Russia and its Rogues
No reader of this blog can have been surprised by Russia’s siding with the lunatic ruler of North Korea after he fired an ICBM over Japan in the direction of the United States a week ago.
Not only did Russia’s representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, oppose firm UN sanctions, stating “the key thing is to make sure that we do not confine ourselves to an emotional knee-jerk reaction because what we do need is a common strategy and not losing sight of the goal — and this is the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” but Russia found it necessary to suddenly announce sensational accusations of spying by the U.S. in Kyrgyzstan, alleging such efforts were aimed not merely at Russia but also at China, another key supporter of the North Korean madman.
It’s clear that Russia has no problem being closely identified with the North Korean cause; that rogue nation is just one of the nastie coterie of lunatics that Russia calls friends — Syria, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Hezbollah among them. These are, in fact, the only nations that are willing to be seen in public with the Russians, a sad commentary on the extent to which Russia’s KGB regime has alienated Russia among the ranks of the civilized countries of the world.
And how would Russia respond if Poland or Ukraine or Czech Republic or Georgia started menacing Russia with the test-launching of ICBMs? How would Russia react if the United States then did all it could to undermine Russia’s efforts to seek a worldwide sanction against the offending country? How is it possible for Russians to act with such shameless, idiotic hypocrisy in matters of this kind, and not realize how severely it undermines their national crediblity. It’s odd, to be sure, given that “The Boy who cried Wolf!” is a Russian fairytale.