Sunday, September 19, 2004

Another Russian Revolution

Listening to last night's McLaughlin Group I thought I had just stepped off the spaceship into some sort of bizarro universe. I half expected the bizarro Superman to walk in saying "goodbye," wreck the place, and then leave saying "hello." Pat Buchanan, Lawrence O'Donnell, Tony Blankley, and Eleanor Clift all agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a great Russian patriot whose authoritarian reforms were needed. I wonder if there was a similar group of dupes back in 1933 who thought Adolf Hitler was a great German patriot initiating hard and necessary reforms. Of course there were, they worked in FDR's administration, or were truly misguided dolts like Henry Ford.

Vladimir Putin has been putting Russia on the road to total despotism since he became President. He's spent his time, not fighting terrorism, as he now portrays himself to the rest of the world, but assaulting free enterprise and the free press in order to solidify his own cult of personality. He's been installing his old KGB colleagues in posts all over the government and has just recently, in a supposed response to terrorism, suspended all the regional governor elections.

If the Russian people really care about terrorism, or about their own freedom, they need to unseat Putin immediately, by another revolution if need be or else their freedom, new found and imperfect as it is and was, will disappear as quickly as it arrived.


Apollo said...

doesnt Eleanor Clift attack bush for the patriot act?..hmmm..somethign wrong here.

I guess the conservatives and liberals are the same when it comes down to it.

Alexander said...

Eleanor Clift and all of her ilk have never cared about any individual rights, ever. It's no surprise about her, Tony Blankly was the surprise because he usually doesn't buy into that kind of baloney.

Apollo said...


Well, i havent expected much from Tony Blankly since I once heard him say that commercial speech is different from regular free speech.


Skip said...

Blankly has been very uneven since taking over as editorial page editor of the Washington Times. He was a major cheerleader of the White House's push for the Medicare expansion/prescription drug "benefit" bill. He is clearly a Republican partisan first, and an individual rights supporter a distant second.

As for the main topic, recall Bush's pre-9/11 statement that he'd "looked into" Putin's eyes and seen a friend. Given the president's inability to admit error, I do not see him abandoning Putin anytime soon. And while Putin richly deserves to be overthrown, it's not clear to me whether Russia possesses any political leaders that could truly move the country towards being an individual rights republic. Perhaps the best short-term outcome would be for the Russian republics to further break away from Moscow.