March 31st, 2014
09:20 AM ET

Zakaria: Russia endangering global order

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By Fareed Zakaria

The best way to deal with Russia's aggression in Crimea is not to present it as routine national interest-based foreign policy that would be countered by Washington in a contest between two great powers. It is to point out, as Obama did eloquently last week in Brussels, that Russia is grossly endangering a global order that has benefited the entire world. Compare what the Obama administration has managed to organize in the wake of this latest Russian aggression, to the Bush administration's response to Putin's actions in Georgia in 2008.

That was a blatant invasion. Moscow sent in tanks and heavy artillery. Hundreds were killed. Nearly 200,000 people were displaced. Yet the response from the West was essentially nothing. This time the response has been much more serious. Some of this difference is the nature of the stakes. But it also might have to do with the fact that the Obama administration has taken pains to present Russia's actions in a broader context and get other countries to see them as such.

This is what leadership looks like in the 21st Century. There is in fact an evolving international order with new global norms making war and conquest increasingly rare. We should strengthen, not ridicule it. Yes, there are some places that stand in opposition to this trend: North Korea, Syria, Russia. The people running these countries believe that they're charting a path to greatness and glory. But they are the ones living in a fantasy world.

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  1. Steve

    Re: GPS, March 31 2014 – “Russia Endangering World Order”

    Before commenting on who’s “living in a fantasy world” and who isn’t, allow me to comment on the academic statistics used to argue against Russia’s move into Crimea etc., and in support of current U.S. policy.

    The post W.W.II “border change-through-conflict” statistic cited North and South Vietnam as one example. Yet North or South Vietnam were never “countries”, neither were ever recognized by the U.N. How then can one cite a border change of a country that does not legally exist? Conflict, yes. Border change, no.
    To the contrary, the conflict was to implement the borders and territorial integrity of Vietnam guaranteed in the 1954 Geneva Agreement. In other words the border change was not the result of conflict, but the cause of the conflict, and one should add because the U.S. refused to recognize election clauses in that Internationally brokered Cessation of Hostilities Agreement. It’s relevance today? Just another old needle in Russia’s side, not to mention an example of western double standards and hypocrisy.

    Israel was also cited in the same “border change-conflict” statistic. What was not mentioned is the West is Ok with that border change through conflict, and others that serve Western interests. Where is talk of sanctions against Israel, other then on the fringe of political action? ...For the Russian’s another example of double standards and western hypocrisy.

    More broadly, I find the argument supported by these statistics spurious. Yes, with time, changing borders has become more difficult. That’ s good. Yet conflicts, brutal invasions with massive casualties, and regime changes abound, the vast majority initiated or supported by the West.

    Having said that, one would truly have to live in a fantasy world to believe recent Western military and political adventures, for example Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Egypt , would not have an effect on Russia’s body politic.

    One would truly be living in a fantasy world to think a powerful nation like Russia would risk losing it’s only warm water port, home to it’s Black Sea Fleet, to a sudden adversary brought to power in a Western backed coup. Would the U.S. give up it’s only warm water naval port, coup or no coup?

    U.S. and E.U. politicians were living in a fantasy world for not first consulting Russia about their economic-military advances in the Ukraine. Unless it was a conflict we wanted.

    Starting your narrative with Crimea may support deeply entrenched, conventional notions about America’s “sparkling” role in world affairs. Yet if one started this story at the beginning, and had that rare capacity to “put the shoe on the other foot”, a rational person might arrive at a different conclusion.

    In my opinion it was the West that created this situation, not Putin. This would not be the first time the West drew Russia into a conflict to discredit and weaken it. Besides forcing Europe into damaging sanctions, all the U.S. can do now is “Crimea River”.

    April 1, 2014 at 6:08 am | Reply
    • Marcello Botzo

      I agree

      April 1, 2014 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • ✠ RZ ✠

      "Crimea River". !!! Now that is good! Big LOL on that. Thanks.

      April 1, 2014 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • Ricky

      First off, Russia has many other potential spots in the Black Sea, within Russian soil, to develop another naval port should Crimea oust Russia and its naval base – Sochi for example would be a prime location to build a naval port and develop it into a thriving city much like San Deigo. Therefore, Russia absorbing Crimea is nothing but simple old world geopolitic – plain and simple. The argument that Russia needs Crimea because it has its naval base located there is a specious argument. Russia lost the "Cold War" and as such must play along "in" the world that USSR lost against. And in that "world" Russia is second not first. Hence, Russia must tow the US and West lines – not the other way around which is what Putin wants, of course. This manuver of Russia via Putin can boomerang on Russia in the far future where China can only support 800 million people out of its 1.3 billion to the point that China will not prevent 500 million Chinese from migrating straight North to Russia – whereby those Chinese decide to secede that part of Russia which now houses 500 million Chinese and make it inot a new "conuntry" just because those 500 million voted to secede from Russia.

