Western leaders are stunned because they haven’t realized Russia’s owners no longer respect Europeans the way they once did after the Cold War. Russia thinks the West is no longer a crusading alliance. Russia thinks the West is now all about the money.
Putin’s henchmen know this personally. Russia’s rulers have been buying up Europe for years. They have mansions and luxury flats from London’s West End to France’s Cote d’Azure. Their children are safe at British boarding and Swiss finishing schools. And their money is squirrelled away in Austrian banks and British tax havens.
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The West is blinking in disbelief – Vladimir Putin just invaded Ukraine.
German diplomats, French Eurocrats and American pundits are stunned.[Really?] Why has Russia chosen to gamble its trillion-dollar ties with the West? [He hasn't] Western leaders might be stunned because they realized Russia’s owners no longer respect Europeans. [Has the EU?] Russia thinks the West is no longer a crusading alliance.[Was there one?] Russia thinks the West is now all about the money. He might be right. Russia will gain something from the EU or China will pitch in?
Russia’s soft annexation might strengthen Russia’s leaders internal position, but the increase of salami slicing does open the pandora box more and more. Appeasement has a really bad reputation.
Eventually you will have that unwanted big war on your hands.
In de wereld van stemwijzers, transparante websites en controle erop, is een IENS idee niet eens zo’n slecht idee.
While there are many open source educational tools available. It is good to see that Google still sees value in developing more generic ones. Make one yourself?