Vlad the Bad should know better.
At least that’s what his retired generals are trying to tell him.
He’s forgotten how Stalin got stuck in the quagmire of Finland before World War II, and Czar Nicolas the same, pledging his poverty stricken nation’s army to the meatgrinder of World War I and opening the doors to Lenin and the gulags and mass executions of communist tyranny. Let alone Napoleon and Hitler bringing their downfall trying to do the same thing to his country.
You’d think Vlad after all his years in power wouldn’t resort to woke amateur hour ideologues such as those running our swamp and it’s demoRAT enablers in America.
What’s the lesson here? Perhaps it’s the old one, absolute power corrupts absolutely. We’re learning that lesson in a high-tech age, tin pot Ted Kaczynski’s hidden on the Internet and in their basements, absolute authority over their keyboards and muting any objections. Emerging in Zuckerbucks and Soros funded flashmobs of destruction under the cover of ANTIFA burqas and BLM hoodies, coddled by the demoRAT party and its metastasized swamp, sewer rats stuffing pre-printed ballots in the dead of night into unsupervised ballot boxes and demoRAT controlled polling stations.
As with Vlad the solution is push back from the people; whether it be Russian mothers of Soviet soldiers that die after being misinformed about their deadly mission in the Ukraine; or mothers at school board meetings objecting to both the racist Critical Race Theory’s cult of systemic racism, racial victimhood and white privilege; and teachers encouraging transgender clubs in elementary schools and high schools without the knowledge or permission of parents.
Here’s a New York post article on Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, risking his well being with a letter to Putin advising him not to invade Ukraine, and the obvious reasons why. I copied most of it, leaving out comments or references not relevant to the topic. Sentences highlighted in bold type are my doing.
Here’s the website with the entire article;
Former top Russian general warns Putin against ‘criminal’ Ukraine invasion
By Mark Moore
February 7, 2022 11:26am Updated
A retired Russian general has warned Vladimir Putin against ordering an invasion of neighboring Ukraine, accusing the Russian leader of using the standoff to distract from domestic problems and predicting an attack would turn Russia into a “pariah of the world community.”
Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, chairman of the All-Russian Officers Assembly, wrote in a letter titled “The Eve of War” and posted on the group’s website that Putin was pursuing a “criminal policy of provoking war” even though Moscow is not facing any “critical threats.”
“[W]e demand to abandon the criminal policy of provoking a war in which the Russian Federation will find itself alone against the united forces of the West … and resign,” wrote Ivashov, who retired in 2001 and has written extensively since about Russian military and international affairs.
Ivashov’s letter contradicted Putin by saying that NATO forces are not threatening Russia, while adding that the West’s nuclear weapons are under “reliable control.”
“As for external threats, they are certainly present. But, according to our expert assessment, they are not currently critical, directly threatening the existence of Russian statehood and its vital interests,” wrote the 78-year-old, who served as chief of military cooperation in Moscow’s Ministry of Defense during the early days of Putin’s rule.
Launching an attack on Ukraine “will call into question the existence of Russia itself as a state” and will make “Russians and Ukrainians mortal enemies,” Ivashov went on.
The former commander added that he feared NATO members, including Turkey, would intervene if Putin moved on Ukraine.
The former general said that Putin was pursuing a “criminal policy of provoking war” even though Moscow is not facing any “critical threats.”
“Besides, Russia will definitely be included in the category of countries that threaten peace and international security, will be subject to the heaviest sanctions, will turn into a pariah of the world community, and will probably be deprived of the status of an independent state,” he wrote in the missive dated Jan. 31.
He also predicted massive casualties, “the destruction of the usual way of life,” and the “violation of the vital systems of states and peoples” if fighting breaks out.
“ There will be thousands (tens of thousands) of dead young, healthy guys on one side and on the other, which will certainly affect the future demographic situation in our dying countries,” he said. “On the battlefield, if this happens, Russian troops will face not only Ukrainian military personnel, among whom there will be many Russian guys, but also military personnel and equipment from many NATO countries, and the member states of the alliance will be obliged to declare war on Russia .”
Michael McFaul, who spent two years as US ambassador to Russia during President Barack Obama’s administration, tweeted Sunday evening that Ivashov’s letter was “a big deal.”
“At one time, General Ivashov was one of the most respected (and hawkish) leaders in the Russian MOD,” McFaul wrote. “Russian generals don’t usually get involved in public policy debates, especially ones like Ivashov.”