Russian vocabulary lesson

“Cease-fire,” n. Surrender

Ceasse-fire, n. Surrender

Russia, having signed a cease-fire, has not ceased firing. Ruissian troops are marauding, taking border towns, blowing up rail lines, and even burning a national park.

It turns out that when the cease-fire says that Russian troops wiill withdraw from Georgia proper, that means that Russian troops will stay wherever they want for as long as they want. How long will that be? Why “as long as necessary,” says the Russian Foreign Minister.

“Additional security measures” means whatever Russia wants to do, including apparently establishing zone of permanent occupation within Georgia proper as a “buffer zone.” Russian troops are to be replaced by outside peacekeepers as soon as the U.N. approves, which means as soon or as late as Russia wants, including never.

Apparently the “referenda” on the anschluss with Reich joining the Russian Federation are expected within days. .

I think the Nobel Peace Prize may be out of reach, maybe Sarkozy and Rice could share the Samuel Hoare Prize for Utter Capitulation. I’m not saying a better deal was on offer, but it’s hard to see what a worse one would have looked like. We’ll know whether Sarkozy was a dupe or a co-conspirator when we hear him complain or not.

Don’t know about you, but my money is on “not.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: