Vladimir Putin and his sycophants have recently begun threatening the US with a possible repossession of Alaska, which Tsar Alexander II sold to the US in 1867 as part of the Alaska Abolition Treaty.
But of course, Putin has no regard for treaties or other international agreements like the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, in which Russia guaranteed Ukraine’s security in exchange for Ukraine surrendering its former Soviet nuclear weapons to Russia.
The bombing of Maternity Hospital No. 3 in Mariupol and the Yablunska Street horrors in Bucha, among a number of other atrocities committed by Russia in Ukraine, invalidate Russia’s position on the Geneva Convention if there had been any doubts after Grozny Aleppo .
Putin has been dubbed a “great chess master,” but just as he failed to predict the West’s and NATO’s reaction to his invasion of Ukraine, he again appears to have failed to think two moves ahead.
Will he really open Pandora’s box that are historic territorial claims? That seems remarkably short-sighted for the leader of a sprawling and now economically and militarily crippled empire that includes well over 100 subject nationalities. Additionally, it has potential land disputes with several powerful neighbors.
By its own logic, Turkey might want to claim Crimea, which the Ottomans lost to the Catherine the Great war, while Germany might want to claim Kaliningrad Oblast, formerly East Prussia, lost to the Soviet Union at the end of WWII.
Even more worryingly, Japan has recently reinstated its claim to the southern Kuril Islands, while there are also recalcitrant forces within China claiming Vladivostok. But more importantly, Russia simply needs to stop acting like the schoolyard bully.
Mullagh, Co. Cavan
Towers of Hatred are a sinful waste of energy and money
It’s that time again in Northern Ireland. Thousands of pallets, costing tens of thousands of pounds, have been gathered together and are being erected into leaning towers of hatred with flags and effigy on fire.
Imagine spending that time, energy, enthusiasm and money on building citizenship and good community relations?
Carrowmore, Co. Sligo
Hideous bonfires on July 12 should go down in the history books
Several questions need to be asked about the annual stupidity of the July 12 bonfires. Since even reclaimed wooden pallets cost around €4, these huge mounds must cost several thousand pounds. Some new pallets are also burned, increasing the number significantly.
These piles of wood are often built in close proximity to houses or apartments without safety considerations, and this year a man died building a very large bonfire.
Where are the cops, firefighters, and community workers when these monstrosities are being erected in the many weeks it takes to build the big ones?
Why are nationalist effigies and the tricolor burned with impunity? The answer to all these and other relevant questions is: It’s Northern Ireland, fool!
Victims of abuse should be able to request partner data
Attorney General Helen McEntee’s increased budget to reduce domestic violence is seen in many quarters as a way to reduce the risk of domestic violence.
Although Ireland ranks 93rd in the world for domestic and sexual violence according to the United Nations Statistics Division, we cannot be complacent in tackling this hidden scourge.
One approach to tackling harm to women and children would be to pass legislation similar to Clare’s Law in the UK. This would essentially allow people to request information about a partner in the police force.
Women or partners affected by their partner’s behavior could find out if they have a history of abusive behavior.
If implemented, it would likely help reduce incidents of domestic or sexual violence.
Many women are afraid to take their concerns to court. Others may withdraw for a variety of reasons, including lack of support, concern for their children, and promises from an abusive partner that they will do better.
By enacting a “Clare’s Law” in that jurisdiction, it can do some work to protect women or partners by giving them the tools to make an informed choice.
Letterkenny, Co Donegal
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/in-pursuing-territorial-claims-putin-leaves-russia-exposed-41832017.html In pursuing territorial claims, Putin leaves Russia alone