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That War You Were Expecting?
Putin´s Already Won It

Politico, by David Patrikarakos

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Posted By:MissMolly, 5/11/2014 5:48:31 AM

People keep waiting for the “war” to begin in Ukraine. But a 21st century-style war has already begun here, and may be almost over – something that Vladimir Putin seems to understand even if the rest of us do not. In a world where Youtube, Twitter and Facebook dominate, the overt “hard power” of guns and bullets is no longer as publicly palatable as it once was. Autocratic states prefer to bankrupt dissidents instead of executing them; NGO workers are not “disappeared” but their offices are shut down for zoning irregularities. Nowadays even dictators have to be “post-modern.” Putin, schooled

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: GO3, 5/11/2014 9:35:17 AM     (No. 9844385)

These techniques are useful, but try them without guns at the ready and see how far you get.

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