I’m old enough to remember when countries sought the US as an ally

by Datechguy | October 28th, 2014

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I'm old enough to remember when countries sought the US as an ally

What do you do if you are a nation fac­ing one of the most pow­er­ful mil­i­taries in the world and your for­mer ally, thanks to the lead­er­ship or lack thereof of the head of the free world, is no longer reliable?

Why you make some reli­able allies instead:

Ukrain­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Pavlo Klimkin wrapped up a low-​profile two-​day visit in Israel on Thurs­day, say­ing one of the pur­poses of his visit was to dis­cuss ways to increase coop­er­a­tion between the two coun­tries, includ­ing “mil­i­tary and tech­ni­cal coop­er­a­tion.”


What kind of mil­i­tary and tech­ni­cal coop­er­a­tion?

“We spoke about the import­ing of drones from Israel,” said Klimkin after meet­ing Prime Min­is­ter Binyamin Netanyahu and other offi­cials. “That’s really impor­tant in the super­vi­sion frame­work of the cease­fire (with pro-​Russian sep­a­ratists), but we are speak­ing with many coun­tries about that and coun­tries in the Euro­pean Union in particular.”

It makes sense for Ukraine, if you’ve been hitched to a weak horse for a long while, it’s time to find a strong one, but the other ques­tion is why should Israel be so inter­ested in help­ing out Ukraine?

Lyud­mila Saprik­ina, the head of the Donetsk branch of Hesed, which cares for Jew­ish senior cit­i­zens through­out the for­mer Soviet Union, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednes­day that while approx­i­mately 70 per­cent of Donetsk’s Jews have fled, 1,650 of her clients have remained behind in the shat­tered cen­ter of the Moscow-​backed insur­gency and the sur­round­ing areas.

That fact that so many Jews have cho­sen to flee the now Moscow allied areas says a lot.

When nobody thinks you’re strong enough to be worth seek­ing as an ally then it’s likely you’re not strong enough for peo­ple to be wor­ried about hav­ing you as an enemy.

What do you do if you are a nation facing one of the most powerful militaries in the world and your former ally, thanks to the leadership or lack thereof of the head of the free world, is no longer reliable?

Why you make some reliable allies instead:

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin wrapped up a low-profile two-day visit in Israel on Thursday, saying one of the purposes of his visit was to discuss ways to increase cooperation between the two countries, including “military and technical cooperation.”

 
What kind of military and technical cooperation?

“We spoke about the importing of drones from Israel,” said Klimkin after meeting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other officials. “That’s really important in the supervision framework of the ceasefire (with pro-Russian separatists), but we are speaking with many countries about that and countries in the European Union in particular.”

It makes sense for Ukraine, if you’ve been hitched to a weak horse for a long while, it’s time to find a strong one, but the other question is why should Israel be so interested in helping out Ukraine?

Lyudmila Saprikina, the head of the Donetsk branch of Hesed, which cares for Jewish senior citizens throughout the former Soviet Union, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that while approximately 70 percent of Donetsk’s Jews have fled, 1,650 of her clients have remained behind in the shattered center of the Moscow-backed insurgency and the surrounding areas.

That fact that so many Jews have chosen to flee the now Moscow allied areas says a lot.

When nobody thinks you’re strong enough to be worth seeking as an ally then it’s likely you’re not strong enough for people to be worried about having you as an enemy.

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