At last an article that is truthful, multi-laterial in perspective, and poses no enemies––Stephen Kinzer just tells the truth about the world in which we live.
Whether we like it or not, at the current state of our planet's political evolution, below is an apt description of how major powers operate.
If we Americans have operated in this manner for centuries now, we have to understand that others, Russia and China as they rise, will also. Granted we have had a long run of being the only superpower, but those days are now over --- regardless of how reticent we are to give up the status.
Rather than become accusatory of Russia for operating like we have (and still do), let us begin to consider how as major nations we can begin to cooperate to bring about more humane ways of treating those in territories near our borders.
May 11, 2014
Russia acts like any other superpower
By Stephen Kinzer
Stephen Kinzer is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.
In the idealized world, borders are sacrosanct, and all countries are fully independent. The global system does not really work that way. Big powers always try to subdue their weaker neighbors. They seek a sphere of influence - a ring of buffer states that need not be vassals but must, in the end, accept the fate to which geography consigns them.
Much outrage is being vented in Washington over Russia's annexation of Crimea, formerly governed by Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry called Russia a "rogue state." President Obama has reportedly concluded that he can now "never have a constructive relationship" with Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader.