38 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-25-22

  1. Of course.

    I’m repressing memories of when our govt actually enforced our borders.

    “U.S.-Bound Migrants in Southern Mexico Are Counseled on Controversial ‘Repressed Memories'”

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2022/02/24/us-bound_migrants_in_southern_mexico_are_coached_on_controversial_repressed_memories_818359.html

    “Two United Nations-sponsored groups in southern Mexico are reportedly coaching immigrants arriving there on “repressed memories” that would allow them to gain asylum cards in Mexico for passage northward and then illegal entry into the United States.

    Both the Jesuit Society of Refugees and an outfit called Fray Matias de Cordova, based in the Mexican city of Tapachula near the border with Guatemala, are advertising “psychological” help in store windows there, according to Todd Bensman, a security fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors greater restrictions on immigration.

    At these sessions, in which thousands of immigrants have reportedly participated, people are helped to recover memories of alleged trauma they suffered in their home countries, Enrique Vidal of Fray Matias de Cordova told Bensman during a visit to the southern region last month. By claiming they are victims of such abuses, immigrants can qualify for asylum in Mexico even if, as in many cases, their initial application on economic hardship grounds has been rejected.

    “With their newfound memories of more eligible claims,” Bensman wrote for his organization’s website, “the immigrants get asylum (a term many use interchangeably with refugee status) and Mexican residency cards, which many then promptly use to pass through Mexico and make illegal entry over the American border.”

    The concept of repressed memory and its reliability as evidence has proved controversial in American jurisprudence. In the 1990s, several high profile cases involving day care centers made headlines, with stories of children subjected to bizarre sexual and satanic rites.

    In the aftermath, some experts have sought to debunk the validity of “repressed memory” as a source of reliable evidence. While there is widespread agreement that a remembrance of horrific and traumatic experiences may sometimes be buried, such memories can also be created, according to academics who have delved into the psychology.”

    Bensman asked Vidal of the border aid group if “the people you are helping [have] already made the mistake of not telling the authorities their traumatic experiences that qualify” for asylum or refugee status, meaning on their appeals.

    “Yes, that’s how it is,” Vidal replied.”

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    How Christian of those Jesuits, helping and encouraging folks to lie…..

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  2. Indeed he was.

    But half the country will never admit it, because that would mean they were wrong and helped push the lies and false narratives.

    “CPAC 2022: Trump Was Right About Everything…”

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  3. Doing the job the mainstream frauds won’t.

    Actual investigative journalism.

    “BREAKING: CNN veteran operations manager joins Project Veritas as Executive Producer

    “In the first five days of working at this company, I’ve had more conversations about ethical journalism than I did probably in the last ten years of my career,” Patrick Davis said.”

    https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-cnn-veteran-operations-manager-joins-project-veritas-as-executive-producer

    “James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, spoke at CPAC in Orlando on Thursday, and spoke about the changes made at CNN, in part due to the Project Veritas’ undercover reporting on the network. From exposing the bias of the former CNN head Jeff Zucker to exposing pedophiles, Project Veritas has kept the heat on CNN in an effort to hold them accountable to the journalistic standards they claim to believe in.

    On stage at CPAC, O’Keefe introduced Patrick Davis, a 25-year veteran operations manager for CNN, as the new executive producer with Project Veritas. The crowd erupted in cheers to welcome Davis to the stage, and to the organization.

    O’Keefe said that change comes when people “cease to be afraid,” and that’s something that O’Keefe, and Project Veritas, have certainly done. That is a big draw for Davis, and a reason he joined the organization. He spoke, too, about the egalitarian nature of the enterprise.
    “Journalists used to be adversarial and expose the powers that be, now they work in concert with the powers that be,” he said. The Project Veritas method, of undercover reporting, confrontations and pushing for answers, has gotten the outlet locked out of social media platforms like Twitter, but the work continues, and continues to influence the media landscape.”

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    “Davis said that very few people knew he was joining Project Veritas, saying “most people would run away from this… I ran towards it.” He said that the raiding of O’Keefe’s home and offices was the “biggest abridgment to the First Amendment” that he’s seen, noting that there’s a reason it’s first.

    He spent two years in retirement, and said that he wants to keep his personal life and professional life separate, in order to protect his family, but that the work is too important not to do it.

