August 24, 2007

Drawing the Iron Curtain?

Justin Katz

Perhaps I'm just noticing examples more, of late, but there seems to be an increasing stream of worrying news items, such as the following, coming out of Russia:

Russia's armed forces chief of staff on Thursday described as "hallucinations" Georgia's claim that Russian warplanes had violated its border on Tuesday, Interfax news agency reported.

Georgia, which has accused Russian aircraft of dropping a missile near its capital Tbilisi earlier this month, said on Wednesday two more Russian jets had illegally crossed its borders. Russia has rejected the claims.

"It must be that our Georgian colleagues are starting to suffer from hallucinations," General Yuri Baluyevsky said.

I'm beginning to see this January 2003 post as naive and to worry that we'll too soon be looking back on the palpable excitement of the '90s in wistful lament at our subsequent loss of illusion (a pleasant fantasy that the new millennium quickly proved, of course, to be naive). How much of the next ten years' politics will suffer the turbulence of mass longing to reenter the dream?

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Glad I'm not the only one who's hearing those old cold-war drums starting up again...

Posted by: Marty at August 24, 2007 4:29 PM

Who lost Russia?

Posted by: PDM at August 24, 2007 6:07 PM

As some of you may know, Russian bombers flew over Guam recently. US jets were scrambled to intercept. I could not help but think how awesome it would have been to have such an alert airforce in the northeastern United States six years ago. But I guess we only send fighters to greet errant former cold warriors and dead golfers.

Posted by: PDM at August 24, 2007 6:20 PM
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