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Europe's Putin Problem
Soros: Putin Bigger Threat Than ISIS

Russian President Vladimir Putin should worry Europe more than ISIS does, according to a piece by George Soros published on Thursday in the Guardian. A taste:

The leaders of the US and the EU are making a grievous error in thinking that president Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a potential ally in the fight against Islamic State. The evidence contradicts them. Putin’s aim is to foster the EU’s disintegration, and the best way to do so is to flood Europe with Syrian refugees.

Russian planes have been bombing the civilian population in southern Syria, forcing them to flee to Jordan and Lebanon. There are now 20,000 Syrian refugees camped out in the desert awaiting admission to Jordan. A smaller number are waiting to enter Lebanon. Both groups are growing.

It’s a compelling and important argument. As we noted in a previous post:

Putin is no fool: He can see how the refugee crisis is destabilizing Europe in general, and the authority of Mrs. Merkel in particular. This morning, the head of the Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Relations speculated openly that Mr. Putin was inflaming the refugee crisis in Aleppo deliberately to topple the Chancellor. It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds: Certainly, the Kremlin’s disinformation programs have been riling up Germany’s domestic debate (not that it needs much help there, after Cologne), and Putin must have been aware of the strategic value of the refugees since he first entered Syria.

If you haven’t already, you should read the whole Soros piece.

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  • longlance

    Soros & his ilk are a bigger threat to Western civilization & society than President Putin and ISIS put together.

    • Pete

      Exactly!

    • Jim__L

      Soros’ society is so open its brains have fallen out.

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  • Tom

    Let me just point out here that George Soros and Vladimir Putin are both terrible people.
    Furthermore, Putin would have no means by which to make inroads into Europe had the Eurocrats bothered to actually listen to the people who they supposedly served.

    • GS

      terrible they both might be, but having to choose between them, I would choose soros as less terrible.

  • Nevis07

    It’s a rare day when I’m in agreement with Soros…

  • rheddles

    Two years of low oil prices and Putin is toast. ISIS may be an equally toothless threat; but Islamism is not. Russia is committing suicide at a rate comparable to Europe. Any recent increase in birth rates will prove to be noise. Islam, on the other hand is in the midst of a population explosion that will supply cannon fodder with no shortages for at least 3 decades. Russians do not threaten to over run Europe. They are more likely to be overrun by Chinese, at least in the east. But Europe appears not to have the will to avoid being overrun by barbarians from the Middle East and North Africa. Islamism and Islam is the threat to European existence. Imagine the great cathedrals as St. Sophia. That is Europe’s future.

    • GS

      Why, they do threaten to overrun Europe: Europe is a civilizational, and not a geographic, notion. Ask the Baltics- the Baltic states ARE Europe. Or, say, Poland.

      • rheddles

        Not after they reach a Muslim population of 30%.

  • GS

    Well, on this particular occasion George Soros happens to be right. In other news, two and two is still four, as of the time of last checking.

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