Putin

It is very easy to demonise Putin and, indeed, much of what he says & does is worthy of demonisation.

However one bit of what he said yesterday I mostly agree with:

“Our western partners ….. have come to believe in their exclusivity and exceptionalism, that they can decide the destinies of the world, that only they can ever be right. They act as they please: here and there, they use force against sovereign states, building coalitions based on the principle “If you are not with us, you are against us.”

We ignore this bit of Putin’s speech at our own peril. Too great a part of our foreign policy is imperialism, dressed up in 21st century clothing. The West should not then be surprised if their pursuit of particular interests invites actions of other Powers in pursuit of their own.

The full text of Putin’s speech, is worth reading. It can be found here

* Heart Of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

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One Response to “The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empires.” *

  1. Warning, parody! When you must either laugh or cry, sometimes it is good to have a laugh. Unfortunately, this Onion headline contains a lot of truth (more than Kremlin media sources). Of course the referendum was a total sham, done at gunpoint after an invasion. But many have said that Ukrainians shouldn’t have risen up against Yanukovych in Kiev and should have waited until the next election to vote him out. But he was clearly planning to continue with the plan of Putinism. Russians voted for Putin in 2000 and we are still waiting for the next election! We saw how quickly Putin installed this model in Crimea, with harassment, propaganda, all the usual methods. The people of Kiev rose up before it could happen to them, and they should be commended for their bravery.

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/crimean-voters-excited-to-exercise-democracy-for-l,35548/

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