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Friday, May 11, 2007

Putin, Gone Completely Berzerk, Compares USA to Third Reich

The International Herald Tribune reports:

President Vladimir Putin of Russia obliquely compared the foreign policy of the United States to the Third Reich in a speech Wednesday commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, in an apparent escalation of anti-American rhetoric within the Russian government.

Putin did not specifically name the United States or NATO but used phrasing similar to that which he has used previously to criticize American foreign policy while making an analogy to Nazi Germany.

The comments marked the latest in a series of sharply worded Russian criticisms of the foreign policy of the Untied States - on Iraq, missile defense, NATO expansion and, broadly, the accusation that the United States has striven to single-handedly dominate world affairs.

Some political analysts see the new tone as a return to Cold War-style rhetoric by a country emboldened by petroleum wealth. But Russians say the sharper edge is a reflection of frustration that Russia's views, particularly its opposition to NATO expansion, have been ignored in the West.

Putin's analogy came as a small part of a larger speech in which he unambiguously congratulated Russian veterans of World War II, known here as the Great Patriotic War.
Speaking from a podium in front of Lenin's Mausoleum on Red Square before troops mustered for a military parade, Putin called Victory Day a holiday of "huge moral importance and unifying power" for Russia and went on to enumerate the lessons of that conflict for the world today.

"We do not have the right to forget the causes of any war, which must be sought in the mistakes and errors of peacetime," Putin said.

"Moreover, in our time, these threats are not diminishing," he said as he delved into what one expert said was clearly an allusion to U.S. foreign policy. "They are only transforming, changing their appearance. In these new threats - as during the time of the Third Reich - are the same contempt for human life and the same claims of exceptionality and diktat in the world."

The Kremlin press service declined to clarify the statement, saying Putin's spokesman was unavailable because of the holiday.

But Sergei Markov, director of the Institute of Political Studies, who works closely with the Kremlin, said in a telephone interview that Putin was referring to the United States and NATO. Markov said the comments should be interpreted in the context of a wider, philosophical discussion of the lessons of World War II. The speech also praised the role of the allies of the Soviet Union in defeating Germany.

"He intended to talk about the United States, but not only," Markov said in reference to the sentence mentioning the Third Reich. "The speech said that the Second World War teaches lessons that can be applied in today's world."

The United States, Putin has maintained, is seeking to establish a unipolar world to replace the bipolar balance of power of the Cold War era.

In a speech in Munich on Feb. 10, he characterized the United States as "one single center of power: One single center of force. One single center of decision making. This is the world of one master, one sovereign."

The victory in World War II, achieved at the cost of roughly 27 million Soviet citizens, still echoes loudly in the politics of the former Soviet Union, particularly in Russia's relations with the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

In his speech, Putin criticized Estonia - also indirectly - for recently relocating a monument to the Red Army in Tallinn, the Estonian capital, along with the remains of unknown soldiers buried there. Putin warned that desecrating war memorials was "sowing discord and new distrust between states and people." The remarks were a nod to the protests in Russia and Estonia after the relocation of the Bronze Soldier memorial from the city center to a military cemetery.

In last May's Victory Day speech, Putin brushed on similar themes of the lessons of the war. Then, he spoke of the need to stem "racial enmity, extremism and xenophobia" in a possible reference to rising ethnic tension inside Russia.

Victory Day has evolved into the principal political holiday in Russia, replacing the Soviet-era Nov. 7 celebration, Day of the Great October Socialist Revolution. That holiday was canceled under Putin and replaced with another, marking a 1612 uprising against Poland, celebrated on Nov. 4.

Veterans gathered at war memorials festooned with red carnations sang "Katyusha" and toasted departed comrades in traditions little changed over the decades. The Red Square parade opened, according to tradition, with drummers from the Moscow Military Music Academy and closed with the marching band of the Moscow garrison. The defense minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, arrived in a gray Zil convertible limousine. About 7,000 soldiers sang the Russian national anthem a cappella.

At one point, a formation of MiG jets thundered over the square. As the planes pulled up and away, a pilot broadcast a message to the veterans over his radio. "We love you and remember you."


Anonymous said...

Looks like we're all Nazis except for the KGB officer.

Anonymous said...

Here is someone elso who's gone crazy. I mean Nashi.

mcmad said...

Thanks for posting that link to Nashi propaganda brochure.

As Hitler had his Hitlerjugend, so does Putin have “Nashi”: PutinJugend.
The similarities between Adolf and Putin do not end with that.
Similarities in use of symbolism, rhetoric and tricks of foreign policy are baffling.
Same kind of bigotry, claims of “greatness”, use of bluff and threats that were so typical for Hitlers Germany are almost exactly copied by Putins Russia. Same brutal and shameless meddling in the internal affairs of her neighbors, same use of ethnic Russians/Germans as 5th Columns who are then directed against the legitimate governments of their host countries, same kind of claims that their own people are somehow special, same kind of spitting on international treaties, same kind of misuse of international organizations as platforms from where to spread their shameless lies and slander – in all likelihood Hitler would see Putin as his moral heir!
But apparently Putin and his Jugend fail to see another parallel with Adolf and his gang.
Just like the end of First World War did not bring a complete defeat of Germany but only a change of regime, similarly the Cold War did not end with the defeat of Soviet Russia but with a regime change only. Regime change that bought similar social and economical difficulties, not to mention the national shame of a people who were used to see themselves as a “world power”. Exactly on top of these feelings did Hitler rise to power, as does Putin: the promise of restoring the “greatness”. By fuelling the feelings of chauvinism and xenophobia in their erstwhile humbled minions, both Hitler and Putin have showed us how easy it is to indoctrinate the masses. But at the end Hitlers “policies” steered Germany into a war against almost the whole world and we all know how that ended – with the total destruction of Germany.
Putin goes down the same road. He thinks that by manipulating the taps of the oil and gas pipes he can buy himself friends. No he can not as he has already overdone it. And similarly to Adolf will Putin (or his successor) at the end bring his country to a catastrophe. Catastrophe that the Russians (as did the Germans) fear the most: their country divided and under control of foreign powers.
So what can we say but: Full steam ahead mr.Putin and your Jugend! The sooner you get “there”, the sooner will we be freed of you!

Anonymous said...

I read the brochure of the PutinJugend.

They're bemoaning the death of Saddam Hussein?

And there are "invaders" in Tbilisi?

Sound like a russkie science fiction movie.

And there's a picture of a girl holding a rifle, smiling happily.

She looks as if she's going shopping.

Why on earth does she need a rifle to plan her future?

I think they ought to relax, and maybe have a glass of Georgian wine.

Anonymous said...

elmer here.

You know, this PutinJugend brochure is odd.

The brochure chortles happily about Putin ruling Russia, rather than Khodorkovsky or Berezovsky.

Apparently, the PutinJugend believe that democracy is actually all about one-man rule.

The whole brochure sounds like the PutinJugend are marching off to war.

Nothing about democracy there.

Редактор said...

ну во первых там небыло никаких непосредственных указаний на США (что собственно и подтвердил Сноу), а во вторых как мне кажется на воре и шапка горит... раз уж газеты так это видят (не они ли у нас единственный источник правды?) сдается мне что это так и есть...

Anonymous said...

This is Hector,

Funny, because these were the same people you all were cheering in the early 1990's, calling them "freedom fighters" and "pro-democracy". As it shows the historical unstableness of the U.S patriots, those they hailed yesterday are those they hate today. I wonder how many that is now?