The world quivers in its warm foxholes while Vladimir Putin commits genocide in Ukraine. He tested the world on the Crimea. Nobody did anything. Words were wasted. Protestations were not enough. And what will happen when he comes for you?
The world must awake. Putin is a psychopath. He cares not how many he kills. He will not hesitate to use atomic weapons. He is but a blemish on the body politic. If the Russians will not contain him, then they will also suffer the blame for his actions.
The world must say ‘No.’ Putin lies to the Russian people. He brooks no criticism He threatens all. He deserves the same treatment as a rabid dog.
Is our world leadership so weak as to believe that sanctions are effective against lunacy? Is the United States of America so torn with political strife within its own borders not to recognize that Putin threatens mankind?
There are only two things that give us any hope. The first is the ineptness of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Russians have broken every rule of war. The Russian generals seem to have never read On War by Carl von Clausewitz. Based on reports from inside Ukraine, the invasion seems disorganized. To send tanks from the east to where the capital city is located, takes a great deal of fuel. Every day those tanks advanced used more fuel. Finally, the supply lines were too long.
While von Clausewitz never envisaged aerial warfare, the strategies he suggested are still pertinent. He never suggested demoralizing the population by bombing apartment buildings and hospitals but he would recognize the objective. The only problem today is that these tactics, borrowed from the Bassar al-Assad playbook in the Syrian civil war, are strengthening the resolve of the Ukrainian defenders.
The second cause for hope is the leadership of Ukraine president Zelenskyy. He knows how to address the world leaders and he is he is highly effective in reaching out. He uses modern communications. He remains in Kyiv, the capital city. His leadership has changed all considerations in this invasion. He continues to create reason for hope.
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