As I have followed news of the situation in Crimea and the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, I am struck by the moral outrage of officials in the White House and Congress, and among talking heads in the media (“Talks on Ukraine,” editorial, April 6). Crimea has great strategic interest to Russia because of its natural resources and naval ports.
But how forgetful Americans become of our nation’s Crimeas of recent history: Grenada and Panama. In 1983, the United States violated Grenada’s national sovereignty. In 1989, the United States invaded Panama and deposed dictator Manuel Noriega. In both cases, the invasions were about U.S. strategic interests.
Before we demonize Mr. Putin, calling for international sanctions and escalating into a cold war — or a hot one — we should reflect on our country’s actions when perceived vital interests were at stake.
I am not condoning aggressive behavior, but the United States should not demand that other countries live up to standards and morals that we are not willing to live up to. We may have forgotten our recent history, but most of the rest of the world has not.
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