Posted by Adam @ 8:16 pm on May 29th 2007

Russia

Russia is worrisome. The brutal attempts to crush Chechen resistance continue, assassination and extradition shenanigans, increasing protest supression, the risk of serious military escalation, renationalisation of private enterprise and general concerns about the erosion of Russian democracy: there are signals aplenty to worry us. Niall Ferguson goes so far as to tie mch of this together in revive a comparison to 1930s Germany, with the fledgling democracy ineffectually led by Boris Yeltsin fulfilling the role of the Weimar Republic as Nazism’s set-up man.

It’s an interesting piece; although I am suspicious of analogies, I am concerned that the direction in which Russia is headed is not just bad for Russia but may be bad for all of us. We don’t stand to immediately profit from pushing Russia back and might not profit at all; if we just let things develop, however, we might end up in a situation that is very fraught indeed. But wait, you cry: can Bush’s infallible judgement have failed?

I will answer the question. I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country. And I appreciated so very much the frank dialogue.

2 Comments »

  1. Maybe, if we are very, very fortunate, Bush will be remembered for “Mission Accomplished” rather than for that quote.

    It would be nice to have an administration in power that had the acumen to play an emerging China off against an emerging Russia, wouldn’t it?

    Comment by Rojas — 5/30/2007 @ 12:03 am

  2. Only freedom-haters would suggest something so nuanced.

    Comment by Adam — 5/30/2007 @ 6:48 am

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