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The Ukrainian Crisis: A Call For Solution

Ukrainian crisisBy A. Page

As the world begins to stack tragedy after tragedy, it can be difficult to keep up with the times.  Why just a few months ago, every headline was about Russia and the Ukraine, and now as the focus centers back toward the Middle East, its fair to say that not too many of us know what is going on in the Ukraine at the current moment. Aside from violence and retaliation, what matters most is the plan of action for recovering this situation.  Many have been proposed, and even those in play seem to be doing next-to-nothing.

For the most part, the political aspect of the issue has little but improved.  World leaders are still discussing and sharing their sympathies, but European and American forces and agencies have yet to make a stand.  As the violence continues, more and more fingers are being pointed at the EU (European Union).  The inability to act has enlightened various peoples to the fact that the EU contains forces that are not considering the economic interests and political cultures of the various nations it overlooks.

Furthermore, the question ‘Can we pacify Russian forces?’ has come into play.  As we know, Europe has stood tall with America and enforced harsh political sanctions against Russia.  Though that’s a step in the right direction, many believe ‘sanctions alone are no policy’.  And they’re right, though most people (European or American) feel adversely towards military action, a countries values become empty promises if no action upholds the morale. That doesn’t mean pumping arms and iron into one side or the other, it means enforcing humanitarian values on those who wish to disregard them.

Only time will tell, and it sure is taking a long time.  President Obama welcomed the Ukrainian President Poroshenko to the White House for a foreign affairs days.  His aim is to discuss efforts to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine as well as our continued support for Ukraine’s struggle to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” with Poroshenko.  Meanwhile, statues of Lenin are being pushed to the ground and Pro-Russian supporters are still seeking to terrorize the countryside.  Though this foreign affairs day went well, it’s hard to feel that any true progress has been made.  Though the United States has assured the Ukraine that we will stand by them as it pursues liberal democracy, no degree of comfort is offered.

The Ukrainian Crisis is sure to continue, but when will European and American leaders stand in the face of Russia? Surely, there must be something more than not inviting them to the lunch table.


The Afghanistan Conflict, Were The Lives Lost Worth It

The War in Afghanistan, which began when the United States military invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, has now claimed at least 2203 U.S. military lives. As appalling as it is, the debate has shifted much further away from casualties. More than a decade later, the most pressing question is: Was it worth it?

Read U.S. military deaths in Afganistan since 2001 here

Millions of dollars were spent on the battle for peace and Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist whose actions prompted the war is now long gone. But Laden’s allies, Taliban still lead the unrest in the form of a growing insurgent that has descended the country into chaos.

According to a poll conducted by Pew Research Centre, many US War veterans believe that less than half of the soldiers who fought in Afghanistan feel the war was worth it. Although more than US$10 Million has been spent in reconstructing the war-ravaged country, many Afghans still live under the line of poverty. Allegations about all the money falling in the hands of corrupt politicians and anti-Taliban warlords are mostly truly.

However, there are some items in the positive column of the Afghanistan War as well, the most important achievement being the ousting of the Taliban regime. Also, there is now a presence of formidable Afghan security force, and schools have been built with children regularly attending classes. Most remarkably, two-third of Afghans now have access to basic health services. More than 1,000 judges have been trained, and 200 of them are women.

The increasing representation of women in Afghan senate is undoubtedly an encouraging sign. More important than statistics, Bin Laden is gone, and Afghanistan is no longer a major site of training to terrorists, but the question remains, all the American lives that have been lost, was it worth it?