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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Updated Mar 5, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Finally, a Hitler comparison that actually fits

I wasn't the first, nor will I be the last person to equate Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent incursions into the Ukraine with the early days of Hitler.

While there are some obvious contradictions between the two, there are also striking similarities that should concern us all.

The end of the Cold War and downfall of the Soviet Union was seen as a victory for freedom around the world. For the most part, the breakaway republics conducted free and open elections and allowed their citizens the right to self-determination. We all cheered, even though it was messy in places.

In Putin's Russia, this was seen as a defeat. A horrible loss that embarrassed his country on the world stage, and led by the United States, made Russia look weak and ineffectual. So he (and the Russian ruling class) bided their time. Twenty years ago they were not strong enough to do anything about it. Now, they are, AND they perceive the United States as preoccupied and not particularly interested in a fight. And he may have a point.

So like Hitler, Putin is a leader who promises his people to right the wrongs of the last war (World War I vs. Cold War), stand up to the "bullies" who were at the root of their humiliation (America in both cases) and restore his countries rightful place as the world's greatest superpower (Germany vs. Russia).

And like Hitler, the more the world threatens and shakes their fist at him, the stronger he becomes to his people. Vladimir Putin is the ONE RUSSIAN ON THE PLANET who can stand up to Obama, NATO and the UN ... and the Russians love it.

We saw what happened when the world attempted to reason with Hitler and appeased his ever-increasing hostility. It remains to be seen how Putin will respond to the threats of sanctions and resolutions, but I think it's fair to say we probably won't like his decisions. And he's just fine with that.

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I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass up… so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".


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