Understanding Putin’s terrorism

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UNDERSTANDING THE NATIONALIST-TERRORIST, VLADIMIR PUTIN

Ozodi Osuji

 “Whoever tries to interfere with us, and even more so to create threats for our country, for our people should know that Russia’s response will be immediate and will lead to such consequences that you have never experienced in your history,” Putin said. “We are ready for any development of events. All necessary decisions in this regard have been made.” Vladmir Putin

   Vladimir Putin is, in effect, saying that anyone who dares interfere in his military intervention will receive such devastating consequences that he had not imagined possible. This is the terrorist and bully in him trying to scare people away; he is saying, if you do not let me invade and take over Ukraine, I will destroy you with my nuclear weapons. Such statements are made from fear and weakness, not courage and strength.

     Putin feels weak, not strong. Call his bluff and he would not have the guts to use nuclear weapons, kill people, and get killed. He is a little scared chicken, who, deep down, is afraid to die.

     People with real courage and do not mind dying do not threaten folks with death; it is the weak person trying to intimidate people to leave him alone to commit crime that makes empty threats.

     I say, strike Putin with overwhelming force and knock the terrorist trait out of him. He is a terrified little child, so, folks should not allow the lily-livered coward to scare them away from doing the right things; we must support Ukrainians and their struggle for freedom from the Russian bear.

    We must smash to pieces the boastful but scared little Russian bear.

Dinctionary.com defines Nationalism as:

“Identification with one’s own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.”

synonyms: chauvinism · jingoism · flag-waving · ethnocentrism · ethnocentricity

It defines Terrorism as:

“The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”

      I define terrorists as those who want to effect changes in public policies through violence.

     Terrorists have uncanny understanding of human nature. They understand that people are very fearful. People’s primary motivation is to survive, to live in their bodies. They are afraid of harm to their bodies and death of their egos and bodies. They fear whatever could eradicate their lives.

     If you really mean to kill people, and not just talk about it, and demonstrate your willingness to kill by randomly killing some people so that people know that you mean what you say, they will become afraid of you. You can intimidate people, use your proposed intention of killing people unless they do what you asked them to do, to get them to do as you asked them to do.

     Close your eyes and randomly kill a few persons and the run of the mill human beings will live in fear and do as you asked him to do (only a few persons, the warriors, will tell you to do your worse).

     A terrorist kills a few persons and then asks the people to do something or else he kills them; he instills fear and terror into people and out of fear of death the people do as he asks them to do; terrorists intimidate people and use fear to get them to do as told to do.

INDIVIDUAL, STATE AND RELIGIOUS TERRORISTS

      There are all kinds of terrorists, including the lone terrorist, religious and state terrorists.

     The former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR was a state terrorist. The rulers of the terrorist state called USSR used their terror machine, the state, to intimidate Russians into doing as asked to do.

    Disobey the authoritarian totalitarians and their monolithic apparatus, bureaucrats (police, secret service agents, military etc.) and you are either sent off to the Gulags (prisons) at Siberia or dead. The Bolsheviks brooked no opposition to their policies.

     Out of the 270 million population of the USSR (1991 figures), less than ten percent were communists; the rest were terrorized into going along with the terrorist state that ruled them.

     Vladimir Putin was part of that terrorist state. As a member of the KGB, he was trained on how to terrorize the people and did an excellent job hence rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel and eventually became the director of the FSB (that replaced the KGB).

      Religious terrorists are those who act on their religion’s tenets where those ask them to kill for them and believe that killing people is an acceptable means of getting people to conform to the dictates of their religion.

      There are, in my counting, at least, ninety-six passages in the Quran where the Quran asked its followers to use deceit and or killing of Kafirs (non-Muslims, infidels) as means of getting folks to become Muslim. An example is: “Kill the mushriqeen (pagans, polytheists, kuffar) wherever you find them.” [Al-Qur’an 9:5]. The Muslim martyrs are to be rewarded with virgins, see Quran 56:22; 87:33.

      Muslim Jihadists-terrorists select those passages of the Quran, the Hadith and Sharia where folks are told to sacrifice their lives for their religion and embark on killing and getting killed for their religion. An example is the plane Hijackers that wreaked havoc on 911, 2001 at New York City and Washington DC.

    Islamic suicide bombers are all over the world blowing themselves and people up for the sake of their religion; they believe that dying for their religion is a ticket to going to paradise.

     Criminals, such as, members of the Mafia often use threat of killing people to shake them down, to get them to pay kickbacks to them or else their businesses are destroyed, and or they are killed. All over China towns in American cities, Asian criminal gangs’ control Asian businesses by intimidating them, threatening to kill them unless they pay protection money. Those criminals are terrorists.

