Zero is often a nice number. Especially today. Zero is the number of neo-con stooges who have been elected to the Duma in yesterday's Russian elections. Putin's United Russia scored a resounding victory, with the Communists, the second largest party. Only two other parties made it in to the Duma, neither of them could be described as 'pro-western'. In short, the Russian people have voted for parties that will promote Russian interests, not those of the Empire. And understandably, given this humiliating rejection, the Empire isn't happy. "The Bush administration has called on Russia to investigate claims the vote was manipulated" reports The Guardian.
"Opposition parties have called the "most irresponsible and dirty" poll in the post-Soviet era."
Well, they must have pretty short memories. Just 11 years ago there was a very "irresponsible and dirty" poll in Russia, but because the west's man-the drunk Yeltsin won, the result, instead of being condemned was applauded by the neo-cons. (You've probably worked this out by now, but for the neo-cons an election is only deemed "fair" if it produces a pro-US government- any election which doesn't- be it in the former Yugoslavia, in Iran, Venezuela, Belarus or Palestine, is deemed to be "invalid" or "undemocratic").
With western backing, Yeltsin stole the 1996 Presidental election and for the next four years, the ordinary Russian people paid the price. And Yeltsin knew what the deal was: in 1999 when the US led an illegal and barbarous assault on Yugoslavia, the drunken western stooge kept his country out and allowed Russia's historic ally to be bombed into submission.
The neo-cons would love a 'Boris Yeltsin Mark Two' to emerge in Russia, to hand over to them the country's enormous assets and to acquiesce in their planned aggressions against Iran, Syria, Serbia and anyone else who dares to stand up to their bullying.
But it is not going to happen. Russia is growing stronger and more confident by the day. And for all of us who want to see a truly multipolar world, with illegal neo-con aggression defeated, these are encouraging times.