Downing of Plane in Ukraine Highlights U.S., European Weakness
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 casts new light on just how inept and decadent the United States and Europe have become.
Faced with Russia's annexation of the Crimea and attempts to repeat that in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. and Western Europe and have mustered only strong words and token sanctions on top Russian officials and several companies. That's hardly enough to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin's ambitions to make Russia the dominant power in Eurasia.
Now, public outrage at the downing of the Malaysian airliner will force Western governments to offer Russia restraint from imposing truly effective sanctions on its subversive activities in the Ukraine in exchange for an international investigation. That likely will yield little more than already inferred.
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