Zakaria: Ukraine crisis very, very significant
April 8th, 2014
04:19 PM ET

Zakaria: Ukraine crisis very, very significant

CNN speaks with Fareed Zakaria about the latest developments in Ukraine, talk of a civil war, and whether Russia is likely to invade eastern Ukraine. This is an edited version of the transcript.

Russia's foreign ministry is now using words like civil war when talking about the possible outcome in eastern Ukraine. So what's going on right now? Are the Russians looking for an excuse to move in?

It certainly looks like they're looking for an excuse to further destabilize Ukraine so that they can reassert their domination of their relationship with Ukraine.

Remember, Crimea was never the prize. Ukraine was the prize. They took Crimea because they realized the situation was spiraling out of control. You remember what was happening in the Maidan – suddenly they found Ukraine moving very rapidly toward the West.

And Putin decided [on that] really as a last-minute maneuver, I believe, because he had been stymied during the Olympics – the minute the Olympics got done, he initiated that KGB-style operation to take Crimea. But the prize, the thing he has always cared about, was Ukraine and dominating Ukraine, influencing it. So now we move to phase two of the operation and that is, how does Russia assert some kind of control over Ukraine?

And what they're doing now is through local supporters, local sympathizers, probably a lot of money and perhaps some special ops, they are trying to destabilize the east so that they can perhaps have a pretext to move in, but certainly have a pretext to have a very tough negotiation with the Ukrainian government.

Because the pro-Russian demonstrators, and there are plenty of them in Ukraine right now, they're asking the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to send in "peacekeeping troops" into eastern Ukraine. So is that something you think Putin might be ready to exploit?

I wonder myself. I think that the reality is that, while in Crimea there was an overwhelming degree of support locally for annexation by Russia for becoming part of Russia. In eastern Ukraine, my understanding, talking to people on the ground, talking about some local politicians, is that it's more mixed. Even the Russian-speaking people in Ukraine have mixed feelings about whether they want to actually become part of Russia, whether they want to stay independent.

So Putin is probably trying to calculate whether those Russian troops would be received, would be given a hero's welcome. If they were, I think he'd certainty consider it. But it’s as likely what he's going to try to do is to go to the Ukrainians and say, you see, you have demands from your countrymen. They want us to get involved. At the very least, you have to give them substantial autonomy and you have to give us, the Russians, a special role in Ukraine.

That's what he wants; he wants a special role in Ukraine. Whether that means formal annexation or not, I think probably he's trying to figure out himself opportunistically what the best path is.

In the past 24 hours, the U.S., NATO, members of the European Union, they've all warned Russia not to move into Ukraine, no matter what. Sanctions are in place. There could be more sanctions. Bottom line, how tense is this current crisis right now?

This is a very, very significant crisis. This is essentially the most significant geopolitical crisis since the end of the Cold War, because what you have here is one of the great powers in the world – this is not a civil war in Syria which, tragic though it is, doesn't it have quite the same ripple effects.

Here, you have a great global power, Russia, that has decided it is going to flaunt one of the great global rules, which is sanctity of borders and the idea that you don’t annex parts of neighboring countries when you want to.

And so the Europeans and the United States – the West, in a sense – has to figure out how they try to maintain that international norm, that rule, that post-Cold War order that has been put in place and that has very rarely been violated in the last 50 years by a great power.

You know, if you're talking about an African country here or there, for example, that's very different. You have had substantial adherence to this idea. And Russia is breaking ranks. So it's a big deal.

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  1. charlie

    Obama is a big mistake! He spoiled the brats including china!

    April 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Tubby Eyes

    Did anyone here ever hear of the boy who cried "Wolf"? While Vladimir Putin may be the purported "Wolf" here, that trigger happy Barack Obama is the boy. Only a stupid fool would believe Obama now, especially over Ukraine!

    April 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm |
    • What

      What's the GOP solution then? Please post it.

      April 9, 2014 at 9:37 am |
      • 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 9, 2014 at 9:38 am |
    • bobcat2u

      Trigger happy Barack Obama ? I guess I don't understand the contradiction. First you people are all over the president about being weak and scared. Now you call him trigger happy. You need to pick a side of the road to walk on before you get run over.

      April 9, 2014 at 10:23 am |
    • Bill Harris

      @Tubby Eyes -

      You are un utter moron.

      April 9, 2014 at 11:05 am |
    • Bill Harris

      ... and yes, of course it was. To accentuate the point.

      April 9, 2014 at 11:06 am |
    • Chris

      how can anybody call obama trigger happy??? that is probably the least applicable description of him...and i dont mean that in a positive way.

      April 10, 2014 at 5:54 am |
    • History

      Our media (USA) presents a lot of biased information about what is happening in Ukraine/Russia.

      To make some sense of events one needs to know a bit of history. Ukraine itself was part of Russia since 1654 (when Ukraine asked to become a part of Russia) till 1917 revolution and then part of Soviet Union till 1991. Before 1654, competing leaders (“Batka” – a Ukrainian for a leader; Batka is a word root for one of leading nationalist parties “Batkovshina”) were disrupting any possibility of defense from Poland and Turks. Thus, one of the leaders (Hmelnitsky) facilitated incorporation of some territories that are present day Ukraine into Russia. Thus, there was no independent Ukraine ever until 1991.

      Present upheaval (so called second revolution in 20 something years and multiple changes of government must raise some questions: maybe there is something wrong with “Ukrainian democracy”.
      Benderovtsi (Ukranian nationalists) acted as assistants of Nazis in WW2 and their followers took power in Western Ukraine and now helped overthrow the elected government in Kiev. Western financial aid directed for more than 20 years to support “Ukrainian Democracy” was ending up in the pockets of corrupt politicians. Much of it also ended up with ultra-radical nationalist movements training armed nationalists who helped to capture power in Western Ukraine and Kiev. The Western infusion of money was due to a motivation to build a strong Ukraine to have it as an ally of the West against potential threat from Russia. I can understand that motivation. The problem was that money did not help to build an economically strong Ukraine, but rather helped to build corrupt and/or extremist forces, which were destabilizing Ukraine for years. The present government in Ukraine is no exclusion and billions of dollars coming from us (the tax payers) will end up in the pockets of gangsters.

