US should lend a helping hand to put out its own fires

I read several articles about the Russian invasion of Crimea. But when I tried to discuss them with my Russian friends here, most of them expressed hostility toward the United States’ involvement.

Their main idea is: We have a lot of our own problems here, economic, financial, etc. Why do we need to help others, while forgetting American people? Minimum wage, Social Security and other benefits are being cut, and skyrocketing prices are increasing.

Many Russians and even Ukrainians hate America for our affairs and involvement everywhere in the world. And because of this, many of them support Putin’s policies, to show their disagreement with policies of the American government. I can’t find any wisdom in American politics.

Jeremy Kohlberg, via email



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