      April 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm | Reply
      • Dogon

        So now the West are advocating and pushing the noodle army to take over Russian territory. So we can already see the Russian crack troops packing up and running away in fear like the so called US forces did on their last day in Vietnam. Keep hoping. By the way the noodle gangs have already bought most of the Real Estate in the West and anti chinese sentiment is growing. So when will Franken Kerry declare peaceful invasion illegal according to the UN bible?

        April 1, 2014 at 9:42 pm |
      • MataHairy

        At the end of the day America has no RIGHT to dictate to others what THEY'VE been doing for years!

        April 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm |
    • Oscar Buckmaster

      Well said, Steve. A country as economically and morally bankrupt such as ours has absolutely no business interfering in the affairs of other nations. Before we throw stones at the Russians, we had better clean house!

      April 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • MataHairy

      Excellent overview and SO right! Thank you Steve.

      April 2, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • USofTerrorist

      Spot On!!!!!

      April 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • KL

      you make some good points but I think the Americans were more reactionary to the overthrow than they were instigators. Why would they do it? The Ukrainian economy was/is virtually dead. Why risk losing the flow of gas to the EU, creating instability as we have now in the region. There were more reasons not to do it than to do it.

      April 3, 2014 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Yup,
      The balaclavas of the unidentified Russians troops were purchased in bulk at Walmart. Therefore the Americans are responsible for the whole mess.

      April 5, 2014 at 7:52 am | Reply
    • lartey-adjei

      Now we have one real American stepping out of the box........the world is with you on that one buddy!

      April 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • janocwv

      Steve, your your anti-western criticism is a bit clumsy and not well supported by your comments. It's popular among some progressive thinkers, and is the conspiracy theorist's fantasy world. It seems to be a pre-requisite bona fides with those groups but bears closer analysis. There are over 74 recent or ongoing wars or significant and sustained armed conflicts representing over 124,000 casualties in 2013/2014. The US is directly involved in Afghanistan with about 5700 casualties. Recall that the U.S. was attacked by Al Qaeda, based and supported by the Taliban Government, the people who recently threw grenades onto a play ground and followed the ambulances to the hospital to kill the child survivors, and vowed to make another attempt to assassinate the school girl they shot in the head on her school bus for defying them by attending school. There are many such examples of why this was a just war. However the rest of these wars are between dictators and their populations or armed groups vying for power in African and a few Asian Nations: Algeria, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mexican Drug War, Senegal, Sudan and Uganda. Other wars and conflicts between Government and Islamist organizations: Nigeria, Mauritania, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, North-West Pakistan, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria and the Syrian Civil War which accounts over 96,000 deaths respectively during the last 15 months.
      As far as believing that the West caused the Crimean Conflict, remember it was Khrushchev that gave back Crimea to Ukraine. The Soviet Union annexed European countries and territories beginning in the 1920's and eventually supplanted local populations and leadership with Russians, (often, at one point through executions). The soul of Eastern Europe is European (ask people who've emigrated from there to escape Soviets). KGB style tricks, such as Uniformed Russian Soldiers without insignia, armed groups staging violent protests including with disguised Russian nationals, and funding ethnic Russian separatist groups, are being used in places with ethnic Russians to destabilize them. You want to blame the West but that is a fantasy of self-recrimination not really supported by history.Sure the Cold War was played well and with deviousness, but it averted, for a while larger armed conflicts and it may happen again to a limited extent. Its easy to turn the other cheek as long as someone else is getting slapped, but eventually we will have to live up to our promises of defending nascent democracies in dangerous places. BTW commentators often frame this debate as between Conservatives and Liberals but it is more appropriately between Hawks and Doves. Virtually all of both parties want peace but differ on methods to achieve and maintain it.

      April 6, 2014 at 7:47 am | Reply
    • janocwv

      Steve, your your anti-western criticism is popular enough that its not often questioned but its also not well supported by the facts.your comments. It is the conspiracy theorist's fantasy world. There are over 74 recent or ongoing wars or significant and sustained armed conflicts representing over 124,000 casualties in 2013/2014. The US is directly involved in Afghanistan with about 5700 casualties. Recall that the U.S. was attacked by Al Qaeda, based and supported by the Taliban Government, the people who recently threw grenades onto a play ground and followed the ambulances to the hospital to kill the child survivors, and vowed to make another attempt to assassinate the school girl they shot in the head on her school bus for defying them by attending school. There are many such examples of why this was a just war. However the rest of these wars are between dictators and their populations or armed groups vying for power in African and a few Asian Nations: Algeria, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mexican Drug War, Senegal, Sudan and Uganda. Other wars and conflicts between Government and Islamist organizations: Nigeria, Mauritania, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, North-West Pakistan, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria and the Syrian Civil War which accounts over 96,000 deaths respectively during the last 15 months.
      As far as believing that the West caused the Crimean Conflict, remember it was Khrushchev that gave back Crimea to Ukraine. The Soviet Union annexed European countries and territories beginning in the 1920's and eventually supplanted local populations and leadership with Russians, (often, at one point through executions). The soul of Eastern Europe is European (ask people who've emigrated from there to escape Soviets). KGB style tricks, such as Uniformed Russian Soldiers without insignia, armed groups staging violent protests including with disguised Russian nationals, and funding ethnic Russian separatist groups, are being used in places with ethnic Russians to destabilize them. You want to blame the West but that is a fantasy of self-recrimination not really supported by history.Sure the Cold War was played well and with deviousness, but it averted, for a while larger armed conflicts and it may happen again to a limited extent. Its easy to turn the other cheek as long as someone else is getting slapped, but eventually we will have to live up to our promises of defending nascent democracies in dangerous places. BTW commentators often frame this debate as between Conservatives and Liberals but it is more appropriately between Hawks and Doves. Virtually all of both parties want peace but differ on methods to achieve and maintain it.

