Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Spring Is Coming Soon: Agriculture and Tourism in the Ukraine

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

Again, there is blood in the streets of Kiev, and the gentle rains of spring are on their way to wash away the fire, and the blood. Shakespeare chastised the jew Shylock with the following words:


The quality of mercy is not strained.

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:

It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

'Tis mightiest in the mightiest. It becomes

The throned monarch better than his crown.

His scepter shows the force of temporal power,

The attribute to awe and majesty

Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings,

But mercy is above this sceptered sway.

It is enthroned in the hearts of kings.

It is an attribute to God himself.

And earthly power doth then show likest God’s

When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,

Though justice be thy plea, consider this—

That in the course of justice none of us

Should see salvation. We do pray for mercy,

And that same prayer doth teach us all to render

The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much

To mitigate the justice of thy plea,

Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice

Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there."

The Ukrainians should stress the need to prepare for spring and pressure the government for a resolution in time for spring. The tourism industry and agriculture are going to suffer badly this spring, and with them the economic woes of the Ukrainians will deeply worsen.

Whoever wins the conflict taking place will inherit severe problems and the EU and Russia will see to it that they are not resolved. Red China will buy up much of the Ukraine with its dollars, and will see the rewards of the Ukrainians' misery.

Ukrainians should make it illegal for foreign interests to own land in the Ukraine. You should set up something like ministries to regulate foreign investment and ensure that the Ukrainian masses receive the bulk of the profits from Ukrainian commerce, industry and agriculture.

This is also an opportunity. These same difficulties can be employed for leverage, but that requires leadership and vision. You have to see beyond victory to win the ultimate battle, the battle for the future of the Ukraine after the smoke has cleared and rains of spring have washed away the blood. You do not want to become another Egypt feeding Shylock with a pound of Ukrainian flesh.