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. Ted

    How does Zakaria operate? Early one, he was jumping ahead with his predictions and after the “Arab Spring” he got them all wrong for every country in the Middle East. So he started plagiarizing and it worked for while till he got caught. So he now waits till the dust settles to state the obvious. He gets a higher percentage, but any number multiplied by a zero is still a ZEROkaria. He is the only one out there who still believes that Obama is the Messiah of the New World Order.

    March 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm |
    • gr77

      Michael Scheuer: Fareed Zakaria Knows As Much About The Midle East As My Chair

      March 31, 2014 at 8:21 pm |
      • Smitty

        Why did you capitalize every word and misspell 'Middle'?

        March 31, 2014 at 9:02 pm |
      • Barmaley

        These guys don't know anything with any degree of certainty. They believe they are visionary thinkers yet they never seem to operate from facts. They never understood the scientific method. They never understood that you start by collecting facts, with no pre-conceived notions or emotions, and then derive a theory based on as complete a collection of facts as you could assemble.
        Instead, they start with their hate for Russia and everything Russian (and probably not just Russian, but I'm restricting myself to the Ukraine/Crimea debate) and derive all their ideas based on that. They filter the facts to suit their ideology, presenting only those that serve their agenda. They misrepresent facts, casting them only in negative light when a more balanced view can be easily contemplated. They present as news rumors, deliberate lies, and interviews with some unknown people who "refuse to give their last name" and whose viewport always coincides with theirs. They are liars that Goebbels would be proud of to welcome into Nazi ranks. If the subject was not Russia and Russians but Jews and Israel, garbage that CNN and people like Fareed try to pass as news would simply be brushed off as blatant anti-semitism... But these days, maybe not – after all, CNN has already adjusted its tune to sing praise to the Ukrainian neo-Nazis, parties like Svoboda and Right Sector, and call them patriots. Just see the coverage they did on the funeral of the recently killed leader of the Right Sector.

        March 31, 2014 at 9:27 pm |
      • larry Johnson

        America doesnt support the Nazi party in Ukraine.And the illegal coup of a democratically elected government a few months before elections.We all see the international monetary Fund auctioning Ukraine Resources to the Eu Bankers.Learn what you are talking about.Go learn how to do real unbiased journalism.Furthermore,Americans are upset the government gave the Ukraine billions of tax payer dollars earned off the backs of hard working Americans.I guess no one here in America could use a few dollars to get by.

        March 31, 2014 at 11:13 pm |
    • crazyvermont

      I'm still trying to make sense out of what I just read. Perhaps, I need a couple more totes and everything will become clear

      March 31, 2014 at 10:00 pm |
    • MataHairy

      Excellent comment.

      March 31, 2014 at 10:24 pm |
    • andres

      Fareed do you know the difference between an a s s kisser and a sh i t head? Depth perception my friend, depth perception. You have been so wrong on so many issues why are you still around? Oh yeah that's right you are there to further your employers agenda which is not an agenda most of us would like furthered.

      March 31, 2014 at 10:36 pm |
  2. Marcus Beaumont

    "Russia has benefited from the established world order"? How is that? NATO keeps creeping closer to it's borders surrounding it with military bases, West keeps meddling in what Russia considers it's back yard. You call that benefiting? The global order has benefited the entire world? Give me a break! Tell that to the countries that were bombed to the stone age, such as Serbia, Iraq, Libya and others. The current world order only benefits the strong.

    March 31, 2014 at 7:13 pm |
    • Lance Buckmaster

      Good posting, Marcus. You nailed it good! The current world order stinks as it is now, judging by how many children have to go to bed hungry night after night due to all these incessant and obscene wars. Who in their right mind needs that?

      March 31, 2014 at 7:19 pm |
      • LT Fang

        A greatest percentage went to bed hungry before the peaceful norm is established.

        March 31, 2014 at 9:10 pm |
      • Chris

        How is war causing kids to go to bed hungry? Is it because people without money are popping out kids because they are too lazy to go get free contraceptives? Or is it because people are expecting a free handout?

        March 31, 2014 at 9:18 pm |
    • paul

      Just because Pukin considers the old Soviet countries his "back yard" doesn't make it so. Being a KGB officer, he is trying to return Russia to its former Soviet " glory".. What a delusional fool.

