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Russia: Seriously, WTF?

Who is running Russia these days? I’m wondering because, whoever it is, they need to cut back on the mid-afternoon drinkies.

The debacle in Georgia was one thing. A massive over-reaction to Georgia’s internal events, harkening back to Soviet times and using arachaic phrases like ‘Sphere of Influence’. They’re still there, throwing their weight around and reminding the smaller states that surround the Big Bear that its army can still deliver a bloody nose.

However, I think they’ve really lost the plot now. Both the Guardian and Telegraph lead this morning with Russian threats to nuke Poland. It’s 2008 and they’re talking about dropping the bomb in Europe.

Russia needs to be reminded that they no longer have an Empire (in any sense) and be treated like the half-assed dictatorshop that it really is. They were allowed to turn half of Europe into their playground (and break all of the swings while they were there) after WWII – they can’t be allowed to do this again.

From this morning’s Guardian:

The risk of a new era of east-west confrontation triggered by Russia’s invasion of Georgia heightened yesterday when Moscow reserved the right to launch a nuclear attack on Poland because it agreed to host US rockets as part of the Pentagon’s missile shield.

As Washington accused Russia of “bullying and intimidation” in Georgia and demanded an immediate withdrawal of Russian forces from the small Black Sea neighbour, Russia’s deputy chief of staff turned on Warsaw and said it was vulnerable to a Russian rocket attack because of Thursday’s pact with the US on the missile defence project.

“By deploying, Poland is exposing itself to a strike – 100%,” warned Colonel General Anatoly Nogovitsyn. He added that Russia’s security doctrine allowed it to use nuclear weapons against an active ally of a nuclear power such as America.

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