Europe gives Putin no reason to change

As long as Russian President Vladimir Putin is in charge, the Russians will never know the truth.

Putin knows Europe has no backbone. Why should he change? Putin needs Eurasia to be unstable.

Ukraine is a European problem and they will do nothing to stop Putin. Holland lost 193 people but has only spoken words. Why? Because they need Russian trade.

France has done nothing because they have two warships to sell Russia. Germany has done nothing because they need to sell Russia weapons and they all need Russian oil, and so on.

We need to put sanctions not only on Russia but also countries that continue to sell Putin weapons. We have to make it clear that we are not bailing Europe out again with the blood of American soldiers.

I am more willing to pay higher prices in the store than higher taxes to send our troops to Europe. We need to boycott countries that support Russia and will not stand up to Putin.

Peter Veasey

Martinez

Not going to change while Putin is there

No, it wont. For the Russians, it is very clear that the Western imperial powers are trying to establish a new launchpad for the attack on Russia that goes from Afghanistan, through the Baltic States and Poland to the Ukraine.


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The Ukrainian and Malaysian governments, as well as the agency responsible for regulating the international air traffic, are directly responsible for the downing of the plane, since they allowed a civilian plane to fly over a war zone where the Ukrainians were constantly bombing the people of the Donetsk People's Republic.

The Russians of the republic don't have jet fighters to intercept planes to find out about their intentions, they only know that planes flying over their head have been raining death on their people; hence the policy of shoot first.

President Barack Obama, the butcher of Libya and many other places, would like to see the rebels disarmed so the Ukrainian forces can bomb them with impunity. This time it's not going to be, not while Russian President Vladimir Putin is there.

Leo T. West

San Leandro

Demonizing Putin risks Russian aggression

The shooting down of the Malaysian airliner may be a propaganda coup for the West, but there is scant reason for Russia President Vladimir Putin to accept the blame.

A dysfunctional government in Kiev hastily responded to some local agitation in the east by sending troops, heavier armor and, eventually, planes. The agitators set up anti-aircraft defenses and used them to shoot down several aircraft belonging to the attackers. And then they mistakenly shot down a passenger plane. Nasty or nice, what would you expect them to do?

That Russia would shelter a Russian-speaking region from assault by its own government isn't surprising. What is surprising is that in not respecting the local referendum and in publicly, if reluctantly, accepting the current Ukrainian postelection leadership, as he did, Putin had earlier left these separatists out in the cold.

By their choice, the Ukrainian government in Kiev converted local disturbances into a war, making horrors inevitable.

The exploitation of this airborne tragedy for the purpose of demonizing Putin has only enhanced the risk that the Russian bear may now fully enter the fray.

Michael Bloxham

Kensington

Want to see change? Then arm Ukrainians

It seems unlikely that the tragic downing of flight MH-17 is going to change Vladimir Putin's (Russia's) policies toward Ukraine.

At home, Putin is seen as a hero restoring Russia's lost glory. Empty threats, endless talk and economic slaps on the wrist do not deter toughened KGB colonels. They encourage Putin to reach for more, until finally he overreaches -- and then there is real bloodshed.

Putin laughs at all of the high-minded appeals to diplomacy that the NATO countries are deploying at this time. If we really want to see change, send arms to the Ukrainians, restore the missile shield to Central Europe, and sanction Russian banks.

Cap Harper

Concord