Russia was one of the worst countries in the world for most of the 20th century.
So it is perhaps no surprise that it is still an appalling dictatorship, human rights abuser, and threat to other countries.
But it is still sad.
After the fall of the evil Soviet Empire in 1989, we had hopes of so much better.
There will not be a new Cold War
or Third World War,
because, unlike the Soviets or Al Qaeda,
the new Russia has no revolutionary ideology it wants to spread everywhere.
We should be grateful for that.
The new Russia will bully its neighbours, and it will be hard for anyone to protect them.
Russia has chosen not to join the West in freedom and prosperity,
but rather to be a thug state the West will not partner with.
The long-term consequence is the shame and guilt and pariah status
that will hang over Russia and Russians
for decades to come.
Posted here on 10 March 2022,
at the time of the
Russian invasion of Ukraine,
which some victim-blamers were trying to claim was "provoked"
by Eastern European countries wanting to join NATO.
Some appalling Westerners support or defend Russia in this war.
This shows the different types of appalling Westerners.
Russia attacks Ukraine
for no reason, 2022.
Millions of refugees.
Russia is a terrorist state.
All global trade with Russia must stop until the Putin regime falls.
Graphic video shown by
to U.S. Congress, 16 March 2022.
The world must arm Ukraine. Russia must be defeated.
Putin is a war criminal who must be deposed and put on trial.
Blocked on Twitter by the regressive left and Islamists:
I love debate.
I love ideas.
But the Western left
and their friends the Islamic right
do not return the favour.
Their response to opposing ideas, whether expressed politely or robustly, is often to block.
See Who blocks me on Twitter.
I will debate almost anyone.
Stick to ideas and I will debate you.
But I do have rules.
See Who I block on Twitter.
Twitter is broken, 2016 on:
I am on Twitter at
Twitter was a great place for debate before 2016.
You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas.
Starting in 2016,
Twitter became increasingly broken.
It became full of reporting and bans and censorship.
In 2019, Twitter even started
for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed.
promised to end the censorship.
But it looks like a false dawn.
One day, we will have a better place to gather.