Crimea is the third test case

The tepid American and European response to the Russian-Syrian axis only emboldened Putin, just as their non-reaction to his 2008 grab of the Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin in September 2013.
Haroon Siddiqui
Published: Friday, 03/14/2014 12:39 am EDT
Last Updated: Monday, 03/17/2014 5:54 pm EDT

Given the democratic and civilized way we’ve tackled Quebec separatism, Canada’s counsel should have counted for something regarding Sunday’s referendum in Crimea. But Stephen Harper has been sabre-rattling too much to be of any mediating benefit to anyone.

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