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Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe in ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’, 1953.
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UKRAINE, Donetsk : Ukrainian police guard the regional state administration building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, after they regained its control on March 6, 2014. Ukrainian police on March 6 seized control of regional government offices in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, a day after they were taken over by pro-Russian militants who planted a Russian flag on the roof following clashes in the city. A local police source told AFP that 75 people were arrested in the assault but denied reports that one of the detainees was the self-declared “people’s governor” of the region Pavel Gubarev, who is being investigated for separatism. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY
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In December 1979, Moscow launched Operation Storm-333, or the invasion of Afghanistan. Elite Soviet soldiers disguised in Afghan uniforms seized key targets in Kabul, as 100,000 Soviet troops rumbled into Afghanistan from the north.
U.S. officials saw the intervention in Afghanistan as part of a carefully orchestrated program of Soviet expansion. But in truth there was no master plan. The aging Politburo improvised the whole adventure. Moscow hoped that a quick and decisive show of force would create a friendly regime on the border, as it had in Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968. But the makeshift invasion of Afghanistan soon spun out of control as a nationwide mujahideen insurgency emerged.
Today, many policymakers and analysts are convinced that Russia’s intervention in Ukraine is part of Vladimir Putin’s master strategy. As Mike Rogers, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, sees it, “Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close.” According to Rogers, the Russian president wants to strengthen his country’s “buffer zones,” with Moldova as the probable next target. Stephen Hadley and Damon Wilson have concluded that Putin’s invasion is part of a larger strategy “to reconstruct what he could of the former empire but on a Russian model rather than Soviet.”
But what if there is no grand scheme? What if, like the Soviets in 1979, Putin is basically winging it?
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Donetsk, also one of the easternmost cities in the Ukraine, stand against Crimean annexation.
I was so enlightened to hear that there was a large pro-Ukrainian anti-war demonstration in Donetsk. Sadly, pro-Russian protesters came and started a fight. A lot of people were injured.
Ukrainian priests stand between riot police and protesters during the January 2014 anti-government riots.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Detail of the Ghent Altarpiece by Hubert and Jan van Eyck