      March 31, 2014 at 9:57 pm |
      • maggie

        yep. I'll drink to that. Cheers, Maggie

        April 1, 2014 at 3:40 am |
    • MataHairy

      Spot on Marcus. Good to see an intelligent post!

      March 31, 2014 at 10:26 pm |
    • Light In The Black

      Canada is in our back yard, but we are not trying to invade it.
      What Putin is doing is nothing less
      than what Germany did in the Sudetenland in 1939.

      You Putin lovers too blind to see that.
      Whats next ?
      Latvia ?
      Finland ?


      April 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
  3. Mark

    It make one feel sad to hear the "definition of leadership" is perceived and actual weakness. I will give the US President this: he is fighting on all fronts, home and abroad, unlike Putin who is very focused and consequently 3 moves ahead of Obama in this Ukraine drama. No one can seriously state Mr. Obama is in control of the crisis, he can only hope to react in such a way that he might look clever if Putin over reaches. My fear...Putin already knows how this story ends, and he is now simply pulling Obama into a situtation in which his true fecklessness will be revealed to all. Perhaps with the exception of only Mr.Zakaria.

    March 31, 2014 at 7:26 pm |
    • Barmaley

      "he can only hope to react in such a way that he might look clever if Putin over reaches."
      Exactly. If that's indeed Obama's thinking (I have no clue what it is for sure) then this is the only strategy. My thinking is that something similar is also Putin's strategy as well. Putin has already taken control of the most strategic area – Crimea. It was the easiest one to take over as it's overwhelmingly pro-Russian (despite whatever CNN says, the referendum is hardly in doubt as the fact that there is 0 resistance to Russia demonstrates). Additionally, it gives him the comfort of knowing that his Black Sea Fleet and the city of Sevastopol which means a lot to Russians emotionally because of its history are no longer going over under Nato's control if Ukraine were to become a member. His next target could be Ukraine's south-east with its preponderance of Russian-speaking people (notice not ethnic Russians but Russian speakers, most of whom, especially in the event of chaos in Ukraine, would back Russia). And he is not doing anything now – all he has to do is wait for Ukraine's leadership to keep doing what they have been doing ever since their "revolution" (or maybe Victoria Nuland's?) brought them to power – that is, screwing up whatever remains of the Ukrainian state, society, and economy. Once they complete their job, many other regions in Ukraine would fall into Putin's lap just like Crimea with hardly a shot fired.

      March 31, 2014 at 9:42 pm |
    • MataHairy

      Mark – I couldn't have said it better!

      March 31, 2014 at 10:27 pm |
    • Light In The Black

      What would you have Obama do ?
      Start a war ?

      You can draw a line from Scandanavia to the black sea.
      ALL of those countries,
      Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
      Poland, Moldova, and Romania,
      have turned towards The European Union and NATO
      because they all FEAR that they will be next.

      Putins little gamble has set off an event that has most of the
      nations against him.
      Those nations that have abstained on the UN vote against Russia
      have only done so because of fears of Reprocussions.
      Behind closed doors they are all united.

      Notice the only nations who voted against the UN resolution,
      Russia, North Korea, Cuba, and Syria.
      Nice company you keep.

      April 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm |
  4. Miller David

    This guys article is off base. War, especially casualties and deaths, have been on an ASTRONOMICAL rise since the Revolutionary war. That's pure facts Zak. War is RAMPANT in the world. I find your comments lacking factual base. There are many countries that have been and are still trying/planning to rattle the "world order".

    March 31, 2014 at 7:48 pm |
    • Tom Butler

      "War, especially casualties and deaths, have been on an ASTRONOMICAL rise since the Revolutionary war."
      Lets look at that statement from a purely U.S. perspective; World War I: 117,000 KIA in (about) 9 months of combat. World War II: 400,000 KIA in 3years, 8 months of combat. Korea: 35,000 KIA in 2 years of combat. Vietnam: 58,000 KIA in ten years of combat.
      Get the point? Not to mention the fact that the Europeans were pretty much in a constant state of war from 1400 to 1871.

      March 31, 2014 at 11:23 pm |
  5. Alex279

    Dear Fareed,

    You have to define the terms "war" and "conquest" before writing this essay.

    Crimea has 193 military bases. Each and every one of them were taken by negotiation without any loss of life or even injury. In addition to that about 50 war ships of Ukrainian Navy was taken over. Guess what? Not a single incident of desecration of Ukrainian national symbols. Every time when Ukrainian flag was taken down, it was taken down with dignity, often singing Ukrainian national anthem, and then Russian flag was raised, also with singing national anthem. Kind of strange protocol for treating defeated enemy.

