Russia Crashes another Party
In another editorial in today’s issue, we highlight the fact that Russia has just been revealed by Transparency International to be the very most corrupt nation in the G-20 organization.
Now it turns out that both Brazil and India, fellow members of the so-called “BRIC” group that includes Russia as well as the G-20, are already disgusted with the organization and are spurning it. This was, of course, supposed to be Russia’s great coming-out party, a new group of independent countries looking to Russia for leadership and acting as a bulwark against a unipolar world dominated by the United States. It is turning out to be another classic Russian boondoggle, an illusion rather than a reality.
Once again, in other words, we see Russia being revealed as a totally isolated country, unsuitable and unqualified for membership in any civilized group of countries and unable to establish a leadership role in any organization. Russia imagines itself a leader, but in fact it is not even a follower.
Despite years of trying, Russia has still not achieved membership in the WTO, for instance.
Russia has no significant nation to call a military ally.
Almost no Russian products are admired by foreign countries.
In survey after survey after survey, Russia is shown to be lagging far behind the civilized world. Just click the “rating Russia” category in our sidebar to see the horror unfold.
Russia has insinuated itself into the G-8 and the UN Security Council by one means: Brute force. Nobody wants Russia there, but it demands a place because it possesses nuclear weapons. Civilized countries call that blackmail.
What is most bizarre and sad about all this, however, is that Russians don’t seem to mind at all. They seem to actually want to be spurned by the world, to be proud of their infamous xenophobia. And we think we know why.
It’s because by repudiating the outside world, regardless of the suffering and instability that results, Russians avoid the need to compare themselves to the outside world. They don’t have to work as hard, don’t have to obey the laws of morality, don’t have to meet any expectations or feel the same of not meeting them.
As a result, Russia experiences collapse after collapse, a slow disintegration into the ashcan of history.