Let me start with a value judgment: Vladimir Putin is not that kind of leader I would like to see in my country, Sweden. From the image of him one gets through media he seems to have some typical Russian streaks that wouldnâ€™t fit here. That said, the picture painted of him in Swedish media is ridiculously distorted. By persistently focusing on every minor detail with a negative connotation, and meticulously censoring everything else, our media is almost at a point where they have made Putin look like some new kind of Stalin.
To continue with personal values though: if Sweden had gone through the same total melt-down as Russia did during the 1990s, I would have preferred a leader like Putin to rectify the society. The almost unmatched social catastrophe directly resulting from the capitalist Harmagedon that was forced upon Russia was never mentioned in our media, and is completely wiped out of history. Itâ€™s just that 10 million people died, mostly younger men (and much in the same way as the Native Americans: by being deprived of their means of existence). (I wrote about this in March 2014.)
Putin put an end to this genocide and cleaned up most of the mess caused mainly by western economists, and got the society passably working, so much so that some kind of development could be initiated. It naturally took harsh measures, first of all to reclaim some of the countryâ€™s wealth stolen by oligarchs in the turmoil of the 90s. This is obviously considered by western rulers and oligarchs as Putinâ€™s deadly sin, an important basis for the hatred against him and marked by our consistent support for Russian billionaires in the Diaspora.
Todayâ€™s topic is the evacuation of Debaltseve in Ukraine. My paper DN naturally described this as Putinâ€™s â€œland grabbingâ€, just another sign of that manâ€™s diabolic nature. Itâ€™s probably supposed to be a token of DNs benevolence that they kept secret a certain text contradicting its thesis. Iâ€™m referring to a resolution put forward by Russia to the UN Security Council urging all parties to adhere to the Minsk agreement.
This resolution calls for aÂ â€œtotal ceasefireâ€Â and aÂ â€œpolitical solutionâ€Â that respects theÂ â€œsovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraineâ€. To be noted: this is the wording chosen by Russia! Donbas is consequently an indivisible part of Ukraine, clearly stated by Vladimir Putin (that land grabbing thug). What has to be solved is some kind of autonomy within the Ukrainian state for the Donbas region.
The fact that Kiev is sending artillery to kill its own civil citizens must be interpreted as Kievâ€™s refusal to accept any kind of autonomy for any region. This is a recipe for disaster. A Kiev army manned by conscripted and reluctant soldiers stands no chance against motivated fighters defending their native soil. The violent path chosen by Kiev will lead to a total confrontation taking the word closer to a new global war than ever. The simple way to solve the problem is for Poroshenko to meet with leaders from Donbas and settle the whole thing according to the Minsk agreement. Canâ€™t anyone with his or her head screwed on point this out for Poroshenko or whoever is steering this wreck. Or is it Obama that has to clear his mind and realize whatâ€™s obvious?