Cultural Revolutions

Questionable Motives

Boris Yeltsin, so the conventional wisdom goes, is an impulsive Slavic peasant whose motives are as inscrutable as the enigma that is Russia. Some, probably most, observers also think Yeltsin is crazy. Not crazy like the holy fools of old Russia or the smug suits who make NATO policy. No, Yeltsin is simply considered senile or losing his mind to alcoholic dementia. Neither view is quite right, as the unexpected and shocking—to the neatly pressed pretty boys and girls of NATO and CNN—dash of Russian troops into Kosovo in June demonstrated. The Russian blitzkrieg short-circuited the talks on Russia's projected "role" in Kosovo by forcing the issue: Russia would take part in the "peacekeeping" mission on her own terms, remaining —de facto if not de jure—outside the NATO command structure.

CNN, the wire service of the New World Order, was apoplectic, and the "Iron Lady" of the State Department was so mad she was quaking in her combat boots. The West had expected Russia to play along: Merall, that w as part of the deal. Viktor Chernomyrdin, the stalking horse of oligarch-in-chief Boris Berezovsky, had supposedly boosted his chances of becoming Boris I's anointed successor by pressuring Milosevic to cave in and allow NATO to occupy Kosovo, which made Chernomyrdin's pal Al Gore happy. In return, the allegedly non-political IMF would cough up more...

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