First, the link before I louse it up from late night posting: http://www.nytimes.c…
What is scary to me, is having THIS country linked with the vivid hatred for nazism that is still vibrant, live in Russia. This has to be seen to be understood. In what was then “Stalingrad” I walked in a silent park whose green and grassy banks were the mass graves of the 800,000 citizens who died there. A huge statue of a woman, with an undying flame that snapped in the wind. No Russian walked on those grassy banks.
President Vladimir V. Putin seemed to obliquely compare the foreign policy of the United States to the Third Reich in a speech on Wednesday commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.
The comments were the latest in a series of sharply worded Russian criticisms of the foreign policy of the United States – on Iraq, missile defense, NATO expansion and, more broadly, United States unilateralism in foreign affairs.
I would not find this so troubling, but there are the rendition flights, guantanamo, the ICE raids and the choice of which factories and concerns to raid, the unilateral invasion of Irag based on “the big lie” of weapons of mass destruction…
More from Putin
Mr. Putin’s analogy was a small part of a larger speech, otherwise unambiguously congratulating Russian veterans of World War II, known here as the Great Patriotic War. ….Mr. 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,” Mr. Putin said.
“Moreover, in our time, these threats are not diminishing,” he said. “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.”