    March 31, 2014 at 7:50 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      That's far better than we treated the Iraqi and the Afghans, Alex. They were never accorded such dignity and today we're still butchering Afghans and Pakistanis with our ungodly drones and Apache helicopters. Of course, we did turn Iraq and Afghanistan into two more Western controlled pseudo-democracies.

      March 31, 2014 at 8:07 pm |
    • MataHairy

      Thanks Alex – great post. The Americans who are so set against the Russians and /or the Ukrainians could take a lesson from them in terms of dignity in victory allowing dignity in defeat.

      March 31, 2014 at 10:32 pm |
    • maggie

      wrong there have been people killed and they took the ships by force. everything has been done by force. If Crimean's wanted to join Russian putin would not have had to take it by force. Maggie

      April 1, 2014 at 3:44 am |
    • Light In The Black

      If the Ukranians had used force to stop the takeover,
      Putin would have screamed they are killing Russians
      and send in force.
      That's what he was hoping for.

      That page was ripped out of Hitlers handbook.
      Hitler dressed prisoners in Polish uniforms
      then had them shot on the German/Polish border
      so he could declare he was attacked by Poland.

      As they say, those who don't learn from history
      will repeat it.

      April 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
  6. imran zab

    Im from Pakistan, can you please deport this chapati face zakaria, the bloody indian

    cant stand this idiot.

    March 31, 2014 at 8:05 pm |
    • Folke Bernadotte

      You aren't alone in that sentiment.

      March 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm |
      • Steve

        Any relation to Count Bernadotte?

        April 1, 2014 at 5:19 am |
  7. Irwin

    Has Fareed forgot the about the U.S.' transgressions?! How convenient! It's set a wonderful example for the world with its crime against Iraq!

    March 31, 2014 at 8:11 pm |
    • deryk houston

      I agree with Irwin.
      How can Zakaria possibly ignore the death and destruction caused by America's recent wars? The invasion of
      Iraq alone without the UN or world support was a death sentence to the idea of international law and created a dark new world order. Several hundred thousand Iraqi children also died as a direct result of the sanctions. (according to a Unicef 2002 report).
      Add the US bombing in Libya with it's "Regime Change" goal and you have another example of ignoring international law. (Canada's Prime minister, Steven Harper, came out of one of the very early meetings and shamelessly pointed out to the world media that "this is all about regime change". He said that without blushing and with no idea of what he had just said. He let the cat out of the bag.
      Now that Russia ignores international law, the world should not be surprised because the west has shown that the laws mean nothing .......everyone can be ignore them when it suits them.
      Now we have anarchy instead.

      March 31, 2014 at 11:45 pm |
  8. gr77

    Michael Scheuer: Fareed Zakaria Knows As Much About The Midle East As My Chair

    March 31, 2014 at 8:20 pm |
  9. Andrey

    You established global order is up for an update! The new better version has been downloaded and would be installed shortly! Thank you for your patience!

    March 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm |
  10. menisino

    Fareed, Amanpour know far more than most americans regardless of profession. Lets face it, americans are so ignorant of the world around them , some if not most of them, dont't even know the states that border them, let alone have any knowledge of what countries are their neighbors.

    March 31, 2014 at 8:31 pm |
  11. Folke Bernadotte

    "We should strengthen the evolving international order, not ridicule it"

    From that statement alone, one is left with NO option to the conclusion that Mr. Zakaria is nothing more than a tool of the capitalist 1%. The "evolving world order" is one of a US/Israeli/Saudi empire. That world order would be a catastrophe for the entire world.

