Hat-tip to Toaf for pointing me to this video, in which Pepe Escobar discusses the broader context of the South Ossetia conflict. He points to the United States’ foreign policy approach in Eurasia – which he sees continuing along the same lines under either McCain or Obama – as prompting Russia to push back against its growing encirclement by potential threats. It’s well worth watching the entire clip as Escobar traces the development of the situation from the fall of the USSR to the emergence of the “new Cold War”:
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