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Monday, April 14, 2008

EDITORIAL: The New Great Satan

EDITORIAL

The New Great Satan

Last week Nikolay Patrushev, director of the FSB (successor to the KGB), revealed to the world the frightening news that he has discovered the new Great Satan. Russia Today (the state-controlled English-language propaganda service), Pravda (the state-controlled newspaper) and RIA Novosti (the state-controlled wire service) shouted the news, breathlessly and unquestioningly, from their rooftops.

Who is it?

Who is the new most-dangerous sponsor of "international terrorism" in Russia?

Why, it's the NGOs, of course.

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Chamber of Commerce.

Devious, isn't it? Who but the always-vigilant KGB could have uncovered such a mendacious and secretive plot?

Actually, though, Patrushev didn't name a single specific NGO that was supporting terror in Russia, nor did he give a single concrete example of any such activity. He simply said, in classic neo-Sovietspeak: "International terrorists and religious extremists enjoy the support of certain foreign non-governmental organizations when carrying out recruitment activities." That word "certain" was a great favorite of the Soviet criminals who ran the Politburo and drove the USSR right into the ground. It's ever so convenient, you see, seeming to say all while actually saying nothing.

Vladimir Putin has previously declared that Russia has the right to strike terrorists wherever it finds them around the world. Thus, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International and the Chamber of Commerce had better expect Litvinenko-like targeting of their CEOs at any moment. Luckily, the heroic Kremlin has already shut down the evil forces of the British Council, which quite likely was responsible for the Beslan and Dubrovka terrorist atrocities. If only the Kremlin had discovered this plot sooner! Then, surely, all those innocent Russians would have survived!

How can anyone now doubt that what we see before us today is a neo-Soviet state laid bare. It is run by the KGB, something that didn't happen even in Soviet times. Sham elections, centralization of government, nationalization of the economy, wiping out domestic dissent and choking off the flow of information, and now the Kremlin turns its malignant eye toward foreigners, declaring them all to be dangerous foreign spies, just as was done in Soviet times.

If Russia is really such a pathetically weak nation that it needs to go to these ridiculous lengths to attack peaceful organizations, then there is no greater testament to Vladimir Putin's utter failure as a ruler. If it isn't, Putin is far too paranoid and malignant to be trusted as Russia's dog catcher, much less its "president."

Another thing that didn't happen in Soviet times was the admission of the Russian fox into the G-8 hen house. It's time for the Western world to to rise from its delusional slumber and realize the nature of the enemy it now faces in Russia, and to move speedily and resolutely to purge Russian influence from our democratic institutions.

If we don't do so, then we are complicit in the horror that is to come behind the new iron curtain.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are just the most obvious NGOs that spring to mind. There are hundreds of these "organizations" which are usually created to serve the ambitions of just one person who in fact maybe working against the interests of that state. They justify their actions by saying that the nations and states are things of the past, and that in the "globalized" community their work is for a much larger common good.

Excuse me, but no such NGOs or persons exist in the USA or the UK. That is why this phenomenon may be difficult for you to comprehend.
Vladimir M.

Tower Bolshevik said...

"Vladimir Putin has previously declared that Russia has the right to strike terrorists wherever it finds them around the world."

Sounds a lot like the speech Bush gave after 9/11. When "freedom fighters" destroyed the World Trade Center.

How can anyone now doubt that what we see before us today is a neo-Soviet state laid bare. It is run by the KGB, something that didn't happen even in Soviet times. Sham elections, centralization of government, nationalization of the economy, wiping out domestic dissent and choking off the flow of information, and now the Kremlin turns its malignant eye toward foreigners, declaring them all to be dangerous foreign spies, just as was done in Soviet times.

For one thing, it is now the FSB not the KGB. Secondly, you've not shown one iota of evidence that your absurd notion that capitalist Russia has everything in common with the USSR. Other than your own personal baseless opinion. There is no collectivization or planned economy in Russia, it is entirely privatized, shares owned by capitalist mafia oligarchs. You state that a "KGB ran system" and Russia admittance into the G-8 nest didn't exist in Soviet times, but now it does and you still compare it to the Soviet Union. It is too obvious that you don't have the slightest clue or knowledge about the Soviet system or the current Russian capitalist regime.

That word "certain" was a great favorite of the Soviet criminals who ran the Politburo and drove the USSR right into the ground.

Yes, what a wonderful thing that was for people like you. Stalinist bureaucrats selling out the Soviet Union for the U.S and imperialist rulers of the West, only to be governed by the "democracy" of the Yeltsin/Putin regime, your little darlings.