The Russian Virus
Writing on the Foreign Policy website, American political science professor Sean Goforth describes what he calls “V.I.Rus” — an acronym which stands for “Venezuela, Iran and Russia.”
Goforth reminds us that three years ago Venezuela and Iran entered into a formal anti-American pact and that their illegal and illicit conduct in support of their “axis of unity” was investigated and reported on by the Manhattan District Attorney. Chavez provides refined oil to Iran in order to help it avoid the impact of international sanctions, and helps Iran funnel money around the world in support of international terror. In return, Iran provides the impoverished Venezuelan regime with mountains of cash.
Then Russia stepped into the picture, willing and able to provide an endless supply of arms and nuclear technology to both rogue states, and to use its veto in the U. N. Security Council to further protect Iran from sanctions. Goforth says that this tripartite alliance is more dangerous to Western security than the sum of its parts.
But Goforth notes that Russia is still fundamentally weak, because there is absolutely no cultural commonality between the three countries, who are motivated to cooperate solely by their hatred of the United States, and this gives the West a clear opportunity to snuff out Russian aggression by marginalizing Putin’s dictatorship and dividing the VIRUS into segments that cannot rejoin.
There are three flaws in Goforth’s argument, however. First, he does not fully appreciate the horrific evil that is represented by the malignant leaders that rule the VIRUS countries, evil that is bent on destroying the values of freedom and democracy that have been the bedrock of Western civilization. Second, he does not realize the fierce urgency of taking decisive action before these evil regimes can further consolidate their power. And finally, he does not seem to appreciate the extreme danger posed by having a neophyte like Barack Obama charged with leading he West’s response. Obama’s misguided polices have already shown fairly clearly that the U.S. President is incapable of even recognizing the dangers posed by the VIRUS alliance, much less of formulating an effective policy response.