July 21st, 2014
09:20 AM ET

Brzezinski: MH17 incident 'a historically defining moment'

Fareed speaks with former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski about the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

You see the situation in Ukraine. What should Washington and other world leaders do?

We should be aware of the fact that this is truly a historically defining moment. If we do the things we need to do, if we are firm and clear, but also somewhat flexible, we can still give Putin the chance to redeem himself and to rejoin the community of nations.

We are, in fact, facing the first use of force over territorial issues in Europe since the outbreak of World War II. Putin is doing it. I think he can be persuaded to stop if we stand united, and that means presidential leadership from the United States and consistent, continued actions and European leaders rallying with us. It's a major challenge, but it is defining.

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  1. Guilherme

    "First use of force over territorial issues in Europe since 1945?"

    Um, no, no,

    One thing is to condemn what happened with MH17, and yes definitely is something major, but this is by no means the first military conflict since WWII. The Bosnian War, Kosovo, Croatia, Macedonia, Greece civil war, and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus are a few examples of "Use of force" in Europe Mr. Zbigniew Brzezinski.
    Please make sure to weigh your wording since its clear by your former position as a former U.S. National Security Advisor that you know all about this past conflicts. We don`t need false statements, What hope to hear is accurate news.

    July 21, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • Matthew Greenwood

      Sadly You wont here accurate new here very aften my freind its a good place to come to find out what the establishment would like the Massess to Think though😉

      July 22, 2014 at 6:34 am | Reply
      • graeme jenkinson

        Sadly commentators like yourself have a rather limited grasp of the english language, as far as trolls go you are an embarrassment.

        July 23, 2014 at 1:25 am |
  2. Joseph McCarthy

    What would one expect this Brzezinski to say? He's Polish and would say anything he could against the Russians. After all, the Poles and Russians hate each other and that won't change anytime soon. The Communists in both Poland and Russia have been trying to do that for decades to little avail.

    July 21, 2014 at 11:41 am | Reply
  3. Kishor Shah

    Having seen two great wars on their soil, Europeans will be reluctant to play any firm role.

    July 21, 2014 at 11:53 am | Reply
  4. Matthew Greenwood

    Of course its a defining moment Brzezinski your chums at the pentagon designed it that way. FALSE FLAG ALERT waky waky USA...
    HERE are 4 FACTS

    1.The plane was the diverted 300 miles off normal course (eye witness accounts escourted by 2 ukrainian airforce jets)
    2. The plane was told to fly at 32/33000 ft instead of the NORMAL 35'000 ft
    3. Ukrainian Air traffic control data and recordings have been removed by Ukrainin Army and still not released 5 days later
    4.Ukrainian airforce released you-tube videos in russian and english claming to be intercepted conversation of separatist generals admitting to this Crime. ( the creation date of the MP4 was cronologically before the event took place and has tried to deny connection to it.)
    which would suggest more US funded Terrorism

    July 22, 2014 at 6:31 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Thank you, Matthew. We need more people like you here to enlighten us instead of all these know-nothing's who keep on ranting against Russia!!!

      July 22, 2014 at 7:58 am | Reply
    • graeme jenkinson

      HERE are 5 FACTS

      -Wacky (a word not commonly used in the english parlance)
      -Terrible grammar, "diverted 300 miles off normal course, for starters the ICAO standard of measurement for aviation is NM (nautical miles, your source isn't reliable!) And perhaps to make this statement grammatically correct nect time you word it you could say "diverted the aircraft circa 260 nautical off it's registered flight plan"
      -Escorted
      -crime is not capitalised (it is not a noun)
      -YouTube is not hyphenated
      -terrorism should not be capitalised.

      July 23, 2014 at 1:34 am | Reply
  5. j. von hettlingen

    What the world leaders are doing is quite sensible : strong condemnation. Putin is a gambler, but he is sensible too. If he sees problems, he stops. The best off-ramp for him is to prove that Russia is innocent and that the separatists are the perpetrators. He should have these men extradited to The Hague for war crime!

    July 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  6. chri§§y

    I think everyone already agrees it was the seperatists...but they were definitely under the influence of Russia and have been since the very beginning. If Putin were sensible he would put a stop to ALL of this conflict!

    July 22, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  7. chri§§y

    Ok so now we have the grammer police! Does everyone feel safer now?

    July 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  8. Bob Kebic

    Sure, Zbigniew "the weasel" Bzrezinski was waiting his whole life for a chance Russia could be destroyed – then he could die in peace!

    July 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Reply

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