Volodymyr Yermolenko

(EN) The silence of the lambs

(EN) 02.09.2014

Volodymyr Yermolenko

Why the West should stop being angelic towards Putin

For Vladimir Putin, the West’s tolerance is weakness and dialogue is failure to impose force. Because KGB-styled Russia believes that either you devour, or you are devoured. Europe’s «silence of the lambs», writes Volodymyr Yermolenko, is not a proper response to Russia’s war.
Throughout its modern history Russia continuously tried to play a double game: to look «civilized» to please the West, but also look «sufficiently barbaric» to scare it. Combining these alternatives, it often sculpted an image of a «good barbarian», a «barbarian-you-can-accept».


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