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The Country Russia Loves to Hate
29 September 2009
By Vladimir Ryzhkov
It is telling that a single Russian television channel broadcast Obama’s speech in July, leaving most Russians completely unaware of the U.S. leader’s friendly overture to them. Apparently, the Kremlin has no intention of providing at least minimum public support for Washington’s desire to reset U.S.-Russian relations.
Vladimir Ryzhkov, a State Duma deputy from 1993 to 2007, hosts a political talk show on Ekho Moskvy radio.
Well, maybe you were right to have no tag for Dagestan, as Moscow is apparently more dangerous than Dagestan:
Senior Dagestani Official Killed in Moscow
28 September 2009
By Alexandra Odynova
A senior Dagestan official who survived three assassination attempts at home has been shot dead by gunmen in southwestern Moscow, investigators said Monday.
It wasn’t clear Monday why the gunmen attacked in Moscow rather than in Dagestan, where many local officials have been killed in escalating violence this year. In one of those attacks, Dagestani Interior Minister Adilgirei Magomedtagirov was killed in Makhachkala in June.
(Hint: I was just kidding. Of course you should have a “dagestan” tag.)
A an excerpt from a thoughful opinion piece in the WSJ on the consequences of Obama’s failed foreign policies:
For those much-scorned neocons, none of this comes as a surprise. Neoconservatives generally take the view that the internal character of a regime usually predicts the nature of its foreign policy. Governments that are answerable to their own people and accountable to a rule of law tend to respect the rights of their neighbors, honor their treaty commitments, and abide by the international rules of the road. By contrast, regimes that prey on their own citizens are likely to prey on their neighbors as well. Their word is the opposite of their bond.
That’s why neocons have no faith in any deals or “grand bargains” the U.S. might sign with North Korea or Iran over their nuclear programs: Cheating is in the DNA of both regimes, and the record is there to prove it. Nor do neocons put much stock in the notion that there’s a “reset” button with the Kremlin. Russia is the quintessential spoiler state, seeking its advantage in America’s troubles at home and abroad. Ditto for Syria, which has perfected the art of taking credit for solving problems of its own creation.
Where neocons do put their faith is in American power, not just military or economic power but also as an instrument of moral and political suasion. Disarmament? The last dictator to relinquish his nuclear program voluntarily was Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, who did so immediately following Saddam Hussein’s capture. Democratization? Contrary to current conventional wisdom, democracy is often imposed, or at least facilitated, by U.S. pressure—in the Philippines, in the Balkans and, yes, in Iraq. Human rights? Anwar Ibrahim, the beleaguered Malaysian opposition leader, told me last week that “the only country that can stand up” to abusive regimes is the United States. “If they know the administration is taking a soft stance [on human rights], they will go on a rampage.”
The world’s thugs are in protected hands with Obama.
Thanks Penny, good article.