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originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: JanAmosComenius
Russia has been waging war against former SSR s that refuse to take orders from Moscow. South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transniestria and now, "Novorossiya." You have to be blind not to see the pattern. None of these "balkanized" states, held much of interest to the United States or Europe, which is why Putin was able to carve them up unopposed. Ukraine, however, has potential energy reserves, which is why the situation is so potentially dangerous. Putin does not dare roll Russian tanks into the streets of Kyiv.
There are so many more factors going on than just Georgia. Georgia is only a piece of the puzzle.
Putin’s current plan seems to be to turn away from the West, ignore the provocations, and mesh Russia’s strategic and economic interests with those of Asia. This is a humane and reasonable course of action, but it leaves the West untroubled and undistracted by its economic vulnerabilities. An untroubled West remains a grave danger not only to Russia and China but also to Americans and the entire world.