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033100 [WND] Marching to Putin's drum

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    Marching to Putin s drum WorldNetDaily.com In celebration of Vladimir Putin s election, a Russian nuclear submarine launched a missile from the Barents Sea.
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      Marching to Putin's drum
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      In celebration of Vladimir Putin's election, a Russian
      nuclear submarine launched a missile from the
      Barents Sea. The missile successfully struck its
      target in Kamchatka, thousands of kilometers to
      the east. Three hours later another Russian
      submarine launched a missile from the Sea of
      Okhotsk, which successfully hit its target at the
      Nos testing ground 7,000 kilometers to the west.
      With this symbolic fanfare, the Russian military
      acknowledged its warlike leader, Vladimir Putin.

      But the election was a mere formality, and Putin
      was far from "the people's choice" that Sunday's
      voting would suggest. His popularity was
      engineered by Kremlin intrigue, through the clever
      manipulation of media images, and by a contrived
      war in Chechnya.

      The whole presidential election, in fact, was
      stage-managed from behind the scenes. It was
      managed so that Putin, a career KGB officer and
      former chief of the secret police, would be officially
      confirmed in his new appointment as head of state
      in the world's largest country. But the Russian
      public wasn't the only target of this manipulation.

      Consider the recent statement of German
      Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who said on Monday
      that Putin's election was good news for Europe.
      Schroeder believes that Putin is Germany's friend,
      and German businessmen generally agree. Since
      early January Moscow has been engaged in a
      peace offensive -- a charm blitz, full of promises
      and good intentions. The world's leading
      economists do not know this, but Russia's chief
      export is hope laced with poison. The West, in its
      turn, imports billions of dollars of this hope.

      Nearly a third of Russia's foreign debt is owed to
      the Germans. Therefore, if the Germans want to
      recover their money, if they want to escape feeling
      depressed, they need to increase their imports of
      poison-laced hope. "I assume that there is a
      chance that the Chechen conflict will now be
      resolved," said the German chancellor, hopefully.

      Schroeder further said that Germany was "satisfied"
      with Putin's election. This, he admitted, was "good
      for Russia's capacity to act." But there is no reason
      for Schroeder to be satisfied with a KGB officer,
      who spent his career working against Germany.

      Nonetheless, Schroeder hopes to build a strategic
      partnership with Russia. In this arrangement the
      Kremlin will provide gas, oil, and metals while
      Germany provides technical know-how and
      advanced machine tools.

      Russia's military industry will thereby reach a new
      plateau.
      In a telegram of congratulations to the new Russian
      president, Schroeder said, "We must use the
      strategic partnership that exists between us, more
      than ever, for the good of people in both our
      states and for the cause of European security."

      But the Germans aren't alone in this delusion.
      Prime Minister Lionel Jospin of France, who has
      been drifting ever leftward, also favors closer ties
      to Moscow. While most of Europe embraces an
      allegedly subdued version of socialism, Jospin has
      increased the number of Communists in his "pluralist
      Left" coalition from three to four. He also increased
      the number of Green radicals in order to reinforce
      his government's "capacity for action." (For some
      reason, the inclusion of Communists and KGB
      officers invariably increases one's capacity for
      action.)

      While openly acknowledging the crimes of the
      Marxist past -- the atrocities of the Communist
      east -- the French left continues to follow Marx.
      And whatever reservations they feel about Vladimir
      Putin's KGB past, they are willing to embrace him.
      French President Jacques Chirac, who is not a
      socialist, cannot resist the general trend. On the
      one hand Chirac is suspicious of the Kremlin's
      continued control of the Russian economy, yet he
      patiently listens to excuses from a parade of
      Russian emissaries. "We cannot reform because of
      X, Y and Z," they say. And Chirac seems to agree,
      after all, that Russia needs a "strong hand."

      The problem, of course, is that Chirac is going to
      be increasingly pressured to embrace Moscow. If
      the French prime minister strengthens France's ties
      to Putin, which he is likely to do, and if the
      Germans move in that direction, Chirac will be
      dragged along.

      And what about Britain?

