|That, my friends, is the face of a stone-cold killah.|
Putin has, in effect, been in control for about 12 years now, and since he's running for president again, it looks as though he might maintain that control for some time. Oh, and if this wasn't shady enough, Medvedev will supposedly take over the position of prime minister.
I read a book once called The Return of History and the End of Dreams by Robert Kagan. One of the things he talks about is how Russia has been going backwards since Putin took office. Yeltsin did a lot to try to bring Russia into the modern era of democracy, but it seems that Putin has returned Russia to some of its old characteristics. He senses that the Russian people are still nationalist at heart, and he gives them that. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the nations of the world were supposed to unite for the sole cause of human freedom and dignity.
Well, Putin has gone back from that, as Russia seems as solitary and uninterested in common goals as ever. Despite globalization and the idea that the world only propsers so long as everyone holds up their end of the bargain, we still have nations that would rather just come out on top. I think it's foolish to think that any of the superpowers of the world--Russia, China, and yes even the United States--actually buy into the idea that there shouldn't be any dominant force on the planet.
China has been trying to dominate the US economically for the past 30 years. Russia has been playing the geopolitical game even since the fall of the Soviet Union. And then look at us. We've got the most powerful military the world has ever known, and yet we continue to make advancements and expand our fighting force. Apparently, we understand that when push comes to shove, the top dog on the block is the one with the deadliest fucking bite.
A world progressing towards increased liberty, one in which the superpowers of the planet work to achieve that most supreme goal of humanity, is probably just an illusion. At the end of the day, humanity cannot seem to overcome its desire and lust for power.