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EDITORIAL: Russia, Nation of Sociopaths

EDITORIAL

Russia, Nation of Sociopaths

The news out of Russia on August 20, 2011, was truly nauseating.

Russia stood alone to support mass-murdering Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad while the rest of the world condemned his latest blood orgy.  Russia even went so far as to seek to fan the flames of Arab nationalism across the region.

It invited mass-murdering North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il Kim Jong Il for a friendly visit.

It loaned billions to mass-murdering Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez so he could buy even more weapons.

And it ratcheted up its foreign policy initiatives to assist the mass-murdering dictator of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

And remember: That’s just one day in the life of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, an nation of sociopaths that takes pride and pleasure in joining forces with the world’s worst maniacs and which has chosen to be ruled by a proud KGB spy, a representative of the worst mass-murdering group of psychopaths ever to tread the earth.

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EDITORIAL: Russia is a Bandit Nation

 

Paddycake, paddycake, psychopathic man, bake me some nukes as fast as you can!!

 EDITORIAL

Russia is a Bandit Nation

We can’t help but wonder how Russians would have reacted to an American president being photographed with, say, Shamil Basayev in the same way Russia’s Dima Medevedev recently was with lunatic Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.  And what if, during the meeting, the American president had declared his intention to supply Basayev with nuclear technology?

The New York Times reported:  “Russia first offered Venezuela nuclear power in 2008, during an intense spell of anti-Western sentiment in Moscow after the war with Georgia. The agreement on Friday fleshed out that offer.”

Chavez certainly hates America just as much as Basayev hated Russia, and would like to do America just as much harm, or more.  And America certainly could have justified such a move as Medvedev does, pointing to the need to counterbalance increasing Russian imperialist ambition.

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Putin & Chavez are like Peas & Carrots

Attorney and blogger Robert Amsterdam, writing in the Washington Post:

The administrations of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Vladimir Putin in Russia are enjoying a robust, burgeoning friendship. Though they are separated by 6,000 miles, the two leaders’ bond is sealed not only by their similar tastes for repressive authoritarianism, oil expropriations and large arms deals but also by parallel trends of increasing violence and murder on the streets of their cities.

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Russia’s Caribbean Farce

The great Anne Applebaum, writing in the Washington Post:

“Nyet! Nyet!” That’s what a Russian bodyguard told a McClatchy news reporter when the latter asked for comment on an incident aboard the Admiral Chabanenko, a Russian destroyer that carried President Dmitry Medvedev to Venezuela last week. Following the pomp, circumstance and 21-gun salute that are mandatory at such meetings, there was, it seems, a bit of a misunderstanding. As Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez boarded the vessel, his beefy bodyguards tried to follow him up the gangplank. They were stopped by their equally beefy Russian counterparts. The Venezuelans, who presumably spoke no Russian, tried to push their way through. The Russians, who presumably spoke no Spanish, fought back.

It was all over quickly. “Everything is fine,” a Russian official said afterward. And indeed it was: The rest of Medvedev’s visit to Latin America proceeded smoothly. During his trip to Venezuela, Medvedev reportedly added a couple of passenger planes to the $4.4 billion worth of military hardware Russia has sold to Venezuela since 2005. In Cuba, Medvedev met the ailing Fidel Castro and went sightseeing with his brother Raúl. Yesterday, Russian ships began exercising in the Caribbean. But more than weapons and armies were at stake in this visit. As Chávez himself said a few months ago, the whole show was designed to send “a message to the empire”: Russia is back, and it can play the imperial game as well as the United States can.

And yet — the lingering image of those thuggish bodyguards, shouting at one another in mutual incomprehension, remains weirdly appropriate.

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EDITORIAL: A Day of Reckoning for Putin’s Mini-Me

EDITORIAL

A Day of Reckoning for Putin’s Mini-Me

199304198_4b61b826d0_o1This country’s murder rate is soaring out of control, among the worst on the planet. It has a crude, thuggish dictator who hates America and is trying to crush every aspect of civil society, whose power depends solely upon the international price of crude oil, now in freefall.  The national economy is imploding, with inflation out of control and industrual production contracting.

