Putin and state-sponsored terrorism?

Image: Yuri Kozyrez - NOOR for Time

Last Friday, Time reported that Russian troops attempted to take a Ukrainian military base by storm on the Crimean peninsula by ramming the gates with a truck and rushing inside.

According to the report, within two hours, the Russian forces managed to seize part of the Ukrainian air force base at the edge of Sevastopol. After failed negotiations for the surrender of the entire base, the Russian troops pulled back before midnight. Armed pro-Russian paramilitaries in civilian clothing were still in the area, the spokesman said, but the two Russian military trucks that had rammed the gate of the A-2355 base outside Sevastopol were gone, as were the several dozen Russian troops involved. “Now only the radicals are left,” he said, referring to the pro-Russian militants who call themselves “self-defense forces” on the Crimean peninsula.

Now, let me get this straight, Vladimir Putin says there are no Russian troops in the Crimea. But two Russian military trucks were used in this attack against a sovereign nation’s military base. Imagine if the Mexican Army had troops come across the border and tried to seize Ft. Bliss Texas.

However, what is most interesting is “armed pro-Russian militants” are working in coordination with the Russian military. Sounds to me like Putin is conducting state-sponsored terrorist activities. As well, according to the Geneva Convention, all combat belligerents are supposed to wear uniforms and display their national markings. So, the real question: is Vladimir Putin in violation of the Geneva Convention and should Russia be considered for listing as a state sponsor of terrorism? After all, we call Islamic militants terrorists don’t we, or are these armed pro-Russian paramilitaries extremists?

I am waiting to hear what President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and Secretary Hagel have to say on the matter. Sounds like crickets.

17 COMMENTS

  1. The hit the nail the head, Obama won’t nor will any of his members call Putin out on many of these obvious violations. I believe Obama is trying to ease through this situation which isn’t something that can be eased through. I’m sure the U.S. having to use Russian routes to transport our supplies out of Afghanistan this year being a big factor. Ukraine won’t allow Russia to just take over like they have, unless Obama successfully sells empty promises on Wednesday to the self appointed far-right extremist Ukrainian leader.

    • Erick,

      The present leader of Ukraine is not self-appointed. He is also not a Right Wing Reactionary. Try to watch a little less RT (actually an American organ of the Russian Ministry of Propaganda) and MSNBC (actually an American organ of the Progressive Ministry of Propaganda). Watch BBC, FOX, and The Blaze, if you can get it.

      A simple breakdown of American networks looks like this:

      ABC: American Broadcast Communism
      NBC: National Broadcast Communism
      CNN: Communist News Network
      CBS: Communist Broadcast Services
      MTV: Marxist Television
      PBS: Pablum Broadcast Service
      Al Jazeera America: No translation needed
      Bloomberg: NY Progressive Apologists
      CNBC: Communist News/Business Commie

      I hope this is helpful to you, as an informed electorate is a common sense Conservative electorate. Have a nice day.

      -Doc

  2. It would be the pot calling the Kettle Black. bho sponsors Al Qaeda and the rebels in Syria and Putin sponsors his own brand of terrorism in Crimea. It is just his means to an end. Neither one cares one bit about the Geneva Convention. bho wants all of the middle east and basically the whole world as a caliphate and Putin wants the USSR back. This is also the biggest case for shutting down gun control if I ever saw it. If the Ukrainian Military still had all their own weapons Russia would not be pulling off this bold move

  3. Putin is being two faced here; he cannot be trusted and these Ukrainian pro Russians may even be non Ukrainian if Russian born and so have no legal right to bully the minority Ukrainian people living in the Crimea etc. either way this bullying by force with arms is illegal internationally and should not be supported by Russia. The U.N. should be in there with a peace force to broker peace and the U.N. needs to discuss now how to bring peace to the Ukraine including the Crimea which is part of the Ukraine.

