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The West’s role in a world in turmoil

August 7th, 2014
09:49 AM ET

From Russia and Ukraine, to Israel and Gaza, to Libya and South Sudan – are the crises in these countries the direct result of a world without strong western leadership?

“I certainly think there is public apathy, both in America and in Europe, for further military entanglements, particularly in the Middle East,” Con Coughlin, defense editor at The Daily Telegraph told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Wednesday.

“A lot of people think we’ve spent a lot of effort, a lot of money on these places, and why can’t they get their act together? Why do we always have to get involved? And I think the politicians are reflecting that mood.”

The problem, Coughlin said, is when “people like Vladimir Putin” use that mood as permission to, for example, intervene in Ukraine, as the West alleges.

“And suddenly very important red lines about territorial integrity are crossed, and suddenly the West finds that it has to do something about it.”

Click above to watch Pleitgen’s full conversation with Coughlin.


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  1. Erm...

    Here is the West's role in a world in turmoil:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BucPQJhIMAAIDj8.jpg:large

    Donetsk, DPR

    August 7, 2014 at 10:43 am | Reply
  2. Paddy Singh

    The US has been complicit in allowing the ugly head of terrorism to raise itself.

    August 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  3. Plexus

    Well, for one thing, one can easily make the case that the creation of Israel in 1948 is the root of radical Islam. I am sure my statement will trigger many defamatory comments but even some of my Israeli friends have come to that conclusion.

    How can anyone possibly deny that the world would be a far better and safer place to live if Israel had never seen the light of day? Without Israel – a thorn in the backside of the middle east – the west would not be perceived by the Muslim World as being anti-Muslim, hence we never would have heard of "radical Islam", which is giving birth to all those monstrous organizations – ISIS, Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, etc.... The only reason Israel still exists today is that it is propped up by the US, and for this we are all paying a heavy price even at home.

    August 8, 2014 at 7:18 am | Reply
  4. Plexus

    One can easily make the case that the creation of Israel in 1948 is the root of radical Islam. I am sure my statement will trigger many defamatory comments but even some of my Israeli friends have come to that conclusion.

    How can anyone possibly deny that the world would be a far better and safer place to live if Israel had never seen the light of day? Without Israel – a thorn in the backside of the middle east – the west would not be perceived by the Muslim World as being anti-Muslim, hence we never would have heard of "radical Islam", which is giving birth to all those monstrous organizations – ISIS, Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, etc.... The only reason Israel still exists today is that it is propped up by the US, and for this we are all paying a heavy price even at home.

    August 8, 2014 at 7:18 am | Reply
  5. chandran

    The West’s role in a world in turmoil this is your head line
    but my head line is like this the world is in turmoil because of west interventions

    August 8, 2014 at 7:49 am | Reply
  6. Rob of Amsterdam

    The problem is not a lack of military interventionism of the west, the trouble is that the west, read the military indrustrial complex, has the need to intervene in Irak, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Libya and so forth. The problems now with Isis is a direct consequense of the senseless invasion of the USA in Irak en the elimination of Saddam Hoessein (mark you, of course it was a thug, but the west never had problems doeing business with thugs, so long it's in their advantage). Libya was a violation of the mandate of the west and is why Russia did not vote for a intervention in Syria in the security council. The security concerns of Russia are being waved away as not relevant. No, instead a person like Pleitgen thinks that a stronger reaction would be appropriate. With this kind of people, who can only think in the classic black-white scenario's, we'll see WW3 soon enough. What then? Address on more levels (politically, military, economicaly) the (security) issues with Russia, EU en Ukraine and separatists. Try to think out of your box...

    August 8, 2014 at 10:30 am | Reply
  7. chandran

    geography is the matter for solving the worldly problem, why I'm sayings this the people living in that area let them solve their problem of their own because they are facing it. Why people are coming from far away places perhaps cross the Atlantic
    coming to solve the other regional problem. I can't understand

    August 9, 2014 at 3:30 am | Reply
  8. iyke

    I like to remind the world that the whole world system has been narrowed considerably (no thanks)by Science. What started in a middle East enclave or African Soil can end up on the streets of NewYork or London.considering the scope of western sons fighting in Middle East.Whether political,Religious,Health etc. My guess is the world is threading on a dangerous precipice as it stands.threatening Russia with Sanctions for intervening in Ukraine is just a foolhardy considering that Cuba another sovereign State has been under US embargo. Whose only crime is rejecting Democracy. The world should wake up. AL Maliki was once an American stooge. Where is his loyalty today. Libya is on the horizone too.isn't it time to check this ideological policy of selfish interest. American trained Iraqi soldiers were outgunned by hardened Islamists. What then is the way forward? My guess is we need to have a rethink.( Nobody believed the scope of 9/11 could happen on American Soil).

    August 9, 2014 at 6:15 am | Reply
  9. RLTJ's

    "From Russia and Ukraine, to Israel and Gaza, to Libya and South Sudan – are the crises in these countries the direct result of a world without strong western leadership?"

    No. Being on top of the world for a long time, U.S. is hearing the echo of its own voice, and it is catching the boomerang of its own actions.

    What is Putin doing? Overthrowing government and arming rebels. They are not his monopoly. The only valid argument argument against Putin there is, he cannot do them because he is Putin and he is Russian.

    August 11, 2014 at 6:28 am | Reply
  10. RLTJ's

    The world needs a strong leadership based on sound universal principles.

    August 11, 2014 at 6:31 am | Reply
  11. vgd

    It is because of western intervention that the world is such a messed up place. No need to look any further than the existing conflicts all over the world. Note all places are closer to oil – no big surpise here.

    August 12, 2014 at 5:45 am | Reply
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