    Davis also cited mask mandates and the failures of education and government over the past two years “while the elites of the world are gallivanting around at the Super Bowl,” saying “it’s rules for thee and not for me.”

    “I’m not here to say ‘I told you so,'” he said, “but Jeff Zucker, I told you so.” Davis said that journalists need to do their jobs, and that there’s an appetite for credible journalism.
    “It’s time for us to get back to the basics of journalism,” he said, noting that the current media outlets need to “tell the news without the spin, the way we used to do it.” Americans can decide for themselves what to think, he said, they don’t need to be told.

    Without a free press, without biases, without spin, the First Amendment fails, he said. “It’s our obligation to do better,” he said, and the people in power need to be held accountable.
    “Be brave, do something. I did,” Davis concluded.”

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  4. But we don’t have one of those anymore.

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  5. Expose them. 🙂

    “Parler subpoenas Twitter over role in post-Capitol riot deplatforming”

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/parler-subpoenas-twitter-over-role-in-post-capitol-riot-deplatforming

    “Social media platform Parler subpoenaed Twitter on Wednesday for its role in allegedly colluding with Amazon to deplatform the app in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

    A handful of Big Tech companies, including Amazon, Apple, and Google, moved to take down Parler in early January 2021, citing its role in enabling the attack.

    The subpoena, issued by Superior Court for the State of Washington King County in Parler’s lawsuit against Amazon Web Services, requests documents related to Twitter blocking former President Donald Trump from the platform, documents regarding Amazon hosting Parler and Twitter on its cloud services, and how Twitter responded to government subpoenas in 2021 relating to the 2020 election, the Jan. 6 riot, and Parler.

    “Parler will continue to fight against Big Tech companies like Amazon Web Services and Twitter that attempt to stifle innovation and free speech through anticompetitive practices,” George Farmer, CEO of Parler, said in a statement. “We will continue to stand against cancel culture and the mob mentality.”

    The documents Parler has requested from Twitter are aimed at challenging what Parler calls an ongoing abuse of power and anticompetitive conduct by the Big Tech companies that harms individuals and businesses who don’t conform to their viewpoints.”

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  7. This tweet aged badly. 🙂

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    Indeed it is.

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  8. Another hot take from the clowns….

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  9. Thank Joe Biden you leftist tool. 🙂

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  10. It’s like a clown 🤡 college exploded all over the media landscape. 🙂

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  11. I see 🤡🤡🤡🤡

    Where?

    Everywhere……

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  12. Next time the pearl clutchers in media are fretting about why no one trusts them….

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  13. The WSJ article that needs to be widely circulated is the one from a couple days ago – How Ukraine Was Betrayed in Budapest. In the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, the USA, UK, and Russia offered security assurances to the Ukraine if it would give up its nuclear weapons.

    Ukraine did so, and now, as its country is attacked (by Russia, of course), it basically stands alone, naked.

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  14. Serious question.

    If you were Putin, would this president and his administration scare you?

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  15. Americans tend to interpret foreign events in terms of their own domestic politics. You have a stream of tweets telling us what Biden should do, however, the ball is in Europe’s court not the US. The US already exports oil but increasing it will make very little difference. Russian energy is cheaper and easier to obtain for Europe — Europe not the US will have to decide how far to take sanctions or any other response. There’s very little the US, no matter who is charge, can do without German and EU cooperation. In that sense, Friedman is as usual wrong again. But so are suggestions its Biden’s responsibility or weakness that led to the invasion — Trump or Biden, it mattered not. Its the weakness and division in Europe which made an invasion possible — without a dominating leader such as Merkel, the EU has no unity. The Anglo-American world can say and do stuff but short of going to war, its the Europeans who will decide the response. Moreover, the US is tired of endless wars– both Trump and Biden knew that hence the Afghan exit started by Trump finished by Biden.

    Much of the tweets posted by AJ are the hysterics of people trying to bring any world crisis back to US domestic affairs. He shared some from the centre-left and I’ve seen similar idiocies from the right. However, Frum is correct inflation will take off if the Europeans decide to cut the Russians out of Swift and limit their use of Russian energy. The current inflation is merely excessive profit taking by large almost monopolistic corporations, as the price of energy begins to climb, things will get difficult.

