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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Heil AdolphPutin! Heil Putin Khuilo!

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Name Putin, Vladimir Gender: M
Birthname Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
born on 7 October 1952 at 09:30 (= 09:30 AM )
Place St.Petersburg, Russian Federation
CALL HIM BY ANY NAME
VLADIMIR
COMRADE PUTIN
ADOLPH PUTIN
PUTIN KHUILO?
ONE THING IS CLEAR:THIS MAN IS THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN THE WORLD!
Heil Adolph Putin!
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.”― 
Mahatma Gandhi
From opednews
Shades of Nazi Germany's Fuhrer Adolf Hitler! The parallels between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Twentieth Century's mass murderer of so many millions, while seeking world domination by his adopted nation,  are indeed eerie. Even the recent stress on Olympic success resonates: Putin strove for medals in Sochi to show Russian athletic superiority; Hitler tried, unsuccessfully, to use the 1936 Berlin Olympics to prove Aryan supremacy.   And just as Hitler hated the Jews, Putin detests homosexuals.  Above all, though their times are eighty years apart  in  history, when it comes to Hitler's Fatherland and Putin's Motherland, they are cut from the same cloth of attempted world domination.

Which brings us to the current major crisis for Ukraine -- and for all of us. Again, the parallels are uncanny.  Hitler broke the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, through a series of aggressive military moves, including the annexation of his own homeland, Austria, in March, 1938, followed by the successful invasion of Poland on September 1,1939. Russian  President Vladimir Putin has violated various international treaties, standards, and laws by sending troops into the Crimea region of Ukraine, which has ethnic ties to Russia -- but nevertheless is part of a separate sovereign  nation.  Like Hitler's invasions, Putin's incursion into Crimea has been rubber-stamped by his own parliament.

Philosopher George Santayana often said that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat  it.  One of the most important lessons of World War II is that failure to take forceful and effective action in the early days of a conflict inevitably leads to increased and often-intolerable conflicts later.  Dictators and pseudo-dictators always test the waters before jumping in wholeheartedly.  When Adolf Hitler tested those waters in the 1930's, the  world looked the other way at his incursions and invasions.  It was even said that the terms of the Treaty of Versailles had been so harsh against Germany that the rise of a dictator preaching Aryan supremacy while practicing war was understandable.  Understandable, perhaps -- but those practices should have been totally unacceptable.

That process of "turning a blind eye" to Hitler's territorial aspirations came close to leaving the entire world blinded.   While we may not yet be certain of all of Vladimir Putin's territorial and other aspirations, they undoubtedly exist, and  are undoubtedly hostile to world peace and the best interests of humanity.  Anyone who thinks Putin will stop upon gaining control of the Crimea region of Ukraine is an incurable optimist.  The West has but two choices: stop Putin now, or risk one more World War later, and a potential thermonuclear war this time.  

When Albert Einstein was asked what weapons would be used in the next major war, he responded that he did not know the answer to that question, but in the war after that one, the weapons would be sticks and stones.  We cannot allow Vladimir Putin, or anyone else, to use threats and bullying tactics -- combined with our timidity -- to cause that doomsday outcome. The time to stop this 21st Century Adolf Hitler is here and now.  "Later" is likely to be too late.
From New York Times
PARIS — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is known for a peculiar muscular pose, carefully cultivated over the past 14 years. He shows it off at news conferences or at his desk, standing up or sitting down, not to mention bare-chested on horseback. It’s not hard to read the body language: Mr. Putin likes a manly image.

That’s an important starting point for his recent extraordinary remarks about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Asked by two French journalists on June 4 about her comparison of Russia’s seizure of Crimea to Hitler’s aggression in the 1930s, Mr. Putin scoffed. “It’s better not to argue with women,” he said. “When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because they are weak. But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman.”

Leaving aside the blatant sexism, Mr. Putin strayed into what for him is potentially dangerous territory. If pushing boundaries too far is a sign of weakness, then what to say about Mr. Putin’s own policies in Ukraine? When Russia annexes Crimea, when it gives tacit support to attacks by pro-Russian separatists on Ukrainian border posts, isn’t that — literally — about testing the frontiers of a neighboring sovereign state? Does that make it muscle-flexing by a weak man?

