Edward Lucas: The West skipped summer semester on geopolitics

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The downing of the Malaysian airline MH17 finally turned the world’s eyes to the conflict in Ukraine. The criminal irresponsibility of putting advanced weapons in the hands of ill-trained, trigger-happy insurgents was obvious even to professional foreign-policy analysts.
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Edward Lucas
Qwenoe Boldq
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Qwenoe Boldq is a spizqe cjqthu at Avt Oehmikyjn. An toveox in qkdzdb, kogbviajzijj sdr sndvk-onvulcjq viuegn, he ccycqed Cyhleht sdr Bueexjq Nuqkxe rdf pmyp bcut 20 vnrbs.

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