WHO’S going to stop him?
That’s the question consuming my mind since Russian dictator Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.
Putin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine this week[/caption]
And I don’t see any answer.
Oh, I hear lots of talk.
Boris Johnson, desperate to restore his shattered reputation as the partygate scandal still rages, is giving it the full Churchillian rhetoric and demanding: “Diplo- matically, politically, economically — and eventually, militarily — this hideous and barbaric venture of Vladimir Putin must end in failure.”
Fine words, Prime Minister — but how, exactly, do you intend to make him fail?
Your current strategy of financially clobbering a few Kremlin-backed oligarchs, some of whose dodgy cash slithered its way into your own Conservative Party pockets, isn’t going to make Putin lose a second’s sleep.
French President Emmanuel Macron, humiliated by his pointless and deluded attempts at diplomacy, is feeling betrayed by Putin’s duplicity in their conversations (a former KGB officer lied? Wow, I’m shocked!) and has ordered Russia to “immediately put an end to its military operations”.
Why would it do that? Putin’s doing what he’s wanted to do, and planned to do, for years.
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Germany’s new Vice-Chancellor, Robert Habeck, huffed and puffed and warned Russia would have “severe political and economic consequences”.
Like what, exactly?
His country’s grown so dependent on Russian energy that it can’t afford to do anything meaningful for fear of Putin literally turning their lights out.
In fact, I suspect all the collective warnings from these European politicians will have as much impact as the absurd contribution from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who announced their irrelevant concern, from the comfort of their Californian mansion, about “this breach of international and humanitarian law”.
An explosion is seen in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv[/caption]
In other words, he’ll be laughing his head off.
Because Vladimir Putin doesn’t give a monkey’s cuss what any of them think.
Putin’s a bully; a vile, snivelling, mean, ruthless, heartless, humourless, narcissistic bully.
And he’s always been a bully.
The Russian dictator’s school gradebook, unearthed a few years ago, revealed that at the age of 11, he “threw chalkboard erasers at the children” before class started.
I remember a bully at one of my own schools terrorising everyone, including me, for years until my brother, now a British Army colonel, resolved the situation by punching him in the face.
In that moment, the bully shrank into a pitiful, pathetic shadow of his once arrogant, all-conquering self and his aura of invincibility was irrevocably gone.
Putin’s a bully; a vile, snivelling, mean, ruthless, heartless, humourless, narcissistic bully.”
As Mike Tyson once so perfectly put it: “Everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the face.”
But who’s going to punch Putin in the face?
Normally, we could rely on the United States of America to do it, just as they punched Adolf Hitler and the Japanese so hard in the face to help us win the Second World War.
However, President Biden is showing about as much will to square up to Putin as a timid tadpole confronted by a great white shark.
This is hardly surprising given his cowardly overnight desertion of the Afghan people last summer which continues to cause abject misery and despair in a country thrown back to the Taliban wolves, and which sent Putin the firm message that America no longer had the stomach for a fight.
It’s depressingly obvious that the ageing and increasingly decrepit-sounding Biden hasn’t got a clue what to do about this situation.
At a disastrously weak White House press conference on Thursday, he even smirked and chuckled as reporters bombarded him with questions, as if there was somehow something amusing about it all.
With all due respect, Mr President, what the f*** were you laughing at?
President Biden stumbled his way through a press conference[/caption]
Nothing about this crisis is anything but incredibly serious and worrying, carrying with it the very real potential to spiral into something utterly catastrophic if it encourages China to follow Russia’s lead and seize Taiwan.
As Biden stumbled and mumbled, I saw a leader of the free world racked with confusion and bereft of any real desire to engage with Putin in any kind of language that he will either understand or heed.
And unless America steps up to punch Putin, then who will?
None of this was unpredictable.
From the moment Russia seized Crimea in 2014, and the world did nothing about it, Putin was emboldened to pursue his long-held dream of restoring the Soviet Union to its former size and power.
He’s a gangster, a murderer, a cruel, wicked man for whom human life carries no sanctity or importance.
And if he is allowed to invade and conquer Ukraine, he’ll keep on invading other countries he believes should be back in his despotic control.
The world has empowered this monster with its deplorably complacent inaction and slavish desire to continue enriching him through global reliance on Russia’s vast energy resources.
Now, as those supine, self-serving chickens come home to roost, we think we can beat his imperialistic czar-like ambitions with weasly words of warning, and freezing bank accounts.
Spoiler alert: We can’t.
When the Nazis imperilled our liberty, Churchill had many options in front of him to protect us against this existential threat to our existence, none of them easy or good or guaranteed to succeed.
But it was his mindset, as much as the allied forces, which won the war.
“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it,” he said. “If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”
Russian airstrikes rain down on Ukraine[/caption]
Right now, we’re running away from the urgent danger this Ukraine invasion represents.
Putin is the new Hitler, a power-crazed, unhinged megalomaniac intent on reshaping Europe’s borders by invading sovereign democracies with impunity.
And like Hitler, he spews vicious apocalyptic threats to scare off any resistance.
“Whoever tries to impede us,” he warned earlier this week, “let alone create threats for our country and its people, must know that the Russian response will be immediate and lead to the consequences you have never seen in history.”
Really, tough guy?
KNOCK HIM OUT
Russia’s economy is currently smaller than that of the state of Texas.
Its military is big but nowhere near as big as America’s, which has the greatest armed force in the history of planet Earth.
Putin is relying on his belief, which is sadly entirely supported by reality so far, that Biden is not up to the task of stopping him.
But if the US doesn’t act decisively against this appalling atrocity unfurling in Ukraine, then the danger will exponentially increase from a strengthened Russia and its enabling Chinese allies, and the world will become a significantly less safe place, not just for America but for all of us.
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It has been 70 years since a totalitarian regime tried to do what Russia is doing now, and Hitler would have got away with it if Churchill hadn’t stood up to him so courageously and magnificently, and if the Americans hadn’t flexed their massive military muscles when it really mattered.
We’re at that point again, and there’s only one way to stop it.
In February 2020, then presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted: “Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President. He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why — it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.”
He was referring to a 2011 meeting at which Biden claimed he told Putin he had no soul.
Of course, he was right, Putin doesn’t have a soul, as his despicable actions this week have proved.
But the truth is that he’s thrilled Biden is president, believing him to be a weak, dithering strawman who’s big on talk, small on walk.
The time for words is over, President Biden.
It’s time you lived up to them and went properly toe-to-toe with the soulless tyrant who is currently making a mockery of your empty threats.
It’s time to grow a pair, punch Putin in the face — and knock him out.
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