(Video) Hitler and Chamberlain, Putin and Obama

Posted by: Phineas on June 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Obama as Chamberlain

(Photo via Israel Matzav)

I’ve been saying for years, almost since the Jihadi War began, that the state of international relations gives me a “1930s vibe,” a feeling that we may be on a path toward another World War. That feeling has come and gone as the years passed, as I’m sure it did for those living in the 30s, but it’s never quite gone away. In fact, Russia’s predatory moves toward Ukraine have brought that feeling roaring back, the parallels being striking.

Bill Whittle has noticed the same trends and, in this video for Truth Revolt, compares a lion, a bear, and two lambs:

But it’s not Russia that worries me most, unless it’s in combination with other powers. Russia is a dying state, its demographic trends signalling serious future decline. Its military, outside of special elite units, just isn’t all that good, and, while they’ve made steps to rebuild, they’re still  a long way off. (They had trouble mobilizing the limited forces they used to assault Georgia in 2008.) Their economy is far too dependent on natural resources, especially oil, but Russian oil is notoriously expensive to extract. Fracking technology in the West promises to cut the legs out from under Putin and his successors as it drives the price of oil and gas down, making Russia’s less marketable.

China concerns me more: a rising power with a strong hyper-nationalist faction, an aggressive foreign policy, and a strong sense of (as Bill notes about Russia) historical grievance. Some incident in the South or East China Seas could easily be the spark for a major conflagration.

And then there’s Iran: a fascist theocracy that has promised to destroy Israel and is desperately seeking its own nuclear weapons to do just that.

We face a bear, a dragon, and a lion, while we are lead by lambs.

Yep. I have a bad feeling about this.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    After WWI (’14-’18) and the Bolshevik Revolution (’17), which WWI catalyzed, the border between Russia and Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus was set along what is known as the Curzon Line.

    During WWII, in January of ’42 while the embers of Pearl Harbor were still hot, Stalin began making a pitch for territory keeping this same border. FDR and Churchill agreed to this at the conferences in Tehran and Yalta. Stalin later took over Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania to serve as “buffer states” to prevent another attack from the west like Hitler’s assault on Stalingrad in ’41.

    Since that time, those borders have been kept along the Curzon Line or some close variation of it.

    Putin is a Czarist at heart and is attempting to relive the former glory days of the Soviet regime. As stated above, he is adept at picking his fights in the process because of his realization Russia is no longer a superpower but a regional bully. Now if he would only come to the realization he is no Stalin.