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interesting statement from Cohen....notice the `by the way` reference to the war spreading to Georgia!! read this morning that Georgia won`t go along with turkey and the west on the caucasus pipeline now! no wonder after mr. putin pretty much told the whole region last week that they better make up their minds whos` side they are on...russia or the west!!! seems to me it`s pretty easy to understand where puti is coming from!....it`s where he`s HEADING that is the BIG question.. any honest insight appreciated.

-- mutter (murmur@ya.com), January 24, 2000


I think he is an old school red, and wants the USSR to rise to the glory he thought is always deserved. He was the head of the KGB, and so his training and mentality will prove consistent with someone who has risen to this level of accomplishment in that type of system.

-- Hokie (Hokie_@hotmail.com), January 24, 2000.


-- Mad Monk (madmonk@hawaiian.net), January 24, 2000.

I suspect that he is a realist who knows how bad things are...and who will work to try to fix them...

-- Mad Monk (madmonk@hawaiian.net), January 24, 2000.

"interesting statement from Cohen....notice the `by the way` reference to the war spreading to Georgia!! read this morning that Georgia won`t go along with turkey"

I live in Georgia, and don't mind saying that in January especially, I'll go to war over being forced to eat turkey. I've had way too much of it between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can definitely wait until Easter, although the preferred fare in my family at Easter is ham!

So bring it on Cohen! We're ready to go to war!

-- Duke1983 (Duke1983@aol.com), January 24, 2000.

lolololol...wheww, that was a good one there Duke!! my sides hurt now! thanks for the link Monk. i agree, after all the years in the KGB he couldn`t possibly be all that pro-west now could he?! been wondering how long it would take for the estalishment media to start feeding us little `chips` of news about this problem in chechnia spreading right on through to the sea ports and how it really is about.....ALL TOGETHER NOW...`OIL`

-- mutter (murmur@ya.com), January 24, 2000.

Hmmmm, it's all about oil?

My mother-in-law marinates her turkey in red wine for 12 hours. And my Mom like to place bacon strips on top. That will produce some oil, some call it grease. Others actually like to slather the bird with butter.

But you may be right. ALOT of people here in Georgia actually deep fry their turkey. And that takes a whole lotta oil to do.

I'll be damned if I let the Ruskies take away my oil supply! The can have some of that Italian oilive oil, though, I don't much care for it.

-- Duke1983 (Duke1983@aol.com), January 24, 2000.

But seriously...oil is a part of it, but weren't the Soviet designs always about a "warm water port"?

-- Duke1983 (Duke1983@aol.com), January 24, 2000.

The basic question, the master said, is, "Who will exercise the power?" Oil *is* power. The amount of oil/gas in the Caspian Sea/Aral Sea basin is said to exceed that of the Middle East. That's a lot of power to fight about. The Russians will not give it up to the West without a struggle. Stay tuned.

-- Barry Taylor (beezee@statesville.net), January 24, 2000.

stay tuned is right! the russians will be watching our presidental elections closer than we will i`m afraid, to gauge how they can go about capturing the oil line and the ports. remember they are in a desparate financial state, and their nuclear power is aged and degenerating. what better solution for them to be `independent` of the wests $$ [and thereby the west] than to gain contro of the oil in the caucasus region!! it would spell tremendous amounts of $$ for repairing both the nuke plants and the economy! and ensure them of their `rightful place` as a world leader again as they see it. yep! OIL shall set them free! even if it takes war to do it!

-- mutter (murmur@ya.com), January 24, 2000.

I would think that , so far , Putin has not made any mistakes ; unless , you consider his boasts to finish off those stuborn fellows in the mountains . His career does not look that strong to me . I keep wondering , will he/is he, already a victim of the Peter Principle ? If things sour in the south , look for Ledbed to step in with ever a harder line ( as indicated in past interviews ) , as he is the HARDEST hardliner they have , and he hates/distrusts the ' west ' . This man was an army general AND had good connections with the KGB ; a " good " mix for the final blow to any peaceful relations with the Klintoon Kids lame duck administration at a vulnerable time ( summer ) 2000 , as a possible time table , with medias attention on elections/oil problems/any stupid distracting story the people will read . Add China-Tiwan and North Korea to the mix , and stirr gently ! Eagle

-- Hal Walker (e999eagle@freewwweb.com), January 24, 2000.

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