Every time I read on-line or hear on MSM about any news coming out of the Ukraine, Crimea or Putin in general ... I can not help but compare this to
Hitler's lead-up to (what became) World-Word II.
The acquisition of Crimea may as well be the annexation of Austria. The (planned) annexation of Eastern Ukrainian provinces may as well be the
annexation of the Sudetenland. The names of the places and people are different - but the strategy is identical.
I am not saying Putin is the same as Hitler
. I presume
Putin has no interest in genocide. However, he seems to frankly be using
Hitler's play-book from the 1930's, and Stalin's attitude post-war (i.e. the need for "buffer states" between Russia and the West).
I am so tired of people saying "do not compare Putin to Hitler (or Stalin)"!
READ YOUR HISTORY PEOPLE!
Maybe he is not Hitler or Stalin, but whatever his "motivation" - he is using their tactics! What really frustrates me is that he is being
successful doing it!
He takes land, and the West "protests". He positions himself to take more land, and the West "protests" and warns of
"sanctions". Everything he is saying is a pretext for annexing more territory - plain and simple. Everything else is a deception. The more he
gets away with, the more he will continue to try to get away with.
All this talk of "sanctions" is not going change anything Putin is doing
, or whatever he might do next
. He just does not care
about protests and sanctions.
I hate war, and do not want to see another one started, but this guy has got to be stopped
. I am trying to think of other options for stopping
him, but am coming-up blank frankly. The best I can think of is to have him assassinated
. I am not big fan of that idea either - largely
because it could lead to others following in his footsteps (out of anger over any such assassination). The best hope for an assassination ending
these expansion practices, would presume that all of this trouble is 100% Putin's idea - or at least he is driving it as a priority
. It seems to me that might
be true, but who knows if there is some inner-core of "true believers" in this practice who
could continue it or escalate it after his assassination.
Anyway, I was hoping this might be a brain-storming thread "what to do" beyond the stuff already being publicly discussed (i.e. "sanctions").
Here's the options I think of myself - none of which seem particularly good:
- There are only two forces that Putin has any reason to be concerned about: NATO and China. Nothing else matters, certainly not the
- So, find some way to draw the Chinese into the situation, and spin Putin's push into Ukraine as a long-term threat to China. Not sure who to make
that work. It seems like a total "long-shot".
- Perhaps get China to commit to "peace-keeping" forces in Eastern Ukraine? "Chinese peace-keepers" sounds like an oxymoron. So, not sure that
could really fly either.
- Maybe pressure from China (combined with pressure from the West) could convince others in Russia to get rid of him (short of
- Ideally, make it look like an accident - even if it is a very suspicious and "convenient" one.
- Less ideally, have some internal Russian-native group actually do it Russians getting fed-up with Putin and taking him out is certainly better
than some outside power doing it.
- Even less ideally, do not care how - just get him dead. Obviously, this could back-fire if there is some group of "true believers" in his
policies that would then use the assassination as a rallying point to make things even worse.
- Although Ukraine is not a NATO member, it could certainly request help or protection from NATO. I think there is already a legal
frame-work/process in place at NATO for that. But, I do not remember what it is called.
- If Ukraine requests it, NATO comes in and occupies airports and military posts in Eastern Ukraine. This would have to happen extremely
fast, and without warning! Otherwise, Putin will jump the gun and do it himself first!
- US/NATO drones patrol the border between Ukraine and Russia.
- US/NATO should fly "combat-air-patrols" over Ukrainian air-space (except Crimea for now) - to prevent any Russian air-assets from being used to
support any land invasion.
- The danger of course, is that at that point we are basically daring Putin to cross the line - and (you could argue) using NATO forces on
ground as human shields (i.e. Putin can not invade without engaging them in combat - and thereby forcing an escalation).
- Basically, the cold-war is back at that point (if not already).
I welcome other ideas. I hope some thinking like this is going-on in the various members of NATO, etc. In fact, I presume
it is. But, the
lack of any concrete meaningful action
to date - is scaring the heck out of me.