April 30, 2014

Weakening Russia Is Not All Upside

Thomas Friedman, New York Times

The Associated Press

If anything, we should worry that over time our sanctions will work too well. And don’t let anyone tell you that we’re challenging Russia’s “space.” We’re not. The real issue here is that Ukrainians, as individuals and collectively, are challenging Putin’s “values.” We couldn’t stop them if we wanted to. They’ve been empowered by globalization and the I.T. revolution. Get used to it, Comrade Putin.

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TAGGED: Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Russia


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