13 May 2010

Impressive Hardware, Wrong Era

For the Victory Day parade, Russia put some its military hardware on display.

This hardware was specifically useful in the Cold War where large-scale weaponry was needed against a well-organized, well- armed adversary.  In case the subtle fact was lost, the Cold War is over.  

Arguably, the biggest threats against Russia today come by way of insane terrorist acts, as was evidenced by the 29 March Moscow Metro attacks.  These types of weapons do little to avert terrorism; if America's experience in Iraq is an example - and despite neoconservative arguments to the contrary - these symbols of military imperialism may in fact encourage them.  

The hardware is impressive, but they are for a bygone era and the wrong tools for the threats of today.

Dear Mr. Terrorist:  Jesus Have Merci on Your Soul.

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