Update from WiscoDave
I received this response from a friend who is from Russia - he's as red blooded a Constitutionalist now as I am!
"It doesn't sound as bad in Russian as RT makes it out to be - the problem is, not many people here speak Russian to know it. She was angry at Putin's actions, so she said she's ready to grab a gun and start shooting those Russkies starting with Putin. But that's how a pissed woman may talk even if she's not a politician or never held a gun. As for the nukes, it's a jocular hyperbole - "fire-squading someone with the nukes" is a deliberate absurdity, similar to "rocket surgery."You can't nuke people in front of you, just as you can't selectively nuke people who are dispersed throughout a country. So what she really meant was "kick their asses," which can mean anything at all. As for the implied anti-Russian ethnic hatred there, that's also absurd because her own first language is Russian - and here's the kicker - the whole conversation was in Russian!"
Brilliant! * Took the words right out of my mouth.
But the smoking gun, and where Putin once again shows just how masterful of a chess player he is, is the following statement by Tymoshenko, after asked, rhetorically, by her counterparty, "what should we do now with the 8 million Russians that stayed in Ukraine. They are outcasts"... to which she replies: "They must be killed with nuclear weapons."
Needless to say, that is not how you make Russian friends, or diffuse geopolitical tensions with your superpower neighbor, who just happens to be set on recreating USSR 2.0. *Because just like that Putin has his provocation carte blanche, as the second something, anything happens to any ethnic Russian in east Ukraine, Putin can point to precisely this conversation as proof of how Ukraine's "government" feels toward the ethnic minorities in the east, and why "they deserve to be protected" the Russian bearhug. Which has been precisely Putin's plan all along.
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