Amidst all the turmoil in the Ukraine, I expected at
least one person in the Corner to mention that
nation’s last foray into mainstream culture. In the
great Risk episode of Seinfeld, Kramer is battling
away destroying Newman’s armies. While riding the
subway, the following scene takes place:
Newman: I’m not beaten yet. I still have armies in the
This comment perks up the ears of what appears to be a
Kramer: Ha ha, the Ukraine. Do you know what the
Ukraine is? It’s a sitting duck. A road apple, Newman.
The Ukraine is weak. It’s feeble. I think it’s time to
put the hurt on the Ukraine.
Ukrainian: I come from Ukraine. You not say Ukraine
Kramer: Yeah, well we’re playing a game here, pal.
Ukrainian: Ukraine is game to you?! Howbout I take
your little board and smash
The Ukrainian pounds the game board, destroying it and
sending army pieces flying.
I think this episode should be front and center in the
formulation of US policy during the current crisis.