Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Georgia is the Finland of Our Day

In an interview with the Huffington Post's Nathan Gardeis, ex-U.S. national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski compares Russia's present invasion of Georgia to Hitler's strategy in the Czech Sudetenland, and to the Soviet assault on Finland in 1939:

Fundamentally at stake is what kind of role Russia will play in the new international system. Unfortunately, Putin is putting Russia on a course that is ominously similar to Stalin's and Hitler's in the late 1930s. Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has correctly drawn an analogy between Putin's "justification" for dismembering Georgia -- because of the Russians in South Ossetia -- to Hitler's tactics vis a vis Czechoslovakia to "free" the Sudeten Deutsch.

Even more ominous is the analogy of what Putin is doing vis-a-vis Georgia to what Stalin did vis-a-vis Finland: subverting by use of force the sovereignty of a small democratic neighbor. In effect, morally and strategically, Georgia is the Finland of our day.

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