The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 20, 2014

Student Voice: A strong leader to follow

— Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, there has been a splintering of opinions among Americans and citizens around the world. People have voiced their opinions through forums such as The Daily Item on Wednesday to Internet websites such as Yahoo.

I am, among many, someone who views Washington’s attempt at reducing Russia’s status and reputation across the world as unjustified and hypocritical. The United States government has, on multiple occasions, given power to governments that are favorable to the U.S. government. Worse yet, is when the U.S. government decides who can and cannot be free.

Russia has every right to assist not only the Crimean population, but also anyone wishing to be free. I would also like to point out that historically, Crimea was once an integral part of Russia. History repeats itself in the Ukraine after a coup d’ etat in Kiev that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from office. On the other hand, we use the pretext of liberating and saving the free peoples of the world as the casus belli to invade wherever we see fit.

The United States government should remove itself from the situation entirely. It needs to remove sanctions and other anti-Russian policies as well. There was a time when being the “world policeman” was what saved freedom across the world, but that time is now over; and America must accept that.

I look forward to what Putin does next in this crisis. It’s because of him that Russia came out of its poor, and dissolute past with former President Yeltsin ruining their country. If there’s one person I want running my country, it’s a strong leader like Putin.

Brandon Lenig,

Selinsgrove High School

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