What are your honest thoughts on Vladimir Putin?
Is he as bad as the West makes him out to be?
My video response to the topic below:
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“Who is your biggest man crush?” I was once asked “Vladimir Putin” I said without hesitation. Putin is not what you would call a conventionally good looking man but the definition of “big crush” goes beyond the physical. It’s other elements that make someone memorable and fascinating that leads to the crush.
Vladimir Putin is not a good boy. But does that really matter? Does one have to be “good” in order to be enamoring, fascinating and attractive? NO. These things aren’t so rational and certainly not always moralistic.
Let’s look at the major strikes against his name:
-The alleged war crimes in Ukraine and Georgia.
– Alleged invasion and illegal annexation of Crimea.
-Alleged war crimes in Syria.
-Allegations of corruption and electoral fraud.
-Anti LGBTI Propaganda laws.
-Falling economy due to international sanctions.
-Allegations of murdering political opponents.
-Suppression of free media.
Despite all of the above, he still remains my biggest man crush. I shall tell you why:
I’ve often heard people refer to him as a dictator. To call him a dictator is placing him in the same category as Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini, which is incorrect. He is not even comparable to Fidel Castro or Juan Peron. He is best described as a statesman. Hence, It’s incorrect to call Russia a dictatorship. There is the regulation of the media, but Russia is more or less a democratic country, freedom of speech for citizens exists.
He is extremely popular with the Russian people, with approval ratings at record highs. He was first elected in 2000 then re-elected in 2012. Yes, the control of the media may have something to do with this, but I believe a core reason for his support comes from the effects of Boris Yeltsin’s presidency.
Yeltsin abused Russia economically, politically and socially. Yeltsin was also a frequent public drunk. The people generally grew to hate him so the next President needed to be the opposite to Yeltsin, not only in public appearance but in manner and policies. Putin seemingly gave them that.
Even though US and EU sanctions on Russia have hurt the economy, it hasn’t hurt his public approval rating. He is credited with bringing economic prosperity, improving the military muscle of Russia, and developing greater economic and military relations with Asia. Apparently a majority of Crimeans saw the annexation of Crimea as a positive development.
Even though I disagree with Putin’s LGBTI propaganda laws, the West seems to misunderstand the policy. It is not illegal to be gay in Russia nor a punishable offence. It’s illegal to propagandize material that promotes “non traditional” sexuality and sexual relationships to minors. Why is the US so critical of the Russian policy yet has nothing to say about Saudi Arabia’s policy on homosexuality, where its illegal and punishable by torture and death?
Vladimir Putin has always been such an imposing figure for me: Intelligent, intense and powerful. He is a man from humble beginnings that became a KGB operative , which lead to an impressive career in international affairs and politics. He’s extremely disciplined and hard working, in both his personal and professional life. His work ethic and ruthless focus is a mass aphrodisiac for me. Is he shameless? Yes. But he’s a lot more upfront than so many other politicians.
He staunchly stands up to the West and highlights the way that they overly demonize him and Russia to suit their own agenda. He’s made the US and NATO look weak in the Syrian region. His increased bombings of ISIS forces made it appear that he was making greater inroads into destroying ISIS than the US.
He’s also implied that the Bush administration are behind the creation of ISIS and the Obama administration have continued to utilize them in their efforts of wanting to replace the Assad regime. Hence, the US aren’t really out to stop ISIS in the Syrian region because they are doing the work that the US wants.
Putin’s exposure and bombing of the infrastructure that Turkey and ISIS were using to illegally trade in oil was rather awe-inspiring. Why didn’t the US pick up on that one? That is the real core reason why Turkey shot down that Russian army plane.
His alliance with Assad in Syria may seem questionable. I believe Putin thinks its better to have a government in place as opposed to no government at all. He was not for the US invasion of Iraq OR the removal of Saddam Hussein. Is he trying to avoid another Iraq situation? Possibly,though its obvious that he has his own vested interests in the Syrian situation.
The west continues to enjoy over vilifying him but this is not surprising considering their history with Russia. Is he really any worse than any US president? If we are to look at the overall picture, does any US president have hands that are any cleaner than Vladimir Putin?
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