Monday, February 19, 2007

Russia: The Cold War Resumes--UPDATE

There, everyone happy? It won't be a uni-powered world anymore.

UPDATE:
Ed Morrissey of Captain's Quarters agrees with me:

One has to wonder what game Putin has decided to play. After a long period of Russian engagement with the West, Putin seems determined to return to the traditional Great Game nonsense of Russian emperors. He has courted terrorist states such as Iran and Iraq, actively protecting them from the consequences of their instransigence towards the global community. He has played games with energy deliveries to Europe in barely-veiled threats that lacked any kind of subtlety about his projection of power. Days ago, he gave a speech so belligerent that Defense Secretary Robert Gates had to explicitly state that one Cold War was enough.

Putin wants to make a case for his ascension to Emperor, in fact if not in name. In doing so, the old spy seems to care little if he touches off another generation of brinksmanship between the Kremlin and the West. He should note that the brink is about a thousand miles closer to Russia in this generation.

I have definitely wondered if Putin is jones'n for absolute, supreme dictator-for-life status. I'm not sure that Russia has enough strength to be the power Putin wants. He really ought to let businesses make more money and get fiscally sound before he has the state rape them again for his own use. If I had investments in Russia, I'd be pulling them out now. The writing is on the wall.

Oh, reading about this topic, I'm figuring he'll blackmail and shall we say cajole, business leaders into being part of the "inside". It will be, like all good dictatorships, propped up by an oligarchy who is terrified of him.

More on Russia here.

1 comment:

jeannick said...

As a matter of fact , the russians have plenty of good reasons to feel treatened ,beside NATO, an organisation made to fight the russians , camping 100 miles from st.petersburg , the constant creeping closer in georgia and ukraine ,the unilateral U.S. gov decision to rip the A.B.M. treaty , the trade sanction slapped on two of the biggest russian arm exporters ,the declared intention of the pentagon to develop a new generation of nuclear weapons , the deliberate insults of the president for the fifty aniversary of the victory of WW2 ,of the V.P. at riga last year or bates last month ...... Yeeh ,sure the russians are unreasonable