There seemed to be a common message in readers’ comments on my story last week on Russian president Vladimir Putin’s adventures in Ukraine. I never think of my readers as being particularly blood-thirsty but they seemed to all be in favour of dear old Vlad being offed. And they did not even seem to care who did it.
One suggestion was that the Russian oligarchs might be first in line for the honour. After all, no oligarch likes to be denied their God-given right to a vacation on the French Riviera. They hardly want to spend all of this miserable winter in Moscow. And to have their millions tied up in reprisals might limit their credit line at the casino. We certainly hope they have enough cash left in the kitty to hire a Russian hitman. They might also need a few rubles to bribe some of the guards at the Kremlin. It could be done.
As for the United Kingdom’s storied Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), I can only advise you that there is no such thing as an 007 agent. There are no licenses to kill. It has always been a question as to which country’s creative writers could come up with the more improbable scenarios for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) or the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II?
I think I had the most skeptical conversation in my life with a chap who was introduced to me as an American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent, based in Quebec City. If he had not been introduced by someone whom I knew in the Pearson Building on Sussex Drive in Ottawa, I might have just walked away laughing. What convinced me he might be real was when I asked him how he got his intelligence reports on Canada. His answer was “by reading your daily newspapers.”
A good friend of mine since we were young adults was a chap who was born in Ukraine and served in the Canadian Air Force. It was interesting to meet his mother who was Russian. He took her back to Ukraine and to Russia before she died. He told me some interesting stories about the Donetsk region of Ukraine when they got back to Canada. Maybe Mr. Putin will drop by the region to show that he is invincible. It might be a good time to prove he is not.
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