Vladimir Putin and the Ukraine Crisis

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“All the Germans that were ... in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying, ‘They’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people,’ and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.” - Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State. Russian agression in Crimea and East Ukraine so far has been unpunished by America and her European allies, even though Russian “President” Vladimir Putin’s regime is so similar to the dictators of the past. So, does the aggressive behavior visible today warrant any action? It seems that the answer of America is no. While there is a good argument for diplomacy in this situation, it is still necessary to have some kind of intervention in Ukraine due to the danger of history repeating itself, to prevent Putin and by extension Russia from getting too much power, and to save Ukraine and democracy. Although the United States is taking steps towards a global (USA and Europe) involvement in Ukraine through more sanctions on Russia. Even though many people disagree with foreign intervention, the Ukraine crisis is just too urgent and important to ignore. Historical precedents show that that Putin may be on a similar path as dictators in the past. Putin already has the propaganda machine necessary, and has even made many Eastern Ukrainian citizens in territory occupied by Russian separatists believe that their government is comprised of neo-Nazis who seek to massacre its people. According to The Independent, a British nespaper, Putin has even awarded the prestigious “Order of Service to the Fatherland” medal to more than 300 journalists for their “objective coverage” of the Crimea crisis, showing how Russian state propaganda is becoming more and more of a formalized proce... ... middle of paper ... ...1 May 2014. “Ukraine." The World Factbook. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013. Web. 11 May. 2014. Wikipedia contributors. "2014 Crimean crisis." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 19 May. 2014. Web. 20 May. 2014. Wikipedia contributors. "2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 May. 2014. Web. 11 May. 2014. Wikipedia contributors. "Appeasement." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 16 May. 2014. Web. 20 May. 2014. Wikipedia contributors. "File:Claims Of Demoracy.png." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 Jan. 2014. Web. 20 May. 2014. Wikipedia contributors. "Donetsk People's Republic." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 May. 2014. Web. 11 May. 2014.

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