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BS and Vladimir Putin

On March 20 an English language newspaper The Moscow Times had a headline: "Stop the Hitler comparisons. " It added:

In response to Russia's intervention in Crimea, a powerful anti-Russian discourse is spreading across Western media. Russia's actions are compared to those of Nazi Germany, which incorporated Austria in 1938 before breaking up Czechoslovakia and igniting a World War. The implication is that the West must not follow France's and Britain's 1938 example by appeasing an aggressive Russia and that only tough actions may stop President Vladimir Putin from further expansion into Ukraine or even beyond.

The paper, by the way, according to Wikipedia, "publishes articles by prominent Russian journalists, many of whom take critical positions towards the current Russian government." The paper is owned by the Finland-based Sanoma Corporation.

As I see it, it would be better if one of Putin's Russian political opponents were in power rather than Putin, and I think Putin throws BS around, but I'm opposed to the BS being emitted from painting Putin with faulty connections. More careful thinkers create their pictures from a body of empirical specifics rather the easy way: sloppy comparisons and assumptions. Today's events and actors are best understood within a context of contemporary development. Hitler was a product of different times. He was motivated by developments in the early 20th century and a part of a way of thinking then that gave him his the power to do what he did.

As Hillary Clinton has pointed out, Hitler was interested in Germany's control over lands where Germans were ruled by Czechs, the Sudetenland, and we can add the German city of Memel ruled by Lithuanians. Hitler didn't fear all-out war as people do today. He went on beyond acquiring the Sudentenland and Memel, and Moravia that he thought essentially German, and beyond uniting Austria and Germany. He went to war for space for his country in Eastern Europe (lebensraum), and he launched a war against a vast country, the Soviet Union, as part of an ideological crusade against Bolsheviks and Jews, which he saw as the main enemy of Germany.

It's crude to paint Putin as having the same psyche as Hitler. Nor is he Stalin on the march in response to Hitler's invasion.

About Putin and Russian aggression, someone who calls himself marinevet69 tells us:

The Russian bear is hungry and this Crimean meal is
not going to satisfy it. Next stop, Estonia.

In my opinion (another marine vet) marinevet69 is wild with certainty.

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