Here’s Part Three of my thoughts on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, so let’s not beat around the bush and get right to it…
Putin’s Claims of NATO Aggression
A big part of Putin’s irrational rationalizations for invading Ukraine is for protection from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a defense treaty organization of a collection of countries primarily in western Europe. His demands… his “security guarantees”… include, but are not limited to, guarantees Ukraine would never join NATO, pulling back NATO weapons and troops away from Russia’s borders to their pre-1997 levels (when NATO expanded eastward), and basically accusing the west of being a bunch of meanies out to get poor little defenseless Russia.
The whole NATO angle is, of course, a total red herring. NATO has never been offensively aggressive in its entire existence. It’s all made up, and no one is buying it. The ironic part is that Putin’s actions will probably cause, I believe, Sweden and Finland to join NATO, two strong countries that have traditionally opted for walking a fine line of neutrality (albeit being closer to the west and NATO).
And the kicker? Should Ukraine survive (without a puppet government), Ukraine just may be fast-tracked into the European Union (EU) and/or NATO, as well.
Putin, the Whole World Really, Has Vastly Underestimated Ukraine… and Overestimated His Own Forces
It was supposed to be over by now. Putin promised his soldiers would surrender easily, that the people would greet them with flowers and open arms. Not only did Putin underestimate Ukrainian’s valiant defense of their country, he also underestimate almost the entire world’s response and their willingness to band together with sanctions and isolation of Russia. Even uber neutral Switzerland is joining in the sanctions. Meanwhile…
- Putin’s own citizens are rising up and protesting,
- there are reports of Russian soldiers asking for food and fuel from Ukrainians,
- correspondence has been leaked of Russian soldiers writing their families saying they have no idea why they’re their or what they’re fighting for,
- the Ukraine Army has been using Russia’s own defensive offensive tactics against the, successfully,
- reports are coming in from everywhere of Ukrainian bravery,
Putin has backed himself into a corner, no doubt about it… but you’ll have to wait for Part 4.