  4. You won’t hear anything from them. Only thing to do is go on the news and bring it up on TV. But yes I brought this up to my kids over a week ago. If he denies having troops in the Crimea whose are they? Rebels, militants, terrorists? If that is so, a case should be made internationally by NATO to use troops to force those troops out of the Crimea. After all they are not Russian s how can Putin object

    • YOU NEED TO RETHINK THIS. US IS SAYING CRIMEA WAS INVADED. COULD NORFOLK BE INVADED BY NAVY PERSONNEL. NO, THE NAVY IS ALREADY THERE. CRIMEA IS RUSSIAN, THEY SPEAK RUSSIAN, THE BASE HAS BEEN THERE FOR 2 OR 3 HUNDRED YEARS. YOU CANNOT INVADE A PLACE WHERE YOU LIVE. WE TALK ABOUT DEMOCRACY, WHILE KIEV WAS ENVADED, BURNED, AND PEOPLE KILLED, THE ELECTED OFFICIALS OUSTED AND WE ARE ALL FOR THAT. NOW THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO VOTE IN CRIMEA AND WE ARE SAYING WE WON’T EXCEPT THAT. HOW TWO FACED CAN WE BE. CRIMEA LOVES MOTHER RUSSIA WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT. LET THEM HAVE THEIR DEMOCRACY AND THE VOTE OF THEIR PEOPLE STAND. WE AMERICANS WOULD NEVER STAND FOR PEOPLE TO MARCH INTO WASHINGTON, BURN THE PLACE OUT, OUST OUR PRESIDENT, PUT THEIR OWN IN, AND THEN EXPECT OTHER COUNTRIES TO FUND THE HOSTILE MOVE. PLUS PUTIN WOULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS DURING THE GAMES. HE WAS ALL ABOUT RESPECT AND SHOWING THE WORLD HOW WONDERFUL HIS COUNTRY IS AND WHAT A CULTURED PEOPLE THEY ARE. THIS STINKS!

  5. I agree.
    Actually, there have been 3 attacks against the emerging Eurasian economy. Cyprus was about getting rid of Russia’s ability to use Cyprus as a clearing house for gold purchases and stopping Russia’s development of gas fields off Cyprus’ shore, Syria is about getting in the way of Gazprom’s pipelines while trying to force Syria and Iran into central banking looting. The third assault against Ukraine using all of these US agent provacateurs and snipers. All Russia has to do is cut Europe off from gas/oil shipments, and dump their US treasuries to crash the dollar once and for all. Even China is into this concept. The US is NOT in the driver’s seat because of uncontrolled debt and dependence on other countries’ oil.

    Jim Willie has a neat interview on USA Watchdog : http://usawatchdog.com/80-decline-in-value-of-u-s-dollar-in-three-years-dr-jim-willie/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsaWatchdog+%28Greg+Hunter%E2%80%99s+USAWatchdog%29

  6. why are their faces covered? Maybe they are local; most do not look like regular troops but a sort of local defence force, some are low sized like women; it is possible that regular Russian forces are involved, as the Russian naval fleet is there. and Russian armed helicopters are flying over the Crimea and Russian army trucks are blocking entry on the roads. I think Putin does not care about treaties and that he is taking a calculated risk as he says he will defend Russian citizens living in Crimea and in the Ukraine. U.S. is supporting Muslim terrorists in Syria who are killing thousands of Christians etc and fighting the “legitimately” elected government of Assad, so U.S. is possibly more guilty as there are no reports yet of fatalities in Crimea although this is highly likely soon, possibly before Obama and Biden come back from their latest holidays. This is Obama’s third holiday this year and his is only March!

  7. I would also ask is President Obama’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist savages, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra and others in Syria who have been beating, raping and murdering unarmed, innocent Christian men, women and children would also be a violation of the Geneva Convention or at the very least a genocidal attack upon peaceful Christian civilians? Some might call it a civil war, but I would suggest it’s more than that, the Muslim Brotherhood is pushing for sharia law to be the rule of law the world over. President Obama is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in their efforts. President Obama has been supporting the Muslim Brotherhood wherever they go and just as the Obama supported Muslim Brotherhood caused mayhem in Egypt in their failed attempts to bring about sharia law, they are doing the same in Syria. Remember when the liberals were trying to put conservatives in a bad light with their “war on women” and “save the children” campaigns. The liberals have been silent about the brutality that the Obama supported Muslim Terrorists are causing on unarmed innocent Christian men, women and children. So, we can conclude that with their complete silence both of their campaigns were a sham, by their silence they are supporting the brutal behavior of the Obama supported Muslim Brotherhood Terrorists. – God Bless America, Israel, the NRA and all Real Freedom Fighting Patriots.

  8. He’s doing it because can. nobody has a backbone in this administration. Nobody should hold any office unless they have served. In boot camp, you at least grow a spine.Secretary of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Secretary of state should be former field grade officers. You see what we got from a communist community adviser. They have spent over a trillion on green energy that’s failed while they want to cut from the military. This is intentional.

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