Daily Archives: May 31, 2007

May 31, 2007 — Contents

THURSDAY MAY 31 CONTENTS


(1) Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

(2) New U.S. Congress Bashes Neo-Soviet Russia

(3) Annals of Russian Pathology: The Missiles of May

(4) If That is my Country, When’s the Next Rocket to Mars?

(5) Point-Counterpoint

NOTE: Check out La Russophobe‘s latest installment on Publius Pundit, where with the help of Robert Amsterdam she exposes the outrageous lies the Kremlin is telling about the alleged protection from extradition created by the Russian Constitution, using this false claim as a basis to refuse to hand over accused Litvinenko killer Andrei Lugovoi.

NOTE: La Russophobe continues to be the fortunate recipient of a great deal of valuable input from readers, as today’s postings indicate. Two of the items (#1 and #4) come to us through the efforts of the readership, for which we express our gratitude and admiration. Submissions from readers are always welcomed by e-mail, and anonymity is assured if desired.

NOTE: La Russophobe is pleased to direct your attention to the charming slice-of-life Moscow blog “Moscow Does not Believe in Tears.” The blogger describes herself as an “avid, rabid LR reader” which clearly indicates that she’s a person of exceptional taste and refinement, to say nothing of being a rare female, sister blogger as well. You go, girl!

Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

Facts about Neo-Soviet Russia’s Health:

  • In the first six months of 2005, the Russian population fell by half a million [LR: And that’s only the lowest possible number, the one provided by Kremlin data; the actual number is quite likely far higher]
  • By the middle of this century Russia could lose up to half of its people, according to Russian government stats [LR: If we used actual stats rather than those provided by a government presided over by a proud KGB spy, the picture would be even more dire. The same holds true for all the data to follow.]
  • Life expectancy for men is 56 years, the same as Bangladesh
  • Ten years ago, the life expectancy for men in Russia was 63 [LR: Still much lower than in the West, and in Vladimir Putin’s 8 years in office there has been no improvement]
  • The World Health Organisation says that at a conservative estimate more than a million people will have died because of AIDS in Russia by 2020 [LR: When was the last time you heard “President” Putin mention AIDS?]
  • Every other newborn baby is diagnosed with a disease at birth
  • There are more abortions every year in Russia than babies are born
  • Thanks to ill-health, 10 million Russians are infertile [LR: Think about that — 10 million Russians can’t make children, and among those who can more choose to abort than give birth. What does that tell you about the country they live in?]
  • A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line [LR: And that’s “poverty” as defined by Russians, not Westerners; in Russia, the average wage is $2.50 per hour, and the minimum wage is $0.25 per hour]
  • Paradox #1: Despite all of the above, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world [LR: The same situation as in Tsarist Russia; Russians have learned nothing from their own history or the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution]
  • Paradox #2: Despite all of the above, although Russia’s population is in freefall, they’re still throwing people out. Thirty thousand Meshket Turks have recently had to seek asylum in America, having been forced from their homes in the south of the country by discriminatory laws and racist attacks. [LR: And they’re still favoring their government with 70% approval ratings in polls, the ultimate proof of Russian barbarism and stupidity]

Those facts and more were reported by Britain’s Channel 4 in a program called “Death of a Nation.” Click through the link to watch video excerpts and read more about the show. A reader notes:

When I read about it, I thought it would just show a lot of poverty and not focus on any real issues about what is uniquely wrong in Russia. I was wrong. The most dramatic thing was when he went and visited the Meshket Turk people in Krasnodar. Their situation seemed exactly like black South Africans in the apartheid era. Now 30000 of them are apparently being expelled from Russia and being taken in by the USA (so the people said themselves). It is worth seeing the posts to the forum on the subject on the website. Anyway, during the filming the crew were accosted by drunken neo-facist cossack police who said they had no right to film there. They were then taken away in extreme fear to the house of the officer and given hospitality with large amounts of alcoholic drinks, after which the officer collapsed in a drunken stupor. Later at the police offices, the crew were given moonshine vodka, whipped for fun, and found a copy of one of the police officers’ favorite books – Mein Kampf. They then whent to the inauguration of the same police officer as colonel, which would put him in charge of hundreds of police. Perhaps it has been shown somewhere at some time in America. It is a pity it has not been put on the You Tube.

