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Feature Story April 29, 2004
 
50 Reasons Why Russia Still Matters
 
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The Security Council is enough of a joke as it is -- imagine it without Russia! The US, English, and French don't hate the Chinese nearly enough to keep those sneaky slant-eyed bastards in check properly. Plus, Russia serves an important role by keeping France company in the "wishes it were still a superpower" category.

36. Deep Blue

Russia has to be the only country that even remotely gives a darn about shakhmat anymore. And that's important when a computer can beat Garry Kasparov in a 5-game series. Have you seen the Terminator movies? This is no laughing matter, folks. Today we let them beat us at chess, tomorrow they start a worldwide nuclear holocaust to wipe out our species.

37. Strait of Taiwan

What if China stops obsessing on Taiwan and realizes that a little island full of ready-made dissidents isn't worth attacking? They might start looking greedily toward vast, unpopulated Siberia. And if 1.3 billion hard-working Chinese isn't enough to scare you, imagine what they'd do with Siberia's bountiful energy reserves.

38. Mongol Hordes

Unless you want the Mongol hordes sweeping westward again, you'd better pray that Russia stays alive. The Mongols may not seem very scary now, but it's historical fact that until the Russians finally drove them back, the Mongols wiped out everything in their path. If Russia vanished, the Mongol ponies would instinctively start galloping west. Next thing you know, diners at sidewalk cafes in Brussels would be keeling over with Mongol arrows in their throats. Which would not be a good thing, no matter what you say.

39. Space shuttle

As long as the investigation into the shuttle's cracked tiles drags on, we're going to need the Russians' proton rockets to rain fuel and debris over southern Kazakhstan to get our boys into space. Otherwise, it might draw time and money from NASA's Mars project.

40. Albania

Nobody wants to be in last place, and Russia helps Europe skirt the issue. Russians delude themselves into thinking Belarus is the most backward country in Europe, whereas everybody else knows that Belarus isn't a sovereign state. If Russia disappeared, how would Albania comfort itself? Kosovo?

41. Buffer zone

Russia is the crash barrier between some very dangerous regions. To the East, China is remaking itself for world domination like a Transformer robot. To the Southwest, the Muslims are getting ready to see how far they can go on a tank of Saudi gas and a few Infidel-slayin' verses from the Koran. To the West, the Americans are enrolling every little country they can find on a map in the bigger, badder new NATO. Something's gotta give, and for everybody else's sake, it better be Russia.

42. English

It will be several years before the ruling elite of the former Soviet Republics speaks English comfortably. Until then, it's only natural that they'll feel more at ease working with the Russians, with whom they share a common history. Besides, we don't like working with brutal dictators too closely, so we need Russia as a proxy to get at their natural resources.

43. Adoptions

Go to the lobby of the Hotel Belgrade on a weekday evening and take in an eyeful: overweight Nebraskan housewives in jeans and sneakers playing with bewildered Russian toddlers while their NASCAR-jacket-wearing husbands surreptitiously eye the working girls at the lobby bar. Hey, we're not complaining; at least a few of those tykes are going to end up on Girls Gone Wild fifteen years from now, giving us something to jerk off to while we tearfully reminisce about the good old days. Besides, Russia's doing more than its fair share in keeping white trash white.

44. The Finns

The chance to buy cheap vodka over the border in Russia is the only thing that keeps most male Finns alive. Stuck in a social-democratic nightmare world where harsh language is illegal and a bottle of vodka costs more than a new Saab, Finns pour into Russia for life-giving breaths of noise, chaos and cheap, drunken debauchery. Without that Russian escape-valve, Finns would be unable to afford drunken binges and soon explode, raising their voices and perhaps even slamming doors.

45. Lenin


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