Skip to comments.Putin: Terror rooted in USSR breakup
Posted on 11/01/2005 5:06:38 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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"He is correct. There was a power vacuum in the region. Russia is still not capable of reasserting hegemony over their former sphere,"
Are you serious? Russia never had control and the proof is that they had to kill 30 million to keep the Kremlin afloat.
Stalin said his war against the Ukes that fought collectivization was worse than the war against fascism.
Communism is politically bankrupt - the Chinese had to kill twice that many to survive.
Communism is dead. Even China recognizes that. Russia's sphere still includes Iraq and Iran and once Russia gets its wealth on the taxrolls as private property so they have some collateral for private investments, then Russia can resume its proper place among nations. Russia has tremendous wealth, but most of it is unusable as capital because it is not recorded. Instead of capital they have mafia and neighborhoods. Putin could do this, or get the ball rolling while he finishes out his term.
LMAO!!! My sentiments exactly. You could have simply ended it after the word "freedom." LOL
A healthy economy will do more to keep Russian territory intact than reverting to a totalitarian government will. At the same time, I think he will try to consolidate power in the central government and strengthen the military to help suppress any rebellions in the south or east of the country
If he doesn't clamp down hard enough, Russia will break up like the Soviet Union did. If he clamps down too hard, he will alienate Russians in all walks of life and cause what he wants to prevent. He has a very difficult balancing act ahead of him.
One is talking about hard-wired knee-jerk reflexes here, not of "balancing acts", which are not instinctive and "hard wired". The only things moderating knee-jerk reflexes are the available resources and other circumstances of the same nature.
I am afraid you are falling into "intelligent design" fallacy and attributing rationality and intelligence to largely instinctive actions, where no rationality or intelligence exist or are even needed.
When Putin claims that USSR breakup causes terror, he leaves out one simple fact--the Soviet regime itself practiced terror against its own citizens.
Certainly the power vacuum created by the breakup of USSR in some regions gave the opportunity to unsavory folks to pursue their own agenda by terror means, but it doesn't change the terror nature of the Soviet Regime under Stalin.
After Stalin, Soviet Regime softened, but it continued to pursue avanturistic policies abroad, including financing of Communist thugs and regimes around the world which was one of the key factors in the USSR breakup apart from the Arms Race.
So Putin has a selective memory which given his ex-KGB background and beliefs is not surprising.
No its not selective memory, its selective interpretation of the statement. You should know that most people were against dissolving the national entity though they were more then happy to show the communists to the door.
Spanalot has a mental block on seperating Russia from the SU & communism.
That's okay. We'll just say what needs to be said. There are usually no winners in these debates since there are no rules and no authorities to act as judges.
But, Russia is making some gains in recording clear title to real estate and legal businesses. Long ways to go; it is very complicated to do this fairly, especially coming out of a communist system.
He just NOW figured this out???
LOL. For sure. No, I think he really means NOW, in the recent past, it's getting out of HIS control, starting to affect things closer to home, Moscow and St. Pete, not just places in the US, Europe, and the outlying regions of the former USSR.
"Communism is dead. Even China recognizes that. Russia's sphere still includes Iraq and Iran and once Russia gets its wealth on the taxrolls as private property so they have some collateral for private investments, then Russia can resume its proper place among nations."
Have you checked oil prices - they are plummeting as will the Russian economy. Russia is morally bankrupt and still run by the same opportunistic thug mindset that has occupied the Kremlin for the past 200 years.
Record prices have propped up this system temporarily - but don't put any money into the ruble - it will soon be rubble.
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