EDITORIAL: Speak up, Mr. McCain

EDITORIAL

Speak Up, Mr. McCain

Even as Russian “president” Dima Medvedev was meeting with Barack Obama in London in an effort to “press the reset button” on U.S.-Russian relations, Medvedev’s cruel KGB regime showed by its actions that the effort was nothing more than a sham.  Obama remains silent on the issue of human rights and the new cold war with Russia, giving every indication that he has been suckered by the neo-Soviet regime in Moscow, and it is now time for Republican John McCain to speak up in vehement opposition.

We understand that McCain was honor bound to give Obama the chance to formulate his policy towards the KGB regime of Vladimir Putin without interference, but three months have now passed and Obama has met with his Russian “counterpart,” yet remained totally silent on American values and national security where Russia is concerned. Therefore, McCain must now demand better.  And let’s be clear:  It’s not only the right thing, but in his party’s partisan interests, to do so.  Republicans have lost the intiative on domestic policy but, following the lead of their great leader Ronald Reagan, they can claim the high ground on foreign policy by moving decisively against Putin.

The evidence of Putin’s malignant intentions is damning indeed.

4fba7d0ac5e7d95a38d7f41de63c2856_bigFirst, Russia put yet another blogger on trial for the “criminal” offense of writing critically about the Russian government on his blog.  Dmitri Solovy0v, (pictured, left) a close associate of dissident leader Oleg Kozlovsky who regularly participated in Kozlovsky’s public demonstrations against Vladimir Putin’s anti-democratic policies, was charged in the city of Kemerovo with “hate speech” for republishing another bloggers critical comments about Russian Interior Ministry and KGB (now FSB) officers on his Live Journal forum under his “dimon77″ screen name.  Solovyov now faces two years in prison for this “crime,” which consisted of accusing the KGB of prosecuting cases leading to “unjust verdicts” and “beating confessions out” of people, intimidation and committing dissidents to psychiatric asylums.”  It’s just the latest in a series of such attacks on the Internet, the last vestige of critical information left in Putin’s Russia.

RUSSIA-RIGHTS-CRIME-PONOMAREVAs if that were not enough, one of Russia’s leading human rights activists, and a staunch critic of the manipulated legal proceedings used to imprison oil tycoon and Kremlin rival Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was brutally assaulted in Moscow.   67-year-old Lev Ponomarev (pictured, right) was jumped by a gang of thugs just as the Khodorkovsky’s second trial on embezzlement charges began in Moscow.  He referred to hit as a “contract hit.” Clearly aimed at silencing his activism so as to grease the skids under Khodorkovsky, who had called for Putin to testify at his trial just the day before in open court, the attack carries ominous echoes of the assassination of human rights attorney Stanislav Markelov under similar circumstances. Ponomarev was a founder of the Memorial human rights society, Russia’s version of Amnesty Intenrational, and is a board member of the Solidarity opposition movement founded by opposition politicians Boris Nemtsov and Garry Kasparov.  He has been openly critical of the Russian prison system and the” roll-back” of rights Putin.   In a strange and eerie twist, based on a report in the Russian paper Novaya Gazeta, attorney Robert Amsterdam, who represents Khodorokovsky and knows Ponomarev well, reports that just before Ponomarev was attacked his Wikipedia page was revised by a member in the Russian city of Ryazan to announce he’d been killed.

Let’s be clear:  Reflecting on cases like that of Markelov and firebrand journalist Anna Politkovskaya, it’s clear that both Solovyov and Ponomarev were lucky, because they lived to fight another day.  Ever since Vladimir Putin came to power, one opposition figure after another has been cut down in cold blood, with not a single conviction resulting from any of the wanton bloodshed.  Journalists are a particular and ongoing target.  And this corruption of the Russian court system is widespread and debilitating. Writing in the Washington Times, Russia scholar Ariel Cohen of the Heritage Foundation states:  “During the Boris Yeltsin presidency, the Russian courts, despite their corrupt practices and lack of judicial sophistication, slowly inched toward more independence. In 2002-03, however, a reversal began. The rulers increasingly use ‘telephone justice’ – senior state officials call upon judges and tell them how to decide cases under the guise of protecting ‘paramount state interests.’” 

