The Hammer comes down:
Be careful what you veto!
Putin veto would open the door to sanctioned chemical warfare against any country, including Russia
By Linda Hammerschmid
That Vlad (as I like to call him) Putin believes it is acceptable to use his Security Council veto to block a U.N. resolution against Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people should be remembered by all for the future.
If it’s okay to do that then it opens the door to sanctioned chemical warfare against any country, including Russia. So be careful Vlad. Me thinks you doth protest not enough!
But does anyone else not notice the striking similarities in ruling styles between Vlad and The Donald? (Aside from their coifs of course.) Both pose outrageous positions yet both are supported notwithstanding. The Donald by all those folks who deem America is no longer great but should be again – no matter who gets shoved under the bus. Vlad by a young demographic who sadly believe Russia is heading in the right direction and don’t see what, to me, is an attitude akin to the one Hitler had pre 1939.
As with unruly offspring who constantly test the limits of their parents’ will, so too is Vlad testing the resolve of Nato and the West.
If you push and no one reacts – and I mean seriously acts not just spout disapproval – keep pushing. As with unruly offspring who constantly test the limits of their parents’ will, so too is Vlad testing the resolve of Nato and the West. Back Syria – no one cares. Take back by force Crimea – no one blinked. Down an airline flight over the Ukraine – still nothing. And what do the aggrieved countries of the West do instead – they allow Vlad to host the “World” Cup. Seems more reward than punishment. Something akin to having the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin – we know who hosted those and we know how history turned out just three years later.
It was Santayana who so aptly wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.
So Vlad will keep pushing – until he is stopped by more then meaningless rhetoric. And The Donald will keep skating past one outrageous tweet after another. Neither seem anywhere close to being ousted and both are proverbial ducks – everything rolls right off them.
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Me Linda Hammerschmid is an attorney and has been practicing Family Law since 1982. She is the Senior Partner at Hammerschmid & Associates at 1 Westmount Square, Suite 1290. She is a founding and current member, and past Secretary (28 years) of The Family Law Association of Quebec. She is a frequent guest on CBC TV/Radio, CTV and CJAD, providing commentary on Family Law. You can also hear her regularly on the CJAD show ‘Passion’ with Dr. Laurie Betito, the last Thursday of each month. She and her dog Mac are members of Therapeutic Paws giving joy to the less fortunate. Me Hammerschmid can be reached at (514) 846-1013 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries will be treated confidentially.