I have not been a member of RedState for long, and this is my first post. I have greatly enjoyed reading all of the posts made and the emphasis placed on conservative principles and practices. Keep it up!
However, in all of the coverage of the Russia/Georgia war there is one aspect which I have not seen stated anywhere, but which I believe has a direct bearing upon the conflict and how it should be perceived. That is the fact that the tactics and rhetoric coming from the Russian government are not new, consider the following:
From 1936-1938, Germany “annexed” Austria and Czechoslovakia. This was done by rolling military units into the country under the guise of military protection for “German citizens and interests” within the region. These two countries, without the means to truly defend themselves and the assistance of other nations, soon bowed to the power of the Third Reich. The response of the United States and other nations was a war of words but nothing more, further cementing Hitler’s belief that there was little the British, French, and U.S. could or would do to stop further “annexation.” This led to the 1939 invasion of Poland which “began” World War 2 on the German front. However, it all began through the forced annexation of small German neighbors.
These are the exact same tactics being used presently by the Russian government. As one writer once said, “those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” I am not trying to state that we are on our way to World War 3, for I do not necessarily believe that to be the case. However, there needs to be an honest observation of the mentality, rhetoric, and actions of Russia at this time. These observations must be matched with an understanding that this is not a new tactic, but an old one which, in the past, has drawn the whole world into war.
The United States and her allies must remain vigilant and firm in the face of the Russian aggression and be very careful about how we handle these hotbed situations.