From NPR: "...Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, said the allied forces are facing a situation they never thought they would see again in the region. 'A nation has massed military force on a border, a recognized border. It crossed that internationally recognized border, and annexed at the point of a gun a portion of another sovereign nation,' Breedlove said. 'We thought that kind of thing was over in Europe, and so NATO now has to consider what does this mean.'" I so agree with this, and it's so sad. Military expansionism was hoped to be done. The Eastern and Western countries were becoming economically intertwined. Free travel across borders. Germany, France, and England all in the same union! Just a great potential for peace. With the continual and eternal exception of the Middle East, and pockets like Chechnya, it seemed that sovereign stability of the various regions was within grasp. But... no. Nationalism and the quest for ever more influence and real estate wends its inevitable way. It's a lot more subtle this time. No big blitzkrieg-style invasions. Destabilization, denying a sovereignty that does in fact exist, then support the destabilization militarily, and then try to make peace. As a Moscow-based journalist said, it's like being an arsonist and a firefighter. You start the fire, then show up to claim that you want to put it out, and try to collect the insurance money afterwards. Heavy sigh. When you think that human nature, at least in some parts of the world, is changing for the better, that citizens have a chance of being better served, that national borders are respected, the old ways rear their ugly heads.