Crimean War, redux? Back in the 1850s the Crimea served as a proxy battleground for the West and Russia. Apparently that war was started by a drunken brawl at between Russian and French monks in Jerusalem at Christmas time over who got to place the star on the Nativity. Good a reason as any for a bloody and pointless war, don't you think? Seems like a little more is at stake here, but between this and Syria, I think we're right in the wheelhouse for a West-Russia conflict once again. Sad.