    March 31, 2014 at 8:39 pm |
  12. Jessica McGwin

    While I would love to believe that we as a world have moved away from conflict that is to conquer lands. I can not be so blind. Y have we seen this shift? What changed in the world? Food production, water stability, and mechanization allowing for the ease of pains. As in anything natural there is a calm before the storm. Conventional war has not disappeared. We the world in the coming years will face natural disasters not seen in our record books. As these event transpire so to shall the return of conventional war. In my leisure study of war, I know that the victors of history fought wars generations in advance. When populations expand beyond the resources of internal production than we see a rise in military expansion. This expansion always occurs prior to a natural shift in agriculture. If you do not believe me ask the scholars of war. To stave off starvation and drought wars are fought to secure those assets for the young to thrive and survive. It is in the very cortex of human survival. Provocation play a huge role in the advent of conventional war. While the 3 nations you state to be so last year, as an objective observer and survivor I must look at both side of the conflict. Obama has in fact carried out forward strikes in 75 countries of which only 5 with in a designated war zone. This moment instead of being at a table with North Korea we are engaged in "exercises" if not for provocation than what for? Our stand against North Korea is based on the previous leader, NO attempt has been made By this Administration to secure peace in the region. So I would have to look at what is not being done rather than what has and is being done. Lets look a Syria now when destabilization began the US supplied the rebel forces with weapons moved aboard civilian air craft through Shannon Ireland. Not only fueling the destabilization of Syria and arming Aquita. But in doing this place our peacefully allies Neutrality at risk. Ireland currently has 100,000 employees here in the US. They do not look like much but I would not pi** them off on my best day. While I want to jump on the I hate Russia band wagon. I must ask Y the destabilization occurred in the Ukraine. I must look at the role of the elected officials in the United States as well as the power structures strategic gains. All 3 bring us back to the calm before the storm. All nations both rich and poor know the climate is changing and that disease and life sustaining needs are being strained. So we are both at fault for the destabilization of the world. It is not just one or the other both side have played their hands. If you read in my past threads I have said that the leaders of the world need to prepare for the natural disasters on the helm, as they will come stronger and more frequent. I have also told you that world power structure would change. Necessity is the mother of invention. Some of which I would prefer to never be declassified by any. And other inventions will change power structure it will also propel human kind light years in moments. So hang on it is going to be a wild ride. I am not here to judge.

    March 31, 2014 at 8:50 pm |
    • maggie

      So true, technology offers so many solutions to our problems but still we (humans) fight old fashioned wars instead of using technology for stability and peace. Cheers, Maggie

      April 1, 2014 at 3:47 am |
  13. Barmaley

    Every CNN article I read these days sounds like pages taken out of Nazi propaganda books. Seriously, why are you guys
    beating the drums of war every time anybody out there shows signs of life? Where is any sense of balance in your coverage? Fareed, like most CNN journalists, is an ideologue with a clear craving to give policy advice to the State Department (not that it needs any more of this same advice anyway, as it's coming from every neo-con out there with degrees in "Russian studies," "democracy", etc.).

    "Russia is grossly endangering a global order that has benefited the entire world."
    What is this order? Has it benefited hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dead Iraqis, Libyans, Serbs, Afghanis, etc?
    Has it benefited that much those that remained alive? Look at Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Kosovo and try to argue to me that these are countries that have succeeded in any sense of the term. Their economies are based on drugs (Afghanistan, Kosovo), oil (Iraq, Libya), violence (all), ethnic cleansing, and military domination by the US.
    Who else is benefitting from this new order? Eastern Europe? Where are the young people in Eastern Europe? Anyone with brains and means moved to the West *after* the so-called freedom and prosperity have emerged there. These countries have become de-industrialized, de-populated, depressed buffer zones between West and Russia.
    Who else is benefitting? China? Isn't it still totalitarian communist and the US is doing business with it?
    Saudi Arabia? The cradle of world democracy and human rights 😉
    The only ones benefitting is the West itself and it dares, as its propagandists always have, to call itself "the World."

    "That was a blatant invasion. Moscow sent in tanks and heavy artillery. Hundreds were killed."
    I think Fareed, like other CNN journalists, who have called Russo-Georgian war of 2008 a Russian invasion and/or agression believe that iIf you repeat the same lie again and again, at some point people will believe it. The fact (yes, the fact – please google for more info, look at Wikipedia article on the subject, search for real facts!) is that Georgia has begun shelling South Ossetia in an attempt to suppress a breakaway separatist movement. Why did these guys try to secede? Because Georgia cancelled their autonomy. When did these guys secede? 1991, right at the time the Soviet Union collapsed. Why should anyone consider them to be part of Georgia if they never wanted to be part of it from the beginning of Georgian independence in 1991 *and* considering the fact that the borders of *all* Soviet republics have been drawn by Lenin and Stalin? Weren't they monsters? Why should we regard their decisions as sacred now?

