Of pots and kettles and bargepoles

According to the Russians, Georgia is being headed by a “criminal regime”. It is trying to “punish Georgia” and in return, the US demands that NATO “punish Russia”. Well, at the moment Russia does seem to have the upper hand and is throwing all the adjectives that best describe it at its victim.

Russia is suffering from withdrawal symptoms. The world used to fear the USSR, and then the carpet got pulled from underneath its feet. Now that it is well placed financially, it wants the world to “respect” it. The reports say that some European countries are not willing to support Georgia to the hilt. A warning for them – if they back down, Russia will know where the chinks in the armor lie. And it will push the envelope further next time round.

Machiavelli had something to say on this – “From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps be answered that we should wish to be both: but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.” That is what Russia feels too.

Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s