recceguy said:We understand your discussion point. However it would be more effective without the invective.
Keep Calm and Chive On.
Journeyman said:One person critiqued your English, and that's 'bombarded with hate'?!
You're going to have a fun-filled time in the CAF. Enjoy
Sharp said:Pretty much exactly the point I was trying to make, yet people continue to bombard me with hate.
I understand the issue, I'm aware of the problem. I, much like others, as we can see in the thread, think the problem is minimal.
I'm from The Islamic Republic of Iran, and people call it "Iran". I couldn't care any less. This is my standpoint on the issue.
My 2 cents. Don't hate me because of an opinion.
But why did we come to refer to Ukraine as "the Ukraine" in the first place? While there are examples of country names that are preceded by "the," this is usually only done when the country name refers to a group or a type of political organization — for example, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands.
It may seem like a minor detail, but many people are angered by the addition of "the" to Ukraine, arguing that it is being used to help sideline Ukrainian statehood.
For people like my 93 year old grandfather the "the" harkens us back to a time when it was "The Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic." At which hands he suffered, and fought for the freedom of his country. So we do take a stand when it comes to being Ukraine vs. the UkraineSharp said:The only issue that I see is that it's not a group of islands, regions, etc. For example, the Philippines, the United States.