Stale Repertoire, Mr Lavrov!

Mariupol has been devastated by Russian forces but its people continue to fight, making the enemy pay heavily for its aggression. And while Ukrainians battle against overwhelming odds, Putin hosts a rally in Moscow, cheered by rent-a-mob that is supposed to fool the West into believing he is a popular leader, loved as Uncle Joe and Uncle Adolph, were when they eventually plunged the world into a destructive war. Now the little middle-ranking ex-KGB officer is using further scare tactics to intimidate the West. The Kinzhal (dagger) has been used against the Ukrainians, and it is believed it was first used in Syria in 2016. This weapon travels at ten times the speed of sound, has a range of 2000 km, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, and is  difficult to intercept. Putin wants to hype-up the weapon’s credentials to warn NATO to back off. I recall another tyrant using the threat of mass destruction to frighten Britain and her allies, one Adolph Hitler, a miscreant who unleashed his V2 rockets on Britain. 

Ukrainian civilian casualties have reached an unacceptable level, and politicians in Britain, on both sides, have called for Putin to be tried as a war criminal. It is unlikely these demands  for accountability will ever be realised. The only realistic way to indict Putin is for the Russians themselves to bring him to book. I still maintain he will be brought down by his own people who do not want to become embroiled in a savage war with the West, a strong possibility given Putin’s reckless behaviour.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov has stated the USA and, presumably, NATO and the EU and, indeed, the whole  world, is responsible for the present war in Ukraine. Clearly, the West upset the Russians so much that the only way it could vent its spleen was by waging war! He is also reported as saying the perceived hostility of the West to Russia’s territorial ambitions is likely to push his country and China closer together, to achieve what exactly? A stronger trading relationship and, of course, a  military alliance. Clever Mr Lavrov! Has it not occurred to the Minister, who is increasingly resembling Molotov, that a confrontation between the West and Russia and her Communist ally would spell disaster for planet Earth? If Putin wants to stoke the furness for international war, let him be warned he will need to construct his bunker, have a pistol at the ready, and a cyanide pill to exit this world with some degree of dignity!

About the Author
Peter John Beyfus is an historian, published author, poet, and a person who prides himself on “thinking outside the box”. I have written many essays on Jewish themes, published in various journals, including ‘Wessex Jewish News’ and ‘Westminster Quarterly’, the magazine of Westminster Synagogue, London.