Russia's Putin should not be demonised (letter)by David M. AbbottNews Weekly
, April 14, 2007
I have been a subscriber to the News Weekly
for a long period of time. However, I feel that the editorship and such commentators as Max Teichmann and lately John Miller are on a "bum steer" in their near paranoia with regard to Russia and its present leader Vladimir Putin.
in KGB uniform
Russia was an economic and political basket case in the '90s, and not much better under Boris Yeltsin. Has Putin no credit in the eyes of these commentators for the latter-day turn-around in Russia's economic fortunes and financial stability?
And all this harping on "former officer in the KGB", every single time without fail, is rather like the casting of stones at "former member of the Hitler Youth" syndrome in the case of Germans - who wasn't, under the circumstances?
Finally, Max Teichmann's toying with the over-the-top insinuations that Putin could have perpetrated the blowing up of 300 inhabitants in an apartment block so as to blame the Chechens (Straws in the Wind, News Weekly
, February 2, 2007) just shows the realms of fantasy he is willing to entertain in the cause of denigration for its own sake … shame!
Strange, is it not, that this demonic scheming man enjoys the undisputed voter support of the Russian people - how very misguided of them!David M. Abbott,