True to the tactics of the autocratic tyrant, Vladimir Putin knows how to hit a nerve when it comes to fomenting terror.
To keep nuclear Armageddon at the forefront of our minds, the attack on Zaporizhia might seem like a feat of psychological warfare.
However, you can’t mess with the doomsday clock without signaling to the world that you’re seriously confused.
A murderous, unprovoked war against a passive neighboring country might have been enough to show us that Mr. Putin is a dangerous power-hungry narcissist.
But with the shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, the Russian President has dispelled all doubts. Whether Mr. Putin directly ordered the attack is irrelevant. His invasion blames him. Alert about the safety of other locations in Ukraine can only increase.
If he’s so fickle after less than two weeks, it’s no wonder there are concerns that the situation could spiral out of control. The possibility of drawing other countries into the fray may be playing in his mind. Should this become a struggle for one’s own survival, any prospect of restraint will vanish. He showed what he can do.
If his messianic tirades on Ukraine’s annexation speak of reckless extremism, his actions in Zaporizhia tell us everything we need to know about his disdain for global stability.
Unaware of Russia’s growing isolation or the world’s resentment of its aggression, he seems determined to continue the slaughter. Against this background, China’s call for restraint on Russia and Ukraine is double-tongued. It will be seen by many as a pathetic attempt to divert attention from the fact that it effectively encourages aggression.
While innocent civilians are being slaughtered in Ukraine, the criminal blame rests squarely on Moscow’s shoulders. It is unscrupulous for Beijing to attempt any kind of equivalence in this regard.
There is still an opportunity to use his considerable weight and power to play the role of a global peacemaker.
If it stepped into the gap and averted a humanitarian catastrophe, which it is uniquely equipped to do, it would reap the rewards.
But if it’s content with facilitating Mr Putin’s bloody onslaught on Ukraine, it will come at a price. Trying to have it both ways is as delusional as it is amoral.
If French President Emanuel Macron rightly suspects “the worst is yet to come” after speaking to Mr Putin, humanitarian aid needs to be drastically increased.
In a globally networked age, too much is being made of the fog of war. The world is appalled at the atrocities taking place before everyone’s eyes. Mr Putin’s bloody signature is already capitalized in Chechnya and Syria.
Surely he can’t be allowed to bless Ukraine in a similar way?
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/nuclear-threat-shows-putin-is-seriously-deranged-41413794.html The nuclear threat shows that Putin is seriously disturbed