Both Obama and Medvedev are lawyers (though, to be sure, the Russian education of a lawyer bears little similarity to its American counterpart).  Yet, Obama chose to focus his announcement after meeting Medvedev on his idiotic, native take on the issue of nuclear arms reduction, showing Medvedev with praise “for taking the time to visit with me today” as if he were a supplicant and declaring, almost like a breathless schoolboy, that he was “excited” about being invited to visit Moscow in July. 

Not a word about human rights issues of any kind, much less any indication that any sort of challenge had been offered, or even any questions asked.  Under such circumstances, why shouldn’t the Kremlin think it can, quite literally, get away with murder?  In essence, it is being rewarded for doing so, because Russia is far less able than the U.S. to wage a nuclear arms race given the total collapse of the Russian economy, and Obama seems to be offering the perfect pathway towards avoiding such a contest and therefore maximizing the impact of Russia’s nuclear forces.

And more importantly, why should anyone who might consider standing up for human rights in Russia, like Solovyov or Ponomarev, think America’s so-called liberal president will have his back? It seems Barrack Obama is willing to aggressively attack perceived human rights violations by the U.S., at Guantanamo for example, but not to stand up for oppressed peoples and American values abroad. That’s exactly the wrong message for America to be sending Russia, at a unique historical moment when Russia is receptive to pressure because of its economic downturn and confused leadership structure. In a few more years, if the economy rebounds and Putin is firmly ensconced as “president for life,” and if Obama does nothing to reverse the trend, we will face a brutal new cold war with a hardened neo-Soviet enemy.

Human rights is far from being the only issue on which neo-Soviet Russia has directly attacked American values.  Russia is also spitting in America’s eye in Georgia, where it is flouting its written agreement to remove troops and threatening the U.S. with bellicose rhetoric.  Obama did nothing to butress security in Georgia, either.

George Bush looked in Putin’s eye and saw a trustworthy soul. A river of Russian blood followed. Medvedev just spit in Obama’s eye, and Obama seems not to have noticed. We can predict what will follow.

 

 

 

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40 responses to “EDITORIAL: Speak up, Mr. McCain

  1. I couldn’t ever find the names of the authors who made this stuff. Looks like you fear taking resposibility for what you write. So you think the Russian government is the only one to violate human rights?

    LA RUSSOPHOBE:

    Try to find name of the person who wrote any given editorial for the New York Times, you ape.

    Is a murderer entitled to go free because other murderers have not yet been apprehended?

    Please crawl back under your rock.

  2. Obama’s Russia policy so far is to mostly ignore the enemy and smile at them.

    One quote from Putin to consider: “We showed weakness, and weak people are beaten.”

  3. De Bralleputin

    I sympathize with your cause, but not with your rabid tactics, Phobe. He is not fit to be party secretary general, Lenin once wrote about Stalin, because he is rude. Understatement! I’ll paraphrase (pardon my Dutch) Lenin to make something clear: you’re rude, Phobe, whoever you are, and therefore unfit to criticize anybody. Viva Obama, long live socialism in one country.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    Actually, given the state of the Republican Part these days and especially its horrifying betrayal of Reagan’s ideals on Russia, the more flawed McCain is the more perfectly suitable he is to lead it would seem. We’d love to point to somebody else as a better leader and urge them to speak out instead, but who would that be exactly? Rush Limbaugh maybe? The man can’t even spell Russia.

  4. I understand your point, and I agree with you, but I don’t think that John McCain is relevant. He has no political capital. Honestly, I cannot think of a single Republican who would be taken seriously on this subject.

  5. Anyone who believes Pres. B.O. gives a damn about human rights in any country is sadly mistaken. Please, this is the … who did not want any measures taken to save the life of any infant who miraculously survived an abortion (murder)attempt. You really thinks he gives a rip about some Russian blogger or human rights activist. And please don’t look to J.McCain; he is a political has-been. I agree with Talia. Support for the human rights activists will have to come from someone new.

  6. Those, who lookto democrats for some action on human rights are in for a long wait. Hillary already made it clear that there are more important things than human rights. Granted, she said it in the context of China, where saber rattling may lead to economic impact at home.

    Still, even in the places of no economic importance (Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Russia) there is little outcry about human rights.

