Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Second Cold War

As Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated that his country is willing to restart the Cold War against the West, barely anyone in the media seems to have noticed. The BBC, Le Monde, Telegraph, Haaretz, Yomiuri Shimbun, and Deutsche Welle were all silent on the issue, despite coverage of Russia's recognition of the two “breakaway republics” that Russia has ripped away from its tiny neighbor.

Meanwhile, the U.S. media has been almost equally quiet. The New York Times, Washington Post and other MSM sources are so busy fawning over the Democrats assembled in Denver to coronate Barack Obama as commander-in-chief that they don't even have coverage of Georgia or Russia on the top half of their webpages. And all mentions of the issue refer to Russia's recognition of its clients as independent states.

Cold War? What Cold War?

Only Fox saw fit to highlight what is certainly the most important developing story of the 21st Century, the rise of a belligerent Russia spoiling for a fight with the rest of the world. This is more important than the Muslim terrorists who (rightfully) have taken so much of our attention over the past several years. Russia on the march poses a far deadlier threat to the West and to its own neighbors than Al Qaeda or any other organization. For Russia actually controls vast stores of oil and gas, and has the military infrastructure to wage war on a massive scale – not to mention its arsenal of nuclear weapons, which it could share with our enemies.


Useful idiots on the Left will certainly keep their heads buried in the sand for as long as possible – some for the next several decades, if the last Cold War is any indication. They will blame America for instigating the crisis, or at very least make excuses for Russia's bad behavior by drawing a moral equivalence with our actions in Iraq. Indeed, that has already begun. Anyone paying attention, though, must know that the honeymoon between East and West is over. We are entering a terrible new phase of international relations – one that resembles much of the 20th Century, in which powers armed with world-ending bombs stare at one another through the sights of their guns.

How will we reconcile ourselves to this new reality? Who will lead us in this new Cold War? Barack Obama? Now that is a truly terrifying prospect.


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