New standards in foreign policy seem less to be determined by a general view of human rights but rather by worth. The Maidan coup in Kiev is deemed far worthier because its advocates are more stylish than the working class protesters of Donetsk. If the hip are endangered it is a crime against humanity, if the plain are injured it is collateral damage.
Or so it appears in the ongoing discussion in the Ukraine. Despite that buildings are still being occupied by gangs in Kiev, there is no demand that they be abandoned by the right wing. All the militias in the East, some which have been attacked by Western-based gangs, are told by the West to lay down their arms. One suspects its their adherence to Moscow and its economic system that makes their futures less worthy. Certainly the ambitious, grabby and greedy are to be held in far more esteem than poor people who are more traditional in outlook.
Fortunately for Vladamir Putin, the Kievan rump government does not play the convincing martyr very well. Right-wingers still push moderates out of the way and the ever insatiable lust for cash allow the European Union to forget the proportionality of the problem. Although there are signs that the non-critical view of the Maidan bloc is being challenged, particularly in the German press. On the Deutsche Welle, Germany's state radio, stories about reportorial bias in the early days of the Kievan revolt abound. Somewhat like Libya's unfortunate insurrection that has made that country a second Somalia.
Given this resurrection of the yellow press, Barack Obama has tried to walk a tight line. Fortunately, CNN has been obsessed with the Malaysian aircraft mystery and FOX remains fixated on Obamacare. Only BBC-America and Al Jazeera have kept close tabs on the Ukrainian situation. Particularly Al Jazeera-America, which reported directly from the towns and cities in the Ukraine, giving a far different version than that of most U.S. media outlets.
But politicians like John McCain rattle sabers and urge heroic actions for its own sake. Forget that George W. Bush fought two meaningless conflicts which managed to damper the unity after Sept. 11, 2001; McCain loves the sight of decisive conflict regardless of cost. Lindsay Graham has fallen into the same pattern of "have war, will travel."
Largely because of such masters of knee-jerk interventionism, the United States has been denied a mature discussion of foreign policy. Everything is a "crisis" if the status quo is challenged.
Obama would, if left to his own devices, admit that if was inevitable that Russia would seek a readjustment of the world created in 1991.
The USSR did not lose a war, instead it disintegrated and suffered terribly from an outflow of capital and a looting of its state economy.