Vladimir Putin, the new leader of the free world

Updated: September 10, 2013
Vladimir Putin, the new leader of the free world

Justin King, Digital Journal

During recent negotiations, Vladimir Putin demonstrated his skill at using peace as a weapon, and placed Russia in a position to take the title of the guardian of democracy and western values.

It is hard to imagine the “leader of the free world” administering a nation where journalists are imprisoned, militarized police kick in doors without warrants, where any citizen can be arrested and shipped to a remote prison without charge or trial, where police can kill unarmed citizens with impunity, where the government orders military attacks in defiance of international law, where dissidents flee in fear for their freedom or lives, where constant identification checkpoints stop citizens on the road, and where security services spy on every citizen in the country. However, that is the country that President Obama currently reigns over, leaving the title of “leader of the free world” up for grabs.

While Russia’s human and civil rights policies are only slightly better than those of the United States, the unapologetic nature of President Putin places him on a higher moral ground. Some of his actions may be unfavorable to certain parts of his country, but they are done in the open with a “love it or leave it” attitude. The United States, however, has developed a reputation for hypocrisy.

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