Reflections on a Wandering Life.....

Monday, November 29, 2004

"For without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire and has no choice but eventually to try to join Europe, but on conditions of democracy and legality that Europe enshrines. But if Ukraine falters and is reabsorbed, then Russia is again an Empire, with all of the insecurities that it generates on the Eastern edges of Europe."

(Zbigniew Brzezinski, in a speech to the World Affairs Councils of America on January 30, 2004)

Pay attention, folks. While we are preoccupied with the Middle East, Russia is creeping up on us on the blind side. Russia cannot be an empire without the Ukraine, and can only be democratic if it is not an empire. Russia's interest in the current situation in Ukraine is certainly understandable. But the rest of us should be interested, too.

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