Roger Kimball, a hyper-literate guy and the editor of one of my favorite journals–The New Criterion–made a chilling observation about yesterday’s events. An excerpt:
But I suspect that in the years to come what most historiansâ€“and perhaps the rest of us, tooâ€“will think of when we hear the date August 8, 2008 is not China, and certainly not old whatâ€™s-his-name with the hair, the mistress, and pathetic claims of being â€œ99 percent honestâ€œ. What weâ€™ll think of is the country of Georgia and weâ€™ll realize that August 8 was the date when Russia began reassembling the former Soviet empire in earnest.
When Russian tanks and troops poured into the separatist Georgian province of South Ossetia yesterday, it was not, as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said, part of a â€œpeacekeeping mission.â€ It was part of an imperialist mission whose undeclared goal is to reabsorb the whole of Georgiaâ€“West-leaning Georgia with its critical oil pipeline supplying energy to an increasingly thirsty Europeâ€“into mother Russia.
You can read the whole thing here.
I mentioned recently that my gut tells me we’re in for some interesting times in the next 12 months or so. Perhaps those “interesting” times began yesterday.