“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Back to Spheres of Influence?
In my opinion, it is already over for a united and free Ukraine. In 1999 the US, under Bill Clinton and NATO bombed Serbia to support a Kosovo for the Albanian Muslims, an action opposed by the Russians. Today, we reap the consequence. The US enforced the rights of Albanians in Yugoslavia to self-determination. By precedent, others, including Russians in Crimea, have the same right. If Albanians had to be protected by US and NATO forces from their legal government, what is different for the Russians in Georgia or Crimea? Is the EU going to boycott Russian gas exports?