Who Hijacked Our Country

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Is Chechnya the same as Czech Republic?

I’m trying to get this all straightened out here.  Those two sickfucks that bombed the Boston Marathon, they were from the Czech Republic, right?  Or was it Chad?  Czechoslovakia?  Chen Tai Chi?

Seriously though, the more opinionated somebody is about international politics — the more CERTAIN this person is that he/she is RIGHT — the less this person knows about geography or the intricate relations between countries and regions.

Yesterday at Townhall.com there was an article about Eastern Europe being a hotbed of Islamic militancy.  [roll eyes]  [sigh]  It was just a video, no text, and the video took too long to load so I gave up and left.  Damn it, I was looking for a good laugh.

Several years ago, when Russia invaded Georgia — psssst!  guess which Georgia — Americans’ embarrassing ignorance was front and center.  What really happened:  The Georgian army invaded two regions of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  These two regions were officially part of Georgia, but most of their people were ethnic Russians, and their loyalty was towards Russia.  For awhile this seemed to be OK with the Georgian government, until it wasn’t.  When Georgia invaded Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russia sent in troops to protect the Russian people living in those two territories.

The above paragraph is a way oversimplified description of an intricate long-simmering situation.  But it’s still much too complicated for millions of Americans, who would rather just go “Ugh!  Russia Bad!  Georgia Free!  Russia Invaded Georgia!”

The “liberal” media took part in this whole charade.  There were screaming headlines about Russia invading Georgia, usually accompanied by pictures of Georgian citizens standing in the street weeping and wailing as Russian tanks rolled by.  For some odd reason we never saw any pictures of South Ossetians or Abkhazians weeping in the streets as Georgian tanks rolled by.

Americans’ knowledge of the outside world probably hasn’t improved since then.  To most Americans, there’s The Greatest Country in the History of the World, and then there’s that big glob of OTHER countries that aren’t us.

Hopefully Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will reveal some valuable information before he dies.  Were he and his brother just two fucksticks working alone?  Were they part of a terrorist cell?  There have been generations of mutual hatred between Chechnya and Russia, but what’s that got to do with us?

If Chechnya — or even just the two Tsarnaev brothers — hate the United States as well as Russia, then maybe Russia and the U.S. aren’t as far apart as we think.  “The enemy of my enemy” and all that…

Anyway, let’s hope the Boston Marathon murders don’t set off a new round of geopolitical ignorance and xenophobia.  It won’t help.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Young fundamentalists, AMERICANS, "not fitting in" in the age of social media....

Russia's problems, not so much our problem, with Cheney and the neo cons not running things so much. Decades of "fun", though!

I enjoyed the display of affection in Watertown, by the residents, towards the cops, FBI, etc. Didn't see many flag wavers. There were a few pockets of the drunk, angry, sexually frustrated knuckledraggers, looked mostly to be frat boys, but just a few. Made me want to hurl.

Interesting post, Tom.

April 20, 2013 at 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Maybe you haven't seen the emails that went around a few years ago comparing Putin to Obama, with Putin holding a automatic weapon and Obama smiling showing who is the REAL man. Ever since Bush II made friends with Putin It seems we are supposed to be on his side!

I guess certain conservatives would approve of him being president then Obama


Disappointed you never made a post commemorating Annette Funnicello!

April 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

If there is any silver lining in this mess, I think it's a closer relationship between us and Russia.

April 21, 2013 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: I too was glad not to see too many flagwavers and teabaggers in Watertown.

Erik: I'm sure lots of conservatives wish we had a Real Man like Putin in the White House.

Every time I even thought of doing a post on Annette, that Frankie Avalon earworm "Venus" would get stuck in my head. I couldn't take it.

Jim: I hope you're right. It's long overdue.

April 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM  

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