Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine

The Arabist has the relevant comment, insofar as US policy is concerned:

“You just don’t in the 21st Century behave in 19th Century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext,” Mr Kerry told the CBS program Face the Nation.

He goes on to comment:

“When Bush and Cheney are put on trial for Iraq, I’ll take note of John Kerry.”

I will provide more links and commentary on the Ukraine crisis here soon. The major things to consider are that:

a) the US and Western powers have “meddled” as much as Russia in the affair (see the relevant phone conversations by Victoria Nuland and the visits by major US political figures in support of the opposition, as well as the EU and IMF decisions to try to pressure Ukraine away from Russia and toward Europe);

b) Russia has major military and economic interests in Ukraine, both positive and negative (preventative) ones, and Ukraine represents a major market for whoever controls it (EU or Russia);

c) Americans need to understand the proximity of Ukraine to Russia, and think about how they would take it if Russia were meddling with Mexico or Haiti, and sending its top diplomats there and offering to bankroll the country on condition of economic loyalty. Americans would likely be extremely upset at an such development, and this might help them understand the Russian position.

More will soon follow here, because there is much more to say.

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