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Shaw: Pray for Ukraine

Shaw writes, "There is only one person responsible for this war, and that is Vladimir Putin. Nobody was going to stop Hitler from invading Poland, and nobody was going to stop Putin from invading Ukraine."

Jim Shaw
Jim Shaw
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It is heartbreaking to watch Russia’s senseless invasion of Ukraine. There is no justification for all the human suffering to innocent Ukrainians that Vladimir Putin has caused. The enormous loss of life. The separation of families. The desperate people fleeing their country. All this because the lunatic Putin feels that Russia can take over a sovereign nation and try to restore the Soviet Union.

It’s good to see that all members of Congress from North Dakota and Minnesota have condemned the Russian invasion, calling it an unjust and unprovoked war.

Sadly, many Republican leaders nationwide have exploited the war to try to score cheap political points against President Biden. Two of them are North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer and Minnesota Rep. Michelle Fischbach. Cramer and Fischbach are blaming Biden’s “weakness” for the Russian invasion. That’s like blaming Hitler’s invasion of Poland on Franklin Roosevelt. Actually, Biden has unified NATO, while Donald Trump undermined it.

There is only one person responsible for this war, and that is Vladimir Putin. Nobody was going to stop Hitler from invading Poland, and nobody was going to stop Putin from invading Ukraine. American presidents can’t control everything that happens on this planet. While Cramer and Fischbach love to play the blame the Democrat game, they have been amazingly silent as to how to end this crisis. Shame on Cramer and Fischbach.

Speaking of shame, comments about Putin from Trump and Fox News host Tucker Carlson are repugnant. Trump never met a dictator he didn’t like. He’s Putin’s lapdog. In praising Putin as “smart,” a “genius,” and “very savvy,” Trump is playing right into Putin’s hands. Trump apparently can’t distinguish between good and evil when he called the Russian troops “peacekeepers.” Remember, when he was president, Trump secretly and inexcusably suspended military aid to Ukraine. Of course, Cramer and Fischbach have been quiet about Trump’s comments.


Carlson is a delusional clown, questioning why we should oppose Putin, and wondering what the fuss was all about because Putin never did anything to him. So, the heck with all the people that Putin has murdered and imprisoned, because none of them happened to be Carlson. To Carlson, we should just look the other way.

Naturally, the Russian state media ate up the comments from Trump and Carlson. The Russians aired those comments on television, and used them to justify aggression against Ukraine. Trump and Carlson are guilty of aiding and abetting the enemy. Putin is a thug and a tyrant. Too bad Trump and Carlson can’t publicly acknowledge that.

Meantime, the Ukrainian people have been inspirational. President Zelensky has exhibited tremendous courage and leadership. Despite overwhelming odds against them, the Ukrainians have demonstrated remarkable bravery and determination to defend their country. Their pride and patriotism for their homeland is touching.

Not to be overlooked are the gutsy Russian citizens who risked arrest by demonstrating against the invasion. It’s horrible that many were arrested. I wonder if Trump and Carlson are OK with that.

Freedom, democracy, sovereignty and human lives very much matter. Let’s stand with and pray for Ukraine.

Shaw is a former WDAY TV reporter and former KVRR TV news director.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

Columnist Jim Shaw responds to reports North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley sent a message to Sen. Cramer outlining a "last-ditch effort" to reverse the 2020 election.

Opinion by Jim Shaw
InForum columnist Jim Shaw is a former WDAY TV reporter and former KVRR TV news director.
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