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In this week’s episode of London Calling is very sobering – literally. Before James and Toby talk about who’s to blame for the crisis in Ukraine, Toby’s Dry January turned very wet over the weekend.
Then they take on Putin, Biden, NATO and Ukraine and why they can’t bring themselves to spell Kiev “K-Y-I-V.”
On the home front, would Boris be better to cling to nurse for fear of something worse, the late-to-the-party lockdown sceptics and, in Culture Corner, The Undoing (HBO), the Brothers Karimazov and Martin Chuzzlewit.
Opening sound this week is Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Ukraine.
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Glad the lads talked some about Bojo’s current predicament. That’s the kind of insight I want to here. Hope there will be a few birds left after the hunt.
Your comments about not supporting the Ukrainians in their hour of need indicates a value system different than most of us in Europe with a sense of history. May I suggest, Sir, that you educate yourself about that part of Europe say, beginning in the early 1930’s as Stalin was ending his first bloody decade of killing his own citizens with purges, and specifically planned starvations of certain areas in order to collectivize farm lands and so forth. Look at what happened in the Ukraine in the early 30’s, all caused by Stalin. What do you see? And maybe you need to read a little about Angela Merkel’s discussions with our friend Vladimir. You need to rethink about this whole issue.
I cannot speak for James, but “educate yourself” is not an operable argument here. No one is saying that Ukraine is not rightfully wary of the Russian bear or that Putin is a good guy. The question is to what level the West is responsible for her sovereignty and what cost.
You write from Switzerland, which hasn’t exactly gone to war for anyone’s freedom since 1815.
Really depends on whether you’re OK with Putin reversing Ronald Reagan’s victory in the Cold War, and recreating the Soviet Union under another name.
When Trump let the Ukrainians get weapons that Obama and Biden had refused, it wasn’t because he had suddenly become a neo-con.