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Post Martin Luther, Putin, and Developments in Minneapolis
Created by John Eipper on 04/22/21 4:00 AM

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Martin Luther, Putin, and Developments in Minneapolis (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 04/22/21 4:00 am)

I enjoyed reading my friend Enrique Torner's post on Martin Luther (April 19th).

One can't help but admire the caliber of human strong enough to stand up against the murderous establishment for the sake of justice and truth, for whatever reason. I would love to have a chance to interview Luther, to ask for his thoughts about Christian Fundamentalism in the Trump Era, as well as interreligious clashes everywhere in the world. Luther might not have been as bright as Galileo, but he seems to have just as much or more courage.

I am just as concerned as Enrique regarding "recent developments in Minneapolis following Daunte Wright's death." This is a local problem with national implications. The federal government needs to catalyze some local decision-making, whereby police departments need to be analyzed, Chiefs need to be replaced immediately if necessary to ensure that police officers follow the law and respect all citizens' civil rights.

I used to think that, as usual in every population, you would have some 5 percent bad apples; however, law enforcement is increasingly a very difficult job which seems to have attracted the wrong kinds of macho man personalities, quickly losing credibility, and requiring a great deal of training and education. God help us but some action is urgently necessary.

Finally, Putin is behaving like an idiot regarding Navalny's request for "outside" medical care if he wants to retain any credibility as a decent international leader. I don't think much of Navalny, but circumstances made him an international symbol so Putin must take that into consideration a little more. I bet he is missing Trump right now.

JE comments:  Tor Guimaraes touches on the week's two biggest news items:  the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict in Minneapolis, and Putin's latest threats to the "West" on the military escalation in Ukraine.  I confess that the end-of-semester crunch has kept me from following either story.  Did anyone in WAISworld watch last week's trial?  One wonders if the verdict signals a cultural shift on police accountability in the US, or if Chauvin's conviction will accomplish nothing more than spare Minneapolis from a riotous "spring."

And what about ol' Vladimir Vladimirovich?  His saber-rattling coincides with mass demonstrations in defense of Navalny.  Is Putin talking tough out of desperation, or is he genuinely trying to test the resolve of Biden et al?

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