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Friday, April 08, 2016

It isn't even passed....

There were a number of Russians interviewed on BBC World Service today, about Putin's alleged connections to off-shore tax havens by way of close associates as revealed through the Panama Papers.

Putin has said this is a plot by the U.S. to undermine his leadership.  Most of the Russians interviewed echoed this view:  that the U.S. is the enemy of Russia, and works tirelessly to tell lies about Russia and Putin, so we can gain power; or something.

The reporter noted the people were parroting the line fed to them by state media.  All I could think was:  how could an entire nation think the most important part of being a nation was having an enemy that worked tirelessly to defeat it?

I mean, imagine such a state of affairs......


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

Now, THAT'S irony.

Ever wonder if they hadn't overthrown the Czar in 1917 if, maybe, just maybe, they might not have made more progress with a lot fewer people getting killed? I mean, what have they had but a series of Czars by other names, with one short period under someone who I don't think wanted to be one.

The American revolution did, for a short period, at least get us out of the British class system. We've relapsed. I think PBS importing all those BBC shows has a lot to do with that.

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