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There is a real possibility Putin is bluffing. Taking Crimea without bloodshed was one thing, sending in an entire mechanized corps to batter down organized resistance is quite another.

Putin is clearly trying to destabilize eastern Ukraine to take control of it, either via annexation or indirectly via "federalisation". Do nothing, and the territory is lost. Try to stop it, and Putin might send in the tanks, or he might back down. Which it will be, I don't know. I do however know that Putin respects only one thing: strength.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Mon Apr 14th, 2014 at 12:36:03 PM EST
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