      Crimea was never part of Ukraine (it was part of Russia for 200 years) until Nikita Khrushchev gave it to Ukraine in 1954 (within USSR) to commemorate 300 years anniversary since unification of Ukraine and Russia. This was done within USSR and in reality Crimea was never separate for Russia. Remember times when words USSR / Russia were used interchangeably? I hope the West will sober up and understand that Crimea is part of Russia again per majority will of Crimean population. This is a reality and there is no need to further aggravate the situation. If USA made it so that Kosovo decided its fate, why Crimea (with overwhelming Russian majority) cannot decide its fate as well?

      Why would not USA and NATO offer sending military to defend civil order in Ukraine when Ukrainian nationalists start assault on Russian speaking-population opposing nationalistic regime in Kiev? I think Russia would be interested to discuss with the West involvement of NATO troops to prevent violence and civil war in Ukraine. Since it is unlikely that USA or NATO will send the troops in case violence builds up in Ukraine, there is no other option for Russia other then interfere. It is interesting how USA can justify military operations in other countries without even having a border with those countries (Panama, Iraq, Kosovo, etc) but when Russia states that it will use troops to restore civil order in extreme situation in the area few miles away where Russian population is assaulted, the USA and European governments and Western media start all sorts of accusations and threats.

      April 11, 2014 at 10:00 am |
      • jdb223

        You offer an interesting, but very one-sided, take on the history of this region. First of all, you fail to mention why Ukrainians might have collaborated with the Germans against the Soviets during WWII. Have you forgotten about Stalin's intentional (and highly successful) policy of starving Ukrainians in the 1930's? Given the opportunity to obtain freedom from the USSR as a Ukrainian during those times, you and I would have thrown in our lot with the Germans as well.

        I agree with you that Ukraine's biggest problem (before the threat of a Russian invasion materialized) was the rampant corruption in its economy. However, you ascribe this corruption exclusively to western influence while completely ignoring Russia's corrupting influence on the Ukrainian economy. Is it a coincidence that Yanukovich, the pro-Russian President, became a billionaire during his time in charge of Ukraine? Did you see the pictures of his mansion? The chandeliers in the place were worth millions of dollars. He didn't obtain these things from the West.

        Further, I have seen no evidence of pro-Russian populations in Ukraine being threatened, let alone assaulted. I have, however, seen videos of masked Russian militiamen assaulting cameramen and storming Ukrainian television stations. It is interesting that when UN monitors were sent to Ukraine, the "militia" in Crimea denied them access to that part of the country. If I am wrong and you have evidence of wrongs committed against the pro-Russia people in Ukraine, please cite to your evidence.

        Finally, you suggest that US involvement in Kosovo renders its stance on Crimea hypocritical. Those are completely different situations. First, the US wasn't annexing Kosovo. It wasn't a land grab. Second, there had been years of violence that threatened the safety of Kosovars and Muslims in the former Yugoslavia. Again, I've seen no similar evidence of threats to the ethnic Russians in Crimea or eastern Ukraine, and I invite you to enlighten us all if you have good information along those lines.

        April 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm |
      • Briston

        In 1939 Hitler and Stalin
        signed in secret the so-called "Molotov-Ribbentrop" agreement allowing them to divide lands that did not belong to either of these countries: Poland, Czech lands in Sudets, the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia and the Western Ukraine. The Western Ukraine that historically was included in different countries, like Poland and Austro-Hungarian empire, was invaded by Stalin who immediately started deporting Ukrainians to Siberia (up to 700.000 were deported or killed). A wide spread movement against the Russian invasion started. It was conducted by Bandera and his troupes in deep woods of Western Ukraine.

        This Ukrainian liberation movement was a unique phenomenon in Europe: they were fighting on two fronts simultaneously :

        Аgainst the RED (Communist) and BLACK (German) pests, as they called it.
        Their two-colors flag: Red & Black is symbolic of the enemies they fought against.

        They were so efficient, that their last soldier was killed in 1956! It means 11 years after the Second World War ended. Bandera and his rebel army annihilated so many elite KBG units that the mere allusion to "banderovetz" (=Bandera's fighter) make Russians tremble. So, fighting
        against the Russian invader to protect their land and people was a NATURAL thing! A patriotic thing. Not for Russians, of course: they qualify immediately those people whom they invade and who resist as "terrorists, Nazi, fascists or "bourgeois nationalists" – their favorite. With known consequences – death penalty or deportation to Siberia.

        You can see here some posts coming from Poles who think the UPA and Bandera were murderers. This needs clarification. Ukrainians as a nation was caught between two historical enemies who were fighting for Ukrainian lands: Russia and Poland. So, the Western part of Ukraine before the WW II belonged to Poland. Of course, Poles opposed UPA and Bandera's aspiration for independence. Very often Poles collaborated with Germans, so Bandera and his army had a lot of bloody altercations, it's true. But the Ukrainians were fighting on their land and for their freedom. That is a fact!

        Sometimes for a Westerner it is difficult to understand what is what and who is right. In order to clarify things and make them more understandable, I will give you an example from our times. Everybody knows that the people of Kurds is divided between three countries: Irak, Iran and Turkey. Let's suppose that Kurds fought against these three countries and obtained their statehood. But the fight was long and bloody. How would their hypothetical fight be qualified by their oppressors? – Right, you already know: terrorists etc... all kind of derogatory names. That's exactly the case of Bandera and his Army with regards to Russians and Poles.

