UKRAINIAN SCORPIONS: A Tale of Larceny and Greed, Ronald M. Derrickson

A Tale of Larceny and Greed,
Ronald M. Derrickson

If you are like me, you have been watching the current war in Ukraine with interest and fear. Having lived in a Canadian area populated with many Ukrainians, I have only the utmost respect for their work ethic, gardening skills and culture. It has been puzzling to me as to why NATO has avoided allowing Ukraine to join this organization. So, it was fascinating to learn about Canadian Native Chief, Ronald Derrickson’s new book. The title, “Ukrainian Scorpions” is based on the old fable of the scorpion and the frog.

As the story goes, the scorpion hails a frog on the riverbank and asks him to take him across.The frog is suspicious and say, “If I let you on my back you will sting me and I will drown,” The scorpio says no, no, he will not sting him because he needs the ride across. So the frog agrees, but halfway across, the scorpion stings him. The dying frog says, “You said you would not do it! But the scorpion replies,” It’s your fault, you knew I was a scorpion when you took me on your back. It’s who I am. It’s in my nature.” And in the end, both the frog and the scorpion drown in the river.

This non-fiction book outlines, Derrickson’s business opportunity in Ukraine from 2018 to 2022 and its eventual bankruptcy. While the information is quite convoluted, it is a contradiction to the positive media profiles of the War in Ukraine and an excellent  explanation as to why NATO is cautious about endorsing Ukraine.

Well worth the read.

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