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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: PUTIN’S ELECTION AND RUSSIA’S HARD FUTURE – MORE PROPAGANDA ABOUT THE CLEAR CHOICE OF RUSSIAN VOTERS   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY AUREL BRAUN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

It seems clear that Putin commands more support than anyone else in Russia.

It is equally clear that the small number of demonstrators against Putin, undoubtedly covertly encouraged by the CIA, represents a small minority.

So why do we keep getting junk-think articles like this one from Arel Braun?

Because Putin is intelligent and capable and takes a stand on a number of international issues opposed to the official line from Washington.

As far as Russia’s painful future, Mr. Braun seems unaware that Russia has already been through the worst – a great depression and huge convulsions following the collapse of communism.

We did not hear from people like Braun then.

I believe Russia has a great future – with their resources and gifted people – and they need someone like Putin, not a drunken clown like Boris Yetsin.

The world needs multi-polar power and not a single super one like the United States. That is something in the interests of the overwhelming majority of the world’s people.

We’ve already seen the U.S. behave as a high-handed bully many times in recent years.

Apologists for Israel’s bloody excesses and irrational demands – Mr. Braun having been one of these in the past – do not agree. They want an America uber alles to keep Israel in an unchallenged position as Mideast junior partner in determining world affairs .

I cannot attribute any other understandable motive for an article like this.

Russia will become a more perfect democracy in future, but it needs to grow and become strong and build a strong middle class, and Putin is a pretty good bet for the kind of leadership needed for now.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CALLING PUTIN’S RUSSIA A GANGSTER STATE IS NOT WARRANTED – BUT WE DO HAVE A GENUINE GANGSTER STATE   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO AN EDITORIAL IN THE TELEGRAPH

You’ve no basis for saying this.

I’ve seen nothing that would warrant Putin being characterized this way.

He is not the kind of democratic spirit we tend to have in the West, but he is intelligent and capable, and he is the kind of leader a huge nation struggling to get its footing needs.

No democratic nation in the West is without an early history of strongmen, aristocrats, or kings. Indeed, today, those of great wealth still exercise inordinate power in our so-called democratic states.

Just look at the example of Rupert Murdoch, a man whose enterprises appear to have broken every British tradition of civility, privacy, and equality before the law.

But then the True Blue Right Wingers of Telegraph’s editorial staff don’t need proof to spout about those they don’t like, do they?

The truth is we have one absolutely proven gangster state in the world, and that is Israel.

It steals from others whatever it wants.

It kills anyone it feels like killing.

It holds more than 4 million people in seemingly endless bondage.

It threatens the security of every state within a thousand miles of its border, whatever that happens to be on a particular day.

Its leader is so flagrant a liar that two heads of major states were overheard saying so.