      April 6, 2014 at 8:05 am | Reply
    • janocwv

      Steve, your your anti-western criticism is popular enough that its not often questioned and its not well supported by the facts or your comments. It is the conspiracy theorist's fantasy world. There are over 74 recent or ongoing wars or significant and sustained armed conflicts representing over 124,000 casualties in 2013/2014. The US is directly involved in Afghanistan with about 5700 casualties. Recall that the U.S. was attacked by Al Qaeda, based and supported by the Taliban Government, the people who recently threw grenades onto a play ground and followed the ambulances to the hospital to kill the child survivors, and vowed to make another attempt to assassinate the school girl they shot in the head on her school bus for defying them by attending school. There are many such examples of why this was a just war. However the rest of these wars are between dictators and their populations or armed groups vying for power in African and a few Asian Nations: Algeria, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mexican Drug War, Senegal, Sudan and Uganda. Other wars and conflicts between Government and Islamist organizations: Nigeria, Mauritania, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, North-West Pakistan, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria and the Syrian Civil War which accounts over 96,000 deaths respectively during the last 15 months.
      As far as believing that the West caused the Crimean Conflict, remember it was Khrushchev that gave back Crimea to Ukraine. The Soviet Union annexed European countries and territories beginning in the 1920's and eventually supplanted local populations and leadership with Russians, (often, at one point through executions). The soul of Eastern Europe is European (ask people who've emigrated from there to escape Soviets). KGB style tricks, such as Uniformed Russian Soldiers without insignia, armed groups staging violent protests including with disguised Russian nationals, and funding ethnic Russian separatist groups, are being used in places with ethnic Russians to destabilize them. You want to blame the West but that is a fantasy of self-recrimination not really supported by history.Sure the Cold War was played well and with deviousness, but it averted, for a while larger armed conflicts and it may happen again to a limited extent. Its easy to turn the other cheek as long as someone else is getting slapped, but eventually we will have to live up to our promises of defending nascent democracies in dangerous places. BTW commentators often frame this debate as between Conservatives and Liberals but it is more appropriately between Hawks and Doves. Virtually all of both parties want peace but differ on methods to achieve and maintain it.

      April 6, 2014 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • janocwv

      Steve, your your anti-western criticism is popular enough of some groups that it is no longer questioned or required to be supported with current evidence. There are over 74 recent or ongoing wars or significant and sustained armed conflicts representing over 124,000 casualties in 2013/2014. The US is directly involved in Afghanistan with about 5700 casualties. Recall that the U.S. was attacked by Al Qaeda, based and supported by the Taliban Government, the people who recently threw grenades onto a play ground and followed the ambulances to the hospital to kill the child survivors, and vowed to make another attempt to assassinate the school girl they shot in the head on her school bus for defying them by attending school. There are many such examples of why this was a just war. However the rest of these wars are between dictators and their populations or armed groups vying for power in African and a few Asian Nations: Algeria, Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mexican Drug War, Senegal, Sudan and Uganda. Other wars and conflicts between Government and Islamist organizations: Nigeria, Mauritania, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, North-West Pakistan, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria and the Syrian Civil War which accounts over 96,000 deaths respectively during the last 15 months.
      As far as believing that the West caused the Crimean Conflict, remember it was Khrushchev that gave back Crimea to Ukraine. The Soviet Union annexed European countries and territories beginning in the 1920's and eventually supplanted local populations and leadership with Russians, (often, at one point through executions). The soul of Eastern Europe is European (ask people who've emigrated from there to escape Soviets). KGB style tricks, such as Uniformed Russian Soldiers without insignia, armed groups staging violent protests including with disguised Russian nationals, and funding ethnic Russian separatist groups, are being used in places with ethnic Russians to destabilize them. You want to blame the West but that is a fantasy of self-recrimination not really supported by history.Sure the Cold War was played well and with deviousness, but it averted, for a while larger armed conflicts and it may happen again to a limited extent. Its easy to turn the other cheek as long as someone else is getting slapped, but eventually we will have to live up to our promises of defending nascent democracies in dangerous places. BTW commentators often frame this debate as between Conservatives and Liberals but it is more appropriately between Hawks and Doves. Virtually all of both parties want peace but sometimes differ on methods to achieve and maintain it.

