Saturday, February 14, 2004

Ah, Them Good Ol' Days!

Just to show that apologists for apartheid aren't the only ones who suffer from convenient amnesia, we have the following charming bit of wisdom from our good friend Pootie-Poot.

MOSCOW, February 12 (Itar-Tass) - Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has described the disintegration of the Soviet Union as a national tragedy of enormous scope. He said so, responding to questions of his electioneering agents here on Thursday.

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According to Putin “it is the elites and the nationalistically minded sections of the population, who gained from the disintegration of the USSR.”

Wonderful, isn't it? We already have the man on record as regarding Uncle Joe as some sort of national hero, so these shouldn't be all that shocking. I'm sure he'd also say that communism was "a good idea, only poorly implemented" if he thought he could get away with it.

While we're on the subject of apartheid and communism, many (most?) Russians feel (with some justification) that even if they now enjoy personal freedoms they never could have imagined in the old days, the material circumstances of their lives have taken a turn for the worse since the fall of the workers' paradise, and yet none of those who rush to condemn the new South Africa for its failings are ever to be found doing the same when the subject turns to the Soviet Union; why is that, I wonder? Actually, I don't wonder at all, as it really is quite obvious what these despicable creatures are really bothered about.