Why does Putin support the murder of children?


Vladimir Putin

A person may wonder why the Russian Federation under Putin’s leadership would not only support but actively assist Assad’s murderous Syrian regime in its disgustingly vile and brutal attacks on children and other civilians under the guise of attacking rebels/terrorists. It is becoming increasingly obvious to anyone with a modicum of intelligence that Mr. Putin will stop at nothing in his cherished attempt to recreate a Russian (Soviet style) empire in Europe. Evidence for this includes the annexation of the Crimea and support for rebels attacking the forces of the Ukraine.

His, all but absolutely proven, interference in the US presidential election and the Brexit referendum are additional evidence that he desires nothing short of a massive weakening of Europe, starting with the EU, and of the United States. Who can tell what his ambitions will result in after a sufficient weakening of the West? It is almost certain that he will position Russia as close as possible to China (remember, the Chinese president has much closer to dictatorial powers than any of his predecessors) and do all he can to promote subtle forms of conflict between the USA and Chinese. This would be largely economic (both Russia and China are hoarding gold and trying to reduce any dependence on the US dollar) but may well include promoting some degree of military confrontation. I am not suggesting, however, that Putin wants to start any kind of nuclear war.

Returning to the horrors occurring in Syria and the myriad images of severely injured children on our TVs we again ask ourselves why does Putin support this horror? Only a day or so ago the Russian ambassador to the UN vetoed a proposal to establish a ceasefire in that heavily bombarded rebel enclave near Damascus. The answer, although horrifying, is relatively simple. The lives of all those children and others mean nothing to Putin compared with his aim of massively weakening the West.

Without Russia’s intervention in Syria it is probable that the civil war in Syria would be largely over by now. Putin wants to keep it going so that the flow of refugees to the West is ever increasing. This flood of refugees certainly weakens the strength and economies of Western Europe (regardless of cultural questions such as the possible Islamisation of those countries). When you think about it, without the flood of refugees into Europe the British Brexit referendum is likely to have gone the other way. The “Leave” campaign dishonestly distributed leaflets showing unnamed maps of Syria and Iraq. This fear of a refugee horde undoubtedly influenced many British voters to support the Brexit idea. It is becoming increasingly clear how much of a disaster, both for the UK and the EU, Brexit will be. Only today the President of the EU made a public statement that Theresa May is living in a fantasy land as regards her wish list for Brexit.

One thing is certain. Vladimir Putin will be smiling. Many historians argue that both Stalin and Mao were even worse than Hitler as regards crimes against humanity and the number of deaths of innocents that they caused. Perhaps in the future Vladimir Putin will be added to that vile list.

 

 

Humanity’s Folly – a visual metaphor


Humanity’s progress through the ages could be described as a very powerful automobile with very poor steering. Technologically, humankind has become somewhat advanced. Science and medicine are progressing at a pace. Yet with each technological advance Man has employed it to produce more sophisticated capacity for killing, albeit at a huge economic cost.

Likewise, although we are grateful for advances in medicine there has been insufficient consideration given to the problems of ever increasing overpopulation and an ever increasing proportion of elderly people in those populations as life expectancy increases.

Following the dollar trail gives a great insight into what our species as a whole considers really important. Financial investment and incentives are thrown at science and technology while almost no resources are directed towards philosophy and the humanities. Philosophy can be considered as the steering of our metaphorical vehicle whereas science and technology equate to the power of the engine.

What is the value or point of ever increasing speed and power without adequate thought being given to the direction of travel? The questions of the environment, society and ultimately even the economy have been subjugated to the pursuit of power. While science and technology certainly increase the scope and depth of our knowledge, without accompanying philosophical considerations they do little to add to our wisdom.

Kim Jong Un could sell nukes to terrorists


Amidst all the tensions on the Korean peninsula there is another worry that nobody has mentioned. The North Korean leader may be rational, as some analysts have stated, and may realise that starting a war would mean the end of his regime. However, he is obviously a narcissist and probably a sociopath as well. He is also intelligent. As the sanctions begin to bite and reduce the money flow to his regime he may well consider the possibility of selling nukes and missiles to terrorist organisations. That way he gets money and can start a nuclear horror without his regime immediately being blamed.

This possibility is a very scary one and if the Trump government in Washington has realised it, that could be behind their apparent keenness for the military option. It must persuade China of the imminent danger.

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The Rohingya Muslims, Same sex marriage and North Korea


The Rohingya Muslims, Same sex marriage and North Korea

A group of Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy road after travelling over the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf

Some complex and seemingly intractable problems can have relatively simple solutions. The Rohingya Muslims are fleeing Myanmar because of apparent army violence towards them. These people have been living in Myanmar for generations yet are stateless because Myanmar will not grant them citizenship despite their being born in the country. Myanmar does not want these people and Bangladesh doesn’t have the room or resources to take them.

