Dear Uncle Sam,
You care about your country. You care about denuclearizing everyone but yourself and your allies. You made it happen in Ukraine.
When my country gave up its nukes — the world’s third-largest arsenal — it didn’t happen in a referendum. It didn’t happen in a classroom. It happened in Kuchma’s bedroom.
You treasured my country’s ability to trade its national interests for nothing but IMF loans and some aid.
As you know, the loans did us no good and the aid fell short of delivering the results it did in Eastern Europe. After all, from your Moscowcentric point of view, Ukraine’s “fledgling democracy” didn’t belong in Europe. The State Department pigeonholed us into “Eurasia” (Non-West/Little Russia), a class from which we never really graduated.
Bottom line, you took advantage of Ukraine at a tender age.
Any idea what this map depicts?
In an ideal world, you should have kept your IMF loans/aid, and we should have kept some of our nukes. We should have developed in a different way politically, economically and militarily.
Hindsight is always 20/20. Now what about foresight?
By continuing to take advantage of Ukraine whenever you can, you’re turning friends of America into a scarce commodity here.
The more Ukraine gets raped at home and abroad, the more we Ukrainians will remember it. The more you support our corrupt leaders, the more we’ll resist it. And once the pendulum swings in our favor — in the Ukraine-first favor — we’ll try to do it right. We’ll try not to repeat the mistakes of the Orange era.
And you guys will try to defuse a stockpile of enriched anti-Western sentiment.