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March 15, 2014 7:06 PM Things That Make Me Uncomfortable

By Martin Longman

There are certain ledes that you just don’t want to see in your news feed.

SIMFEROPOL, CRIMEA — No one has any idea what President Vladimir Putin will do after Crimea votes on Sunday to join Russia. But if bankers and diplomats from New York to London are sleeping fitfully, worried whether Russia’s about to launch World War Three, you can only imagine what’s going through the mind of Adavye Osmanova, a 79-year-old Tatar woman in the Crimean capital of Simferopol. She had worn her best dress to meet me—black with gold stitching—but she looked drawn and exhausted.

Casually opening your piece with discussion of World War Three, with the annihilation that implies, is a little jarring. I fervently hope that it isn’t warranted.

Martin Longman is the Web Editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune. He has worked as a community organizer for ACORN/Project Vote and as a political consultant for Democracy for America.

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