Monday, August 25, 2008

Russian Hypocrites

You have to love listening to the Russians. All you have to do is think Chechnya and you can recognize a hypocrite.
Georgia and Russia fought a brief war earlier this month over South Ossetia after Tbilisi sent in troops to try to retake the province by force, provoking a massive counter-attack by land, sea and air from Moscow.

"Today it is clear that after Georgia's aggression against South Ossetia (that) Georgian-South-Ossetian and Georgian-Abkhazian relations cannot be returned to their former state," upper house speaker Sergei Mironov said during the debate.

"The peoples of South Ossetia and Abkhazia have the right to get independence."

Well, I suppose there is little that Georgia can do about this, but the Russians should recognize that the rest of the world doesn't need to agree with their actions.

By this strategy I'm thinking that the US should be looking at a former Russian ally to crush and free just to the south of our border.

1 comment:

Skeptic said...

I don't know Jacob Weisberg, and I long ago stopped reading Slate.

When Slate first started they had as editor Michael Kinsley (I think in 1995).

Slate was terrific then - still a little left-leaning, but mostly about ideas - even liberty-loving ideas.

I regularly downloaded their Winword version and printed it (over a 28.8kpbs modem - remember those?). It often came to 60-100 pages - two columns.

Krugman was a columnist for them - and mostly wrote straight economics primers.

They did nice capsules of other magazines.

I even sent them $20 for a year's subscription (that experiment did not last long).

Kinsley is long gone. Krugman got snatched up by the NYT - and became a self-important liberal whiner - in print anyway.

The whole thing went to hell.

I wonder what Bill Gates now thinks of his web-child (or at least Microsoft's web-child).