Today, an editorial by Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal said it outright about Putin’s land grab of Crimea and his view of others’ reactions to it, “He doesn’t care what they think.”
This comes to the point of the whole matter, which is how do you fight an adversary that just doesn’t give a [you know what]?
If one side is arguing what’s right based on international laws, mores, and the ethics of human rights and freedom, how does that stack up with an adversary that disseminates misinformation [oh, are those our troops on the ground?] and thumbs their nose at the world to get what they want?
Maybe fighting fair is wonderful from a legal standpoint, but it sure looks challenging on the ground.
Putin is daring anyone to do anything…heck, he’s got thermonuclear ICBMs and a veto at the U.N. Security Council.
BTW, if a security council member is the one doing something wrong, why in those matters, do they still get a veto???
Anyway, this is a very dangerous game of cat and mouse, and if everyone fought this way, the doomsday clock would be ticking very close to midnight, indeed.
Many times in history, a Goliath has swung a big ugly sword, but even a David–and we are not a David, but a world superpower–came to the fight with a sligshot and still won.
Notice though, David still came to the fight!
We can win by doing the right thing, but we cannot run away, because as Hitler showed us–appeasement does not work!
Give a finger and next goes the hand, arm, and torso.
Now already are reports that Putin is threatening to derail the P5+1 negotiations with Iran as well.
Yesterday, I read in Businessweek about overspending, that it’s better to get a haircut now, than have a beheading later.
Perhaps, this applies to national security matters as well?
We can’t be the policeman/woman of the world, but Snowden is snug in “Mother Russia” and now so is Crimea.
(Source Photo: here)