      April 6, 2014 at 8:12 am | Reply
    • Walter Christopher Eklund

      When Nazi Germany attacked USSR,
      Soviet Union would have fallen, US & British supplies
      sent through the Caucus Mountains and Murmansk
      bailed out Stalin.

      When the war ended, Stalin made a deal with Finland, but took Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia,
      Bessarabia, Ruthenia and almost half of Poland.
      Stalin NEVER gave them back.

      Israel gets attacked by Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Israel wins,
      but she should give back what she won ?
      I DONT THINK SO.

      YOU LOST.
      Get over it.

      April 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  2. Russian

    The report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia
    Volume II, page 209:
    "The rising tension in South Ossetia in the period of June-early August 2008, which was characterized by some analysts as a low-intensity war, culminated in a large-scale Georgian military operation against the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali and the surrounding areas, undertaken in the night of 7-8 August 2008.
    On 7 August at 23.35 hours Georgian artillery units began firing smoke bombs and, subsequently, at 23.50 hours, opened fire on both fixed and moving targets of the “enemy forces” on the territory of South Ossetia.58 According to Georgian Government officials, this interval was supposed to allow the civilian population enough time to leave dangerous zones or to find protection/shelters."
    End of quote....

    April 1, 2014 at 6:57 am | Reply
    • kurt

      Yes. the west essentially endorsed Russia's invasion of Georgia and blamed it all on the Georgians.

      That's how George Bush handled it.

      He probably should have handled it how Obama's handling Crimea now.

      April 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      • Gimmee a break

        "Like Obama's handling it.......?"
        What – he ordered Putin to pull back and get out – Putin b**ch slapped AGAIN him like he did over Syria – and Obama , having no cojones, slunk off and played golf????
        Come ON, the man's a spineless buffoon and only the LOWEST information voters still believe him!

        Even Democrats in Congress have begged him not to "help" them campaign for November because they don't want to LOSE their seats!!
        What a MUPPET you really are!

        April 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm |
      • Walter Christopher Eklund

        Gimmee a break

        "Like Obama's handling it.......?"
        What – he ordered Putin to pull back and get out – Putin b**ch slapped AGAIN him like he did over Syria – and Obama , having no cojones, slunk off and played golf????

        ------------------------------------------------–
        What would you have him do ?
        Declare War ?
        Come on azzhat, give me an answer.
        You Obama haters would find fault no matter what he does.

        Obama kept us OUT of Syria,
        and your overlords called him weak.

        Had he gone into Syria, you would scream he is starting another war.
        Fess up, you just hate they guy.
        Your brainwashing is complete.

        April 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm |
  3. Marcello Botzo

    Global order endangered? The G7 is not "the world". The G7 should change name in D7 (D for debtors). The G7 is more and more irrelevant in the world order, it was very evident in the pathetic round table at The Hague. The G7 is indeed on the wrong side of hystory with this story of the cold war, despite the Angloamerican propaganda machine. The economy of Europe must become more intregrated with Russia and the rest of the REAL world.

    April 1, 2014 at 8:40 am | Reply
    • kurt

      Yep. And if the people in those countries aren't interested, it's perfectly reasonable for Russia to invade them and force them to follow suit... right?

      Because that's what happened in the Ukraine. The people of the country rejected Russia... so Russia invaded to "protect the Russians".

      Just like the Germans invaded parts of Czechoslovakia to "protect the Germans".

      April 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Reply
      • Rock For Life

        Bingo, we have a winner.

        April 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
    • claudius1964

      Shhh.... he meant the new world order.

      April 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  4. TSB8C

    So Zakaria is agreeing by stating that Russia is "endangering global order" that Romney was right and Obama was wrong about who our biggest geopolitical foe is and, get this, that Sarah Palin was also right when she predicted that Russia would invade Ukraine unless the US took steps to intervene five years ago. Obama brushed them both off with with sarcastic comments and derision ("the 80's called and want their foreign policy back"). After 5 years of demonstrated weakness (Iran, Syria, Libya, etc) by Obama and ongoing cuts in our military and readiness with allies (dropped the missile shield in Poland as one example), Putin and others have become more emboldened to do what they want and the US is no longer a major player or even a driver in world affairs (England even voted against us on Iran for the first time in history).

    April 1, 2014 at 9:55 am | Reply
  5. Sanjay

    Well this may be the norm Mr Zakaria. But there is no guarantee that all countries will follow this trend. Future wars are already being predicted....over water rights and due to famines and droughts.

    April 1, 2014 at 9:56 am | Reply
  6. New Global Order

    A democratic, liberal, powerful and strong RUSSIA would not be a bad thing, and the world would benefit in several ways: 1. greater stability and peace in the Euro-Russia region; 2. benefits to global economy; 3. new jobs creation; 4. No oil-wars in the Middle East, because Russia has enough natural resources (gas, oil, ...); 5. to counter-balance threats from China;

    April 1, 2014 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • USAPeasant

      Well its a shame you're wrong and Old Map Chaos is right.

