So now that the Soviet Union is again rearing it's ugly head, what are we going to do about it?
Russia is invading Georgia, it's former province, with the obvious intent to subjugate it. This is not without provocation, as Georgia struck first into Russian territory, invading South Ossetia, a pro-Russian province that threw off Georgian rule in the 1990s.
Due to this violent outbreak, Russian Prime Minister Putin left the Olympics immediately to return to his country. And although war has broken out between Russian and Georgia (a USA ally), President Bush continues to cavort about the Olympics, playing volleyball and posing for photo ops.
I grant you that this war is not major, and initially it didn't directly involve the USA. It does now, however, since the USA military has ferried out 2,000 Georgian troops from Iraq to deliver them to a war torn Georgia.
Putin is complaining, and I cannot entirely disagree with him, even though everyone knows that 2,000 troops are a drop in the bucket compared to the tidal wave of troops that Russia can utilize.
The UK and the European Union are also getting involved, calling Russia's putsch deplorable.
The same people that are saying Russia is overreacting and using too much force are the people who feel that Israel is justified in using the same force against its Muslim aggressors.
As much as I hate to admit it, I agree with Russia in this. If Mexico invaded Texas with the intent to win it back after all these years, would the USA stand idly by in negotiations or would we hit them with as strong a show of force as we possibly could?
Never the less, such Russian strong-arm tactics should alarm the rest of the world. We are seeing a rebirth of a very aggressive militaristic state, and I suspect that this is merely the beginning of the second Cold War.
We also need to realize that oil is fueling Russia's militaristic growth, just as it is fueling the growth of our other enemies. The only way to stop this monster is to starve it in its cradle. It's time for us to strive toward independency, and start drilling for oil here. Even if we begin the process now, we will still have 10 years of struggle and compromise. It's best to start the clock ticking now, rather than prolonging that agony.