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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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It’s not war. It’s an assault.

Issues regarding Russia fighting Ukraine

Facts and words matter. When a man hits his wife, it’s not an argument. It’s battering. When Russia tries to occupy Ukraine, it’s an assault, not war.

It’s heroic to fight to your death, defying an attack. But, it’s not the Jewish way if you have a way out. Saving your life, if possible, sans endangering others’ lives, is preferred. As I argued before. Yet, even as I disagree with the Ukraine strategy, every killing of a Ukrainian is murder; every death of a Russian soldier there is self-defense. No, to false moral equivalence.

Many in Europe fear WW III, Russian occupation, Cold War II, or global nuclear extermination. Great. Whatever fantasy makes you braver.

A rabbi gave a very learned answer to the question: “Is G-d Punishing Ukraine?” My simple, double answer is: We know that G^d only punishes unto the third and fourth generation if they follow the sinful ways of their (great)grandparents. The Ukrainian People, with 70% of the vote, elected a Jewish president. It repented. Case closed. Besides, Abraham (re Sodom) teaches us that our task in life is to try to get people exonerated by G^d, not to justify Divine punishment. The latter job is the Devil’s.

Putin is not crazy or stupid. An imbecile or crazy isn’t responsible. He is. He freely chose evil, making him evil, not crazy or dumb. Predictable he is. We know for sure he will continue his downward, wicked spiral.

Bullies attack because they feel threatened. They feel the victim. It’s an irrational fear. They don’t notice that only they attack. You can only stop them by overpowering them. There is no appeasement possible since they feel deep disdain for nice people. They only respect displays of power.

The best and fastest way to rid the Russian and Ukrainian People of Putin is quickly to impoverish Russia. The sanctions really do that. In no time, the richest Russians and the army will replace Putin. I hope they don’t kill him because he needs to be tried for his crimes against humanity.

The world should insist that the new leader of Russia will begin reforms toward more democracy, more freedom, more equality in Russia.

Russia, like Germany after WW II, must begin to pay Ukraine and Ukrainians for the damage and murders. In tandem with that, the liberated innocent Russians and Ukrainians should meet to foster brotherhood.

The surprising world’s unity against this assault should immediately be harnessed for the fight against humanity’s climate extermination, world hunger, China’s ethnic cleansing and State coercion, and a nuclear Iran.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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