The Ukraine that existed from 1991 through early 2014 is an historic memory as two rump states engage in a fight the end of which everyone already knows.
Regardless of the reason, as this blessed season comes to a close, we wish you all the best.
Young men are dying, and very soon, many more of them may be. The West must now pressure Armenia to come back to the table and accept the inevitable.
What we are seeing today is a slow unwinding of the wildest aspirations of the European dream, of permanent peace on the Great European Plain, of brotherhood forged of ties of trade and culture and shared progress, hardened by weariness of war and conflict. Europe had its moment to seize those dreams, and failed.
For many reasons, Yulia Tymoshenko must not be Ukraine’s next president.
In any democracy worth its name, these men would be behind bars for using force to get them what democratic elections did not. Because they have powerful international backers, they are not.
The combination of growing Georgian cynicism, Russian and Russian-derived money, growing Russian assertiveness, and European incompetence is undoing the nascent Eastern Partnership faster than European leaders realize.
This does nothing to encourage the West’s attempts to portray itself as an inevitable and calm future for Ukraine, which until just days ago was its entire foreign policy in the East.
If the West is to have a united and peaceful Europe, it must once again do battle with the Empire of the East. America and Europe must once again believe in the justice of their own cause and act that way, before it is too late.
Mere money is not the same as the ability to hold a necessary resource hostage, and Moscow knows it.