Saturday, May 9, 2020

Civilized Countries Can’t Compromise with One Whose Leader Gives Medals to His North Korean Counterpart, Skobov Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, May 7 – Some may be inclined to dismiss Vladimir Putin’s decision to award North Korean despot Kim Jong-un with a medal on the 75th anniversary of victory in the Great Fatherland War for his role in memorializing Soviet troops buried in his country as nothing more than an extravagant move to offend the West, Yuri Skobov says.

            But it is much more than that,” the Russian commentator says, and yet again shows that “a concentration camp country with a savage cult of a tyrant leader is for [the Kremlin leader] ‘socially close,’” a term Soviets used to distinguish among other things common criminal who were and political criminals who weren’t (

            As Skobov points out, “Putin consistently supports and defends the most odious rogue regimes, the most savage and cannibalistic. And he des this not simply to annoy the West and not simply from petty childish resentment. He defends their right to be cannibals: he asserts the ‘normalcy’ of cannibalism.”

            By so doing, the Kremlin leader seeks to legitimize cannibalism in the contemporary world. And if today the regimes of Pol Pot, Idi Amin, or Jean Bocassa existed, he would defend their ‘sovereignty’ from ‘Western globalism,’” the commentator continues.

            Such a man cannot be integrated into Western “’polite society’” without damage to that society, Skobov argues. “The Putin regime, based on lies, illegality and injustice can survive only by destroying the ideas about what is permissible and what is not which have been developed by present-day civilization” by supporting others who reject those values.

            “Between civilization and the Putin regime, compromise or reconciliation is impossible. Either the Putin regime will be destroyed or civilization will,” Skobov concludes.  And in order to survive, civilization must put the Putin regime beyond the limits of the permissible” rather than continue to act as if he can be brought back into the fold.

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