Saturday, March 25, 2006
I have said before that Russia wants to return to its soviet era glory when it had immense influence in the region. They are doing so by siding with Iran, inviting Hamas, and lately by inviting the radical Iraqi cleric Harith al-Dari to Moscow. And now we learn that Russia was actually supplying Saddam Hussein with intelligence on the American military before the Iraq war.
Russia is searching for its lost significance and in doing so it is turning into an enemy of the "Western camp". But are we going to witness a comeback of the cold war era? I don't think so. Russia is too weak today especially after it lost its satellite states. It just wants the world to recognize its "significance" and manifest its influence through states such as Iran and Saddam's Iraq. Apparently Putin doesn't mind playing with fire to achieve that.