Mr. Putin Says…
by Dr. George H. Elder
Mr. Putin says he can take Kiev in two weeks. Maybe this is true, though I think the Ukrainian people would make the operation cost him dearly. In addition, taking a city is not the same thing as holding it–as the Germans found out during WWII. Yet we must be realistic. Putin does not care about casualties or sanctions or world opinion. He cares only about how the political themes involved in creating a “New Russia” plays into his quest for absolute power. For example, the ongoing fighting in and around the Donetsk airport proves Putin is continuing his slow torture of the Ukrainian people. I am amazed that the Ukrainian armed forces are fighting so well, for they are facing a beast who has no conscience or soul–only a savage inhumanity of character.
I do not understand the Russian people. Surely, they must see the distraught parents of lost Russian soldiers being hurried out of sight and silenced by thuggish “protectors of the state.” They must know that NATO has at long last been awoken. Furthermore, many Russians have Ukrainian friends. They must understand that the destruction and death taking place within the Ukraine is planting seeds of untold hatred. Here are two great peoples who once shared so very much. Now they are becoming mortal enemies, thanks to the poisonous policies and megalomaniacal urges of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin–the devourer of neighbors and weaver or lies.
So I ask the Russian people to explain why it has to be this way. Yes, I am a simple man, one who does not understand why anyone would be proud to wear a Putin T-shirt. Minorities are brutally beaten in the streets, and the Russian people walk by–never saying a word or turning their heads. Soldiers are sent into harms way, supposedly to “liberate” Russian people. And when they die–no complaints are allowed, not even signs of grieving. Meanwhile, the Russian church leaders nod their collective heads, as if money from the state can compensate for their obvious ethical blindness–their loss of any true faith based on compassion, kindness, and giving. Is this the New Russia?
People of Russia, your souls are dying. The greatness of Russia has ALWAYS been in its people, yet now the Russian people have allowed themselves to be blinded and bound to the same nationalistic “religion” that they once resisted. Indeed, without the Russian people’s sacrifice, Hitler’s legions could not have been defeated. To be sure, Russia did the lion’s share in saving the world from rabid Nationalism. There is no doubt about that. But now, Russia has become a nationalistic power, one that greedily feeds off the land and people of it neighbors. This is how Putin has poisoned the Russian spirit and led its people astray. He has made you into predatory beasts in the world’s eyes, yet I know there is hope.
If only one in one hundred Russians can see the true danger Putin represents, that equates to 1.4 million people. It stands to reason that one or more of you can slay the dragon, for if you do not–then what happens to Russia? It will soon be surrounded by hostile and angry neighbors, with Putin’s aggressive policies insuring that their hatred will last for generations. Russia will also become an armed camp, with more and more money being dumped into a military machine that will only serve to generate military responses. And as powerful as Russia is, it cannot defeat the entire world.
Play the chess game out, and see where it leads. Putin takes a bit of the Ukraine and so disrupts the country’s economy that the nation knows nothing but misery–along with a deep and festering hatred of all things Russian. No matter, Putin’s goals have been achieved, so he moves on to yet another tasty country–perhaps a bit of Estonia so that Russia has better access to the Baltic Sea. Estonia is such a small country, and it has no measurable military. NATO sends in its rapid deployment forces, and thus begins a much more difficult fight for Putin. Four divisions of Russian troops roll in, though it doesn’t go well. The losses in armor and aircraft are very severe, and the initial thrust is brought to a standstill. Four more Russian divisions are called into the fight, and the battle takes a turn in Russia’s favor.
But NATO is now on full alert. Thousands of British, US, German, and French troops deploy onto Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania, with Romania, Hungary, Italy, and Turkey also activating large armies and reserves. As the battle in Estonia heats up, several NATO divisions stationed in Lithuania and Latvia thrust into Estonia. They crush the Russian advance, and begin pushing it back in places. Russia has to divert considerable forces to match the NATO buildup in the central and northern sectors, and Putin decides on a forward strategy to prevent fighting in Russia itself. He thus moves 59 divisions into the Ukraine and Belarus. The idea is to push northward through Lithuania, and cut the NATO spearhead off.
