Friday, September 28, 2007
Two Quotes for the Day
Authoritarian modernization for Russia? Robert D. Kaplan, back in 1993's Balkan Ghosts, wrote, "Whoever was to lead Russia out of chaos must be an Ataturk ..."
Measuring success for NATO in Kosovo? Misha Glenny concluded his 2000 work The Balkans with this note: "The NATO campaign can hardly claim either a moral or political victory if its sole achievement is the explusion of Milosevic's Serbia from Kosvoo. If the greatest military machine in history is unable to impose law and order in a small province, one cannot help wondering what the future holds ..."
All the more so if they whitewash -- indeed romanticise -- crooks who helped drag the country into chaos, benefited hugely from chaos, and are trying to return it to chaos.
Which means if we want decent deals on arms control and security, Putin is who we need to deal with, and now is the time to do it.
It won't get easier.