I tire of conveying similar “talking points” on Twitter, so here have brought together one tweet and a few exemplary references hauled into TwitterSpace to set the point.
As time buries tweets in Twittersphere cacophony, I’ll follow here with what followed beneath the above post.
Satter, David. “The Unsolved Mystery Behind the Act of Terror That Brought Putin to Power.” National Review, August 17, 2016.
Politkovskaya, Anna. A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Nekrasov, Andrey. Director. Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File AKA The Murder of Litvinenko–>
Very little post-Cold War literature speaks well of Russia, frankly.
I had years ago created in my library a small “Russian Section” but decided against become a librarian as well as a faithful, thorough, and persnickety creator of bibliography. 🙂 Nonetheless, the basic reading has turned out a lasting experience.
Here, I would buttress the three articles noted up top with one more in sync with what has been Moscow’s political style since the early-mid 1990s: Schindler, John. “Exploring Al Queda’s Murky Connection to Russian Intelligence.” Business Insider, June 10, 2014.
Does Moscow need the enmity of the world for grinding against?
Or does Russia merely represent what is barbaric, corrupt, evil, greedy, and ruthless between men?
And does Washington need the enmity of Moscow to set is own pace in defense spending and related forces and technology development?
They’re questions worth asking but far beyond my capacity to address.
The one thing well known worldwide is that Moscow has lost all credibility in aboveboard political agreements (like that Budapest Memorandum) and normal diplomatic declarations (e.g., assurances about NOT invading Ukraine even as it positioned for doing so–and now we have the same talk about not using tactical nuclear weapons even as it plans to move weapons of the type into Belarus).
As the United States and others have led the world on the basis of competitive good conduct and productivity in trade — and with the happiness of nations having to do with adjustment to long-term cultural attributes and geopolitical realities–Russia appears to have fallen into the darkest of abyss with its “Tsar Nobody” attempting to accomplish by corruption, force, and theft what he and it have no wish to do peacefully. On Putin’s course, Russia evidently means to destroy, enslave, plunder, and subjugate rival powers.