Saturday, October 31, 2015

Putin as Hitlerian Idol

"He doesn't have any strategy, unless you call tactics of survival strategy."
"So finding enemies becomes paramount for his domestic policy. But he ran out of enemies inside Russia."
"Messing with China? This is not an option for Putin. So he ended up in Syria."
"I would not mix his messianic views with intelligence. I don't think Putin is well read. I can afford the luxury of listening to his speeches in Russian, and I can tell you that's not the most entertaining intellectual pleasure."
"Dictators that are planning to rule forever, they always look for ancient traditions to find justification for their claim to power. He thinks he's Russia."
"The end of Putin's rule will not be, of course, through the lawful election process. It will be stupendous. It will be abrupt. It will be bloody. And it will bring Russia again at the verge of self-destruction."
"I will be available to help my country just to find a path into the brighter future, alongside other people, like Michael Khodorkovsky, whoever is left, whoever is willing to work for the benefit of our country."
Garry Kasparov, chess grandmaster, political dissident, Russian patriot
Bombing campaign: Vladimir Putin has conscripted 150,000 new troops into the Russian army as the country unleashed a new wave of airstrikes in Syria, including rebel positions in Idlib pictured)
Bombing campaign: Vladimir Putin has conscripted 150,000 new troops into the Russian army as the country unleashed a new wave of airstrikes in Syria, including rebel positions in Idlib pictured)

Vladimir Putin, says Garry Kasparov, is the "mafia" leader of a personality cult he likens to that of Hitler's Germany. In an interview, with the publication of Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin And The Enemies Of The Free World Must Be Stopped, Mr. Kasparov holds that the Russian president's lies about in particular, the deaths of Russian soldiers will be his undoing.

With the proxy war that Putin began in Ukraine, and the invisible Russian soldiers tasked to fight alongside the ethnic Russian Ukrainian rebels taking its toll on the lives of Russian soldiers in an atmosphere of intrigue and denial, the Russian president has a large cadre of enemies that have resulted; the Russian mothers of Russian soldiers. Whose sons' bodies were delivered to them for burial, bearing signs of how they died.

And those signs were anything but reflective of the official versions of how they died. Ukraine has been put on hold; the accomplishment of annexing the Crimean Peninsula to Russia will not yet be joined by swooping eastern Ukraine firmly into Russia's geography. So a restive Putin looked elsewhere and determined that NATO's unspoken threat in support of Estonian and Latvian independence placed them off limits.

He has had to make do with severing South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia as an uncompleted mission, due to the "body bag" nuisance of Russian public opinion. The damning factor of dead Russian soldiers serves as a brake to Vladimir Putin's imperial ambitions of a Greater Russia. And now, his restive spirit has spiralled Russia into Syrian affairs ostensibly to prevent Islamist challenges to Russia itself.
Debris from crashed Russian jet lies strewn across the sand at the site of the crash, Sinai, Egypt, 31 October 2015.
One Egyptian official said the plane suddenly "disappeared off the radar" EPA

Perhaps it will not only be Russian soldiers' deaths that will continue to imperil Mr. Putin's future plans as the forever-serving President of Russia. Investigations into the catastrophic crash of a Russian passenger plane leaving Sharm el-Sheikh for St.Petersburg crashing in the Sinai killing all 224 people aboard the Airbus A-321 yesterday has earned an initial claim from ISIL, shrugged off by both Egypt and Russia, but more will be certain to emerge.

What is undeniable at the present time is that the first of the Russian troops to suffer a fatality in the Syrian adventure was not, as official sources informed his family, a suicide over lost love. His family, burying him across the Azov Sea from Crimea, begged to differ; he had a broken jaw and a cracked skull, not a broken heart.

Under attack: A base controlled by rebel fighters from the Ahrar al-Sham Movement (pictured)  was targeted by what activists said were Russian airstrikes in Syria
Under attack: A base controlled by rebel fighters from the Ahrar al-Sham Movement (pictured) was targeted by what activists said were Russian airstrikes in Syria
 
 

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