April 4, 2014

Ukraine Isn't the Biggest Problem in the World

Simon Tisdall, CNN

The Associated Press

Syria, not Crimea, directly affects western security in very basic ways. What's happening there is changing the power balance in the Middle East. And unlike in Ukraine or the Baltic republics or other post-Soviet lands, a vast human catastrophe is unravelling, apparently without end. In Syria's real, not phoney, war, more than 100,000 people have died so far.

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