      Firstly Russian Federation is liberal and strong and has "Democracy". These are problems for America and Europe because:

      1. It has lead to greater instability in the Euro-Russiian areas such as The Balkans, Georgia, and now Ukraine.
      2. Gazprom is a major monopoly on the global economy/power sphere
      3. New job creation.... in the military 🙂
      4. More oil wars are necessary to counter-balance Gazprom's hegemony in the energy sector
      5. We are forced to pay homage to China to counter-balance Russia's growing power.

      Welcome to how the Real World is Ordered 🙂 Gonna be a bumpy ride this Century!

      April 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Reply
      • NEOCON FARM TANK

        So my plan is working.
        Corporations will rule the earth.
        Just try and stop us.

        April 8, 2014 at 5:26 pm |
  7. E- man

    "A global order that has benefited the world" Zakaria, by the world order I do assume you mean the U.S and Europe right! because I fail to see how the current world order in which the U.S exports inflation to the rest of the world , and the poor countries are forced to export their manufactured products to the U.S for consumption in exchange for the Ulmighty dollar so they can purchase oil in and other major commodities prices in U.S dollars to keep their economies afloat this includes Europe as well. perhaps it is time Russia start selling oil and gas to Europe in exchange for Euros??

    April 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • Oscar Buckmaster

      Thank you, E-man. I agree.

      April 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      "perhaps it is time Russia start selling oil and gas to Europe in exchange for Euros??"

      If they had kept to the "world order" they could have done just that.

      Now, they've likely driven european countries to begin diversifying their natural gas purchasing to no be dependent on a beligerent Russia. Many will start fracking... and those that don't will likely begin purchasing a significant portion of their natural gas from the current #1 worldwide natural gas producer.

      The USA.

      Russia had a lot of ways to lessen the importance of the US in ghe global economy and take a more leading role in the both diplomatic and economic sectors. But they threw that away by invading Crimea. They've sent all of europe (including eastern europe who looked heavily toward Russia) into US arms.

      Russia could have played by the rules and prospered. Instead they broke the rules and the end result will be the US prospering even more then before... because the US doesn't annex other nations anymore (and even if they did they wouldn't do so in europe or asia).

      The entire Crimea thing is a very short term gambit that will have huge, long lasting negative impact for Russia (and positive impact for the US).

      April 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  8. Michael

    "...That was a blatant invasion. Moscow sent in tanks and heavy artillery. Hundreds were killed. Nearly 200,000 people were displaced. Yet the response from the West was essentially nothing..."

    There is a concept in computer programming: "Garbage in, Garbage Out"... UN investigation concluded that it was Georgia that started the war in South Ossetia in 2008, yet, with a fanatical conviction, Western "analysts" like Zakaria keep blaming Russia for all global problems, blatantly ignoring FACTS.

    Obviously, with an agenda to demonize Russia that seems to dim the need for objective coverage, and failing to verify even the basic of the facts, such as true desire of Crimean people, region's history, complex situation in Ukraine, its current government that was installed by armed gang coup, suppressing Russia's interests for the past 20 years, etc. etc., I'm not surprised to see this kind of garbage out.

    April 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      The facts say it was a Russian invasion.

      They didn't annex the land, instead creating puppet states, and the west signed off on it and blamed Georgia. But the political spin doesn't change the fact that Russia sent in troops and Georgia lost a chunk of territory.

      To be honest, Russia might have been able to get away with the same thing this time. But they crossed a line... they actually ANNEXED Crimea. And it turns out Europe doesn't like the idea of a country invading other countries and stealing their land with the justification of protecting those of the same ethnicity.

      It reminds them of another country that did the same thing to Austria and the sudetenland.

      April 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • NEOCON FARM TANK

      Russia wont let Chechnya or Dagastan go
      but when Georgia tried to keep Ossetia
      Russia STOMPED on Georgia.

      How nice to have it both ways.
      Ukraine should have never gave up nukes.

      The Soviet Union is dead.
      Putin made a very bad chess move.

      April 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  9. Jordo

    A fantasy world you say, hmm... Look inward! Is Assad dreaming of conquest? Or in an armed struggle against a foreign backed rebellion? Does Russia want glory in their backyard or security? What does the US want with the whole world? You have a short memory, less than a year ago the US wanted to bomb Syria, like they have many nations, at a cost millions of innocent lives since WW2. Your propaganda piece ignores the geopolitics causing the situation. It is writers like you who are in fact beating the war drums in a 20th century fashion.

    April 1, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • See With Better Eyes

      No, the Republicans wanted to Bomb Syria,
      and called Obama weak for not doing so.

      April 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  10. JusticeForAll

    We should leave the UN. It has turned to be a place where 3rd world nations try to take advantage of us and turn the truth upside down.

