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A Brief Moment of Politics

I don't normally do politics here - this is a biology blog, not a politics blog - but some things can't be allowed to pass by unnoticed. A prominent international figure recently made the following statement:

Russia is a state that is unfortunately using the one tool that it has always used … when it wishes to deliver a message, and that's its military power. That's not the way to deal in the 21st century.

The speaker? Condoleeza Rice.

Now, is this funny? Or horrible? Or is it horribly funny?


  1. It's par for the course I'm afraid...
    "This is not 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia, where Russia can threaten its neighbors, occupy a capital, overthrow a government, and get away with it."

    Change the date, a couple country names and the "neighbors," and you could be describing another recent elective aggression couldn't you. Oh yeah, except the 'not getting away' with it part...

  2. It's irony. Because when it comes to using force, nobody has done it as often as us since WWII.

  3. My irony detector just exploded.

  4. keep this in mind and don't be surprised when I depatriate to Iceland

  5. I won't say that Russian presidents don't have underlayer agenda in protecting Ossetia, knowing that many southern ossetians are given Russian passports (and North Ossetia is part of Russia since USSR collapse), but I can't comprehend all this political rubbish that is being said about "Russia the aggressor". It's really ironic.

  6. Yet another noxious case of the "pot calling the kettle black". Hipocrisy seems to be a Republican default these days...

  7. Sad to say, sam, hypocrisy is these days an American trait. We could have impeached that lot any time, but instead we went and elected them again. We got the government we deserved, but the rest of the world got it too, deserving or not.


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