    I would go one step further. Historically, Democrats’ human rights criticism was directed to American friends: Iran, Chile in the 70-s, Haiti in the 90-s, Colombia in the last decade. So, I am ok with US be isolationist for a change.

    It would be nice of course, if right-leaning European governments take a stand. Sarcozy, Merkel, and Brown know very well the nature of Russian regime. But Europe is a “retirement community” with local “youths” torching cars and shops on a regular basis. Russia doesn’t get any attention

  7. Medvedev is an ass. In London, he said that he will not have any relations with Saakashvili, the Democratically elected leader of the sovereign Republic of Georgia. Medvedev will have friendly relationships with Bashir of Syria, Castro of Cuba, Ahmadinejad of Iran, and ballot box stuffer Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Medvedev makes friends with anyone who dislikes America. Maybe that’s why Obama and Medvedev will get along so well, tovarish.

    • Pablo Matanza

      Dear Kolchak,

      I’m afraid you must have been mistaken. Michael Saakashvili wasn’t at all elected. He was put in his place by the US gov. You are so naive, little boy. Do you still believe in elections? And in democracy? And human rights?

      World is going to blazes if so many little naive boys live in it.

      • Pablo, you seem to have a thing for little boys.
        Why don’t you grow a brain?
        And maybe some chemical castration would help?

        • Pablo Matanza

          Andrew, you seem to be a little boy. I never got any reasonable point from you except for childish sayings like ‘Why don’t you grow a brain?
          And maybe some chemical castration would help?’ How old are you? What grade do you attend in elementary school?

  8. Hillary already made it clear that there are more important things than human rights.

    Yeah, she needed a loan.

  9. Everyone in Russia noticed that Foreign Minister Lavrov pressed the famous “Reset/Overload” button with his middle finger.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    But did they notice that, as with Stalin before him, that middle finger was aimed at the people of Russia themselves, as Lavrov destroys Russia for the third time in a century?

    You’re a really breathtaking ignoramus.

  10. Pablo Matanza

    Dear No-name,

    Please use your New York Times copies in a lavatory. All the media in the world are sponsored by the bastard big brother and serve the propoganda goal. THERE IS NO INDEPENDENT SOURCE, and if one thinks there is, this one is a damned dolt.

    As you mentioned murderes, did you take into consideration the US government who, besides all, paid for the total slaughter of the Ossetins by the Georgians in August 2008? Or big brother paid you to keep mum on this fact?

    I can’t be sure of things, if the things are told by a nameless nothing.

    Sorry for you.

    • What total slaughter of Ossetians you MORON?!?
      You mean the (by Russian accounts) 133 “civillians” killed?
      As opposed to the 30,000 Georgians slaughtered and 300,000 forced from their homes in Abkhazia in 1992-94, and the 30,000 forced from their homes in South Ossetia last August?
      Pablo, you really are a complete asswipe.
      Why don’t you try and get some medication to help with your paranoid delusions?

      • Pablo Matanza

        My dear Andrew, wake up! Where did you get that figure? Did you see the CNN reports? Open up your eyes! It’s all propoganda! Did you talk to the Ossetians yourself? Half the population of Ossetia was killed in August – BY THE GEOGIAN TROOPS! Can you tell a Georgian from a Russian? Ossetians can. An Ossetian woman told me she saw a young girl being run over by a Georgian armoured personnel carrier and then shot to pieces by the bastards. SHE SAW THE GIRL’S BRAINS around! The Georgian gunmen showed no mercy for kids and women! They assaulted residential neighbourhoods at night when people were asleep! What you saw on CNN was the the scenes of the OSSETIAN SLAUGHTER BY THE GEORGIANS given as if it is Russians who kill Georgians!!!

        You are so good a soil to be fertilized! People like you is the best material to build a nation of morons, Andrew. So easy to govern. Alas.

        You seem to be absolutely ignorant about what is really happening in the Caucasus. My girlfriend comes from Abkhazia. She told me the history her family and her nation. I doubt whether you Andrew ever knew any little thing about the Abkazia and Georgia relationships which is too complicated for your well-fertilized mind. So will you kindly shut up on this subject.

