While the West sleeps, Putin wows at Valdai...
I find it utterly remarkable, no, incredulous, the western media, in its continued demonazation of Putin, had almost nothing to say about Putin's speech at Valdai. It may well prove to be his best speech ever and go down in history (no joke) as the most important speech yet of the 21st century. Yes, it was that good. And important.
The video is here, it’s just over 3 hours long. I strongly recommend “you” view it. If not all of it, at least Putin's part at the beginning.
I listened to almost all of it. With few caveats, I like Putin’s style and candor. He doesn’t threaten, he acts. I don’t think he’s a liar: He doesn’t have to be.
Frankly, I can no longer bear to even hear Obama’s voice; it’s both his voice (the actual sound) and lie, upon lie, upon lie. Ditto for Kerry, Rice, and Power.
There were other leaders/scholars/diplomats who also spoke and engaged Putin after his initial speech.
The interchange was most interesting and Putin’s answers telling.
My take is that Putin’s message to the west, specifically to the U.S., is simple; do not underestimate Russia and do not continue to try to bully us.
We’ll not have it! Period! And Putin’s made it crystal clear; Russia is not intimidated nor cowed and will respond up to and including nuclear.
Russia certainly deserves respect and validation of its importance in the world today.
The consequences of the sanctions against Russia are immense; the end of SWIFT currency transfers domination, the end of the dollar as the pre-eminent currency on the world markets for oil and everything else.
A dying empire is an ugly thing; and those attached to the U.S. (Australia, England, Canada, Japan, Korea, and Italy) to name a few, are in for very rough times, IMO.
Putin knows what is what and though favoring ties with the U.S., has been soundly rebuffed and will act accordingly.
The 21st century. And just look at us. Stupid, ignorant and self destroying…
While not normally a fan-boy of PCR; here he nails it, IMO.
Paul Craig Roberts had a very interesting take as well;
And this deserves a read as well.
We can no longer afford the ignorance of provincialism; in this day and age it may well kill us.