    "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."
    The final and most stupid comment. First, please expand this list and add
    China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, ....
    Can you claim that these countries support the current Western world order? Hardly.. The list doesn't look so lonely now, does it? The whole point was to paint Russia as some kind of pariah, in the company of North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
    Charting the path to glory and greatness? Putin has far more rationality than any present Western leader I heard about, his popularity rating is high because the people in Russia have seen their standards of living rise greatly under him. On the other hand, under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, they saw a great deal of "democracy" and the country was going down the tubes. By the way, neither Putin's government nor Putin's propaganda are any worse than Democratic/Republican governments in the US and propaganda machines like CNN.

    You are the one living in the fantasy world, Fareed, the fantasy world of propaganda and news based on wishful thinking and emotional outbursts rather than facts.

    March 31, 2014 at 9:13 pm |
    • ✠RZ✠

      I must concede that this post by Zak is really disturbing. Do you figure he's completely lost his marbles or has CNN put a gun to the head of his first born?

      April 1, 2014 at 12:09 am |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Well posted, Barmaley. Thank you.

      April 1, 2014 at 12:19 am |
    • maggie

      Your post is too long to read Barm, Wishful Thinking......

      April 1, 2014 at 3:48 am |
  14. anoj

    Dear Fareed Zakaria,
    Firstly, I love watching your show and i watch it regularly. To be honest, I don't watch your show for the contents but i watch for your presentation skills. You really present very well, clear and simple.
    Unfortunately, the contents that you use is all rubbish, nothing new, and lacks comprehensive research. Thus the quality is bad. I totally understand you and i know it's not your fault. After all you work for CNN which dictates you what you are suppose to do and how you are suppose to defend the wrong cause (often).

    March 31, 2014 at 9:25 pm |
    • ✠RZ✠

      anoj, I have also been trying to somewhat defend Zak via certain perspectives as you have also done here. But this time I'm going to shift strongly towards emphasizing your point on the "content". You are absolutely correct, and what Zak has done is shamefully loaded his gun with a one sided agenda. For Chrissakes Zak, what the beejuzuz are ya feeding us ?!? Of course no ones outright taking anyone's land anymore. It's totally unacceptable and unnecessary. And yes, Russia certainly operates in an above board old shill fashion simply because it LACKS THE EXPERTISE OF THE WEST IN TAKING OVER A COUNTRY POLITICALLY AND FINANCIALLY AND THEN GIVING IT TO EVERYBODY RIGHT UP THE WAZOOO!! How about you provide us with the stats on how many countries since 1945 have been turned upside by Washington and/or where their citizens have been killed by US guns, bombs, drones, etc either indirectly by financing or directly with US boots on the ground or in the air or water? I'm not saying what a Russia did is right. But if you're saying the better way is to missile, bomb, drone, and shoot your way in to merely "occupy" a country for years on end trying to quell endless internal strife through violence and force in an attempt to establish a puppet government... then you need to have your head examined. At least the Russians did it in a quick, simple, and almost entirely harmless fashion. No, I'm not pleased by it. No, I don't agree with it or condone it. But I sure as heck am grateful that thousands of Ukranians weren't slaughtered as a result. Because clearly that's what typically happens when using your so called "21st century" methods. Would you honestly prefer someone kill your whole family but not lay claim to your house, or merely lay claim to your house but leave your family intact?

      March 31, 2014 at 10:57 pm |
  15. candyapple

    O'fucup is Putin's britch..

    March 31, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Please candyapple, do cut that filthy Tea Party lingo out as it has no place here. Besides, you need to bash the right-wing thugs in Washington, not Vladimir Putin. At least, he has the guts to stand up to those self serving jerks in Washington!

      April 1, 2014 at 12:10 am |
  16. azezel

    I think we might loose Poland Romania turkey Greece and the Baltic states.

    March 31, 2014 at 9:39 pm |
  17. Adam

    Screw Global Order.

    March 31, 2014 at 9:47 pm |
  18. WML

    Wow, Fareed. You were wrong when this whole thing started. You're still wrong. You think the whole world thinks like the "enlightened" Western leaders and talking heads (like yourself)? Get real.

    March 31, 2014 at 9:55 pm |
  19. bobcat2u

    Vladimir Putin mad a very serious miscalculation in this venture. When he decided to make his move, I think he really believed that the US would be standing alone in the condemnation of this act. When he saw the world take a united stand, it suddenly became one of those UH OH moments for him. In the last few days, Putin has been making large overtures to Obama in seeking a diplomatic solution to this problem. With knowledge of how todays world finances are interlinked, it makes a whole lot more sense to hit the financial areas first and use war as a very last resort. And all I can say is, it's about time.

