The Plastic Hippo

March 2, 2015

#Я Борис Немцов

Filed under: Politics,World — theplastichippo @ 5:00 am
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Nemtsov image via Sergei Ilnitsky-EPA

Nemtsov image via Sergei Ilnitsky-EPA

The really big problem with attempting to convey a really big idea is the necessity to form a really meaningless sound bite or, in this increasingly digital age, a stupid hash tag. The reduction of collective human intelligence to a bullet point is, however, nothing new. Some might point to Plato with his syllogistic “all men are mortal” meme or to Rene Descartes who proclaimed “cogito ergo sum”. It is worth pointing out at this point that Plato and Descartes are long dead and so are probably indifferent to “likes” or “RTs” on social media. My advice is to find out about stuff before you endorse things that might or might not be true.

The murder of Boris Nemtsov, on a bridge just a step away from the Kremlin, is not just a tragedy in the Greek dramatic sense of inevitability but is deeply disturbing in terms of global security. We need to exercise caution in pointing the finger of culpability. Vladimir Putin is clearly a nasty piece of work and would, allegedly, not think twice about snuffing out an opponent or a political threat. Consider the assassination of Sergey Yushenkov, the mysterious fatal illness of Yuri Shchekochikin and the shooting of magazine editor Paul Klebnikov. Investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead outside her Moscow apartment and Putin critic and London resident Boris Berezovsky managed to commit suicide in the most unusual of circumstances. It might be best not to mention Alexander Litvinenko who inadvertently mistook tea for polonium. Heaven knows what they are serving up in the dressing room and hospitality suites at Chelsea Football Club.

Putin, for all his unpleasantness and ego remains surprisingly popular in Mother Russia mainly due to his vehement nationalism. Putin did not need to murder Nemstsov on the doorstep and did not need to send a telegram to a grieving mother. Nemstsov might have had dirt on Ukraine and governmental corruption but another agenda is in play.

Imagine if Nigel Farage had been shot dead walking across Westminster Bridge at midnight by assailants in an unmarked car in the most secure district of London. Some people, including me, might consider that scenario seriously suspicious and, ignoring wishful thinking, I would totally and unequivocally not wish to see Nigel Farage dead. Farage is more useful alive than dead in defining what political opposition actually means. Putin did not kill Nemstsov because it`s blind, bleeding obvious someone else did. Who could possibly want to discredit Putin and seek justification as we approach a ground war in Europe and total madness in the Middle East? Vladimir weeps, the West rattles sabres, Nemstsov is dead and Putin is upset.

Pressing the enter key to state that “Je suis Charlie” or “I`m Spartacus” or “I`m really rather concerned about what is going on in the world but am too timid to do anything about it” suggests that we have lost the battle against hypocrisy. Good people like Boris Nemstov continue to be blown away like some useless by product of totalitarian lust for power. Plato might have invented the sound bite and Descartes might have invented the tweet but as we head towards oblivion; Eric Idle invented philosophy.


  1. That, my friend, is the beauty of the Spanish Inquisition.

    Your reasoning is entirely logical and points at other parties.

    Consider the possibility of double bluff.

    The Realist

    Comment by The Realist — March 2, 2015 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

  2. Comment by BrownhillsBob — March 2, 2015 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

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