Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Putin's Troops: a Hybrid of Soldiers and Terrorists

Putin's hidden army is outfitted for troublemaking and street-fighting, unconstrained by the laws, rules and conventions governing warfare — Putin’s biggest brush-off yet to international order

Heavily armed men in unmarked military uniforms patrol near the airport in Simferopol, the regional capital of Crimea.

Analysts Molly K. McKew and Gregory A. Maniatis for WaPo - H/t @VodkaPundit, blog on PJMedia
Putin is no longer bound by the constraints of nation-state warfare. Years of confrontations with separatists, militants, terrorists and stateless actors influenced his thinking. In Crimea, Putin debuted a pop-up war — nimble and covert — that is likely to be the design of the future.  

Are Democratically Elected Rulers Always Legit?

Is there any democrat who believes this legitimizes the North Korean regime? Propably not. Then why would democratically elected rulers like Yanukovitch in Ukraine, or Morsi in Egypt be legit? Despots who rob and kill their own people, who violate their basic rights,  automatically lose their mandate.