Tagged: Black Hand of Donetsk

Two tribes

Putin versus Erdogan. Two dictators having a spat is not a pretty sight.

As the Diego Costa of international relations, Mr Putin faces the problem of a lack of credibility when he cries wolf.

As the kids say, “sh*t just got real” for Russia’s Eternal President.

I’m no friend of Erdogan (who himself is a very bad actor), but Mr Putin was warned about violating Turkey’s airspace (I believe when Russia’s model airplane/drone was shot down a few months ago). Now, he’s been taught a harsh lesson in the meaning of respect for the sovereignty of other nations, something he’s wilfully ignored in Ukraine.

It’s ironic to hear the Black Hand of Donetsk use the language of “stab in the back.” All of this could have been avoided if Mr Putin had respected the international law of sovereignty.

US versus Syrian refugees. Caterwauling emocons are afraid of their own shadows.

What do the simple folk do

Doctrine is faith for doctrinaire people.

The patriotic Russian economy has been reduced to rubble under the strong leadership of Mr Putin, who blames “foreign interests” for the collapse of his Potemkin Republic of Donetsk.

Oddly, the Cambridges did not visit the Chip Shop during their trip to Brooklyn.

Booing Arsene Wenger is like booing Father Christmas/Santa Claus.

The fuse

Pundits worry over Mr Putin’s feelings and psychological limitations. The only thing the Black Hand of Donetsk understands is force, applied liberally. Put an economic pinch on the Russian middle class via sanctions, fast track the Ukraine into the EU, and he’ll backpedal.

Most political strongmen dislike being lectured to. But that’s no reason to coddle a criminal. In the short run, it is reasonable to demand the hand over of Comandante Strelkov to international authorities and the placement of UN troops in Donetsk. Finally, the Western powers should demand the removal of all Russian weaponry from Ukrainian territory (to forestall further sanctions). When Putin’s shock troops shoot down another airliner, there should be no question the shot was fired from the Russian side of the border.

A tale of two Indias, the desperate poverty on the streets (after decades of independence) and the conspicuous consumption of the Mumbai financial lords and Delhi superrich.

Artifacts of a royal childhood are the most precious things in the world.