President Obama says that the cold war has not returned. Bunk.
There is no way around it. Russia’s seizing the Crimean region from the Ukraine by military intimidation, occupation, and encouraging illegal secession constitutes war against the free world. A completely effective response by the EU will require reprogramming such that the EU and member nations are not dependent upon Russia for energy. Russians must be excluded from foreign trade among American and otherwise, Western allies.
Required is an international free nation energy cooperative whereby members contribute to renewable energy strategy, technology development, and a sustainable economic model.
The world cannot afford to address individual rogue nations, one at a time. Needed is a comprehensive strategy to isolate them economically. Concurrently, needed is an escape valve for citizens in rogue nations who want to revolt. A formal assistance channel is needed to support those seeking democratic reform.
Now, you might say that some of the apparatus for this is already in place. That is true on an ad hoc basis, yet, it is now essential for free nations to act cohesively and cooperatively to fight and win the war against tyranny.
Free world nations must stiffen their resolve and that includes employing strong missile defense systems, and other military technology.
In the instance of the Crimea, Russia simply walked across the border because the Ukraine lacked consistent support by the US and EU. A part of the support is helping governments rid themselves of corruption that runs rampant in some places.
“European Stocks Little Changed After Rally; Scania Drops
By Corinne Gretler Mar 18, 2014 6:36 AM ET
European stocks were little changed, after posting the biggest advance in two weeks, as investors watched developments in Ukraine. U.S. index futures were little changed, while Asian shares rose.
Cairn Energy Plc lost 11 percent after saying it is suspending a buyback program. Scania AB declined 4.2 percent after a board committee recommended rejecting Volkswagen AG’s takeover offer. Kuoni Reisen Holding AG (KUNN) advanced 6.2 percent after Switzerland’s biggest travel company posted 2013 profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index lost 0.1 percent to 325.45 at 10:34 a.m. in London. The gauge climbed 1.1 percent yesterday, rebounding from its biggest weekly loss since January. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures slipped 0.1 percent today, while the MSCI Asia Pacific Index gained 0.6 percent.
“The situation in Russia and Ukraine remains a source of insecurity for market participants,” said Alessandro Fezzi, senior market analyst at LGT Bank Schweiz AG in Zurich. “While the international reactions are still rather muted, investors know it could escalate, and that is the fear on the markets. In this environment, investors live from day to day due to the uncertainties of the news flow that could change daily.””