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A Case of Russophobia

Putin, Medvedev, and John McCain

John McCain does not like the Russians.  Nearly 17 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, with Soviet-style communism safely tossed into the dustbin of history, Senator McCain loves to scare us with the Russkie boogeyman.  Take, for example, this excerpt from his “An Enduring Peace Built on Freedom,” published in the November/December 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs:

A decade and a half ago, the Russian people threw off the tyranny of communism . . . Today, we see in Russia diminishing political freedoms, a leadership dominated by a clique of former intelligence officers, efforts to bully democratic neighbors, such as Georgia, and attempts to manipulate Europe’s dependence on Russian oil and gas.  We need a new Western approach to this revanchist Russia.  We should start by ensuring that the G-8, the group of eight highly industrialized states, becomes again a club of leading market democracies: it should include Brazil and India but exclude Russia.  Rather than tolerate Russia’s nuclear blackmail . . . Western nations should make clear that the solidarity of NATO, from the Baltic to the Black Sea, is indivisible and that the organization’s doors remain open to all democracies committed to the defense of freedom.  We must also increase our programs supporting freedom and the rule of law in Russia.

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