    • Please tell me more about the “total slaughter of the Osseti[a]ns by the Georgians in August 2008″. Where did you find out about “this fact”?

  11. Pablo Matanza

    And by the way, does it really matter WHO is the US president? ;-)

    I still can’t believe you all do not get what is really happening. Seems like a farce.

  12. Pablo,

    Che was done in by Castro in 1967. Get over it.

  13. In 2008, Saakashvili was declared a winner with 53.4% of the votes amid the accusation of electoral fraud by the Georgian opposition.[4] International observers welcomed the elections as “the first genuinely competitive presidential election” in the history of Georgia, and said, albeit irregularities were observed, the polls generally met the democratic standards.

    Pablo, you think the US elections were legit. Obama raised 800 million versus McCain’s 360 million.

    Bush and Kerry only raised 740 million combined in 2004.

    Can you say George Soros Puppet?

  14. Pablo, you liberal jerk off.

    Georgia is building one of the freest and economically viable countries not only in the former USSR but in the world. It’s piss ant liberals like you that want to tear liberty loving people down in favor of your socialist utopia.

    • Well said Kolchak. Well said indeed!!

    • Pablo Matanza

      Kolchak, Che fought villains. Che fought for worldwide justice. He didn’t know he would die for people who wouldn’t be able to distinguish between true and false. Like you Kolchak. If he knew, he would be still alive. Why did you mention Che?

      You ever been to Georgia? If you were, you would see the nation, starving, moneyless. They hate their US puppet president who is the one to enjoy the ‘flourishing democracy’ as the people have nothing to eat and beaten by the police to death. No one can speak out. Only the trusted are allowed to.

      What’s more, Saakashvili is no longer need by the US government. He will be removed soon.

      I can’t understand why I don’t see that!!!

      And what do you know about KolchaK?

      • The meticulous myth of Senor Guevara is of a handsome Argentine heroically helping Fidel Castro’s guerrillas liberate Cuba from Fulgencio Batista’s military dictatorship in 1959. Then he became a global revolutionary icon inspiring the downtrodden to rise up everywhere, even personally leading rebel warriors in the Congo before being executed doing the same in Bolivia in 1967. The (communist) party line says Che personifies the selfless humanitarian courageously fighting for “social justice.” He’s the Marxists’ martyred Christ figure replete with pictures of his half-naked corpse riddled with bullet holes. And the classic poster of an angry young Guevara has scarred countless college dorm rooms for over 40 years, putting a face on the eternally young rebel for angry adolescents everywhere.

        The real Guevara was a reckless bourgeois adrenaline-junkie seeking a place in history as a liberator of the oppressed. But this fanatic’s vehicle of “liberation” was Stalinism, named for Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, murderer of well over 20 million of his own people. As one of Castro’s top lieutenants, Che helped steer Cuba’s revolutionary regime in a radically repressive direction. Soon after overthrowing Batista, Guevara choreographed the executions of hundreds of Batista officials without any fair trials. He thought nothing of summarily executing even fellow guerrillas suspected of disloyalty and shot one himself with no due process.

        Che was a purist political fanatic who saw everything in stark black and white. Therefore he vociferously opposed freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, protest, or any other rights not completely consistent with his North Korean-style communism. How many rock music-loving teens sporting Guevara t-shirts today know their hero supported Cuba’s 1960s’ repression of the genre? How many homosexual fans know he had gays jailed?

        Did the Obama volunteers in that Texas campaign headquarters with Che’s poster on the wall know that Guevara fervently opposed any free elections? How “progressive” is that?

        How socially just was it that Che was enraged when the Russians blinked during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and withdrew their nuclear missiles from the island, thus averting a nuclear war? Guevara was such a zealous ideologue that he relished the specter of millions of Cuban lives sacrificed on the altar of communism, declaring Cuba “a people ready to sacrifice itself to nuclear arms, that its ashes might serve as a basis for new societies.” Some humanitarian.

        Che was a narcissist who boasted that “I have no house, wife, children, parents, or brothers; my friends are friends as long as they think like me, politically.” This is a role model for today’s “post-political” voters claiming we should get beyond partisanship?