    March 31, 2014 at 10:14 pm |
    • MataHairy

      Putin doesn't MAKE mistakes! He's a master strategist and knows exactly what he's doing. So Obama [bully] lost his nerve so gathered his EU pals [also bullies] to impose "sanctions" on Putin. THAT was the total miscalculation:-

      Not one "sanction" has stopped investments in Russia
      Not one "sanction" has stopped international banks dealing with Russian companies
      Not one "sanction has affected energy sales by Russia,

      You need to look at Obama as the rest of the world see him – not as you think he is! You're very like Fareed in that respect.

      March 31, 2014 at 10:40 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        Oh, I see. So this is the reason Russia has stated that they are heavily contemplating closing their doors on the world and creating their own credit card and financial system. The latest I've heard is that many companies are refusing to do business with them. I guess that is why the bottom is fall out of their stock market. And another thing,The ruble reached all-time lows against both the dollar and the euro, falling by 2.5% and 1.5% respectively. The rout in the currency market was so great that the Russian central bank was forced to aggressively intervene. In order to support this intervention it “temporarily” raised interest rates from 5.5% to 7% .
        So from what I can see, there's not a whole lot of confidence being felt.

        March 31, 2014 at 11:32 pm |
      • RT_News_worthyless

        So world leaders who do not resort to military action to resolve International disputes, but rather use the leverage of sanctions are bullies, but those world leaders who do resort to military action and intimidation to get what they want are master strategists.
        It sounds like you showed bobcat2u just how unbiased you really are in this matter.

        April 1, 2014 at 2:11 am |
    • maggie

      cheers, Maggie

      April 1, 2014 at 3:52 am |
    • Walter Christopher Eklund

      Vlad the impaler.

      April 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm |
  20. The sanctions are really working

    Thank you Fareed. Awesome analysis and superb thinking. The world has indeed moved past nutcases like Putin and Assad. What changed. Globalozation, the Internet, half the people on Planet Earth owning iGadgets, email, 24 hour TV available on over 100 channels, English being spoken by 3/4 of us humans. That's what. Yes indeed, Putin's actions in Crimea are just like Assad's actions in Syria........... soooooooooooo last century!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2014 at 11:26 pm |
  21. The sanctions are really working

    I meant Globalization.......... sorry about the typo..........

    March 31, 2014 at 11:28 pm |
  22. Agile

    Why NATO is expanding to the door step of Russia . What did the U.S. did in 1962 when USSR installed Missiles in Cuba ? Disband NATO , it an organization established against the Warsaw/USSR. If the west blame Russia's Cold War mentality so does the west . stop creeping to Russia.

    April 1, 2014 at 12:04 am |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      The world would be a far more peace place if the Europeans had enough sense to eliminate NATO, Agile. This alliance has become no more than a tool for the right-wing thugs in Washington to extend their control over others, including the Europeans themselves. This has become obvious lately as the current European leaders do no more than parrot the right-wing bla-bla-bla coming out of Washington D.C., especially over Crimea and Ukraine!

      April 1, 2014 at 12:16 am |
    • Walter Christopher Eklund

      So if Poland wants to join NATO
      it cant because it might upset Russia ?
      Who the PHUCK is Russia to dictate what other countries do ?

      April 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm |
  23. A.L.

    Barmaley, absolutely superb analysis of the situation. Would be terrific to have you interviewed on CNN.

    April 1, 2014 at 12:16 am |
  24. The sanctions are really working

    Let's face it. Russia has been a Oligarchy for over 15 years now. That means super-rich businessmen have the government in their pockets and mafioso-style criminals as their enforcers. So let's analyze what Obama has done. He knows that the Russian Oligarchs are siphoning billions of Rubles out of Russia all the time and are hiding it in the West. He knows they send their kids to elite schools in the West. He knows they love the West. By ganging up with the EU, and hitting the Oligarchs in their pocketbooks, he has made a superb move. A 21st century move. Tanks and missiles and grunts marching into Crimea looks even more inane and half-brained. Get it??? Smart Chess move President Obama. Intelligent guys like Fareed understand this stuff.

