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.

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