So cunning that he's turned his nation into a complete economic pariah, bogged it down in a war of attrition and his population is still shrinking. No, Putin is good at playing the strongman when he doesn't have to prove it against someone who punches back I think.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.
That wasn't the comparison I was making, just that if one is comparing Putin to Hitler, Putins actions look more Mussoesque than Hitlarian and Xi looks more Hitlarian. Xi is obviously a different kettle of fish, but politicians and msm are never keen to compare him to Stalin, not that I think that it's productive to do so.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.
That article linked above was treating him like ol Adolf, and there's far to much of it.We are treating Putin as he is.
If you wish to do so, fine, I don't find such comparisons to be useful.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?
I was referring to the tendency of public's, and often expressed and taken to unreasonable extents by politicians and msm, to lul ourselves into a false sense of security on the basis of what Imperial Japan called Victory disease to which I add the success of the ancestors. When we are not objective about history, or treat ourselves as above the currents of reality, that's is when we do ourselves a disservice.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.
I don't include members of the armed forces in that category as they generally know better.