Lately, I’ve been distressed by how little Americans care about conflicts overseas. But on one hand, it’s understandable — after more than a decade of US military action abroad, our citizens have made it clear that they want domestic affairs front and center in Congress. The strife in Syria briefly held the spotlight in national news, but reports were soon dropped in lieu of the US government shutdown and the bungled Affordable Care Act rollout. While the pseudo-pundits whipped the media circus into a frenzy over a broken website, protests began in Kiev, Ukraine, and quickly reached a boiling point. Now, the fates of 54 million people hang in the balance, and American and European politics with Russia may turn tenuous moving forward.

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