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Kasparov on Budapest Memorandum

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  • Kasparov on Budapest Memorandum

    Kasparov's perspective is often coloured by an anti-Putin sentiments, leading him to advocate aggressive policies by the West against Russia, but he made the following excellent point (starting 2:25):

    Let us not forget that Ukraine has been guaranteed, in 1994, the protection of its territorial integrity by the United States. Ukraine gave up nukes! Very few people remember it was the third-largest nuclear arsenal in the world. [Not honouring the gurantee] is very bad, not only for the United States Bill Clinton's signature was there. Ukraine gave up twelve hundred nuclear warheads, more than England, France and China combined, in exchange for guarantees from America and Great Britain. This will have implications way beyond Ukraine's borders, because it destroys the credibility of the White House, it destroys the credibility of the free world, and it sends a message, let's say to Iran, that you need nukes to protect your borders. Same can apply to Japan, South Korea, countries that are facing a rising threat from China. It will be a totally different world unless we follow the promises written on paper and signed by the leaders of the free world.

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    I'm glad the U.S. is avoiding a war with Russia over Ukraine. But...he does have a point. If the U.S. hadn't felt the need to disarm Ukraine, this probably wouldn't be happening right now (of course, several cities could also be smoldering ruins of radioactive decay, too).
    "If you believe, take the first step, it leads to Jesus Christ. If you don't believe, take the first step all the same, for you are bidden to take it. No one wants to know about your faith or unbelief, your orders are to perform the act of obedience on the spot. Then you will find yourself in the situation where faith becomes possible and where faith exists in the true sense of the word." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

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      Ukraine wouldn't have been able to maintain the nukes anyway, that costs money and they don't have any. Odds are they'd have turned into an ecological disaster.
      "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths." Isaiah 3:12

      There is no such thing as innocence, only degrees of guilt.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Darth Executor View Post
        Ukraine wouldn't have been able to maintain the nukes anyway, that costs money and they don't have any. Odds are they'd have turned into an ecological disaster.
        Maybe.
        "If you believe, take the first step, it leads to Jesus Christ. If you don't believe, take the first step all the same, for you are bidden to take it. No one wants to know about your faith or unbelief, your orders are to perform the act of obedience on the spot. Then you will find yourself in the situation where faith becomes possible and where faith exists in the true sense of the word." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

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