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This reads like a request to the mods for an infraction.That's right.
Because you're not debating, you're masturbating.
Certainly it is an ad-hominem attack.
Certainly it is not true.
You have not responded to a single on of my questions because you know that your position is unjustifiable.
I am debating TAJ, you are not. You have strung together a series of smears, innuendos, red herrings and logical fallacies.
You have done this, because what you believe is wrong and you have no rational means of justifying it.
...and if I hadn't narrowly defined them, you would now be saying that I was generalizing.You repeat your narrowly defined statements over and over, up and down, for your own self-gratification.
What I have done is reiterated the same questions that you have ignored because they demonstrate that your position is utterly unjustified.
I have shown that Putin has all of the characteristics of a fascist (a point that you have not disputed, presumably because you cannot credibly disagree that he is a fascist). I can only surmise that you do not have the courage to admit that you also believe he is a fascist, but you respect or like him anyway.
I have also reiterated these questions because you have not answered a single one of them.
You have repeatedly changed the topic from Putin to the Ukraine, which was never a part of my point. I have reiterated my questions to focus you on what I have actually said.
Not true. I have been interested in what you have said. It is just that none of it is a response to what I have said.You surely do not appear interested in learning or widening your perspective.
This is a common argument from you TAJ, an ad-hominem which involves your speculation as to my motives.I suspect you may think there is nothing else to know than your own ideas.
I've not seen you attempt to dispute any of the points I have made.
I have been quite interested by your inside stories, but I have not learned anything from you about any of what I had said.
Wrong. I have pointed to sources as obvious propaganda and criticized the crediblity of sources on occasion, always have given my reasons unless they are obvious from the context, but I have never dismissed someone's view itself as propaganda.I noticed on a few occasions when someone disagreed with you that you merely dismissed their views as propaganda.
This is a common fallacous argument. Young-earth creationsists use a variation of it.Yet you have no first hand knowledge of the discussion which means you too have only heard what someone else has told you.
"no one has seen evolution, therefore it does not exist."
In what way do the following facts require first hand knowledge?
1) Putin is a strong charismatic leader
2) Putin controls state media
3) Putin controls many aspects of Russian life
4) Putin persecutes homosexuals
5) Putin is criticizes western liberal values
6) Putin has a strong military focus
7) Putin has a state controlled focus on the economy
8) People who have these characteristics are fascists.
You have not disputed them, with all of your first hand knowledge, so I can only assume that you agree that they are all true.
No my dear, the worst thing is that you can make these comments without referring to a single word I have said in order to justify them.You have a right to say what you think.
But you have no inherent right to be taken seriously.
And I don't take you seriously because of the foolishness and narrow-mindedness of your statements.
And the worst thing is you can't even see it.
I find it curious that you take them serious enough to be offended, but not quite serious enough to address any of the content.
These is a curious and disappointing flaw TAJ.
If I read his own books, they would tell me how great he was?Henry Kissinger is a brilliant mind when it comes to Diplomacy; you would know that if you ever read his books.
Please don't tell me you are that naive.
TAJ, rather than rant, why don't you address what is specifically wring in anything I have said?Yet you dismissed his opinion out of hand because you didn't approve of his some of his actions.
Well, where is your Nobel Prize if you know so much more than him?
What war did you negotiate to an end?
And weren't you in a brainwashed space alien cult called Scientology?
What does that make your opinion worth?
No, sorry, to me you're just a ego with a keyboard that is out of touch with reality under discussion.
I've given you so many opportunities, why don't you try?
Putin's actions may well save your families lives. They have taken the lives of others, including those on MH17.This problem is a real thing to me because my loved ones lives hang in the balance.
I don't understand everything, and you are incapable of debating me because you are wrong.What possible reason would I have for wasting my time stroking your ego?
I'm sure you'll have a comeback for this, like how you understand it all and nobody wants to debate you.
Very childish TAJ.I wrote this to let you know that I don't care what you think and also to let others know why.
The Anabaptist Jacques
This thread started out praising the so called free press called Sputnik.
I have asserted that it is propaganda from the Russians, you have not apparently dissented from this.
I have asserted that Putin is a brutal fascist dictator who has been the only leader in the last 25 years to annex another country by force. You've not disputed this either.
What you have done instead is changed the subject to the faults of the Ukrainian government (which I have not and do not dispute by the way) and made continuous personal attacks.
A word of warning TAJ, people like Putin do not get better. They get worse. If it suits your family to be in bed with him at the moment so be it. It does not change what he is. It does not mean this will end well.