Letter: Developments in Ukraine echo movie 'The Sting'

Posted Online: April 23, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Recent developments in the Ukraine have brought back memories of the movie "The Sting."

President Obama is Henry Gondorff. John Kerry is Jonny (Kelly ) Hooker and we are all Doyle Lonnegan.

Here is the setup: The govenment CIA thugs go in and kick out Ukraine's president and install a pro-Western dictator.

The hook: Paid protesters start trouble and a civil war ensues.

The sting: Hiding behind the veil of installing democracy, chaos begins, the country falls and we reap the benefits

This country is the breadbasket of Russia along with vast petroleum and natural gas assets and has a key pipeline we would love to divert. Our corporate predators, such as ADM and Monsanto are lurking and waiting to make their moves.

If we are so worried about injustice, why aren't we in Africa where 2,500 people are dying per day of thirst and malnutrition? Instead, we turn our heads and look away, because it's too painful to watch.

Final thought, if we want to stop terrorism we should stop participating in it!

Tom Keith,


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