I’m shocked… SHOCKED I tell you, to learn that the U.S., Russia talks have failed to ease the Ukraine crisis.

PARIS—Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart appeared to make no major advances Sunday in a four-hour meeting aimed at easing the standoff over Ukraine, raising the specter of a prolonged crisis that threatens to bring broader instability to Europe.

Mr. Kerry, in remarks after the negotiations, said he received no assurances from the Kremlin that it would pull back thousands of Russian troops amassed on Ukraine’s eastern border.

We finally have in office an administration dedicated to what was explained to me years ago (by a very angry pacifist) as “the new paradigm” — one based on peace instead of war.

Amazingly, the forces of peace and non-violence did not prevail over the forces of violence.

The problem is, a lot of people on the left (and a majority of antiwar activists) desperately want to believe in the pacifist narrative. (One especially angry wealthy pacifist yelled at me last year over dinner that “war is an outmoded paradigm!” and that the new peace paradigm would win. My skepticism infuriated her, and she didn’t look very peaceful. I’d be willing to bet that she doesn’t want to think about Burma in relation to the “new” paradigm.)

What would it take to persuade Putin to get with the program? Perhaps music. Maybe Obama and Kerry and their fellow peace paradigmers could all link themselves together into a human chain in front of Putin’s palace, and sing moving anthems like “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine.”

Putin would then see just how outmoded his old paradigm is and simply melt away like historic baddies always have.