    The two articles linked at 11:05 are well worth the read especially the second one. North America and Western Europe lack an appreciation for history and religion, respectively; Eastern Europe has too much of both and especially the former. Eastern Europe also tends to have a more organic romantic view of society as opposed to the neo-lliberalism “rational” or mechanistic world which has dominated the West, especially the Anglo American world, since the Reagan era.

    A lot of people have pointed to the Budapest conference as a mistake for Ukraine. Apparently with aging nukes, they would have more respect. Its highly doubtful that antiquate nuclear missiles would work properly and its likely Ukraine would invite a massive retaliation. The other countries paid Ukraine to decommission the nukes and saved them the money to update or decommission them

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  16. Good points HRW — and yes, those two links are worth reading.

    From Noonan:

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    ~ … The point is we are not repeating history. This war is uncharted territory. So no, we’re not living through something you streamed on Netflix; you don’t know the end of the story; and if you’re in government you may or may not be Churchill, we’ll see.

    When I was a kid they used to say a coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave man but one. In time I came to think no, the imaginative die a thousand deaths, the dullard but one. You have to maintain an eye for peril and see its implications. The world is in new peril.

    On the unimaginative end of the spectrum there is J.D. Vance, a candidate for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Ohio, whose Theory of Enacted Populism apparently involves hearing the most careless thing a voter says in a diner and repeating it with an air of ingenuous self-discovery. “I gotta be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or another,” he said on Steve Bannon’s podcast. He cares about fentanyl coming over the border and killing our kids. So do a lot of us, but responsible people care about both. This is a lousy moment for mindless pandering.

    You may not care about war but war cares about you. Russia isn’t Upper Volta with a gas station; it’s Upper Volta with a gas station, the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, and a furious owner. What he does may have repercussions. If you would lead, you don’t get not to care. …

    … It was Mr. Putin’s speech the night the war began that had real menace. In an unscheduled statement on Russian television, he warned those nations that might “consider interfering” with Russia’s actions that they “will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history.”

    That was some kind of threat from a man with a nuclear arsenal and a talent for malware. It was followed by the sound of explosions in Kyiv. He is trying to scare the world.

    Sometimes leaders are mad. Sometimes they want you to think they’re mad. Sometimes both.

    What is important from the West is unity and strength—not “toughness” but strength. You don’t have to make a great show of determination if you’re really determined, you just have to be who you are.

    Mr. Putin is alone, not that he cares; everyone knows who the bad guy is in this drama. No country has said he is in the right, not one, not even China. He is alone, burnishing his credentials as a junior monster of history. ~

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  17. Right, b/c only certain nations are permitted to upgrade their nukes. 😉

    The bigger issue is the broken promises toward Ukraine, which has certainly been a problem historically for certain C & E European nations.

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  18. It’s just plain child abuse.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/rare-multisystem-inflammatory-syndrome-detected-in-vaccinated-young-lancet-study_4302140.html

    “Some vaccinated youngsters in the 12–20 age group have reported a hyper-inflammatory condition where the body’s immune system goes into overdrive and shows symptoms of fever and systemic inflammation involving multiple organ systems, according to a study published Tuesday.

    There were 5,973 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) reported to the MIS-C national surveillance system of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between May 14, 2020, and Nov. 30, 2021. MIS-C usually manifests two to six weeks after inoculation and is characterized by severe illness that requires hospitalization. The authors of the peer-reviewed Lancet study looked into data between Dec. 14, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021. Over 21 million 12 to 20-year-old individuals received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Aug. 31, 2021.

    The researchers found 21 young people with a mean age of 16 years from the demographic who showed symptoms consistent with MIS-C. Of these, 13 were male and eight were female. Out of the 21 individuals, 11 developed MIS-C after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, with the remaining 10 developing the illness after taking the second dose.”

