Russian masterstroke protects Iran, American public
By Peter Duveen
PETER'S NEW YORK, August 13,
2008--Russia was able to accomplish more than to show its might in the
recent action it took to protect an Eastern European enclave of
disputed sovereignty (South Ossetia). It was able to open up a
potential new front in the simmering conflict between the United States
and Russia, and prevent American military resources from being
squandered on an adventure in Iran. As a result, Russia may be the
only force the American people can rely upon to stave off a disastrous
expansion into the Middle East.
Commentators almost universally admit that the wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq have left the American military overextended. The American economy
is now in the worst shape it has been since the recession of the late
1970s. And the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming presidential
elections will surely make any decision regarding action against Iran
improbable. This may indeed be the respite Americans need to reshape
foreign policy and reign in a federal government gone mad over foreign
military exploits based on pretexts that have been shown to be entirely
While the Bush administration and its fellow travelers may be shouting
that Russia is picking on its neighbor, Georgia, facts demonstrate that
Russia's action was purely defensive, and certainly more justifiable
than the American invasion and occupation of Iraq. The current Russian
administration will have the press, and likely, popular opinion in its
own country, on its side.
Russia being a nuclear power that can launch an effective strike or
counterstrike against the United States and/or any other nuclear power,
it is in a unique position to stave off the expansion of American
military might that might be wielded either directly or indirectly
through U.S. proxies such as Georgia. The Russian actions may signal a
new realignment with other powers that may wish to throw their weight
behind a block that would undoubtedly include Iran, Syria and
China. Who knows where it may go from there!
We can anticipate a sort of super-cold war in which a large portion of
the world's population has a choice to align itself with the so-called
"Western Powers," or a new sphere of influence of equal or greater
clout. In fact, we may soon witness major defections from the U.S.
sphere of influence.
In order to minimize internal dissent, the member countries of the new
block may afford their citizens greater freedoms, thus securing popular
support for their policies. Russia is a good example of a country where
increasing personal freedom over the past decade and a half has
boyed the popularity of its government. This bodes well for the
West, for a competitive "East" may help the U.S. and Europe
recognize that antagonizing their populations by
abridging freedoms and expanding government surveillance is a far
greater risk to national security than the bogus "Islamic terrorism"
they have been trumpeting for the past seven years or so.
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