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Peter Hitchens: Forget ‘evil’ Putin – we are the bloodthirsty warmongers

The Mail Online, 21 December 2014
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“…It seemed fairly clear to me… that war had in fact been a miserable affair of fear, hunger, threadbare darned clothes, broken windows and insolent officials. And that was a victory, more or less, though my father (who fought in it) was never sure of that.

“Now I seem surrounded by people who actively want a war with Russia, a war we all might lose. They seem to believe that we are living in a real life Lord Of The Rings, in which Moscow is Mordor and Vladimir Putin is Sauron. Some humorous artists in Moscow, who have noticed this, have actually tried to set up a giant Eye of Sauron on a Moscow tower.

“We think we are the heroes, setting out with brave hearts to confront the Dark Lord, and free the saintly Ukrainians from his wicked grasp.

“This is all the most utter garbage. Since 1989, Moscow, the supposed aggressor, has – without fighting or losing a war – peacefully ceded control over roughly 180 million people, and roughly 700,000 square miles of valuable territory.

“The EU (and its military wing, Nato) have in the same period gained control over more than 120 million of those people, and almost 400,000 of those square miles.

“If anyone really is trying to punish the Russian people for being patriotic, by debauching the rouble, I cannot imagine anything more irresponsible. It was the destruction of the German mark in 1922, and the wipeout of the middle class that resulted, which led directly to Hitler.

“Stupid, ill-informed people nowadays like to compare Mr Putin with Hitler. I warn them and you that, if we succeed in overthrowing Mr Putin by unleashing hyper-inflation in Russia, we may find out what a Russian Hitler is really like. And that a war in Europe is anything but fun.”

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  1. Andrew says

    Well done to Offguardian for posting this. Part of being open to seeing the bigger picture is including all opinions that are solid, even if they are from a Daily Mail type like Peter Hitchens (who I don’t actually mind on the whole). Because a typical metropolitan guardianista might just reflexively shut their minds and wail … “on no, not Peter Hitchens from the dreaded Daily Mail, we’re not supposed to read that, or agree with it … now please brainwash us with some more Guardian Russophobia instead!”

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