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From The Rise of the Putin Doctrine | Print Article | Newsweek.com
In the text below, what does "hand-wringers" mean?
Forty years ago, the Brezhnev doctrine proclaimed "once socialist, always socialist" as pretext for crushing the Prague Spring. Shall we now have a Putin doctrine: "Once Russian, always Russian?" Even the propitiators would not savor this kind of retro imperialism. Nor is the West as powerless as the hand-wringers pretend.
Last edited by dilermando; 01-Sep-2008 at 22:33.
This refers literally to the way in which such a person will often wring one hand with the other as if they were wringing out a dish-cloth, say.
In this context, the term is used to suggest that many people feel powerless when faced with Russian aggression, but that they need not feel that way as Russia is susceptible to economic sanctions which could prove effective in countering its ambitions.