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Munich II?

Savage photograph of Neville Chamberlain.

Neville Chamberlain

The increasingly nagging thought that Europe appears to be witnessing a double deja vue becomes irresistible as heads of state gather in Germany for the 50th Annual Munich Security Conference, an event that is no less significant at this point for being privately organized.

This year Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and American Secretary of State John Kerry, are duking it out over Ukraine, possibly the most ironic crisis in recent history.  As pundits here and there evoke the hundredth anniversary of the First World War, how not to focus as well on the Russian Revolution of 1917 that provoked Western Intervention on the side of the Czar – as well as the Cold War that shaped the second part of the twentieth century?

Considering President Reagan’s policy of forcing the Soviet Union to maintain a costly arms race, to the detriment of consumer satisfactions, are we now witnessing an attempt to diminish a rising Russia by detaching Ukraine – then Belo Rus and Georgia – from the largest country on the planet that harbors all sorts of natural resources including oil and natural gas?

Will Europe once again give itself over to fascism, bolstering its Neo-Nazi movements with Stormtrooper- inspired Western Ukraine?  One thing is certain: no conference venue could be more ironically appropriate for that attempt than the lovely Bavarian city whose name became a synonym for capitulation in 1938.

Photo from Smabs Sputzer licensed under Creative Commons




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