- Welcome to the blogsite for my work in progress "Guerillas Without Guns," a research project about "utopian means for imperial gain in the former USSR."
For those unfamiliar, There is a semi-invisible Cold War going on between the US-NATO-EU-led "West" and Russia over influence in Russia's former Soviet Republics. Russia's tools are the usual; common interests, economic leverage, and neighborly belligerence. The more sophisticated West has a wider tool kit; one of the most potent tools is what I call "weaponized nonviolence," the targeted steering of popular opinion in a targeted nation to their own ends. Don't believe the democracy hype - it's about power for both sides.
For those familiar with the issues, I am neither pro-Russia nor pro-West. Though I do have a tendency to root for the underdog (which all in all means Putin's Russia), I can cleanly embrace neither side, just describe the mechanics with my usual cynicism and caustic logic. As to why I can't support Putin, as if his nationalist and authoritarian tendencies aren't enough, check this story. As for why I can't support Bush and co., check my other sites on 9/11: They Let it Happen - The Frustrating Fraud - The 12/7-9/11 Treadmill and Beyond