This is how WWII began.
This is how WWII began.
Being hegemon is a responsibility that shouldn't be taken lightly. Allowing major regional powers to invade their neighbors is bad for everyone.
It's been some time since America has engaged in a war of conquest. Something like a century.And Russia is doing nothing different than the US has done so many times around the world.
He's invading Ukraine as we speak. I suspect the Baltic states to be next.
The Russians peoples are Europeans, just like their Slavic brothers in the Czech Republic or Croatia. I don't know where you get any idea to the contrary from.
As for Crimea, I expect it will be declared independent from Ukraine and be given protection by Russia
Conservatives believe the government is incompetent, and seek to elect people who will prove it
Ignorance is Bliss Bliss is the same as happiness US Christian conservatives are the happiest in the US according to studies Do you see a connection?
Actually, it was Russia. For several hundred years Kiev was central to Russian culture until the Mongol invasions, when the torch was passed to Novgorod.It has been voluntarily under Russian control,
Properly, under the Kingdom of Lithuania by conquest, held in that manner for nearly 200 years under the personal rule of the King of Poland and Lithuania, which would finally become the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.under the kingdom of Poland by conquest,
All of which means nothing. The Ukraine, like all the Russias, is European.
independent, under Russian control by force, briefly independent, and may come under control of Russia again by force. It's no traditional European country.[/QUOTE]
I don't approve of US hegemony, and disagree with you that the US hasn't been involved in wars of conquest, right up to the present.
No, I don't think Putin has designs on Europe, and he's not in the Ukraine because he does. He's in the Ukraine because their was civil unrest, a toppling of the Ukrainian government and Russian ports and other assets are at risk, the country borders Russia and nobody likes an unstable country on their border, he's doing nothing that the US hasn't/wouldn't do and we should mind our own business! But I know you boys don't like being told that.
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
Ukraine is culturally Russian. Whether or not this ought to put them under the control of Moscow is the real question.
Likely Putin would be happy with "just" it, which a bit like saying Germany would be happy with "just" France. The Ukraine is massive and with a huge population.
No, I do not anticipate WW3 out of this because I do not expect the USA to do anything about it but bitch. What I anticipate happening is worldwide nuclear proliferation as counties are left with no other real choice for national self defense.
I anticipate, to some degree, another arms race and another Cold War, plus militarization rather than demilitarization. An increase in terrorism.
They made a terrible mistake giving up their nuclear weapons trusting the USA and Britain. They will effectively lose the most lucrative regions of their country as a result of such foolishness.
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