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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Russia can afford to lose the war, just as China

Voices are growing that Ukraine should give in a bit to have Russia save face. This is such nonsense! Russia is a dictatorship. There is no effective opposition party (its leader rots in jail) and no freedom of the press. Putin can give any spin to losing the war he wants. Just like Egypt still claims it won the Six-Day War. Whatever lie the ego and nationalism need.

Those who say that Ukraine should give up some of its ambitions to aggressor Russia are like bad relationship therapists. The latter always advise the weakest, most abused partner, to compromise. They won’t go after the bully in the relationship because there’s no one to talk to there.

This is simply betrayal. Ethical counselors support the victims. The abuser might get into a fit. That comes with the territory. But your first job is to stand by the abused. In the end, bullies who don’t cooperate should be abandoned. The outside support will enable the abused to chose a new life in freedom and dignity. Bullies who don’t give in will be cut off.

Watch your political leaders for signs they want to begin to intimidate the victim, Ukraine. And if so, protest loudly. The public standing on the right side of history will make all the difference.

That the war may end soon. Russia must pay for damages no different from Germany after WW II. And every war criminal must be prosecuted.

Meanwhile, let’s keep our eyes trained on Hong Kong and Taiwan. China’s expansionism is at least as large as Russia’s. And the easier the Allies, the international community, will go on Russia, the more brutal China will be.

China might be most irritable to outside criticism—or better: truth—but internally, it can as easily absorb any criticism as the Russian dictator can.

Also, it’s a mistake and betrayal to ignore China’s genocide of the Tibetans and Uyghurs, violating Never Again (Not the genocide is the violation, but rather, the world looking away), and Russia’s bullying of the LGBTQs.

Those who know how to pray, spend some time praying for the billions in Russia, China, and around them, that they may all live in democracies soon and in our days. If not, the whole world will suffer, not just ‘them.’

Don’t underrate Afghanistan, North-Korea, and Iran. At first, they walk side by side with China and Russia. Then, they will happily compete with them. In the end, they each dream of destroying the US, Israel, South-Korea, and Japan, and in any case, aim to terrorize countless millions if not billions.

There is no livable alternative but to rid the world from all dictators.

The United Nations is dominated by dictators and part of the problem. Democracies will only join hands if their populations force the politicians.

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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