April 14th, 2014
12:14 AM ET

Next decade key to establishing global norms

By Fareed Zakaria

[There are] those who believe that Israel can forge a special relationship with Moscow, fueled by the connection between the hundreds of thousands of Russian Jews who emigrated to Israel and have been gaining political power there. When Lieberman meets with Putin or Foreign Minister Lavrov, they speak in Russian, which is Lieberman's first language.

China, perhaps less surprisingly, was also unwilling to condemn or sanction Russia.But its position has been more nuanced, refusing to endorse Russia's actions in any way and emphasizing its support for the "independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity" of Ukraine.

Now, one could argue that in all three cases, the countries are misreading what is actually in their national interests. China shares a long border with Russia and should not want to support Moscow in efforts to "adjust" these border by force. It would be foolish for Israel to compromise its relations with its closest ally, the United States, for delusions of an alliance with Moscow.

The fact that Avigdor Lieberman speaks Russian has not stopped Moscow from shipping arms to Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah (through Syria).India, for its part, should want to forge a much closer relationship with Washington as it confronts a rising China in its neighborhood.

But beyond these narrow considerations is a larger one. Do these countries want to live in a world entirely ruled by the interplay of national interests?

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  1. HeyHey

    STFU Fareed, you are a clueless school boy.

    April 14, 2014 at 1:14 am |
    • Thinker23

      I have to agree with you here, HeyHey. The (pretty simplistic, to say the least) piece above left me thoroughly disappointed. I would expect more from a professional journalist worth its job.

      April 14, 2014 at 9:26 am |
  2. ✠RZ✠

    Ok Zak, on more of a note of constructive criticism, I do appreciate where you're coming from and hopefully where you might be going with all this. But once again, I think you may be highlighting too much of the war/military/arms aspect on the "Risk Board" of "norms and interests" rather than why it is even necessary to play this deadly game in the first place. Let's look at what's pushing us to play, who's playing, and why.

    April 14, 2014 at 8:14 am |
  3. palintwit

    Why is it every time someone mentions Chick-fil-A I think of toothless tea party patriots boinking their cousins after church on Sunday ? Or is it just me ?

    April 14, 2014 at 10:14 am |
    • It's not just you

      You're about 99% correct sir. Except replace cousins with sheep (or other farm animals) and you'd be 100% correct.

      April 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm |
  4. GOP Prayer - GOPers, Read Together and Out Loud With Me

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    April 14, 2014 at 11:50 am |
  5. Ferhat Balkan

    That's only one side of the story Fareed. Look, I don't like what Russia did with Crimea and what it may do with Eastern Ukraine. But the same can be said of the Western countries. Even as we speak, Sen. John McCain wants to provide weapons to the Ukrainians. There are 2 beasts here: Russia and NATO both engaged in a power struggle and absorbed in their own self interest. All the while, the Ukrainian people suffer and are forced to watch helplessly, as their land is taken away and their peaceful lives are shattered by the greed of Russia and the West. Isn't it enough? Can't these greedy beasts mind their own business and let the Ukrainians decide their own future?

    April 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm |
    • Judica

      John McCain has exceeded his sell-by date. He needs to be discarded.

      April 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm |
  6. chrissy

    Lol. John McCain would give weapons to monkeys if he thought he could initiate another war!!!

    April 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm |
    • ✠RZ✠

      So that's how the world becomes "Planet of the Apes".

      April 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm |
  7. chrissy

    RZ, do you like pepperoni pizza?

    April 15, 2014 at 1:44 am |
  8. +RZ+

    Yes chrissy, I most certainly do. In fact, I just had two slices of pepperoni pizza a while ago.

    April 15, 2014 at 1:46 am |
  9. Ferhat Balkan

    And may I add that it is a travesty that the Ukrainians are not getting their share of pepperoni pizza? The Russians, as well as the European countries have so much greed, that there isn't any left for the citizens of Ukraine. To make thing worst, the west is also consuming a good part of the pepperoni there.

    April 15, 2014 at 1:53 am |
  10. HeyHey

    You are clueless here. Pepperoni is an American meal. Why can't the west get a good share of pepperoni pizza over seas?

    April 15, 2014 at 1:57 am |
  11. Let Us Not Forget

    Listening to CNN this morning about what Putin is doing by calling our president and talking peace and what Russia is actually doing reminds me of a bold across the page headline that was printed in our local newspaper in 1936. Inside an old abandoned farm house and a long time ago I came across a Cedar Rapids Gazette from 1936...the headline read: " HITLER SINCERELY WISHES FOR PEACE ".

    April 15, 2014 at 9:59 am |
  12. chrissy

    Lmao @ the *real* RZ that was a good response! Can always count on you for a chuckle. Lets just hope we didnt give McCain and company a new idea for their agenda huh? Lol

    April 15, 2014 at 2:05 pm |
  13. chrissy

    Lmao! Amen @ Judica! Precisely why we need 2 term limits AND an age cap on our elected clowns! But i rather liked your term better...sell by date i mean! Too funny!

    April 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm |
  14. chrissy

    @ all of u. I drink miller lite with my pepperoni pizza.

    April 15, 2014 at 10:52 pm |
  15. General Douglas MacArthur

    @ chrissy.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:45 pm |
  16. chrissy

    Thank you @ Jeff Roem trolling as Gen McArthur, i would expect nothing less of you and your infantile behavior! So again thank you for confirming that ive been RIGHT about you all along.

    April 16, 2014 at 7:52 am |
  17. chrissy

    Oh and thank you for trolling as me as well. Lol you must admire me alot since you spend so much wasted time trying to be me! But remember....i dont drink and i dont like being around ppl who do!

    April 16, 2014 at 7:55 am |
  18. SAS

    Fine, so let Moscow subsidize Israel and its abhorrent treatment of Palestinians while the US is off the hook. Many US taxpayers are sick and tired of our tax dollars going to backroll this modern age apartheid style occupier and its hideous human rights record.

    April 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm |

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