Vladimir Putin is the 21st century’s Hitler—a tyrant who solipsistically defines rationality in terms of his own shifting understanding of the concept.

Peace in Europe is impossible as long as Vladimir Putin remains Russia’s leader.

As both the biggest obstacle to peace and the key source of potential war, Putin has become the main threat to Russia’s neighbors and the West. But what, exactly, motivates him?

Analysts are divided over the reasons for Putin’s foreign policy moves. Some see them as being grounded in his realist fears of Western strategic encirclement. Others root them in his authoritarian regime and imperialist ideology.

Putin’s most striking feature, however, is his unpredictability. Were his foreign policy grounded in some discernible logic, his moves would be predictable and ex post facto explicable. But his ability to constantly surprise his domestic constituents and the world demonstrates that his moves are not grounded in any one logic or strategy.

To the contrary, they appear to be rooted in his personal whims. As Russia’s undisputed dictator, he can do whatever he decides is right, regardless of whether it promotes Russia’s interests or harms those of his perceived enemies.

In this sense, Putin is the 21st century’s Hitler—a tyrant who solipsistically defines rationality in terms of his own shifting understanding of the concept.

Russia’s recent military buildup and saber-rattling on Ukraine’s borders are a case in point. Do they portend war? Are they merely intended to intimidate? No one knows, and every interpretation is pure speculation about what is really going on in Putin’s head.

The same holds true for Putin’s latest provocation: the supposed neutralization of groups of Ukrainian terrorists in Crimea by the Russian security service. Putin’s claim that Kiev is now resorting to terrorism follows directly from his earlier characterization of Ukraine’s post-Viktor Yanukovych democratic government as fascist.

Is the provocation a prelude to an all-out attack along the lines of Hitler’s after the notorious Gleiwitz incident of 1939, in which German commandos dressed as Poles attacked a German border radio station? Or is it intended to scare Russians into supporting Putin’s party in the September parliamentary elections? Or is the provocation a signal to the West and Kiev that Putin is angry and will lash out?

No one knows, and it’s not inconceivable that even Putin does not know.

Is Putin rational? The answer depends on what is meant by rationality. If rationality means doing the morally right thing, then Putin is rational only in some twisted, immoral world. If rationality entails finding the best means to enhance one’s ends, however disreputable they might be, then Putin must qualify as deeply, disturbingly irrational.

After all, has Russia’s power and status in the world increased since Putin went to war against Ukraine? Has its economic standing improved? Has his own position become stronger?

Putin almost certainly would answer yes to each of these questions (Germany’s Fuehrer also believed that final victory was at hand, even as his country was ablaze), but a dispassionate analysis would suggest the opposite is true.

Finally, if rationality entails understanding the relationship between actions and consequences, between causes and effects, then Putin must qualify as irrational—not because he gets that relationship wrong, but because he appears to believe that actions have no consequences and causes have no effects. Hence, his unpredictability.

The comparison with Hitler is strong stuff, of course, but it’s high time Western policymakers realize that they are dealing with a man who could blithely start a world war because his position of supreme power for close to two decades has led him to believe that he is Russia.

What the 18th century Scottish philosopher David Hume once said about rationality applies with full force to Putin: It is “not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger.” Indeed, the fact that a full-scale military assault against Ukraine, Belarus or Estonia appears to make no sense is precisely why Putin could do it.

While one must negotiate with irrational leaders, the only thing that can keep them in check—possibly—is preparedness. Their promises are as meaningless as their declarations of peace, and appeasement only whets their appetites. Only a strong military and a determined policy of containment has any chance of keeping them in bounds.

German Social Democrats like to say that security in Europe is impossible without Russia. That may be true. But so, too, is the claim that peace in Europe is impossible with Putin.

He will have to go, one way or another, for peace-loving Europeans to breathe easier again.





