Tuesday, May 01, 2007

... 'Gar na badhakhaar hoe tha: RIP Boris Yeltsin

The above line from Urdu's most highly regarded poet seems to be the consensus of the Western world on Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin. "...If only he hadn't been a tippler." It seems now that his successor has started to really get on the wrong side of "The Free World", they are waxing nostalgic for the man. But the problem with that logic is that he was the one--for whatever reasons of his own--that put Putin in place. As Michael Gorbachev put it in his statement,
"I offer my deepest condolences to the family of a man on whose shoulders rested many great deeds for the good of the country and serious mistakes—a tragic fate".

And that's not going to the discussion of his having started the first post-Soviet brutalization of Chechnya and thus creating the first of several "terrorist breeding grounds", so to speak...

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