[See Round I: HERE]
Editors’ note: Below is the second – and final – round of Frontpage’s exchange between the Freedom Center’s Shillman Fellow Daniel Greenfield and Ted Belman, the editor and publisher of Israpundit.org. We hope our readers will find this dialogue/debate hosted by Frontpage to be thought-provoking and informative. See our previous exchange between Joseph Puder and Daniel Greenfield on Israel’s ‘Balancing Act’ in the Russia-Ukraine War.
Daniel doesn’t in any way attack the case I made for blaming the U.S. He writes it off as being a product of the “blame America Syndrome”.
What he does do, is set out facts in an attempt to justify what the U.S. did. Presumably that includes the CIA sponsored coup in 2014 and the Ukrainian killing of 14,000 Russian speaking Ukrainians since then in the Donbass.
Like I wrote, some people think this is a good thing, others don’t.
Finally, he ignores the UN backed treaty which prioritizes self-determination over sovereignty. But that’s OK, everybody in the West does.
Mr. Belman would like to go into the rights and wrongs of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. I’ll leave that to the Russians and Ukrainians who have strong views on the subject and have been settling them by killing each other for a whole lot of centuries. And will go on doing that for as long as they exist.
I’m not a Russian or Ukrainian: I’m an American.
My point is simple and clear. The conflict began centuries ago. It’s not the fault of the United States.
And no American should fall for attempts to blame other people’s wars on us. America is not the world’s policeman, that also means we’re not the world’s scapegoat.
That’s America First.