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The Tragic Cruelty of Vladimir Putin
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot

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Posted By:MissMolly, 12/30/2012 9:02:06 AM

It is hard to overstate the cynicism and cruelty of Vladimir Putin. He is willing to use orphans as his pawns in his public-relations battle against the West. That’s no exaggeration, given that he has just signed a law forbidding Americans to adopt Russian children. Approximately 650,000 of them live in orphanages and foster care including a substantial number who are sick or disabled and are unlikely to ever find a permanent home. Russian orphanages have a reputation for terrible conditions and rampant abuse. They are some of the grimmest places to live in the industrialized world.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 12/30/2012 9:11:48 AM     (No. 9089774)

Is Putin bluffing so that Hillary and Obama can "come to the rescue?" They are birds of a feather and will scratch each other´s backs when necessary.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: fljack, 12/30/2012 9:20:16 AM     (No. 9089791)

Putin proves that the Cold War never ended, just went underground. So now the USA has three international foes: Russia, China and Muslim extremists (essentially, all of the Muslim world).

Good luck, since we are being disarmed by the fraud in chief.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Judith, 12/30/2012 9:34:05 AM     (No. 9089820)

From what I read this was a reaction by putin to one of our brain dead politicians´ crusades.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lakerman1, 12/30/2012 10:03:44 AM     (No. 9089895)

I had an interesting discussion with a psychologist who has treated adults who were russian adoptees.
She said that she and her hospital colleagues have concluded that the problems presented by those adoptees is related to the fact that little children are of little value in Russia. Instead, they are burdens.

The cynicism displayed by Putin is consistent with that valuation.

(My ELCA Lutheran pastor often does sermons on Jesus and the little children. He argues that at the time of Christ, little children were seen as burdens, of little value.
So Jesus speaks in parables about honoring little children, for that reason.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/30/2012 10:13:00 AM     (No. 9089914)

Twelve years ago, when our son and daughter-in-law began considering a foreign adoption, the agency they chose to handle it was the highly respected Edna Gladney Center. We were given a list of the available countries and the "price list". The most expensive was Guatemala (lots of palms to grease), the least costly was Russia. But I had read about the bleak conditions in Russian orphanages and worried about a child´s ability to overcome such a terrible beginning. We chose China and have never regretted it. The Chinese are careful with their babies.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/30/2012 11:39:37 AM     (No. 9090048)

"The Chinese are careful with their babies".

At least the ones who survive the forced abortions and the "dying rooms".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Idaho Spud, 12/30/2012 11:51:02 AM     (No. 9090060)

Putin is wise to keep a distance from the U.S. in all things. It is not Russia, it is not China that is waging war around the world. It is the U.S.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/30/2012 12:12:12 PM     (No. 9090089)

I suspect you understood my reference, #6. I meant the unwanted baby girls, who have been abandoned or given up, but are carefully nurtured in the government-run orphanages for foreign adoptions. I wasn´t embracing China´s policies, for goodness sake.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Conservativegirl, 12/30/2012 12:35:37 PM     (No. 9090118)

He understands that a certain level of cruelty is a strength in a world leader. Like it or not, world politics ain´t beanbag.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: dman, 12/30/2012 12:54:15 PM     (No. 9090148)

I´ve had a bit of respect for Mr.Putin in his loyalty to his country (wish we had a pResident like that), even though I totally disagree with his politics and dictatorial tendencies. That said, however: this is a bone-headed move. There are plenty of children - even white children (yes, there´s a legitimate racial element here) - in desperate need of adoption. This will only punish those in Russia´s "care".

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Penney, 12/30/2012 1:45:02 PM     (No. 9090216)

Statists have no heart, no compassion.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/30/2012 1:47:28 PM     (No. 9090219)

I didn´t think you we´re embracing China´s policies. I was simply reminding everyone of what those policies are. With 0bama running the show, we could be facing those same policies here.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Japanorama, 12/30/2012 2:45:36 PM     (No. 9090283)

The Syrian people can attest to Putin´s cruelty. He´s cynically helping Assad stay in power, at the cost of tens of thousands of Syrian lives.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: calgrammy, 12/30/2012 2:51:08 PM     (No. 9090289)

Was told by a Russian immigrant many years ago, don´t trust Putin. Once KGB always KGB.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bob913, 12/30/2012 3:54:43 PM     (No. 9090339)

Vladimir Putin was/is a KGB agent!
They ain´t known for for being warm and cuddly!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: annie xango, 12/30/2012 9:15:59 PM     (No. 9090641)

Have you looked at his eyes..cold, hard..eyes are the windows to the soul..in his case, I would suspect nothing is truer.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: LaVallette, 12/31/2012 1:13:04 AM     (No. 9090816)

"Let him who is without sin cast the first stone":

Catholic Charities´ in the USA and in England forced withdrawal from their leading role in the child adoption adoption services because of state politically correct demand that children be put out for adoption to same sex couples, regardless of the future welfare of the children and the conscientious objections of the agencies concerned..

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Reply 18 - Posted by: 4Justice, 12/31/2012 1:32:02 AM     (No. 9090825)

Putin is not only KGB, but he is also still a die-hard communist who even said that he missed the old Soviet Union and his intentions are to bring it back.

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