Op-Ed: Putin replaces ISIS and Ebola as public enemy No. 1

Posted Sep 20, 2014 by Robert Weller
Even as there were growing signs of peace in the Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the war path as far afield as the Bering Straits and Sweden/Finland.
Napoleon crossing the Alps  oil on canvas by Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825)
Napoleon crossing the Alps, oil on canvas by Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825)
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He has sent his out-of-date warplanes to harass NATO and its allies, even the lumbering old Bear bombers.
His Navy has tested a new nuclear missile.
God forbid what will happen if he every finds out that ISIS wants him dead.
Without his maskirova intervention in Crimea, much of what has followed may not have happened. The ruble has reached the level of World currencies.
His vaunted, but self-exploding tanks, aren’t the reason he has gotten so much attention in the mainstream media. It is an unprecedented propaganda. There is no like his minions won’t tell.
The mainstream media was vulnerable because of its disgust with George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq. The Internet media and others have been filled with moles, trained in old-fashioned rehabilitation centers. The leadership of Russian media has been defenestrated.
Soon the Internet will be blocked, he has hinted. Not as easy at it might seem, but somewhat effective.
Only in the West does the media pride itself on attacking those who preserve its freedom.
“The significance of Moscow-spun propaganda needs to be recognized and should not be underestimated. Much of the point of view of that propaganda has insinuated itself into and been internalized by the Western media, complementing Russia’s military tactics in achieving Putin’s expansionist goals,” writes Avik Roy.
“A well-known leadership phenomenon is the quarrel with their neighbors if they want to strengthen their power position. Psychological research dating back from the 70s shows that if the position of a leader in a group is not stable, these leaders often choose to attack another group. There is nothing better for the unity of a country than going to war. And Putin must know that the conflict in Ukraine provides such an opportunity for Russia,” writes Psychology Today.