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The response of the West should be to use our own comparative strength against Russia’s weakness, writes Jane Harman.
Тижнів за два тому одна з моїх колишніх студенток поцікавилась на ФБ: «Чи можна події 2014р. в Україні вважати революцією?» Я відповів, що швидше так ніж ні, але застеріг, що про революцію легше говорити не за фактом, а за наслідками. Якісь наслідки видно вже, якісь проявляться згодом, а тим часом варто уважніше поглянути на виразні ознаки революції і перевірити чи виявляють вони себе у теперішніх подіях і чи виявлялися вони у 2004 р.
"Ironically, by violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and threatening its borders, Putin has now done more to promote Ukrainian identity than any current national politician could have ever imagined," writes Will Pomeranz.
"Putin is angry, he's riled up. He wanted to demonstrate the fact that you cannot take the Russians for granted. And he moved into Crimea and there was nothing -- unless we were prepared to go to war and risk a nuclear standoff or confrontation with the Russians -- that we could really do about it," Aaron David Miller said on Fox News.
"Vladimir Putin doesn't know the Colin Powell rule -- if you break it you own it. And if he breaks up Crimea, he's going to own their pension liabilities, their tanked economy, at a time when the Russian economy is stretched," Harman said.
"It was clear to Putin from the beginning that this was going to be a line-crossing maneuver. As soon as he occupied Crimea, as soon as he sought to trigger and deepen the divisions that we see within Ukrainian society in order to effectively undermine the sovereignty of this new government in Ukraine, he was declaring that all bets were off," Matthew Rojansky said on The Diane Rehm Show.
"What's happened in Crimea is not an immediate reaction to human rights violations or a structured vote on a referendum but a very hurried operation that is currently being conducted while it's being occupied militarily," Will Pomeranz said on C-SPAN's Washington Journal.
Here are several things about the recent coverage and discussion on Ukraine that even my lack of expertise won't allow me to accept, writes Aaron David Miller.
"If we seek to freeze the assets of Russian companies, if we seek to block their ability to import or export, the Russians have already made it clear that they will respond in kind and they may even respond disproportionately as they have in the past, and that's going to hurt American companies," Matthew Rojansky said on NPR's "All Things Considered."