While the Trump regime echoes the Nazis in more ways than one, there is nonetheless a striking comparison to make between Hitler and Putin. Like Germany after World War I, Russia has suffered humiliation and stagnation for a generation following the collapse of the USSR. Both Hitler and Putin seized on this dynamic with promises to recapture past national glory and avenge their unfair treatment by Western powers. The difference this time? The role of the United States is no longer a countervailing force, but a force turned against itself to become an arm in support of the resurgent imperial threat.


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