In an ever changing world it is good to know that you can depend upon certain things remaining the same. Case in point: The Nation sucking up to Russian tyrants:
In such a charged environment, it’s all the more important to pay close attention to diplomatic initiatives, even if they come from the Kremlin. While it may not be an ideal solution, there is merit in the Russian foreign ministry’s “road map” calling for establishing an international support group—with the EU, United States and Russia as members—to help Ukraine stabilize itself. Among other crucial points, the proposal calls for a Ukrainian national assembly to draft a constitution that would create a new federal system in which regions would have a reasonable degree of autonomy, confirm Russian as a second official language and, critically, uphold Ukraine’s military and political nonalignment—that is, maintain Ukraine’s geopolitical independence from Russia as well as the West, which will require an end to NATO expansion.
A settlement is possible if all countries’ security interests are taken into account. This would mean that Ukraine would hold elections with participation and guaranteed protection for ethnic Russians; would have a nonaligned government (stripped of neofascists); would pledge never to join NATO; and would develop economic relations with Russia and the EU (unavoidable if Ukraine is to survive economically).
The Russian proposal of course is made to neuter Ukraine and make it ready for slices of it to be reabsorbed, a piece at a time, by Mother Russia. During the first Cold War, as I laughed my way through issues of The Nation, I sometimes wondered if they were motivated mainly by hatred of the United States or love of Communism. Thanks for answering that question editors of The Nation!