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.
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.