“… Just weeks ago, Russia and its citizens seemed destined to be entering a new era of prosperity, propelled by new job-creating global investment that would result from two successes as our hosts in Sochi. Sadly, Russia’s aggression against its smaller, military weaker neighbor halted that. The world sees it not as an exercise in power but in bullying -- acts that sure4ly do not represent the best of the Russian people. We do not want to see Russia become isolated from the prosperity of the growing global economy.
“We are reaching out to you to make clear that your progress and prosperity is not just your dream. It is our dream as well. But only by walking the path of peace together can we make our mutual prosperity a reality.”
Martin Schram, an op-ed columnist for McClatchy-Tribune, is a veteran Washington journalist, author and TV documentary executive.