The Breathtaking Failure of Vladimir Putin
Our issue today contains two brilliant, highly insightful essays from the mainstream press documenting in breathtaking detail how the recent Moscow subway bombings have exposed the total failure of the Putin regime in Russia. No fair-minded person who reads this commentary can come to any conclusion other than that a Russia led by Putin, utterly unqualified to run a major economy in a supposedly democratic country, is doomed. And we back this up even further with a third essay exposing the downfall of Russia’s most potent economic engine, Gazprom.
Much as we admire this analysis, however, we think that the two most telling facts about the bombings were left out of the picture, so we’d like to add them back in.
First, one of the two subway bombings was carried out by a 17-year-old girl, the widow of a man killed by Putin’s stormtroopers in Chechnya. Her chrubic, heavily armed face was soon being displayed next to her deceased husband for all the world to see.
Second, in the immediate aftermath of the bombings a physical assault was carried out by a so-called “Russian patriot” on 82-year-old human rights activist Lyudmila Alekseeva, right in front of rolling video cameras and a crowd of people.
We think these two shocking events, at opposite ends of the age spectrum, viewed in juxtaposition tell you all you need to know about the failed state that is Putin’s Russia.
In short, Putin has built a society where it’s not only considered acceptable but patriotic to assault an octagenarian, and where teenager are left with no hope and riven to mass murder via suicide bomb. There is no more devastating and undeniable condemnation that can be made of Putin’s Russia.
This man must go. If he does not, his neo-Soviet failure will continue to undermine the foundations of Russia society until the nation collapses, just as it did in Soviet times from similar causes.
Putin’s failure is absolutely predictable. He came to office without either education or experience in either managing a democratic political system or a market economy. To the contrary, his background clearly indicated that his knowledge and training would cause him to respond to problems in either area in just one way, with brute force, the worst possible solution, one that could not possibly succeed.
And that is exactly what Putin has done (in today’s issue, just for example, we report on Putin’s move to place all photocopy machines in Russia under government regulation and control, so as to choke off an possible “samizdat” publications that might rise against him), in so doing bringing his nation once again to the bring of humiliation and ruin before the eyes of a slack-jawed world.
And Putin will not go. Instead, the lemming-like denizens of Russia will continue to treat him as if he were a successful hero. Many Russians, of course, have no idea of the extent of Putin’s failure, because they get all their news about him from TV stations he owns and operates. Others may well be aware of his disastrous rule because of the Internet of civic involvement, but virtually none will be willing to put their freedom or lives on the line to resist him. And many others will ritualistically blind themselves to Putin’s failures just as so many did in the time of Stalin, and they will help Putin bring the nation down by crushing their neighbors and friends in a vain effort to save themselves.