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Monday 3 March 2014

Putin's Anschluss

There's historical precdent for what happens when a power-hungry, aggressive leader with a dislike of minority groups decides he wants to protect the interests of ethnic or linguistic fellows.

What other countries have Russian-speaking populations?

If I were a minority group in Russisa/the former USSR, I'd be very concerned about now.  And I was was a Western leader, I'd be making damned sure I was fully versed on the errors of the past so as not to perpetuate them.

UPDATE:  And it looks like I'm not the only one who's worried about this.  Thanks Leonid Bershidsky for the quote I was looking for:

"It is not only the same people but above all a long communal history and culture which bind together the Reich and Austria."

"We are one people," Russian President Vladimir Putin said of Russians and Ukranians in September 2013.  "We have, unquestionably, common historical roots and a common destiny."

If you think this is crazy talk, just remember - that's what they used to say about Churchill.

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