Not the “End of History” After All? Ooops!

By David L. Brown
The Russian invasion of Georgia and today’s threat to use nuclear weapons against Poland makes it apparent that the late lamented Soviet Union is rising out of the grave like an extra in Night of the Living Dead.

Here is some absolutely chilling news from the Associated Press:

MOSCOW – A top Russian general said Friday that Poland’s agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported.

The statement by Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn [the Russian Deputy Chief of Staff] is the strongest threat that Russia has issued against the plans to put missile defense elements in former Soviet satellite nations.

Poland and the United States on Thursday signed a deal for Poland to accept a missile interceptor base as part of a system the United States says is aimed at blocking attacks by rogue nations. Moscow, however, feels it is aimed at Russia’s missile force.

Folks, welcome to the next phase of the Hundred Year War that first broke out in 1914. World War I didn’t end with the Treaty of Versailles for it was followed by decades of mayhem and conflict that included World War II. And no more did the so-called Cold War end with the fall of the Berlin Wall. The struggle between East and West has merely taken a breather while Russia divested itself of its Soviet baggage to prepare for the next phase. Now, having filled its coffers and placed an economic choke hold on Europe with the threat of energy disruption and nuclear holocaust, the resurgent Soviet menace is once more sounding the trumpets of conquest.

Meantime, we naive and simple folk in the West happily concluded that since the Big Bad Soviet Bear was dead, we had reached “the end of history” as some ivory tower idiot named Francis Fukuyama told us. Somehow managing to ignore clues such as 9/11, we apparently concluded that there would be nothing but champagne and roses from then on.

Yeah, and I am the Ice Queen of Narnia, tending my flock of avian swine. (What, you didn’t know?)

Now the Russians have openly launched the next phase of the Cold War, and are we ready? Why, no, as a matter of fact we are not ready. Not even remotely. In fact, as Russia rebuilt its power, we have let ours turn to rot and ruin. Not a happy time at all in the Land of the Free and the Home of the, well, not anymore I guess.

Gee, who would have thought it — history didn’t come to an end after all. There is a whole lot of it left, oodles of it in fact. And from what we can tell, it ain’t gonna be champagne and roses after all. Umm, no. Vitriol and bile, perhaps, and lilies, yes, lots of pretty shroud-white lilies.

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