Back to the USSR

Last week we reported on a brutal condemnation of neo-Soviet Russia by U.S. Secretary of State Condi Rice, who accused Russia of taking a “dark turn” to a “one-way path to isolation and irrelevance.”  A few days later, Russian “president” Dima Medvedev responded.  He stated: “This is not our path. For us there is no sense going back to the past.”  Let’s pass over Medvedev’s just-plain-crazy suggestion that Russia never does anything irrational, like taking off its shoe before the world at the United Nations. Let’s instead just question Dima regarding his statement’s bona fides on its own terms.

If we could interrogate him, we’d start like this:  Oh really, Dima? Well, if it’s not your path then how come you have a proud KGB spy remaining in power after eight years in office, and making a total mockery of your presidency?  Do you really think that sends the appropriate message of rejecting Russia’s evil past to the Western world? If you really believe that, then why do you stand mute as your own Duma votes to return the statue of dreaded KGB maniac Felix Derzhinsky to Lubianka Square, in front of KGB headquarters, after the Russian people removed it when the USSR collapsed?  Why do you say nothing as that same Duma votes to outlaw Western influences like Halloween and Valentine’s Day?  Isn’t it because you, in fact, want your nation to follow the dark path — mostly because you are the witless slave of your dark master Vlad Putin?

But more important that what others are doing, Dima, why are you yourself lying so brazenly to the West, just as the dark empire of the USSR always used to do.  Even your written promise, it seems, means no more to you than it did to the members of the Politburo.  How else can we explain your blatant violation of the cease fire agreement you signed regarding the Georgia conflict, suddenly declaring you will leave thousands of Russian soldiers in the region indefinitely.   Why, Dima, are you continuing to carry on the absurd pretense of governing the country when in fact the whole world clearly sees that Vladimir Putin is still in charge?  And why did your government decide to go forward with ballistic missile tests while embroiled in an international crisis over Georgia and an economic meltdown?  Is that how Russians show the world how reasonable they are?  As we’ve recently pointed out, that’s only the latest in a whole host of provocative actions your government has taken unilaterally in recent weeks.

Given his government’s actions, it was hardly surprising to see Dima contradict his own words in the same breath and bare his neo-Soviet fangs. He stated: “We are in effect being pushed down a path that is founded not on fully-fledged, civilised partnership with other countries, but on autonomous development, behind thick walls, behind an Iron Curtain.”

Was it really necessary, Dima, to mention an “iron curtain” as part of your effort to show how Russia is not neo-Soviet?  Did you really have to insist that Russia was the totally innocent victim of Western aggression, and had done nothing on its own to create a neo-Soviet state?  You were born in the USSR. Couldn’t you hear the echoes of its speech in your own?

One must wonder, of course, whether Dima even read his own remarks before reading them. Had he done so, surely he was intelligent enough to see that he was admitted Russian foreign policy is not independent or autonomous, but simply reactive to whatever the West does, making Russia its slave.  That’s hardly the image Russia wants to project to the West, and in the next breath Dima’s own government repudiates it, just as if the speaker figured nobody was paying the least bit of attention to his remarks.

Thus, to show how innocent and reasonable he is, Dima unleashed his attack dogs at the Foreign Ministry.  They began by stating: “Russia is determined not to succumb to rhetoric and be drawn into confrontation . . . We will continue to promote a positive, unifying agenda in our relations with the U.S. and other partners.”

Here’s how they proved their commitment to a “positive, unifying agenda.”  They accused Rice of having “grossly distorted” the facts (i.e., lying) and said it was “not the first time” that had occurred. Then came a personal attack on Rice herself: “Responsible politicians do not shrink from admitting facts in their public speeches.  Why others do not do this, and instead turn everything on its head, is another question, apparently linked to their own designs in the region, to geopolitics and indeed to morality itself.”

Is that how the government of Dima Medvedev shows it is ready for civilized partnership, by personally attacking the highest-ranking diplomat of the world’s only superpower?

It seems so, and it seems moreover that the West is finally catching on to Medvedev’s game.  Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Garry Kasparov quotes Rupert Murdoch as saying, even before the Georgia invasion took place: “The more I read about investments in Russia, the less I like the feel of it. The more successful we’d be, the more vulnerable we’d be to have it stolen from us, so there we sell now.”

