Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and other "dictators" should feel nervous after the death of Libya`s Muammar Qaddafi, U.S. Senator John McCain said.
"I think dictators all over the world, including Bashar al-Assad, maybe even Mr. Putin, maybe some Chinese, maybe all of them, may be a little bit more nervous," McCain said in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp. late yesterday. "It`s the spring, not just the Arab spring."
Maybe McCain really believes that Gadafi`s demise was the result of the spontaneous uprising of democracy-loving Libyan citizens and that, in the big picture of things, the NATO death-from-above airstrike that blasted his escape convoy didn`t have anything to do with Kaffaffee
`s lynching a few hours later. But Vladimir Putin didn`t get where he is by being that deluded.
Putin is a bad man. I don`t like him. But, when senior American politicians start issuing vague threats against Putin`s life, allow me to point out pictorially a difference between Qazzafi and Putin. Above you see the kind of hardware that the Colonel had going for him: a statue of a giant fist
crushing an American fighter-bomber. Below is a picture of the kind of hardware
Putin has going for him:
Putin has about a dozen active boomers: nuclear powered submarines carrying nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles. (Most of them not Hunt for Red October-style Typhoon Class like this leviathan, but still ...) As a general rule of diplomacy, it`s a good idea to restrict making personal death threats to only those national leaders without boomers.