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"The future can ever promise but one thing and one thing only: surprises." ― Steven EriksonAs recently as the end of last year, few of us imagined that the world would be debating the political views of Vladimir Putin and its implications on European peace. Putin's desire to 'protect the rights' of Russians living in the Ukraine and Crimea sounds disturbingly similar to Hitler's view of the greater German Reich in the late 1930s.Most Americans are generally ignorant of Europe's cultural and political differences and its history of regional conflict and border disputes. It is inconceivable to us that these seemingly petty differences can lead to armed conflict in the 21st century.But sectarian and religious confrontation is all around us, in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and even in South America.  It is only in the developed world that we have been mostly immune to this geopolitical reality, which is why the Russian expansionist sentiment is especially troubling. So far, the uncertai...

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