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It all goes to the heart of the Western misunderstanding about Russia--the tendency to say that it is all so mysterious and nasty that the best thing is to pretend that it is going to be all right, and the Russians know best what to do with their own country.


Agree with the mysterious (and DoDo thought the BBC was better than that...) and nasty part.  But I think we stopped pretending it was going to be alright almost decade ago.  And that last part! Ack!  The Western "misunderstanding" that the Russians know best what to do with their country?  I find that to be niether the trend, nor a "misunderstanding" ...  

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Mon Jan 9th, 2006 at 06:50:38 PM EST
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