A possible solution would be for the Myanmar government to cede a certain amount of land to Bangladesh in return for taking all the Rohingyas. Myanmar would also need to provide Bangladesh with some financial assistance so that the latter country could properly settle the newcomers. Although there is no likelihood that the Myanmar military and government would consider this option it would certainly be preferable to ongoing violence and internecine strife. This desperate and impoverished people, if not aided, would certainly provide a fertile recruiting ground for Islamic extremists such as ISIS.

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The same sex marriage debate has raged in Australia for many months and the government has just wasted more than 122 million dollars on the conduct of a voluntary, non-binding postal poll. The government could have run an online poll at virtually no cost and then simply done its job through the parliament. In reality this expensive farce is because Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is afraid of Tony Abbott’s conservative faction within the Liberal Party.

The debate about same sex marriage is simply a question of semantics. As long as all couples receive the same rights, duties and obligations the name isn’t really that important. To keep the churches and conservative people happy without alienating or denying the rights of the LGBTI community we could simply have two forms of marriage on certificates. We could have “Marriage D” (for different sex couples) and “Marriage S” (for same sex couples). Everything else would be the same. Wedding celebrants and ministers of religion can already refuse to wed any couples who don’t fit in with their views. The Catholic Church and some others will not allow people who have been divorced to marry in their churches.

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North Korea and its nuclear tests and frequent missile launches have been in the news and rattled financial markets to an extent lately. It would seem that Kim Jong Un wants to ensure that his regime is completely safe from any outside attack. Also, North Korea’s becoming a fully-fledged nuclear power would be a boost to his ego and increase his popularity with the country’s not-so-well informed population. In the same way many Russians admire Putin for his strong man image regardless of unethical behaviour North Koreans are likely to respect Kim Jong Un’s status as a strongman despite his tyrannical regime’s crimes.

The US has already made it quite clear what will happen if North Korea actually uses a nuclear missile. Why one might ask, doesn’t China guarantee to defend North Korea from an external attack? Perhaps Kim Jong Un doesn’t sufficiently trust China to believe in such a guarantee to protect his regime.

This problem is one of those that seems to have no simple solution. If North Korea is allowed to keep its nuclear weapon and missile program and its new status is simply accepted then other countries, such as Iran, might want to follow the same path. Widespread nuclear proliferation almost certainly would result in nuclear catastrophe at some point in the future. Keeping and enforcing stringent sanctions against the rogue state for a very long time would cause further starvation amongst the poorest of its people.

 

5 more leaders the world would be better off without


Five more leaders the world would be better off without

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Xi Jinping

Apart from the fact that he apparently can’t speak much English, which is disgraceful for the leader of a world power, Xi Jinping, the president of China appears not to care a fig about human rights and is set on flexing China’s muscle. Like most of the other members of China’s oligarchy he is more likely corrupt than not. Power seems to motivate him much more than any sense of justice or compassion. If the eyes are the window to the soul he looks in bad shape. He must be held largely responsible for the disgraceful treatment of dissidents in China. He also lacks a sense of humour, banning Winnie the Pooh in the nation after associations were made between himself and that famous cartoon character. If Winnie the Pooh were to be equated on any level with Xi Jinping Winnie the Pooh would be the loser.

Najib Razak

Najib Razak

The Prime Minister of Malaysia has done his best to stamp out any and all opposition and to destroy Malaysia’s democracy. His corruption is both gross and obvious. The appearance of almost a billion dollars in his personal bank account he dismissed as a gift from the Saudis. Even the former Prime Minister, Dr. Mahatir, of whom Razak was a protégé, has turned against him.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Another destroyer of any semblance of democracy is the president of Turkey. He is a populist who makes Donald Trump look mild and harmless in comparison. His mission appears to be the destruction of the secular state established long ago by the great Ataturk and the creation of an Islamic state. Ataturk’s wisdom saved Turkey from the excesses and dramas of radical Islam and now Erdogan wants to destroy this. He has used the excuse of the failed coup to gaol many thousands of people and dismiss from their jobs hundreds of thousands more and markedly increase his own power through a narrow referendum result. At the end of the day many people are probably sorry that the coup wasn’t successful.

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Hun Sen

The president of Cambodia is another leader who boasts a love affair with power. Despite having the benefit of an education in Australia he hasn’t adopted any principles of democracy or social justice. He rules his country with an iron fist and it is most unlikely he will ever be removed by popular will.

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Benjamin Netanyahu

The last in our rogue’s gallery is the present Prime Minister of Israel. Over the years he has been implicated in a number of corruption scandals but has escaped unscathed. His hard line and almost Zionist approach to the occupation of Palestinian lands and encouragement of more and more Israeli settlements on those lands has made the prospect of a meaningful peace deal between the Palestinians and Israel all but impossible.