Pig Russia, Wallowing in Mire
The diary of Russian foreign policy events over the past few weeks has been truly horrifying, even by the loathsome standards of Vladimir Putin’s KGB state.
Russia defended Iran. Then it protected Libya. Finally, it stood steadfast in the defense of Syria. And for the cherry on this fetid cake, it invited Pakistan to pay the first official state visit on Moscow in three decades just after learning it had been harboring America’s public enemy #1, Bin Laden, right outside its capital.
Civilized people can only ask themselves: Doesn’t Russia have any shame, or even common sense?
A Thousand days to Apocalypse in Russia
On May 14, 2011, Russia switched on a countdown timer in the city of Sochi to tick off the days remaining until the 2014 Winter Olympiad unfolds there. The clock should have been in the shape of a ticking time bomb, in order to do justice to horror of anticipating what may be the bloodiest sports contest in modern memory.
Just the day before, Russia had gone down to utterly humiliating defeat to tiny Finland, getting blanked 0-3, at the semi-finals of the world ice hockey championships in Slovakia (Russia then promptly surrendered seven goals to Czech Republic and lost the bronze medal as well) . The world was reminded that Russia is inviting it to gape upon the spectacle of Russian failure in 2014; if Russians are unable to meet the high expectations for gold medals the whole country will be forced to bow its head in shame.
But even if Russians manage to reap a fistful of gold in Sochi, they still must face the horrifying specter of terrorism.
lan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, writing in the Moscow Times:
What’s next for the U.S.-Russian reset? Having already succeeded in ramming the ambitious New START arms control treaty through a reluctant Senate late last year, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is now eyeing the next step in its reboot of relations with Moscow: integrating Russia into the world economy.
“Our trade and investment relationship is nowhere near where it could or should be,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wrote recently in the International Herald Tribune. “Russia was America’s 37th largest export market in 2010, and the value of goods that cross our borders with Canada and Mexico every few days exceeds the annual value of our trade with Russia.”
Further improvements to U.S.-Russian ties, Biden believes, require the United States to support Russia’s ongoing efforts to join the World Trade Organization.
A photo essay, courtesy of LR reader MCUSA:
You think horse should be used here, stupid foreigner? Ha! Russian laugh at you!
FRIDAY MAY 20 CONTENTS
(1) EDITORIAL: Russia, behind the Curtain
(2) EDITORIAL: $175,000
(3) EDITORIAL: Get it Straight, Russia Lost World War II
(4) Russia Keeps on Losing
(5) Pamfilova Speaks
(6) Putin and the Rise of the Neo-Soviet State
NOTE: LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld’s latest piece on the mighty Pajamas Media megablog details the horrific crackdown by the Kremlin on opposition attorney Alexei Navalny, including DDOS on his website, outing of his donors by the FSB to Nashi and now a criminal indictment. Is he the next Khodorkovsky? We think so.
NOTE: Scientists have now proven that the Neanderthals lasted in Russia far longer than in any other place. It took them so long because they kept looking under the earth when they should have been looking in the Kremlin.
NOTE: When Vladimir Putin tried to test drive a brand new Lada, he couldn’t start it or open the trunk. Welcome to the real Russia, Grandpa Volodya!
NOTE: A major tennis tournament was held in Madrid, Spain the first week in May, with $4.5 million in prize money at stake. Shockingly, the 16 seeds included only two Russians, but they were two of the country’s top three in the world: #9 Sharapova and #14 Kuznetsova. Neither even reached the quarter finals. Both were blown off the court by lowly world #28 Domenika Cibulkova in easy straight sets. Cibulkova, hardly in dominant form, then lost her next match, against the very lowest seed in the tournament. Ouch.