The greatest horror of all, of course, is that despite all these egregious, undeniable failures, the Russian people still chooose to favor “President” Putin with stratospheric approval ratings, do not require him to participate in debates or to run in contested elections. In other words, they are committing suicide (again).

Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

Facts about Neo-Soviet Russia’s Health:

  • In the first six months of 2005, the Russian population fell by half a million [LR: And that’s only the lowest possible number, the one provided by Kremlin data; the actual number is quite likely far higher]
  • By the middle of this century Russia could lose up to half of its people, according to Russian government stats [LR: If we used actual stats rather than those provided by a government presided over by a proud KGB spy, the picture would be even more dire. The same holds true for all the data to follow.]
  • Life expectancy for men is 56 years, the same as Bangladesh
  • Ten years ago, the life expectancy for men in Russia was 63 [LR: Still much lower than in the West, and in Vladimir Putin’s 8 years in office there has been no improvement]
  • The World Health Organisation says that at a conservative estimate more than a million people will have died because of AIDS in Russia by 2020 [LR: When was the last time you heard “President” Putin mention AIDS?]
  • Every other newborn baby is diagnosed with a disease at birth
  • There are more abortions every year in Russia than babies are born
  • Thanks to ill-health, 10 million Russians are infertile [LR: Think about that — 10 million Russians can’t make children, and among those who can more choose to abort than give birth. What does that tell you about the country they live in?]
  • A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line [LR: And that’s “poverty” as defined by Russians, not Westerners; in Russia, the average wage is $2.50 per hour, and the minimum wage is $0.25 per hour]
  • Paradox #1: Despite all of the above, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world [LR: The same situation as in Tsarist Russia; Russians have learned nothing from their own history or the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution]
  • Paradox #2: Despite all of the above, although Russia’s population is in freefall, they’re still throwing people out. Thirty thousand Meshket Turks have recently had to seek asylum in America, having been forced from their homes in the south of the country by discriminatory laws and racist attacks. [LR: And they’re still favoring their government with 70% approval ratings in polls, the ultimate proof of Russian barbarism and stupidity]

Those facts and more were reported by Britain’s Channel 4 in a program called “Death of a Nation.” Click through the link to watch video excerpts and read more about the show. A reader notes:

When I read about it, I thought it would just show a lot of poverty and not focus on any real issues about what is uniquely wrong in Russia. I was wrong. The most dramatic thing was when he went and visited the Meshket Turk people in Krasnodar. Their situation seemed exactly like black South Africans in the apartheid era. Now 30000 of them are apparently being expelled from Russia and being taken in by the USA (so the people said themselves). It is worth seeing the posts to the forum on the subject on the website. Anyway, during the filming the crew were accosted by drunken neo-facist cossack police who said they had no right to film there. They were then taken away in extreme fear to the house of the officer and given hospitality with large amounts of alcoholic drinks, after which the officer collapsed in a drunken stupor. Later at the police offices, the crew were given moonshine vodka, whipped for fun, and found a copy of one of the police officers’ favorite books – Mein Kampf. They then whent to the inauguration of the same police officer as colonel, which would put him in charge of hundreds of police. Perhaps it has been shown somewhere at some time in America. It is a pity it has not been put on the You Tube.

The greatest horror of all, of course, is that despite all these egregious, undeniable failures, the Russian people still chooose to favor “President” Putin with stratospheric approval ratings, do not require him to participate in debates or to run in contested elections. In other words, they are committing suicide (again).

Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

Facts about Neo-Soviet Russia’s Health:

  • In the first six months of 2005, the Russian population fell by half a million [LR: And that’s only the lowest possible number, the one provided by Kremlin data; the actual number is quite likely far higher]
  • By the middle of this century Russia could lose up to half of its people, according to Russian government stats [LR: If we used actual stats rather than those provided by a government presided over by a proud KGB spy, the picture would be even more dire. The same holds true for all the data to follow.]
  • Life expectancy for men is 56 years, the same as Bangladesh
  • Ten years ago, the life expectancy for men in Russia was 63 [LR: Still much lower than in the West, and in Vladimir Putin’s 8 years in office there has been no improvement]
  • The World Health Organisation says that at a conservative estimate more than a million people will have died because of AIDS in Russia by 2020 [LR: When was the last time you heard “President” Putin mention AIDS?]
  • Every other newborn baby is diagnosed with a disease at birth
  • There are more abortions every year in Russia than babies are born
  • Thanks to ill-health, 10 million Russians are infertile [LR: Think about that — 10 million Russians can’t make children, and among those who can more choose to abort than give birth. What does that tell you about the country they live in?]
  • A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line [LR: And that’s “poverty” as defined by Russians, not Westerners; in Russia, the average wage is $2.50 per hour, and the minimum wage is $0.25 per hour]
  • Paradox #1: Despite all of the above, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world [LR: The same situation as in Tsarist Russia; Russians have learned nothing from their own history or the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution]
  • Paradox #2: Despite all of the above, although Russia’s population is in freefall, they’re still throwing people out. Thirty thousand Meshket Turks have recently had to seek asylum in America, having been forced from their homes in the south of the country by discriminatory laws and racist attacks. [LR: And they’re still favoring their government with 70% approval ratings in polls, the ultimate proof of Russian barbarism and stupidity]

Those facts and more were reported by Britain’s Channel 4 in a program called “Death of a Nation.” Click through the link to watch video excerpts and read more about the show. A reader notes:

When I read about it, I thought it would just show a lot of poverty and not focus on any real issues about what is uniquely wrong in Russia. I was wrong. The most dramatic thing was when he went and visited the Meshket Turk people in Krasnodar. Their situation seemed exactly like black South Africans in the apartheid era. Now 30000 of them are apparently being expelled from Russia and being taken in by the USA (so the people said themselves). It is worth seeing the posts to the forum on the subject on the website. Anyway, during the filming the crew were accosted by drunken neo-facist cossack police who said they had no right to film there. They were then taken away in extreme fear to the house of the officer and given hospitality with large amounts of alcoholic drinks, after which the officer collapsed in a drunken stupor. Later at the police offices, the crew were given moonshine vodka, whipped for fun, and found a copy of one of the police officers’ favorite books – Mein Kampf. They then whent to the inauguration of the same police officer as colonel, which would put him in charge of hundreds of police. Perhaps it has been shown somewhere at some time in America. It is a pity it has not been put on the You Tube.

The greatest horror of all, of course, is that despite all these egregious, undeniable failures, the Russian people still chooose to favor “President” Putin with stratospheric approval ratings, do not require him to participate in debates or to run in contested elections. In other words, they are committing suicide (again).

Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

Facts about Neo-Soviet Russia’s Health:

  • In the first six months of 2005, the Russian population fell by half a million [LR: And that’s only the lowest possible number, the one provided by Kremlin data; the actual number is quite likely far higher]
  • By the middle of this century Russia could lose up to half of its people, according to Russian government stats [LR: If we used actual stats rather than those provided by a government presided over by a proud KGB spy, the picture would be even more dire. The same holds true for all the data to follow.]
  • Life expectancy for men is 56 years, the same as Bangladesh
  • Ten years ago, the life expectancy for men in Russia was 63 [LR: Still much lower than in the West, and in Vladimir Putin’s 8 years in office there has been no improvement]
  • The World Health Organisation says that at a conservative estimate more than a million people will have died because of AIDS in Russia by 2020 [LR: When was the last time you heard “President” Putin mention AIDS?]
  • Every other newborn baby is diagnosed with a disease at birth
  • There are more abortions every year in Russia than babies are born
  • Thanks to ill-health, 10 million Russians are infertile [LR: Think about that — 10 million Russians can’t make children, and among those who can more choose to abort than give birth. What does that tell you about the country they live in?]
  • A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line [LR: And that’s “poverty” as defined by Russians, not Westerners; in Russia, the average wage is $2.50 per hour, and the minimum wage is $0.25 per hour]
  • Paradox #1: Despite all of the above, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world [LR: The same situation as in Tsarist Russia; Russians have learned nothing from their own history or the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution]
  • Paradox #2: Despite all of the above, although Russia’s population is in freefall, they’re still throwing people out. Thirty thousand Meshket Turks have recently had to seek asylum in America, having been forced from their homes in the south of the country by discriminatory laws and racist attacks. [LR: And they’re still favoring their government with 70% approval ratings in polls, the ultimate proof of Russian barbarism and stupidity]

