Nonsequitur: “Putin Is No Hitler”

March 21, 2014


Pundits and politicians around the Western world keep saying, over and over, “Putin is no Hitler.” Even my favorite historian, Walter Russell Mead, says it – at least three times – in a recent article comparing Putin’s moves in Crimea and the Ukraine with Hitler’s actions in eastern Europe. Unfortunately, Mead’s article demonstrates an incredibly strong resemblance between the two. If Putin isn’t Hitler, he certainly acts like Hitler. I hope Mead and the others are right, but I keep thinking about the great minds of Europe who thought they could negotiate with Hitler for “peace in our time.” I hope we don’t make the same mistake they did.


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