On today’s show we are putting aside the usual weekend interview to talk about world events. This is not a political show, and I don’t intend to turn it into a political show.
But it’s an important moment in world history and I feel like I need to say what is on my heart. We are witnessing war on the European continent involving an imperialistic power for the first time since the 1960’s. War is hard to justify under many circumstances. Sometimes you see a war of liberation where an oppressed people rise up to find freedom. We have seen this pattern before. We witnessed the Hungarian Revolution in the 1950’s. We witnessed the Soviet army invade Czechoslovakia in 1968.
This is a war of aggression and of domination. This is the kind of war that the free world needs to wake up and oppose. You cannot appease a dictator.
In the eight years that have passed, Ukraine has lost the Crimean Peninsula to an illegal Russian annexation. The Kremlin has instigated a war in the east part of the country called the Donbas region, where thousands of Ukrainians have been taken captive and tortured, and some 14,000 killed in a war that serves no purpose. And now Mr. Putin has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
So what can I do? What can you do?
As real estate investors, we own real estate. We own space that could be used to temporarily house refugees coming from Ukraine. We could partner with organizations that are sponsoring refugees to find safe havens.
Host: Victor Menasce