>The Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s perestroika deception has been wildly successful: communism “collapses,” Warsaw Pact dismantled, NATO expands into Eastern Europe. The Kremlin springs its trap: USA installs missile defense in “post”-Soviet Bloc, portrayed as aggressor; Russia must “defend” herself against “rogue” regime in Washington DC. Did Russia ever stop aiming missiles at Europe? Got preps?
Exclusive: Putin threatens to target Europe with missiles
Globe and Mail Update
June 2, 2007 at 5:34 PM EDT
In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to target Europe with missiles, including potentially nuclear weapons, in a dramatic escalation of his Cold War-style showdown with the United States.
Mr. Putin, in an interview at his country residence outside Moscow, said he considers U.S. plans to build an eastern European anti-missile site to shoot down Iranian missiles a provocation aimed at Russia.
Asked what he might do to retaliate, he said he would return Russia to the Cold War status where missiles were aimed at European targets.
“It is obvious that if part of the strategic nuclear potential of the United States is located in Europe, and according to our military experts will be threatening us, we will have to respond,” he said.
“What kind of steps are we going to take in response? Of course, we are going to get new targets in Europe.”
He suggested that this could include powerful nuclear-capable weapons.
“What kind of means will be used to hit the targets that our military believe are potential threats to the Russian federation? This is a purely technical issue, be it ballistic missiles or cruise missiles, or some kinds of novel weapons systems – this is a purely technical issue.”
Mr. Putin held a three-hour dinner interview with the Globe and Mail along with one newspaper from each of the G-8 nations. He defended his nation’s economic policies and tough restrictions on political dissent, repeatedly criticized the U.S. as dangerous and hypocritical, and acknowledged that Russia needs to rid itself of corruption.
Source: Globe and Mail
Like all communist dictators, President Putin is possessed by an all-consuming megalomania. His delusions of grandeur are not only manifest in his veiled threat to nuke Europe, but also in his self-description as the world’s only “true democrat.” Spew alert coming up . . . put down your coffee.
I’m the world’s only true democrat, says Putin
Mon Jun 4, 2007 12:11PM EDT
MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has described himself as the world’s only “pure” democrat and attacked the United States and Europe, which have criticized him, for falling short of their own ideals.
In an interview with Western media released on Monday, he rejected Western criticism that he has centralized power in the Kremlin, marginalized the opposition and increased state control over the media.
Asked whether he agreed with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s description of him as an “impeccable democrat”, Putin replied laughing:
“Of course I am an absolute, pure democrat. But you know the problem? It’s not even a problem, it’s a real tragedy. The thing is that I am the only one, there just aren’t any others in the world.”
Putin said the West’s record on democracy was less than perfect.
“Let’s look what happens in North America — sheer horror: torture, the homeless, Guantanamo, keeping people in custody without trial or investigation,” Putin said in the interview ahead of this week’s summit of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrial nations.
“Look what’s going on in Europe: the harsh treatment of demonstrators, the use of rubber bullets, tear gas in one capital or another, the killing of demonstrators in the streets.”
He also attacked post-Soviet Ukraine for “completely violating the constitution and all its laws” and heading for “complete tyranny” — an apparent reference to the political deadlock between rival factions over the calling of fresh elections.
“After the death of Mahatma Gandhi there’s nobody to talk to,” he concluded, referring to the Indian leader who championed civil rights and non-violent resistance to tyranny. Asked whether there was any move in Russia towards a return to totalitarian rule, Putin simply said: “That is complete rubbish, don’t believe that.”