        April 14, 2014 at 12:10 am |
      • Briston

        An interesting thing to those who are not familiar with Ukrainian History, and it is not surprising why people in the West are not aware of Ukraine: not only writing about anything Ukrainian in the Soviet Union was forbidden; crying for victims of Holodomor (a carefully engineered artificial famine by Kremlin in order to depopulate Ukrainian villages – 7 million dead!) was forbidden under a threat of imprisonment or deportation to Siberia for "bourgeois nationalism." Isn't it wonderful to use "bourgeois" talking about those poor peasants? It was the favorite thing to apply in Russian courts against Ukrainians from 1917 to 1991. There were Ukrainian political prisoners in Siberia under Gorbachev! Some of them, like Vasil Stus (a wonderful poet!), O. Tyhyi, a writer, died. After this preamble, let me tell you what Russians mean when they speak about Bandera and how they spread lies about the Ukrainian liberation movement around the world. Today this lie is used to wage a war in Ukraine, and the threat of it is not yet eliminated.
        So who was Bandera and why Russians call him Nazi and fascist? In 1939 Hitler and Stalin signed in secret the so-called "Molotov-Ribbentrop" agreement allowing them to divide lands that did not belong to either of these countries: Poland, Czech lands in Sudets, the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia and the Western Ukraine.
        The Western Ukraine that historically was included in different countries, like Poland and Austro-Hungarian empire, was invaded by Stalin who immediately started deporting Ukrainians to Siberia (up to 700.000 were deported or killed).
        A wide spread movement against the Russian invasion started. It was conducted by Bandera and his troupes in deep woods of Western Ukraine. This Ukrainian liberation movement was a unique phenomenon in Europe: they were fighting on two fronts simultaneously : against the Communist and German pest, as they called it. They were so efficient, that their last soldier was killed in 1956! It means 11 years after the Second World War ended. Bandera and his rebel army annihilated so many elite KBG units that the mere allusion to "banderovetz" (=Bandera's fighter) make Russians tremble. So, fighting against the Russian invader to protect their land and people was a NATURAL thing! A patriotic thing. Not for Russians, of course: they qualify immediately those people whom they invade and who resist as "terrorists, Nazi, fascists or "bourgeois nationalists" – their favorite. With known consequences – death penalty or deportation to Siberia. Now, dear readers, you can understand why Russian expansion reached the Russian River in California. Conquering and robbing native people was the center of Russian policies. Not creating something by themselves, but using others to make them work for Russian Empire. The same thing is going right now: inept of being successful in managing so much territory, Russians turned again to Ukrainian resources. Ukraine being to Russia what Germany is for Europe. I would elaborate further if asked.

        I know how many people around the world don't like Americans, in the USA included. Anything anti-American is immediately supported. I will not argue why: there're plenty of reasons. But I will ask all those who blindly believe the Russian propaganda claiming that the Ukrainian revolution was organized by the USA:
        Do you support Tibet and Tibetan people's aspirations? What do you think about Kurds who suffered the same division and exploitation as Ukrainian people did under Russia? – If you find answers to these questions, you will understand why Ukrainians (for almost 4 months!) were standing day and night on Maidan Square suffering from rain and cold. And the last, but not the least: Ukrainians did not need a foreign "fuel" to ignite their anger against Yanukovich corrupted regime, as Russian propaganda says. The reason of Putin invasion is very simple: being the biggest Thief in the Law in the space of the former Soviet Union, he feels threatened (up to 200 billions – his capital). That's why he gives shelter to Ukrainian oligarchs, using them to split the country and organize a "justified" invasion. It's a diversion from his own crimes! For how long?

        April 14, 2014 at 12:18 am |
      • Friedrich

        Crimea was never "russian." Just as Slovakia was never Austrian. Nor is India English.

        Yes it was rulled by the Russian Czars, but that is policial domination

        Crimea is Tatar.

        April 14, 2014 at 8:06 am |
    • Igor

      Our media (USA) presents a lot of biased information about what is happening in Ukraine/Russia.

      To make some sense of events one needs to know a bit of history. Ukraine itself was part of Russia since 1654 (when Ukraine asked to become a part of Russia) till 1917 revolution and then part of Soviet Union till 1991. Before 1654, competing leaders (“Batka” – a Ukrainian for a leader; Batka is a word root for one of leading nationalist parties “Batkovshina”) were disrupting any possibility of defense from Poland and Turks. Thus, one of the leaders (Hmelnitsky) facilitated incorporation of some territories that are present day Ukraine into Russia. Thus, there was no independent Ukraine ever until 1991.

      Present upheaval (so called second revolution in 20 something years and multiple changes of government must raise some questions: maybe there is something wrong with “Ukrainian democracy”.
      Benderovtsi (Ukranian nationalists) acted as assistants of Nazis in WW2 and their followers took power in Western Ukraine and now helped overthrow the elected government in Kiev. Western financial aid directed for more than 20 years to support “Ukrainian Democracy” was ending up in the pockets of corrupt politicians. Much of it also ended up with ultra-radical nationalist movements training armed nationalists who helped to capture power in Western Ukraine and Kiev. The Western infusion of money was due to a motivation to build a strong Ukraine to have it as an ally of the West against potential threat from Russia. I can understand that motivation. The problem was that money did not help to build an economically strong Ukraine, but rather helped to build corrupt and/or extremist forces, which were destabilizing Ukraine for years. The present government in Ukraine is no exclusion and billions of dollars coming from us (the tax payers) will end up in the pockets of gangsters.

      Crimea was never part of Ukraine (it was part of Russia for 200 years) until Nikita Khrushchev gave it to Ukraine in 1954 (within USSR) to commemorate 300 years anniversary since unification of Ukraine and Russia. This was done within USSR and in reality Crimea was never separate for Russia. Remember times when words USSR / Russia were used interchangeably? I hope the West will sober up and understand that Crimea is part of Russia again per majority will of Crimean population. This is a reality and there is no need to further aggravate the situation. If USA made it so that Kosovo decided its fate, why Crimea (with overwhelming Russian majority) cannot decide its fate as well?

      Why would not USA and NATO offer sending military to defend civil order in Ukraine when Ukrainian nationalists start assault on Russian speaking-population opposing nationalistic regime in Kiev? I think Russia would be interested to discuss with the West involvement of NATO troops to prevent violence and civil war in Ukraine. Since it is unlikely that USA or NATO will send the troops in case violence builds up in Ukraine, there is no other option for Russia other then interfere. It is interesting how USA can justify military operations in other countries without even having a border with those countries (Panama, Iraq, Kosovo, etc) but when Russia states that it will use troops to restore civil order in extreme situation in the area few miles away where Russian population is assaulted, the USA and European governments and Western media start all sorts of accusations and threats

      April 11, 2014 at 11:13 am |
      • Igor

        TO jdb 223

        Hunger in Ukraine in 1930s cannot be an explanation as to why Bandera and his nationalists joinned Nazi Gemans because most of the western ukraine from where this ukrainian natinalist movement derives was not a part of Soviet Union until 1939. Also, ukraniane nationalism surged multiple times in history well before 1930s. For example, Mazepa brought Sweedish king Karl and his army in his attempt to separate Ukraine from Russia, the episode that ended with Peter the Great's victory at Poltava. Other manifestations of this natinalism and just a fish to grab power was presence of multiple armed groups and even armies figthing with both Bolshevics (Red army) and anti-Bolshevics (White army). Those forces lead by numerous Batki were fighting mostly to grab power and enrich themselves, a tradition continued in a party dominant in Ukraine now-Batkovshina.

