Regarding comparisons to Saddam Hussein made in the media in relation to Vladimir Putin, surely the real comparisons should be made to Adolf Hitler?
or the Crimean invasion, think of Austria – both fell without a shot being fired. Then, emboldened by that and the refusal of the rest of the world to act, Hitler attacked peaceful Poland, which began its march across Western Europe.
Putin tried the same route, with Ukraine as his target, but found he met stiffer opposition and had to resort to expelling innocent civilians on a scale not seen in Europe since the 1940s .
Putin’s war is a classic example of history repeating itself unless we learn the lessons from previous events.
In that case, history notwithstanding, Putin is likely to meet the same fate as Hitler and is likely to take his country with him.
The lesson of the last two world wars was that Europe had to be saved through US intervention.
The only thing preventing a repeat right now is the fear of a nuclear war that would wipe out Russia and the eastern US cities. I don’t know how the protagonists deal with it, but Putin is only allowed to blackmail the world for so long.
Most likely, the solution will come from Russia, where the protests have so far been led by the nation’s youth, who wisely see no future in making enemies of the rest of the world.
Dundrum, Dublin 16
Laughing cops always amused me in Bray
Tom Gilsenan reminds us of the joys of the seaside town of Bray (“Pleasant Memories of Living in a Great Town Like Bray”, letters, August 31). I remember seeing a constantly laughing cop there in Dawson’s Amusement Arcade. Training is better these days.
Firehouse, Dublin 24
Where are all the Saudi women golfers?
With more defectors to the Saudi LIV Golf Tour, and the usual weak defensive comments from golfers basically eager to open golf to the masses, I have two questions to ask.
How come there is no equivalent female LIV golf tour and can anyone name a female Saudi Arabian golfer – either amateur or professional?
September could be even more “crazy” than we thought
Before writing a letter to the editor of a prominent daily newspaper, it may be wise to seriously consider the idiom “be careful what you wish for” to avoid any resulting unwelcome hype and flack, especially if you are the wife from Uachtarán na hÉireann are.
‘Information drip feed’ tends to get dirty and ‘if you explain you lose’, especially when holding a public ministerial portfolio alongside a private real estate portfolio.
Dreams of revolutionary changes in the Catholic Church “written down” by the laity are sent to the Vatican.
No football was kicked at Croke Park, just a single day of Camogie on the sacred turf, while Kilkenny announced a new senior hurling manager for the first time in this century.
Meanwhile, in the UK, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak’s puppet show – with each of the Tory leadership candidates growing Pinocchio noses daily – casts a background shadow reminding us that September may be about to get even ‘crazier’.
Thomas Square, Kilkenny
The new Cherries boss will have to choose from a bad bunch
Bournemouth lose 9-0 in a Premier League game and it’s the manager who is sacked.
Good luck new manager – apparently it has nothing to do with the players.
Bantry, Co. Cork
Government members need to come in on property matters
In relation to the drip feed given by some members of Dáil Éireann for not being compliant with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), it is not time for the government to give all members a specific deadline once and for all returns – check and come in as to their responsibilities in the matter in question?
Dundalk, Co. Louth
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/history-repeats-itself-and-vladimir-putin-will-suffer-the-same-fate-as-adolf-hitler-41954664.html History repeats itself – and Vladimir Putin will meet the same fate as Adolf Hitler