Палки и камни могут сломать мне кости, но слова никогда не причинят мне вреда.

Комментарий/Новости с изюминкойCommentary/News with a Twist

Сказки могут стать явью, они могут случиться с тобой…

Now that I have your attention, let me explain.

In what many in the West consider a potential escalation of the unprovoked “conventional” war he has unleashed on Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered his defense minister and top general, sitting at yet another table as long as a football field, to put Russia’s nuclear deterrent forces on high alert in a “special regime of combat duty.” As the generals listened, they sat motionless and stone-faced knowing that the move means the country’s nuclear weapons will now be increased to “readiness to launch.”

Putin’s rationale for taking a step closer to a nuclear confrontation? 

Western leaders “making aggressive statements directed at our country.”

In other words, Putin is ratcheting up his nuclear preparedness because world leaders are saying things about him he doesn’t like.

Clearly, when Putin was only “little Vlady,” he never heard the little ditty that all kids can recite, ”…”Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me Which is why, in the interests of world peace, I’m translating the saying into Russian hoping that someone in his inner circle, unafraid of being assassinated, will whisper this into his ear: “Палки и камни могут сломать мне кости, но слова никогда не причинят мне вреда

Apparently however, “little Vlady” didn’t miss one thing while growing up – Russian fairy tales (Народные Русские Сказки), particularly the ones compiled by Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev (Александр Николаевич Афанасьев) who was considered the Russian equivalent to the Brothers Grimm. 

In fact, “little Vlady” loved fairy tales so much, they’ve informed much of who he is today. Just this week, Putin used his own fairy tale to explain to the Russian public that the situation in Ukraine was not a “war” or an “invasion” but simply a limited defensive operation to ‘denazify’ a country whose president, Volodymyr Zelinsky, is Jewish.

(Wouldn’t you know it, the word describing Putin’s statement doesn’t exist in the Russian language; “ironic” is a “borrowed” word from the English: ироничный pronounced, ironichnyy)

Which explains the sub-head to this story, the Russian translation of “Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you…” 

Of course, that little tune concludes with “…when you’re young at heart.” Since Putin has no heart, neither young nor old, his fairy tales can never come true.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

2 thoughts on “Палки и камни могут сломать мне кости, но слова никогда не причинят мне вреда.

  1. Fingers crossed that Putin has someone sensible – as did in the long run, Trump – that will stop him from using his arsenal of nuclear weapons. Then say goodbye to our world!!!

    I find this invasion depressing and disturbing. Makes covid seem like a piece of cake, sorry to say.




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