Monday, September 12, 2011

Russia and Singapore?

Every country in the world, more or less, has an alliance with another. Some do it for Oil, such as the United States and Saudi Arabia. Some do it for military protection, such as the United States and South Korea. Some do it economic stability, well most all major alliances in the world will help a fellow ally when their economy completely goes down the drain, such as Greece did last year. When Greece’s economy tanked last year, the UN and NATO gladly helped Greece, probably for the sole purpose of the Euro loosing its value amongst the top global currencies, and the top of all the “shared” currencies in the world. So in essence, most all countries have each other’s back when it comes to an economic crisis or a military invasion of another country.

Within the past few years there has been one so called “alliance” that seems to be a bit odd or even askew, namely, the so called partnership of Russia and Singapore. You probably haven’t heard those to names in the same sentence since the Cold War when the Soviet Union tried to take over all of Europe and Asia to paint the world red with Communism. But those times are over and we have seen a, shall we say, happier (for lack of a better word) Russia, excluding two years ago when they invaded Georgia in hopes to bring one of the former Soviet blocks back to the good old motherland and when Putin decided to stay in power just a bit longer and made himself Prime Minister, in a so called new Democratic Russia, where a new President was elected. Although Putin is the Prime Minister, the President, Dmitry Medvedev, met with Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and conducted business, of sorts. President Medvedev sees Singapore of what a future Russia should look like. As of now, there are seven times as many Russians living in Singapore as there were to years ago. They often integrate all forms of art and entertainment, and Russia is constantly investing and mirroring the economy of Singapore.

For those of you who do not know, Singapore is known to be the cleanest city on Earth. It is even illegal to chew gum in public, to prevent people from littering with it. Now I like to chew gum and be clean as much as the next guy, but doesn’t the current Singapore slightly mirror Russia about 40 years ago. This may be just a good optimistic view on how Russia should be in the near future, but with Putin backing up Medvedev on this, doesn’t it seem like there is more than just a cultural and economic alliance? Let’s not forget, Putin was a former KGB General and probably still as much Socialist now than he was back before the collapse of the Berlin wall. I believe that if Russia continues to have relationships with Singapore and try to be like them as much as possible, we might just have a third Russian revolution, with the ever popular hammer and sickle flag waving in the face of the west.

Tyler Swanson

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