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  •  He could have had one for free: Ukraine (3+ / 0-)
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    Had he not annexed Crimea, which was given to Ukraine by Russia in 1954, all he would have to do is wait until IMF austerity kicked in, just in time for the elections of 2015 and 2016.  

    Ukraine's neighbors to the west were not overly fond of Ukraine.  The Ukrainian SSR contained bits of Hungary and Romania;  Hungary's fascists want their bit back and are gaining power.  Poles smarted over the ethnic cleansing of Poles from Lwow/Lviv -- only recently has that wound healed.  

    Instead, Russia annexed Crimea and sent Russian nationals, both military and tourist, to grab a bunch of civic buildings in Donbass in alliance with local teahadis who miss being Soviet or fear Kiev.  Imagine how happy Americans outside the Teahad would have been to see Russia's little green men on the Bundy ranch.  

    Instead of becoming a bridge state like Yugoslavia was, Ukraine now has to choose between two masters.  On the west lie the European social democracies.  On the east, Russia.  

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 08:12:02 PM PDT

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