Putin isolated– or not ?

Moon of Alabama (November 16 2014)

These headlines are silly:

India Times – Barack Obama says Russia will remain isolated if it continues to destabilise Ukraine [1}

Yahoo – Cameron warns Russia of isolation, further sanctions over Ukraine {2}

Los Angeles Times – Putin faces isolation at G-20 conference {3}

New York Times – Putin Gets a Cool Reception From G-20 {4}

Vice – World Leaders Snub Putin at G20, Exile Him to ‘Social Siberia’ {5}

Reuters – G20 commits to higher growth, fight climate change; Russia isolated over Ukraine {6}

Guardian – Isolated Putin leaves G20 summit {7}

Even more silly then those headlines was the German prime news Tagesschau which used a picture of Putin seemingly sitting alone at a lunch table to prove his “isolation”. But news service pictures show {8} that he is sitting with the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff waiting for the other lunch guests to sit down next to them. These were simply not visible in the frame Tagesschau selectively used.

And do these headline writers, TV correspondents and politicians know what the 20 in G-20 means? The people who publicly miffed Putin in Brisbane were Obama, Cameron, Harper, Abbott and Abe. I count five out of twenty.

Those leaders who did not “isolate” Putin by grandstanding in front of the media were from Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea and Turkey. Many of the leaders of those countries had one on one talks with Putin. Merkel alone had a three hour talk with Putin. Did that make him feel lonely?

Fact is Putin is about as isolated as the Pope.

Fact is also that those “world leaders” who “isolated” Putin represent a minority of people, military and economic power of the world. As Putin himself correctly pointed out before the G-20 meeting:

Incidentally, the combined GDP of the BRICS countries calculated using purchasing power parity is already bigger than that of the so-called G7 countries. As far as I know, the BRICS countries have more than $37 trillion calculated using purchasing power parity, while the G7 has $34.5 trillion. And this upwards trend is in favour of the BRICS, not vice versa.

Now all this silly isolation talk would be funny if the people in power would recognize it for the bullshit it is. Unfortunately a lot of stupid people in Washington DC, politicians as well as media folks, believe in their own propaganda bullshit and therefore tend to miscalculate in their assessments of global policies. This is dangerous as it often has bloody consequences.

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