Kasparov was writing to protest the Kremlin’s efforts to censor the activities of his National Assembly shadow parliament organization.  He states:

The National Assembly, an opposition parliament with representatives from across Russia and across every ideological line, scheduled a public hearing on the Russia-Georgia conflict for Sept. 11. It was to take place at the new Hilton hotel in Moscow, and I personally signed the contract for the conference room. On Sept. 10, the Hilton cancelled the arrangement, claiming problems in the hall. Maybe all contracts in Russia should now include a third line for the signature of the local KGB official.

How is it possible that Dima Medvedev could allow this to occur, if he really believes his country must not walk back down the path to neo-Soviet dictatorship?  The answer to that question is as plain as day.

It is not possible.  Mr. Medvedev:  You are a liar.

11 responses to “EDITORIAL: Back to the USSR

  1. a positive agenda with the US and other partners?

    Apparently, in roosha that means supporting Iran in its bid for nuclear weapons:


    And, apparently, going back to 18th century history, as Putin did, to find some justification for invading Georgia (previous post on Putin CNN interview) – “Georgia invited the rooshan tsar to protect it, so we’re doing the same thing today.”

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS: Thanks for the link, Elmer! As always, you add value to the blog with every comment.

  2. Hello La Russophobe,

    Keep on doing the great job! I’d like to hint to another great article (again in Russian), which I deem to be the best so far:


    «Грузинские клещи Косовского капкана»

    Orli Be Dorsi
    – Греция, о. Самос, 8 августа – 14 сентября 2008 года
    Чем больше времени проходит с момента окончания активной – военной фазы русско-грузинского конфликта, тем яснее просматриваются основные элементы на новообразующейся политической арене мира, и, несмотря, на то, что еще не всё до конца ясно в деталях, уже сегодня становятся очевидными позиции и устремления основных игроков новой геополитической игры.


  3. Continuation of the above article:

    «наэлектризованность», я опасаюсь того, чтобы Вы, не начали сейчас, совершенно ненужное и опасное внутриполитическое противостояние. Это последний шанс, для тех, кто хотел разрушить Ваше будущее и вернуть Вас в начало 20-х годов прошлого века. Не дайте им этого шанса. Покажите миру, государственное мышление и политическую мудрость. Будьте терпеливы и толерантны друг к другу. Внешнеполитическая ситуация для Вас сегодня как никогда благоприятна, и Ваша задача сейчас не допустить внутриполитического напряжения. Это важно для Грузии, это важно для Ваших друзей во всем мире. Подумайте о заключении между всеми политическими силами страны «Соглашения о стабильности» в котором, оппозиция взяла бы на себя обязательство не «раскачивать» политическую ситуацию до окончания срока полномочий Президента и Парламента, а правящая партия – обязательство проведения абсолютно прозрачных, не вызывающих ни у кого никаких вопросов, очередных выборов всех уровней. Это абсолютно необходимо и это более, чем возможно. Для этого только нужно понимание государственных приоритетов и политическая воля сторон. Механизм воплощения в жизнь этой идеи тоже прост. Как известно, в грузинской политической жизни, существует фактор недоверия сторон друг к другу. Единственной силой, которой доверяют все политические силы, сегодня является Грузинская православная церковь. Для того, чтобы избежать конфронтации, необходимо согласиться, оформить законодательно, в виде временной, переходной меры, – проведение очередных выборов в стране под эгидой Грузинской церкви.

    Убежден, что, имеющая несомненный в стране авторитет, церковь, от такой миссии не откажется. Времени для обсуждения и согласования всех, для этого необходимых деталей, более чем достаточно. Эффект результата очевиден.

    Я верю в мудрость грузинского народа и в то, что он достойно преодолеет те невзгоды, которые выпали сегодня на его долю!

  4. “Грузинские клещи Косовского капкана»”

    Interesting and well researched article except the part where it concocts a cockamamie conspiracy theory about Americans planning Kosovo years in advance to ensnare Russians.
    This reminds me of popular conspiracy theories about US such as president FDR knowing in advance an attack on Pearl Harbor was coming and purposely doing nothing so America would be drawn into the war or that 9/11 destruction of Twin Towers was done by American government to justify overseas wars or increase military spending or some other such nonsense.