    April 2, 2014 at 2:25 am | Reply
    • Bumsteer

      "3rd world nations try to take advantage of us"

      ..........instead of us taking advantage of the 3rd world nations–just like the "good old colonial days"

      April 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • See With Better Eyes

        There are 33 Islamic nations in the UN.
        Why do you think Israel is always being sanctioned ?
        There is nothing fair in the UN.
        The mistake was letting China & Russia on the security board.
        Some things should not be put to a vote.

        April 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm |
  11. Sodiq

    World order indeed,'the world we live in' is a world in which the west dictate the affair of other sovereign state,Crimea decided to leave Ukraine what the Big deal about it?The "people" as the west advocate plays a crucial role in Democracy and so the people decided to leave. As we known, the powerful states always try to protect it own boarders.

    April 2, 2014 at 6:02 am | Reply
  12. Folke Bernadotte

    This evolving world order that Mr. Zakaria is so intent on having us support is the metastatic cancer of a Corporate World Order, controlled by banks and corporations through the puppet fronts of "governments" to, at least temporarily, maintain the illusion of decency.

    I certainly hope that Russia is endangering this Orwellian Nightmare that the predatory corporations are attempting to impose on our Earth. I hope that Russia, along with other decent peoples in the world can destroy that "World Order".

    April 2, 2014 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • USAPeasant

      Meh from being a long time Zakaria reader I would opine that Fareed's brand of globalism is moreso around having a peaceful world order wtih basic human rights intact and civil liberties guranteed and no more wars. Fareed doesn't strike me as an Evil Globalist. Maybe a bit too idealistic, but certainly not evil. Only sticking point is he let's his idealism get the better of him sometime. Gotta remember that realistically the World is a treacherous rock of evil and human history is full of tumults and triumphs, catastrophes and redemptions.

      April 3, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • See With Better Eyes

      I live in little Italy.
      Its 90 % Italian.

      We live next to China town.
      China town used to be 80% Chinese.

      Over the years us Italians produced more children, and we started to move
      into China Town.

      Now we out number Chinese in Chinatown,
      so we just ANNEX them.

      Is that how it works ?

      I am an Italian American, but if I don't like what
      America is doing, I don't ask the Italians to invade.

      April 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  13. Putin

    Anymore Sanctions on Russia, open a Possible clear Idea adoption outhers mains to gain Force. The BriCs running toggether Russia. US and EU not thinks about come next... Russia and China are Revelation Horse! US and EU "will sweped from map"

    April 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      China wants nothing to do with this.

      They have bought into the current world order that Zakaria is talking about. And they are thriving in it. While they don't want to help the US or Europe, they also don't want to lose what they've gained.

      People always ignore the economic side of things when they talk about big "wars" like Russia and China wiping the US and Europe off the map. If China attacked the US or declared war, the US would immediately cancel all debt owed to China.

      1.3 trillion dollars.

      Then the US would stop trading with China.

      China has a positive yearly trade imbalance with the US of 350 billion dollars a year.
      China has a positve yearly trade impalance with the EU of about 250 billion dollars a year.

      Simply put... that's more important to China right now then making some point like Putin is trying to do. China LOVES the current world order. They're probably ticked as can be at Russia right now.

      April 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Bullets And Blue Eyes

      Can you translate to English ?

      April 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  14. Baba Ghanouj

    Dear Zac, exactly which world order do you want people to strengthen? The one, where the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people is ignored for the aim of the rich and powerful to rule the world and play the game of Risk with people's lives???? Wake up and smell the reality my friend, your ideals are just that, euphoric ideals. I wonder how US would react if thousands of it's citizens were being bombed to death by Russian suicide bombers. Why is the life of a western human worth so much more of the rest of the world. Are you blind as to what's going on in Syria. Would you accept that in Europe or US? Cut the crap and tell those who pay you to go shove their ideals up reality's behind.

    April 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  15. BRUCE

    And where is the EU ??

    April 2, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  16. Roland33

    The USA has long ago discarded the U.N. charter and has undermined attempts to create international order.It is hard to now take it seriously when it appeals to these principles.The U.S. has decided that the world should be ruled by force not laws.Russia simply adjusts to this position and goes around flexing its muscle.Take for example President Obama's "all options on the table" language,that is a direct violation of the U.N. charter banning the threat or use of force in diplomatic relations.

    April 3, 2014 at 9:55 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Well said, Roland. The U.S. does what it feels like in total disregard to international law such as waging aggressive wars on countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. This is just plain wrong!

      April 3, 2014 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • Turn Left

      Yup.
      Like when the UN had "Libya" as head of council for human rights ?
      The UN (League Of Nations) was a great idea.
      But its now a joke.

      There should have been a set of rules that ALL nations agreed to.
      Or they could not be members.
      But "WE" allowed a security council with veto rights.
      Now its just a chess game, with who can get more votes
      that don't mean crap.

      The US should just walk out and stop paying for this crap.

      April 8, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  17. emil kaiypov

    PAUSE THE WAR!!
    My name is Emil Kaiypov. I am a citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic, a lawyer, and a father of two children. The proposal for which I am asking your kind support is the suspension of all currently existing hostilities on Earth.

