Too lit­tle, too late

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL - Sal­man Nabi Wash­ing­ton, U.S.

There are many di­men­sions of the Crimean cri­sis. We can sur­mise that it may be an in­di­ca­tion of Rus­sia’s yearn­ing to as­sert its sta­tus as a world su­per­power in the long run, but I think the cri­sis ba­si­cally ag­gra­vated be­cause of the lack of will on the part of world lead­ers to take a timely and prompt ac­tion. When the cri­sis started, there were signs of what was about to hap­pen. Rus­sia’s ex­pan­sion­ist de­signs were clear as day. But the world lead­ers failed to grasp the se­ri­ous­ness of the is­sue at hand. They banked on mere rhetoric to do the job of pre­vent­ing Rus­sia from in­ter­fer­ing in the in­ter­nal mat­ters of Ukraine. What was re­quired of them was a firm and timely ac­tion to stop Rus­sia.

They failed to do that and ev­ery­one

knows what fol­lowed. While the se­ces­sion of Crimea from Ukraine has given a boost to Rus­sia, the episode has dam­aged the U.S. the most in terms of its cred­i­bil­ity and ca­pac­ity to main­tain its sta­tus as a world leader. Late as they may be, it is hoped that the sanc­tions against Rus­sia would pre­vent it from un­der­tak­ing a sim­i­lar path in the fu­ture.

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