  1. MekensehParty Avatar

    I’m not sure Putting is unpredictable, I think he’s very predictable and the events have proven just that. He fell in each and every trap that was set for him, and when you fall in a trap you ARE predictable. He won absolutely nothing in all his “unpredicted” adventures, and lost a lot in each. Russia is fighting on multiple fronts with no clear endgame in sight. Russia is in a recession. Russia is disliked by the world more than ever. And even Putin himself needed to cheat to win the elections. Will he try to invade NATO countries? He can always try… but that is a trap that means the end of Russia as we know it, because there is no doubt that such an “unpredictable” move has been predicted for decades now and the tools and plans are in place to turn it into a huge failure bringing death and devastation to all of Russia.
    Now is he the modern Hitler? For the sake of humanity I sure hope he won’t lead the world into the same path. But if he does, one thing is sure, he will have the same fate as Hitler.

    1. You master the American narrative like a 6 year old India boy masters words at spelling bee. Bravo habibti.

      Russia, Syria and the rest of the Middle East is in its current state thanks of the West – and by West, I mean the UK and her two whore daughters the USA and Israel. Filthy sluts. Not that you give a flying duck but the economical sanctions against Russia were/are not only illegal, they have also been backfiring at Europe. But hey, who cares that the EU (and rest of the world) suffer, as long as Americans have plenty of cheap oil to drive to Walmart, stock up on microwavable/junk food and medication. The world does not dislike Russia, the mainstream media of the West demonize Russia like they did everybody else they invaded to slaughter. Russia’s invasion of NATO countries is another Western lie – they move military to Russia’s border and they blame Russia.

      What’s absolutely mind boggling is that you actually wish to see the death and devastation of all Russia. You despicable maniac. What has modern Russia done to the US or the EU? Don’t you see that the West want to invade Russia to loot its vast natural resources like they did every where else?

      Hitler’s faith was not suffering. As attested by the FBI’s declassified documents (https://vault.fbi.gov/adolf-hitler/adolf-hitler-part-01-of-04/view), he was escaped to Argentina where he enjoyed a cozy retirement. Adolf was not any different than today’s boogey men (bin Laden et al.): the thesis of the warmongers’ Hegelian tactic. The anti-thesis being, of course, ‘Murica and the synthesis, their agenda disguised as “saving the world”.

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        so not only you insist on sending me Iranian virused links but you rant on and on as if I will read your nonsense. You can say what you want, nobody cares to hear what those on the wrong side of history have to say.

        1. The link in question is the FBI’s …


          I was talking to you – why do you include “others”?

          1. MekensehParty Avatar

            I don’t even know what you’re talking about…

          2. Playing dumb?

            You said: not only you insist on sending me Iranian virused links

            The link is the FBI’s website showing declassified documents on Hitler’s escape to South America.

            Here it is again: https://vault.fbi.gov/adolf-hitler/adolf-hitler-part-01-of-04/view

          3. MekensehParty Avatar

            I repeat I’d rather put a bullet in my computer before following any of your virused links
            What’s with you and hitter lately? Did you run out of misargurments? Dr. Maher is too busy in Aleppo to update the grain of sand?

          4. I once clicked on one of Hind Dumbyad’s links. The first thing I saw was David Duke’s face. 🙂

          5. MekensehParty Avatar

            her only Amberialist hero 😉

          6. I guess she has more. Her conditions for a date are not that discriminating: the guy has to love Assad, Nasrallah and Putin. And hate you-know-who, that goes without saying. 🙂

          7. Look at your coward attacking the person when you have nothing else to say. She’s “more of a man” than you will ever be. (Being the kunt you are, you will most likely comment on this symbolical/metaphorical part). You’re nothing but a PU$$Y who throws tantrums to anyone you disagree with. You have provided absolutely nothing but drivel and see this place as an opportunity to make virtual friends. You pathetic milksop.

          8. I’m not attacking “a person”. I’m mocking an exceedingly stupid Assad and Hezbollah apologist who also (unsurprisingly) happens to suffer from a severe form of the Joo Derangement Syndrome. Her sex is totally immaterial in the matter, as is yours.

