Sunday, March 23, 2014

Would We Honor Our Commitments?

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defense recognized by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.


24.8% Russian, but Harju County is 36% Russian and Ida-Viru is 70% Russian.


26.9% Russian, but Daugavpils is 54%, Rēzekne 46.5, and even Riga, Latvia's capital is 40% Russian.


Russification is a form of cultural assimilation process during which non-Russian communities, voluntarily or not, give up their culture and language in favor of the Russian one.   One example of 19th century Russification was the replacement of the Ukrainian, Polish, Lithuanian, and Belarusian languages by Russian in those areas.  This was a common practice during the Soviet Era, with mass deportations, reeducation, and forced schooling in Russian. It also explains large Russian populations in places like Kazakhstan.

So the question is...

When Putin moves again to "protect" the next group of Russian speakers, and he will move again, what are we going to do?  Are we going to war for Estonia or Latvia?

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