However, Russia’s move is matched by NATO, with US, Polish, German, French, UK, Hungarian, and Rumanian troops rapidly moving into the western Ukraine and Belarus. NATO not only stops the Russian forces, but inflicts terrible casualties. Russia now calls up all its reserves and warns that it will use every necessary means to defend its territory. In the meantime, casualties mount at an alarming rate on both sides, with the shattered Russian forces remaining in Estonia being compelled to retreat. NATO demands that Russia pull out of the Ukraine and Belarus within 48 hours, but Putin’s response is the commit 23 more divisions to the battle. He also sends 12 more reserve divisions to the north in a holding action.
Suddenly, NATO thrusts from north to south and crashes through the Russian positions in northern and eastern Belarus. It is the greatest envelopment action in history as NATO armor rushes down both sides of the Dnieper River and penetrates deep into the eastern Ukraine, turning well west of Poltava and heading for Sea of Azov. The Russian troops fight with great courage and ferocity, but the speed of NATO’s advance is astonishing and its vast reserves seem endless. Moreover, the local citizens are causing constant problems, despite savage countermeasures. The occupied people do not believe in taking prisoners.
Putin now has a choice. Use tactical nucs or lose the war. After all, his nation of 143 million is facing the armed forces of over 800 million people. The numbers are not in his favor, especially as several thousand American reserve units begin entering the battle. Of course, Putin opts for tactical nucs, and unleashes them. He strikes at 20 major supply areas, such as Riga, Vilnius, Orsha, Karma, Nezhin, Lubny, and 36 sites of high NATO troop concentrations. Unexpectedly, less than half the missiles get through, which was an area of concern even before the attack was launched.
NATO immediately responds with tactical nuc’s on a one-for-one basis, with 56 missiles devastating Russian supply centers as well as Russian troop concentrations. Smolensk, Bryansk, and Kursk are all hit, although the vast majority of the strikes are on the Russian armed forces, with 90% of all missiles hitting their mark. There is no Russian army left to speak of, although civilian losses within the Ukraine, Belarus, Baltic states, and along the Russian border are in the millions. Great cities have been laid low, and the cry for Russia’s total defeat echoes from afar. NATO forces reform, and push forward, compelled by the loss of so many of their brothers and sisters.
Putin’s only remaining choice in full out nuclear war or surrender. He knows from the tactical nuclear missile strike that the US and NATO have developed a fairly effective missile shield. Putin thus decides to go all out nuclear–for it has to be a massive strike in order to glut the West’s defensive shields. He will not surrender, for he is proud and strong, like Mother Russia. Then one brave colonel pulls out a pistol, and shoots Putin in the head. The madness ends as suddenly as it had started. In the meantime, millions of people have died. Yet they are not the ten’s of millions who might have died had Putin not been assassinated. A peace treaty is signed recognizing the 2005 boarders, and thus the war ends. Russians within the nations that were attacked largely opt to leave, for they are despised and know there is no future for them within these tortured lands.
The man who killed Putin is quickly tried and shot, his name being reviled as that of a traitor by the Russian press. But in 20 years, as the radiation levels become more tolerable at home and in the neighboring countries, Russian researchers find a letter from this soldier that had been hidden away. “I did the thing that was most needed but least desired. I did this to save my country, to save Mother Russia. If there is a Russian who is reading these words, this means I have succeeded.” Soon, the Russian people begin to understand. A villain becomes a hero, while Putin become the stuff of past nightmares–something few like remembering or talking about.
There is a Russian patriot reading this letter. You must act before the bombs start falling. The situation I described can only become a reality of you do nothing. And then what do you say to your father, your mother, your wife, your children, your future? WHAT DO YOU SAY? How can anyone justify doing nothing? Saving Russia and the world is your responsibility and yours alone. It is something you must do for the sake of humanity and your family–and the sooner, the better.