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“I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY?
I AM ASHAMED”
Former Minister of Finance of Ukraine
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Ukrainians are asking from bomb shelters and underground bunkers where the western democracies are right now.
I ask the same. It has come to this. Despite my deep love for the United States of America, I am ashamed.
I did not expect American boots on the ground. I understood the US position on engaging the US military v. Russia, even if I may have other personal views.
However, I DO NOT understand why we are not providing massive military supplies, in particular Stingers, sniper rifles, javelins, drones and ammunition, since Ukrainians are willing to defend themselves.
I DO NOT understand the slow roll out of economic, financial and energy sanctions. I DO NOT understand why we are not sanctioning all Russian state securities (not just those issued after March 1), all Russian state banks, the Central Bank of Russia, all state owned enterprises of Russia, without exception. I DO NOT understand why we have not expelled Russia from the SWIFT system, the Visa and Mastercard systems.
I DO NOT understand why we don't sanction Putin (whether or not we have access to his assets is irrelevant). I DO NOT understand why we have not sanctioned all of the Russia Duma, Cabinet and National Security Council members and all their families.
I DO NOT understand why the US (and every other democratic country) has maintained air privileges for Russian airlines to fly to the USA. I DO NOT understand why Russian diplomats have not all been expelled from the United States (they have NO right to live in peace and freedom if they deny Ukrainians the same).
I DO NOT understand why we have not revoked the licenses of all Russian state media throughout the Western world. I DO NOT understand why we have not publicly pilloried all the former government officials who serve on the Boards of Russian state owned enterprises.
I DO NOT understand why we have not demanded social platforms address inauthentic accounts tied to the Kremlin and spreading disinformation immediately; and sanction them from doing business with and monetizing Russia state accounts.
I DO NOT understand why we have not sanctioned all the Russian oligarchs (take the top 200 on the Forbes list) who have not disavowed Putin and his genocide of Ukraine.
I DO NOT understand why we have not called for a UN vote to expel Russia given they have made a mockery of the UN Charter with their violation of it. I DO NOT understand why we have not yet expelled Russia from OSCE and Council of Europe. I DO NOT understand why we have not yet cancelled the visas of all Russian visitors, business people and students.
I DO NOT understand why the American people are not pressuring U.S. business to divest from the tyrant's businesses, as we did in South Africa because of apartheid. I DO NOT understand why we are not charging Putin with war crimes, for targeting hospitals, orphanages, kindergartens and residential buildings....
This is the war. In war, you do everything humanly possible to stop the aggressor as quickly as humanly possible. We must isolate the pariah.
"Never again" we said after WWII. Here we are AGAIN...Continued...
Hundreds of people, thousands, are dying. Innocent, peaceful people who did nothing to provoke this other than breathe freedom.
I am ashamed. I do not understand.
Natalie A. Jaresko.