Trump the better man to negotiate end to Putin's War?
Many people in the political mainstream will say, “Even a broken clock is right twice a day” when they discuss the viewpoints of left-leaning public intellectual Noam Chomsky. Chomsky and Trump agree on issues far less than twice a day, so it is certainly noteworthy when they achieve consensus. When asked about the crisis in Ukraine and tensions between American allies and Russia, Chomsky recently stated that Donald Trump is the only high-ranking American speaking sensibly about negotiating an agreement with Vladimir Putin and the Russians to end the fighting. Somewhere in between the far-left and the far-right, Pope Francis has also questioned the wisdom of expanding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an anti-Soviet remnant of the Cold War, into Russia’s historical sphere of influence. We need to study our history books and see what has happened over the last 200 years so we don’t repeat the same mistakes.
Between these two disasters, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin starved seven million Ukrainians to death during the Holodomor. We also need to remember what else is at stake if the fighting in Ukraine continues. In addition, it is often forgotten that Russia has brought stability to other parts of its sphere of influence. Though many do not agree with the views of Noam Chomsky, few would dispute that he is sincere and humble in his quest for truth. Though Donald Trump is unorthodox, Chomsky notes that he proved to be an effective negotiator when he was president, especially when dealing with dictators.
It is challenging to find truth in the media during a time of armed conflict in the world, regardless of who is reporting. For those of us living in North America, areas of armed conflict, starvation, and human devastation may seem very far away. Everyone deserves to live in peace, and we know what is necessary to bring this about. Gerry Chidiac is an award-winning high school teacher specializing in languages, genocide studies and work with at-risk students.
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