Those facts and more were reported by Britain’s Channel 4 in a program called “Death of a Nation.” Click through the link to watch video excerpts and read more about the show. A reader notes:

When I read about it, I thought it would just show a lot of poverty and not focus on any real issues about what is uniquely wrong in Russia. I was wrong. The most dramatic thing was when he went and visited the Meshket Turk people in Krasnodar. Their situation seemed exactly like black South Africans in the apartheid era. Now 30000 of them are apparently being expelled from Russia and being taken in by the USA (so the people said themselves). It is worth seeing the posts to the forum on the subject on the website. Anyway, during the filming the crew were accosted by drunken neo-facist cossack police who said they had no right to film there. They were then taken away in extreme fear to the house of the officer and given hospitality with large amounts of alcoholic drinks, after which the officer collapsed in a drunken stupor. Later at the police offices, the crew were given moonshine vodka, whipped for fun, and found a copy of one of the police officers’ favorite books – Mein Kampf. They then whent to the inauguration of the same police officer as colonel, which would put him in charge of hundreds of police. Perhaps it has been shown somewhere at some time in America. It is a pity it has not been put on the You Tube.

The greatest horror of all, of course, is that despite all these egregious, undeniable failures, the Russian people still chooose to favor “President” Putin with stratospheric approval ratings, do not require him to participate in debates or to run in contested elections. In other words, they are committing suicide (again).

Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

Facts about Neo-Soviet Russia’s Health:

  • In the first six months of 2005, the Russian population fell by half a million [LR: And that’s only the lowest possible number, the one provided by Kremlin data; the actual number is quite likely far higher]
  • By the middle of this century Russia could lose up to half of its people, according to Russian government stats [LR: If we used actual stats rather than those provided by a government presided over by a proud KGB spy, the picture would be even more dire. The same holds true for all the data to follow.]
  • Life expectancy for men is 56 years, the same as Bangladesh
  • Ten years ago, the life expectancy for men in Russia was 63 [LR: Still much lower than in the West, and in Vladimir Putin’s 8 years in office there has been no improvement]
  • The World Health Organisation says that at a conservative estimate more than a million people will have died because of AIDS in Russia by 2020 [LR: When was the last time you heard “President” Putin mention AIDS?]
  • Every other newborn baby is diagnosed with a disease at birth
  • There are more abortions every year in Russia than babies are born
  • Thanks to ill-health, 10 million Russians are infertile [LR: Think about that — 10 million Russians can’t make children, and among those who can more choose to abort than give birth. What does that tell you about the country they live in?]
  • A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line [LR: And that’s “poverty” as defined by Russians, not Westerners; in Russia, the average wage is $2.50 per hour, and the minimum wage is $0.25 per hour]
  • Paradox #1: Despite all of the above, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world [LR: The same situation as in Tsarist Russia; Russians have learned nothing from their own history or the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution]
  • Paradox #2: Despite all of the above, although Russia’s population is in freefall, they’re still throwing people out. Thirty thousand Meshket Turks have recently had to seek asylum in America, having been forced from their homes in the south of the country by discriminatory laws and racist attacks. [LR: And they’re still favoring their government with 70% approval ratings in polls, the ultimate proof of Russian barbarism and stupidity]