          9. You did attack her personally with your idiotic reference to “date”. Man up.

          10. Yawn. How can somebody be even dumber than clinically imbecilic Hind-Parts? And yet somehow you manage to break new records of stupidity on a daily basis. You are like the eighth wonder of the world, pal. 🙂

          11. How many comments do you have on YaLibnan? Whatever that is, 99.9% of is nothing but insults and personal attacks. You have not written not comment that brought anything of value. Your goal here is to dilute threads and troll.

          12. “How many comments do you have on YaLibnan? ”

            What do you care? Cockroaches can’t count anyway. The whole concept is totally meaningless to them.

            “Your goal here is to dilute threads and troll.”
            Wrong again. My goal (one of them, anyway) is to spray the Resisters’ ugly mugs with pure, undiluted urine.

          13. me: “Your goal here is to dilute threads and troll.”

            you: My goal (one of them, anyway) is to spray the Resisters’ ugly mugs with pure, undiluted urine.

            Hmmm; right.

          14. MekensehParty Avatar

            You’d be surprised to learn that at one point hind had a crush on another blogger that probably blew herself somewhere in Islamic state Iraq. Her name was barabie and later she changed it to O. You should have seen their heated exchanges, a true passionate couple, and while each was part of an antagonist fanatic stream, they both hated you-know-who, which finally got them to fall in a love/hate relationship. I have to say that barabie was true to her principles and much less of a coward than hind hiding in Canada. As soon as Islamic state became a country, she moved to Mosul, got transferred to raqqa and went silent from there. Probably a suicide mission… Hind was inconsolable…

          15. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            haHah…that’s a funny story..can’t stop laughing. O’Barabie was passionately stalking me like Y K..
            she-he contacted ISIS

            O – Hind Abyad • a year ago
            Sweetie it wasn’t a threat but a promise. Contact the Canadian government.
            • Reply•Share ›

            Hind Abyad – O • a year ago
            Contact ISIS
            • Reply•Share ›

          16. MaImequer0 Avatar

            Sweetie.. you must be:
            the village idiot ☻☻☻

          17. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            An effeminate man who lies cowardly, it was a video that had nothing to do with your
            David Duke..there are plenty of videos, also porn happen to be on YouTube columns. YaKhara

          18. Repeating that it’s a viruses link doesn’t make it so. Search for yourself online: “FBI Hitler” and see for yourself, it’s there in FBI’s website.

            You wrote “Now is he the modern Hitler?” I responded. Hitler was just a Zionist pawn. Understanding that he did not die in his bunker and was escaped to South America should arise doubt about what really happened in WWII.

          19. MekensehParty Avatar

            lolololol Hitler a Zionist pawn?????
            Your reflection in the mirror must be ashamed of being identified as you

          20. You non-sensical childish remark adds nothing.

            Correct: a Zionist pawn who was introduced to both officials in the White House and the Zionist German business elite by Ernst Hanfstaengl. We’re told he died in his bunker but the analysis of his DNA (done in the USA) in 2009 showed it was not his. The fact that the FBI declassed documents attesting he was escaped to South America adds to the credibility of the “official” story the world has been fed.

            Hitler’s meeting the Mufti was also not coincidental – it fits perfectly in the scheme of liberating Palestine in the theater of WWI and creating the hostile environment for the jews in Europe with WWII.

          21. The retard should be encouraged to post more of this hilarious shit. People might even start reading what he writes. 🙂

          22. MekensehParty Avatar


          23. MekensehParty Avatar

            For Zarkon’s sake stop giving me ammunition
            I’m really bored of making a fool out of you, you’re just too easy.
            Even hind eventually felt ashamed and started learning to count in the hope of recovering lost logic.

          24. Your “ammunition” is nothing but the parroting of the forced-fed history and stories. I don’t remember you making a fool out of me, but I do remember your endless comments where you say nothing to prove me wrong. Not sure what Hind has to do here but I guess you need to include others to support your drivel.

