What do these three things have in common? They were all banned last week in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Illegal. No more. That’s it. That’s right, banned. In so-called “democratic” Russia.
What’s next? Only God knows the answer to that question, dear reader. Just try to make sure it’s not you.
What is Russia thinking? Is it thinking at all? Are these crude, ape-like acts the result of Russians being oblivious of their own recent history, to the extent that Russians have forgotten the dangers of behaving like a nation of lunatics?
What do Russians expect the world to make of its ejection of one of the world’s leading Russia correspondents? They they don’t want to know the truth about themselves, and don’t want anyone else to know it either? That their failure so sweeping and profound that their only possible response is to eliminate anyone who dares to talk about it? Isn’t that the same strategy that was tried in Soviet times, to such disastrous effect, ultimately resulting in the collapse and destruction of the entire nation?
Does Russia’s absolute dictator, Vladimir Putin, really believe — again, just like his Soviet ancestors — that he can simply wipe out international holidays, and time itself, by personal edict? Is he communicating this bizarre notion to local leaders as well, and to citizens, such that they must understand that citizens have no independent existence, that the state gives them the right to live?
Why do Russians fear Valentine’s Day, a holiday beloved around the world and as innocuous as a flower? What sort of penalty are they prepared to impose against those who dare to celebrate it?
How can Russians imagine that daylight savings time, embraced by the entire globe, is somehow dangerous to Russia? Do they think it is a nefarious foreign plot to somehow bring down and hold back Russian success?
Aren’t Russians at all afraid that the rest of the world, viewing these barbaric acts by their government, will decide Russia is a nation of vulgar cretins who cannot be taken seriously, who are not civilized, who can only be the target of laughter, derision and ultimately complete exclusion from the tribunals of important countries? Don’t Russians know how totally the Soviet Union had been relegated in this way, and don’t they remember of the horrific consequences of that isolation?
Russia is rapidly crystallizing as a neo-Soviet state in its final form. It has recklessly given unlimited, unquestioned power to a gang of thugs who are now revealing themselves to be no different than the Soviet thugs who drove the country into the ground. It is a horrifying spectacle, and we are appalled and outraged that Russians would betray their children and their grandparents in this foolhardy, self-destructive manner.