Here is a thoughtful article from The Globe and Mail on Vladimir Putin’s mishandling by the West, including helpful historical information:
How The West Lost Putin
I haven’t check the alleged source of this for accuracy but here it is:
“The European Parliament…Is concerned about the rising nationalistic sentiment in Ukraine, expressed in support for the Svoboda Party, which, as a result, is one of the two new parties to enter the Verkhovna Rada; recalls that racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic views go against the EU’s fundamental values and principles and therefore appeals to pro-democratic parties in the Verkhovna Rada not to associate with, endorse or form coalitions with this party.”
“We knew this, or at least we should have. But a lack of Western scholarship on Russia – and the closure of many foreign media offices (including The Globe and Mail’s own Moscow bureau a few years ago) – has contributed to a dangerous lack of understanding of Russia in the West.”
If I have learned nothing from coming to this website, reading Dr. Farrell’s insights and the (almost always incredible) comments from this group, the bulk of Americans, me included, know so little of history, all history that extends beyond 10 minutes ago, that it is a miracle we can make an intelligent observation about anything that is happening in the world.
I was clearly clueless that Obama chose a total imbecile to head the Embassy in Moscow. Although it really comes as little surprise in light of his list of incompetents that populate his nominations, his “off mike” comment to Medvedev just before the latest “election” made me assume a more cooperative posture with Putin.
Is this more Hollywood than political reality?
The US appears to be gambling that a slightly mocking, cavalier stance towards Russia will eventually dismantle it as a superpower, but it’s a childish, reckless gambit. Zbigism is behind all of this, and he has a monomaniacal hatred for Russia – not responsible, not worthy of promotion as international policy.
The criticism of the article is comparing Putin’s Russia to the Weimer republic of post WW1 Germany. A better comparison is to Iran or China. Like them Russia has seen it’s nemesis’s come and go and still around. But then the West motto has been it’s cooler to make enemies than friends.