The Russian Prosecutor-General’s announcement that his office would stonewall the British investigation into the polonium poisoning of an ex-KGB agent in London is a one-fingered salute to the civilized world. He’s as much as saying “Yes, we poisoned him. What are you going to do about it?”
Well, what are we going to do about it? Thanks to our current ruling clique, we have our army tied down in a civil war in Iraq, and badly need Russian help (which of course we’re not going to get) in dealing with Iran and North Korea. But let’s not forget.
And let’s not forget the Enabler-in-Chief:
Footnote The Wall Street Journal ran a strongly worded op-ed by David Satter of the Hoover Institution, arguing that if Russia had murdered a British subject on the streets of Britain’s capital, “we [i.e., the West] have no choice but to react” unless we’re willing “to give the Putin regime carte blanche to dispose of its enemies on our soil.”
[Oddly enough, neither the editors of the WSJ nor the leadership of the Hoover Institution seemed to think that the murder of an American citizen on the streets of our capital (Ronni Moffitt, murdered by order of Augusto Pinochet) called for anything but continued support for Pinochet’s reign of terror. I guess all political murders aren’t created equal. Still, I’ll take what I can get.]
(The National Security Archive has some truly disgusting details. Michael Contreras, the head of the DINA (the Chilean KGB), which carried out the Moffitt hit, was, and remained, on the CIA payroll.)