Think of the following fact: Obama pulls out of Iraq, believes Syria and Iran can be swayed through dialogue, ignores Lebanon’s sovereignty and Iranian threats.
Results are that Russia, through strength, insures Syria and Iran remain anti-American by arming Syria to the teeth and suggesting to build a Syrian nuclear reactor à la Iran. More disturbing is Russia’s new policy of intentional legitimization of Hamas.
As a result, it is possible that Chechens may find themselves at the receiving end of international legitimization the way Russia legitimized Hamas.
Naive politics in search of peace through weakness just demonstrated how easy for extreme politics to flourish when strength is not applied with resolve.
Facing one’s enemy with strength builds peace. As John Andrew Holmes once said: “Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it”. The Russians have learned more from Holmes than Obama could ever be willing to.