        Yanukovich was no less corrupt then any other leader in Ukraine before of after him. Soviet period left all republics that previously formed USSR in a corrupt mode of operation. Russia, after Putin took office, very slowly started to rebuld the state. It is still corrupt, but presently anti-corruption agenda of Government is pushed stronger and stronger. Things are slowly changing. As a result, about 25 years after USSR is gone, Russia is stronger and better off economically. And despite all shortcomings, it is a capitalism that operates there; let it be Govenment-influenced for reasons that you cannot immediately change mentality of a very diverse population. There is emergence of a middle class, which is becoming a base of stability. In contrast, over same period of time Ukraine failed politically to move in a direction of recovery. Continuous political and economical strife only worsened (not without wise political activities of the West).

        Regarding assault on Russians. There was nothing in Western news recently. But, hope you are aware that Russian opposition that took over govenment buldings in Eastern Ukraine (close tot 50% is russian population there) ready to defend their stance because of frustration with anti-russian political position of present Ukranian government. I am sure that if position of Russia was not firm, a confrontation in Easten Ukraine would turn into Civil War by now.

        Regarding Crimea, I do not feel a need of repeating myslf; it was Russian territory formally till 1954 and practically till 1991. After danger in a form of Ukranian nationalism and complete economic marginalization became real, overwhelming majority of Crimean people asked Russia to take them back. Their motivation was both political and (one must admit) economical – they get better salaries and social securities (standards in Russia are better). Regarding other parts of Ukraine: as long as Ukraine is not sinking into civil war (war between Russian-speaking east and present Government) there will be no involvement of Russia's military. Meanwhile, as it was noted at one of Russian government press conferences (not broadcasted by CNN of course) it is Russia who still supports Ukraine economically (fuel is still pumped to Ukraine) while Russia does not recognize Ukranian Government; and the West, while recognizing the government there does not help much economically. Russia offered to start working together with the West to help Ukraine economically as Russia cannot carry on this financial burden much longer (none of the topics discussed in Russian news is mentioned in the West).

        Let's hope for better and thank you for your interest in discussion.

        April 12, 2014 at 3:33 pm |
      • Igor

        TO jdb223 4.13.14, 8-54 am

        The worst case scenario is unfolding:
        Several other smaller towns in Eastern Ukraine revolted against the Nationalist Government in Kiev. Kiev has started military operation to suppress revolt in Eastern Ukraine. Russia stated that if Kiev escalates hostilities there will be no participation of Russia in further negotiations with Ukraine. The situation is grave: civil war in Ukraine is one step aheard. If it starts, do not panic, Russian military will be there to restore civil order and, hopefully, there will be agreement with NATO for NATO troops helping to defend civil order so that Russia is not alone to clean up the mess precipitated by Western deals in Ukraine.

        Regarding your previous notion of Ukranian hunger in 30's (my initial reply was posted earlier), one additional thing:

        If you think that hunger in Ukraine being a motivation to side with German Nazis was an explanation for Ukrainiane nationalist joining forces with Hitler in WW2, do you think that this hunger is a good justification as to why Ukranian nationalists killed thousands of jews, poles and russian civillians?

        The nationalism does not know the borders, it is most extreme in Ukraine now, but also is taking place in other parts of Europe and the World at large. The Russian Federation recently passed anti-nationalism laws. The west needs to sober up and pass appropriate legislations as well before this plague outgrows.

        April 13, 2014 at 9:11 am |
      • Briston

        The former Italian diplomat to Ukraine – Gian-Luca Bertinetto (sorry, if I misspelled: I
        transliterated from Russian) stated in his interview to Radio Liberty:
        "Italians know practically nothing about Ukraine. The RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA (I put in capitals ),
        that what the local Italian media are repeating daily is being successfully hammered in people
        minds. Those who cover Ukraine only think they know Ukraine. They convey but very superficial
        ideas. As of today, the general public in Italy and "those famous commentators" think but one
        thing: The Ukrainians provoqued a huge crisis; they terribly angered Russians, but they
        (Italians) want to live in peace; they just want to pay less for gas (from Russia); Ukrainians
        don't concern them, and Italians don't want to know them..."
        I will add from myself: the same is all-over the Western Europe, except for the countries
        who know by experience what the Russian "love" really means.
        These are Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Hungary. Let alone Ukraine
        whose human losses from Russian hands in XX cent. alone amount to more than 20 millions

        April 14, 2014 at 12:28 am |
    • Igor

      TO jdb223 4.13.14, 8-54 am

      The worst case scenario is unfolding:
      Several other smaller towns in Eastern Ukraine revolted against the Nationalist Government in Kiev. Kiev has started military operation to suppress revolt in Eastern Ukraine. Russia stated that if Kiev escalates hostilities there will be no participation of Russia in further negotiations with Ukraine. The situation is grave: civil war in Ukraine is one step aheard. If it starts, do not panic, Russian military will be there to restore civil order and, hopefully, there will be agreement with NATO for NATO troops helping to defend civil order so that Russia is not alone to clean up the mess precipitated by Western deals in Ukraine.

      Regarding your previous notion of Ukranian hunger in 30's (my initial reply was posted earlier), one additional thing:

      If you think that hunger in Ukraine being a motivation to side with German Nazis was an explanation for Ukrainiane nationalist joining forces with Hitler in WW2, do you think that this hunger is a good justification as to why Ukranian nationalists killed thousands of jews, poles and russian civillians?

