Surely with the possible threat of chemical weapons it’s time for NATO to say when enough is enough from Putin. Surely there becomes a point when NATO says cross this line and we will get involved and deal with you. Surely we don’t want a repeat of what happened in Aleppo In Syria. Surely there comes a point when NATO has to get involved and defend what is right and good and do the right thing in the name of humanity.
NATO’s weakness has been that it has become complacent and tolerant and unwilling to challenge. These are all qualities that have played into Putin’s hands. There has been a failure and weakness from NATO to make boundaries to reign Putin in. Putin has exploited every weakness of NATO and it’s club mentality. How much can NATO blind itself to? NATO it’s time to draw a line now. Time to give an ultimatum and say cross this line Putin and you will have NATO to face as a potential enemy. Surely that line must be the use of chemical weapons. Surely that would be enough and if not then why not? Already NATO has Syria on it’s conscience and if not then it should have.
NATO the world is waiting to hear your response. Do not let any more be slaughtered in the name of Russia. As in World War 2, Hitler had to be brought to account: so too must Putin. NATO must stand up and say ‘ I am Zelensky’. NATO must not make the mistakes of Syria and Georgia or forever be held accountable because of complacency. NATO must hold a serious challenge to the excessive regardless murdering of Putin’s Russian Army. NATO is already accountable to some extent by not challenging Putin’s actions many years ago, which have become increasingly outragous as he has grown in the confidence that NATO will just look the other way and shy away from getting involved and challenging him directly. It’s time for NATO to correct these misjudgements and mistakes. This is the time to stand up and say, ‘ I am Zelensky’. NATO must shed the apathy and complacency even if this means electing a new leader then it must do it now and quickly before more people die at the hands of the murderous and cowardly Russian Troops.
There’s a scared little man in the Kremlin these days. Putin looks scared and his threats have no substance. Zelensky who is leading from the front and fighting with his troops: Putin in contrast sits behind a large table and requires or orders others remotely to do his cruel bidding from a position of isolation and safety. Putin dare not go out among the Russian people so scared is he. He may feel that schoolchildren and airline hostesses are acceptable to meet because they pose no threat but in reality Putin is scared and increasingly isolated from his people who are now suffering as a result of the sanctions imposed on Russia.
Putin has declared the sanctions of the West as an act of war almost but it was telling that his response to that very real threat was measured in a style that we really aren’t accustomed to from him: backing down from direct confrontation. Increasingly he is looking scared and vulnerable and possibly reflective about the damage and potential damage he has brought upon his own country and possibly himself and his abilities to carry on as leader of Russia.
Putin now has limited options available to him other than to impose martial law and cast Russia back several decades. To do this to a population considerably different from those of the previous generations of the USSR would be a huge challenge ( perhaps even idealistically impossible). These old Soviet block policies may not work in days of mass communication and of Social Media. The challenges of imposing martial law and making a citizenship believe in Old style propaganda is so much more difficult in the digital age. People have got used to getting information from many sources and government propaganda probably isn’t high on their agenda. It simply isn’t going to be enough to control such a mass of people. So instead he must weild an iron fist threatening and bullying his population into mass capitulation. But this is also not a strategy that will work forever. Population has memory and will make comparisons and come to conclusions despite what Putin tells them.
Where Zelensky is Spartacus: an inspiring figure who is loved by those he commands: Putin is despised and feared.
The clampdown on freedom of speech in Russia shows that Putin is not just at war with Ukraine but also with Russian citizens. Putin wants a return to the bad old days of Stalin, ruling with fear and harsh punishments.
Any pretences of an elected democratic leader fell by the wayside this week as Putin revealed to the World and to the citizens of Russia just who he has become: namely a dictator, brutal and ruthless tyrant a new Tsar of Russia willing to defend his privledge and position at any cost, even at an expense to his own citizens. Putin wants to turn Russia back into a military state exerting authoritarian control over it’s own citizens. Much the same as the Tsar. Everything that the Russian Revolution stood for and hoped for is about to reversed and buried as the new Tsar reveals his intentions.
Continue reading Putin is at war not just with Ukraine but also with Russian citizens
Give the Russian Oligarchs time to pack a suitcase and take them to nearest Port or Airport. Let them leave with only a suitcase as resembles the plight of many refugees fleeing the Ukraine 🇺🇦. Then seize all their assets and use them for funding the refugee crisis taking place in Europe. One way of making Russia and Russians pay for the chaos that they have caused.
It seems the role of NATO has been to look the other way, first in Syria, ignoring Putin’s crimes, then in the Crimea and now in the heart of the Ukraine. NATO’s attitude of only protecting it’s members has proved to be it’s inherent weakness which has been openly exploited by Putin. To some degree you could also argue that NATO has been complicit in the suffering and deaths of many throughout the world in recent times although Russia and Putin has been the main perpetrator and aggressor.
The situation can be traced back to the situation in Syria when NATO failed to get involved and sort Assad out. Instead it let Assad seek a powerful ally of Putin and with Russia’s help the subsequent devastating consequences upon a certain section of the Syrian population is well documented. The same situation prevailed in the Crimea. Again NATO was unable to get involved and became a bystander just sitting on the fence. Now with what is unrolling in the Ukraine we are witnessing much of the same. Again this situation and reliance upon the same stoic response from NATO has again allowed Putin to unleash the might of his war machine and the make his plans and fulfill his designs.
My argument is that NATO is no longer fit for purpose because it only serves it’s own interests. NATO is no longer interested in serving humanity in it’s hour of need but instead of protecting only it’s own interests whilst it allows aggressors to go about their business unchecked. The NATO moto should be, as long as it’s not happening on our doorstep then it obviously doesn’t concern us. Putin knows and understands NATO ‘s stance and has found to his advantage that it serves him well. Again NATO are culpable in complacency. Increasingly though NATO are looking shamed and disgraced.
One reason for this is that there appears to be no strong leadership taking place in NATO. Strong leadership is much needed as well as people who can understand what is actually taking place and is willing to take tough decisions to challenge the actions of unhinged aggressors like Putin. Tough decisions have consequences such as entering a new Cold War situation with Russia and actually standing up to them. Tough decisions yes but increasingly these decisions are evidently becoming more and more necessary to protect the vulnerable in the World and stand up to aggressors like Putin. Continue reading NATO has let people down because of it’s inability to get involved
I think the time has come to ask ‘ what would Churchill have done in response to the threat of Putin? We need a western leader to step up to the bullying behaviour of Putin. Someone who can galvanise Nato against the threat of Putin someone who is prepared to say that enough is enough and willing to make a commitment to support the ideas embedded in the democratic freedoms of the world . Ukraine 🇺🇦 is no match by itself to the overwhelming war machine that Russia is bringing to bear. This is democracy and democratic freedom being crushed by a powerful bully without any support of it’s so called friends who supposedly share the same values. It’s time for a real world leader to step into the shoes of Churchill.