          25. MekensehParty Avatar

            You say plenty enough to prove yourself not only wrong but ridiculous. Why would I add any effort to what you prove by yourself.

          26. Said the guy who believes the USA is saving the world. The irony.

          27. MekensehParty Avatar

            #1 civilization by a landslide and on all levels
            Where do you rank again? Pre-caveman? Pre-apes? Even those human ancestors had some shame and got rid of their garbage…

          28. Civilization? Bwahahaha. Oscar Wilde said it best …

            America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.

            Regardless haboob, why so angry all the time? You are Lebanese. You are from Lebanon. Nothing will change that. A rat can go from A to B, it’s still a rat. I used a rat as an example, don’t get it personal. Moving to the USA does not make you an American.

          29. MekensehParty Avatar

            Here’s something the Mekenseh said:
            American was never a nationality. It’s a state of mind.
            Addendum: you first need a mind to understand what I just said

          30. Hahaha. Keep it up habibti, soon they will put your first and last name next to that sentence.

          31. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Oscar Wilde died in 1900 before the first evidence of the expression in English emerged.

          32. Correct – several people said it and thus, the rightful author remains uncertain.


            The essence/meaning of the quote, nonetheless, remains perfectly accurate.

          33. Rudy1947 Avatar

            You were quite certain and wrong.

          34. Copy pasted from the link page.

          35. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Nice edit.

          36. Of course.

          37. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            You’re drunk MinotaurParty.

          38. MaImequer0 Avatar

            He sweetie, what’s under your veil?
            still sending 514 terrorist supporting posts daily from Montreal?☻☻☻

          39. Are you even sure he has a reflection? Have you seen “The Strain”? 🙂

            “Understanding that he did not die in his bunker and was escaped to South America should arise doubt about what really happened in WWII.”
            Lebanese hash is phenomenal, from what I hear. 🙂

          40. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad


            The Kingdom of God – to Nazism –
            By Jerry Klinger

            After World War I, the British sent the Templars packing, but members of the sect were later allowed to return.

            They were banished for a second and final time when their Nazi connections were discovered in the late 1930s.

          41. And? What’s your point?

          42. MekensehParty Avatar

            No point, she just felt Iike crapping out information that are roaming in the emptiness between her ears, without knowing why she said them and how they relate to the conversation.
            See what I mean by a good old mazzeh brainwash?
            So many side effects

          43. You are right, these people do tend to develop incontinence pretty early in life. They should be forced to wear adult diapers.

          44. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Just see your natural IQ wake curiosity:-)

            Jerry Klinger is President of the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation

    2. Hope you’re right. The problem seems to be not Putin’s prowess, but rather the West’s lack of will to confront him. As long as the appeasement goes on, he’ll continue his rampage.

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        I’m not sure (crippling) sanctions are an appeasement. There is a whole new strategy since 2008: why bring a country no matter its size to its knees with bombs when you can bring it to its knees with a simple stroke on the SWIFT list.
        Putin has been trying for over a decade to create an alternative to the US controlled SWIFT system because he knows too well that this is the weapon of the century, much more dangerous than any nuclear arsenal.
        And I’m not talking about the Obama oil policy…
        Hurt the pocket and everything will crumble without a drop of blood

        1. The clash between Russia and the Venetians (aka, today’s West) is nothing new. It dates back to the Crusades when the Venetians used French Knights to invade and loot Constantinople (the Orthodox Christian City).

          1. MekensehParty Avatar

            if you feel like unloading crap, use the restroom

          2. That too you don’t know? Do you know anything outside CNN habibti?

          3. MekensehParty Avatar

            ah a new term to add to your dr. Maher string
            Salafist Zionist cia Mossad m16 cnn fan

          4. Zzzz …

          5. I’m not using it after him, so easy with the advice! 🙂

      2. What rampage are you talking about and how does it compare the one of the Venetians?

    3. What’s “Putting”? It’s Putin. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. The man who will crush you like the cockroach you are.

