Is Dima Medvedev a Liar, or Simply an Idiot
Russia’s so-called “president” Dmitri Medvedev told the President of France his troops would stop fighting a few days after they invaded Georgia with no warning to the international community, much less to Georgia.
Instead of doing so, they then plunged deeper into Georgia, threatening the capital, and blew up the main railway line linking the country east to west.
The world became furious, and demanded that a ceasefire be imposed. Medvedev signed a second agreement, pledging to begin withdrawing his forces on Monday. But the New York Times reported early Tuesday morning Moscow time that, once again, Medvedev was not true to his word. The paper wrote:
Although Russia claimed it had begun withdrawing its troops from Georgia on Monday, Russian soldiers were digging in positions along the highway approaching Tbilisi and showed no signs of pulling back from the severest confrontation between Russia and the West since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Instead, along one major road, four Russian tanks rattled a few miles closer to the capital, and then plowed through parked police cars blocking a road as Georgian police officers stood by in dismay. Elsewhere on the ground in Georgia, no significant troop movement was evident. American officials said Sunday the Russian military had been moving launchers for short-range ballistic missiles into South Ossetia, a step that appeared intended to tighten its hold on the breakaway territory. The Russian military deployed several SS-21 missile launchers and supply vehicles to South Ossetia on Friday, according to American officials familiar with intelligence reports. From the new launching positions north of Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital, the missiles can reach much of Georgia, including Tbilisi, the capital.
The next day, Russians blockaded the port of Poti and took 22 Georgia soldiers prisoner. So much for Medvedev’s word and signature.
There are only two explanations for Russia troops “digging in” and driving over police cars and blockading the major commercial port and taking prisoners when the “president” of Russia told the world they wouldn’t: (a) the “president” was lying; (b) the “president” isn’t really in charge, he only thinks he is — in other words, he’s one of the great morons of world history.
Since it is Russia, both explanations are perfectly credible, and it’s impossible to say which one is the more terrifying. What makes Russia less barbaric, that the “president” is a total fool (but at least he doesn’t knowingly lie) or that he’s willing to formally mislead the entire world, rendering Russia’s word meaningless in international discourse (but at least he’s not an actual simpleton)?
We can’t say. What we do know is that nobody who can tie his shoelaces can now dispute what we’ve been saying for more than two years now. Russia is an Evil Empire. The new war against it has begun.
And Medvedev is handing out neo-Soviet medals to the gallant Russian soldiers who are fighting it, like those shown in the paragraph above, rewarding them for beating up their tiny neighbor in the first real battle of that war. Their actions amount to “a frenzy of murder, rape, looting and the torching of their property by roaming bands of crazed militiamen.” And this, by modern Russian standards, is patriotic heroism. Zoshchenko could make hilarious fun of a neo-Soviet spectacle so pathetic and repugnant as this — but he wouldn’t have been allowed to publish it in the USSR, and nor would any successor be allowed to do so in “Medvedev’s” Russia.