Monday, 3 March 2014

Ukraine crisis - Eastern and Western characteristics revealed

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Corruption is rampant on both sides, and probably equally balanced; but one side knows it is corrupt, because the used notes have been shoved into their back-pockets; while the other believes that it is essentially pure because the vast bribes are all mediated, indirect and structural.

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One side pretends to be altruistic but wants to keep-hold of what it has and ensure that more is not taken from it; while the other side pretends to be altruistic but is covertly destructive: is motivated mainly by destroying the enemy and the enemies possessions (even at the cost of destroying itself and its own possessions - for this side bilateral destruction is a feature, not a bug).

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One side lies to outsiders; the other side lie to themselves.

One side believes that reality is reality; the other side believes that reality is a perception, and perception is a product of propaganda, and propaganda is pervasive.

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The rulers of one side are Christian. Dishonestly hypocritical and backsliding Christians - but believing that Christianity is the truth: Christianity is the bottom line.

The rulers of the other are anti-Christian even when self-identified as Christian; and believe that the bottom line is that there is no bottom line.

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One side is selfishly self-interested - and will behave in a predictably self-interested way; the other side is just insane.

Who knows what they will do?

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