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        Pfffff so scared, have you met Christina in mazzeh? Same class?
        Coz she’s good at empty threats too

        1. Threats? Hahaha!!!

          Damn, you really have problems. You take everything literally.

          1. MekensehParty Avatar

            are you acknowledging that all you say is nonsense and shouldn’t be taken literally?
            A step in the good direction finally

          2. You can try to put words in my mouth if you’d like but you know very well that it’s not what I said. I’ll rephrase: there was no threat, quit being such a whiny bitch. Is that clearer?

          3. MekensehParty Avatar

            Denial of you own words that you wrote minutes ago. “The man who will crush you like the cockroach you are”. Now is that an empty threat or do you not know what a threat means? Threat = menace if you understand french better.
            Where did you graduate from, primary Mahdi school for the banine? Did you leave in the 7eme to work in your dad’s Karage?
            Yek Yek Yek

          4. Haha, look at you inserting French words here and there. I highly doubt you speak French properly at all.

            Anyway, back to topic … yes, I said that but I surely did not think you would take it like that (read: like a bitch). Americans have a tendency to react like that. I remember a friend (who lives in the USA for several years) of mine telling me they don’t take jokes (involving the slightest insinuation of danger) too well. There again, it’s a never-ending state of emergency ran by fear mongers.

            Tu veux dire la 7ième et non la “7eme”, du con.

            You can insult me all you want, go crazy, but it’s rather low of you to make fun of people who have to leave school to work with their dad. I am grateful it was not my case but really, that is low – shame on you. I hope life teaches you a lesson you won’t forget so that you become more of a man.

          5. MekensehParty Avatar

            Before you challenge left and right, make sure you’re at least up to the challenge.
            Never believed it was a threat, said it was an empty threat. Look up “empty threats” meaning since I’m giving you a lesson after another

          6. Please. Who spells préfères as “Préférés”? It was clearly a typo and I’ll repeat that I have no clue how it happened as I typed it correctly from the beginning. What matters is that it made you giggle and gave you a false impression of knowing better. I know your French is street level.

            Threat, no threats, empty threats. Quit being such a bitch about it. Man up.

  2. Is Putin financed and supported by American and German corporations? Will a submarine take him to Argentina where he will enjoy a cozy retirement after he’s done with the false-flag circus his Masters orchestrated?


    Hitler was.

    1. Rudy1947 Avatar

      If dear Adolph did travel by sub, I hope the sub was on the surface for the entire trip.

      1. Is that how American submarines traveled to Europe during WWII?

        1. Rudy1947 Avatar

          Obviously missing the point. You seem to dwell in that.

          1. I got the point. You’re trying to dilute and divert, again.

          2. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Sure you did, do tell my point.

          3. I am done wasting time with you idiots like you.

          4. Rudy1947 Avatar

            I’ll help you out here, Adolph suffered from flatulence, not good in a ww2 sub.

          5. HAHAHAHA!!!

            That’s your argument for the FBI’s declassified documents?

            Like I said, I am done wasting time with idiot like you.

          6. Rudy1947 Avatar

            The FBI documents again………oh my. Did the FBI fumigate the subs that dear Adolph escaped in?

          7. Yes, the docs again. Read them to see for yourself.

            If you dont’ like the docs, you might like Hitler’s DNA analysis in 2009 – or rather, its lack thereof.

            Tests on skull fragment cast doubt on Adolf Hitler suicide story – Bone with bullet hole found by Russians in 1946 came from an unknown woman, not the German leader


            DNA Test Sparks Controversy Over Hitler’s Remains

            “The bone seemed very thin — male bone tends to be more robust. It corresponds to a woman between the ages of 20 and 40,” said Nick Bellantoni of the University of Connecticut. The position of the exit wound at the back of the skull also made scientists suspicious because eyewitnesses said Hitler had committed suicide by firing into his right temple.


          8. Rudy1947 Avatar

            LOL, Adolph is dead.

          9. I’ll repeat: you’re an idiot.

  3. zorbatheturk Avatar

    Funny how both Adolf and Putin resemble shifty rodents.

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