Then what is our red line?
What else does Vladimir Putin have to do before our collective moral conscience kicks in strong enough to stray from our pathetically useless “We stand with Ukraine!”? Buttocks signaling virtue and doing something to stop him?
So far, this ruthless, heartless, genocidal monster has bombed innocent mothers and babies in a maternity hospital, attacked refugees as they desperately tried to flee, murdered starving people including an American while they were queuing for bread, stormed a theater hosting hundreds of Ukrainians took refuge and reportedly kidnapped 2,500 children for deportation to Siberia in scenes reminiscent of Nazi transports.
When do we say enough?
At what point does our sense of outrage and disgust manifest itself in something more effective than a viral Instagram meme praising Ukraine’s inspirational leader, Volodymyr Zelenskyy?
At what point do we grow a pair and take on Putin?
All I see are endless groups of two-faced politicians, from the US Congress to the British Parliament and now Italy, jumping up to give President Zelenskyy an ecstatic standing ovation – while ignoring his calls for more substantial aid to help to defeat the barbaric Russian invaders.
Worse, they continue to brag about their harsh economic sanctions while continuing to import over $1 billion worth of Putin’s oil and gas daily, directly replenishing his war chest while boasting about allegedly crippling him financially .
More than 10 million Ukrainians have fled their homes in one of the biggest humanitarian crises in modern times.
And while I applaud the overwhelming generosity of these kind souls around the world who have rushed to take in these poor people, I am more concerned about how to prevent millions more having to follow them from their homeland.
There seems to be an amazing amount of wishful thinking when it comes to the cold, hard, brutal reality of this war.
I keep reading that Putin has lost his mind, he is losing the war, he is about to be taken out by his own disaffected generals, his troops are leaving in droves.
But what I see with my own eyes in daily devastating footage, and what I hear from fellow war correspondents on the ground, paints a very different and much darker story.
To be clear, Putin isn’t just taking over Ukraine, he’s destroying it brick by brick.
His merciless military rampages through city after city, bombarding them to pieces.
Mariupol, the 10th largest city in Europe’s second largest country with a population of 434,000, was virtually destroyed with 90% of all buildings now bombed.
A Red Cross worker described the scenes as “apocalyptic” with no food, water, sanitation, electricity, cell phone service, radio or television.
Veteran ex-NBC foreign correspondent Bill Neely tweeted today: “Terrible reports from Mariupol; thirsty people draining water from radiators; streams polluted by rotting bodies; dogs that feed on corpses; People eating dogs and looking for food in bombed-out buildings.”
Two amazingly brave Associated Press journalists, who risked their lives to stay in town after all other media had withdrawn due to the incessant bombardment, witnessed bloodied pregnant women being dragged from ruins and mass graves, including endless dead children, wherever they went.
Again I ask a simple question: what is our red line?
Historically, when an evil dictator invades a democratic, sovereign country and systematically slaughters his people, the rest of the world has felt a moral imperative to stop him.
Hitler was defeated because we literally fought him to the death.
But with Putin, the dishonorable heir to Hitler’s crown as the most despicable man alive, we have chosen to sit back and do nothing.
Oh, we’re sending some guns to Ukraine and confiscating some oligarch yachts.
But we don’t really dare to do anything to stop him, not even impose a no-fly zone, because we’re all so afraid that Putin might attack us with a nuclear bomb.
All he had to do was threaten us – and I don’t think he has any intention of starting Armageddon – and we ran a scaredy-cat mile.
President Biden has promised us that he will be tough on Putin, but his idea of tough is to keep saying what he won’t do to him.
Biden insists America won’t engage Russia in battle because “I’m not going to start World War III.”
Instead, he bans Russian vodka, caviar and diamonds.
Other world leaders, from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to French President Emmanuel Macron, have been equally keen to talk a good game but walk a pathetically weak one.
They all love to sound Churchillian, but lack Winston’s resolve to actually take a stand against a global bully before it’s too late.
What a bunch of imbecile cowards.
Putin is probably laughing his smug, chubby head at how spineless and fearful the West has become as he rattles his nuclear saber.
I don’t think he’s crazy or irrational.
I think he’s doing exactly what he’s been doing for years, from Georgia to Crimea – conquering hinterlands he believes Russia should never have given up.
And he can’t believe his luck that the worse he behaves, the less keen we are on attacking him.
I’ve heard all the arguments why we shouldn’t get involved with this repulsive despot.
But honestly, the longer his war crimes indictment grows, the more sick I get.
What has happened to us when we can sit back and watch innocent women, children and the elderly being annihilated in this way, knowing that we have the greatest military power in history but lack the courage to use it ?
Boris Romantschenko, 96, survived the Nazi Holocaust during World War II after suffering hellish conditions in Buchenwald, Peenemünde, Dora and Begern Belsen concentration camps. In 2012 he returned to Buchenwald to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by US troops, where he recited the survivors’ pledge to “create a new world where peace and freedom reign”.
On Friday he was killed by a Russian bullet fired at his home in Kharkiv.
He died because, unlike World War II, the world does not have the courage to fight against a tyrant to keep peace and freedom.
And the only message this despondency will send to Putin is to carry on, harder and more devastatingly.
As Churchill said, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile in the hope that it will eat him last.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/22/putin-has-already-crossed-multiple-red-lines-when-will-we-do-something/ I can no longer bear our lack of courage to fight with Putin