KANSAS CITY COLUMNIST CRAIG GLAZER CONSIDERS CRISIS IN THE UKRAINE!!!
TKC NOTE: Check this thoughtful take on international politics from Kansas City's own Craig Glazer:
The Cold War Part II:
If you are a baby boomer or maybe even a bit younger, we all remember those meanies, the USSR. You know, the Red Commies, the Russians. Remember the Russian Empire led by Nikita Kruschev were going to take over the United States. Ah yes, we had to hide under our desks at school during practices for a nuclear assault. The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming. Who can forget the Cuban Missile Crisis? John Kennedy versus Kruschev. The truth is in the end, nothing happened. Well, there was the Bay of Pigs, a lot of threats, and the Red Scare in Hollywood which destroyed a lot of prominent Hollywood careers for no-reason led by the insane Joe McCarthy. So after four decades of harsh words and threats, the Iron Curtain fell. America’s number one competitor and enemy went down. No, not from bullets or bombs, but from the reason most power structures fail, financial problems.
It’s pretty simple, really, at the end of the day, everyone wants a shiny new penny, well, a shiny new bunch of money. Capitalism will always win out in the end. You see, in the human race, someone always has to be bigger, stronger, smarter, richer or simply have more than the next guy. So in the end, communism doesn’t work and it never will. Isn’t that funny, the word ‘communist’, you never hear that any more, do you? Nope, the new bad guys are ‘terrorists’ or ‘insurgents’. You gotta hand it to the US Press, I think they invented the propaganda machine. Tag, we’re it.
Recently, the Ukraine decided they would be better off splitting from Mother Russia, in this case the USSR led from Moscow by their mobster/leader Putin. Yes, when you think of a Russian bad guy today, it’s not a well-dressed soldier with a red star on his cap, it’s a Soprano’s style gangster with a shaved head, a black leather jacket who is a mean, tough MF’er. So Russia, this depleted superpower, decided it wasn’t in their best interest for the Ukraine to become their own democratic nation, as if that was ever going to happen anyway. Yup, the US stepped right into that one. Hey, for a minute it looked damn exciting. Even our own Kansas City Star’s front page yesterday screamed out ‘This could be the biggest crisis of the 21st Century!’ Well, Justin Bieber ain’t no Elvis Presley and this incident ain’t no Cold War. In fact, it is just that, an incident.
It looks like the Ukraine will remain part of Russia, it would appear at this time the Russian Military does not want to cross swords with the West, especially the United States. Sure, you can mess with America for a moment, but payback is a bitch. Something the Russians, North Korea and even China are well aware of. After all, look how it ended for our Middle East enemies like Saddam Hussein (dead) or Osama Bin Laden (also dead). In the end, America is truly the world’s first and one and only superpower whose top two military allies trump most of our foes by themselves. (Those allies would be Great Britain and Israel).
See, it goes like this: with television, music movies, social media and fashion, everybody wants to be in like the Americans. The whole world dreams of living in Beverly Hills and shopping on Rodeo Drive. While that may all be exaggerated and unrealistic, that’s the nature of the human condition. Yes sir, you have to hand it to the American media and military. We sure know how to kick a dog when he’s down. That’s how you stay on top, folks. As for me, I always wonder about the size of the military about any of these potential enemies. I’ll never forget that before Desert Storm we were told that Saddam had the fifth largest standing army in the world. We found out later, he didn’t even have an army. If you don’t see it on CNN, I just question what really exists out their in mass that any other nation can bring against the United States. Yes, I know Russia still has nuclear power and nuclear weapons but compared to the shock and awe this country can deliver in a moment, well, I think you get my point.
You know the old saying: Don’t tread on me. Modern translation: Don’t fuck with the United States. We make a great business friend and social ally, but God help you if you come against us on the battlefield. Sort of makes you proud to be an American, doesn’t it? God Bless America.