Sunday, May 07, 2006

Russia and Iran

I have been looking for an excuse to post another link to Sy Hersh's now famous article in The New Yorker on The Iran Plans of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rove Administration. (Who knows how long this article will be available, so you might think of downloading it.)

The excuse alluded to above is Cheney's interesting remarks in Lithuania this week, remarks that the Russian press are representing as the beginning of a new Cold War. What on earth could Dick have been thinking, I asked myself? Is ragging on the Russians the way to enlist their help in the forthcoming fracus in Iran? Weren't the Russians supposed to be the "neutral" party that would undertake the uranium processing for Iran ... and thereby obviate the casus belli?

It is true that Russia is going backwards in civil rights, but Russia has enormous internal problems to overcome and simplifying the discussion may be helpful in the short run. In the long run, I agree, this is the Putinshchina—the counterrevolution of the KGB.

If this was all calculated to convince Iran of Russia's neutrality, then I have to hand it to Cheney and the gang ... but I frankly do not think they're that smart.

James Richard Brett