Those facts and more were reported by Britain’s Channel 4 in a program called “Death of a Nation.” Click through the link to watch video excerpts and read more about the show. A reader notes:

When I read about it, I thought it would just show a lot of poverty and not focus on any real issues about what is uniquely wrong in Russia. I was wrong. The most dramatic thing was when he went and visited the Meshket Turk people in Krasnodar. Their situation seemed exactly like black South Africans in the apartheid era. Now 30000 of them are apparently being expelled from Russia and being taken in by the USA (so the people said themselves). It is worth seeing the posts to the forum on the subject on the website. Anyway, during the filming the crew were accosted by drunken neo-facist cossack police who said they had no right to film there. They were then taken away in extreme fear to the house of the officer and given hospitality with large amounts of alcoholic drinks, after which the officer collapsed in a drunken stupor. Later at the police offices, the crew were given moonshine vodka, whipped for fun, and found a copy of one of the police officers’ favorite books – Mein Kampf. They then whent to the inauguration of the same police officer as colonel, which would put him in charge of hundreds of police. Perhaps it has been shown somewhere at some time in America. It is a pity it has not been put on the You Tube.

The greatest horror of all, of course, is that despite all these egregious, undeniable failures, the Russian people still chooose to favor “President” Putin with stratospheric approval ratings, do not require him to participate in debates or to run in contested elections. In other words, they are committing suicide (again).

New U.S. Congress Bashes Neo-Soviet Russia

The Voice of America reports on how recent hearings about Rusisa before the U.S. Congress — now controlled by the Democratic P “reverberated with concerns over the deteriorating state of democracy in the world’s largest country.”

A Congressional hearing on Russia last Thursday reverberated with concerns over the deteriorating state of democracy in the world’s largest country. Meanwhile, the U.S. government says it will continue cooperating with the Kremlin wherever possible, but, at the same time, will continue to criticize Russia and defend U.S. principles, when necessary. VOA’s Ivana Kuhar has more.

Participants in a Congressional hearing on U.S. relations with Russia generally agreed that Washington and Moscow still cooperate closely on a number of critically important issues. But the experts also voiced serious concerns for Russia’s backsliding on individual freedoms and democratic institutions.

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith

Republican Congressman Christopher Smith from New Jersey offers his comments on the situation, “I am afraid Russia today may be slipping backwards. The Russian economy is booming, but Russian democracy seems to be falling below the level of many developing countries.” Smith says he is alarmed by the repression of the opposition in Russia and the diminishing right to protest. He says the decline in media freedom is diametrically opposed to Russia’s professed commitment to foundations of a democratic state.

A Democratic congressman from Florida, Alcee Hastings, chairs the Congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe — the premier Congressional body for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide. Hastings said, in Putin’s Russia, the Kremlin is making all decisions, effectively bypassing the people, the parliament and the judiciary. “Despite President Putin’s lip service in support of democratic institutions and civil society, we now see a political agenda centrally planned in Moscow.”

Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas says Russia’s behavior in the international arena has been equally troubling. In a written statement, Brownback contends Moscow is seeking to intimidate its neighbors, particularly those that choose to pursue closer ties to the West.

A U.S. presidential candidate, Brownback says he is alarmed by Russia’s use of energy as a means to exert political pressure on its neighbors and worried about the political implications of European states being overly dependent on Russia’s energy.

Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried presented the Congressional panel with the Bush administration’s objectives in its relations with Russia. “Ours might not be a full strategic partnership, but it includes partnership on many strategic issues. The administration wants Russia to be a partner in the world, and we want Russia to be strong, but strong in 21st century terms: with strong, democratic and independent institutions in and out of government.”

Fried said it is imperative that the two countries work together wherever possible, “even when such cooperation may prove challenging.” The U.S. will, says Fried, push back when necessary in defense of American values, interests and friends.

