So there I was on vacation when Russia – ne the Neo-Soviet Union – decided to use the distraction of the Olympics to disguise their attempt to start WW III. The disguise failed, needless to say, but Vlad the Bad’s calculation that the U.S. would do nothing, indeed can do nothing, seems to have been well-founded. Red isn’t what it used to be; the Russian bear is back, this time in black, like Mr. Putin’s heart.
As a follow-up to my last post questioning the purpose of Islamic society given its propensity to destroy other, better nations and religions, consider the same query as relates to Russia. Yes, Georgia stupidly gave Putin an excuse to invade the “rebellious” territories by killing civilians there. But the invasion is less about the innocent lives lost in the region than it is about Russia’s wounded pride. Seeing an opportunity to kill multiple birds with a single stone, Putin acted. Now a relatively democratic government teeters on the brink of collapse, an important oil pipeline to the west is threatened, and Russia’s military reputation is on the rise. All in a day’s work for the 21st century’s slickest agent provocateur, Vladimir Putin.
All of which is to say, after the spin and lies are stripped away, that Russia is behaving like a spoiled child who, unable to admit that its perception of reality was amiss and accept its failures for what they were, instead chooses to rebel against the civilized world by spreading dangerous weapons and failed political ideologies into the hands and minds of the worst people on Earth.
Vlad’s polished exterior may have lulled a gullible Mr. Bush into believing his lies. Shame on anyone who falls for the man’s assurances again – the Russian bear is back on the prowl. The bear is hungry, make no mistake, and destruction will follow wherever he roams.