On the brink of a bigger war
14 February, 2015
On the brink of a bigger war
What if those exasperated atom-rich bullies make a sudden decision to teach a lesson to the effluent democracy-ridden phony peace-and-justice lover – the West? And the chance is always there – it smells like it!

Is there really a smell of gunpowder in the air worldwide? Could be, but nobody wants to believe the rumors and presumptions only because our contemporary world is guarded well by a magic deterrent from big-scale wars in general – the nuclear capability of a
human. Isn’t it paradoxical that the worst weapon of mass destruction – an atomic bomb – is standing like a strong and faithful sentinel for us to protect the mankind from possible conflagrations, which we the humans have always been prone to impose on ourselves once in a while? Deterrent is fine but not in every possible hand in the world. In spite of the famous deterrent being a deterrent, threats are still heard around the globe that somebody might want to defy the deterrent and use it if the ‘enemy’ does not behave. We have heard North Korea’s recent belligerent rhetoric, haven’t we? How about Russia who has lately gone totally berserk about the West’s defying her weird style of interaction on global showground? Europe might be laughing at the Russian foreign minister’s preposterous attempt to rewrite the history of Cold War but as the saying goes, he laughs best who laughs last. Why is the West so facetiously confident that Russia’s internationally sounding arguments about the current Russian government’s intention to reshape the world in compliance with Russia’s imperial philosophy of the world order? I am afraid that Europe is right now laughing on the wrong side of its wrinkled but still attractive mouth because Russia hates to be laughed at, and at some point in the nearest future, the West will have to face the furious grudge that Russia has held against it for a while. Many of us would stick to a cliché that today’s Russia is a very dangerous guy. OK, granted, but how about tomorrow’s? Or yesterday’s for that matter? Is the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962 between the United States and the Soviet Union already forgotten? I was only twenty then, and quite well versed in world politics. My English was fit enough to read voraciously all I could get my hands on notwithstanding the soviet regime confinements. The situation was truly the gravest ever. There was enough bad smell of gunpowder in the air at that very moment of international emergency to remember it for the rest of our lives. Regardless its aggressively bellicose nature, the USSR entertained a political penchant to think of itself as a champion of peace and coexistence, making brazen international declarations about her being one. Russia, faithfully following in the steps of its grotesque predecessor, is inclined to do the same. And the Russian people believe the nonsense, if they really do! And here is the affordable explanation of the dilemma – the Russian government, encouraged by the forcefully orchestrated support of its people to continue fighting against its historical enemy – the West, will never curtail its aggressive attitude and intentions towards the nations she usually takes as her sworn-in vassals. The West is of course outraged, but how much can it do to stop the assailant? Practically nothing! Why? Because there is the damned nuclear deterrent out there that scares everybody to death. What if those exasperated atom-rich bullies make a sudden decision to teach a lesson to the effluent democracy-ridden phony peace-and-justice lover – the West? And the chance is always there – it smells like it! It smells like gunpowder in the air. Now, what should Georgia do here? It is my sincere understanding that Georgia has to be very careful with Russia, which Georgia is doing right now. We are no longer making any sudden moves or any vituperative statements that might aggravate Russia, but the problem is that Russia remains annoyed at Georgia no matter how gently we behave. I would even say that Georgia comports itself as quiet as a lamb, but at the same time is trying not to lose dignity in the eyes of the West. Well, if we mislay the Western benevolence, we might forfeit a chance of survival and never again redeem it. If we anger Russia we might soon become a subject of brutal revenge. So we are being torn apart between the powers that command the world. How about a little modest dream about neutrality or something like that! Not allowed, they say! Who says that? Who makes all those decisions for us? Better not to ask because a question like this might get too perilous at times when the smell of gunpowder in the air is becoming suffocating. On another count, Georgia might have a couple of tips for the West: Could you guys take Russia at her face value and let the spade be a spade? Make no war of course, make love! But the love you make has to be so strongly felt and overwhelming that the Russian people finally understand who is who and what is what so that the Russian government of any era in the future never entertain a proclivity to wrong the world and her own people as much as it is doing now both deliberately and unwittingly. I am saying ‘unwittingly’ because I am not quite sure that the Russian people know where they are and where they are headed for. Are they aware that the world might be on the brink of a bigger war?
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