I got a little dash of nostalgia when I saw this on TV yesterday: Russia test-launches new missile as anyone born prior to the mid 1970s should have. Are we heading towards a new, maybe slightly attenuated cold war? Will the 5 days per week LAX-SVO service be cancelled? Can I dream of being reactivated from reserve to active duty, and be stationed at a refurbished USAF base in Germany, or the rest of Europe? I'm not a so avid reader of the international news sections, but I have gotten the other bits of news from Russia that preceded this article. Limitations imposed on press and TV stations, police forces breaking up protest marches and violating foreign journalists in the process, "guided" elections, etc. I mean, a lot of this stuff we have seen before 1990. Now this missile test, which itself wouldn't be a illegal, but the speeches before and after. Sentences like <.> [The RS-24] strengthens the capability of the attack groups of the Strategic Missile Forces by surmounting anti-missile defense systems, at the same time strengthening the potential for nuclear deterrence <.> and <.> As of today Russia has new (missiles) that are capable of overcoming any existing or future missile defense systems <.> are pretty strong to me. Of course, there's still the technical aspect on how much of this test was a dog-and-pony show, and how reliable this system is. But however the technical outcome is, the political signal is rather clear to me that this is heading towards another slump in the international relations of the former Eastern bloc, or the hard core of it, and the Western side.