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Putin/Ukraine is NOT like Hitler/Poland – but there is a comparison to be made

Compare: the Cuban Missile Crisis was about Russian missiles being placed on the border of the United States – and the Ukraine crisis is about Nato troops being placed on Russia’s border.

How typical of the jingoists in the UK media to start comparing Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler over his invasion of Ukraine.

Don’t get me wrong – This Writer and This Site do not approve of the invasion; it should not have happened and represents a failure of democracy, on both sides.

But now that it has happened, it seems some opportunistic, unscrupulous commentators are keen to skew public opinion by presenting a false comparison of Russian president Vladimir Putin with the 20th century German dictator Adolf Hitler.

“It’s 1939 all over again,” they say. “Like Hitler, Putin is a dictator who thinks the West will try to appease him, no matter what he does. So he annexed the Crimea like Hitler annexed the Sudatenland – and now he has invaded Ukraine like Hitler invaded Poland.”

Well, the Crimea is a complicated matter. It was handed to Ukraine by Nikita Kruschev – himself a Ukrainian – because he believed the country of his birth had had a rough time of it in the USSR. Many believed he was wrong to do this and now believe Putin was right to take it back.

The comparison of Ukraine with Poland is similarly twisted – and I wonder if that is at least partly to take attention away from the fact that there is a much more appropriate comparison to be made – with the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Instead of comparing Putin with Hitler, we should be drawing parallels with US president John F Kennedy.

In 1962, Kennedy narrowly avoided a nuclear war over the positioning of a Russian missile base in Cuba – right on the border of the United States. He was able to negotiate with Kruschev (for it was he, again) for the dismantling of the base in return for certain reassurances and the crisis was averted.

Putin has stated all through the Ukraine crisis that he was concerned about the positioning of Nato troops on Russia’s borders, which he sees as a threat to his nation’s security – just as Kennedy saw Soviet ballistic missiles sited on Cuba as a threat to the United States.

Fortunately for Kennedy, Kruschev was a reasonable man – or at least, more reasonable than current US president Joe Biden, UK prime minister Boris Johnson, and Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg have been.

If we’re going to make comparisons, let’s make them accurate. And this one certainly casts a different complexion on the current crisis.

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New blue Brexit passports are made in Poland by a French-Dutch firm. Satire is dead

The old-style British passport. The new version is to be made entirely in the European Union by an EU-based company.

What else is there to say?

The iconic blue passport has become a symbol of the UK’s departure from the European Union for many people.

I wonder if these Brexiteers will be proud to brandish their new UK passports, in the knowledge that they have been manufactured entirely in the EU?

That’s Tory privatisation for you! They sold off our national resources, so foreign firms bought them – and will keep them, no matter whether we’re in the EU or not.

Source: Blue Brexit passports, made in Poland, unveiled by UK government – CNN

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Daniel Kawczynski’s Brexit appeal to Poland – so much for sovereignty and ‘taking back control’

Daniel Kawczynski: He really wants sovereignty for the UK but seems to have a problem understanding what sovereignty means.

So here’s Daniel Kawczynski: A confirmed Brextremist, he is dead set on the UK regaining its sovereignty on March 29 and making decisions for itself, rather than relying on any of the nations in the European Union.

And here’s the same Daniel Kawczynski – Polish-born Tory MP for Shrewsbury – proudly telling us he’s relying on the Polish Government to impose its will on the UK by preventing us from extending the date of Brexit to a later date; if the UK approves an extension, the EU would have to approve it too – otherwise it couldn’t happen. Here he is:

It’s great to see such a complete absence of self-awareness, isn’t it?

Even better to see so many people enjoying it too. Here‘s Daisy Ecksamania: “This is actively encouraging a foreign power to interfere in UK national affairs, which I would say is tantamount to treason

I love this one – Dr Karen QueueJumper Schafheutle: “Working with a foreign government to subvert the will of the UK parliament. And you put it in a tweet.”

Mike Vine: “We are now at the point where a serving MP openly boasts about working with a foreign government (a pretty extreme right wing one at that) against the interests of this country! Surely there must a word for such activities with associated legal sanctions!”

“The Amazin’ Chris Graylin'” had a new perspective: “Good plan. Could we reach out to France, Germany, Italy, etc as well. In fact, perhaps we could formalise this reaching out with some sort of permanent agreement that all the Euro countries agree to help each other out. Will put it to the PM, this could be a winner.”

London John told us all why he thinks Mr Kawczynski is keen on hard Brexit:

… and Huw Peach told us what happened when he told the public about it: “After I posted the same Private Eye article last summer, Mr Kawczynski asked by DM for my phone no, called me up & shouted at me for about 20 minutes, saying I was bringing politics into the gutter & that I was responsible for him being attacked in

(I’m not giving out my own phone number but I can’t wait for that call. I only hope I’m quick enough to be able to record it all!)

The worst of it is, he clearly doesn’t even understand how he has brought all this ridicule on himself. But we’re back to the self-awareness thing again.

And this is how Brexit happened: Complete lack of self-awareness by Tories.

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