    Slavery was one of the worst forms of terrorism. The slave master pointed guns at his slaves and told them to work for him for free, give him their labor for free or else he killed them. He not only stole their labor and time he terrorized them. Slave masters were terrorists and amoral folks. They talked about God and enslaved and terrorized the children of God. They are the detritus of humanity and ought to not have existed.

      For our present purposes, there are many kinds of terrorists. In this article, I am focusing on the Russian nationalist terrorist called Vladimir Putin.

     Putin is a Russian nationalist, a fascist and terrorist. The man is full of injured pride. He was proud of his Russian empire, USSR, and then before his very eyes saw that empire disappeared in 1991. He blamed the West for that disappearance of his mother Russia’s empire. Thereafter, he is motivated to reconstitute that empire and to inflict as much pain as he could on the West.

     Putin has forgotten that Russia was not the first country in the world that had its empire collapse; Rome had an empire, the Mongols had an empire; in our times the British had an empire that encompassed one fourth of the world and yet that empire is gone and the British are not running around feeling angry at their lost empire and vowing to kill people to help reconstitute it. The British accepted reality gracefully, whereas Putin wants to spill human blood for an empire that has joined other empires in the garbage-bin of history and is not going to be resurrected no matter what he does.

     We saw what Putin did, through disinformation warfare, to the US Presidential election in 2016; he plans to do more of it, if the cool-aid drunk Republicans do not wise up to his bag of tricks.

     I read the Moscow Times regularly. From that reading, I infer that Putin and his followers in Russia want to make sure that the USA is splintered into, at least, twenty countries; indeed, they have mapped out the expected countries they expect to rise from the fallen USA.

     To Putin, Russia must do to the USA what the USA did to it, bring about the death of the USA, as the USA brought about the death of the USSR. The goal of Russia is to kill the USA and eventually to dominate all of Europe.

AN OVERVIEW OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

      It is always necessary to place current events in the context of history, for history has a way of shaping extant events. So, let us, briefly, look at what is called Western civilization.

     Western civilization is rooted in Greece and Rome. Ancient Greece itself was influenced by Egypt and other Mediterranean civilizations; let us, for now, ignore Egypt, Sumer, Persia and other Mediterranean civilizations that influenced the rise of Greece and focus on Greece.

     Greek history has two parts, the Greece of antiquity, the Greece of Homer (Iliad and Odyssey), the myth of the struggle by Greeks to defeat Troy because of Trojans had kidnapped Helen, the daughter of Zeus, the face that launched a thousand ships, the wife of Menelaus, the brother of a Greek king Agamemnon. The war was fought, and Greece won.

     The poet, Homer, sang the songs of glory of the winners in his two books, in Iliad about the preparation for the war and the war itself, and thereafter, the Odyssey, what happened to the Greek Odysseus and his party as they returned to their country.

      Classical Greece began 2500 years ago at Athens. We learn about the flourishing of Greek democracy and five schools of philosophy, Platonists (idealists), Aristotelians (empiricists), Stoics, Epicureans, and Skeptics and about the literary school called sophism, represented by Antigone and his book Sophocles. Greece initiated the Western enterprise of trying to understand phenomena from a rational perspective.

     Alexander of Macedonia, trained by Aristotle, took classical Greek culture to the Middle East; he defeated Persia and got to India. He went West and defeated Egypt and established a new city, Alexandria in Egypt, in 336 BC. Greek thinking now prevailed in the Mediterranean world, including Judea (that Roman’s renamed Palestine).

      Greek culture influenced what became known as Rome. Rome, a Latium town by the river Tiber, grew into a huge empire by conquering its neighbors.

    Whereas Greece was based on philosophy, Rome was based on the sword. Rome conquered the entire Italian peninsular, fought the Punic wars with Carthage and eventually defeated Carthage. Rome defeated the known Mediterranean world and turned its attention to the unknown world of Celts and Germans.

    Rome Conquered Spain and Gaul and crossed the English Channel and conquered what it called its province of Britannia, in 53 AD and ruled the island until the fall of Rome around 475 AD.

      Upon the fall of Rome, Germanic tribes, fleeing from the Huns, were set loose. The German Goths were in two branches, Visigoths (those took Spain) and Ostrogoths, those took parts of Eastern Europe. The Vandals, another Germanic group took North Africa. The Angle-Saxons and Juts, another Germanic group crossed the English Channel and took England. The Franks, another Germanic group took Gaul. The Lombards, Germans, took Northern Italy, the Burgundians, Germans took parts of what is now southeast France.

       The Germans inherited the Roman empire in the West. Unfortunately, they lacked the sophistication of Greece and Rome, so the Western Roman empire fell into the dark ages.

