The precarious ceasefire that momentarily halted the fighting between Israeli and Palestinian forces (that is well on its way to becoming the deadliest Israeli conflict in nearly a decade), dissolved. Dutch, Australian, and Malaysian authorities have decided not to send an armed mission to secure the still apparently unsecured crash site so as to not cause any escalated conflict in Ukraine. Shit's going down in the world, and Madeleine Albright, former (and first woman) US Secretary of State knows it.
In a sit-down with Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer, Albright processed some of the biggest international conflicts at work today. Via Mediaite:
"We all grew up in a very different era, when we were focused on the threat from the Soviet Union," Albright said. "What's happening now is we are seeing problems from a variety of places, some of it due to globalization, frankly, which has an opposite side that has created a lot of nationalism in those countries or places where people feel lost within the facelessness of globalization."
"There have been two huge game changers," Albright continued. "One is Putin's behavior vis-à-vis first Crimea and now toward Ukraine…and the other is what is happening in the Middle East, a lot of it due to the Arab awakening and the artificiality of the borders established after World War I. …So there are an awful lot of things going on that need understanding and explaining. But to put it mildly, the world is a mess."
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