Russia has strategic goals as well as national interests. Russia spies. But then again, so do we. Over what should we be more surprised – that all this happens, or what we forget this sometimes and let it influence our society?
“I send the message from the American people – we are with you, your fight is our fight and we will win together,” Senator John McCain said today, as he visited Ukraine’s front lines in its ongoing conflict with Russia. “In 2017 we will defeat the invaders and send them back where they came from. To Vladimir Putin – you will never defeat the Ukrainian people and deprive them of their independence and freedom,” he said. But when Russia influenced the elections in Crimea in March, and annexed it, where was the United States? In light of the revelations
CNN is just now starting to talk about a 1.5 meter by 1 meter hole under the railbed, and Russian assertions that — gasp! — this tragic accident may not be an accident but indeed the work of (dum, dum, DUM!) terrorists. Well, of course it’s terrorism. Investigators have shown up and have begun to ask questions of the locals — have there been strangers in the area recently? Maybe Chechens? Or some other terrorists from the North Caucasus region? I have no doubt that it’s terrorism, and would not be surprised in the least if it turns out
The recent fighting in South Ossetia is one small part of a proxy war between the United States and Russia. The country of Georgia has, since gaining independence, become three groups within one border, with the central government losing effective control over both South Ossetia and Abkhazia. And while the United States has courted Georgia as a partner in the Global War On Terror and as a possible future member of NATO, Russia has effectively subverted this growing alliance through continued support to the separatist movements in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Conflict in Georgia, and the prospects for resumed
Georgia and the separatists in South Ossetia came to blows a couple of days ago, ending the de facto stalemate in the war there. Russia has had “peace keepers” there for some time, and this re-introduction of combat operations has dragged Mother Russia back into the fighting. Russia and the Republic of Georgia are at war. I realize that, for most of America, this is not a big deal. For me, this is news, with a capital N. For Russia, this is a win-win situation. Russia wins in exerting influence over South Ossetia when it comes at the expense