May 9, 2014

Kiev 2014 Is Not Berlin 1948

Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

This month marks 65 years since the successful conclusion of the Berlin Airlift, and the anniversary has provided supporters of a tougher U.S. line on Ukraine a useful analogy. The U.S. resupplied Berlin in 1948-49, the argument runs -- why can’t it offer Kiev more support today?

Probably it could; possibly it should; but before we conclude that we’ve forgotten the lessons of history, it’s important that we understand the history itself.

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TAGGED: West Berlin, Russia, Ukraine, Kiev

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