Thursday, June 14, 2007

Foreign Policy Dupilicity

BartCop's most recent rants - Political Humor and Commentary:

America has acted duplicitously, even treacherously, in surrounding Russia with NATO - against express promises;
developing new classes of atomic weapons, withdrawing from the ABM treaty, abandoning non-proliferation regimes,
and acting both as if Russia is a has-been paper tiger and yet a continued threat. But Russia- seeking to reassert her
rightful power and influence, has been too aggressive: doubling energy prices overnight, threatening Europe with a gas
OPEC, bullying foreign companies to sell their hard won stake in Russia, and intimidating Estonia.

Buoyed by its recent wealth and stability, Russia demands respect, but hasn't mastered the crucial difference between engendering it from fear and creating it from consistency, admiration, and friendship. The fear causes flashbacks to the Soviet era, especially among the former satellites, who then desperately seek alliances with the West, even if unwise or destabilizing.

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