“I Looked Into His Eyes and I Saw Lucifer”
“George Bush said he looked into Putin’s eyes and saw his soul. Really? I look into his eyes and I see Lucifer. I saw black pools of KGB evil.” – Bill Maher
In case you missed the news recently… you know, if you were watching CNN or another gossip station that was focused on John Edwards’ love child, or the latest Paris Hilton video… then you might not know that there’s a shooting war going on near Russia. On the outlying country of Georgia to be precise. Since the fall of the former Soviet Union many years ago, and the strong economic and democratic growth of the country of Georgia since the overthrow of former president Eduard Shevardnadze in the bloodless Revolution of Roses, Russian strongman Vladi Putin has kept his eye on this upstart country.
And under the media cover provided by the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, Russia made its move, sending an overwhelming and decisive force into the beleaguered former Soviet country – ostensibly to enforce Russian hegemony, but really to wipe this growing country off the face of the globe.
Between “peacekeeping” assignments in the trouble areas of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and helping to stir anti-Georgian sentiment in these regions, Russia has been slowly sowing the seeds of the current smackdown of a former obedient satellite country.
Of course, Georgia wasn’t helped by the lackluster oh fuck it, shitty response from their potential NATO “allies” (what the hell are they good for?) and the fact that President Bush couldn’t bother to come up with a decent response to this invasion for four days.
All the while, Russia ignored international sentiment to maintain the ceasefire, to stop this smackdown of a democratically elected country, to avoid sending 25,000+ troops in. Russia did the most hideous of all possible actions (to liberals at least) – they ignored a U.N. Mandate! *gasp*
Russia is acting like the geopolitical equivalent of an aging diva, doing anything to keep the cameras of them for one more day, one more hysterical scene, one more “inadvertent” flash of the naughty bits to the not-so-everpresent-anymore camera crews.
Even if the United States had the military to back its statements, would the current administration and American public have the stomach to handle going into a conflict with an old enemy halfway around the world? An enemy who has stated they would use tactical nuclear devices to make up for Russian inferiority in military technology on the battlefield.
Of course, I hate to say it, but there are greater geopolitical concerns re: the Russians. There’s a lot of barely guarded nuclear fuel and weapons in that country. Any overt push back by the United States could drive nationalist forces in the country, who want to see a reassertion of the old Soviet Empire, to “accidentally” let some of this dangerous material fall into unsavory hands. So as much as I believe in the moral use of the ass-kicking ability of the United States Military in this case, there’s no black and white answer to this geopolitical problem.
However, it’s nice to see that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama could take time out of his crucial vacation to read a stronger-worded statement than his previous response. He must have used a different speechwriter this time.
What else is there to say? I’m going to play Frontlines: Fuel of War, maybe the Moscow invasion scene at the end of the game…