PUTIN IS NOT HITLER
International norms, protocols and law have been crowed out with name calling. It is inflaming a war that is destroying Ukraine and pouring gasoline on all of Europe. Calling Putin "Hitler is like giving children matches and locking them into a small closet full of clothes. Both can only lead to a disaster.
The neocon party of war is whipping up the mob mentality. They are taking the American people on another joy-ride that can only end up in another ditch. This time it might result in a mushroom cloud. Even they admit it.
Reportedly in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Secretary of State John Kerry said that "the American government and the administration are fully aware that this confrontation with Russia could lead to a nuclear war". [HERE]
While politicians and the main stream media are having great fun calling Putin "Hitler", it is a very dangerous game. Heads of governments, professional diplomats and respectable journalists should know better. As Richard Sakwa says in his excellent book Frontline Ukraine:
"One of the novelties of the great-power conflict in the early twenty-first century is the intensity with which political leaders of countries are demonized. An unholy alliance of opportunist politicians and subservient media traduce their opponents, ignoring the views of experts and scholars, to portray them as mendacious and untrustworthy. The basis for treating the other as a legitimate political subject is undermined and in the end justifies political and military intervention."
In other words, Sakwa is saying that calling Putin "Hitler" is irresponsible and can easily lead to WW3.
When the stakes are smaller, such as with Manuel Noriega of Panama (1989) and Saddam Hussein (2002), it can be dismissed as propaganda. With the stakes being nuclear war, name calling is irresponsible and unforgivable in 2015 when Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin is the target.