You’re Making it too Easy for us, Mr. Putin
It used to be somewhat challenging to expose the fraud that is Vladimir Putin. The smokescreen around him, created by the accident of soaring world crude prices, combined with his malignant ability to lie without shame or remorse, were somewhat formidable obstacles.
But now, it’s like shooting fishkies in a barrel. Putin is getting desperate, and he’s getting very sloppy.
Take for example the grand reopening of the Kurskaya Metro Station in Moscow, bedecked with a restored motto (pictured below): “Stalin raised us to be loyal to the nation; He inspired us to work and be heroic.” Really, it’s like shooting fishkies in a barrel. Putin may as well have had the sign read, in English: “We’re a nation of barbarians hellbent on self-destruction, and we’re proud of it!”
Imagine Germany rebuilding a Nazi-era subway station and etching in marble the phrase: “Hitler raised us to be loyal to the nation, he inspired us to work and be heroic.” Work hard, presumably, wiping out Russians and Jews. It’s difficult if not imposible to imagine that, because Germany is a civilized society. Russia, however, just isn’t. And when one reads about such incidents, one isn’t even surprised. Therein lies Russia’s downfall. No nation can surive a reputatin like that for long.
Putin used to be better at hiding that, though. Now it seems he’s just given up, letting himself go, getting fat and ugly and smelly and not caring who notices or how often.
The Russian love affair with Stalin is everywhere these days. When state-sponsored propaganda network Russia Today made a list of the 10 silliest things ever said by world leaders, the only Russian representative on the list was Stalin, uttering: “Life has become better, life has become more fun!” [«Жить стало лучше, жить стало веселее!»] To Russia Today, that’s merely a silly thing to say, the same as Bill Clinton talking about his aversion for small-breasted women. Remember, this is a network that has used Stalin in its advertising, telling readers he was a great romanitic poet. It, like the Russians it represens, really believes Stalin wasn’t such a bad guy and has been misunderstood.
Little wonder, then, that Russians have no problem building a shrine to Stalin in the heart of Moscow at a major transit hub. Only one Russian made the list — but, by the way, five of the top ten silliest world leaders were Americans according to the objective Russian source of news. Russians show contempt for the outside world and elevate their worst enemies to the status of hero, leaving them totally alone and ruled by madmen.
No nation can survive that kind of misconduct for long.