There is no doubt in my mind that Russia's Victory Day parade is nothing more than an excuse to show the world that it can still pack a military punch.
“We are confident that any aggression against our citizens will be firmly repelled,” said Dmitry Medvedev.
Maybe was referring to that whole Georgia business or maybe he's just trying to spark nationalist sentiments in his people, but either way it sounds pretty damn aggressive to me. Since when has ANYONE tried to invade Russia or commit aggression against her citizens?
The Associated Press reported that the parade included "displayed about 9,000 goose-stepping troops and more than 100 combat vehicles, including new Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missiles." Now the US and the "International Community" is all upset that the impoverished North Korea "might" be trying to create missiles with intercontinental abilities... But Russia actually has them, they had a parade and you could see them clear as day!
This throwback to the Old USSR style of celebration, especially one organized by Putin and his puppet President, is just slightly scary.