UN Demands Obama Give Back Nobel Peace Prize

Or, headlines we're unlikely to see. How's that smart diplomacy working out for us these days?

Ukraine says Russian forces controlling the strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the crew of two Ukrainian warships must surrender.
As per Drew M, it really doesn't matter who is in the White House now -- we're not going to intervene and the Russians really couldn't give a plying puck what an Obama, Romney, or George W. Bush administration thinks. They want the Crimea, they know we can't do a thing about it, so they're taking the Crimea. Beginning, middle, and end of story.

What this episode does, though, is offer us a moment of moral clarity. Whose vision of world politics is right? Those that think that talking is the same as action? Or those that think actions are what matter?

It also helps clarify the position of so-called "international institutions" like the UN. The UN was set up explicitly to end wars of aggression by one state against another state. How's that working out now?

Anyway, I hate gloating over being right about what is a legitimate tragedy but gloating is really all I have at the moment. Go read Drew M's thoughts. I tend to agree.

PS - When you've lost the Washington Post, you've pretty much lost all foreign policy credibility.

Posted by: Rusty at 11:51 AM


1 Greetings:

I hope all the progressive statists in our Department of State Department can handle the shock of these events. If only some of them had read Samuel P. Huntington's "The Clash of Civilizations...", published back in 1996 and available from Amazon, they might have realized that Ukraine was what the author saw as a "divided" country subject to devolution either from within or without and prepared something along the lines of a contingency plan or, at least, a "Danger, Will Robinson" sign.

And, lest you all forget, I have some real problems with the vaunted European Union's behavior in moving Ukrainian history along the road to crisis. From the beginning of my awareness of the situation, it seemed to me that the EU was heavily into "tax-farming" mode trying, in spite of its own serious economic and political problems, to lure the Ukrainian Ukrainians and their near bankrupt corruptocratic country into its own cabal. And believe you me those EU apparatchiks could give Putin's puppets a run for their dachas. The EU's concept of democracy, one might say, is subject to fits and starts in an on again off again kind of way and while political and economic shenanigan's have been sufficient up 'til now (N.B. the EU's recently knotted panties over the Swiss referendum to control immigration into their own country) we will shortly see if they'll let the gal they brought to the dance go home with another guy.

Meanwhile, I can't help but wonder what our UN Ambassadoress Samatha Powers is thinking about the "responsibility to protect" that she worked so hard to sell to the rest of the world. I think Mr. Putin is finding it quite useful.

As much as we all dislike Mr. Putin and his ways and means, what was fomented and allowed to proceed in Kiev was very much a coup and however much we may like its direction and proponents, it was hardly an exercise in democracy. For some almost nonsensical reason, the EU decided to help foment the overthrow of a somewhat democratically elected government via large scale street disorders, a kind of OCCUPY Wall Street on streroids, and now, finding itself and its new potential subjects in a hole of its own digging, continues its excavation.

We are in the best of all possible hands in the best of all possible worlds.

Posted by: 11B40 at March 03, 2014 12:15 PM

2 Wow 11B40 you read my mind. I've been pretty busy the last two weeks so hadn't commented on the Ukraine thing, but I think it was Howie who wanted my thoughts and I said to him pretty much the same thing about protests and protesters not quite getting that elections have consequences. You don't elect a government and then, in a moment of regret, demand a new government. If that were the case then I'd be the first one out on the streets demanding Obama resign.

Posted by: Rusty at March 03, 2014 01:31 PM

3 The only version of world morality when it comes to invading foreign countries is.......... do they have WMD ? If they do then it is perfectly OK to invade and occupy.
If you don't say WMD then you can't invade.
Russia also knows that the only viable way out of Afghanistan for the 1 million tons of military gear in Afghanistan is through their country. Yeah we can fly out our troops but who wants to leave the Taliban with all that stuff?

Posted by: righter at March 03, 2014 01:39 PM

4 Where's President Jack Ryan when we need him?

Posted by: Frak at March 03, 2014 01:52 PM

5 The Euro's should have given the Nobel peace prize to Putin, it would have meant more somehow, maybe.
The headlines would have read,
Putin, Peace Prize, Presented Perfect.

Posted by: obsidian at March 03, 2014 02:03 PM

6 Well, if GWB had rescinded that agreement Clinton signed in '94, we wouldn't even be having this conversation!

I tell ya, that damn Bush...

Posted by: Xavier at March 03, 2014 02:20 PM

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