This question has wider implications, of course. Here is the link to a YouTube video of a competitive archer, Steven Hann, who also runs an archery store, discussing Russia and the Ukraine. So an archer from the Ukraine voice the opinion that Russian archers should not be allowed to compete. Many people agreed with her. But Hann thinks that we should not blame the Russian people for the decision of their leader, Putin.
This brings up the wider issue of how the rest of the world reacts to an unjust war. Clearly, Russia had no grave reason for this invasion and war. And directly targeting civilians in war is always gravely immoral. But we must also take into account that Putin is more of a dictator than an elected representative of the people. He is not acting at the will of the Russian people, but at his own will. So we should not blame the Russian people in general, nor should we try to harm them.
But I think the reaction is wrong of trying to harm the entire nation of Russia, especially economically. This could cause grave harm to innocent persons in that nation, who have nothing to do with the war. It could cause some persons to lose their jobs. It is causing problems with the economy that make each person’s income to be worth substantially less. Some persons may go hungry, or be unable to afford things they need.
Now in the last part of the video, starting here, Hann discusses a similar reaction during World War 2, when Japanese persons in Australia (where he lives) [and we know this also happened in the U.S.] were sent to Internment Camps, just for being Japanese. Hann discloses that persons of German descent, who were born in Australia and did not support Germany during WW2, including his own grandparents, lost their jobs merely because they were of German descent.
What will happen during the next World War, if as we’ve previously discussed, certain Muslim nations attack Europe? Will the U.S. send Muslims to internment camps, as we did with the Japanese during WW2? We absolutely must not do so, as it is gravely immoral. Treat others as you would have them treat you. But the way people are reacting to Russia and the Ukraine tends strongly in that direction, so I worry that persons from certain nationalities or religion might be persecuted or subject to interment during the next world war.
Will persons of Russian descent in this nation be persecuted because of the War in Ukraine? Are they being treated badly even now? We must not blame the people for the actions of their leaders.
Ronald L Conte Jr