An interesting article in MSM news by a Polish/New Zealander currently working in Poland as a professor in Warsaw in which he calls Putin, the 21st century avatar of Adolf Hitler. He makes a clear case as why Putin needs to be stopped for the good of both Europe and Russia.
Quite a good article and offers a different dimension. As an aside I read newsroom every day @Rob c
because they have some interesting stuff on it. I don't necessarily agree with the author's assertion that Putin is a 21st Century Hitler, because he's got more brains than Hitler ever had, but he's most definitely a Fascist / Nazi.
I look on Putin, with all the bombast and shirtless shots, whilst residing over a nation with a shrinking economy and population, more as a Mussolini type figure.
Definitely not. Putin is far more cunning and dangerous than either Hitler or Mussolini ever were. Hitler was the best General the allies ever had. Yes you are right about Mussolini, however he did get Italian trains to run on time. That was a feat in itself.
Now Emperor Xi of China I think of as a better approximation of a Hitler type figure in practice.
Here I definitely disagree. Xi makes Hitler look like a has been. If you want a historical comparison to Xi, think of Stalin with access to modern surveillance technology. Then infuse that with Mao's inwards looking peasant based ideology and you have Xi.
Having said all of that, I am not a fan of all this comparing of current day figures to those of history, especially when it's media and politicians doing it, it reeks of propaganda and lack of thought.
So, let Putin be Putin and treat him as he is not as our imaginations think he should be.
We do ourselves a disservice when making such comparisons beyond the need of 'stopping them'(how does one stop nuclear armed nations? surely one can only check a route of advance?), primarily by risking giving ourselves a false sense of confidence and unreasonable certainty of favourable outcomes.
We must be cautious of what I would call the fallacy of the ancestral favourable outcome; just because our ancestors have prevailed in superficially similar circumstances, it is not a given that we will, as at any given point in time we and the circumstances we face are unique.
We are treating Putin as he is. However comparisons to previous tyrants and genocidal maniacs cannot be avoided because that is one of the criteria that we use to measure a leaders worth, especially one who is running a repressive authoritarian dictatorship. How do you assess someone like Putin if you cannot actively compare and contrast them with historical metrics such as Hitler, Stalin, Robespierre, Ivan the Terrible, Polpot, Papa Doc Duvalier, Mao etc?
We don't do ourselves a disservice by looking at comparisons or options beyond "stopping" them. In fact it's very important to plan ahead and plan for all possible outcomes. The end of WW1 taught us that because it directly lead to Hitler, the Holocaust, WW2, The Middle East wars and crisis etc. The complete diplomatic balls up from the ashes of WW1 still reverberates throughout the world today, 103 years and one devastating war later.
Those who don't understand how ill prepared the major western nations are militarily, have this ill-conceived belief that the likes of the US and NATO will prevail on the battlefield and it'll be home in time for tea, scones and medals. Their are fools who should know better who continue to encourage this belief. You see none of the DEFPROs and various others in here, rest on the laurels of our tupuna toa, warrior ancestors, who achieved great victories for we know that the next battle hasn't been fought yet, and any plan no matter how good is only valid until first contact with the enemy. We hold huge respect for our tupuna toa, their achievements and sacrifices, but they are in the past and whilst we assimilate all the learnings from their experiences, those learnings only inform our preparation for the next battle, which will be different and present unique challenges.