It is a shame that Vladimir Putin could not acquire the girth of predecessor Boris Yeltsin. Then it would make it even more appropriate that he is channeling the role of Senior Ferrari in the real life Syria-version of the film Casablanca.
In Casablanca, robust Sydney Greenstreet deftly played Senior Ferrari. His character was the proudly self-proclaimed “leader of all the illegal activities in Casablanca” and thus “I’m an influential and respected man.”
Ferrari knew how to cut a deal, how to bluff and how to focus on getting something for himself out of almost everything. He politely referred to that as his “carrying charges.”
And thus we come to Putin and Syria.
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