“We do not exempt Russia from our belief in the universal potential of freedom, and we also have Russia in mind when we say that we seek an open world characterized by partnerships with like-minded countries.”

Assistant Secretary of State Fried lauded the U.S.-Russian partnership in a number of critical areas, such as counterterrorism and nonproliferation. He said the U.S. is committed to an ongoing dialogue with Russia, to smooth over differences and bridge the rifts where they might exist.

Annals of Russian Pathology: The Missiles of May

The International Herald Tribune reports on a Polish diplomat labeling Russian opposition to defensive missile systems in Poland “pathological.”

Poland’s top negotiator on planned U.S. missile defense bases in Europe said Tuesday that Russia has revealed a “psychological problem” in its opposition to the plan, and said Warsaw will ask U.S. President George W. Bush how seriously to take Moscow’s threats.

Poland is considering whether to allow the U.S. to place 10 defensive interceptors at a base in northern Poland that would be able to destroy possible missiles from Iran. A radar system in the neighboring Czech Republic would be part of the system. Russia has voiced fierce opposition to the possible sites in formerly communist eastern European countries, and one general has warned that the facilities could be targeted.

The Russians “absolutely know that 10 missiles which are not equipped with any kind of warhead cannot do any harm against Russian military might,” Witold Waszczykowski, the deputy foreign minister and top Polish negotiator, said in an interview with The Associated Press. “From a technical point of view, we cannot convince them. They ignore, they neglect our arguments, and they are saying that any kind of a military installation on the territory of Poland, Czech Republic — that means on the territory of new member NATO states — is not acceptable for them,” Waszczykowski said. “That means they have a psychological problem, a kind of mental problem” preventing them from accepting that the two nations “are really sovereign — are not part of Soviet or Russian domination any more.”

Waszczykowski said when Bush visits Poland on June 8, he should give the Poles some “political feedback” on how seriously to take the threat, and address what the U.S. can do to protect Poland from any Russian retaliation. He said Warsaw fears the Russians will react by building up their forces and placing weapons on the Polish border — either in their exclave of Kaliningrad, which borders Poland, or in Belarus, a strong Russian ally. “If we are confronted with such rhetoric from Russia, should we talk about additional protection for the base?” he asked. “Should we discuss some additional measures like reinforcement of NATO planning, maybe, or some kind of American declarations? What happens in case of troubles?” he said. “We would like to hear from President Bush, of course, what are the answers for this kind of changing attitude of Russia.” In February, a top Russian officer, Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov, said if the Polish and Czech governments go ahead with hosting the sites, “the Strategic Missile Forces will be capable of targeting these facilities if a relevant decision is made.” Waszczykowski held talks last week in Warsaw with John Rood, U.S. assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation. Neither divulged specifics from the talks but said they were going well and that a next round would be held in Washington in late June. Waszczykowski said a deal could come in early fall. However, one topic addressed was Polish concern over Russia’s stance. “We are wondering — and we actually asked Americans during this discussion — how they evaluate the situation, if they think it’s only rhetoric for the domestic politics of Russia, or if it is a kind of rhetoric we need to consider, and face and provide some answers,” Waszczykowski said. “No one knows … how to understand Putin’s speech … how to understand the whole climate, the atmosphere created in Russia,” he said. A further issue overshadowing the talks is the “feeling of disillusionment” toward the U.S. that has grown since the start of the war in Iraq, Waszczykowski said. “There’s a feeling in Poland that although we’ve spent already four years in Iraq, we are considered by Americans as a kind of junior partner,” Waszczykowski said.

A recent example, he said, came during an international conference on Iraq in early May in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, to which no Polish representative was invited. Even though Poland sent ground troops to the 2003 war, and still has 900 soldiers there, it was left off the invitation list. But Italy, which has since pulled out its troops, and Germany and France, which opposed the war, were represented. So were Syria and Iran. “Many politicians have asked how we can trust if we are treated and considered by them like this,” Waszczykowski said.

If That is "My Country", When’s the Next Rocket to Mars?


