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Imperialist Putin Puts the Crime in Crimea

By Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:56 AM Current | Bio | Archive

To better understand what Vladimir Putin has done in the Black Sea Ukrainian province of Crimea — and now in the eastern borderlands adjoining Russia — we should take seriously Sun Tzu's admonition that we "know the enemy."

In this case, he is a humorless, land grabbing tyrant who condemns all who oppose him as fascists, today’s code word for unforgivable police-state evildoers.

To begin this process, we must decide what truthful labels apply to this increasingly aggressive Russian president for life, suggesting that he is still a communist of sorts and an aspiring czar — even a fascist-left monster himself.

This varies greatly from the powder puff label that former Bush National Security officials Brent Scowcroft, Stephen Hadley and Franklin Miller tagged him with in a recent Washington Post commentary, “When NATO’s leaders gather in Wales in early September, they will address several issues critical to the alliance, including Russian adventurism in Ukraine and Eastern Europe."

Adventurism seems ludicrous in a world which loves and applauds great adventurers like Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Davy Crockett, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong on the moon, and Huck Finn.

So why not use such correctly harsh labels as invader, imperialist, colonialist and occupier of Central Europe, instead?

Assuming these labels to be correct, is this imperialist — whose troops wear black masks to hide their criminal identities — a mere competitor and adversary, engaged in a little adventure? Or, is he a deadly enemy with evil empire ambitions who might lead us into a politico-military, Cold War-style confrontation to the death?

In confirmation of the latter, witness such death to America and great Satan co-conspirators as the mullahs of Iran, Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Fidel and Raul Castro of Cuba, the Ortega Brothers of Nicaragua, Nicolas Maduro of the newly renamed Cubazuela, and the increasingly aggressive Chinese. All are waist deep into an anti-American, anti-liberty, anti-free enterprise conspiracy so worldwide as to constitute Cold War II.

To date, these are soft labels for commie czar Vladimir Putin.

To date, both the media and the academic community limit themselves to relatively soft, tentative and wait-and-see labels. They call the man neither a communist, nor a fascist; neither a democrat nor a dictator, neither  right-wing, or left-wing — only an authoritarian, a boss, an autocrat, a strongman, an adventurer, a president, an ambitious Russian leader, and other junior varsity and regional power labels, avoiding the man's Stalinist ideology and his Islamic and Fascist allies.

Based on the clear appearance, first, that comrade Putin remains to the core a KGB-trained communist — who was until recently still toasting the memory of Dzhugashvili — genocidal Joseph Stalin's real name, and second, that he clearly wants to become Russia's czar for life, the most suitable label for this worshiper of Stalin would be the hybrid commie czar.

Recall, this is the supposedly former communist who last year labeled the collapse of the USSR in 1999 “the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the century."

How about the biggest human rights and democratic achievement of the century instead?

In the wake of the man’s earlier annexations of the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions of Georgia and his ongoing crime in Crimea, several other appropriate labels for this aggressive evildoer’s actions and persona would be intruder, aggressor, and invader.

Ironically, the latter is the modern version of the title that Vladimir Lenin assumed ninety seven years ago, when, by force of arms and clamor in the streets in November 1917, he rudely replaced Alexander Kerensky as chief commissar of what was still the provisional government of Russia, one reshuffled and largely co-opted by the Bolsheviks — but not actually deposed until mid-January 1918.

Grandiosely and falsely renamed the "Great October Socialist Revolution" of 1917, this only partially successful coup of Nov. 7 was followed on Dec. 8, 1917 by free, multiparty elections for a long-awaited — and now long-forgotten — West European-style All-Russian Constituent Assembly.

In these elections, which chief commissar Vladimir Lenin tried unsuccessfully to delay — in an attempt to cancel completely — his unpopular Bolsheviks won only 24-percent of the seats in a multiparty parliament. They finally, at gunpoint, forced it into a recess — permanently, as it turned out — during a second and ultimately successful coup d'etat in the early morning hours of Jan. 19, 1918.

By comparison, communist czar Putin and his neo-Stalinist supporters — yearning for the USSR's Superpower status of yore — have already colonized Crimea, and they are now trying to subjugate Eastern Ukraine, as well as mission creeping toward the remainder of the Ukraine and Central Europe.

The question now is whether President Obama and NATO will begin standing tall in their ways or will continue squatting small as the enemy marches by.

For almost two decades, Jim Guirard served as chief of staff to three House and Senate Committee chairmen: Rep. Edwin Willis, Sen. Allen Ellender, and Sen. Russell Long, and was named to both Who's Who in U.S. Government and Who's Who in American Politics. He worked for over three decades as a government relations consultant, Op-Ed writer, and lecturer on energy, environment, national security and anti-terrorism affairs. He is currently a board member of the American chapter of the MacKinder Forum, a London-based geopolitical affairs think tank, and sponsors the TrueSpeak.org Web site. For more of Jim's reports, Go Here Now.


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