There’s something about Mr. Putin’s body language that draws attention, and it’s not always flattering. President Obama once described his “slouch” as the behavior of the “bored kid at the back of the classroom.” Mrs. Clinton has described him as a “tough guy with a thin skin.” Things got even more personal in 2008 when she said Mr. Putin, as an ex-K.G.B. man, couldn’t possibly have a soul. He retorted by saying that “at a minimum, heads of state should have a head.”

“Hard men present hard choices — none more so than President Vladimir Putin,” Mrs. Clinton wrote in her new book, “Hard Choices.”

Mr. Putin’s behavior with other leaders is often seen as a clue to the quality of his personal relationships with them. In theory, he and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany should have an excellent rapport; each speaks the other’s language, and the two countries have strong economic ties. And yet twice (most recently in the thick of the Ukrainian crisis), well aware of Ms. Merkel’s deep-seated fear of dogs, he let his big, black Labrador Koni into the room with her, even sniff her legs, and watched with a peculiarly passive expression.

On the occasions when he and Mr. Obama have sat together for photographers, the chill has been almost visible. Mr. Obama denies that he has a bad relationship with the Russian president, but it is clearly not a good one. For one thing, relations between the United States and Russia are strained. For another, Mr. Obama is a good six inches taller than Mr. Putin, an advantage probably not lost on someone who seems to put such stock in projecting an image of power.

Then again, Mr. Obama is not exactly pals with any of his fellow leaders. His cool demeanor is both admired and resented by his international counterparts, some of whom remember — not always fondly — the back-rubbing bonhomie of his predecessor, George W. Bush. It was, after all, Mr. Bush who in 2001 took the measure of Mr. Putin’s soul, and found him to be “very straightforward and trustworthy.”

So much for the importance of personal relations. Having established this rapport, Mr. Bush went on to invade Iraq and push vigorously for Ukraine and Georgia to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, two moves that tripped up relations not only with Russia, but also with France and Germany.

In the interview aired on French television, Mr. Putin reiterated his bottom-line view that the prospect of NATO membership for Ukraine, and in particular the strategic peninsula of Crimea, was something Russia wasn’t ready to accept as the crisis escalated last winter.

In the end, international diplomacy has little to do with personal relations — be they warm and fuzzy, or cold and muscular — and everything to do with perceived national interests, timing and capability. But that doesn’t mean that leaders shouldn’t watch their language.

"Putin khuilo, lalala lalala."
From Bloomberg News:
The escalating conflict in Ukraine marks an unfortunate tendency in the world of international relations: The people responsible for defusing the crisis are losing their ability to be diplomatic.

The latest gaffe came June 14, when Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia tried to calm a mob that had attacked the Russian embassy, overturning cars and hurling Molotov cocktails, to protest the shooting down of a Ukrainian military transport plane near Lugansk, in which 49 people were killed. Deshchytsia ended up joining the protesters in singing a popular ditty first performed by right-wing soccer fans: "Putin khuilo, lalala lalala." Khuilo is a profanity that could be roughly translated as "penis head," which the singers were using to refer to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Ukrainian foreign minister later said he had sung with the crowd to defuse the situation: "At that moment, the important thing was to hold the people back." U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt bought this version, tweeting that the foreign minister was "a skilled diplomat and a credit to Ukraine."

From Washington Post:
On Saturday night, the strong words over the Ukrainian crisis took an unusually vulgar turn: Ukraine’s interim foreign minister, Andrii Deshchytsia, called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "d---head."

“I am ready to be here with you and say, ‘Russia, get out of Ukraine,’ ” Deshchytsia said as he tried to calm protesters outside the Russian Embassy in Kiev. “Putin is a d---head, yes.” The incident was captured on film (around 35 seconds in):
the incident sparked an outcry from Russia, where officials were angry that their president would be spoken of in such undiplomatic terms. But Deshchytsia didn't conjure up this term on his own.

The phrase "Путін хуйло" (transliterated alternatively "Putin Khuilo!" or "Putin Huylo!" – roughly, "Putin is a d---head!") has been around since at least March. It goes something like this:

Pu-tin Khui-lo
la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la


You can hear the crowd singing that refrain in the video above, or in the video below, which shows soccer fans in Kharkiv singing it and helped popularize the song: