Suffering From Sovietology

Leave it to the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal to put Dmitry Medvedev on par with Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his Evian speech. Like the overly sensitive victim of a schoolyard bully, the more Washington reacts to overt anti-Americanism, the more it pleases the provocateur.

In a particularly intriguing passage, Mr. Medvedev in Evian noted NATO’s plans to expand, and “quite naturally,” he said, “we regard these actions as directed against us.” Then, perhaps anticipating criticism, he said, “Sovietology, like paranoia, is a very dangerous disease, and it is a pity that part of the U.S. Administration still suffers from it.” Some thought Mr. Medvedev would lower the volume on former President Putin’s anti-U.S. outbursts. Instead, it appears he is joining such other anti-American stalwarts as Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in concluding that international forums are mainly venues for ranting about the U.S. One wonders if somewhere in this Kremlin, Nikita Khrushchev’s famous banging shoe from the 1960 U.N. visit isn’t kept nearby as a lucky charm.