Proving Russia's inferiority complex runs deep at the highest levels, puppet President Dmitri Medvedev, celebrating his country's first military victory since Czechoslovakia in 1968, is already handing out the medals:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev awarded medals Monday to servicemen involved in the conflict in Georgia, calling it a peacemaking operation that will be remembered as one of the "glorious deeds" of the Russian military.
"I am sure that such a well-done, effective and peacemaking operation aimed at protecting our citizens and other people will be among the most glorious deeds of the Russian military," Medvedev said.
Please. Russia defeating Georgia in a war is akin to the United States defeating coup plotters in Grenada. But even Reagan, as hungry as he was to promote that "win," didn't hand out medals while combat operations continued. And he didn't give medals to gangsters, as Medvedev is proposing for the Ossetian "volunteers" who've been shelling Georgia proper for most of this decade.
But to compare egging a country of four million into a war it couldn't win to the "glorious deeds" of Russian military history? Battles and campaigns like Stalingrad, Borodino, and Suvorov's conquest of Italy? That's strictly Vince Carter dunking over a third world basketball player and then taunting him about it afterwards.
"What Georgian authorities have done is beyond human understanding. It cannot be understood and left unpunished," he said. "The world realized that even now there are political freaks who were ready to kill innocent people for the sake of political fashions and who compensated for their own stupidity by eliminating a whole nation."
Tell that to the Chechens. And tell it to the Poles and Ukrainians, who understand Medvedev and Putin all too well.
Not via La Russophobe, but it should have been.