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Uzhgorod mayor: We should declare war on Somali

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Dec. 30, 2009, 7:55 p.m. |
Uzhgorod Mayor Serhiy Ratushnyak, a candidate in Ukraine's presidential election scheduled for Jan. 17, issued a press release on Dec. 30 calling on President Victor Yushchenko to declare war on Somali. "It can't continue this way," Ratushnyak said, referring to the taking hostage of more Ukrainian sailors by Somali pirates.

"We must defend our fellow Ukrainians, no matter where they are and no matter who is holding them ranson. We should regard each attack on a Ukrainian as an attack on the whole country. And this is why I think that we should declare war on Somali," the statement says.

In a similar diatribe, Ratushnyak says Americans should atone for killing native indians before meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs.
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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2009, 8:14 p.m.    

War on Somalia ? Ukraine will lose ...

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2009, 9:40 p.m.    

The Ukraine couldn t even pay the fuel for the transport of troops

hahahahahahaha

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2009, 12:17 a.m.    

so says the Russian chauvinist hate monger who thinks his 2 kopecks have any value

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2009, 12:56 a.m.    

If Somalia declared war on Ukraine, Somalia would win.

This fascist western Ukrainian Ratushnyak wants war as all fascists do. Why does he not hire an army from the money he has stolen and lead it himself to show just how brave and honest he is?

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2009, 8:25 a.m.    

so says the Russian chauvinist hate monger who thinks his 2 kopecks have any value

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Anonymous Jan. 1, 2010, 11:45 a.m.    

It's funny how the ones that don't have to tote the gun, are the first to want to go to war.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2010, 5:36 a.m.    

you don't want to rescue hostages and punish their pirates? You are a disgrace to the Black Sea Ukrainian Kozaks. Why have an Army? a Navy? Just stay a bunch of sheep.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2009, 6:15 p.m.    

It would have been even funnier, if it was not so true.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2009, 1:11 a.m.    

no, I am from France

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2009, 11:30 p.m.    

It would be funny if he was not so serious. There are two obstacles (Not including the lack of money) First no one listens to this guy . second Any declaration of war needs to be agreed to by Ukraine's parliament. Only the UN Security Council can and should consider any military action, then and only then should Ukraine consider its position of support.

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2009, 11:37 p.m.    

If he wants war against Somali individuals, that is inciting to violence against an ethnic group, and should be condemned by the president. But I guess what he means is a declaration of war against the state of Somalia, allowing for the potential existence of benevolent Somalis?

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2009, 12:22 a.m.    

typical sissy response....let the pirates continue to extort and kill our people ...why is it that only the Americans had the guts to cowboy style rescue their guys and kill the bad guys? While the rest of the so called "civilized" cowardly world sits back and throws MONEY at the problem hoping that the pirates will become so fat and lazy that they will retire? Bunnylin you better rethink this.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2009, 4:13 a.m.    

Yes, I would tend to agree that a more forceful approach at sea would be worth a try, although the root of the problem is more socioeconomical. I was just wondering about the news post's wording. That all Somalis are evil and should be waged a personal war against everywhere - that would be a mistaken idea that seems to disturbingly titillate excessive nationalists. We have some such in Finland, too.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2009, 8:40 a.m.    

typical Finnish liberal ...no wonder your country is almost finished ...I like the American response better ...its closer to the traditional Ukrainian Kozak missions which fought the Muslim pirates in the Black Sea and rescued the enslaved !

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2009, 5:43 p.m.    

Yes, poor old FInland, languishing among the top nations on the planet for development, technology, fighting corruption, etc. Those Finns could learn SO much from Ukraine! :-)

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2009, 7:14 p.m.    

Finland IS liberal and FINISHED -in 50 years it will be Moslim and BLACK...so enjoy your $$$$ while you can

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