America’s establishment foreign policy figures on both sides of the aisle need to take a step back from their ideology and… THINK
In the below Condi supports Russian youth wanting more liberty & opportunity. Good.
Now… THINK about my next statement before just reacting. She – and America’s, and the West’s foreign policy gurus – concurrently demand that all national borders remain “sacrosanct.”
These are at odds.
From current reporting it looks like the ethnic & linguistic Russians in Crimea never really got behind the Ukraine protests and near-street war. Ukraine & Crimea have always been culturally and linguistically separate.
Why is demanding the borders of Ukraine be “sacrosanct” more important than accepting a logical division? If Crimeans want the liberty of belonging to the nascent Russian empire, what logic demands prohibition? Crimeans SEEM to prefer Russia to Ukraine. So? The same logic used by the West to support Ukraine independence supports allowing those in Crimea THEIR choice, as well.
But it’s far broader than that.
As I posted the other day, the national borders in the ME were drawn on the floor of the British Foreign Office in 1918-20. The logical response since 2003 would have been to take a step back from externally-drawn lines, look at the ethnic & linguistic boundaries, a accept that peace demands communities with cultural affinity – AND REDRAW THE LINES!
Splitting Iraq and Afghanistan each into three countries (Shia, Sunni, Kurd) would have made far more sense, cost far less money and saved tens of thousands of lives.
Why are century-old, externally-imposed borders more important than that?
Which brings us back to Ukraine. Sit down with Putin. Accept the ethnic, cultural and linguistic boundaries, and move forward peacefully.
The problem in our newly-globalized world is that we REFUSE to accept the small stuff (Crimea wants to split, Ukraine wants to lean West). This leads – unnecessarily – to big stuff.
Had we split Afghanistan linguistically & culturally we could have left a decade ago. Had we talked split with Syria, we might have had Russia on our side, and a hundred thousand fewer people may have been killed.
Historically, there ARE no big issues between Great Powers. Russia, China, America are, for the most part, peaceful trading partners. But we are so enamored over the small stuff that we spend trillions on defense, get in the way of our own trade, and the peoples of the smaller countries are – DEMONSTRABLY – the poorer for it.