- - Monday, March 17, 2014

Most likely, the United States and Europe will not further intervene in Eastern Europe, and Ukraine, like the country of Georgia earlier, will lose a good portion of its sovereign territory guaranteed it under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum signed by signatories from Ukraine, Russia, Britain and the United States.

President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron can hold their heads high and yell, “Peace for our time,” the same words spoken on Sept. 30, 1938, by then-British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in his speech concerning the Munich Agreement.

Less than a year after that agreement, following continued aggression from Germany and the German invasion of Poland, Hitler plunged Europe into World War II.

Prepare, good people: Within a year, Russian President Vladimir Putin will grab land from yet another bordering country and the world will be plunged into World War III. However, in the intervening months, we will have had “peace for our time.”

JOHN LEMANDRI

Williamsburg, Va.