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That's what I thought. For the record: I think that Putin showed great courage and a remarkable sense of defending the new democratic system when he cracked down on the oil industry's bloodsuckers. And I'm for lifting the arms embargo against China. I also support their re-unification with Taiwan policies.

"The USA appears destined by fate to plague America with misery in the name of liberty." Simon Bolivar, Caracas, 1819
by Ritter on Fri Nov 18th, 2005 at 10:26:51 AM EST
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Putin defending the democratic system?!  And since when is a new set of thieves stealing from the old bunch anything laudable?  Not to mention that Putin's methods in the Caucasus make America's rights abuses in its prison camps and the war in Iraq look like models of due process and humane warfare.

Plus, why do you support a dictatorship conquering a democracy in the case of China and Taiwan?

by MarekNYC on Fri Nov 18th, 2005 at 12:04:25 PM EST
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Sorry, Ritter, cannot follow you there.
Putin did not "crack down on the oil industry's bloodsuckers" - he replaced them with his pal bloodsuckers, incompetent ones at that, and he destroyed whatever was left of Russian democracy.

Oh, and he got a few tens of thousand of Chechens massacred, and he doesn't control the Red Army.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 18th, 2005 at 12:19:14 PM EST
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And he handled the Moscow theatre and Beslan School hostage situations incompetently if not criminally. Not to speak of using the Moscow apartment building and underground station bombings to crack down on civil liberties.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 18th, 2005 at 12:27:08 PM EST
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