      The nationalism does not know the borders, it is most extreme in Ukraine now, but also is taking place in other parts of Europe and the World at large. The Russian Federation recently passed anti-nationalism laws. The west needs to sober up and pass appropriate legislations as well before this plague outgrows

      April 13, 2014 at 9:12 am |
      • jon t banning

        hey igor, your just an ASS CLOWN

        April 13, 2014 at 11:51 am |
      • Briston

        So this "well informed " reporter did not dare tell you ( I doubt he knows) that the main
        reason of Putin's moving into Ukraine is that he is trying to stop what is threatening him –
        the stolen hundreds of billion dollars (130? – 200?). He tries to create in Ukraine what
        historically is known as fronda – kind of royalist revolt against the French Revolution.
        In Ukraine this fronda is being created by the Ukrainian oligarchs and Putin providing
        them with a political umbrella: Yanukovich himself, his extended "family", those who robbed
        and killed Ukrainians are in Moscow. Reason No. 2 is forcing Ukraine to stop reforms.
        Reason # 3 – Putin tries to get Ukrainian resources not being able to manage such a
        vast territory with a shrinking population.
        It's ridiculous to think that such a big country like Ukraine was waiting for Soros or
        anybody else's money to "organize" a revolution of this kind that lasted almost 4 months in
        different cities of Ukraine. About 40 billions dollars were smuggled from Ukraine per year.
        Don't you think that Ukrainians could do better than wait for Soros money?
        In fact the Ukrainian are very patient, But Maidan was only the culmination of whet started
        in Vradievka when angered by the police abuse and killings, people stormed and destroyed the
        administration offices and where the police officers could not show up on the streets. This
        revolt was followed by another one in Kievo-Sviatochinskiy district; it had the same origine:
        a terrible abuse. So Maidan did not start from nothing. There were terrible beatings and killing
        of students and peaceful protesters. And then people were so fed up with abuse that they
        started going on protests by millions. So, the mentioned explanation that Ukrainians want
        to join the EU is only a top of the iceberg. Many demonstrators don't want it at all. What
        they want is stopping corruption and making such a system that doesn't allow the government
        to rob people and abuse them. The Ukrainian Revolution is fighting to return at least a part of
        what was stolen from them and is sitting in international banks.

        April 14, 2014 at 12:34 am |
    • jon t banning

      hey FAT TUBBY, go stick something up your ASS

      April 13, 2014 at 11:50 am |
    • Briston

      I wish you could understand Ukrainian to have a better idea about the Ukrainian Revolution. So, I will provide you with a true story that reflect what the Ukrainians were going through. A story of one young man, 19-year-old raised in Christian and patriotic traditions. Here it goes, and all Ukraine cried when listening to this story and many others about people who died on Maidan. Here it goes:
      One father lost his 19-year-old son, Ustim by his name, a college student. He missed classes
      to stay with protesters on Maidan Square when things turned very violent. His father did not
      know about it. So when this father misses his son's calls, he feels something happened and
      starts looking for him. Desperately. That's when he receives an e-mail from his son's friend.
      He learns about his son's death. And then the father, holding back his tears, sais, "My son
      was just an ordinary Ukrainian boy, very loving and well behaved... I hugged him and gave him
      a kiss in the morning not suspecting it was the last one." His son's friend also tells something
      heartbreaking, – "Ustim, in order not to scare other protesters around, when being in mortal
      danger, asked us to use this short warning – "Sky Is Falling Down!"
      And the father sais, "I did not know my son was a hero. The sky fell on his shoulders... so
      that others could live..." I would advise you to listen a couple of songs dedicated to these heroes, some of them are in English: "Don't cry, mama" Tiana Roz;
      Героям Украины – Майдана посвящается
      Maidan Ukraine Revolution
      Горіла шина
      "Гей, пливе кача..."

      April 14, 2014 at 12:55 am |
    • Friedrich

      What is up with that antiObam rant. The GOP had NO reaction to the Russian invation of Georgia. Had there been real consequence in the invation of Georgia, then Russia would never have invaded the Ukraine and annexed part of it.

      April 14, 2014 at 8:03 am |
    • seriouslydude

      @jdb223 -

      Did some Nazi clown REALLY POST, below, that he would have sided with the Nazis to oppose the Soviets? Seriously? Whatever things you might say about the Soviets - what they did wrong, etc. .....seriously? You would side WITH THE NAZIS? Throwing children into ovens? Wow -

      April 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm |
  3. Gary

    I SEE SOME GOOD POSTS WHO KNOWS WHAT IS GOING ON IN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE
    BUT WHEN I SEE POST LIKE " Our country is the greatest in the world, nowhere else are people given such freedoms and liberties that we take for granted here everyday."
    DAAAAA!
    GO TO BRONX OR DETROIT AFTER 8 P.M, YOU WILL SEE AMERICAN FREEDOM IN 10 MINUTES
    CNN IS #1 PRO-AMERICAN NEWS.

    April 9, 2014 at 12:48 am |
    • Rick

      CNN, an American news outlet, is pro American. This is a bad thing?

      April 9, 2014 at 1:48 am |
      • mikserg

        Not at all. Americans must be pro-Americans, same as Russians must be pro-Russian and Ukranians pro-Ukranian. Unfortunately, CNN, being without a doubt pro-American, has no respect to Americans and selectively deletes the posts that advocate tolerance and common sense but leaves insulting posts and dirty language untouched. By doing so, CNN does a disservice to their country because this selective censorship make sense only if CNN has no confidence in the intellectual capacity of Americans, manipulates them and tries to stir up the conflict for political gains. Media must have the social responsibility of telling the truth to the public.

        April 9, 2014 at 3:45 am |
      • Alex

        Not for America! Only for reachmans!

        April 11, 2014 at 4:12 am |
      • Frank Anderson

        To be pro American is to be objective, intelligent, honest, and very much free open discussions in journalism. We have strayed from that these days more and more since the late 1970's. Since Obama's reign, the media seems to look and sound like infomercials.

        April 11, 2014 at 9:21 am |
    • Truth

      Please provide more details of what you mean after 8 in the Bronx and Detroit

      April 9, 2014 at 7:25 am |
  4. Gerald O'Hare

    Actually Putin already lost Ukraine. The big question is will Ukraine fight the school yard bully. It won't take much fighting for Putin to pull back his lumbering inept and inexperienced military. All the Ukrainians need to do is to bloody the Russians in front of the world. But will they fight?

    April 9, 2014 at 12:56 am |
    • johny

      If Ukraine could or wanted to fight, itwould fight in Crimea. 20 years of corrupted independence with prowestern or prorussian presidents destroyed army.

      April 9, 2014 at 3:49 am |
      • Alex

        You really guess, that all peoples in the world are Putin agents?

