Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Putin and Georgia
As pathetic and self-obsessed as an Oliver Stone movie. But gayer.
RUSSKIES. Has no one examined the real psychology of Putin's latest blind and brutal exercise of SovietRussian power? He's not using the Olympics for cover. It's the exact opposite. He's trying to cover the Olympics, which is China's demonstration that however imperfectly, it has transcended the self-eating nihilism of Marxism to begin building anew. China is showing off its newfound ability to make things, organize vast international events, motivate its people to high achievement rather than mere drab uniformity, and contribute something of beauty and lasting esthetic value to the world.
Russia has been incapable of all these attainments since it exterminated the family of the czar and flattened the Faberge eggs with the largest concrete bunkers the world has ever seen. Putin's move on Georgia isn't a shrewd attempt to get away with something while the world is otherwise engaged; it's simple, megalomaniacal envy. While China has, in a few decades, accomplished the impossible transition from rudimentary agrarian economy to exponentially accelerating industrial might, Putin's Russsia has staggered on like a vodka-soaked parody of all its own worst historical epochs -- with missiles like the rusted rifles of Stalin's WWII army, a third-world steal and murder economy that would have made Rasputin grin, and a ballooning sense of grandeur exhibited by its incompetent leadership that would have made the various Nicholases and Alexanders of the failed Romanoff empire nod in recognition. Meanwhile, Moscow and its great sister cities build nothing, contribute nothing, accomplish nothing, and matter not at all except when they prey on their own neighbors and vandalize every civilized attempt at diplomacy undertaken in the west.
Putin and Medvedev: They WISH.Alexander has been a fateful -- and fatal -- name for the Russians. Putin sees himself as one, another of his nation's endless claimants to being "The Great." But he's less like his brilliant gay Macedonian hero than he is like John Wayne Gacy, the bullying sodomite serial killer who demonstrated his superior masculinity by raping and killing young men, then burying them under his house.
His people, needless to say, are charmed. Here's a Russian response to the YouTube video above, which was first posted many months ago:
this video is soooo gay, but ,no matter who ever say. putin is a great president, people loves him, he is very disciplined and sirious. he made russia to stand up, and made the world be afraid of russians again. [sic]
How sickeningly and depressingly typical. Of the largest, worst, least civilized, most murderously inept nation in recorded human history. To them, national greatness consists of being feared.
Does anyone know how Russia was actually organized as a nation? The Vikings did it. That's why the name Russia, which still recalls the 'red-headed' ones who swooped in from the west and installed a basic barbarian order on a vast territory of (predominantly, or way too many, at least) lazy, illiterate, self-pitying victims.
I remind you of these things, which are ancient and yet continuously present in a very dangerous contemporary world of nuclear weapons and terrorists, to point out the insanity of thinking Putin could be deterred by diplomacy or that his Georgian adventure is somehow the fault of American foreign policy.
Yes, George Bush misjudged Putin. What he saw as goodness in Putin's eyes was probably infatuation. George wouldn't be so good at detecting that. McCain was undoubtedly more right when he said he looked into Putin's eyes and saw three letters: "K, G, and B."
What does Obama see? I don't even want to know.
Are we all Georgians today? No. We're not. But we should be.
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I suspect that the Alexander who is Putin's hero is the great Russian Alexander Nevsky, not that Greek. Nothing gay about Nevsky.
Uh, talk about proving the opposition's point... "Nothing gay about Nevsky." Exactly. Anything else you'd like to point out?