“I don’t think much of demonizing Russia. I consider Russia as part of Europe,” Mr. Schröder told Der Spiegel. He did not say whether Moscow considers large chunks of Europe as part of Russia.
Merkel’s position seems more nuanced: 8/18 “Georgia Will Join Nato”; 8/20 “Russia’s Actions ‘Disproportionate.'” It is certainly above my pay grade to figure out what is going on; the peace treaty is signed as Georgian soldiers are captured and the Russians move toward Tblisi; Condi Rice, the Secretary of State of the most powerful nation in the world, sounds stern and strong-willed, but to little effect. Schroeder is but a minor irritation, but he seems representative of those who land on their feet in a consistent but not particularly attractive way – whether cushioned by Saddam or Putin.