Posted by: thescoundrel | November 24, 2007

Russian Holiday Spirit: Sleigh Bells Ring, Protestors Beaten


Every since GW’s former squeeze, Vladimir Putin, dumped him, Putin has been working on a little ménage-a-trios magic with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and Iranian Prez Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Putin, who is facing the problem of Russian political term limits that are about to squash his dreams of dynasty, has evidently decided to prove to his new sweethearts that he is as capable of administering tough love to his opposition as Ahmadinejad and Chavez. Putin is facing growing opposition to his plans of redesigning the Russian political system in his ploy to keep a grasp on the Russian power structure. Former World chess champion Garry Kasparov has been leading an opposition movement against Putin and his grab for extended power. According to an AP article, Kasparov was beaten and arrested along with dozens of other protesters at a rally against Putin. Mmmm, can’t you smell that Russian holiday spirit? At the time of the article it was unclear when he would be released from custody. It seems Putin has returned to the old Soviet ways of handling political adversaries. I am sure his new love interests are looking on in erotic bliss.

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  1. Unfortunately, a return to totaltarism in Russia was probably inevitable—-the Russians have a long history of being oppressed by either czars or the state.

    At the time of the Soviet Union’s collapse, I thought it seemed cruel to throw the people into the free-for-all of capitalism and democracy without even a safety net. Mischief was bound to follow, since these people had been told what to do and provided for by the state for generations. How would/could they cope with the choices and responsibilities of freedom?

    I figured disaster would happen sooner or later. In my view, there should be some sort of 12 step program to lead countries to democracy after they have been under totalitarian rule. This same “free-for-all” mentality after liberating Iraq is part of what caused our problems there.

    There has to be a better way to bring democracy to the oppressed.

  2. There is no way of saving a country from the growing pains caused by transition. We have been growing since our creation as a nation and have clashed and fought every inch of the way. Included in all those clashes (some very bloody) was a very nasty US Civil War that killed more US individuals than any of our other wars.

  3. Well yes, what you say is true—–as we have in the past, we will continue the struggle to define ourselves and our country.

    But we have an advantage over countries like Russia and Iraq because we have always been a liberal democracy/republic, and they have not.


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