        April 11, 2014 at 4:19 am |
    • mikserg

      Putin has never wanted neither Ukraine or Crimea. If he didn't take Crimea over, the Russian naval base would be under threat, the NATO base might appear over there, and a chance of a direct military stand off between Russian and the US would be much greater than it is now.
      Unfortunately, most readers base their judgement on articles from CNN, which is a very manipulative source of information. From CNN, you'll never find out who gave Ukranian politicians and advice that led to a complete destruction of their country. However, this type of analysis was in existence even before the riots started.
      CNN will never publish any comments from any of the leading American economists because any respectable economists will states that Ukraine is a basket case. And it is so not because of Russia or the US but because of Ukranian leadership who have always been ready to sell their country to whoever pays.

      April 9, 2014 at 3:55 am |
      • Mortimer Sanderson

        Serge, Fareed is telling it like it is. Regardless of how messed up Ukraine is (and, btw, it was Putin's proxy Yanukovich who plundered much of its wealth these past six years), Russia is behaving in a way that nations should never behave. To send in thousands of troops with no insignias and then hold a snap referendum as those troops close down all opposition radio and television stations – that is the sort of behavior you'd expect from some third world autocracy, not a modern democratic nation. And it's certainly not the way a nation behaves if wants to be considered among the civilized nations of Europe.

        I suspect that it is in fact you who have been misled and misinformed by the media you read (RT? Isvestia? Pravda?) Do you even know that the armed forces of the Russian Federation have, through the use of barrel bombs and other indiscriminate weapons, killed in excess of 150,000 Chechen civilians? And now, with Russian-supplied weapons, Assad has killed a comparable number of his own civilian population. If it were not for Putin and Lavrov, and their shameless support for the Baathist regime, most of those dead Syrians would still be alive.

        April 9, 2014 at 6:39 am |
      • Donut

        The Ukraine was a basket case from the first president. Suceeding presidents and prime ministers only excaberated an already plundered country. You do realize that in the breakup of the Soviet Union, ANYONE with ANY money in the banks was robbed of it? The retreating Russians took every dollar, hrynia, euro, anything of value from the banks and ran off to Russia with it. People with absolutely no ties to this country are making statements based on what they read here or in other news, but my information comes directly from family there. Yes there are those that want closer ties to the West, but then there are those who see a secure future with Russia. Besides there wasn't much left to plunder after Yushenka and Tymoshenka got through it. I have much more information on this if anyone is interested, but I have to be asked I'm not going to volunteer it.

        April 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm |
  5. Ted

    Putin is a military spy. He had no business being a President of a country like Russia. It's way over his head to know how to be a responsible leader. All he knows is how to attack, sell weapons, and dictate. Obama is also way over the head on his job, but at least Obama will be gone in a couple of years, while the Russian thug will continue bullying for decades to come.

    April 9, 2014 at 12:57 am |
    • johny

      One of the best presidents of US was an actor, another one lumber. Spy is much better choice for Russia than drunk old man as yeltsin

      April 9, 2014 at 3:56 am |
      • R. Reagan

        It's the actor who destroyed the devil empire.

        April 9, 2014 at 4:27 am |
      • R. Reagan

        I also put the "CON" in "CONservative".

        April 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm |
    • mikserg

      My opinion might be unpopular but I do benefit from Russian taking over Crimea. What I know is that, if Putin didn't take Crimea over, with a NATO base brought to Crimea by the new Ukranian government would increase a chance of a military conflict between Russia and the US. As soon as America gets too busy with Russia, it won't be able to help us in Australia. Our 2 good neighbors, Indonesia and China will come in to OZ as fast as Putin moved to Crimea. So, I am happy with the current flow of events.
      By the way, you should be happy too. One day, if you keep pushing, US and Russia might just nuke each other.

      April 9, 2014 at 4:04 am |
  6. Scott

    Someone needs to put a bullet in the head of Putin!

    April 9, 2014 at 1:24 am |
    • dd

      Too late .. Putin has his dick in Obama's behind. He is wearing Obama like a condom.

      April 9, 2014 at 2:00 am |
      • Please

        Please post your solution. Start yet another "unfunded/off-the-books" war with Russia? A war that couldn't be won. Dolt.

        April 9, 2014 at 11:07 am |
  7. Terrible_Ted

    Appeasement at all costs. Do we want another Mr. Wilsons war, or Mr. Roosevelts war?.... After all it's only the Ukraine, who cares.

    April 9, 2014 at 1:40 am |
    • Mark

      Agree. If America decides to capture Mexico or Cuba, would Russia send warship? Defenetly NO. No one American even knew where is Ukraine before the crisis.
      America made blocade over Cuba 50 years ago since Cuba joined USSR. USSR dissapeared more than 20 years ago, but the blocade is still in place.

      April 9, 2014 at 2:46 am |
      • Mark

        Actually, plenty of Americans know where Ukraine is and we knew before the crisis. As for Cuba, there has not been a blockade since 1962 and that was because you guys thought it was a great idea to put ballistic missiles ninety miles from Florida. We have embargoed Cuba in that we choose not to trade with the Cubans while the Castro family remains in charge. Cuba is free to trade with whatever other country it chooses. They just cannot trade with the USA.

        April 9, 2014 at 8:08 am |
      • Olga

        You are right, Mark. Soviet Union was communist country with different policies, modern Russia is totally different country. However, west still pretends that Russia is communist aggressor... Complete and utter lie. The biggest aggressor is unfortunately America, and most of the world hates American foreign policy of aggression.

        April 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm |
  8. Mark

    ".....that rule, that post-Cold War order that has been put in place and that has very rarely been violated in the last 50 years by a great power."

    The Obama cheerleader Zakaria apparently knows nothing of the long, sordid history of American interventionism.

    April 9, 2014 at 2:21 am |
    • mikserg

      Zakaria doesn't seem to know much about anything at all. Just produces throw away statements.

      April 9, 2014 at 5:00 am |
    • Mortimer Sanderson

      Tell me, please, what territory has the US annexed in the last fifty years without the consent of the nation to which it belonged? And don't tell me Guam and Samoa. they voted to be US territories.

