The New Cold War with Russia
“One can forget about any talk about Georgia’s territorial integrity because, I believe, it is impossible to persuade South Ossetia and Abkhazia to agree with the logic that they can be forced back into the Georgian state.”
— Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister
“Our position on Georgia’s territorial integrity is not going to change no matter what anybody says. And so I would consider that to be bluster from the foreign minister of Russia. We will ignore it.”
The time has come for us to say: “We told you so.”
The verbal exchange between Lavrov and Perino, surrogates for Putin and Bush, makes it all quite undeniably clear. The U.S. and Russia are at war, just as they were during the Soviet era. It is a war Russia has been fighting ever since Vladimir Putin, a proud KGB spy, was made prime minister in the 1990s. It is a war America has only just realized is underway.
There is no excuse for that.
Ever since April 2006 this blog has been tirelessly warning the world of the dangers posed by the neo-Soviet state forming in Russia. We warned the West that, whether it wanted to fight or not, a new cold war was already underway between those who cherish freedom and the proud KGB spy Russians had chosen to govern them as dictator for life.
Two books by journalists, Edward Lucas and Mark MacKinnon, have already been written about this subject. Undoubtedly, there will be many more to come. But they are all very much late. Just as was the case in regard to the Bolshevik revolution and the Stalin dictatorship, much valuable time was wasted as the world dithered and mumbled about the need to give Russia a chance.
The time for action was the moment Putin was reelected, when it became clear thath the people of Russia had ratified his bloddy crackdown in Chechnya and his abrogation of civil society throughout Russia.
Some criticized us for adopting a chicken little attitude towards Russia, but now as the tables turn it becomes clear that, if we erred, we did so by not being nearly tough enough on the Putin “government” and the people of Russia who spawned it.
Their hypocrisy is truly breathtaking. Do you dare imagine, dear reader — do you dare — how Russia would react if Condi Rice were to declare, in the context of Chechnya, that “one can forget about any talk about Georgia’s territorial integrity”? How is it possible that Russians can allow themselves to speak in this crazed manner, so wholly detached from reality? How is it possible that they can insist on keeping Chechnya as a slave state while simultaneously demanding that Georgia set Abkahazia and Ossetia free?
We saw this same exact type of jaw-dropping hypocrisy from the USSR, a state that destroyed itself in less than a century. And now Russians have chosen to be governed by a proud KGB spy, a relic of the USSR, and to adopt exactly the same approach to foriegn relations, directly antagonizing and provoking the world’s most powerful country into yet another struggle for existence.
Russia’s ability to destroy itself is the stuff of legend. Just hours after Russia violate its cease-fire agreement with Georgia, a formerly recalcitrant Poland signed on to the U.S. missile defense plan for Eastern Europe. Russia’s action is polarizing the whole of Europe against Russia for a protracted renewal of the Cold War that destroyed the mighty USSR. What chance does Russia have? And what does it gain? Is Ossetia and Abkhazia really worth all this?
Russia replaced the USSR. What will replace Russia when this latest suicidal action is complete?