“I don’t trust Putin”
When I visit forums that discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are, of course, the usual suspects who tell us, based on nothing substantive, that Putin is just waiting his chance to nuke the US — notwithstanding that this would entail an exchange of retaliatory strikes that would leave the entire planet crippled and kill billions. These same people would admit that Putin is smart, but yet they think he is stupid enough to initiate a nuclear war and a nuclear winter.
Then there are others who will admit that Putin is a good leader for Russia and has done a lot of good in the world but they are quick to add “but I don’t trust him.”
My response is this:
You don’t have any reason either to trust him or not to trust him. He is NOT YOUR president.
Thanks to the hegemonic behavior and propaganda of US “leaders,” millions of Westerners have been mesmerized into thinking that the world’s strongest leader must necessarily be the leader of the world and bully the world into submission, just as they have seen the US do over most of their lives. But it is almost exclusively the West that has expressed this idea, by promulgating the image of the US as the Exceptional Nation or the Indispensable Nation — to the extent that many commentators have for decades referred to the US as the leader of the Free World, or, if they are skeptical, a hegemon. But Putin and Russia have come up with a better idea:
respect the sovereignty of all other nations and let them develop along their own lines — ie, according to their own culture and history.
This idea has never once occurred to the “leaders” in Washington and they have brainwashed their sheeple into accepting the notion not only of their own superiority, but also, as a sinister corollary, the notion that any nation (meaning particularly Russia) that surpasses the US in important ways, particularly militarily, will automatically do as Washington has done. But by doing this, Washington has failed its mission, racked up an unpayable debt, created failed states and terror groups, and irreparably damaged its prestige, so it certainly does not rationally follow that other nations would follow Washington’s example and try to be cock of the rock. Just by way of example, Obama likes to bully other nations, and look how he was treated in Hangzhou. Call that prestige?
Besides, what kind of leader is superior? A leader who respects other leaders and other nations or a leader who does not? You can trust not Putin but the MAD principle (mutually assured destruction, among nuclear powers), namely, the desire not to die. That principle will stay the hand of any leader with a nuclear arsenal. And that is all you need.
See? You don’t need to trust Putin if you don’t want to. He’s the Russian president, NOT the American president. And thank God, unlike our presidents, he has no apparent desire or reason to bully others or interfere in their internal affairs. He’s got enough on his plate without trying to be president of the world.
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