A primer on the Crimean war and the various histories of the powers in Europe.
What’s changed, of course is that Europe is now one monolithic Union with a common set of political, financial and military goals and vision for the future.
It’s worth revisiting recent history. The country of Georgia has similarities with Ukraine. It has a distinct language and culture and national identity, but under the Soviet Union ethnic Russians were put in charge of running the government and worked at replacing the Georgian national identity with a common language (Russian), system of government and collective identity of the Soviet Union.
After a series of escalating tensions and Russian concerns that Georgia was getting too friendly with NATO, in August 2008, Russian troops entered the portions of the country that has the larger numbers of Russian people afraid that Georgia’s government would attack them to dissipate Russian influence.
If you consider world events, it was one month later that the Global Banking system came as close to total collapse as it ever has. Coincidence?
So President Obama is drawing a Red Line in the sand. Stop now, or else there will be consequences. For instance?