  5. A better way with Russia

    September 22, 2008

    SECRETARY OF State Condoleezza Rice gave a tough speech Thursday lamenting the “dark turn” in Russia’s conduct. Accurate as her assessment might be, Rice’s indictment was marred by a refusal to concede the Bush administration’s role in provoking the Kremlin’s recent belligerent actions.

    Her castigation of Russia’s disproportionate use of force in the recent war with Georgia was rightly balanced by an acknowledgment that President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia launched the first attack – in defiance of Rice’s warning. But Rice brushed aside Russian complaints about NATO expansion, particularly of plans to bring Georgia and Ukraine into the military alliance.

    Rice argued that Russia was consulted on contentious issues. She neglected to mention, however, that those consultations ended without any accommodation of Russian concerns. This is what happened with deployment of a gravely flawed missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, and with a needlessly hurried recognition of Kosovo’s independence from Serbia without United Nations authorization.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered a more dispassionate view the same day, noting that there is no real military threat from Russia. NATO countries should seek a prudent “middle ground” in responding to the war in Georgia, Gates said, and they should avoid sending provocative signals to Moscow. Rice may be the Russia expert, but American policy would be better shaped by Gates’s unflustered view of Russia.


    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS: Do you also agree with the Boston Globe’s editorial, republished previously on this blog, which scathingly attacked the Kremlin as an “irrational gang”? Don’t you think it’s rather hypocritical for a paper that has already done so to critique Ms. Rice? Chamberlain also thought there was a “better” way to deal with Hitler than the Russians chose. Today, many view his “better” way as craven cowardice. Is Russia obliged to follow this “better” way when it deals with Georgia (and Ingushetia, and Chechnya, and . . . ).

    Your comment raises far more questions than it answers.

  6. Eugene writes: “a needlessly hurried recognition of Kosovo’s independence from Serbia.”

    How exactly do you define hurried? Kosovo’s declaration of independence came close to 10 years after the end of the war and after two years of negotiations (with Russia obstructing progress even though the West was making a number of concessions to the Russians in the hopes of getting them to sign on to an agreement).

    How long did it take for Russia to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia after the war? Less than a month. How long did the negotiations last after the war? Oh, that’s right, there were no negotiations.

  7. Has Any imperialist power when you think about it shown the people of the world how reasonable they are? Imperialist powers have plunged the world into TWO WORLD WARS against each other, and in an effort to to attack and dominate weaker countries for their natural resources to make profit. You’ve commented plenty on Medvedev, now look at Bush who demonstrated his idiotic hypocrisy by saying that invasion of another country in the 21st century is uncivilized, when the USA has spent nearly the last decade raping Iraq and Afghanistan with bombs and assaults. A few days later U.S forces massacred 90 Afghan civilians.

    For Elmer: You may want to rephrase. You are disproving La Russophobe’s notion that the USSR is alive when you make references to the Czar.

  8. Bolshevik, you should read history books not published by Soviets or Neo-Soviets. You might discover that the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed a pact splitting up Europe between the two of them. The Soviet Union made good on its deal to invade other countries, before being invaded in turn by German forces.

  9. Michel, I have thank you very much. The Nazi-Soviet Pact was an act of Stalinism, and his fantasy of “Socialism in one country”. Stalin later repeated this treason when he decided to carve Europe between himself and the West. For me there’s no difference. Stalin in both cases made a deal with an imperialist power which led to the deaths of countless Communists.

  10. TB, I would like you to borrow a dictionary from your neighbor, if they are allowed to have one, and have them read you the definition of imperialism.

    The US while I admit is imperfect, has always abided by local statutes. Has always paid for the splinters of land that we occupy, and leave when asked by a legitimately elected leader, mostly to their detriment.

    Does that sound like imperialism? Do I even need to add that americans pay local, state, and federal taxes in these countries? I didn’t think so, but I thought I would bring it up anyway.

  11. Сущность культуры предпринимательства. Торговая политика. Процессуальные теории мотивации. Классификация основных видов лицензий:.
    менеджмент +в россии

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