The French say: 'L'Histoire se répète' (history often repeats itself), and it certainly looks that way as we observe Vladimir Putin's ever-closer ties to the immensely dangerous leaders of North Korea, Kim Jong II, and Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Joel Rosenberg, author and strategic insider, writes the following:
Since taking office in 2000, former KGB chief-turned Russian President Vladimir Putin has built strong personal, political and military ties to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. Putin has sold
But that is not all. Consider Putin's dangerously close ties to Kim Jong Il:
* On July 19-20, 2000, Putin became the first President of Russia ever to visit Pyongyang. He met with Kim Jong Il and explored ways to rebuild the once-close relationship between
* In December 2000, the Kremlin announced its desire to dramatically increase military sales to
* In April 2001, the Kremlin announced an official agreement to modernize North Korea's military .
* In August 2001, Kim Jong Il visited Russia and met with Putin in
* In 2003, the Kremlin refused to rule out further arms sales to
* In 2003, Asian intelligence services became increasingly concerned that "North Korea and Iran are in talks over a plan to export Pyongyang'sTaepodong-2 long-range ballistic missiles to Tehran and to jointly develop nuclear warheads ....The two countries have been negotiating the deal for about a year and are likely to reach an agreement in mid-October," according to defense sources "familiar with North Korean affairs."
* In 2004, the CIA estimated that
* In August and September 2004,
* In 2005, Putin actually personally awarded a medal of honor to the North Korean dictator who is starving his own people and threatening the world with nuclear war.
* In August 2006, a Russian newspaper reported that
A red storm is rising. Mr. Putin gave a speech last year calling the collapse of the
(From "Red Storm Rising" by Joel C. Rosenberg)