There's also the sage wisdom of Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana who noted: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
With that said, the pro-Western population of the Ukraine shouldn't hold their breath if they honestly think there will be even an iota of any assistance of substance from the Western powers.
When it comes to the West defending Eastern Bloc nations from the Evil Empire, we're a piddly one win—five losses.
With the Ukraine fracturing faster than that "agony of defeat" dude on the opening segment of ABC's Wide World of Sports, Vladimir Putin is no fool. The time to strike is now ... and I hope I'm wrong, but it sure looks like the West just gave him the green light.
It's not exactly a secret that Russian president Vladimir Putin wants to rebuild the Russian Empire of old.
And anyone who has even the faintest clue regarding body language knows that America's Community Organizer-in-Chief is, how shall I put it -- uncomfortable in the presence of the former KGB Lt. Colonel.
But as buried in the Reuters article of Feb. 23, 2014, Obama had an over one hour long yak-fest with his bestest frenemy, and I seriously doubt if they were discussing the Olympics.
Right after Czar Vlad finished punking out chatting with President Gutless did he have a conversation with the honcho of the leading economic powerhouse in Europe, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel.
It's her assurance that she wouldn't interfere that he was fishing for, not Obama's.
With Obama's credibility worth about as much as a Zimbabwean Z$100,000,000,000,000 bill (yes, the Z$100 trillion bill really exists), Putin is smart enough to know he has at least until 2016 to gobble up as much territory as humanly possible, Hillary's reset be damned.
By the way, just as soon as the last Olympic athlete and tourist exits Sochi, presumably within a day or two, Putin will have between 40,000 and 60,000 troops at his disposal.
And those troops are less than 300 miles from Ukrainian soil.
Just for illustration purposes, here's a quick thumbnail of how shameful and shabbily we've defended freedom.
- 2008 - The Russians savagely burned, killed and raped their way into the small Republic of Georgia, seizing huge tracts of territory. The West did nothing.
- 1968 - The Soviets rolled divisions of tanks through Czechoslovakia as they slammed shut any thoughts of breaking free of Soviet domination. The West did nothing.
- 1956 - The Hungarians revolted, which eventually resulted in the Hungarian military getting completely destroyed while children fell back on throwing rocks at Russian tanks. The West did nothing.
- 1953 - Amid chants of "Death to Communism!" and "Long live Eisenhower!" over one million East Germans attempted to throw off the yoke of Communism. Within 48 hours, 16 Soviet divisions crushed the rebellion. The West did nothing.
- 1945 - At the Yalta Conference, Franklin Roosevelt agreed with Soviet dictator Josef Stalin that all of Eastern Europe would de facto become part of the Soviet Empire when it was agreed that from Estonia on the Baltic to Bulgaria on the Black Sea would be considered in the Soviet "sphere of influence." The West was instrumental in backstabbing Eastern Europe.
Only during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush (with Reagan getting the lion's share of the credit) did the USSR, the Warsaw Pact and the Berlin Wall finally collapse. And they managed that without firing a shot at the Russians.
Yet sadly, both Republican and Democrat administrations are guilty of looking the other way when those under the thumb of the Russians seek freedom.
Unfortunately, what's about to happen in the Ukraine will change our record to 1-6.