It grows more and more possible to believe that the men who govern Russia are actually, medically, insane.
We reported last week on a high-ranking official in the diplomatic corps — an educator, yet — who argues that America is just about to collapse, breaking up into a number of smaller, weaker regional states. Russia of course, in his view, is doing just fine.
That idea is crazy enough on its own, but it gets worse — because the Kremlin is not only paranoid, it’s schizophrenic in its paranoia.
To illustrate, refer to the ravings of the commander of Russia’s Strategic Rocket Force, Col. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov which we report in full in today’s issue. As the Washington Times states: “In a stream of press releases and appearances the general described what he called ‘the U.S. concept of an uncontested nuclear first strike’ to destroy all Russian strategic missiles and prevent a counterstrike. ”
Breathtaking, isn’t it? And not just because of the stupidity and ignorance of the individual stories. Indeed, not even mostly because of that.
No, the worst thing is the hypocrisy and the inconsistency.
Get this: One moment America is a feeble and helpless imploding basket case, the next a potent and dangerous strategic enemy planning on world domination through nuclear terror.
Are Russians really so mentally deranged that they can’t see the inconsistency between these two positions? Even a child could understand that you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Either American is doomed or it is doom. It can’t be both.
But Russians seem to be as untroubled by the laws of logic as they are by criminal laws (Russia is ranked as one of the most fundamentally corrupt societies on the planet).
And then there’s the hypocrisy.
Russia is buzzing American targets with nuclear bombers, sending nuclear warships to Venezuela and Cuba, testing new submarine-launched ballistic missiles in the White Sea, announcing a whole host of new ICBMs in development, and carrying on universal military conscription. America is doing none of those things, yet Russia attempts to paint America as militaristic!
Russia has collapsed at least twice, more like four times, in the last century alone. For two centuries, America has maintained one constitution — despite a civil war and two global holocausts — transitioning between rival parties over and over again while maintaining rock-solid stability. Yet Russia attempts to depict the U.S. as being on the verge of disintegration!
There are no words to describe this type of behavior, which would be of great concern even if it were coming from wayward teenagers. But it isn’t, it’s coming from the very most elite corridors of power in Russia, coming from those who control the nation’s destiny.
That’s terrifying. Russia is governed by madmen — and what’s worse is that our own brand of Western madmen are ignoring this peril, just as they ignored the peril of the madmen who carried out the Bolshevik revolution.