Ukraine’s military has divided the forces of the wana-be Russians in East Ukraine and their (reportedly Russian) leaders are said to have fled.
The American Left has turned on Israel and now supports Hamas.
And Argentina has defaulted on its debt. (Again)
It is risky to discuss Ukraine from far away but it seems to us that Mr. Putin now can either cut h9is losses or pour in more resources, dropping his cover in the process. We don’t profess to know the Russian President; what little we’ve seen suggests that he’s more likely to go whole hog than he is to fold his hand. At the same time, the media seems not to have discovered his activities in Moldova. He’s not delivering on the Russian economy, so recreating the Czar;s Empire instead may serve. And the E.U. sees a cold winter without Russian heating gas.
None but Israelis are now complaining about the missiles Hamas has been shooting at Israeli cities for year but the U.S. and E.U. media are horrified by Israels’s push to destroy Hamas missiles and launch sites in Gaza because — gasp — people are being killed in that destruction. Never mind that the missiles continue to head towar Israel and never mind that the Palestinians being killed were warned by Israel ahead of time. Arabs can now kill Jews but not the other way around. Don’t we recall the Left defending the Jews, blacks etc. from bigotry? The Jews appear to be under the bus now; maybe the blacks would be wise to make some new friends …
Finally, Argentina. The country has defaulted regularly in pursuit of its socialist nirvana, ever since Peron saved it from the evils of capitalism. Now it’s going down the financial drain yet again. Some might think that Argentines would have learned from the United States; it seems though, that the U.S. has learned from Argentina. In any event, Argentina is the first financial domino in the world financial system. Or as the poet put it: “A cloud, no larger than a man’s hand …”
We are reminded of the old Chinese dragon tale. A refugee brought a warning to the village that a dragon had attacked and destroyed the village down the road and it was coming in their direction.
Some advised that they flee. Others, unwilling to ose what they had, wanted to stay and fight. And some advised ignoring the dragon so that maybe it would just go away. And that is what they did. They made a nice lunch for the dragon …