No, it’s not Vladimir Putin’s Russia we’re discussing, though that benighted quagmire satisfies every one of those criteria in spades. It’s the Venezuela of his “mini me” Hugo Chavez, a poor Russian’s Fidel Castro, surrogate of Putin’s cold war in South America, that we refer to.

And he’s in big trouble.

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EDITORIAL: The Russian Carcinogen, Spreading

EDITORIAL

THE Russian Carcinogen, Spreading

Two weeks ago Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez visited Russia and held a joint news conference with “president” Dmitri Medvedev, a transcript of which the Kremlin proudly posted on its website. The pair discussed a deal in which Venezulea would spend billions of dollars buying Russian weapons, and Chavez then promptly took delivery on a shipment of Russian-made warplanes. Soon after that he began issuing statements about using them to sink “gringo” ships from the United States. In Moscow, Chavez had stated that “if Russian military forces ever visited Venezuelan territory, they would be greeted ‘by flying colors, drum beats and songs, as this means the arrival of our allies with whom we share the same view on the world.'”

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The Sunday Blasphemy

Dear People of Russia:

How would you have reacted if President Bush had invited Shamil Basayev to the United States to visit the White House, and on the way he stopped in New York City and sat at a table watching American folk dancing whilst holding hands and laughing with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomburg? Well, that’s how Americans are reacting to the picture shown above, taken a few days ago, of one of America’s moste hated enemies, the dictator Hugo Chavez, in Moscow with Mayor Yuri Luzhkov. Are you quite sure that’s the reaction you want from the world’s most powerful country?

Very truly yours,

La Russophobe

Annals of Russian Hypocrisy and Self-Destruction

Do you dare to imagine, dear reader, how Russia would react if it were announced that President Bush were about to hold the fifth meeting of his presidency with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev? The Russians would, of course, be screaming to high heaven about America’s outrageous and provocative action. Yet, they have no problem repeatedly entertaining rabid anti-American maniac Hugo Chavez, or in supplying him with huge quantities of weapons. Itar-Tass reports:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will visit Russia on June 28-30, Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia Alexis Rafael Navarro Rojas told Itar-Tass on Friday. According to the embassy, the Venezuelan president will stay in Moscow on June 28 and 29, and make a trip to Russia’s south on June 30. That will be the fifth visit of Chavez to Russia. He paid two official visits in May 2001 and November 2004, and two working visits – in October 2001, and July 2006. “Russia is our strategic ally,” Chavez reiterates specifically. In his words, an agenda of the upcoming talks in Moscow has not been fully coordinated, however, it must include energy cooperation. “Russian companies should have a possibility to take part in the design and construction of the so-called southern gas pipeline that will link Venezuela and Argentina,” he said. “The military technical cooperation should be considered undoubtedly as it is necessary for Venezuela to protect itself on the ground, on and under water and in the air,” Chavez said. “Venezuela is studying the possibility to purchase Russia’s submarines,” presidential military adviser, General Alberto Mueller Rojas said on Thursday. “The possibility to conclude such a deal is under discussion, but funds for this purpose have not been assigned yet,” the general said, commenting on information spread by the Russian mass media earlier. Most probably, this agreement may be signed during the Venezuelan leader’s forthcoming visit to Moscow.

Russia is intentionally baiting the United States, by far the world’s most powerful country and with a host of powerful allies, into a second cold war. History will record this is as the beginning of the end for Russia.

Yup, Now it’s Submarines. Did somebody say "Lusitania"?

The International Herald Tribune reports:

Russia is planning to sell at least five diesel submarines to Venezuela, a newspaper reported Thursday — a deal that would be certain to anger Washington and further strain already chilly U.S.-Russian relations. The business daily Kommersant said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was expected to sign the deal during a trip to Moscow starting June 29. It said that the initial contract would envisage the delivery of five Project 636 Kilo-class diesel submarines, and that Russia could also supply four state-of-the-art Project 677 Amur submarines later. A spokesman for the state arms-trading monopoly, Rosoboronexport, refused to comment on the report.

