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Monday, September 26, 2005

Putin as Tsar – ‘he no talky English’ but is still a master of Orwellian double speak

Putin pretends not to speak English in order to avoid being trapped in his own Orwellian code.

by StFerdIII

Putin was recently interviewed on Fox News and with his small smile, pursed lips and very rigid body posture displayed his usual cunning for saying nothing important. He refused to speak English even though it is reported that he is close to fluent. Putin who has stopped and reversed democratic change in Russia, is obviously uncomfortable discussing the present and future condition of a pluralistic, popularly based democracy in the Russian empire. Russia’s current Tsar has mastered the language of Orwell and much like tyrants in the past, is adept at telling the naïve and slavishly adoring Western media what it wants to hear. Only a few Western media outlets are prepared to say the obvious and question the direction of Russia. Indeed it is not an exaggeration to state that Tsarist rule has returned to Mother Russia.

Russia is still a mystery inside an enigma to steal from Churchill, but the past is the clue to its future. Putin is a return to old style Tsarist politics. The media, the appointment of state governors, the control of oil, the control of bureaucratic corruption and favors, the limitations on democracy, the limitations on political party formations, the lack of meaningful economic freedoms and reform, and the recreation of a strong secret police are all harbingers of one party fascist states. Putin is controlling Russia with his St. Petersburg clan in alliance with the FSB [successor to the KGB] and key business interests.

The Yeltsin clique handpicked Putin in 1999 to manage the country’s transition from the chaos of the 1990s to a more stable secure and system [in return Putin agreed not to prosecute the Yeltsin clan which stole about $5 billion in the 1990s]. Putin is unequivocally a return to the strong man rule of old. Apparently the Russian people love this model. Polls consistently put Putin’s popularity approval at above 70 %. It is hard to understand this unless you are familiar with the wide-ranging powers that Putin has reconstituted for the State in Russia and the Russian people’s long history and support for fascist-Oriental governance.

Putin has centralized power and brought some order to Russia. His tax reforms – a flat tax of 13 % - stimulated investment and government revenues. His selectively pro-Western approaches on the war on terror, containing North Korea, and improved relationships with Europe are still at odds with Russia’s natural tendency to view the West as its enemy. Putin and Russia’s alliance with China, meddling in the Ukrainian Orange revolution, support for the Arab world vs. Israel, anti-American media rhetoric, anti-Iraqi war opposition, and its brutal occupation of Chechnya, clearly portray Russia for what is really is – an Oriental power intent on first securing its borders, and second projecting its influence to its near abroad.

This is the key difference between Russia and the West. Regardless of Tsar Putin’s statements to the contrary there is no democratic-liberal-enlightenment history in Russia, nor any current movement to support such ideals. Russia is and will always remain, an Oriental empire. The West will be forced to deal with Russia to contain the spread of its nuclear arsenal via the Russian mafia to terrorist elements and to secure its rich stock of energy for Western economic usage. Yet the Russians also need to contain nuclear terror and sell energy to survive.

To allow our foreign policy with Russia to be subjected to 'blackmail', in which we allow Russia to do as it pleases since we need its energy and its aid in the war on terror, is cowardly and unnecessary. Russian national self interest ensures that it will want to thwart terror, reduce the spread of its nuclear stock to rogue groups and regimes, and sell as much energy as possible. It also needs Western capital and knowledge to exploit its vast resources. The West can approach Russia in a mature fashion and not be blackmailed. In this regard it is also mandatory that we work with Russian democratic elements to change Russian society for the better and make it an ally, not a foe, of Western interests.

For the average Russian worker, now living on U$500 per month in miserable living conditions, the future should provide a more meaningful existence. Oriental despotism has never provided wealth for the masses or allowed for societal progress. Let’s hope that democratic elements supported by Western money and advice can turn Russia from an economic and military power the size of Holland into a real nation state, confident, mature and ready to accept its potential, in partnership with the West. Let’s hope that the one party Tsarist Oriental rule of Putin, which will end in 2008, is only one stage in Russia’s long journey to join the modern world.