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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Another Look at Russia

From Mario Loyola over in The Corner:

And they’re not done. Building nuclear reactors for Iran, selling tons of weapons to Venezuela, using their gas pipeline monopoly in brazen acts of Eurasia-wide extortion, Russia is far more a problem in the War on Terror, than part of the solution, despite decades of of being one of the main targets of terrorism.

Which is kind of the point I was trying to make a couple days ago. It is simply becoming more obvious with each passing week that not only can we not trust the Russians to back us in our foreign policy endeavors, even as they relate to the war on terror, but we can expect them to work quietly against us.

Which, if we’re going to be getting all Cold War up in this joint, we might want to have the right musical accompaniment. (Warning: This a link to a semi-largish mp3 of Sting at his Cold Un-Warrior best.)

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Chills from the cold war. Anna Politkovskaya shot dead in her Moscow apartment building last month and this month ex spy Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned with radiation. Enemies of Putin? There is a story that says Litvinenko may have been involved smuggling radioactive material out of Russia. http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article2023856.ece
If this is true its rather scary. Where did all that stuff go?

on Nov 28 2006 @ 04:46 PM

Actually, I’m more nervous now than I was during the Reagan years. I always figured, back then, that we were dealing with rational actors. The Russians wouldn’t dare to start the big war--either by encroaching on Europe or lobbing nuclear weapons--because they knew it wouldn’t benefit them in the end. My entire sense of security was based on the feeling that the Russians would act, along with us, with a reasonable level of rationality.

These days, the Russians are helping people who I don’t recognize as rational actors--people who would act against their own best national interest in a dramatic way. The leadership of Iran and Syria seem to have a limited understanding of the military realities of the world, and I fear that it emboldens them to take drastic actions that will be bloody for us and devastating for them.

Which might just be me being a little paranoid. I hope.

on Nov 28 2006 @ 06:13 PM

I had the opportunity to go in Russia for promoting a software projecten and i’ve changed my point of view about Russia… it’s an old country, very big, very beautiful and full of cars that i’ve never heard about smile

on Apr 08 2008 @ 08:04 AM

NICE! Spot on post, kudos.home decor pillows

on Jul 05 2010 @ 11:12 AM
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