Russia and the Axis of Evil
Last week it was reported that Russia was urging the world to continue negotiating with the terrorist group Hamas rather than confronting it. This was, perhaps, the most amazing display of brash temerity by any nation so far this century, since it was being simultaneously reported that North Korea, with which Russia had also demanded negotiation rather than sanctions, had just tested another nuclear bomb.
Needless to say, Russia has been proved wrong on North Korea, and led the world into a genuine national security nightmare as a result. Thus, listening to what Russia says about Hamas would be, quite simply, insane.
How is it, you may ask that the people of Russia are not ashamed at the behavior of their government, charging routinely to the defense of rogue regimes like those that run North Korea and Hamas (to say nothing of Venezulea and Syria)? Wasn’t it rather humliating for Russia that not even these countries, but only the lowly and loathesome Nicaragua, would recognize Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent, per Russia’s request?
There is no answer to those questions, except to point out that Russians said and did nothing when the USSR placed itself on the fast track to collapse, and they seem quite happy to do the same thing all over again. Let the U.S. do the same, say by providing aid and comfort to Russian enemies in Ukraine or Estonia or Georgia or even Chechnya, and Russians will of course wail and moan hysterically about the outrage of it all. Yet they have no problem in offering all kinds of support for North Korea and Hamas.
A nation built of foundations of hypocrisy and immorality cannot stand. The USSR could not, and did not. The same applies to Russia.