Putin, the Most Powerful Man in the World

Barb Wire

Forbes has named Vladimir Putin (Russia), Angela Merkel (Germany), Barack Obama (U.S.) and Pope Francis (the Vatican) in its latest “World’s Most Powerful People” list.

According to WND (WorldNetDaily),

“Putin was named the world’s most powerful last year, and the year before as well. To compile the list, Forbes considered four areas: whether the person had power over lots of people; the level of financial resources the person controlled; whether the person was powerful in more than one area; and whether the person actively used his or her power. A panel of editors ranked the candidates separately, and then those with the highest scores were placed on the list. ‘Putin emerged as the world’s most powerful person for the third year running,’ the news outlet wrote.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin had huge disadvantages to take the top spot on Forbes. He has been vilified in the Western world because he has gone against the homosexual tsunami promoted by Obama and his administration. In fact, the Western culture seems obsessed about promoting homosexual propaganda, especially about how to impose it on children.

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Conversely, Putin has passed a ban against homosexual propaganda on children — a ban praised by Rev. Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, but condemned by Obama and other Western leaders. So it is no wonder that Putin was named “Person of the Year” in 2014 by The Advocate, the oldest homosexual magazine in the U.S. He was portrayed as the number 1 enemy of homosexual militants around the world just because he protected Russian children from homosexualists and their harmful propaganda.

The Russian opposition to the gay agenda has been a powerful motivation for Obama and his allies to fight Putin. In fact, Rev. Scott Lively has warned: “Obama Orchestrated Ukraine Coup to Re-Start Cold War and Prevent Russia from Leading Global Revolt Against LGBT Agenda.”

The Ukrainian crisis, ignited by George Soros and U.S. neocons, has been a convenient U.S. tool against Putin and his international image.

So how did Putin manage to reach the top stop on Forbes?

One reason, I suspect, is his warm relationship with Israel and the Jews. While Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s new media chief has called Obama anti-Semitic (a characterization denied by the Netanyahu administration, not because it is false, but because he does not want problems with the haughty emperor Obama and his empire), Putin’s attitude toward Israel and the Jews have been far away from anti-Semitism.

Writing in the Israel newspaper Jerusalem Post, Isi Leibler said about Putin:

There are no rational explanations for Putin’s extraordinary attitude toward Jews, which some have gone as far as to describe as being motivated by philo-Semitism. Some say he was influenced as a youngster by his Jewish German teacher, Mina Yuditskaya, now living in Israel and whom Putin invited for a social chat to the King David Hotel during his last visit.

He may also be highly sophisticated and pragmatic, and having seen the outcome of Soviet anti-Semitism, may have come to a realization that Jewish support would represent an asset at many levels.

Putin has ruthlessly suppressed violent anti-Semitism. He has gone out of his way to attend Jewish functions, such as the opening of a Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, to which he contributed $50 million of state funds and even symbolically personally donated a month’s salary.

He also attended Hanukka celebrations and conveyed warm messages of praise and goodwill to Jews on the advent of the Jewish New Year – utterly unprecedented, especially from a nationalist Russian leader.

It is also astonishing that, despite his strategic involvement and alliance with the Syrians and Iranians, Putin has determinedly kept the channels to Israel open, making a point to personally visit Israel. In fact, in June 2012, Israel was the first country he visited after his election. He frequently speaks warmly about the Jewish state, expressing pride that it contains the largest diaspora of former Russian citizens. At the Western Wall, accompanied by Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, he donned a kippa, which undoubtedly made his Bolshevik predecessors turn in their graves. He also seemed quite indifferent to the rage this created among his Arab allies.

Immediately after announcing Russia’s intervention [in Syria], Putin agreed to a three-hour summit meeting with Netanyahu, who flew to Moscow where parameters were drawn up in order to minimize any possible military overlap and try to protect some of Israel’s security concerns.

Coordination has been maintained at the very highest military levels between both countries, with Russia operating a direct hotline with Yossi Cohen, Israel’s national security adviser, informing him in advance of Russia bombing targets in Syria.

Furthermore, according to Ehud Ya’ari of Channel 2, the Russians have allocated a future role for Israel in their area of influence by offering to buy a substantial chunk of Israel’s newly discovered gas fields and provide military guarantees against Hezbollah attacks on the offshore locations. It is also proposing to export this gas to Europe.

Isi Leibler also included negative expectations about Putin. Yet, even Ronald Reagan, who was considered a friend of Israel, was not spared criticism by Jews regarding his sincerity on his pro-Israel stances. Israeli journalist Chemi Shale has written about the Jewish suspicions on Reagan. Some of his negative remarks were well based, because the U.S., which has considered Israel a strategic military ally in the Middle East, has never recognized Jerusalem as Jewish. In contrast, the U.S. has never failed to recognize Riyadh, the Saudi capital, as Saudi. Saudi Arabia is also a U.S. ally in the Middle East and a major global terror sponsor.

Notwithstanding Jewish criticism over Reagan’s and Putin’s sincerity on Israel, my view is that Reagan and Putin are commendable for their pro-Israel stances and conservatism.

Putin’s positive attitudes toward Israel and the Jews, as described by Leibler, can explain his international success and top spot on Forbes, in spite of massive opposition and hostility from Obama and other Western leaders intent on fighting against Putin’s staunch effort to protect Russian children from the gay agenda.

Other Putin’s positive attitudes are toward persecuted Christians. Last April, when Armenia remembered the Armenian genocide that happened 100 years ago, where over 1.5 million Christian Armenians were slaughtered by Turkish Muslims, U.S. President Barack Obama, who represents the largest Protestant nation in the world, did not attend the ceremony. Pope Francis, who represents Catholics, did not attend it too. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who represents the largest Catholic nation in the world, did not attend it too. But Putin, representing the largest Orthodox Christian nation in the world, attended it.

In the Syrian war, where ISIS, al-Qaeda and other Muslim groups have been raping, torturing and slaughtering Christians, while America under Obama has sided with anti-Christian Muslim groups, Russia under Putin has sided with pro-Christian groups.

Pro-Christian attitudes are good for Putin and Russia.

Pro-Israel attitudes are good for Putin and Russia.

God said that he would bless those who bless Abraham’s descendants — Israel and the Jews.

God is blessing Putin. If he wants more blessings, he should bless Israel and the Jews more. He should also bless persecuted Christians and their values more. If he wants less blessings and more curses, he should imitate Obama.

Portuguese version of this article: Putin, o homem mais poderoso do mundo

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