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Letter: Kent can’t be trusted

By John Vanvig, VANCOUVER
Published: September 22, 2023, 6:00am

Joe Kent reveals reckless ignorance — once again — in his recent discussion of the war in Ukraine (“U.S. position cruel, irresponsible,” The Columbian, Sept. 18).

He endorses “an immediate armistice and peace negotiations,” apparently forgetting how things worked out the last time a megalomaniacal ruler of a powerful nation invaded a neighboring country. Western leaders bargained with Hitler in hopes of achieving peace in their time. Instead, the world fell into global war, and those leaders are known to history only for their appeasement of a dangerous demagogue.

Kent charges Ukraine with forcing ordinary citizens into battle and describes the Russian invaders as polished professionals. In truth, Ukrainians are grimly volunteering to defend their country, while Russia sends prison inmates onto its bloody front lines and its troops torture and kill civilians.

Yes, Joe, this is all tragic. But if you really think your fellow Americans “gleefully” attempt to end it, you’re wrong. We’re grateful to Ukrainians for their valiant fight against Russian imperialism, and we mourn their dead. Just like we mourn your own personal losses.

But most of us also realize you can’t be trusted to represent our district well in Congress. You’ve just proven that again.

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