    The main goal of my entire project is to save and improve the lives of children who are suffering from the present conflicts and violence.

    The challenge is to create a moment of "pause" [a technical term from video language] in hostilities now and in the future, as well as to refusal to restart them at all. I believe that in this context, such "pause" in the war action seems do-able and practical, much more effective than the idealistic and utopian pressing of an imaginary "stop" button. In the future the first action will equate to the second: "pause" will become "stop". In order to alert the international community and potential supporters, I made a demonstration of my own at 18 October 2013 on the territory of Syrian embassy in Beirut, with poster "pause the war".

    The purpose of this demonstration, is to show through an example that:

    1) one person has the power to perform an action directed to the benefit of all mankind.

    2) no one should be indifferent, when war is concerned.

    3) war requires us to drop everything else, in order to stop it. Daily activities, against the background of war, look meaningless and empty.

    I believe, that this idea will resonate and supporters will wish to join it. The age of information technologies, will help to spread it around the globe. Definitely there will be supporters among the world's famous celebrities. In the event that a large number of ordinary people and celebrities join this campaign, the dream to stop all military actions on the planet will be realized. This will serve as an occasion to announce the call for volunteers in the "international army of peace". It will consist of unarmed "soldiers" who are ready at any time, to go to the hot spot to "pause" the hostilities with the fact of their presence and to encourage the warring parties to engage in dialogue. Ideally, this army should consist of a world-famous and beloved celebrities from all spheres of human activities.

    I suggest that countries be ready to support my initiative, in solidarity, by placing on the cloth of their national flags, the well-known pause symbol "II". I believe that in the course of implementation of this anti-war action, the reasons for which the suspended armed conflict began, will be resolved or continued in a civilized manner. This anti-war action will bring about a new peaceful reality, when there will be no state left, which "international army of peace" had not visited.

    The termination of all hostilities, will become the point of departure for further continuous progress in all directions.

    We are able to bring about the time, when the world will be fairly managed by a workable international organization which will be trusted by all citizens of the earth. When this happens, all kinds of weapons will be transferred to international United Nations control, the purpose of which, will be the preservation of peace and sustainable development of mankind.

    We live in a world, when the collective effort makes possible the colonizing of other planets in the foreseeable future. I believe, that we have enough strength and resources for the child born tomorrow to see a world, where uniform international standards of education, labor, pension and medical care, will be established everywhere. A world, where the primary human needs will be satisfied for free.

    A world, where nobody talks about freedom, because absolute freedom will accompany each person from the moment of birth, to his last breath. A world, where the happiness and freedom of the individual, will not happen in isolation but will include freedom and happiness of all of humanity. A world without war.

    A world without war is undisputed goal, that sooner or later humanity will definitely reach. It is the primary duty of every adult to fulfill a "world in peace"– everyone’s childhood dream. Every child surrounded by the horrors of war dreams that one day somebody will come and say "It is enough!" and by saying it bring war to an end. Then war will stop. That day has come! It's time to combine our efforts in order to make that dream come true. 

    April 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Good posting, emil. Unfortunately like I said before, that noble goal will be virtually unobtainable as long as we have right-wing fanatics running things in Washington as we do today. The greed of these unsavory people knows no end as we see in what goes on in the Middle East and now Europe!

      April 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Reply
      • USAPeasant

        Meh seems to me both the right wing and left wing are part of the same animal. Such a shame Russian bear tore your wings off and plucked your feathers exposing America to be a naked wretch.

        NWO Conspiracy is over folks, back to Game of Thrones Theory. I wonder who loses their crown next, what Empires get their idealism dispelled, and who gains the next tract of territory.

        April 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm |
    • Turn Left

      I like this guy.
      We only have one planet.

      April 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  18. USAPeasant

    Fareed, as a fellow globalist ideologically I think you might want to re-evaluate your Globalism.

    For one the New International Order spear-headed by the West is not efficient, effective, or sound on governance or morality. Therefore it is doomed to failure before it even begins.

    For two every other king on Earth has their own unique vision of a New World Order.

    So merely Russia is playing the Game of Empire in accordance to their vision of a New World Order. The Russian NWOists are merely more intelligent than the Western NWOists and that's all there is to it. Welcome to the realm of Old World Chaos. Been going on since Bible Times, been going on after Bible Times, will probably still keep on going until this wretched planet is dissolved by fire and the New World is recreated and Ordered lol..

    Best thing America and the West can do is try to just maintain Order in their respective Empires insteads of trying to dominate the World. In that light we have good news that it seems Empire of China has recently been implementing human rights reforms and strengthening their diplomatic ties to the West. Plus China has pretty much prevented War between NATO and Russia for now. Me thinks you should tell your comrades at TIME Magazine to consider President Xi Jinping for Man of the Year if these trends continue.

    April 3, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  19. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. And don't forget the GOP all time favorites........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!

