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  •  If Ukraine hadn't given up their nuclear weapons (9+ / 0-)

    Russia never could have invaded Crimea or anything else they're doing now. It would have been too risky to attempt that against a nuclear-armed state.

    So the lesson that the world is learning from the Ukraine crisis is simple: Keep your nukes. Get nukes if you don't have them already.

    I'm sure Iran is paying close attention.

    It's very unfortunate that it has come to this, but it appears we live in a world where being part of the nuclear club is the only guaranteed way to prevent foreign countries from violating your territory. I have a feeling that nuclear proliferation is going to increase as a result of the Ukraine example.

    The most serious problem in American politics today is that people with wrong ideas are uncompromising, and people with good ideas are submissive and unwilling to fight. Change that, and we might have a real democracy again.

    by Eric Stetson on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 10:49:55 AM PDT

    •  That, or being part of a strong alliance like NATO (10+ / 0-)

      And people wonder why so many eastern European countries want to join NATO....

      I'd say that Japan's Govt. likely is having a close look at their nuke problem right about now.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 11:00:13 AM PDT

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      Given how everything has been for sale in the Ukraine since 1992, if the Ukraine had been allowed to keep their nuclear weapons, 9/11 would not have been three planes crashing into buildings, it would of been 400 megatons of nuclear explosions along the Eastern Seaboard.

      The whole reason everybody at the time, US, EU, Russia, other than the Ukraine decided that the Ukraine nukes should go back to Russia or be dismantled, was that nobody trusted that the Ukraine Government or military, could, how shall we say,.......
      "Keep it in their pants".

      The Right Sector and Sloboda's calls for the Ukraine to be a nuclear power again, and Fatherhood's hints that this might be a policy, has a lot of people concerned. In the entire political history of the Ukraine , there hasn't been a single Ogliarch President who wouldn't sell off nukes to get enough money to gold leaf their Mansions.

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