As Russia swelters under a heat wave, we are watching the very fabric of the nation unravel before our eyes.
More than one thousand people, including many children, have drowned as reckless Russians drink and swim.
The nation’s wheat crop is collapsing.
Its airports are shutting down.
And Russia’s roads are literally melting.
If Russia is undone by a little hot weather (far less hot, by the way, than many other areas of the world are currently experiencing), what would happen if NATO armies were marching across its borders, we can’t help but wonder . . .
The world saw what happened to Putin’s Russia when the world’s economic winds began to blow ill: The Putin economy collapsed sensationally. Four-fifths of the value of the Russian stock market was quickly shed, and foreign investment disappeared. Now the Russian market, a shadow of its former self, blows this way and that like prairie grass as the price of oil changes, having utterly lost any sense of identity or value separate from crude.
Yet the Putin regime still arrogantly preens and struts before the world, as if Russia were a force to be reckoned with. In its stupidity, its detachment from reality, its barbaric violence and its bleak ignorance, this is a fully neo-Soviet regime, which now relies on nothing but brute force to keep itself in power, just as the Politburo always did in Soviet times.