By Deena Stryker
With special addendum by Diane Gee
Accused of being an authoritarian (like Lee Kuan Yew, who turned the tiny island of Singapore into the country that is 11th internationally and first in Asia on the Human Development Index), at 48 he was asked to take over the presidency of the largest country in the world, which was on its knees. In the nine years since the dissolution of the former Soviet Union, the people had become tired and angry, seeing it raped by oligarchs protected by the world’s financial institutions.
The Second Chechen war began when Putin was still Prime Minister under Boris Yeltsin, and the documentary shows him on a hastily improvised flight into the war zone, over which his handlers anguished. His message to the Russian commanders on the ground surely raised eyebrows. Vodka glass held high, he told them that they would definitely drink to the fallen when the campaign was over. Then putting down the glass down without drinking, he announced: “Now it’s time to get to work.”
That was one of the many snapshots of Putin exercising authority, all equally balanced by evidence of his deep humanity. His interactions with ordinary people — whom he generally encounters when they are distressed — demonstrate the caring that is faked by smooth Western politicians.
While his enemies routinely refer to him as ‘living on a different planet’ (Angela Merkel) or being difficult to read, this visual history as well as excerpts from a long interview recorded for television with a prime time Russian journalist reveal a man who appears to wear his heart on his sleeve while knowing exactly where he wants to take his country: to a better place.It’s clear from these takes that Putin’s authority emanates from his demonstrated competence starting at a young age. Not as tall as the average Russian, he stands in front of his taller peers with quiet confidence. Nor is there the slightest hint of a Mussolini complex about him. Putin is the quintessential quiet man who, as one narrator remarked, wears his power like a cross, not a sword. Quiet but not dour, on more than one occasion he is seen improvising humorous remarks at the mike, even singing unpretentiously. He is also seen condemning those he refers to ironically as his international ‘partners’. His hopes for relations with the West do not get in the way of a clear-eyed recognition of its rejection, whose reasons he contests.
That Russians should have consistently given him an 80+ rating is easy to understand when we see him giving a judo lesson to a kid half his size. At first the boy fails to tumble him, but when he makes the move correctly, Putin allows himself to be taken down, gracefully, without the hype that would be forthcoming from a Western leader. He recognizes that his relations with the Russian people are in good part the result of having grown up in modest surroundings, while recognizing the ‘advantages’ of being born in a privileged environment.
Scarcely into his first year as President, the submarine Kursk suffered an explosion with over a hundred sailors on board. Announcing the decision not to raise it personally to their families, he displayed equal parts of pain and quiet determination to succeed in making them understand that it would be useless.
His tenacity, whether in learning to play the piano, or conquering English, was already apparent when, as a teenager, he went to the headquarters of the formidable KGB to tell them he wanted to work for them. (They told him he needed a degree in law, which he got, telling his bosses on his first job that what they were planning to do would contravene a whole series of laws, both domestic and international.)
Were President-elect Trump to see to it that this film is shown on prime time television, the alternative press would have a much easier job of fighting the Neocons’ plan to carve Russia up into so many obedient vassals. It might even spark a revolution, giving the Beltway hacks something real to chew on.
Clintonite liberals hatred for Putin makes no sense
By Diane Gee, Special Contributing Editor at Large
Liberals are hating on Putin. While he is NOT the commie I would like him to be, I would like to know a few things.
Based on what, exactly? What do they know about him – other than bait-click US MSM headlines?
• That he banned GMO’s?
• That he banned Rothschild 1% predatory bankers?
• That their literacy rate is far higher than ours – 99.7% in 2015, according to the UNESCO. Whereas, in America, the literacy rate was not reported to the UNESCO, but we do know that the literacy rate has not changed in 10 years. On top of that, 14% of the population cannot read, with 21% of adults reading under a 5th grade level and 19% of high-schoolers not being able to read at all.
• How he was the first to offer to help with fires in Israel?
• That he helped Venezuela develop their oil production with technology and a low interest loan, so that the people could keep the profits there? (while we just asked them to let our oil companies pull it out for themselves and promises of “jobs?”) Venezuelan oil is nationalized for the profit of ALL!
• That from 2000 when he took power until 2012 – he took the poverty level from 42 million to 15 million people – until the US/EU started imposing sanctions on any country that traded outside our petro dollar? From 2014 on, direct sanctions against them were added – all for trading with BRIC nations and becoming prosperous outside our bankster system.
• That he has continually increased the guaranteed minimum income to offset that poverty?
• That Forbes named him last year the most effective economic reformer that Russia has ever seen?
• How about that he doubled the number of women in Parliament?
Give me some reasons or research it until you find one.
If you say the Ukraine, I will link you to my friends that live there, and will tell you he did nothing, certainly no invasion- and they wished he had – when the West conspired with Nazis to pull a coup on a democratically elected government. Meanwhile, the people of Crimea, observing these foul developments, wanted none of it. Long part of Russia (and also the Soviet Union) the Crimeans voted in an internationally ratified referendum to rejoin their motherland, a vote later ratified by the Russian Federation. There was no “takeover” of Crimea, except in the insidious minds of Western propagandists and the media hacks doing their bidding.
And if you utter the words “Pussy Riot” I will scream again at you – “HE ALLOWED THEM IN EVERY PUBLIC PLACE. THEY DID THEIR PROTESTS ALL OVER RUSSIA, UNSCATHED. WHAT THEY COULD NOT DO, IS GO INTO A PRIVATE CHURCH AND TERRORIZE PEOPLE. IF THEY WENT INTO A BAPTIST CHURCH HERE, BLOCKED THE DOORS AND BARED THEIR GENITALS, THEY WOULD BE ARRESTED TOO.”
Now try being fair for once, and draw your own conclusions.
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