    April 4, 2014 at 9:21 am | Reply
  20. Andrey

    Nothing lasts forever! Your international order sucked big time: it allowed you to carve out peaces of other countries, start wars on false pretenses, bomb foreign sovereign countries under "no fly zone" excuse, drone foreign and your own citizens anywhere in the world with no due process or even oversight, support outright terrorists if that fitted your regime change agenda, meddle in other country's internal situations and set up Nazi coups with impunity: it has been changed by Russia. It's done for and as good as gone, get used to this!

    April 4, 2014 at 10:51 am | Reply
  21. Marie Pinder

    Shame on the United States government. Who gave us the moral right to criticize Russia. The U.S.A. has over 700 bases around the globe,drone strikes in Pakistan, Mali, Yemen, Somalia,etc. U.S.A. is involved in Syria,Libya,Iraq,Afghanistan, and North Africa. The U.S.A. government is a HYPOCRITE and a MURDERER.

    April 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Well said, Marie. Yes, our country is bankrupt both morally and financially. If the Chinese didn't finance a huge part of our national deficit, the right-wing politicians in Washington would gut Medicare, Social Security and defund public works such a fixing our infrastructure and defund education.

      April 5, 2014 at 11:42 am | Reply
  22. Richard Right

    So all nations should submit for a new global order. I thought those conservatives were crazy, but I guess they saw the truth.

    April 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  23. Munir Katb

    Yes, Russia is endangering global order, or what Bush senior in 1991 called NWO, just as Hitler did over 50 years before that. Russia is putting an end to a uni-polar world in which the US bully is terrorizing & destroying small nations, from Afghanistan to Libya. Russia did not allow to be kicked out from her own home in Crimes & be replaced by the murderous US Navy. However, painful it may be, but Mr. Fareed Zakaria, & with him his American masters, must put up with this fact, swallow their pride & prepare to hide behind the ocean as their economic situation doesn't allow them to play the wold's bully anymore.

    April 5, 2014 at 6:47 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Very well posted, Munir. I couldn't have stated it better!

      April 5, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • Turn Left

      I hated Ronald Reagan,
      but in front of the United Nations he did say something profound.

      We will never be a united planet until we have
      an external threat.

      How true.

      April 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  24. Folke Bernadotte

    Russia is indeed endangering the New World Order, as ordained by Wall Street and Fleet Street. The New World Order of these sociopathic oligarchs will bring us a future worse than that of George Orwell's worst nighmares.

    Mr Zakaria seems to be a professional "advocate" for this New World Order of the oligarchy.

    April 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Quite right, Folke. Yes, by his reporting the news, Fareed Zakaria is showing everyone what a right-wing fanatic he truly is. I noticed that he never said anything about our obscene occupations of either Afghanistan or Iraq but lambasted the Russians for invading Crimea, never mind that the Crimean people were given a plebiscite on this issue and spoke out!

      April 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  25. Marcy

    I agree that we should strengthen evolving norms that make war increasingly rare. There's an intriguing proposal for a framework of shared security at http://www.sharedsecurity.org.

    Shared security acknowledges global interdependence & complex realities (economy, environment, etc.) & suggests going beyond a fear-based militarized foreign policy. The 21st century imperative, in my mind, is for us to pursue a new vision of shared security.

    Rather than ridiculing those who seek to prevent conflict as “naïve,” we need to move beyond the dominant paradigm based on identifying & destroying enemies. More integrated problem-solving approaches could yield far better outcomes than current costly & ineffective ones.

    April 5, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  26. trueteller1

    OK, Mr. Fareed Zakaria, please answer this simple question. The US has invaded Panama, Vietnam, Laos, Congo, Cambodia, Grenada, Haiti, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Iraq and Afghanistan. Why is it wrong for Russia to invade Ukraine but it is OK for the US to invade these many countries?

    April 5, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • Turn Left

      We didn't annex them.

      April 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Reply
      • trueteller1

        True Left, you cannot be so blinded to make such a dumb statement. Are you suggesting that if Russia had just invaded but not annex Crimea then Russia would be right?

        April 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm |
  27. Gimmee a break

    Zacharia is an incompetent! HIS idea of "Russia is endangering the world order...." means that America doesn't want ANY opposition while meddling – and causing havoc wherever they go!

    April 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  28. Marco Hsiao

    Several articles of Mr. Zakaria are appreciated by me, but this time my opinion is different from Zakaria.

    The Iraq-US War endangered global order more. (100,000 innocent Iraqis were killed by the US violence in an unnecessary war). The US also murders lots of sinless people in Libya and Syria; but apologies and compensations both have not done.

    Is Zakaria being distorted by the US media? Maybe Zakaria should read some articles in India and Mainland China.

    April 6, 2014 at 4:17 am | Reply
  29. trueteller1

    We know Mr. Zakaria reads this comment page and we also know that he doesn't have a defense for most of the criticisms in this forum. No wonder young Americans turn to a comedian, Jon Stewart for news. CNN and Mr. Zakaria are no different than Fox News; both networks are simply acting like a mouthpiece for "consensus reporting".

    April 6, 2014 at 10:21 am | Reply
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