Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Foreboding Bigger Picture of Russian Actions

Foreboding: an omen, prediction, or presentiment especially of coming evil

Very ominous news appear on a daily basis - Russia is clearly happy to have a showdown with the U.S. and the West, if the rest of the West will participate, that is. Russia, authoritarian and newly wealthy, is asserting its hegemony wherever it can.

It doesn't take much effort to stand back a bit and think of all the of the ominous headlines brought to you courtesy of Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Consider some highlights of what is going on around the world:

Consider this about Russia:

It seems unlikely that Putin's goals are one and the same as the former Soviet Union's - if one assumes that is the spread of communist ideology through all means. If Putin's goals are only to establish his own close-knit oligarchy as a means to personal wealth and power, and to do that he must restore Russian pride as a world power through threats, violence, and subjugation, in terms of practice and results, what is the difference between that and the former Soviet empire?

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