Russia and the Civilized World

John McCain has an opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal talking about how we should respond to Russian hegemony (my word, not his) in Russia.  He advocates a firm, yet measured, response, using the instruments of the “civilized world” (NATO, the G-8) to get Russia back in line.

At the same time, we must make clear to Russia’s leaders that the benefits they enjoy from being part of the civilized world require their respect for the values, stability and peace of that world.

More so than Iraq and Iran, Russia scares me because it is immensely larger and more organized than any of our other adversaries.  With a rising nationalism, growing oil wealth, and a restless imperialism, Russia is the threat of the 21st century.  I’m not generally a war hawk, but we should not, and can not afford to put up with a militaristic Russia.  We already know this with China (think Taiwan).  As the world’s only free superpower, we must stand for the rest of the world and match them move for move.  We kept the world in one piece during the Cold War, we must do so again.

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