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August 25, 2007


Jesse Heath

First, it's Vladimir, not Valdimir. Second, Russia suspended it's participation in the CFE treaty because none of the other Western signatories have ratified the agreement, rendering it meaningless long before Russia's suspension. Third, Putin's missile defense plan is a rational response to the U.S.'s plan to expand its missile defense to Russia's borders. Fourth, why wouldn't Russia attempt to keep an eye on, and retain some influence in, an influential country such as Iran? The point you miss is that Russia will never accept a nuclear Iran, though it does accept Iran's legitimate desire to purchase military hardware. Fifth, planting the flag in the seabed was only a symbolic action that signifies Russia's intention to make its case at the U.N. about the Lomonosov Ridge. Sixth, Putin will step down, absent some incredible and unforeseeable external event (e.g., nuclear war). Perhaps the next president will have ties with the FSB (Ivanov, though tenuous ties), or perhaps not (Medvedev, a true blue liberal). Finally, it's not like Russia invaded and occupied a country half-way around the world without U.N. authorization; the FSB didn't set up secret prisons in Europe in order to torture Chechen 'terrorists', etc, etc, etc. Stop contributing to the Russophobic mania.

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