Obama and Kerry deserve much credit as they adhere to peaceful diplomacy. It is less popular than pretending to be the sheriff of the world, with useless pistols and tanks. In this era, opting for the moral high-ground is also the right choice for influence and growth.
The United States should view the referendum in Crimea as it would if Scotland or Catalonia voted to secede from their respective countries. Perhaps American interests would be better served by objecting to the occupation by Russia and not the referendum.
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When he was Russia's President, Boris Yeltsin held the line on the status quo: There would be no territorial adjustments to align the political map with the ethnographic one or to correct historical anomalies. In effect, Yeltsin made what became the borders of an independent, post-Soviet Russia a red line that neither he nor his successors should ever cross. If Putin forcibly separates Crimea from Ukraine and reunifies it with Russia, thus negating Yeltsin's decision and commitment, he will be following the Milosević example -- but with possible consequences that could jeopardize the territorial integrity of Russia itself.
I don't advocate armaments, but the Ukrainian and global community's impotence to release Russia's grip highlights the practical value of nuclear energy and weapon-based deterrence. This lesson is not lost to foreign policy and military strategists around the world.
In fact, the situation in the Ukraine is an example of the limits of military power, not the need for more of it.
So when analyzing countries' behavior internationally, and especially that of the United States, we must descend past the usually high-flying rhetoric associated with military action and face the reality that other, deeper reasons for attacking other countries might exist.
It's time for leftist intellectuals and activists to conduct a serious re-assessment and rethink of their movement. To do otherwise could relegate the left to irrelevance or, even worse, ridicule and embarrassment for some time to come.
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Formalist, familiar, mythological, personal, universal, historical and emotional -- hers is not the only undiscovered history playing out in these prints.
Americans aren't in the minority when it comes to stuffing their faces full of food in the name of celebration.
The real problem is actually the administration's over-engagement in this case -- as in meddling in the affairs of another state and trying to rearrange its domestic political machinery to suit Washington's agenda.
To what degree could Putin, or those acting upon his direction, be encouraged to consider the rule of law in their actions in Crimea and beyond and no longer be confident in their impunity?
I don't pretend to understand the many political forces at play in the Ukraine, but I would like to comment on the gnarly questions it raises about oppression, liberation, power, and God. When oppression is on the march, good people ask, "Where is God?"
The crisis in Ukraine has brought attention not only to the military influence that Vladimir Putin can exert, but also upon the influence that Russian natural gas can wield.
It is not enough to merely understand the significance of Russia's latest "initiative." It is, however, essential to understand the nature of the present regime in Russia.