Thursday, September 11, 2008

America's Foreign Policy Nightmare

Unlike what the Mainstream Media would have you think, the US-Russia conflict over Georgia has not ended. Rather, Georgia's ruthless president, Mikhail Saakashvili, now begs NATO to extend membership to his nation in response to Russian incursions into South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Prolonging the conflict, Saakashvili's military gamble against Russia almost led to his own dethronement at the behest of one of the most powerful military forces in the world.

However, while there may be a new peace treaty in place, negotiating by France's Sarkozy, the unrest has not subsided. With the United States strongly now advocating for Georgia and Ukraine's entrance into NATO, Russia could not feel more threatened. In addition, the new US missile defense system planned for Czech Republic and Poland symbolizes the last straw, a point of no return.

While people in those two countries oppose the radar system vehemently, back-room deals between governments' heads lead to this crisis. With the US possessing nuclear weapons only a mere 150 kilometers from the Russian border, the Russian leadership must take appropriate retaliatory responses, even if it means stationing new nuclear weapons in Cuba.

As Saakashvili grows ever louder in his perverted moan for NATO membership and a coveted place within the US's protective defense umbrella, the US's complaisant attitude toward what is really hurting relations in Europe appears to now doom our nation toward an inevitable "New Cold War" with Russia. Even Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recently warned against a new revival of the nuclear arms race and vehemently denounced US plans for missiles in Poland. In response, the Russians state that Poland and Czech Republic are making themselves targets for future military action.

What most Americans do not understand, is that these countries are not the backwoods and untouched locations many think they are. Rather, they lay in the heart of Central Europe, always essential places of trade, wealth, and art connecting East and West. Places where war is really unimaginable after the devastation of World War II, and civility is expected. To put our closest allies in jeopardy also raises questions about American motives. If we so strongly support these democratic societies, why not allow them to protect themselves? They face no real threats, except for our radar!

Also, while many Central Europeans strongly admire America, a cultural alliance and political one is enough. There is absolutely no need to militarize these crucial relationships. And as world events seem to escalate to a new height with clashes between the three major superpowers (US/Europe, China, and Russia) appearing more likely, maybe it is time to take some advice from those that know Empire well, the Russians, and stay out of other big dogs' backyards.

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