Madeleine Albright and Russia’s “useful idiots”

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2016/04/20 • Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov

The former secretary of state Madeleine Albright has become the focus of Russian propaganda. Well-known hysterics are discussing her villainy. Cartoonists are depicting her in the tradition of the Soviet “portraits” of foreign enemies during the Cold War.

And of course all of them — those who write and those who draw — never tire of repeating that Albright who has been “on the “dustbin of history” and would have remained unnoticed by all if not for the fact that she had offended “Great Russia” and the country’s insane leader Vladimir Putin in an interview with the Austrian Die Presse.

When Albright called Russia “Bangladesh with missiles” she reminded the Russian propagandists of the good old nickname for the Soviet Union. The Communists state was called “Upper Volta with rockets” in the civilized world. And, incidentally, it was not far from the truth.

Already a few years later, when the West reached the same conclusion, the USSR did not have long to exist (?) I do not doubt that Putin’s Russia will follow its malevolent predecessor. But in Russia they took offense at Albright not only for the “Bangladesh with missiles” and an accurate psychological characterization of Putin, whom the experienced diplomat called a “truly evil man.”

What was most important was that Albright had judged the behavior of a certain portion of the Western establishment.

“I’m really sick of the fact that people are always trying to find excuses for Russia. Russia is a country that provokes and then feels offended,” Albright told the Austrian journalists.

She gave a tough and accurate description of the politics of those who are ready to abandon Ukraine to fend for itself in the conflict with the “offended” aggressor.

Those who look for justifications for Moscow’s actions in Russia’s difficult history and the eternally victimized “Russian soul” which is usually searched for with the help of money stolen from the Russians themselves. Those who are ready to sell international law for the superfluous tank of oil.

There are plenty of such people among Western politicians, diplomats, and journalists. They are the main enemies of those values upon which the civilized world is based. They are the enemies — not Putin.

Because Putin is not hiding anything. He sends armies. He allows them to kill, torture, rape, steal. And these people pretend not to notice anything. Because they are afraid. Because they want money. Because they are the “useful idiots” of the new Fuhrer. The parents of many of them behaved in exactly the same way in the 1930s.

They preferred not to notice. They were afraid. They made excuses. Or they admired the “spirituality” — whether Nazi or Bolshevik. And then they wondered where the German tanks in Paris or Amsterdam came from or the Soviet ones in Riga and Tallinn.

It is important to understand how it happened! Perhaps we have not fully understood? Or have not grasped the Aryan soul? And then the Russian soul is a complete mystery. If not for Hitler’s idiotic attack on his ally Stalin, if not for the US entry into the war, Europe would have lost to the Reich and the flags with the swastikas could still be waving over European capitals.

But, as we can see, there have been no conclusions drawn from this inevitable defeat, and we have continued to be confronted with stupidity and betrayal until the present time. This is something that Madeleine Albright was not afraid to say. And something that we, too, must not forget.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso TV

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  • Patrick

    I believe this lady is entirely right !

    She speaks about stupidity as a reason for looking away. But it is not just stupidity. If you analyse it to its origine, the indifference originates from the good old European demon called nationalism: Not caring about other Europeans, only care about yourself. If everything is fine with you then life is simply fine no matter what happens to an other people like the Ukrainians.

    An other reason for looking away is that people long for a strong leader that solves their problems. They think Putin is such a strong leader in contrast to their weak national leaders.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      To be fair, most western “leaders” ARE weak; they’re nothing but a bunch of spineless cucumbers. We need a Truman, Churchill/Thatcher, de Gaulle, Bismarck. Unfortunately we are stuck with Obama, Merkel, Hollande and their clones in most European capitals.

      • Quartermaster

        You’ve insulted cucumbers which do have a good bit of stiffness. On the other hand, Spaghetti is pretty limp and would respond that the analogy with spaghetti would be more apropos of the situation.

    • Quartermaster

      There is nothing wrong with nationalism. Where it goes wrong is when it devolves to a criminal nature at is did with Nazi Germany, and now, Putin’s Russia, that there is a problem. Putin’s Russia is no better than Hitler’s Germany, and having nuclear weapons and ICBMs does not change that nature.
      “Bangladesh with missiles” is hyperbole, but it is illustrative of the attitude of Putin’s Russia.

  • Alex George

    “Bangladesh with missiles” – very funny!

    So Russia is afraid of an old lady. That is typical.

  • Lev Havryliv

    Bangladesh with missiles. Brilliant comment. And dead accurate.

    What a primitive, backward, repressive state Putin has turned Russia into. Russia is clearly severely underachieving considering its human and material potential.

    All because Putin wants to be the glorious conquering Russian hero who restores Russia’s lost empire.

    Why haven’t Russians seen through this fraud?

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      The citizens of Dwarfstan/Karlikstan haven’t seen through the fraud because they are too busy wallowing in collective self-pity and lethargy, like a bunch of Oblomovs.
      France, the UK, Portugal and the Netherlands lost their colonial empires and got used to it. Dwarfstan/Karlikstan has lost its colonial empire, but refuses to accept this fact. Instead Karlikstan tries to recreate its empire, but has nothing positive to offer its former colonies whatsoever. All it has to “offer” is война и кров, war and blood.

      • Lev Havryliv

        Spot on.

  • MichaelA

    Go mads!

  • Dirk Smith

    When the USA offered the olive branch to ruSSia, ruSSia’s response perfectly illustrates the nature of Muscovy. Regardless if it was Bush “sense of Putin’s soul” or Obama’s ‘reset’ initiative, the response from Moscow, full of their oil riches, was deceit, dishonesty, and lies. The Bank Rossiya mafia shows the true nature of Muscovy, which is evil. Putin, the KGB reptile that he is has simply played both administrations. Their actions never equal their words, which are always complete lies. Albright is exactly right. As was General Patton in 1945 and Mitt Romney in 2012. Muscovy is the cancer of humanity.

  • Tony

    Useful idiots, selfish or naive cowards, usually they stand for nothing and have little regard for the values upon which their countries are built, values that their ancestors have shed blood for.