The world is becoming a much more frightening place with the glaring aggression of Russia towards Georgia and the Ukraine. And I can envision a doomsday scenario arising from the mounting conflict. My good friend Joe emails his take of the situation, an assessment which which I largely agree.
"....in watching the Russian response to the condemnation from the West, and then the Russian response to the US-Poland agreement on a missile defense shield, I have been very concerned with the Russian government's statements. They've basically said "screw you" to the West, and seem unconcerned about their plummeting prestige with Europe and the U.S.
It makes me wonder why they are so cavalier about damaging the improved relations that have taken place over the past decade. Combined with Putin's unwillingness to ally with the U.S. in the War on Terror, and it's not at all inconceivable that if relations between the U.S. and Russia were to deteriorate further, that Russia would utilize the disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the battles between Islamic militants and the West as a chess piece to undermine the West, and weaken our ability to confront any plans for Russian aggression and expansionism."