Sunday, August 31, 2008

An Entire Nation Gone Quite Mad

Watching Russia is like watching someone going mad before our eyes. Is it really possible for a nuclear-armed nation to be this paranoid and out of touch with reality? Or are the leaders so basically evil that they are willing to speak this way to gain a perceived edge politically with their citizens?

Russia does not want confrontation with the West but will hit back if attacked, Kremlin leader Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday, a day before EU leaders meet to draft a response to Moscow's actions in Georgia.

Is Medvedev trying to ride nationalism to power? Is he using this crisis to wrest power from the real leader Putin? Said Medvedev, the pretend leader of Russia:

"Russia does not want confrontation with any country. Russia does not plan to isolate itself," Medvedev said in an interview with Russia's three main television stations.

But he added: "Everyone should understand that if someone launches an aggressive sortie, he will receive a response." He said Russian law allowed the Kremlin to impose sanctions on other states, though it preferred not to go down that path.

This is madness. And this is seriously dangerous. This isn't Chavez's Venezuela, where lunatic rantings aren't backed by any power. That talk of worrying about aggression is from a nuclear-armed remnant superpower.

These nutballs could talk themselves into a war with NATO if they don't wake up from their drunken Georgia binge. Just how do you deal with an entire nuclear-armed nation that is clinically insane?