Staunton, August 7 – August, the month of vacations, is often referred to as the silly season in the media; but this year, something important is happening in the American media: its leading outlets are finally focusing on what most in Russia and its neighbors have long understood: Vladimir Putin has gone from strength to strength by odious means.
In the last few weeks, Moscow commentator Aleksandr Nemets says, the leading media in the United States – Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and London’s Economist as well – have focused on Putin’s odious methods because of his backing of Donald Trump in the American election (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=57A704084EE38
If Putin and Trump succeed, the Kremlin would have “a free hand in Ukraine, in the South Caucasus, in Syria, in the Baltic countries and in many other regions. And ‘the creator of chaos’ could as a result return the super-high prices for oil and gas,” the ultimate dreams of Putin and his regime, Nemets says.
Odiousness, “in the first instance terror of all kinds and also false propaganda” is “the Kremlin’s basic instrument and chaos is its final goal.” Any chaos from the Kremlin’s point of view is good because it keeps others from recognizing what is going on and organizing in response.
Many Russian opposition figures as well as a large part of the citizenry in Ukraine and “to a lesser extent the citizens of the Baltic countries, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden and Finland have already taken with greater or lesser success the very useful courses” about Putin’s odious nature already “in 2014-2016.”
“Canada with its 1.5 million ethnic Ukrainians” has also begun to study this special Putin subject. But until recently, the population of the US had “preferred to ignore” the obvious odiousness of the Putin regime. Now that may be changing, and if it is, Putin’s latest moves could backfire against him in ways he cannot even imagine.