Now this is something we don’t see much nowadays – total devotion to a leader.
In today’s day and age of newspaper cartoons and The Chasers, what leader (whether military or political) would we have such love and devotion for?
Actually, that’s not quite correct. If you were to substitute “sports person” or “actor” or “singer” for military or political leader, the population could actually probably come up with a list of people we highly admire and would follow.
But what politician gets that kind of respect? What kind of prime minister would? What sort of President?
It’s just not something we do very much (well, least not in Australia anyway).
However, you must admit – it would be kind of nice to have someone to admire like that, don’t you think? (Maybe not as blindly as Nikolai and the rest of the Russian army, but it would be nice to have some genuine heroes.)