        Adding to the ridiculousness of the Che cult is that he was virtually a complete failure. As a medical doctor, he never even had a practice. When put in charge of the Cuban economy at the start of Castro’s government, his uncompromising communist diktats ran it completely into the ground, from which it never recovered. Humiliated, and also angry that Castro wasn’t fomenting enough revolution abroad, he then tried to lead such quixotic adventures in Argentina, the Congo, and Bolivia, failing miserably everywhere while sacrificing the lives of scores of naïve, idealistic young followers as deluded pawns in the service of his personality cult.

        Another reason he fled Cuba in the mid-1960s was the complete mess he made of his private life. Though he preached sexual purity to his colleagues, he was a shameless adulterer who abandoned two wives and many children, some legitimate, others not. As a grandson put it, “he was never home.” The public Che who supposedly had such great love for humanity privately couldn’t stand most folks.

  15. A couple of things here -

    First Pablo – If you read his posts over this blog time and again, you would see that if anyone understands Georgia and its relations with its resident minorities (Abkhaz/Apsu, Ossetians, Mingrelians, Ajarians, etc.), it is Andrew. He has time and again displayed an encyclopedic knowledge of the subject to the point that many posters on this site assumed he was Georgian rather than a New Zealander. You might disagree with his opinions, but you can’t reasonably question his expertise.

    Back to the McCain issue, although he stood strong in relation to Georgia, there are other components of his foreign policy I don’t particularly like – especially his ties via Davis to Yanukovich and the Party of the Regions in Ukraine.

    Again, strangely enough, the man with the political capital to trust when it comes to Russia is precisely the one you can’t trust pretty much anywhere else – George Soros.

  16. Pa-Blow Manzana, Trolling won’t get you respect.

    • Pablo Matanza

      I’m trying to win your respect, George. You seem to too aggressive to put everything in its right place. I am not aiming at any respect from a moron, too.

    • Pablo Matanza

      *Not trying to win your respect.

      Its Matanza, not Manzana.

      Take care.

  17. Pablo Matanza

    Scott,

    Thanks for not attacking me unlike the rest. Okay, Andrew has had to do with Georgia. But I cannot understand why only the Georgians have the right to speak into the public’s eye? Well, I do understand in fact, why not the others?
    Have you heard of what the Georgian did in Apsny under the Soviets? And why did the Apsuas so ardently struggle with the Georgians to withdraw from them during the 1991-1992 war? Why are not the Abkhazian people (Apsuas) priveleged to speak in front of the public? Why the Georgians only? I do understand that, why not the others?
    It is an easier way, of course, to say Andrew is Georgian, he knows better. Let him go his way.
    Why not raise your butt and go and study history before? Although history in so many countries is too politicized.
    Who can tell anything about WW2?

    • Actually Pablo, I was a history major.

      You want to know about Georgian-Abkhaz relationships under the USSR?

      Georgians (despite having been the largest ethnic group in Abkhazia since long before the Russians invaded in the 19th C) had their language banned as part of the Russian “divide & rule” philosophy practiced in many areas of their empire. The assembly of the Abkhaz autonomous region was dominated by an apartheid like system where a small minority (the Apsu) had 51% of the seats while only constituting 18% of the population.

      Both Georgians and Apsu have an inalienable right to live in the region, as both have existed there for thousands of years.
      The ruling family of Abkhazia was of ethnic Georgian origin, and the Bagrationi family that unified the Georgian state starting in the mediaeval period were of mixed origins from Abkhazia.

      For a good overview of inter-ethnic relations I suggest you read “Conflict in the Caucasus – Georgia, Abkhazia, and the Russian Shadow” by Svetlana Chervonnaya. She is a most highly respected RUSSIAN ethnographist, and she was an eye witness to the 1992-1994 war.
      She is Russia’s greatest living authority on the ethnic origins and history of the peoples of the former Russian empire.
      She destroys the Apsu myths about Abkhazia (and some of the Georgian ones as well), I doubt however that a mind so bigoted and narrow as yours will want to read such a seminal work, but I have to try. She shows in no uncertain terms that the separatists were criminals of the worst sort.

