Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Putin is not crazy, stupid, or demented, but evil, and on his way out

Such people don’t work like most of us—don’t ruin a pending victory

Putin is not cruel. Warm feelings have nothing to do with his actions. He wants more power. Guilty feelings are just silly distractions he doesn’t need. Like most of us don’t want to contemplate murdering people, he won’t think of being weak. Power is beautiful, weakness is despicable.

The Biblical story of Pharaoh shows that, after choosing evil often enough, other options become impossible. You’ve become a different person.

When you give someone with an abusive personality a way out, they don’t think you’re nice. Then they think you’re an idiot.

If the world would give Putin a way to ‘save face,’ that will be a sign for him to continue and intensify his onslaught.

People who were too close for comfort to someone with an abusive personality know: The only safe way is to corner them with no way out.

The world is cornering Putin very well. The only questions are how and by whom he will be removed. That he will be dethroned soon is inevitable.

1. The Russian economy is in freefall. The oligarchs that upheld Putin will need to remove him to save them from bankruptcy. They have no loyalty.

2. The military also sees losses not seen since WWII. Putin just replaced his army top, but that’s just a stay of execution. Putin will disappear.

3. Thousands upon thousands of dead soldiers (what a heartbreak!) and upcoming mutiny by Russian soldiers will tell the population that they have been lied to. They will demand that Putin will be removed and tried.

4. A foreign assassination of the tyrant is impossible but also unnecessary.

That’s it. A throne that lost three legs already cannot stand.

I once heard that three weeks before Churchill considered capitulating to Hitler, the Nazis concluded that the stubborn Brits were undeterred by their flying bombs to the city centers and gave up. Even from wicked people we can learn: Don’t give up, just before you would win. Putin is a paper tiger. He ended his reign, whether he knows it already or not.

Intellectual analysis of “his reasoning” is ludicrous. He lies. He wants more power. Humiliating Biden and annexing more territory were roads to his single goal. Further breakdown of motives is unnecessary and untruthful.

Autocrats don’t like others to disagree. They are smart until they blunder.

Continue and intensify the sanctions and boycotts. Keep supplying Ukraine with ways to defend itself. Keep the condemnations coming. Intensify the cyberwar. Reach out to Russia’s Peoples. Don’t falter—it’s almost done.

This goes well along with a mutual ceasefire. That should happen ASAP.

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". 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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 (, 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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