Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Obama adviser compares Putin to Hitler

Hmm. I guess there's no ambiguity in his mind as to who's to blame for the mess in Soviet Central Asia...

The foreign policy adviser of US presidential candidate Barack Obama has called on the world community to isolate Russia in protest over its campaign in the Caucasus, likening its tactics to those of "Hitler or Stalin".

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was the national security adviser under President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981, and is now advising the Democratic candidate, said the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin, was "following a course that is horrifyingly similar to that taken by Stalin and Hitler in the 1930s".

He said that Putin's "justification" for splitting up Georgia - because of the Russian citizens living in South Ossetia - could be compared to when Hitler used the alleged suffering of ethnic Germans in the Sudetenland as a pretext for annexing Czechoslovakia in 1938.

From here. I suppose there are similarities, but there are much more recent examples of similar justifications for military action, which Mr. Brzezinski seems to have forgotten about. And in any case, Russia doesn't seem to be interested in occupying Georgia:

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an end to military operations against Georgia, the Kremlin says.

He told officials he had decided to end the campaign after restoring security for Russian citizens and peacekeepers in South Ossetia.

From the Beeb. I don't recall the Nazis pulling out of the rest of Czechoslovakia after securing the Sudetenland, which sort of weakens Brzezinski's analogy, don't you think?

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