To ‘Time’ – ‘It is not Putin, it is Oil, you stupid!’
It appears that the Time mag has lost a plot once again. Stalin was chosen twice.. Hitler was chosen in 1938, a year before that bloodiest war erupted. I am sure that the magazine had the same line by appointing the despot as appointing Mr Putin: ‘TIME’s Person of the Year is not and never has been an honor. It is not an endorsement. It is not a popularity contest. At its best, it is a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful individuals and forces shaping that world—for better or for worse. ’
However, who would disagree that the Time nomination did not add to Hitler’s popularity in media controlled Nazi Germany, and evening the wider world ‘if the Yankees think that our Leader is great, why should I doubt his greatness?’ probably many Germans thought back in 1938.
I am not comparing Putin to Hitler, but a free world magazine should have more respect for democracy, and should not play a cheep ‘let’s be controversial this year’ game. The Putin controlled media will take a full advantage of that. The Time magazine should be clear, they will not mention that the nomination is ‘not a popularity contest’.
Putin has destroyed a democracy and finally buried hope of Russia ever becoming a normal country, when the neighbouring countries sees it not as a threat but as a partner. He created a system which is much more dangerous to Russia then that of Yeltsin one. We are all humans, even Mr Putin, hence, what would happen if let’s assume by an incident or accident the leader is gone… What would happen to Russia then?
It is not Putin who should be nominated to a Person of the year. He was just a product of the lucky circumstances. If the Time Magazine run out of options they should not have chosen not a human but a real Tsar of the world – Mr. OIL, as one of the Lithuanian bloggers suggested. Mr. OIL runs the world at the moment.Have a look what the Time main raival, the Economist thinks about the choise.