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March 19, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Estonia is one of the Baltic States. A former Soviet state that was forced into the USSR, it joined NATO in 2004. It sits right next to Russia and has a Russian minority.

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Russia used a non-existent threat to Russian minorities in Ukraine to justify seizing Crimea. It is using that same threat to menace eastern Ukraine and Moldova, neither of which are NATO allies.

This statement by Russia today is very significant.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia’s treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian.

Russia has defended its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula by arguing it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders, so the reference to linguistic tensions in another former Soviet republic comes at a highly sensitive moment.

Russia fully supported the protection of the rights of linguistic minorities, a Moscow diplomat told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, according to a summary of the session issued by the U.N.’s information department.

“Language should not be used to segregate and isolate groups,” the diplomat was reported as saying. Russia was “concerned by steps taken in this regard in Estonia as well as in Ukraine,” the Moscow envoy was said to have added.

The most significant international action taken by the Obama administration today was to gripe at Israel, our ally — on the same day that Russia signaled it may change its stance on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

At a time of real crisis, we’re in the very worst of hands.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Define consideration. If you speak Russian, that does not prevent you from learning to speak Estonian also; especially if you choose to make your home there after Estonian independence. Especially since the Russians there are not new arrivals but were invaders and occupiers from 1939-1991 [52 years, interrupted by Nazi occupation].

I am of Chinese ancestry. If I should find myself living in Russia, would it be oppression if I was expected to conduct business with the government in Russian instead of Cantonese or Mandarin? Would it be infringement on Russia's sovereignty if all Russian citizens of distant Chinese ancestry were given Chinese citizenship and passports regardless of Russian law, the way Russia just did in Latvia? The Brooklyn neighborhood of Brighton Beach [Брайтон-Бич] has a high percentage of Russian immigrants who do not speak English. Is Russia claiming the right to invade and "protect" them because they have to file their income tax in English?

Estonia is an independent and sovereign nation, as are the other Baltic Republics. It is not oppression if they expect all their citizens, even those of Russian extraction, to follow the same law. And if the Russians are not Estonian citizens, then their treatment is totally at the discretion of the Estonian government. Up to and including expulsion for failing to obey the law.

As far as "arming up for war"; the current American government desires nothing more than to submit to ANY foreign power. However, it makes perfect sense now for any country bordering Russia to "arm up" with anything that they can [including WMD's] to create a countervalue deterrent against Russian aggression.

Subotai Bahadur
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Compare Putin's excuse of language bias with the case of the school principal in Texas who was fired for asking for English. These invades use the same playbook.
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Excellent.
Below somewhere I've posted our infiltrated Muslims' analogy.
We're strangling ourselves with our cursed "political correctness". And, in a very real sense, we've brought this inversion upon ourselves by too many of our politicians' quest for the votes of these illegal millions infiltrated inside our borders.
"Never let a potential voter get way".
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Putin here is very skillfully borrowing and adapting/using the tactics of the Muslims everywhere that they have infiltrated and a established a noticeable presence:

"Speak our language, obey our [sharia] laws, not yours even if you're the host country". Witness those "no go" zones in France and England.

If this nasty situation were inverted, then we Americans should apply something like this, paraphrasing a sentence of Subotai Bahadur's,

"And if the Muslims are not American citizens, then their treatment is totally at the discretion of the American government. Up to and including expulsion for failing to obey the law."

I'd add that that includes those Muslim resident here hiding behind their cloak of faux in spirit, and their barely legal United States "citizenship". The Muslims must adapt to American ways, not the other way around as our Muslim residents intend in the long run. Muslims' assimilation to American law is out of the question, according to the Muslims' intentions.

Both the Russians and the Muslims are trying to turn our Western World upside down. So, it's such an irony that the Russians were such Euro-Francophiles in the nineteenth century, adapting even their dress and furniture preferences to look like French-"empire period" and speaking French, at least among their upper classes.

Tut, tut...Vlad, baby.

Bryan Preston is absolutely correct here, we Americans absolutely couldn't be in worse hands than these amateur busy-bodies in Washington.
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26 weeks ago
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Another huge source of many ironies:
Read [portions] of Tolstoy's "War and Peace".
26 weeks ago
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I do wonder if maybe God has not forsaken us entirely, and has sent us Mr. Putin to do us a favor.

Namely, there is no one and no thing within the United States of America capable of smashing the seemingly terminator-tenacious leftist fantasy utopia. I have been saying, certainly since one black day early last November, that NOTHING was going to save a country that was willing to choose the likes of Barack Obama twice other than that which would cause personal, excruciating pain to those that were willing to vote for him, baiscally because Kim Kardashian told them to, and because he looked so kewl in that jacket.

So maybe Mr. Putin is going to cause that pain overseas, at least to start. In a manner that even the low-inormidiots will know to their core cannot be blamed on George W. Bush.

We are at the stage where this kind of stuff, and worse has to happen. There is no alternative. We could have avoided it with wisdom. Hah. Wisdom is not "hip" and "cool", so it has been killed.

Could Mr. Putin be our savior in some twisted way, by shattering an ideology that is far more poisonous to us than he could ever hope to be?
26 weeks ago
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Putin is testing Obama. He will keep becoming more and more blatantly aggressive until he is checkmated somewhere. Obama and his advisers are either too dumb to realize this, or can think of no way to stop Putin.

Either way, this is a sure path to eventual all-out war between the US and Russia. It would be very smart for the US to start arming....NOW!
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Our foreign policy is one, giantic Charlie Foxtrot.
26 weeks ago
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It's not like anyone's actually considering giving Russian speakers consideration, right? That would be silly. Better to arm for war now.
26 weeks ago
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The best way to prevent war is to make it clear you're capable of winning it.
26 weeks ago
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Define consideration. If you speak Russian, that does not prevent you from learning to speak Estonian also; especially if you choose to make your home there after Estonian independence. Especially since the Russians there are not new arrivals but were invaders and occupiers from 1939-1991 [52 years, interrupted by Nazi occupation].

I am of Chinese ancestry. If I should find myself living in Russia, would it be oppression if I was expected to conduct business with the government in Russian instead of Cantonese or Mandarin? Would it be infringement on Russia's sovereignty if all Russian citizens of distant Chinese ancestry were given Chinese citizenship and passports regardless of Russian law, the way Russia just did in Latvia? The Brooklyn neighborhood of Brighton Beach [Брайтон-Бич] has a high percentage of Russian immigrants who do not speak English. Is Russia claiming the right to invade and "protect" them because they have to file their income tax in English?

Estonia is an independent and sovereign nation, as are the other Baltic Republics. It is not oppression if they expect all their citizens, even those of Russian extraction, to follow the same law. And if the Russians are not Estonian citizens, then their treatment is totally at the discretion of the Estonian government. Up to and including expulsion for failing to obey the law.

As far as "arming up for war"; the current American government desires nothing more than to submit to ANY foreign power. However, it makes perfect sense now for any country bordering Russia to "arm up" with anything that they can [including WMD's] to create a countervalue deterrent against Russian aggression.

Subotai Bahadur
26 weeks ago
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It used to be that, in Lithuania (!), speaking Lithuanian or possessing any sort of text in the language would get you a quick one-way to Siberia. They called it 'Russification'. If the Estonians want to give second-class status to anyone (Russians, Nepalese, whatever) who won't learn Estonian and fit in the society? Payback can be a b!tch, d0uch3b@gs...
26 weeks ago
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But who does Dear Liar think will win the NCAA tournament?
26 weeks ago
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And Biden is in Lithuania. No doubt tranquilizing with soothing words any sentiment the Lithuanians may have to stand with Estonia or Ukraine.
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