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  19. The idea in Noonan’s article that this is a unique situation misses the obvious analogy to the Russian invasion of Georgia. Georgia like Ukraine has “frozen conflicts” which Russia has used to maintain influence and limit western/NATO involvement. With Georgia, it was to maintain the independence of South Ossetia and Akhazia but not to take over Georgia. With Ukraine, I wonder if Putin has more expansive aims — the history alluded to in the second link, makes Kiev a target as a “natural” part of Russia. If Russia goes that route, Odessa and the Black Sea coast and the land to Dnieper will be a target. Will Putin leave the nationalistic west centered in Lviv alone? a rump state perhaps or will he march to Polish borders? the area around Lviv favors defense and is highly nationalistic, the CIA was running guns and even agents to the area in the early 1950s — from 1945 to the early 1950s, Ukrainian nationalists killed about 30 000 Red Army troops. Putin’s reference to “denazification” was for domestic consumption who regard the current Lviv nationalists as a new generation of nationalists whose grandparents cooperated with the Nazis against the Red Army. (called Bandera’s men). Even some of my Polish friends recognize Putin’s point here.

    My other Polish friends see a different analogy — they look at 1939 when Poland was abandoned by the West and see the same thing happening in the Ukraine. Not sure I agree, but the Poles have been very active in their support for Ukraine — refugees, weapons, etc etc.

    Tychicus — exactly only certain countries should have nukes — that’s the idea of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty — but Isreal, South Africa, India, Pakistan, etc broke this and now any clown show can own a nuke.

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  20. Exactly, HRW, if we don’t know history, we’re doomed to . . . well, you know, repeat, or in this case possibly make it worse.

    Not sure where I stand in all this beyond the usual wait and see–there’s obviously more going on than meets the eye.

    I appreciate your perspective, along with Tychichus’, because you’ve spent time and love people far closer to the area than the rest of us.

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  21. “Right, b/c only certain nations are permitted to upgrade their nukes. 😉

    The bigger issue is the broken promises toward Ukraine, which has certainly been a problem historically for certain C & E European nations.”

    Bingo, right there.

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    No one wants war. But serious sanctions on Russia and Putin and his “leaders” personally was never exercised by the incompetent Dems led by Biden in charge. But for Ukraine, it’s too late now. NATO made promises and sold them out.

    The US is making this a habit.

    The South Vietnamese who helped us.

    Then the Kurds who helped us.

    Then the Afghanis who helped us.

    Now the Ukrainians.

    US foreign policy is the reason (but not for the reasons HRW thinks) for these betrayals, let’s face it, betrayal of our “allies” has become official policy. And we ignore the traitorous allies who never live up to their commitments either…. the French, German, Canadian….. NATO as a whole really.

    It’s embarrassing. And Putin and Xi love it.

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  22. Victor Davis Hanson has a far better take than Noonan, who once again, misses the point.

    “Putin’s Predictabilities

    It is easy to predict what the Russian president will do in any given situation. Biden is making it easier for Putin to act with aggression.”

    https://amgreatness.com/2022/02/23/putins-predictabilities/

    “For all his caginess, dissimulation, and opportunism, Vladimir Putin is more or less predictable.

    Putin’s aims? The Russian president’s two-decade dilemma has been how to reclaim the prestige and power of the former Soviet Union—but with only 75 percent of his country’s former territory and 140 million fewer people.

    When does he strike?

    First, Putin moves on neighboring former Soviet republics when the world price of oil is high, and his coffers are full. So he went into Georgia in 2008 and into Eastern Ukraine and Crimea in 2014 when he thought he had the financial wherewithal and public support to do so.

    But when the world is awash in oil, prices dip, and the United States reigns as the largest gas and oil producer, he hesitates. So he remained static between 2017 and 2020.

    Second, when the United States increases the defense budget and deters its enemies, Putin also pauses. In contrast, when America “resets” or appeases, he is emboldened.

    In 2008, the United States was battered by sky-high oil prices and bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then between2009 and 2016, President Obama went on an apology tour, cut defense spending, boasted of a new “Russian reset,” contextualized Iranian and North Korean aggression, and begged Putin to behave until Obama was reelected in 2012—in exchange for dismantling U.S. missile defense programs in Eastern Europe. Obama then invited Russia into the Middle East after a 40-year absence.

    As a result, during all those years Putin formally invaded Georgia, Eastern Ukraine, and Crimea. But between 2017 and 2020, Putin was quieter.

    In 2018, the Trump Administration killed attacking Russian mercenaries in Syria. It got out of an unfavorable missile deal with Russia in 2019. It sold offensive weapons to Ukraine. It maintained sanctions on Russian oligarchs. And it greatly increased defense spending.

    No surprise that Putin then did not threaten his neighbors with military mobilizations on their borders.

