|AP story, April 13, 2014 (Yahoo).|
The Russian-induced and orchestrated crisis in Ukraine will play out, maybe past my time. One day, some day, the dreams of a United Ukraine might emerge from the ashes of Russian imperialist intervention and the dustbin of Russian history.
And it is the dustbin of Russian history that Putin is stirring up. It’s odd. Putin’s language, posturing and behavior, his way of thinking, is from another time, another era. My sister Andy pointed this out. Maybe a 19th century “law of the jungle” attitude, as German chancellor Angela Merkel put it. Or a Post-World War II and 1950s Cold War mentality. All hail to Russia's "Sphere of Influence." No matter that "spheres of influence" have changed and continue to change drastically in a super-interconnected, wired world dominated by economic inter-relationships.
Even George W. Bush wondered about a man who made fun of his little dog and insisted his dog was bigger, better and stronger, a stance, Bush said, that motivated his very fine portrait of Putin. "Mine is bigger than yours."
Putin has an old and clouded vision, shrouded in ancient and past illusions, in perceived slights and historic offenses. He wants some form of retaliation, revenge, redress for past wrongs. Revanchism, as Robin Niblett called it in a special report to CNN (April 12, 2014).