The recent Caucasian conflict shows that among the great powers, Realpolitik still trumps principles and morality.
One of the things that stands out, for me at least, is the extent to which Cold War propaganda has not only revived, but seems to be believed by many without question. The media have often twisted the facts, but now they seem to have resorted to outright lies, which many people simply believe, and one can only assume that they do this because they want to believe them.
This article seems to be one of the few that approaches it from a different point of view than Realpolitik, and is therefore worth reading, especially by those who want to see beyond the propaganda.
|To most Russians, it was obvious from the
beginning that the latest war in the Caucasus began with an attack by Georgian
forces on South Ossetia, and that ultimately it was unleashed on the
initiative of the United States. To the West, meanwhile, it was just as clear
from the outset that the August war in the Caucasus represented
an assault on small, defenceless and democratic Georgia by huge,
aggressive and authoritarian Russia. This is what almost all the world media have
asserted, and continue to assert.
|In Russia, Putin and Co. are putting into practice
an economic and social model that is more market-liberal even than in the US,
and even less socially oriented than in the US; in this sense, the Putins and
Medvedevs are more than worthy pupils of the Bushes).
|such behaviour by the official Russian authorities was
almost certainly not the result of a consistently thought-out position of
defending justice and the right of nations to self-determination in the world