The anschluss of Crimea and the illusion of soft power

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Re: The anschluss of Crimea and the illusion of soft power

Postby Storyteller » Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:57 am

Frelga wrote:The bald fact is, we just can't do anything about Putin. Cold war is ineffective, and hot war is unwinnable.

Putin has caught the wave and is riding the hell out of it. In a world where the leading powers have convinced themselves that any war is bad and diplomacy is just talking nicely, anyone willing to use hard power liberally will go very, very far unopposed.

There are things that can be done about Putin, but it requires a profound change of how the current Western elites think about the world. It requires willingness to actually defend the post-World War II rules from those - both at home and abroad - who want to demolish them for the sake of levelling the global playing field and hoping that an egalitarian Utopia emerges. Most of all, it requires acknowledging that the old recipe for how to keep peace still included being prepared for war.

The world isn't nice and you can't make it nicer by starting with yourself and stopping there.
"...Their aim in war with Germany is nothing more, nothing less than extermination of Hitlerism... There is absolutely no justification for this kind of war. The ideology of Hitlerism, just like any other ideological system, can be accepted or rejected, this is a matter of political views. But everyone grasps, that an ideology can not be exterminated by force, must not be finished off with a war.” - Vyacheslav Molotov, ""On the Foreign Policy of the Soviet Union", 31 October 1939
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