The Missiles of February
Last week yet another nation in Eastern Europe made an emphatic statement of how it feels about Russia: Romania agreed to host an American ballistic missile defense system starting in 2015.
Russia’s representative to NATO Dmitri Rogozin, a crazed nationalist whose nomination itself speaks volumes about whether Russia wants normal relations with the West, sputtered and fumed and demanded “exhaustive explanations” from the USA.
But what Rogozin didn’t do was ask why Romanians hate Russians so much that they would wish to take an action that would so infuriate the Kremlin. Nor did he ask why the Obama administration, whose craven cowardice in regard to Russia is well known, suddenly started getting tough.
Rogozin didn’t even consider such issues because he has nobody in opposition parties or independent media forcing him to do so. Like the infamous Emperor with his “new clothes,” Rogozin spends his days in a ivory tower isolated from criticism of any kind. Therefore, like so many Russian leaders before him, he’s biologically incapable of assessing his country’s actions in a objective way, much less of reforming them. This inability destroyed the USSR, and it will do the same to Russia.
Though Russia is a pathetically weak nation, it seeks to conduct foreign policy only through brute force. It is friendless, yet its actions only drive fellow nations further away. It rails against unilateral action against it by the USA, yet it behaves unilaterally throughout former Soviet space.
No nation can survive conduct this deranged. Russia certainly will not do so.