Konrad Werner: Crimea – why do we have to pick sides?

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Peace, not war.

I believe 1 person has died so far in this territorial conflict, and no infrastructure has been damaged. To call this a breach of international law comparable with the bombing of Libya, or murder of 100,000 Iraqis is newspeak gone mad.

Sanity more than 3 years ago

Intl law better than nothing

"Isn't this what Western European major powers (read big belligerent balls and cunts) and, of course, their troublesome and quite frankly, arrogant master, the US administration have been busy doing for the last 50 years?"

Yes. It was wrong then and it's wrong now. I agree with you that Intl law is often selectively applied, but isn't that better than nothing? I don't see how anarchy would be an improvement

David Mottram more than 3 years ago

Ganja thinks 'International Law' is farce!

"Russia has annexed a part of a neighbouring country, broken Intl law, and gone against treaties it is a signatory to." Isn't this what Western European major powers (read big belligerent balls and cunts) and, of course, their troublesome and quite frankly, arrogant master, the US administration have been busy doing for the last 50 years?

Ukraine is just yet another pawn, a battle ground for the allied political and economic interests of western european powers and the US administration in eastern Europe. The Ukrainian people, sadly, are yet again, the expendable props cunningly pitted against an aggressive, erratic and potentially explosive Putin's Russia by western european major powers and the US administration.

The whole crisis has been poorly handled by all the parties involved but made particularly worse by the US administration's desire to project their, to quote George Carlin, "big dick foreign policy" approach and attitude into Putin's affairs and, of course, coalescing with Western Europe's club of big boys and girls who control the levers of both political and economic power.

Putin feels like, almost to the point of paranoia, he has been unfairly and disrespectfully provoked, like he has been poked in the eye and feels the need to react and retaliate in the same, if not worse, manner and magnitude; hence his strange and worrying antics.

International law is a very fluid weapon/tool hardly resolves international conflicts or violations of national sovereignty merely because it is often down to who has more power to make his/her act legitimate in the face of and within the boundaries of it, ie, international law.

Therefore, it just other than another weapon in the arsenal of weapons used by major powers, particularly the US administration and Western Europe if it serves their purpose but, if it doesn't, then it is seen and treated like wishful thinking that exists in the minds of idealists.

Ganja more than 3 years ago

Russia is only acting according to precedents set by the west - in Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Lybia. This seems to be enough for some on the left to decide that Russia's fully within its rights over Crimea. For me though, this argument doesn't hold water:

If like myself, you opposed the Iraq war and believe that nations should observe International law, then this case is clear, just as it was in the case of Iraq. Russia has annexed a part of a neighbouring country, broken Intl law, and gone against treaties it is a signatory to.

In particular, Ukraine gave up its huge nuclear stockpile in the 1990s, and in turn received absolute guarantees from Russia that its borders would be respected. Quite a betrayal, and yet another nail in the coffin of nuclear non-proliferation.

EU/US haven't handled this situation very well. They should have encouraged Ukraininan neutrality, and offered help far sooner. Having said that, the revolution in Ukraine was a chaotic and unpredictable event, and seemed to take everyone by surprise. The reaction of some on the left, even praising Putin, brings to mind George Galloway's "indefatigability" speech. Putin has shown a total contempt for International Law, Human rights, Democracy and Russia's reputation around the world. All for the glorification of his massive ego.

He could've just gone on holiday and wrestled a bear for the cameras

David Mottram more than 3 years ago

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