(Feb. 12, 2024) Because interviewer Tucker Carlson pushed back only slightly last week against the lies and the murderous record of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a reminder of Putin’s massive evil is in order.

Against a weird strain of thought, nominally on the political Right, which insists Putin is little threat to the West, the reality remains that Putin’s current Russian state is a menace and a plague.

First, let’s dispense with some of the worst of Putin’s profoundly anti-historical narratives in his nearly interminable lecture to Carlson.

The most outrageous lie Putin told was that Poland somehow deserved the invasion the Nazis and Soviets both launched against it in September of 1939. “Poland cooperated with Hitler,” he said. “It did collaborate with Hitler … and engaged together in the partitioning of Czechoslovakia.” (Huh?) But “Poland went too far, pushing Hitler to start World War II by attacking them. … Hitler had nothing to do but start implementing his plans with Poland.”

Meanwhile, Putin said the Soviet Union was blameless, in that it “behaved very honestly, and it asked Poland’s permission to transit its troops through the Polish territory to help Czechoslovakia.”

Only a lunatic could believe this. More likely, Putin is so evil that he is using this bizarre inversion of reality to excuse the morally inexcusable, which was the vicious partition by the Nazis and Soviets of the sovereign nation of Poland, one where those two most murderous regimes in world history were allies. This is not a matter of interpretation, but of indisputable historical fact….

What’s most relevant today is the completely counterfactual story Putin told about Ukraine in the past 20 years. Contra Putin, Ukraine’s people repeatedly have voted to rid themselves of Russia’s domination. Only by force of arms or by rigged plebiscites combined with armed threats had Russia maintained even a semblance of controlling interest before the Maidan movement of 2014. Putin repeatedly referred to that triumph of popular will as a coup, when in reality the Ukrainian parliament voted unanimously, 10 years ago this month, to remove Russia’s puppet from the presidency and return Ukraine to its legitimate 2004 constitution…. Putin has propped up Iran as it spreads terror across the globe, supported Syria’s Bashar Assad as he used chemical weapons against his own people, essentially supported Hamas for its assault against Israel, allied itself with communist China, and generally rejected the civilized, Western world at every opportunity…. [The full column is at this link.]



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