Should Russia have an initiative to attack it's own rebels

June 4, 2015, 9:16 pm

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The debate "Should Russia have an initiative to attack it's own rebels" was started by Shahmir on June 4, 2015, 9:16 pm. 13 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 5 people are on the disagree side. People are starting to choose their side. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

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I was thinking on the context of how the rebels are trying to annex Crimea. Recognising that Russia is against the annexation internationally, it would help Russia indeed if it attacked the rebels that were against Ukraine.

4 years, 6 months ago

I think such topics are very complex. It's not irrational to say that a nation should fight with its own rebels. But the merit of the claims of the rebels should be weighed first. If these people have a good reason to resist it may be more moral to concede to their demands, even if it means ceding from the federation. I generally regard this to any nation which is composed of numerous sub-states. If Quebec or Scotland or Texas were about to rebel in great numbers just to be free of the nation, I would say let them leave.

Otherwise the citizens about to rebel may have other just demands. It may be they perceive a lack of safety for competing political or cultural values. They may feel oppressed. Attempts to settle peacefully may have failed. Again, these may present easier solutions: conciliation. Wise nations ought to be able to act justly about their mistakes.

But if the rebels are just opportunists looking to seize land and power, they're viable military targets.

4 years, 6 months ago
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