Drawing the Iron Curtain?
Perhaps I’m just noticing examples more, of late, but there seems to be an increasing stream of worrying news items, such as the following, coming out of Russia:
Russia’s armed forces chief of staff on Thursday described as “hallucinations” Georgia’s claim that Russian warplanes had violated its border on Tuesday, Interfax news agency reported.
Georgia, which has accused Russian aircraft of dropping a missile near its capital Tbilisi earlier this month, said on Wednesday two more Russian jets had illegally crossed its borders. Russia has rejected the claims.
“It must be that our Georgian colleagues are starting to suffer from hallucinations,” General Yuri Baluyevsky said.
I’m beginning to see this January 2003 post as naive and to worry that we’ll too soon be looking back on the palpable excitement of the ’90s in wistful lament at our subsequent loss of illusion (a pleasant fantasy that the new millennium quickly proved, of course, to be naive). How much of the next ten years’ politics will suffer the turbulence of mass longing to reenter the dream?