Everything written in these pages is based on personal experience. Overall, this is the way I remember what happened. And everything, of course, is based on actual events. Unfortunately.
“How long do you think you would have been able to continue, before you were totally and literally silenced?
I have written 9 books on abuse of power and in many cases I have portrayed Western military operations as suspicious and failed. For that reason, many have realized that I deserve to hear all about how Putin and his regime are doing the right thing now. My mailbox is flooded with such input. I have therefore written the following which is my opinion on how we must not be fooled by this.
One can not defend Putin’s methods by referring to something one is against.
Many people agree that what has been done and is still being done by the United States (and other Western countries) in Serbia and Iraq and Libya and Syria and the connections they have in countries such as the Arab Emirates, etc. is strongly to criticize. I myself have written books about what happened in Kosovo and there is no doubt that there was abuse of power and hidden agendas and very little democratic great power play by Western powers.
But having the opportunity to criticize precisely Western powers’ attempts to control the development of other countries is something I and you and others can do without risking anything more than a little harsh replies from people who think otherwise. Beyond that, we are allowed to raise our voice freely.
It also means that we can have two thoughts in our head at the same time. Defending Putin’s methods by referring to something you oppose is not the way to do it. Putin’s war on Ukraine can never be accepted or justified based on what other countries have done wrong in the past.
An example is to imagine a scenario where you had said and written the same thing as you do here, (in my mailbox or my Fb feed or open in Fb) but in Putin’s Russia, with criticism of his regime.
How long do you think you would have been able to continue, before you were totally and literally silenced?
On a permanent basis?
(Or who do you want to be at the age of 96?) Restarting your life (or reinventing it), sounds like an American “pull yourself together”
Everything written in these pages is based on personal experience. Overall, this is the way I remember what happened. And everything, of course, is based on