Monday, January 02, 2012

Arab spring gives birth to Russian winter

Tens of thousands protest alleged election fraud in Russia: Tens of thousands of protesters, outraged over alleged election fraud, took to the streets Saturday across dozens of Russian cities in the largest anti-government demonstration since the demise of the Soviet Union, and since president-turned-prime minister Vladimir Putin came to power more than a decade ago.

The protesters allege there was widespread fraud in the general election and are demanding a new poll, despite the fact that Putin’s ruling United Russia party saw a sharp drop in support. Saturday’s demonstrations brought together Communists, nationalists and pro-Western liberals, despite their differences, the BBC reported.

I am glad to see the average Russian dislikes Putin as much as I do. For a few years there they loved him because he gave them jobs and made them proud to be Russian again. His danger to the world aside Russians now see the danger in the lying all controling KGB called Putin.

Chanting 'Russia without Putin,' flash mobs roil Moscow:Opposition demonstrators walk along a main thoroughfare during protests against alleged vote-rigging in Russia's parliamentary elections in Moscow on Tuesday. Police clashed with demonstrators protesting alleged election fraud in Moscow and at least two other major Russian cities on Tuesday as anger boiled against strongman Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his ruling United Russia party. Gorbachev said the rigged election should be cancelled.

From Russia This was a sobering shock for Putin's party who has been intimidating and gaming the system for years in his effort to get his fascist hands on Russia again. This is proof positive of Russians' increasing suspicions of Putin's authoritarianism, ingrained corruption and falling living standards. Putin is not to be trusted and Russians have felt his grubby little hands around their necks for 12 years as he intimidates and tries to control Russia's future for his party.

Gorbachev who I like and respect compares Putin to Stalin and said he must go. Be scared be very scared! The USSR's Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that Russia risks six lost years when Vladimir Putin returns to the presidency, echoing rumblings of dissent over his Kremlin comeback. I always find myself agreeing with Gorbachev but that is putting it mildly. This is bad news for the US and the world!

This is very concerning. I remember back in 2008 when Putin was going to try and be President for life. He was not alone. Leaders aligned with Russia were all trying to get permanent leadership so they could be at the helm of their prospective countries to take on then President Bush when his war mongering hit the point where Russia, the 135 non aligned Nations, Iran, and others were prepared to join forces and take him and our allies on.

I remember when Bush first met Putin and he said he shook his hand and looked him in the eye and saw a man of compassion, a man who was true to his word, and a man he could work with. I shuttered at Bush's stupidity. I looked at Putin and saw a man deceitful to the core who was not to be trusted period.

We were too pompous then and were pushing the world towards WW3 with our take it or leave it, my way or the highway, interference around the world. Putin was determined to head us off, to directly confront us when we were on Russia's front door trying to instigate war by installing the so called missile shield in Czechoslovakia and Poland, and return Russia to the role of a world leader.

Personally we blew it when Russia broke up and the Berlin wall came down. We were the world leader and had the perfect opportunity to be humble, show we were the leader, and bring the world together to proceed successfully through the 21st century.We egged on the likes of Vladimir Putin who understandably chaffed under our we are the boss do what we say take it or leave it, it your face tactics of Bush and Cheney.

I had great hope when we elected President Obama who set the reset button with Russia and Russia who had elected Dmitri Medvedev who agreed to work with the US to proceed through the 21st century as partners instead of heading towards WW3 as adversaries. In Medvedev we see in his eyes and actions a man we can and do work with.

With the return of Putin to the Russian Presidency I am again very concerned and see an end to a partner country whose leaders words and actions we can trust and a return to a confrontational relationship with Russia. I do not like the man, I do not trust the man, and I am very concerned as to which direction Russia and the United States are headed now and at a time when China is surging militarily.

We must maintain a balance as we try to move progressively and successfully through the 21st century! Being in a superior position puts one in a unique position of power and that power must be handled gracefully, with humility, responsibly, and not abused. That is something I taught all my sons and America under Bush did a lousy job of handling.

We need Russia on our side. I am a little worried that China too is getting a little too heavy handed and abusive with her new position of power and beginning to take what she wants instead of being content with what she has which is what I constantly lecture has to be the case if we are to have a future. The time when man and the planet could handle war is over, period or else!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Ranch Chimp said...

Mornin Jim ... I really never knew much about Putin, but when he emerged in the news several year's back, I just admired him as far as standing his ground, the way he carried himself, etc obviously I dont know much else about Putin, I would have never guessed him to be some sort of authoritarian type though. Beside's what I read here or a brief news clip on Russia, I have no idea what i Hell is going on over there today ... love them Russian gal's though! We better get along at least to an extent with these nation's like Russia and China ... they are mega as far as our finance's are concerned.

As far as the title going from Arab Spring to Russian Winter or whatever ... I'm ready for a nice hot Texas Summer after all these chilly dayz here on the Ranch!

an average patriot said...

HI RC! I remember when Bush said he looked in Putin's eyes and saw a good man. I frigging cringe because all I saw was vile and promised hell.

Demeur said...

I think you missed something here Jim. After the fall of the old Soviet state most of their business was privatized. In doing so they started the beginnings of a middle class in Russia. Now that the economy has tanked world wide many of those in the middle are squeezed. It's as if Russia took many of the bad aspects of a market economy and made them central to their plan. They are after all following in our footsteps. You will note a large increase in their military spending just like us.