By The Prophet of Life
Russia’s Annexation of the Crimea is nothing new. It did something similar in 2008 when it annexed part of Georgia. It could also be an excuse to annex the rest of the Eastern half of Ukraine. Vladimir Putin is not exactly Adolf Hitler but he is using a Hitler Tactic. In 1938, Hitler, then Chancellor of Germany, began advocating for the rights of ethnic Germans in the Sudetenland areas of Czechoslovakia. He used it as an excuse to invade Czechoslovakia. At that time, Europe did nothing and the inaction led to World War II.
Now, Putin’s “reason” for annexing the Crimea is to “Protect the ethnic Russian population, which is in the majority in that area. The “hidden” reason why this move is important for the Russian leader is, if the world community allows Russia to annex the Crimea, with little or no consequences, then it gives Russia the go-ahead signal to do the same for other former Soviet Republics which also have significant Russian populations in the Eastern part of their nation. These nations, many of which are bordered by Russia, could fall like dominoes back into the Russian Federation, They include Belarus, Kazakhstan and through Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Kyrgyzstan, and through them, Tajikistan, Estonia and Latvia and through them Lithuania, Azerbaijan, and the rest of Georgia (that was not successfully reclaimed by Russia in 2008) and Armenia,
So how does the International Community stop Russia? Military action is out of the question. Military action is expensive, costs lives and frankly, isn’t necessary. Economic sanctions are a stronger possibility. Western nations are pushing the U.N. to isolate Russia through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Nations like the U.S. that have enough natural gas to export could break Russia’s monopoly on natural gas for a large part of Europe, but these steps alone will likely not be enough.
I propose making Russia an EconomicPariahState. This can be done by doing five simple things. First, remove Russia from SWIFT. SWIFT is the world’s largest electronic banking firm. It dominates international money transfers and electronic banking between 209 nations. Second, threaten to remove any nation doing business with Russia from Swift and the IMF, making all debts due and payable immediately. Third, freeze Russia assets in all other nations. Fourth, cut their embassies off from internet, Wi-Fi and electronic banking. Fifth, don’t allow their ships to dock on any port or their airplanes to land in any airport.
Mr. Putin needs to be taught a lesson. If creating economic hardship for the Russian people is a consequence, then so be it. If Mr. Putin loses credibility with the people of his own nation, he will have to abandon his dream of reassembling the old Soviet Union or lose his power.
This proposal may seem harsh to some but it is necessary. Making Russia an Economic Pariah Nation would send a chill through any nation having desires to invade a weaker nation just because they can. We have a global economy. There are very few things that should cause us to make a nation and Economic Pariah Nation but developing a nuclear weapons program and invading another nation should be two of them.
See also Insight Into The Crisis in the Ukraine for historical background into the crisis:
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