Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Post-election Reality in Ukraine

The results of the recent election in Ukraine indicate that the next parliament will be dominated by pro-Western politicians. How can they Westernize Ukraine?

First, the legislators should accept the fact that the territory controlled by the pro-Russian separatists is permanently lost. The prime minister must not waste any national resources on recovering that territory. Any available national resources should be used to improve the economy.

Second, the legislators must immediately enact all reforms requested or recommended by the European Union or the International Monetary Fund. The most important objective is to modernize the economy.

Third, the legislators should create a business-friendly environment for Western companies like Toyota and Mitsubishi. They can provide the jobs that many Ukrainians need. Before such companies are willing to establish a major presence in Ukraine, Kiev must provide an efficient bureaucracy, honest judges, etc.

How can we commoners in the West help the Ukrainians? We can create pressure on the Russians. Many universities in the West have numerous Russian students (of whom some have parents who work in the Kremlin). On the 15th day of each month, we should assemble in the most public area of such universities and loudly ask these Russian students, "Why are you silent when Russian soldiers invade Ukraine and kill its citizens? Why are you silent?" We should draw attention to these Russians and embarrass them.

We can start by locating the two daughters of President Vladimir Putin and creating a hostile environment for both of them.

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