    April 1, 2014 at 12:17 am |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Do you honestly believe that bla-bla-bla that you posted above or are you just joking here, The sanctions are really working? If they were so successful, then why did we have to invade Iraq to bring down Saddam Hussein and take control of Iraq's oil for a profit? Then again do you really believe in the politics of hunger and would you if your own family went hungry as a result of this ignominy?

      April 1, 2014 at 12:25 am |
      • RT_News_worthyless

        I for 1 believe his insightful comment.
        While on the other hand you try and play both sides in order to dispute his comment. You begin by saying that sanctions do not work and then state that because of the commentors stand that if sanctions do work, that he is then supporting the politics of hunger.
        And you do all of this without ever taking into account what the commentor demonstrated, and that is that these sanctions are only targeting those wealthy Russian businessmen whose profit comes primarily as a result of their ties to Putin.

        April 1, 2014 at 2:44 am |
      • Walter Christopher Eklund

        Joseph McCarthy.
        Nice handle.
        You do know who he is don't you ?

        He saw Communist's under every bed in America.
        Do you see monsters in the closet ?

        April 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm |
    • maggie

      Cheers, Maggie

      April 1, 2014 at 3:54 am |
  25. khalid mansoor siddiqui

    usa invades other countries, is STILL invading other countries, intensifies benefits to the rich zionists and cuts back on social programs for usa's poor. The send money to israel which ABUSES Palestinian CHILDREN on a DAILY BASIS. The send DRONES to MURDER civilians and spies on EVERYONE!

    April 1, 2014 at 12:48 am |
  26. khalid mansoor siddiqui

    The United States is imparting a clear message by adopting this insincere and hypocritical approach toward Russia, which is also a message to other countries: We can invade your countries, we can kill your citizens, we can rule you tyrannically, we can behave in any way we desire, but if you do something which doesn’t please us, we will impose sanctions on you, we will banish you from international organizations, and we will come down on you like a ton of bricks. This is how the American hypocrisy works…

    April 1, 2014 at 2:00 am |
    • Walter Christopher Eklund

      Yup, our best bet is to
      just let anybody with a larger army attack its neighbors
      because AMERICA is bad.


      April 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm |
  27. Chuck

    Global Order?, ...........yes Pakistani Over Lord

    April 1, 2014 at 2:14 am |
  28. Farhod

    I didnt expect Zakaria to be so biased in political matters. George bush's position, as everybody knows, in his office was totally different from Obama's. Obama is pretty silent in actions-yet active in sanctions- which has no power seriously at all. 1st Georgia matter was different, cant be compared with Ukraine. 2nd Bush would have contradicted his own policy of untervention in war zones. 3rd Obama isnt, to my opinion, one third of Bush power in politics. If Bush were Obaam now, he wouldnt be caring about fighting against Russia with sanctions, he would probably take harsher actions which would mire possibly stop Russia doing it , at least cancel annextion, at most do cancel the annextion and appologize before the international community. Zakaria i guess got older now, CNN should strictly be sensoring his ideas about the Nation's " hope for change".

    April 1, 2014 at 2:29 am |
  29. Dmitriy

    I am Russian living in US, and in my 15 years here , I have not heard once something positive about Russia in the news. I really want to hear the talks about this world order when Mexico will befriend China and install their base right next to US border. I want to see how much US would care about the sovereign choice of Mexico.

    April 1, 2014 at 2:40 am |
    • RT_News_worthyless

      It sure sounds like you have some conflicted loyalties then. Be honest now, how often does the media in Russia paint the US in s positive light??? And I do not mean just a story spun in such a way to push the Russian agenda by giving praise to American ideas which are counter to US policy.
      Please provide any links to such Russian stories that are pro-American?
      Otherwise you need to either see your bias for what it is or return to your beloved homeland.

      April 1, 2014 at 3:02 am |
      • Steve

        Dear RT_News: Point taken. Still I would ask which corporate or state controlled media, U.S. or Russian, is telling the truth? Besides framing stories in their historic context, I find RT News to be factual then their U.S. counterparts,
        And I'm American.

        April 1, 2014 at 6:05 am |
  30. RT_News_worthyless

    Fareed, great insight into how America and the world has to respond when confronted by an 'ism' such as this. The world needs to marginalize the players of such behavior. The 'ism' in this case is Russian Nationalism. To ignore this and allow other European powers to follow suit and pursue Nationalism in turn will lead us back to the darkest chapter of the 20th Century.

    April 1, 2014 at 3:28 am |
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