posted on Mar, 16 2015 @ 08:41 AM
I think it's about time we had a little clearing of the air here...
1. Not everyone in this thread instantly subscribed to the gossip and unfounded rumors, so please stop claiming that everyone involved in this thread
believed all the noise and nonsense. There were (and are) plenty of members who can tell the difference between gossip and rumor, and verified facts,
and several of us repeatedly attempted to show those posters the facts.
2. Members like Phage occasionally ridiculed and attacked even verifiable information and claimed it was nothing but speculation, when it was backed
up by several verifiable sources. It was not a rumor that Putin had been absent, it was not a rumor that Russian press released stories they were then
forced to retract, it was not rumor that the Kremlin changed their story about where he was nor the state of his health...
3. The definition of "theory" is - "a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles
independent of the thing to be explained." This quite simply means that if there are realities which lend credence to the theory being expressed, it
is a valid theory. Something based on nothing but opinion or belief is not a theory. This story, as it was based on the reality of what was happening,
is a valid theory.
4. Breaking news can be anything, it does not have to conform to your specific notions of what is important. It was a breaking news story that Putin
had not been seen for almost two weeks. If you think the vanishing of a world leader during a time of heightened military movement is not news then I
can only assume you fell down and bumped your head, you should probably see a doctor about that.
5. Regardless of Putin having apparently resurfaced, there is still cause to discuss and debate his absence. However you want to cut it, this is
incredibly unusual, and the fact that the Kremlin was obviously so unable to offer a good explanation, and then changed the entire story at the last
minute, is most definitely worthy of debate. It's even more pertinent now that we have an admission from Putin that he put his nuclear arsenal on
alert, before NATO started their exercises in the Black Sea.
Here's the crux of it...
Putin vanished for almost two weeks.
He missed the FSB meeting for the first time in his career.
The Kremlin was unable or unwilling to say where he was.
Disinformation was intended to make it appear that he had not disappeared.
NATO is currently in the Black Sea, and shadowed by Russian military.
Several nations are currently assisting Ukraine with military defense and training, something Putin threatened to retaliate against.
Whether you considered that he was ill, dead, or had been overthrown, your opinions WERE VALID, based on the information we all had and the
circumstances of his disappearance. Anyone who was either alive in the early 1990's or has read up on Russian history would have very good reason to
suspect that something untoward was happening.
There is plenty of evidence already gathered to show that he was absent for two weeks, that the Kremlin lied about where he was, and that the Russian
media worked with the Kremlin to attempt to give a false impression of him conducting "business as usual" when he was obviously unaccounted for on
the public stage.