US must stand up to Russia and Putin over Ukraine

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Western resistance to Putin is necessary

Former KGB officer Vladimir Putin has adopted a page from Adolf Hitler’s playbook by fabricating false grievances and provocations to justify his invasions of other countries, first in Crimea in 2014 and now in Ukraine.

It is reasonably clear that his political goal is to reconstitute, at least in part, the Eastern European vassal states established by his hero Stalin after World War II, which existed only thanks to the Russian military.

The only thing currently standing in his way is the resistance of a the Western alliance revived under the vigorous leadership of the United States. We should all take a moment to think about what would instead happen in response to this naked criminal assault if the current president were Putin’s boyfriend, Donald Trump.

Jeremy Ross, Savannah

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War looms over all other issues

Russian President Vladimir Putin finally began his invasion and took control of Ukraine. This makes US President Joe Biden Cancels Keystone Pipeline sound even more political. I understand that we are now buying several million barrels a day from Russia. What happened to common sense?

These are the same people who tried to portray former President Donald Trump as a warmonger. Extreme anger and resentment blow out the spirit candle. I fear that this administration’s paranoid hatred of Trump has had a similar effect on them. We have been obsessed with climate change, masked mandates and pronouns while Putin, China and similar regimes have calculated how to seize power in any way possible, including promoting the very divisions that divide our country.

Priorities? You would think that our very survival would be at the top. Do we need another Pearl Harbor before we can unite as a country? Unless more of us realize our dire and fragile position, we will continue to bicker and play petty politics while the Titanic continues to sink. Do you think Ukraine is worried about climate change right now? Or gender identity and a myriad of other divisive concoctions? We need courageous leaders to confront us with the truth. Pray that God raises up,

Joseph D. Anderson, Savannah

Now is not the time to stand on the sidelines

It seems that the Ukrainian government will soon be gone. They defend freedom. They are heroes. It saddens me to see these patriots laying down their lives without the help of the freedom-loving citizens of the United States and our allies.

Our leaders should be ashamed for talking about supporting Ukraine. Ukraine needs support, not speeches. Quiet frankly our leaders need to “grow a set”.

Louis Harkins, Savannah

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Enough appeasement from the Democrats

The Neville Chamberlain appeasement bug appears to have infected the Democratic Party circa 2009. Since the infamous Obama reset for Russia led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin noted that Democrats would always appease him .

With Joe Biden in charge, Putin does not hesitate to enter two Ukrainian territories and integrate them into Mother Russia. Biden fans (largely the same as Obama fans) should have been ready to announce major punitive sanctions yesterday as soon as the Russians moved. They only had months to watch as More than 100,000 Russian soldiers massed at the border. Instead, they are still rushing to try to figure out what to say, no doubt drawing on valuable lessons learned from the frenetic and chaotic disaster of the Afghan retreat.

You can bet the Chinese are watching carefully and taking notes.

Appeasement has never been an effective strategy against tyrants. Usually bad things happen.

Eric Hogan, Tybee Island

Enough with Trump on Russia

Twice-impeached former President Donald Trump is once again singing the praises of former KGB officer Vladimir Putin, calling his strategy of encircling Ukraine with massive troops and weaponry “genius” and of “scholarly”. Trump, along with some Republican leaders and right-wing media, seem to have totally bought the lie that Ukraine is not a sovereign country and must be protected by Mother Russia of its own people.

Putin declared Ukraine “independent” before send “peacekeepers”. It would be laughable if it were not so tragic that the consequences of such madness could be countless loss of life, a heavy economic burden and a country struggling for its very existence.

Republican leaders decided to follow Trump, regurgitating his many lies, including that big lie that the election was stolen. It’s been more than enough time for them to grow a backbone and disassociate themselves from him. But now it is imperative for them to speak up, to rally in defense of Ukraine, to show that America will always defend the rights of countries to govern themselves, and to help advance democracy in the world.

Cubby Plonchak, Savannah

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