Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Monday, May 09, 2005

Even A Broken Clock Is Correct Twice A Day

Putin is a dictator who uses the old canard that Russia is too big for western-style democracy to mask his Soviet-style authoritarian tendencies. In all parts of the former Soviet Union, one regulaly hears the refrain that Russia needs a strong hand to rule it. Of course, what most of us would call democracy has never been tried there and the kleptocracy that defines Russia, from its horrid imperialism to the modern day, is something at which people have quietly winked. That being said, just because I don't particularly the guy's leadership, he does get it right at times. Speaking about Bush and ideas of democracy he hits the nail right on the head and says what many of us have been saying for a long, long time.

Reiterating his view that Russia must be able to dictate its own pace of democratic development, Mr Putin took a broad swipe at the cornerstone of Mr Bush's foreign policy: "Democracy cannot be exported to some other place. [Democracy] must be a product of internal domestic development in a society."

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