Chavez is a fierce critic of the U.S. administration, and Washington has voiced strong concern about previous Russian deals to supply Venezuela with Kalashnikov rifles, Sukhoi fighter jets, M-17 helicopters and other weapons. Chavez’s planned visit comes days before President Vladimir Putin heads to the United States for talks with U.S. President George W. Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine, in early July. U.S.-Russian relations already have plunged to what is broadly seen as the lowest point since the Cold War, strained by Moscow’s anger over prospective U.S. missile defense in Europe and Washington’s concerns about Putin’s backsliding on democracy and strong-arming ex-Soviet neighbors. A submarine deal that would modernize Venezuela’s capability, allowing it to threaten the U.S. navy, could be expected to fuel U.S.-Russian tensions. “The deal will certainly vex the United States,” Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent military analyst, told The Associated Press. He said that while Russian diesel submarines’ capability is inferior to the latest German and French designs, they can still pose a significant threat. Russia earlier supplied five similar submarines to China under a contract estimated to be worth US$1.8 billion. Moscow has also angered the United States by selling weapons to Syria and Iran.

Hmmmm . . . La Russophobe dares to wonder whether the Chechens are in the market for any fighter jets . . .

Yup, Now it’s Submarines. Did somebody say "Lusitania"?

The International Herald Tribune reports:

Russia is planning to sell at least five diesel submarines to Venezuela, a newspaper reported Thursday — a deal that would be certain to anger Washington and further strain already chilly U.S.-Russian relations. The business daily Kommersant said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was expected to sign the deal during a trip to Moscow starting June 29. It said that the initial contract would envisage the delivery of five Project 636 Kilo-class diesel submarines, and that Russia could also supply four state-of-the-art Project 677 Amur submarines later. A spokesman for the state arms-trading monopoly, Rosoboronexport, refused to comment on the report.

Chavez is a fierce critic of the U.S. administration, and Washington has voiced strong concern about previous Russian deals to supply Venezuela with Kalashnikov rifles, Sukhoi fighter jets, M-17 helicopters and other weapons. Chavez’s planned visit comes days before President Vladimir Putin heads to the United States for talks with U.S. President George W. Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine, in early July. U.S.-Russian relations already have plunged to what is broadly seen as the lowest point since the Cold War, strained by Moscow’s anger over prospective U.S. missile defense in Europe and Washington’s concerns about Putin’s backsliding on democracy and strong-arming ex-Soviet neighbors. A submarine deal that would modernize Venezuela’s capability, allowing it to threaten the U.S. navy, could be expected to fuel U.S.-Russian tensions. “The deal will certainly vex the United States,” Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent military analyst, told The Associated Press. He said that while Russian diesel submarines’ capability is inferior to the latest German and French designs, they can still pose a significant threat. Russia earlier supplied five similar submarines to China under a contract estimated to be worth US$1.8 billion. Moscow has also angered the United States by selling weapons to Syria and Iran.

Hmmmm . . . La Russophobe dares to wonder whether the Chechens are in the market for any fighter jets . . .

Yup, Now it’s Submarines. Did somebody say "Lusitania"?

The International Herald Tribune reports:

Russia is planning to sell at least five diesel submarines to Venezuela, a newspaper reported Thursday — a deal that would be certain to anger Washington and further strain already chilly U.S.-Russian relations. The business daily Kommersant said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was expected to sign the deal during a trip to Moscow starting June 29. It said that the initial contract would envisage the delivery of five Project 636 Kilo-class diesel submarines, and that Russia could also supply four state-of-the-art Project 677 Amur submarines later. A spokesman for the state arms-trading monopoly, Rosoboronexport, refused to comment on the report.

Chavez is a fierce critic of the U.S. administration, and Washington has voiced strong concern about previous Russian deals to supply Venezuela with Kalashnikov rifles, Sukhoi fighter jets, M-17 helicopters and other weapons. Chavez’s planned visit comes days before President Vladimir Putin heads to the United States for talks with U.S. President George W. Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine, in early July. U.S.-Russian relations already have plunged to what is broadly seen as the lowest point since the Cold War, strained by Moscow’s anger over prospective U.S. missile defense in Europe and Washington’s concerns about Putin’s backsliding on democracy and strong-arming ex-Soviet neighbors. A submarine deal that would modernize Venezuela’s capability, allowing it to threaten the U.S. navy, could be expected to fuel U.S.-Russian tensions. “The deal will certainly vex the United States,” Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent military analyst, told The Associated Press. He said that while Russian diesel submarines’ capability is inferior to the latest German and French designs, they can still pose a significant threat. Russia earlier supplied five similar submarines to China under a contract estimated to be worth US$1.8 billion. Moscow has also angered the United States by selling weapons to Syria and Iran.