Just a question: What do you think the world would do if it found it found out one of Germany’s most significant and time-honored pop stars had just added new song to his repertoire which sounded something like what follows, the lyrics of crazed neo-nationlist Russian pop star Oleg Gazmanov’sMade in the USSR” reworked by a reader? Mind you, this is based on a real Russian pop song which is basically the same thing except with Soviet references, including Stalin, that we’ve already blogged about some time ago.

“Made in the Mighty Third Reich”

Poland and France, Czechoslovakia and Russia
That is my country
North Africa, Turkey, and certainly England
That is my country
Belgium, Holland, Latvia, Estonia
Lithuania, Italy, Spain and Portugal too

I was born in Nazi Germany
I was made in the mighty Third Reich
I was born in Nazi Germany
I was made in the mighty Third Reich

The Kaiser, the Hapsburgs, Himmler and Hitler
They are my country
Brecht, Goethe, Heine and Jahn
They are my country
The Russian churches we bombed out, the ones that replaced them
The Reichstag and the first printing press

I was born in Nazi Germany
I was made in the mighty Third Reich
I was born in Nazi Germany
I was made in the mighty Third Reich

Olympic gold, the races, the victories
This is my country
Rommel, von Rundstedt, VWs, ICBMs
This is my country
The skinheads and beggars, the might and the ruin
The spies and Gestapo and the great scientists

I was born in Nazi Germany
I was made in the mighty Third Reich
I was born in Nazi Germany
I was made in the mighty Third Reich

Beethoven, Brahms, Bartholdy and Handel
Schumann and Wagner, Gropius and van der Rohen
We invented the bicycle and also the motorcyle
Oh! Our Navy, our Army, our Air Force, our Marines!

I was born in Nazi Germany
I was made in the mighty Third Reich
I was born in Nazi Germany
I was made in the mighty Third Reich

Beer, pretzels, the Autobahn, the ICBMs
The sturdiest women on the planet
Football, ballet, the best opera
Just tell me something we haven’t got

Now Europe is trying to form a union
And we’re going to be the boss of the whole thing
Sure, we caused both World Wars
But hey, we also invented plastic!
Dissolve the borders, there’s no need of passports
Without us you’re nothing, together we’re friend
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In fact, forget about the world. Just think about what Germans would do if one of their own started singing a song like this, and you’ll see the difference between a civilized, intelligent country that capable of facing and learning from its mistakes (Germany) and a childish, barbaric state that can only deny and hide from its mistakes (Russia).

Point, Counterpoint

“As of today, Russia has new tactical and strategic complexes that are capable of overcoming any existing or future missile defense systems.”

— Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, May 30, 2007, as quoted by ITAR-TASS

“Unbreakable Union of freeborn Republics Great Russia has welded forever to stand.”

Opening lines of the National Anthem of the U.S.S.R., which actually lasted slightly less long than “forever”

PS: If Russia really did have a perfect, unbeatable offensive nuclear weapon, would it be complaining about the presence of a U.S. ballistic missile shield in Eastern Europe? And ask yourself this: Why does Russia need the ability to fire ballistic missiles at Eastern Europe? Isn’t Russia a “reliable partner”?

May 30, 2007 — Contents

WEDNESDAY MAY 30 CONTENTS


(1) Editorial: Calling the People of Russia to Account

(2) Anna Speaks from Beyond the Grave

(4) Annals of Russian “Justice” – Another Failing Grade for Russia

(3) Warning on Russia: The Neo-Soviet Energy Arsenal

NOTE: The Other Russia website reports that Garry Kasparov received a standing ovation when he recently adddressed the delegates at the European Parliament, who obviously chose to stick a finger right in Vladimir Putin’s eye, first by hosting Kasparov and then by rising to laud him. The OR site has full details on the contents of his remarks, click through to read them.

NOTE: As of this writing, La Russophobe‘s most recent entry on the Publius Pundit blog is being reported as the #2 news listing on Google News Russia, out of over 45,000 total entries. Click the second link to see the screen shot.