Friday, September 05, 2014

another step up the crazy scale

The abduction of this Estonian officer is a particularly alarming development with Russia. The FSB, Russia's federal security services, has now admitted that it "detained" the officer, although it claims he was on the Russian side of the border. Estonia isn't buying it and is treating the matter as an act of aggression against the country.

Estonia, unlike Ukraine, is a member of NATO. Which means if Estonia responds militarily to Russia (which would be an insane idea, given the relative sizes of the two countries, if Estonia couldn't depend upon the NATO umbrella), then every NATO member, including the U.S., could find itself at war with Russia.

Not that I think it will go that far. But if Russia really did do what Estonia says it did, then Putin has reached a new level of recklessness.