Hmmmm . . . La Russophobe dares to wonder whether the Chechens are in the market for any fighter jets . . .

Yup, Now it’s Submarines. Did somebody say "Lusitania"?

The International Herald Tribune reports:

Russia is planning to sell at least five diesel submarines to Venezuela, a newspaper reported Thursday — a deal that would be certain to anger Washington and further strain already chilly U.S.-Russian relations. The business daily Kommersant said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was expected to sign the deal during a trip to Moscow starting June 29. It said that the initial contract would envisage the delivery of five Project 636 Kilo-class diesel submarines, and that Russia could also supply four state-of-the-art Project 677 Amur submarines later. A spokesman for the state arms-trading monopoly, Rosoboronexport, refused to comment on the report.

Chavez is a fierce critic of the U.S. administration, and Washington has voiced strong concern about previous Russian deals to supply Venezuela with Kalashnikov rifles, Sukhoi fighter jets, M-17 helicopters and other weapons. Chavez’s planned visit comes days before President Vladimir Putin heads to the United States for talks with U.S. President George W. Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine, in early July. U.S.-Russian relations already have plunged to what is broadly seen as the lowest point since the Cold War, strained by Moscow’s anger over prospective U.S. missile defense in Europe and Washington’s concerns about Putin’s backsliding on democracy and strong-arming ex-Soviet neighbors. A submarine deal that would modernize Venezuela’s capability, allowing it to threaten the U.S. navy, could be expected to fuel U.S.-Russian tensions. “The deal will certainly vex the United States,” Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent military analyst, told The Associated Press. He said that while Russian diesel submarines’ capability is inferior to the latest German and French designs, they can still pose a significant threat. Russia earlier supplied five similar submarines to China under a contract estimated to be worth US$1.8 billion. Moscow has also angered the United States by selling weapons to Syria and Iran.

Hmmmm . . . La Russophobe dares to wonder whether the Chechens are in the market for any fighter jets . . .

Yup, Now it’s Submarines. Did somebody say "Lusitania"?

The International Herald Tribune reports:

Russia is planning to sell at least five diesel submarines to Venezuela, a newspaper reported Thursday — a deal that would be certain to anger Washington and further strain already chilly U.S.-Russian relations. The business daily Kommersant said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was expected to sign the deal during a trip to Moscow starting June 29. It said that the initial contract would envisage the delivery of five Project 636 Kilo-class diesel submarines, and that Russia could also supply four state-of-the-art Project 677 Amur submarines later. A spokesman for the state arms-trading monopoly, Rosoboronexport, refused to comment on the report.

Chavez is a fierce critic of the U.S. administration, and Washington has voiced strong concern about previous Russian deals to supply Venezuela with Kalashnikov rifles, Sukhoi fighter jets, M-17 helicopters and other weapons. Chavez’s planned visit comes days before President Vladimir Putin heads to the United States for talks with U.S. President George W. Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine, in early July. U.S.-Russian relations already have plunged to what is broadly seen as the lowest point since the Cold War, strained by Moscow’s anger over prospective U.S. missile defense in Europe and Washington’s concerns about Putin’s backsliding on democracy and strong-arming ex-Soviet neighbors. A submarine deal that would modernize Venezuela’s capability, allowing it to threaten the U.S. navy, could be expected to fuel U.S.-Russian tensions. “The deal will certainly vex the United States,” Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent military analyst, told The Associated Press. He said that while Russian diesel submarines’ capability is inferior to the latest German and French designs, they can still pose a significant threat. Russia earlier supplied five similar submarines to China under a contract estimated to be worth US$1.8 billion. Moscow has also angered the United States by selling weapons to Syria and Iran.

Hmmmm . . . La Russophobe dares to wonder whether the Chechens are in the market for any fighter jets . . .