      Prime Minister Tony Blair is a man who stays ahead
      of the curve. What he lacks in common sense he
      makes up for in energy. Therefore it is not
      surprising that he embraced Vladimir Putin long
      before Sunday's election. Blair visited Russia earlier
      this month, effectively endorsing Putin as the
      West's candidate. Blair explained the situation in
      the following terms: "Given what Russia's been
      through and given the economic task of
      reconstruction, it's not surprising (Putin) believes in
      a Russia which is ordered and strong but also
      democratic and liberal too." Blair further stated that
      the West could "do business" with Putin.

      Although the Kremlin denies planning any foreign
      trips after Putin's inauguration, the Russian
      president is thought to favor Britain as the first
      place for a visit. According to Boris Makarenko of
      the Center of Political Technologies, Putin is likely
      to visit London before he visits Berlin. In fact, Putin
      probably sees Britain as a "bridge into Europe."

      As a trained KGB officer who speaks German and
      English, Putin knows the basics of one-on-one
      manipulation. He knows that Britain and Germany,
      even more than France, are critical gateways to
      success if Russia is to break NATO into fragments
      and replace it with a Europe that stretches "from
      the Atlantic to the Urals" -- a Europe dominated by
      Moscow. This is an arrangement which Soviet
      leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Eduard
      Shevardnadze often talked about.

      Those who put their hopes on Russian democracy
      need to look at what has happened. Short-sighted
      European leaders like Schroeder and Blair are
      walking into a fatal trap. Putin is a Communist, a
      veteran of the "sword and shield" of the Communist
      Party Soviet Union. According to the Wall Street
      Journal on Monday, Putin privately refers to himself
      as Russia's anti-Gorbachev. He also describes
      himself as "a successful product of a Soviet
      citizen's patriotic education." He is the first Russian
      politician since the Soviet collapse to openly praise
      the KGB, refusing to say a word about the torture
      and misery it inflicted on the Russian people.

      According to a Feb. 20 New York Times story by
      Michael Wines, Putin arranged for a special
      ceremony at entrance 1A of the old KGB
      headquarters on Dec. 20. The ceremony involved
      the restoration of a bust and plaque honoring the
      late Soviet ruler and spymaster Yuri V. Andropov.
      Actions speak louder than words. Putin's actions
      tell us that he is a Soviet person with Soviet
      thoughts and feelings. As Communist
      revolutionaries battle for control of Colombia, as
      they trample down the people of Africa, as they
      arm themselves in China for an assault on Taiwan,
      the anti-Gorbachev appears in Russia. Is anybody
      noticing?

      Representative Chris Cox, who heads a special
      working group on Russia for the speaker of the
      House, was in Russia on Sunday to watch the
      elections. Some say that Mr. Cox is the smartest
      man in Congress. But even an intelligent man can
      be trapped into a foolish way of talking. Such has
      become obligatory with regard to Russia. On
      Sunday Cox said, "I hope that the United States
      and Russia can (fill in the blanks with whatever
      nonsense you like)."

      Cox offered lip service to the errors of Schroeder,
      Jospin and Blair. He said that Russia and America
      "are no longer posing a threat to each other." He
      said that "we must depart from the habit of
      regarding bilateral relations between the Russian
      Federation and the United States through a prism
      of national security problems."
      But Russia has thousands of nuclear missiles, and
      they aren't aimed at Venezuela. In recent years
      Russia has violated a number of treaties -- not the
      least of which involves the production of biological
      weapons, the proliferation of nuclear and missile
      technology to rogue states like Iran, and blatant
      violations of the ABM treaty. But the catalogue of
      hostile Kremlin actions count for nothing in the
      warped group-think of Western leaders. These are
      people who live on pure unadulterated hope.

      Vladimir Putin's election is not an occasion for
      wishful thinking. Instead, his election is an occasion
      for strengthening our own defenses. But no
      Western politician has dared to connect all the
      dots, and until such a politician emerges we will
      continue to march toward destruction.

      J.R. Nyquist is a WorldNetDaily contributing editor
      and author of 'Origins of the Fourth World
      War.'
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