My grandfather, the late Andrzhei Antonovich Dzialtvo, fled Lithuania with his family around 1902, when he was about four years of age. It was during one of Russia’s periodic invasions of countries around it, which Russia has engaged in as a regular hobby long before Europe even noticed the Americas existed.
It’s also long-known that asking the Czar – whatever he goes by, Czar, General Secretary, President, or Prime Minister – to stop invading gives the guy a good belly laugh.
So this is what I’ve suggested by phone to my Congressional Representative, the Hon. Christopher H. Smith (R4-NJ), and one of my Senators, the Hon. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), in a call made to each of their offices:
- The President of the United States of America should immediately recall his ambassador from Moscow and reduce relations to a chargé d’affaires level;
- The State Department of the United States of America should issue a warning to all American citizens in Russia to promptly leave Russia;
- The President of the United States of America should, by Executive Order, immediately declare a suspension of all trade with the Russian Republic.
That will get Vladimir Putin’s attention. Calling for meetings and asking politely has not worked for dealings with Russia in over a millennium, and it obviously is not going to work now.
When I called Rep. Smith’s office, I was told that the Congress couldn’t do anything because Speaker Pelosi has declared a recess; I pointed out that the Representative was quite good at holding press conferences and could issue a public statement calling for these measures from the executive branch of the US government. Senator Lautenberg’s office was a little more encouraging, and the staffer had a good laugh when I told him about Rep. Smith’s staffer trying to blame Speaker Pelosi for a possible inability for Rep. Smith to say anything publicly.
This is going to make it an interesting Olympic season, too…