SPECIAL EXTRA EDITORIAL
Putin, President for Life
We told you so.
Vladimir Putin has announced he will take back the reins of power in 2012, and this means he will undoubtedly rule Russia for the rest of his life, just like Stalin and Brezhnev before him.
Right here on our blog, Russophile maggots like Kevin Rothrock and Anatoly Karlin repeated the Kremlin mantra that this would never happen. Now, they stand exposed. We condemn their mendacious treachery, as they sought to do all they could to blunt opposition to Putin making this move and thereby facilitate it. Now, these venal scumbags will turn around and say: “It doesn’t matter, Putin always had power.” We would laugh, if we were not so busy weeping for what was once Russia and is now the USSR.
Like a servile slave, current “president” Dmitri Medvedev has agreed to stand down from power without even trying to achieve reelection, and to formally become Putin’s henchman.
Like we always warned would happen, those who “gave Putin a chance” have only given him the chance to consolidate his power and fully recreate a neo-Soviet state in Russia, one that is actually worse than the USSR because it is ruled by the KGB.
The people of Russia are doomed. Heedless of Santayana’s warning, they will repeat the mistakes of the past and once again be destroyed by them. More and more oblivious of reality and and of criticism, Putin will grow older and older in power and will crush more and more of the life out of Russian society.
They have one last chance: They could stand up and lay down their lives between now and March 2012 to stop this shameless power grab by a proud KGB spy. If they don’t, the last window will close and Russia’s fate will be sealed. We doubt there are enough Russians left who truly love their country to make such a thing even remotely possible. So Russia will slide into the neo-Soviet ire.
More and more Russians will want to leave, and sooner or later the Russian government will have to stop allowing them. Dissent will be crushed more vigorously, and the secret police will become more and more active. Limits will be placed on the ways and means that Russians can communicate with foreigners, and ever more draconian pressure will be placed on the Internet.
The Russian economy will depend more and more on the price of crude oil, a finite resource that cannot last forever, Pummeled by international markets, the Russian economy will look more and more like the Soviet economy, less and less able to deliver basic subsistence to ordinary Russians.
Russia will become more and more of a class society as loyalty to Putin and his neo-Soviet ideology, which includes religious Orthodoxy, becomes integral to professional success. Putin will revive more and more of the Soviet past, until the differences between Russia and the USSR and minimal and insignificant.
This has always been Putin’s plan, to rule forever and to bring the USSR back to life. Those who failed to oppose the execution of this plan now bear responsibility for its success.
This starts with U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama treated Dima Medvedev as if he were a real ruler, and in so doing helped to blunt criticism of Putin’s obvious effort to become president for life. We condemn this cowardly, outrageous behavior of the American president, and we know that history will come to know him as the 21st Century’s Neville Chamberlain.
We weep for Russia.