The Putin Kremlin is Clinically Paranoid
We reported last week on the insane ravings of Vladimir Putin, statements so detached from reality that they could only come from the mouth of a neo-Soviet lunatic. But no sooner had we done so than Putin’s man in Ingushetia was spewing paranoia so demented it made Putin look like Gandhi.
The indispensible Paul Goble reports that Yunus-Bek Yevkurov believes he had discovered the identity of those who are relentlessly gunning down his cabinet members and police officers. Islamic radicals? Of course not! The culprits are America, Britain and Israel.
Speaking to that bastion of global journalism Komsomolskaya Pravda in the person of that internationally reputed paragon of reporting Sergei Dorkeno, Yevkurov — himself the recent victim of an assassination attempt — stated that he is “far from the thought that the Arabs stand behind this business. There are other forces. More serious ones. The West is trying to destabilize the situation and not allow Russia’s rebirth to its former power.” Who in the West exactly, pray tell, Mr. President, Dorenko inquired. The answer: “The States, Great Britain, Israel. We understand whose interests … [ellipsis in the original].” Defiant, Yevkurov stated that despite such efforts “even after 100 years and more the Caucasus will be Russian.”
In a stunning gaff, Yevkurov used the word “russkii” for “Russian” — a word that pertains to the Slavic race — instead of the word “rossiskii” — the word that pertains to citizenship. Goble notes that he then corrected himself by saying: “It will never be anyone else’s. Only not [ethnic] Russian but [civic] Russian this time.”
Little wonder that people in Ingushetia are angry at a man who is so fully the slave of the Kremlin that he is prepared to abandon his own race. Imagine Barack Obama declaring “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of the KKK . . . oops my bad! . . . I mean America!”
But leave that aside, and focus on this lunatic — remember, he’s the president of Ingushetia — publicly declaring that the US, Israel and Britain are blowing up police officers and assassinating cabinet officials. The Obama administration! How it is possible that such a leader could think he might get away with such a whopper? Well, what if he really believes it? And even if he doesn’t, Putin said the world agrees with Russia on the Georgia attack and nobody said a word, so why should this maniac think anything different would happen in Ingushetia?
No nation can survive this level of insanity. The USSR could not, and Russia will not either. It is only a matter of time before this kind of detachment from reality brings the nation to its knees.