I wasn’t the first, nor will I be the last person to equate Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent incursions into the Ukraine with the early days of Hitler.
While there are some obvious contradictions between the two, there are also striking similarities that should concern us all.
The end of the Cold War and downfall of the Soviet Union was seen as a victory for freedom around the world. For the most part, the breakaway republics conducted free and open elections and allowed their citizens the right to self-determination. We all cheered, even though it was messy in places.
In Putin’s Russia, this was seen as a defeat. A horrible loss that embarrassed his country on the world stage, and led by the United States, made Russia look weak and ineffectual. So he (and the Russian ruling class) bided their time. Twenty years ago they were not strong enough to do anything about it. Now, they are, AND they perceive the United States as preoccupied and not particularly interested in a fight. And he may have a point.
So like Hitler, Putin is a leader who promises his people to right the wrongs of the last war (World War I vs. Cold War), stand up to the “bullies” who were at the root of their humiliation (America in both cases) and restore his countries rightful place as the world’s greatest superpower (Germany vs. Russia).
And like Hitler, the more the world threatens and shakes their fist at him, the stronger he becomes to his people. Vladimir Putin is the ONE RUSSIAN ON THE PLANET who can stand up to Obama, NATO and the UN … and the Russians love it.
We saw what happened when the world attempted to reason with Hitler and appeased his ever-increasing hostility. It remains to be seen how Putin will respond to the threats of sanctions and resolutions, but I think it’s fair to say we probably won’t like his decisions. And he’s just fine with that.
- Stretches and exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome
- The best Major League ballparks have their own personality
- Comparing the best regular seasons: The '96 Bulls and '16 Warriors
- 3 Arizona road trips and the vehicles to get you there
- Colon cancer is preventable. Check these signs and symptoms to stay healthy.
- 6 of the biggest skin cancer myths
- Affordable small home makeover ideas
- Locals helping locals: 6 success stories you need to know about
- Sunscreen facts that could save your life
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Overlooked water tips to save you money
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food
- 5 spring cleaning spots everyone forgets
- 5 reasons to look forward to watching the D-backs this season
- Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers
- 5 signs it’s time to end your timeshare ownership
- 3 most overlooked ways to keep your home healthy
- 6 ways the air in your home could be making you sick
- CrossFit dangers: 5 common injuries and how to deal with them
- Today's radiation treatments offer better success, fewer side effects
- Tips to make watching TV on the patio even better
- What really happens when you donate to a community college?
- Sun and skin cancer: Separating fact from fiction
- 5 critical lifestyle changes for a healthy colon