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Seinfeld and The Viktors

A reader:

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

Russian immigrant.

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.


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