Barbaric Russia, malignant narcissism, Medieval v. Modern, Phantom of the Soviet, Russia v. Ukraine
“”Up to 70 percent of missiles we are able to stop, but 30 percent is enough.”
Proof of sovereignty?
Proof of sovereignty might be the sovereign’s ability to treat the ownership of property and persons as alike, and that might include (in fact, has included) the ability to destroy either at will and with impunity. For reference, hunt as I would have to through Richard Pipes’ Russia Under the Old Regime: The History of Civilization. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1974. The term of interest: “patrimonial authoritarianism”, and it’s in there somewhere–and I have out-aged patience for that kind of hunt.
In the Old Country’s old system, all powered flow down from the Tsar on high as ordained by God, no less, through the Power of the Church and the persuasive power of faith backed, always, by force and wealth.
My related hash tags on Twitter: #Malignarcs #MedievalVModern #PolitCrims
Europe Bombed, Cold, Corrupt, and Dark
#PutinFullTonto has lost all credibility in speech while retaining the utmost attention for the wanton destruction that has become Russia’s stain on humanity in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria, and elsewhere in the former Soviet spheres of control or influence. He has without compassion or intelligence spread brutality, chaos, and death wherever the same serves associated criminals, dictators, and warlords, and so by now he may be imagining a cold and subdued Ukraine, in part or whole, serving other forward operations or merely basing advanced-contemporary and nuclear assets, say, for heightening threats that might inspire “concessions”.
The West’s sin in all of this? To allow, so far, an archaic feudal and criminally bent leadership and its corrupt or intimidated sycophants to threaten not only Ukraine but all of the extraordinary enterprise of Europe, the Atlantic Alliance, and the healthier states of the world.
Hunting the Last Mastodon
You don’t just go into the woods and throw a spear at it.
The West has managed the preliminaries of weakening the damned thing–sanctions to power it down some; confiscations to dampen its confidence while helping it embarrass itself. The Great Internet Reflector and plain truth about malign narcissistic illness and much else might have been more helpful had its target had a lick of conscience and humanity left in its steroid bloated body, but there it sits in Moscow or Wherever, deeply isolated, loathed, and paranoid.
How is it–this #PhantomOfTheSoviet and #GhostOfImperialRussia–going to go down? And what is to come when it does?
How will The West win the peace this time?
The West did not win the peace that followed the dissolving of the Soviet Union at noon December 25, 1991.
Myre, Greg. “Russia launches fresh round of missile strikes at Ukraine’s energy system.” NPR, December 5, 2022.
Voitovych, Olga, Sebastian Shukla, Sana Noor Haq, Victoria Butenko. “Russia launches fresh barrage of missiles towards Ukraine.” CNN, December 5, 2022.