Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Words fail me

I must be getting old -- I am about to complain about the younger generation's appalling ignorance of history and how said generation is going to hell in a handbasket (as opposed to forty years ago, when at least in America it was just going to pot).

I can find no adequate comment. I merely quote the paper of (judging from the monotony of its editorial page) broken record:

No matter what Mr. Putin decides, there already are indications that time may ultimately do what no politician has yet achieved. The youngest Russian adults barely recall the Communist times, and some show little interest in looking back.

"Lenin," mused Natasha Zakharova, 23, as she walked off Red Square on Tuesday, admitting that she was not quite sure whose body she had just seen. "Was he a Communist?"

Ой, Наташенька, что за девочка! Which is to say, for those of you who don't read Russian, "O tempora!"

Hat tip: James Taranto's item "Rodney Dangerfield Revolutionary"


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