Anyone who knows the history of Hitler and how he built the Third Reich or of the U.S.S.R. and how Russia built the Soviet Union, piece by piece, knows where Russia’s attack on Georgia is going.
But this time, It will be different. Putin has learned from the former U.S.S.R.’s mistakes. He also does not trust China, because China, although Communist, is a threat to Russia both territorially, economically and militarily.
So, what is a poor leader of Russia to do when trying to reconstitute the Soviet empire? He looks south to Iran and the “oil belt.”
China is becoming even more addicted to oil than we are. China will need oil well into the future and is not likely to jump on the bandwagon of green energy at the cost of retooling its factories that are so productive now. The U.S. needs oil and is at the mercy of the oil-producing nations until it gets its green energy industries up and running and its renewable and alternative fuels in distribution.
And there’s that pipeline that so conveniently runs through Georgia. And Iran, who is a “friend” in need of Russia’s. Iran depends on Russia keeping the U.N. off its back with its veto power in the U.N. Security Council. Iran depends on Russian weapons to wage its wars and fund its terrorists and their activities. Iran is a pseudo-puppet of Russia already and won’t be able to buck Russia when the time comes for it to need to do so.
We must learn from Hitler’s takeover (http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/timeline/ww2time.htm) of Austria, the Rhineland, Czechoslavakia, Poland, Denmark, Norway, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, France, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Greece, Ukraine and parts of Russia, not to mention most of Africa and the Middle East. A side note, the definition of fascism as defined by the AntiFascist League (http://antifascist.socialistforum.net/):
How did the word “fascism” originate?
Word “fascism” was first coined Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. In Italian language, word fascio means bundle of iron rods. Mussolini and his party used to kill communists and socialists by torturing them with iron rods. So, they named their party as fascist party. Benito Mussolini upheld corporatism (a system of capitalist government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership). Racial hatred against Asians and Africans also includes in Mussolini style fascism.
Hitler’s rise to power gave the U.S.S.R. an opportunity to expand after the war (although some expansion had occurred earlier on). The Nazis and Soviets divided up Poland:
“…the Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact, which made possible the occupation of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and the invasion of Poland in 1939. In late November 1939, unable to force Finland into agreement to move its border 25 kilometres back from Leningrad by diplomatic means, Stalin ordered the invasion of Finland….”
“…the Battle of Stalingrad, lasting from late 1942 to early 1943, became a major turning point of the war, after which Soviet forces drove through Eastern Europe to Berlin before Germany surrendered in 1945 (see Great Patriotic War).”
And that is how you build an empire — piece by piece, territory by territory, country by country, until you reach the point of diminishing returns and can no longer support your occupation expenses.
Putin is former KGB. He is not a part of the new Russia, and never has been. His goal is to restore the Soviet empire to its former glory, but he intends to do it in a much smarter way — by controlling the oil and pipeline from Russia down to Iran. And how will we stop him?
Iran will cooperate in the near term because they hate the U.S. and want to see us brought down. In combination with Russia’s military backing, they can do so without significant fear of any serious reprisal. Russia will use Iran to help bring us down until such time as the mission shifts to “imperialist” mode and Iran will get gobbled up by Russia and the New Soviet Union.
And America and its allies will not be able to do very much about it, since we have oil-based economies. Unless we get smart and start a Manhattan-Project-level effort to convert to green, renewable resources now.
It really is a matter of our own national security.
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” — George Wilhelm Hegel