    Third, when NATO is in disarray, Putin also turns aggressive.

    The United States and NATO began bickering over Iraq and Afghanistan between 2006 and 2008. By 2009-2010, the Obama Administration was complaining that NATO members were “free riders” for not meeting their promised 2 percent annual budget investments in military readiness.

    Germany and Turkey became more belligerent and more anti-American.

    In contrast, by 2020, an unpopular and tough-talking Trump had nevertheless jawboned a petulant alliance into investing an aggregate $100 billion more in defense. More countries met their promised defense spending goals.

    Trump had sanctioned the Putin-Merkel Nord Stream 2 pipeline project that would bind Germany to fickle Russian energy deliveries.

    Again, Putin stayed mostly still.

    Fourth, when a U.S. president talks trash and yet proves anemic, Putin loses his cool at such empty bombast and turns aggressive.

    Obama repeatedly ridiculed Putin with putdowns of the Russian country and people: “Their economy doesn’t produce anything that anybody wants to buy, except oil and gas and arms. They don’t innovate.”

    Yet Obama was afraid even to sell defensive weapons to Ukraine to combat Russian aggression and had implored Putin to give him “space.””

    The weak US leadership Noonan prefers is the problem.

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  23. Like I said above. They needed serious sanctions and to personally sanction Putin and his fortune. Make it impossible for Putin and Russia to do business. But the UN, NATO, and the US under Biden are too weak for what was necessary. They opted to ease the Trump sanctions, and Putin saw it as the weakness it is. And now it’s too late.

    “NBC News: Nothing Has Slowed Down Since U.S. Sanctions On Russia…”

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  24. Putin is laughing at us.

    And he should be.

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    Priorities people.

    Theirs aren’t yours.

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    🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

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  26. These aged like milk left in the sun for a month.

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  27. Democrats suddenly discover an armed citizenry they like.

    But of course, it’s not us.

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  28. And until you find your @#$%@, you have no real weapon against Putin. Hint for you morons, oil is how they fund this. Take that away, they retreat.

    Make it hurt, or don’t bother. Putin isn’t fooled.

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  29. Biden’s probably on the phone right now begging the Russians to help, but all they will do is tell the Chinese.

    Weakness shows. And bad men see it for what it is.

    “China Eyes Taiwan As Biden Fiddles On Ukraine

    With world media focused on Putin’s aggression against Ukraine, China launches incursion into Taiwan airspace.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/02/china-eyes-taiwan-as-biden-fiddles-on-ukraine/

    “As the Russian military offensive reaches the outskirts of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, Communist China is watching the U.S. and Western response as a test case for its ambitions to annex Taiwan.

    With the world’s media occupied with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Chinese air force staged an incursion into Taiwan’s air defense zone. “Eight Chinese fighter jets and one reconnaissance aircraft on Thursday … intruded into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone,” the English language daily Taiwan News confirmed.

    Emboldened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the leading Chinese Communist Party propagandist, Hu Xijin, told Taiwan to “get used to” such acts of aggression.”

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    I’m sure a sternly worded letter will be on the way first thing Monday.

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  30. The abandonment of allies is a a bipartisan affair in the US. Trump abandoned the Kurds (probably at the request of Erdogan) and negotiate the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

    Hanson has selective memory — he fails to mention the reason Trump was impeached the first time; trying to get dirt on Biden from the Ukrainian president in exchange for weapons. NATO was in disarray during the Trump administration. On the other he correctly notes the role of gas prices. And he’s wrong when he claims Obama invited the Russians back into the Middle East — they’ve been in Syria for decades, they have a naval base in Syria.

    Canada is supporting denying Russia access to SWIFT as does the UK and to some extent the US, but this step won’t be taken unless the EU and especially Germany agree. And its hard to see that happening until the EU has a replacement for its energy needs. This isn’t a failure of Biden, US or Anglo-America but the reality facing Europe.

    Obviously Russian behaviour in Ukraine and Western reaction will have repercussions elsewhere especially Taiwan. However, the China-Russian alliance has been obvious for decades. On the other hand, the Russian people are increasingly oriented towards the West and the war is extremely unpopular among Russians especially the youth. The vision Putin has of Russia is traditional nationalism whereas the youth want to be part of the western secular modern world — a post modern world Putin sees as decadent.

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