      As for why did the Apsu fight so hard to separate themselves, actually many of them did not.
      My cousins in law for example, have a Georgian mother and an Apsu father, they live as refugees in Tbilisi, my Natlia (God father) is from Sukhumi, other relatives of my wife (Georgian & Apsu) were murdered by the separatists in Gagra and Gaudata because they were Georgian or anti-separatist.

      As Chervonnaya points out, the separatist movement was directly fostered by the KGB as a means to try and punish Georgia as a whole for its move towards independance.
      The leader of the movement Ardzinba was trying to ensure the Soviet Union (with all its horrors) did not collapse.

      I suggest you read up on some of the crimes comitted by the separatist minority against the majority of the population, starting with the massacre (in a single day) of over 300 ethnic Georgian students and lecturers at Sukumi university in 1989, and also the murder of over 30,000 non Apsu (mostly Georgian) civillians and the expulsion of over 300,000 people from the villages their ancestors had lived in for thousands of years, by the separatists from 1992-94.
      A few useful links for your education
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Abkhazia
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhumi_Massacre
      http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/1995/Georgia2.htm#P117_4464
      The reason the Apsu do not get sympathy from the rest of the world is the same reason the Serbs are villified.
      Massive crimes against humanity in the form of (well documented) ethnic cleansing and mass murder of civillians.
      I suggest YOU shut up and get an education.

      • Oh and this link

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_cleansing_of_Georgians_in_Abkhazia

        One of the more prominent Apsu to support the Georgian government was Raul Eshba, who was executed by the separatists during the “Massacre of Sukhumi” on Sept 27th 1993, when the separatists (with significant Russian military support) broke a ceasefire and stormed the city murdering over 20,000 people in an orgy of violence. Men, women, children and the elderly ethnic Georgians & pro Georgian Apsu were all ruthlessly murdered.

      • The proper link is http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/1995/Georgia2.htm

        “The practice was adopted first by the Georgian side, in the second half of 1992, and later, more effectively, by the Abkhaz side. The parties terrorized and forced the enemy ethnic population to flee, or took members of the enemy population hostage for leverage in later bargaining over population swaps. The Abkhaz conflict stands out in that in some cases entire villages were held hostage on the basis of the ethnicity of their population. Once Abkhaz forces had gained control of Abkhazia and the fighting died down, they prevented the free return to Abkhazia of displaced persons, who are overwhelmingly Georgian.
        (…)
        Then they would force him to take them to his home, where they would beat and intimidate the family, including children, and sometimes subject one or all to mock executions in front of the others. They would then typically rob the family, and sometimes take the male members, sometimes to terrorize them and their families, and sometimes to torture and execute them. Often these visits were repeated. Such ethnically-oriented abuse forced much population displacement.
        (…)
        Russia’s extensive involvement in the Abkhazia conflict brought with it certain responsibilities for the human rights and humanitarian law violations that occurred there. Russia was in various ways responsible for escalating human rights abuse: members of its armed forces made available weapons to groups or individuals known or likely to use them to commit atrocities, and members of its forces indeed carried out a large number of attacks against Georgian targets, which resulted in civilian casualties.
        (…)
        No political settlement has been reached; only a handful of individuals have been prosecuted for war crimes; hostages reportedly continue to be held; about half of the pre-war population of Abkhazia, overwhelmingly Georgian, is living in temporary housing outside of Abkhazia, prevented from returning home safely
        (…)
        The conflict in Abkhazia was heightened by the involvement of Russia, mostly on the Abkhaz side, especially during the war’s initial stages. Whereas Russia has endorsed the territorial integrity of the Republic of Georgia, Russian arms found their way into Abkhaz hands, Russian planes bombed civilian targets in Georgian-controlled territory, Russian military vessels, manned by supporters of the Abkhaz side, were made available to shell Georgian-held Sukhumi, and at least a handful of Russian-trained and Russian-paid fighters defended Abkhaz territory in Tkvarcheli.
        (…)
        The Russian role in this conflict has in part foreshadowed the brutal Russian behavior in Chechnya, and has contributed to a pattern of Russian disregard for human rights and violations of the laws of war.”

  18. Pablo Matanza

    To the entire community here:

    Actually I can’t get the point here: is it the place where a different thinker is rejected indignantly? And is called names as though in an Eastern bazaar? Tell me again about your well-known democracy and free speech.

    Good bye.

