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Yes, as explained in line 1, I quote someone (who btw is usually attacked by the hardcore marxists of the blog). I thought it was well written and indeed a vision I feel hard to dismiss.
I doubt Putin used "rigamarole" and the rest of the text do not seem to me to repeat a speech by him or someone else. I pasted it from the beginning to avoid any confusion.
by Tom2 on Fri Feb 25th, 2022 at 05:40:43 PM EST
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Thanks for clarifying: your lack of formatting often makes it difficult to follow what is yours, what you're quoting or even which comment (and commenter) you're replying to.

Of course, Putin doesn't speak English, but he has communicated his talking points, justifying his aggression, clearly enough:

  • NATO is expanding in Ukraine (it is not)
  • Ukraine military (+phantom NATO) is threatening Russia (obvious disproportion of military forces notwithstanding)
  • Ukrainian government is carrying out genocide against its Russian speaking minority, particularly in Donbas (Ukrainian president is a Russian speaking Jew and the separatists areas of Donbas have been off limits to Ukraine, thanks to - unofficial - Russian military presence there for years)
  • Ukraine is run by "Nazis" (Neo-Nazis parties have made less than 10% at the last elections)

Some people can endorse these wholesale (it's a free country), but personally, I'll pass.
by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Feb 25th, 2022 at 06:59:50 PM EST
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Nazis obsession, continued...

Putin calls Ukraine government 'drug addicts and neo-Nazis'

Also, this piece from the Tass agency, quoted by Fjallstrom yesterday.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Feb 25th, 2022 at 07:49:59 PM EST
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folklore: very interesting ... obsessions.
by Cat on Sat Feb 26th, 2022 at 03:16:14 PM EST
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Actually, Putin may be quite sincere. In Israel, people are well aware of his philosemitism.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Feb 27th, 2022 at 08:14:46 PM EST
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