Thursday, August 28, 2008


russia's envoy to NATO:
There are two dates that have changed the world in recent years: Sept. 11, 2001, and Aug. 8, 2008. They are basically identical in terms of significance.
the line probably strikes most people as rather overblown. but in some ways the two are parallel. after september 11th, the u.s. used september 11th as a pretext to invade iraq, a country that many within the ruling party wanted to attack all along. similarly, the russians used august 8th as a pretext to attack georgia, a country its leadership wanted to attack all along.

otherwise the dates are pretty different. what links them together is that they were both the excuse the powers-that-be were looking for.