Take care, Hiero. Morning, How. :)
Positive hope for Ukraine
OK. I’m just a chap off the internet but having taken a “finger in the air” test and “an ear to the ground” reckoning from various newswires over the last few hours, I feel a good deal more confident and ever more encouraged that the courageous Ukrainian people can not just endure the Putin onslaught but actually overcome it. (Just my unqualified opinion, of course.)
Today, the first bit of good news to appreciate is the fact that it is NOT Russia or the Russian people conducting these war crimes and assaults in Ukraine.
Why do I say that? Because, to expand on the comments I made previously regarding the break down of the original Soviet Union and the thievery that followed, (which stole and cut up much of Russia's state assets and resources into bundles which made oligarchs and Putin multi-billionaires), it allows us to see that Russia is actually a country HIJACKED by a criminal mafia led by Putin rather than being it just being some “rogue country” going mad.
Ego, land grab and a faux mythological posterity
And by association, we can then recognise that the Putin inspired invasion is not remotely based on the unfounded claims of alleged Ukrainian terrorism, alleged Nazi leanings or anything other than one little man wishing to hoist his own ego high enough to claim that he "reunited a great empire again" (securing his own fame or notoriety) when really, ,this whole invade Ukkraine thing is nothing more than a gangster seeking to claim more territory to hold to ransom, more real estate to own or sell along with vast new avenues of natural resources to steal and acquire.
The Red Button
Considering all of the above, having seen the way his own cabinet are so terrified of him, do I still think he has some unfettered access to the nuclear button?
No I don’t. Like much of the rest of the world, I was taken aback by Putin’s show of power in the way his own leadership cowered before him but I now see that it was ,on Putin’s part, just one more act. A chess move designed to throw us off balance just like his nuclear threats were.
I now see that this is a gangster, a criminal rather than a world leader and I now also recognise that it is very unlikely that Russian GENERALS, (while complicit for sure in existing murderous actions), will be very unlikely to allow gangster Putin to order the kind of nuclear conflagration that would, by default, wipe out those Generals own families and loved ones … because they know that any actions planned would not be for the protection or security of their motherland but only be a criminal act to support Putin and his mafia land grabbing ideals. (And like China, those generals can now see that Putin has gone too far.)
And the 40 mile convoy? Parts of it is now toast! Stuck for 3 days and being picked off. by the Ukrainian’s and although it’s a tragedy for its young Russian conscripts and their mothers back home, unlike the Ukrainians fighting an existential threat, the demoralised Russian boys just want to go home.
The Cost of War and Being a Global Pariah
Not to put too fine a point on it but Mr Putin’s plans were not the simple, quick operation he envisaged and wars are VERY expensive. $15 Billion a day currently? And that’s not factoring in the global switching off of Russia by the world community so each day this “peace keeping exercise” continues, each day Putin comes nearer to defeat; in Ukraine, in Russia and in the history books.
He won’t be leaving some glorious tale of having returned a great nation to its former glory after all.