They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Friday, May 16, 2014

Ukraine: Get back in your box

Guardian writer senses a new world order.  Not sure about that; might is as right now as it always was. It's bleeding anarchy out there. States are on their own - unless some other entity comes to their aid because it's in their national interest to do so. That's as true now as it was in the 19th century. Notwithstanding the desire of a few 'chickenhawks', there was never any question that the west would go to war in order to 'defend' Crimea from big bad Putin. Might is right, and financial clout - like that enjoyed by Russia - gives European leaders sleepless nights.

There is just a chance that John Pilger is wrong. But please, don't leave your nuclear bunker until you hear the 'all clear'. Streaming somewhere.

The unfolding Ukraine crisis signals a new world order

[...] It is generally accepted that the EU (in a mode splendidly described by one commentator as of "impotent megalomania") precipitated matters by blundering into the most sensitive part of Russia's backyard without seriously asking itself how it might react. This was not an isolated error but the culmination of 20 years of the west simply not taking Russia seriously, most notably with the Kosovo war and the expansion of Nato. When Russia did react in the (legally indefensible, but historically understandable) form of annexing Crimea and destabilising east Ukraine, the western view then swung 180 degrees to focusing on the need to "contain" a revanchist Russia intent on rebuilding the Soviet Union. Link