Coward Old Universe…

by Jeremy G.

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And I’m not even sure Elvis is actually dead…

Posted by Jeremy Ghez on August 18, 2008

Today’s interview of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröeder in Der Spiegel could almost be amusing if the situation was not so tragic.  Schröder seems to have taken on the role of Russian ambassador for good.  After all, the salary he’s receiving through Gazprom should buy the Russians at least some type of service!  But as the reader will see at the end of the interview, it’s not nice to participate in the global disinformation against the former Chancellor, so enough said – although some are saying a whole lot here, here and here for instance…

Again, I’m all for subtlety, especially in international relations which usually generates stories with complex sheds of gray.  But this tendency, especially in the European left, to applaud Russia’s rise without a word of concern about Russia’s autocracy and methods is more than disturbing.  The idea that two wrongs don’t make a right has never been more relevant today.

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Perplexity

Posted by Jeremy Ghez on August 18, 2008

Here’s an initial disclaimer. You want to call Georgian President Saakashvili a hot head, a crook, a villain, America’s spoiled brat? Fine by me. As long as you recognize that he is certainly not Saddam and that Georgia is a democracy – although an ailing one in practice.

Once that this caveat is out of the way, I find that there is something profoundly disturbing in the fatalistic views of this war which conclude that the region in question is not part of America’s sphere of influence and any point of view that would say different is irresponsible. Does this mean that America should not care and give Putin a blank check? I would have a a hard time understanding such a surrender. In addition, this is not only America’s problem, but the West as a whole. Yesterday’s efforts to build democracy East of Europe is not a goal we should abandon only because it upsets Russia. We only need to have the capital to reach our goals.

That’s why I will admit, with no trouble, how furious Bush’s inability to act – due to his own mistakes and miscalculations in the past. Furthermore, talking to Russia should obviously not be off the table. That said, I still believe that letting autocracies prosper is a strategy that has proved disastrous in the past and will be in the future.

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