Even before the latest tensions in Ukraine, I thought I should know more about Russian leadership. Ever since I have been on this earth, Russia seems to have played the part of our enemy. I wanted to be more informed.
What took me so long? My answer is there were moments when I thought Russia had become friendlier. I began to believe they trusted us maybe even liked us, but eventually it began to build in my gut that the reason for the friendlier Russia had more to do with a lessening of their powers than friendship. Even so, I enjoyed these friendlier moments as almost bliss.
Until the terrorist era came along, I felt safer from nuclear weapons. I thought the use of them more remote with a friendlier less militant Russia.
This week my potential for any bliss ended. I read a book that indicates Russian power is back. The Man Without a Face The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Marsha Gessen is a compelling story. At times it felt like a fiction thriller, but it is non-fiction news.
Most troublesome is that the thrilling moments were times of my real fear. In this book Putin is scary. I recommend reading this book, but not before bed.