The Modernist wrote:Absolutely, I wouldn't disagree with any of that - but that the west is often hypocritical and even duplicitous in its foreign policy doesn't change the essential nature of Putin's regime.
In what way is the presumed fact (I'm not disputing it, the man is clearly a criminal) that someone is a tyrant in his country in any way the legitimate concern of any other state? You'd be hard pressed to find any nation in the world that is not ultimately ruled by criminal concerns dedicated to their own enrichment. And there is absolutely nothing any of us can do about this, so why spend a minute of our precious lives getting upset and ansty about it.
I don't believe Jimbo is always 'wrong', I just think he's driven up a bind alley and is determined that the best way out is by demolishing the buildings ahead of him by running at them head first
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