      April 9, 2014 at 6:46 am |
      • mikserg

        I couldn't reply to you in my previous post as there is no reply button there. Zakaria is stating that now Lavrov is using words like civil war if it was not clear that unrest in Ukraine will end in a civil war. I do believe that the analysis of all possible scenarios has been done by the intelligence agencies before the riots began and am sure that civil war was a highly likely outcome in the reports. From the economic point of view, Ukraine is experiencing negative shocks from energy price hike, political unrest, a loss of the major export market, just to name a few factors. Yet, knowing all this, EU and US encouraged the riots and forthful removal of Yanukovich (I am not crying about his departure, btw).
        I do not get my info from the russian media. I am simply an economist and see that Ukraine is a basket case now.

        April 9, 2014 at 7:49 am |
  9. nardus

    What a Crap report of what is going on. This isn't journalism its propaganda.

    And in this day and age that it still exist and being used is ridiculous.

    This is exactly why I believe Democracy is a huge Fail.

    It doesn't promote freedom. It promotes Liars.

    People don't vote for the best person for the job.
    They Vote for the person who lies the best.

    And the only way freedom can succeed is if the media start telling the truth on everything.

    CNN has absolutely no more credibility. then again, that can be said of most if not all media.

    The World is screwed.

    Back onto this topic.

    Who do we believe east or west?
    Who is lying the best?
    I don't know what the truth is but I feel CNN is pushing the western agenda way to far and lost all objectiveness.

    As a result I will believe eastern media resources more on this situation.
    But not everything they say can be believed either......

    April 9, 2014 at 3:32 am |
    • Mark

      If democratic rule by representation of the votes of the people is such a huge fail, what is your suggestion for a better alternative?

      April 9, 2014 at 8:11 am |
    • Olga

      I agree, Nardus, propaganda and lies. No pride in true journalism. Zakaria will remain in people's memory as a liar... Nice legend. All will perish, the good and the bad will find justice, and Zakaria will put his miserable two cents into the bad basket.

      April 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm |
  10. Ikeanyi Anthony Chukwuemeka

    I think the Russians are telling the Ukrainians yes you have the right to choose to be with the west and join European union but we have the military power to decide how far you can go as a people, and i think that the United States and the European union and even NATO will will only use sanctions and not any military action because they know what the Russians would do, my suggestions is that the United Nations should suspend Russia both from the permanent sit and ordinary membership for violating another countries sovereignty, without an action like this i see the Russians taking over all of eastern Ukraine and the west will be talking sanction only.

    April 9, 2014 at 6:55 am |
    • remi7519

      Suspend Russia from permanent seat...laughable!

      April 9, 2014 at 7:49 am |
      • Please

        Please post your solution. Start yet another "unfunded/off-the-books" war with Russia? A war that couldn't be won. Dolt.

        April 9, 2014 at 11:03 am |
    • Ravindra Jayananda

      Then what shall UN do with USA for attacking Iraq based on complete lies?

      April 11, 2014 at 3:52 pm |
  11. Al

    Obama should draw one of his red lines. They have been very effective, he will scare the hell out if Putin and solve the problem.

    April 9, 2014 at 6:57 am |
    • Please

      Please post your solution. Start yet another "unfunded/off-the-books" war with Russia? A war that couldn't be won. Dolt.

      April 9, 2014 at 11:03 am |
  12. ✠RZ✠

    Why is what have been seen in the Ukraine any different than what has and is still on going in countries throughout the world? We pick apart and hype over each micro event ad nausea yet fail to consider that these are all the on going results of a much larger global pandemic. Wake up and take a look at the big picture! Then ask yourself who's next?

    April 9, 2014 at 7:22 am |
  13. James Gootam

    Reblogged this on Strategic Time.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:31 am |
  14. Astarot

    It isn't a shame to you to lie so Americans? Or to you absolutely brainwashed brains. It you attacked Yugoslavia, you attacked Libya, to Iraq, to Afghanistan, to Syria. They it is far from you. They threatened you with nothing. Ukraine former part of the USSR and earlier Russian Empire. There live our RELATIVES. You attacked Ukraine also as before untied revolutions in the objectionable USA the countries. You are liars, you are murderers. You do it everything for protection of the economic interests – you are thieves. And you teach Russia? Russia didn't allow to bomb Syria and in every possible way disturbs you and will disturb. Open the history textbook – Ukraine was part of Russia when the USA weren't in general! Having attacked Ukraine you attacked Russia. At us all this understand, you don't? And here Putin. He won't allow you to manage in Ukraine to the detriment of Russia. And any Russian won't allow. After all your purpose – bases of NATO in Ukraine. The rest lie. Russia isn't necessary new territories. We have the biggest country in the world. We and it in any way won't master that 🙂 Look at itself... who are you? And still you likely don't understand, I allow – a role of Ukraine for Russia – if that reaches global nuclear war is us will be made. Though NEVER Russia in the history anybody didn't attack. And this time won't be. It not threat and an illustration of value of Ukraine for Russians, as people, instead of the state. Such the countries only two – Belarus and Ukraine – touch them and you will become enemies of Russia. Why to you it? But... you decided to establish for 5 billions the pro-American government in Ukraine. It won't turn out. The handful of traitors – them isn't enough. People in Ukraine can't differently – they part of the Russian world. It is necessary to kill them and us at the same time. You want to try?
    I apologize for emotions and the electronic translator.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:50 am |
    • Pam

      Yes, I wish I could understand your thoughts more clearly, but I get the general gist.

      April 15, 2014 at 12:08 am |
  15. Max21c

    It's not a real crisis until there's religious bloodshed, ethnic bloodletting, and the like leading to ethnic cleaning. Then it's a crisis.

    Fact: The EU Neoliberals wanted the Ukraine for the EU. The Neocons wanted the Ukraine for NATO. Both are lost causes.

    Fact: The CIA is standing on quicksand in the Ukraine. The State Dept. is standing on quicksand in the Ukraine.

    The American public is not going to go along and support this (ultra right nationalist) catholic klu klux klan that Western Elites have sided with in the toppling of the Ukrainian government. They public isn't going to support ethnic cleansing. Western Elites are way out on a limb on this Ukraine thing and the public whether its in America or Germany or UK or France or Scandinavia or Mediterranean isn't going to go along with this thing.

    Some folks in London, Brussels, and Washington made a Big Mistake in the Ukraine.

    April 9, 2014 at 8:44 am |
  16. Munir Katb

    Mr. Zakaria. Are you that weak? even a post frightens you?

