by Carlos Alberto Montaner
Vladimir Putin is experiencing the glory of the victorious hero. That is a very powerful sensation that generates some addiction and tends to repeat itself. More than 70 percent of all Russians support the reconquest of Crimea. Retrospectively, they look with benevolence at the Kremlin’s subjection by force of Chechnya and the strike on Georgia inflicted in 2008 to seize the territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Is this the rebirth of the Cold War? Not at all. The Cold War was an episode of the 20th Century, propelled by a universal ideology of conquest, Marxism-Leninism, which was not nationalistic but internationalistic, a utopia based on the superstition of the war of classes, and on the alleged kinship linking all of the world’s workers against the capitalist oppressors who owned the means of production.