Michael Schaus

The Russian dictator humanitarian, Vladimir Putin, is sending some much needed food and water to those poor oppressed rebels in Eastern Ukraine. After already having shown his penchant for helping individuals who suffer under the tyranny of democratic freedom in the semi-autonomous Peninsula of Crimea, Putin has decided to lend aid to a “rag-tag” group of Pro-Russian separatists… Because if the 20th Century has taught us anything, it is that nothing says “freedom” like a hammer and sickle.

In justifying his “humanitarian aid”, the Bond Villain Putin explained that his humanitarian mission was endorsed by the Red Cross… Surely he meant to say the “red crest”, because the actual humanitarian organization, known as the International Red Cross, seemed woefully ignorant of the Russian effort to extend aid to rebellious factions of the Ukrainian civil war. Maybe we can chalk this little mix-up to broken English, or a simple case of Putin adopting Obama-style “lead from behind” diplomacy.

In any event, several trucks with (reportedly) food and water is headed to an area of Ukraine, where anti-Western rebels are currently entrenched against a secular and democratic military presence. And, knowing the former KGB Soviet Russian leadership, I’m sure it’s all “on the level.” (If the sarcasm is too strong for you at this point, you may want to take a breath before continuing.)

While Iraq burns, and Hamas terrorizes Israel, it’s easy to forget that Ukraine is on the brink of falling back into the shackles of Russian control. And while a handful of purportedly harmless aid might seem insignificant, it could potentially spell a world of trouble for Eastern Europe.

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

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