The Big Picture: Russia, Georgia, China and the U.S.
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Here's a must read essay by Harold Meyerson in the Washington Post . It puts the Russia-Georgia-China Olympics events of this week into the proper perspective, I think, which is a huge relief since I keep reading different views from people I respect (and don't respect) and this issue seems to have turned the intellectual world into ideological hamburger.
This captures the big picture, anyway:
The summer of '08, historians will most likely tell us, signaled the rise of a multi-power, non-Western-dominated planet. It also was the time when it became clear that the American Century would not lap over from the 20th into the 21st.
Russia's invasion is surely the most shocking of these developments but also the least ground-breaking. It fits perfectly into that most ancient of great-power traditions -- asserting semi-sovereignty over its immediate neighbors.