The source of this list is unknown.
1. The post office
2. The cheque
3. The newspaper
4. The book
5. The land-line telephone
8. Things that you own
10. Joined handwriting
Readers are invited to add another ten items.
The Canadian prime minister and Canada’s foreign minister have compared Putin’s move in the Crimea with Hitler’s acts of aggression in 1938. In March 1938 he annexed Austria and, after the Munich Agreement in September, his troops marched into the Sudetenland. In the Munich Agreement, England and France gave him permission to do so.
The situations have in common that the pretext for these moves was a pretended desire to come to the aid of – or join hands with – blood brothers. Seen in this perspective, the analogy makes some sense.
But in other respects the situations have little in common. Putin is a nationalistic autocrat and not a totalitarian dictator. He is acting in response to events in Kiev that were undeniably anti-Russian in intention. He has not sent troops into the Ukraine so far, but only into Crimea, which only became part of the Ukraine in 1954 while both were integral parts of the USSR and which is culturally closer to Russia.
Seen in this light, Putin acted with restraint.
Hitler made his moves in order to undo the Treaty of Versailles and unleash WW2.
No one has attributed comparable motives to Putin.