In a different report earlier this week, this column underscored that the Ukraine and Crimea region is steeped in history. It is complicated and deep. It is about people with diverse ideas and beliefs trying to work under a common government in pursuit of sustainable living without fear for security and with assurance of individual freedoms.
The Ukraine is but another instance of the struggle by humanity to operate by the rule of law, as communities and nations. A principal lesson is that nothing stands still. Governments must live and breath with changing times and needs. Governments that are designed to do that have a better chance to cope than those that are inflexible.
Government leaders and governments by the people can chose a path that protects Universal Human Rights in the process. If they don’t, they will ultimately end in conflict, violence, and economic failure.
Even when governments like the USA have a solid foundations, leaders and citizens can squander opportunity by their decisions and behavior. Nothing is guaranteed.
So, read the more scholarly reports from people like Henry Meyer and Kateryna Choursina from Bloomberg News about happenings in the Ukraine. Muslims are a part of the community, and they are resisting Russian intervention.
“Crimean Tatars Deported by Stalin Oppose Putin in Ukraine
By Henry Meyer and Kateryna Choursina February 28, 2014
“Where are the separatists?” demanded the Crimean Tatar protester as he stamped his wooden stick on the ground after bursting into the region’s parliament.
As calls from the Russian majority in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea for incorporation into Russia grow louder, the Muslim Tatar minority is growing militant too.
Deported from Crimea in 1944 by Soviet leader Josef Stalin, with almost half dying from hunger, thirst and disease, the Tatars support the pro-European opposition that toppled Kremlin-backed President Viktor Yanukovych after three months of protests. Their opposition to Russia is already sparking ethnic conflict as Russian President Vladimir Putin sees an opportunity to play the Crimean secessionist card.”