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    “Washington has no future, this artificial state will collapse; then the old Europe, that continent, which has no importance whatsoever; China is on the verge of explosion; and what remains is Russia possessing orbital launch capability: space power. Russia with lots of money, resources, and new weapons, that no one knows about them yet. With them WE WILL DESTROY any part of the planet within 15 minutes. Not an explosion, not a ray burst, not some kind of a laser, not a lightning, no, but a quiet and peaceful weapon. Whole continents will be put to sleep forever. And that’s all.”

    The words of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Vice-Chairman of the State Duma (equivalent to the US House of Representatives), a member of Parliament and of the Council of Europe. He has a long history of being a loose cannon – or more bluntly – a complete buffoon.

    His long litany of off-color pronouncements and his campaign promises of “vodka for everyone” – and – “underwear” have me wondering how such a man can remain in public office.

    He is seen here on Georgian National TV.

    Georgia is a former Soviet Republic that is currently in a low-grade war with Russia. Zhirinovsky makes it clear that he would like to see Georgia and its neighboring States to cease to exist, in order for there to be a clean border between Russia and Turkey.

    His heckling of the GeorgianTV anchorwoman about wine imports quickly escalates into a megalomaniacal diatribe, in which he predicts World War Three, the imminent collapse of the US, Europe and China, leaving Russia as the sole superpower with its “secret weapon.”

    He threatens Georgia with a tsunami “on the other side of the Caucasus Mountains” and suggests that Japan’s tsunami disaster and the “death” of “all 120 million” of its inhabitants are Russia’s retribution for Japan’s territorial dispute over two small islands North of Hokkaido.

    Throughout, the Georgian anchorwoman seems entirely bemused by Zhirinovsky’s theatrics…their two countries are in a low-grade war, after all.

    It’s worthwhile to take a glimpse into his “We will bury you” communist antics and get a feel for the worldview of one of its Old School exponents, particularly as Zhirinovsky continues to hold high offices, after almost 50 years in government.

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