A Scary Postcard from the Front Lines
of the New Cold War with Russia
Two events last week, viewed in juxtaposition, are extremely disturbing.
First, Russian “president” Dima Medvedev ominously called upon Russia’s wealthy to “pay off moral debts” they owe to the state. He stated: “Nowhere in the world perhaps has the development of entrepreneurship in recent times happened as quickly as in our country. People simply have been getting very rich in a very short time. Now it is time pay off debts, moral debts because the crisis is a test of maturity.”
How we ask you, dear reader, is Medvedev’s rhetoric any different from that heard at the time of the Bolshevik revolution? What does he plan to do with those recalcitrant folks who don’t want to simply hand over their wealth voluntarily to the state? Will they be “asked” to pay in the way that Mikhail Khodorkovsky is paying, Mr. Medvedev.
But pathetic hapless fools like Gary Hart were not listening.
Instead, the likes of he and whackjob Chuck Hagel were announcing that their “commission” had concluded it was “deeply concerned by the gap between the current U.S.-Russian relationship and the level of cooperation that the United States needs with Russia in order to advance vital American interests.” Under the auspices of the wretched Nixon Centre, adminstered by Russian weirdo Dimitri Simes, Hagel and Hart had not a word to say about the barbaric abuses of human rights going on in Russia today, nor about Russian aggression against smaller neighbors. All they could think about was the allegedly crucial role Russia has to play in nuclear disarmament and fighting terrorism.
Isn’t this how Nazi Germany got started, to say nothing of Soviet Russia? Bellicose, unhinged rhetoric followed by invasion of tiny defenseless states like Czechoslovakia and Georgia followed by appeasement from the West followed by worldwide conflagration? Have we learned nothing at all from the past century?
We condemn Hart & Hagel as collaborators whose actions, even if they are unwitting, are exactly those the neo-Soviet regime would want them to take, and which as such directly undermine Western security. It’s time for the wheel of history to crush idiots like these before they doom us to repeat history’s worst failures at the costs of untold lives and fortune.