Prime minister Justin Trudeau went to the source of democracy, the European Parliament, to teach about democracy. He was teaching his grandmother how to suck eggs. They needed no lessons on democracy from Justin Trudeau. What they needed was North American solutions and North American resolve. Did you note the small turnout of parliamentarians?
North America is technically self-sufficient in oil and gas. The European Union is not. The European Union is reliant on Russian gas and oil to keep their homes warm and their industries producing. There are no overnight solutions.
And if anyone knows why democracy matters, it is the European Union. Europe’s history is written in the blood of war. Peace is a democratic solution. Nobody needs Justin Trudeau to tell them that governments need play a positive role in their peoples’ lives. He needs to be in Canada to see what souring inflation is doing to peoples’ lives on this side of the pond.
Of course, Justin can point to Putin-the-Denier as attacking democracy. Putin has seen the weaknesses. He has specialized throughout his life on attacking the weaknesses of democracy. He uses totalitarianism as his tool of choice. He uses military might to get his way. He turns democracy against his enemies.
Vladimir Putin is a denier, a liar, a monster and a psychopath. He attacks us all. He gives no quarter. Our problem and the problems facing our allies in Europe is our lack of facing reality.
The world needs to redirect all ocean-going oil and liquified natural gas (LNG) tankers to Europe to help them bridge to summer needs. At the same time, Europe needs to know that North America is united with them. They need speeches of support, not lectures on democracy. You can save those speeches for next time you are invited to Russia.
And Ukraine needs all the help we can give. Our resolve has to be with them. They are facing the monster. They need not face the monster alone.
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