John Ransom

As Russia makes another move on its helpless neighbor Ukraine, I can't help but wonder what all the fuss is about.

“In a scenario strikingly similar to the fast-paced developments in Crimea in February and March,” reports FoxNews, “western nations are accusing Russia of fomenting protests in Ukraine while Russia claims the protests are an organic response to Ukraine's failure to consider ‘the legitimate needs and interests’ of the Russian-speaking population.”

Wasn't it for this very contingency that president Obama was being so flexible with Vladimir Putin? They’re pals aren't they?

Or am I thinking Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler?

Weeks ago we could hear nothing but that the Munich comparisons—“Munich” refers to when Neville Chamberlain gave away Czechoslovakian territory Britain didn't control in order to gain “peace for our time” for England -- were way overdone, and in no wise could apply to the situation in Ukraine.

We were assured last month that the annexation of the Crimea was the last territorial demand Russia had in the East, Europe or near east.

“Don’t believe those who scare you with Russia, who yell that Crimea will be followed by other regions,” Putin said when he annexed Crimea. “Crimea is our historic legacy. It should be part of a strong and stable sovereignty, which today can only be Russian.”

We were told then that Barack Obama was no Neville Chamberlain: He had this one.

Vlad and O were friends after all.

They had an understanding.

Wasn’t it Obama who made possible the scuttling of the defense shield for Ukraine? Wasn’t it Obama who made possible the obstacles to Ukraine enjoying the full protection of NATO forces?

Didn’t they have an understanding?

Well, apparently not.

While Obama continues to take his weekends in the country, in a paraphrase of Winston Churchill, Putin takes his countries on the weekends.

The parallels to Munich aren’t just apt, they’re chilling.

And here's why:

It's impossible to understate to people who did not live through "Munich" how opposed the general population of the world-- outside of Italy and Germany-- was to war.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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