  19. As George said (paraphrasing) – do not feed the trolls!

    An Internet troll is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in a discussion forum with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.

    How is this Pablo Matanza not fit the description? Do you really think that the person calling others naive and little boys is interested in intelligent conversation?

  20. Che aided Castro in the Cuban Revolution. He summarily rounded up Batistas and other anti-revolutionaries, anti-marxists, and had them shot. No trial. No sunshine in Gitmo. A wall and a bullet.

    Che paraded himself around as the man of the people. His wife lived in a one bed room Apt. in Havana and rode the bus. Che lived in a Ex-Batista Villa on the coast and rode around in a American car.

    Che specialized in psychological torture. Many prisoners were yanked out of their cells, bound, blindfolded and stood against The Wall. The seconds ticked off. The condemned could hear the rifle bolts snapping ….. finally – FUEGO!!

    BLAM!! But the shots were blanks.

    You Pablo can practice the same on yourself and you don’t have to use blanks.

  21. The Following is an Excerpt from the Former Georgian PM who resigned last fall.

    “This paper examines briefly the most salient reforms undertaken by Georgia since the Rose Revolution. The principal cumulative effect of these reforms has been to rollback the state and increase dramatically the degree of economic liberty enjoyed by businesses and individuals. Georgia has progressed in the global Doing Business rankings, compiled annually by the World Bank, from the 112th place in 2005 to being ranked as the 15th freest economy in the world – ahead of virtually all emerging markets and most EU economies – last year. Georgia’s progress in the Economic Freedom Index, compiled annually by the Heritage Foundation, has been directionally similar – from the 99th place in 2005 to the 32nd place in 2008.
    While many of these individual reforms have been tried – with varying degrees of success – by many developing economies worldwide, it has rarely been the case that all of these reforms were pursued simultaneously and comprehensively, over a relatively short period of time, with an unrelenting focus on their full implementation despite the challenges. The rising economic liberty in Georgia has unleashed various factors with virtuous cyclical effects, such as, for instance, the massive increase in productivity due to infrastructure upgrades made affordable by rising tax revenue, itself a result of the fiscal reform. Conversely, structural impediments to economic growth are so high in many low and lower middle income economies, that similar reforms attempted in a piecemeal fashion or implemented inconclusively, typically result in less impressive outcomes.
    Georgia’s success in defeating the endemic corruption is noteworthy due to the effectiveness of the holistic approach taken by the authorities. To be sure, the policy of zero tolerance of corruption has been in place since 2004, but, equally if not more importantly, the key root causes of corruption were addressed, by adopting low, flat taxes, minimising bureaucratic discretion, streamlining the public services, and eliminating waste by switching, insofar as possible, from the direct public funding of various institutions (in education and healthcare, for example) to the funding of the consumers (with social assistance and welfare expenditures focused, appropriately, on the poorest quintile of the population) and empowering them to make their own choices, as described below…

    This paper examines briefly the most salient reforms undertaken by Georgia since the Rose Revolution. The principal cumulative effect of these reforms has been to rollback the state and increase dramatically the degree of economic liberty enjoyed by businesses and individuals. Georgia has progressed in the global Doing Business rankings, compiled annually by the World Bank, from the 112th place in 2005 to being ranked as the 15th freest economy in the world – ahead of virtually all emerging markets and most EU economies – last year. Georgia’s progress in the Economic Freedom Index, compiled annually by the Heritage Foundation, has been directionally similar – from the 99th place in 2005 to the 32nd place in 2008.
    While many of these individual reforms have been tried – with varying degrees of success – by many developing economies worldwide, it has rarely been the case that all of these reforms were pursued simultaneously and comprehensively, over a relatively short period of time, with an unrelenting focus on their full implementation despite the challenges. The rising economic liberty in Georgia has unleashed various factors with virtuous cyclical effects, such as, for instance, the massive increase in productivity due to infrastructure upgrades made affordable by rising tax revenue, itself a result of the fiscal reform. Conversely, structural impediments to economic growth are so high in many low and lower middle income economies, that similar reforms attempted in a piecemeal fashion or implemented inconclusively, typically result in less impressive outcomes.”

  22. Looks like Felix put the stooge troll in his place.

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