The other day, we suggested that Vladimir Putin of Russia was following in the footsteps of Adolph Hitler. I take that back. The reason is that Mr. Putin does not do good blitzkrieg. Hitler’s blitzkrieg was based on speed and surprise. He wanted the takeover to be at the least cost in lives for Germany. In the face of Mr. Putin’s multi-pronged attack, the Ukrainians, outnumbered and out-gunned, are giving a good account of themselves.
Mr. Putin does not seem to care about the Russian lives he is wasting and the Ukrainian civilians, he is so carelessly killing. He has no understanding of the number of troops that on-going control in Ukraine will require. He has little understanding of the groundswell in Moscow and other Russian cities against his ambitions.
Mr. Putin not only has to worry about world reaction to his ambitions, but he has to watch his back. The Russians are starting to see him as the problem. They are only now starting to understand that they are ruled by a sociopath.
It is that understanding that keeps the West from openly responding to the Russian leader’s talk of nuclear consequences. A sociopath would resort to nuclear use without understanding that he is signing for the destruction of his own country in the process. And worse still: would he care?
It is the Russian people themselves who now have to end this atrocity. They are the ones who must face Putin down. They had the same taste of democracy as has the Ukrainians. They know the difference that democracy offers.
They know that dictators are a dime a dozen. Good democratic leaders are rare.
Look at this guy Zelenskyy. He is the president of Ukraine. Now that man is a leader! He is not asking any Ukrainian to do anything that he is not willing to do. He is standing tall against the Russian midgets. He is the likely target of too many KGB agents. He will be remembered long after Putin is gone.
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