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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 9 months ago

    Bare Attack!

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    Afghanistan and Iraq were naked aggression. Crimea has the Russians largest Naval base, and access to the Med, secured with treaty, they also have ethnics there who support them. NOT the same as our invasions, even if Putin is a creepy dude, but not a creepy as Cheney.

  3. Mark

    Mark said, 9 months ago

    @dtroutma

    Speaking of creepy…

  4. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, 9 months ago

    Reminds me of Germany seizing the Sudetenland, and Danzig, ostensibly to reunite ethnic Germans with their fatherland. The Russians could march into the Crimea with half the people there welcoming them.

    None of which means that this isn’t simple aggression, with the Russians pulling the strings behind the scenes, at least to some extent.

    One question remains: is Putin willing to tolerate an independent Ukraine at all? Has he “no more territorial demands to make in Europe” to quote another.

  5. pavlov

    pavlov said, 9 months ago

    Once again the world will sit by and watch Russia attack and kill Ukrainians. Remember the Holodomor.

  6. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 9 months ago

    @Doughfoot

    In early 19th century, most ethnic Germans lived in very poor, small states. And Napoleon abolished the Holy Roman Empire.


    Several Kaisers began building a German Empire of all regions with large populations of Lutheran ethnic Germans (Roman Catholic ethnic Germans were left to Austria, Calvinist ethnic Germans were left to Switzerland). This Empire was completely dismantled after WWI.


    Hitler demanded the return of those bits that were mostly ethnic German, starting with the Sudetenland. Then the bits of Germany, with large ethnic German populations, chopped off to make Poland. (Britain and France were not ready for war in ’38, so they let Hitler have the Sudetenland, but they thought their defences were ready in ’39, so they declared war after Hitler annexed Western Poland).


    The Crimea was part of Russia proper until ’54. Eastern Ukraine was a client state in the Russian Empire and then a Republic in the CCCP, but then Stalin annexed the Western Ukraine, which had been part of the Austrian Empire, and which fought against assimilation into the CCCP for many years (but the resistance was finally crushed).


    Then Stalin starved the entire Ukraine, even the ethnic Russians, so few members of the Ukraine want to be part of Russia, since the hatred from WWII is still strong (this does not apply to Crimea, of course). But the Russian-speaking Russian Orthodox from the eastern bit hate the Ukrainians from the former Austrian Empire, and vice versa.


    Is there a good answer?


    (probably not)

  7. pavlov

    pavlov said, 9 months ago

    @ dtroutma Naval base treaty you mean a treaty that Putin is violating, and using your logic Mexico should be able to send troops into California,Colorado, New Mexio, and Texas to “protect" ethnic Mexicans.

  8. Bilword

    Bilword said, 9 months ago

    you want the real nude aggression you have to look at us foreign policy!

  9. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    He is trying to give Chuck Norris a run for his money..

  10. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @Michael wme

    All the more astonishing that Arizona and California can exist next door to each other and still be, nominally at least, part of the same country.

  11. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, 9 months ago

    dtroutma: Russia has access to the Black Sea. To get to the Mediterranean, they would have to pass through the territorial waters of Turkey.

  12. Stipple

    Stipple said, 9 months ago

    @CCNJ's say the sky is falling

    “have you seen Hillary lately?”

    Take your hand out of your pocket, this is about Putin and the Crimea.

  13. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, 9 months ago

    Too bad retroactive Olympic boycotts don’t tend to be effective…….

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 9 months ago

    @Doughfoot

    No, don’t be reminded. That is an incorrect analogy since Putin is no Hitler or Stalin. You start thinking that way you get either “appeasement” or " world war." Those aren’t the choices here.

  15. echoraven

    echoraven said, 9 months ago

    That would explain much. Makes me think of the movie “American Beauty”.

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