Comments on: Putin’s action is no surprise http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/03/28/putins-action-is-no-surprise/ Navigating the global archipelago Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:50:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: brotherkenny4 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/03/28/putins-action-is-no-surprise/#comment-251 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:54:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=147#comment-251 Russia is weak and losing ground. Most of the old sattelite countries are now in NATO. We are the ones advancing on them. Ukraine has always sided with Russia until now. So, they are not innocents. What will bring about the downfall of western society is not any external threat, but rather the injustice from within which makes what we say we stand for a lie. Liberty and justice for all is a hoax that the facists want you to continue to believe. It’s just not true, and many know it already.

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By: KyleDexter http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/03/28/putins-action-is-no-surprise/#comment-250 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:28:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=147#comment-250 What we are witnessing is the slow steady demise of Western power. Our societies are too old, with too many aging people, saddled with too much debt.

The West’s time is over……..

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By: UScitizentoo http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/03/28/putins-action-is-no-surprise/#comment-249 Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:39:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=147#comment-249 (Ras)Putin will lose a Ukrainian guerrilla war. Send the Ukrainians the weapons they need to defend themselves. I’m going to send money to support the effort.

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/03/28/putins-action-is-no-surprise/#comment-248 Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:23:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=147#comment-248 As Mousavizadeh suggests, even our regulatory (WIPO, WTO, DoJ etc.) functions have mostly been subverted to merely serve national corporate interests; rather than “justice” per se. American companies like Microsoft find it hard to get justice in Europe (defending themselves from total nonsense like the requirement to produce a version of Windows without Media Player), and European companies like BP find it hard to get justice in America (defending the interests of their British pensioner shareholders; from being marauded by spurious and inflated claims for damages — which are constantly being jacked up by the US DoJ.) I have no doubt there are many legitimate cases against BP, which the lawyers will fight tooth and nail to frustrate (at the expense of ordinary hard-working people, for whom they know that real justice is often inaccessible). But as a “Westerner” it pains and embarrasses me to observe the partisan subversion of “justice”!

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/03/28/putins-action-is-no-surprise/#comment-247 Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:42:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=147#comment-247 Most frightening of all: the moral decadence and complacency of the West, “post Cold War”. Our oligarchies and monopolies no longer pretend to maintain a fair balance of economic or political power with the working poor and “middle classes”, because we no longer need to demonstrate the irrelevancy of Communism to the “third world”! So we in the West neither maintain internal fair trade, nor external fair trade with the rest of the world: instead, we allow power to be concentrated into the hands of “national champions”, pretending they are independent of the State when in reality, it’s impossible for our international partners to compete fairly and meaningfully with them because our secret services are conducting espionage in the field of trade negotiations etc.! It’s also difficult for other nations to compete fairly with our strategic industries, because our governments are secretly paying them many millions of USDs “to compensate for the financial burdens of secret compliance with the NSA/GCHQ/FISC court rulings” etc. (In reality, I suspect that these secret payments are intended to influence the marketplace, and give the secret services a say in corporate strategy — Microsoft’s takeover of Skype comes to mind as one possible result of such influence.)

Also terrifying: looking at history, we tend to get another BIG conflict every time the generation dies out that fought the last one, who knew first-hand its horrors!

Are there nations that want to do us harm? Are there nations that are spying on us, stealing our intellectual property, turning a blind eye to outright theft of Western hard work and cultural product? Are there nations that would send their armies to subjugate us if only they could muster the forces? Absolutely. We shouldn’t make any mistake about that. Human nature has not fundamentally changed! Political hubris exists on both sides! The NSA/GCHQ/etc. exist for a good reason!

Still, unless we change something FAST, and demonstrate real humility; I fear these inequities can only lead to the politics and economics of international conflict!

We urgently need to strengthen our international friendships, mend fences, and caring more sincerely about the welfare of our partners in whose fortunes our own will find their destiny!

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By: prietenul http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/03/28/putins-action-is-no-surprise/#comment-245 Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:28:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=147#comment-245 I think talk of a guerrilla war in the Ukraine is fantasy. This article is an important contribution to our understanding of the current world situation. Convergence of economic and political systems is not happening as we in the West had hoped. However, the article is very weak on suggesting any course of action. Is it just advocating less naivete from us?

It seems to me that the old Cold War alignments have been slowly reestablished in the world. Putin is a product of the former Soviet Union and his behavior is very similar to former Soviet leaders. In a very real way, one could say the Soviet Union has been given 20 years time to modernize itself, rearm and return to the world stage as bellicose as it ever was during the Cold War. The Chinese Communists have done the same thing. Of course, communism is no longer the rallying ideology of these regimes. Good old-fashioned nationalism and military adventurism are instead being used to distract their populations from the fact they are slaves to the new nomenklaturas in their countries.

Less naivete on the part of the West would require a return to a strong military and giving up our fantasies about a converging world. A return to a Cold War-like stand-off for a few decades is unavoidable. If we are lucky, the economic and political contradictions that led to the collapse of the Soviet Empire will once again arise. We must make Russian and Chinese militarist adventurism as costly as possible. Obama and his likely successor Clinton must “channel” their Ronald Reagan and stop channeling Jimmy Carter. It’s time for Obama to reset the reset and for us to regain our “inordinate fear” of Soviet-style imperialism.

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By: AnLaN http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/03/28/putins-action-is-no-surprise/#comment-244 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:44:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=147#comment-244 @UScitizentoo. I was working with Russians and former east block europeans who were once under soviet rule during the invasion of Georgia. The former east block europeans were shaking in their boots while the Russians were laughing and joking about what was going on. If you think that the Ukrainians have the stamina to stand up to Russia then how was it that Crimea was so quickly taken over? I doubt seriously that these so called Ukrainian nationalists will be able to stand up to Russia. I have also had the opportunity to discuss western style capitalism versus eastern style economic management and you maybe surprised to learn that many non-Russians saw many good points to their former managed economies. I would suggest that you look beyond the rhetoric of the few and you might be surprised what you learn. Our western style system is not for everyone. By the way, I support western style too but have come to understand that it may not work as well for others.

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By: UScitizentoo http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/2014/03/28/putins-action-is-no-surprise/#comment-243 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:20:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/nader-mousavizadeh/?p=147#comment-243 (ras)Putin has a plan to invade Ukraine completely. Crimea was just the toe in the water before the full invasion – coming soon. And Ukrainians will have no one to help them because Obama is controlled by US corporate interest not US strategic interest. The question comes down to the will of the Ukrainian people to fight a guerrilla war against Russian troops.
Only Ukrainian partisans on occupied Ukrainian land can defeat (ras)Putin. The only good that has come of this is that finally the Ukrainians can see who their real enemy is, and finally the fire of Ukrainian nationalism has been started. In Ukraine the saying is Glory to the Heros, Death to the Occupiers. I believe (ras)Putin will get his war, and his defeat.

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