    April 9, 2014 at 8:49 am |
  17. Tatyana

    Let speak Ukraine Russian speaking population on Russian on the government level with nobody interrupted “speak Ukrainian” – that we could hear now on their debates.
    Let them to have in colleges & schools classes on Russian Language. Let Russian language become a second government language – so old lady or old gentlemen could read instruction on their own language – in drugstores & so on. Situation will be change to the better – is it simple? It is the a country where is everybody could understand Russian – but not everybody could clear understand Ukrainian. Of course language is not only the problem – but it could be at least the beginning

    April 9, 2014 at 9:06 am |
  18. Tupperhouse

    It is only a crisis because the West is making it one. I have no interest in what goes on in the Ukraine, it has no strategic value to the west unless of course you want to use it to try to intimidate Russia by putting bases there and that would mean you are precipitating the events. Let the Ukrainians fight amongst themselves like they are presently doing in Kiev.

    April 9, 2014 at 9:11 am |
  19. nirvichara

    The ultimate US goal of creating nazi coup in Ukraine was to pull Ukraine into NATO, place missiles on Russian border and beat Russia to submission. Now after $6B spent by Victoria Nuland snd CIA in Ukraine what do ee have ?. No Ukrain in NATO because no country can become a member if it had domestic territorial quarrel. Ukrain lost Crimea and US wad humiliatec with bloody nose. Ifiotic sanctions only worsen yhe humiliation as yhe simply dont work. Putin got Crimea for free without a single shot, humiliated US, and got world respect for smatt policy.

    April 9, 2014 at 9:40 am |
    • Please

      Please post your solution. Start yet another "unfunded/off-the-books" war with Russia? A war that couldn't be won. Dolt.

      April 9, 2014 at 11:09 am |
  20. palintwit

    Pinatas that resemble Sarah Palin would probably sell very well north of the Mason-Dixon line. I mean, who wouldn't want to hit that thing with a stick ?

    April 9, 2014 at 11:03 am |
    • I know I would

      I would buy them all.

      April 9, 2014 at 11:04 am |
      • You would

        You would have to use them outside because once they are cracked open, BS spews all over the ground instead of candy.

        April 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm |
  21. Adolf

    are you guys going to get rid of this monkey soon?

    April 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm |
    • palintwit

      You must be talking about Sarah Palin.

      April 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm |
    • Hi

      Hi Mr. Hitler. What's your solution? Start yet another "unfunded/off-the-books" war with Russia? A war that couldn't possibly be won?

      April 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm |
  22. Kat

    The Americans are trying to "solve" problems around the world, in Iraq Lybia, Syria, and now Ukraine. Why? why not let people in Ukraine solve their own problems. The people in Eastern Ukraine are protesting because their voices are not being heard. All decisions in Ukraine are made by the new opposition leaders Turchivon, Yacenuk, etc. that are oppressing the views and needs of people in the Eastern Ukraine. Everyone wants peace, but the voices of people in the Eastern part of Ukraine also need to be considered.

    April 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      I don't include the cognition "everyone wants peace" in my reasoning. Many want stasis after their goals have been accomplished.
      Both Russia and the USA are aware of the inevitable result of unlimited military conflict, so proper limitation will be imposed in spite of big talk by presidents and protestors.

      April 10, 2014 at 8:08 am |
  23. Olga

    Zakaria is either stupid or ignorant... Most likely both. How can one interview the guy who lacks the basic knowledge of geopolical games? Ah, I forgot the propagandist CNN interviewed Zakaria.
    The bottom line, all revolutions are pre-paid: this time it was serious American money involved to start Kiev' Maidan. America needs to justify the existence of the Word Terrorist NATO, and place more NATO BASES, this time on the territory of Ukraine. They could not afford Ukraine going with Russia. Since 1931 America changed regimes and invaded over 130 countries and has bases in all of them. Russia does not have bases in foreign countries, except in some former Soviet republics.

    April 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm |
  24. Olga

    What a shame: " Zakaria is the leading journalist for CNN and Time" ? Did I miss something? What a bunch of idiots run the media!

    April 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm |
  25. Elliot Klein

    You can be sure that China is watching very closely to see what the response of the West is to rUSSRia's blatant aggression. They have been poised, waiting for the right time to literally drive into SE Asia and make it a Chinese province. Vietnam, Laos and North Korea are already communist. Burma and Cambodia probably would welcome them as it would improve their economies, and they already have very little freedom. Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore would voice a protest but could do nothing to stop it. By the time the West got its act together to do anything, Chinese troops would be established in every country. Even if they wanted to do anything they could never raise an army big enough and well-enough equipped to dislodge the Chinese, who could easily maintain a 2% military force of 24 million.

    April 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm |
    • Briston

      You're right! China itself lost a big chunk of territory to Russia in 1860-1880 – the present Russian Far East was Chinese. There even were some Chinese emperors from that area... The area around lake Baikal was also a Chinese territory. Even now, after so many years of Communist repression, Buriaty (the name of this nation) are Buddist...
      I guess, China is watching and learning. The Russian aggression against Ukraine created a bad precedent. It can be used against Russia itself. Especially if you take into consideration that Siberia is populated only by 35 million people while across the border there's almost a billion and a half!

      April 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm |
    • seriouslydude

      Vietnam may have a government that "calls itself communist" but it is the most corporate friendly, and friendly to the USA military, and hostile to the Chinese place in the region. You, with your ignorance, are just spouting "theories" without even knowing the most basic facts.

      April 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm |
  26. kaiypov

    Dear CNN Team, please support my "pause the war" initiative.
    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 11, 2014 at 6:18 am |
  27. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    "By the time the West gets its act together?"
    I think that the West's act is being molded nicely, but it is going to be a completely different show economically and socially, with the possible exception of one or two nations, of which the USA is, sadly, not one.
    At the age of seventy-five, I know that I'll miss these second-act train wrecks.
    I am very grateful that the benign chaos of the universe allowed me to spend much of my life in America when it was great.

    April 11, 2014 at 6:46 am |
  28. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    Have we all seen the final round of the Miss America Pageant, when questions are answered?
    A blessed finalist has the opportunity to include the words, "world peace," in her response.

    April 11, 2014 at 7:00 am |
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