Annals of Russian Hypocrisy
It’s the kind of thing that can only emerge from Russia.
On the same day, the media reported on Russia complaining that the U.S. was “stonewalling” a nuclear arms reduction negotiation and also that Russia had announced plans to help Venezulea develop nuclear technology, just as it has done for Iran (which, thanks to Russia, experts now report is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons — an event which could cause the tinderbox of the Middle East to go up in flames — and which Russia is aggressively shielding from Western sanctions).
We have a separate category in our sidebar devoted to recording instances of breathtaking Russian hypocrisy, and it’s already loaded with material. But this one is something special, it may just take the cake.
Even as Russia’s crazed rulers are awakening to the reality that they have provoked the world’s only superpower into a new arms race that will impose devastating costs of competition on Russia’s feeble economy or leave Russia in the military dust, they prove themselves incapable of doing anything other than escalating the tension and adding even more fuel to arms race fire.
It’s almost as if the Russians were actually surprised to find out that, yes, the U.S. does intend to put its money where its mouth is on the new cold war, that it’s actually annoyed by repeated unprovoked unilateral overflights of Russian nuclear bombers.
But there were plenty of words, too. Meeting with the leaders of Lithuania and Ukraine in Washington this week, U.S. President George Bush said he “talked about Georgia-Russia, and the need for democracies to be able to stand on their own feet without fear of bullying.” Bush reaffirmed that the U.S. would fight to defend Lithuania from any Russia attack and would assist it in seeking to diversify its energy market and ween itself off Russian petroleum. His Lithuanian counterpart, in turn, invited the U.S. to establish a “visible presence” in his country that would send a strong message to deter Russian aggression.
Russia’s feeble response was to declare that countries that dare to disagree with Russia are “illogical” — implying that Russia, not they, knows what is best for them. Now just imagine, dear reader, if you dare, how Russia would react if America used that kind of rhetoric in regard to Russia’s actions!
This is Russia’s fundamental hypocrisy. It simply cannot accept that the countries of Eastern Europe view Russia as being exactly the same kind of heavy-handed, arrogant power that Russia accuses the U.S. of being. The great difference, of course, is that in the open U.S. media Americans hear all of Russia’s complaints, but Russians never hear the complaints of Urkainians, Georgians and Lithuanians (or Poles, Czechs or Estonians) and therefore they live in a world of delusion fomented by relentless Kremlin propaganda. Russia stands utterly alone and despised in the world, yet like the infamous Emperor and his “new clothes” it imagines itself swathed in robes of ermine.