While American media was distracted by ISIS and Ferguson, Russia appears to have invaded eastern Ukraine. Several thousand Russian troops and 100 tanks are reported fighting their way along the Ukrainian coast, relieving the pressure the Urrainian military had been putting on the ‘rebels,’ most of whom are said to be Russian.
Russia denies any connection with the magically appearing troops, armor and artillery and the U.S. is noncommittal. However, numbers of captured and killed Russian soldiers are provoking protests from their parents in Russia and from Russian anti-government activists. This new development has reinvigorated the previously collapsing rebels.
Per reports, Mr. Putin has informed the United States and concerned Europeans that if they interfere, he will use nuclear weapons to defend Russian interests. With this, assuming that it is accurate, the world has entered a new era of insecurity. It is one thing to see Moslem ayatollahs in Iran demanding nukes while promising to wipe Israel from the earth; it is another when Russians with an inventory of hydrogen bombs and missiles to deliver them threaten their use to further empire building at the expense of neighbors. Putin is channeling Adolf Hitler and 1939. It only remains to be seen whether President Obama, NATO and the E.U. will channel Chamberlain or Churchill.
The Great Depression of last century dissolved into WWII that reportedly killed some 80 million people worldwide before the killing stopped. Now, it seems that Russia is ready and willing to pursue that from which the Communists of the Soviet Union refrained. It seems likely a bluff but bluffing on that level is unspeakably foolish. And we know that what can happen, will happen. Sales of sleeping medications seem slated to rise.
And of course, anyone who has studied human history, knew this was coming sooner or later. But later would have been nice …