The Stakes in Ukraine
Putin's "Eurasionist" dreams threaten us all.
February 24, 2014 - 11:21 pm
It is to this dark program, which not only threatens the prospects for freedom in Ukraine and Russia, but the peace of the world, that Yanukovych tried to sell “his” country. It is against this program that the courageous protestors in the Maidan took their stand and, for the moment at least, miraculously prevailed.
But now the Ukrainians need to stabilize their country to secure their victory. They deserve our full support — and not just for reasons of sympathy for those resisting tyranny or respect for the brave. It is in the vital interest of America that the freedom triumphs in Ukraine. Without Ukraine, Dugin’s fascist Eurasian Union project is impossible, and sooner or later Russia itself will have to join the west and become free, leaving only a few despised and doomed islands of tyranny around the globe.
But with Ukraine underfoot, the Eurasianist’s program can and will proceed, and a new iron curtain will fall into place imprisoning a large fraction of humanity in the grip of a monstrous totalitarian power that will become the arsenal of evil around the world for decades to come. That means another cold war, trillions of dollars wasted on arms, repeated proxy conflicts costing millions of lives, and civilization itself placed at risk should a single misstep in the endless, insane great-power game precipitate the locked and loaded confrontation into a thermonuclear exchange.
The 20th century saw three great-power confrontations. Two of them turned into total war. We lucked out on the third. Do we really want to roll those dice again? We will have to, unless the Eurasianist program is stopped.
The stakes in Ukraine could not be higher.