Putin’s Palmyra concert shows he is winning the propaganda war

The city of Palmyra, recently liberated from Isis, has seen a return to civilisation and culture with a performance by a Russian orchestra. The concert, conducted by a ‘close associate’ of Vladimir Putin, was of course a propaganda exercise – but what a propaganda exercise!

It fills me with genuine sadness that no western power would ever think to pull such a stunt, and this reflects a deeper problem with our foreign policy; that is, what are we promoting?

  • I heard your new Prime Minister was a part-time snowboard instructor during the summers he had off from substitute drama teaching.

    • andycanuck

      Now I know why you’ve been missing for awhile! You were busy planning the concert.

      BTW, do you think you could get Hey, Giorgy! back on the air? I love that fun-loving Cossack. “You lose… comrade!” LOL!

  • T.C.

    If it was up to Lurch and company it would probably turn out to be a 2 live crew performance or whatever…

    Tur-Dough would have sent Sophie in to sing. She would have blown kisses like Evita.

    • Will Quest

      The west is so scared to offend the volatile sensibilities of Muslims they would never dare such effrontery….. string instruments according to Moh were al-Shaitan’s instruments……. All the west could muster would be a prayer session with all asses raised up westward .

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Trump changes everything.

  • Brett_McS

    Starting off with a little light music, the Bach Chaconne for violin in D minor(!). One of the most sublime pieces of music ever written.

  • simus1

    Not my cup of tea but remarkable sound quality.
    Civilized music like this or even its much lesser quality offshoots are considered haram by muslim extremists so this high profile effort represents an additional thumb in the eye or finger in the air for those worthies.

  • Brett_McS

    Perhaps they could have played this song, which was number one in Australia during the 1980 Moscow Olympics, as it was used as the intro by the TV station that covered them here (Channel 9). (It’s a German group, BTW).


  • H

    Did the author of this article ever hit the nail on the head:

    “Western propaganda is empty perhaps because our leaders don’t believe in anything except values relating to gender equality and LGBT rights; all well and good, but people are not going to fight and die for such things ….”

    Unless the West decides that it actually believes in itself and in some substantive values, traditions and ideals, it’s difficult to believe that most people will do more than meekly convert to Islam when the time comes (witness London and its new mayor: Islamification is proceeding quietly and inexorably). There will be no fight: we will just surrender.