we are all afraid, but the Human Rights and Democracy--we have to live up to that. We simply must. That's all that those 100 Ukrainian Heroes killed by the snipers were trying to say. They were speaking for you. I would ask you now to take a moment from your busy lives and speak for them (7).
*From the TV dramedy Boston Legal. Original text used under the US “Fair Use” law (Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C § 107). All rights belong to their respective owners. While the setting might be fictional, all the statements mentioned are real--check the references below.
JE comments: Let's stress that Alan Shore, played by veteran actor James Spader, is a fictional character. Shore is a maverick lawyer and defender of the downtrodden on Boston Legal, which ran through 2008. In this post, Roman Zhovtulya gives us Shore's hypothetical take on the Ukraine crisis.
"It's far easier to fight for principles than to live up to them." If this involves confronting Putin, neither seems to be the case. I gather from Roman's comments that the EU and US sanctions are seen in Ukraine as nothing more than symbolic.
However, there is hope that the latest cease-fire might hold, and bring a gradual end to the war. Russian troops, never officially in Ukraine in the first place, are nonetheless leaving the country.
My thanks to Roman for this innovative WAIS post. I hope it will inspire comments from the readership.