     The emergent Roman Catholic Church, especially after emperor Constantine, in 325 AD recognized it as his empire’s religion, managed to give Europe a faith based primitive civilization. The bishop of Rome, later called the Pope, emerged as the leader of the Christian world.

     The Franks conquered Gaul and their leader, Clovis and his Merovingians ruled, replaced by the Carolingians beginning with Pepin and Charlemagne (Charles the great established the Holy Roman empire).

     Emperor Constantine relocated his capital from Rome to Constantinople, in southeastern Europe. The emperor ruled from the East and the Pope ruled Western Europe from Rome, hence two types of Europe emerged.

    An event that began in Arabia affected the development of European civilization, Islam. In 570 AD Mohammed was born in Mecca, Arabia. In 610 AD he claimed that he heard the voice of the angel Gabriel asking him to start a new religion called Islam, total surrender to the will of Allah, God. Mohammed died in 632 AD; his followers took his new religion to all over the old world.

     Muslims conquered Palestine in 638, Egypt in 643, Spain in 711 and got to France before Charles Martel, the Hammer of God, stopped them, in 732 AD. Muslims ruled Spain until 1492 AD.

     Mohammed’s followers also took his religion to Iraq, Syria, Persia, India, the Turkish country and got to Western China in the 800s.

      Turks from Western China converted to Islam and became the leaders of Islam and were responsible for fighting Christian Crusaders out to reconquer the Holy land from the Muslims. The Turks eventually conquered Constantinople in 1453 and closed, to Venetians, overland trading route with India, China and Japan.

    Christian Europeans began looking for a different route to India, China and Japan; the Portuguese explored the Coast of West Africa, beginning around 1413 AD and eventually got to India in 1497; the Spanish, under Christopher Columbus, went west into the Atlantic Ocean and got to America in 1492 AD.

      The struggle between Christians and Muslims shaped western civilization and contributed to the arrival of Europeans in America.

     Schisms emerged in the Catholic church and in 1054 the Eastern part of the Catholic Church separated from the Western part; the east was based on Greek language and the West was based on Latin, hence the separation of the church into two basic lines of development.

     In 1517, because of many issues in the Catholic Church, including the selling of indulgences, the Church was splintered; the Protestant Church was initiated by Martin Luther. Others joined him and formed their own protestant Churches, such as John Calvin and his Calvinism.

     The orthodox church was responsible for evangelizing Eastern Europe, especially the Slavic people, such as Russians and Ukrainians.

     Christians of the orthodox persuasion tend to seem strange to Christians of the Catholic and Protestant persuasions. Thus, to the present, whereas Eastern Europeans are Christian Europeans they are different from Christian Western Europeans.

     Furthermore, Eastern Europeans were greatly influenced by their experience under Mongol rule, and Turkish Muslim rule.

      Western Europeans tend not to viscerally identify with Eastern Europeans. As we speak, Russia attacked Ukraine, but to Western Europeans the war in Eastern Europe might as well be taking place in another planet. Indeed, given some tribal animus, Germanic Western Europe tends to feel superior to Slavic Eastern Europe, one can see some Westerners saying, “what do we care, let Slavic people kill themselves; they do not matter,” pretty much as they do not care when Africans kill themselves.

     Every human being matters; we must make sure that Putin’s war is stopped. We cannot tolerate the unnecessary killing of one human being.

THE VIKINGS AND KEIV RUS

      Vikings played enormous role in the emergence of Russia, so, let us briefly get acquainted with them. The Vikings are currently called Scandinavians. The Scandinavians are composed of three countries: Norway, Denmark and Sweden. They are Northern Germans.

     They burst into European history in the mid-700s. Before then we did not know anything about them. What we know is that in the mid-700s, the Vikings, also called Norsemen, divided into two groups, one composed of Danes and Norwegians, and the other Swedes. Both terrorized European towns, especially those towns on the Baltic and Atlantic coasts or close to inland water ways.

     The Danish and Norwegian Group turned their attention to the West (Britain, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, and the Mediterranean lands). They would appear from nowhere and attacked the people and especially attack Catholic monasteries, kill the people, and loot their belongings and disappear. They did this for several hundred years, until the late 1300s when they were Christianized and gave up their raiding and pillaging ways. They settled in many parts of England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern France (Normandy), parts of Spain and southern Italy.

     The Vikings that turned their attention to the East, Swedes, devastated Eastern Europe, which is the Slavic world. They raided all over the place and captured slaves, especially Slavic women and took them in their boasts and sold them to Arabs in the Mediterranean world.

     Arabs liked to have both white and Black women in their harems (and had white and Black male Eunuchs to guard the women and made them available to Arab sheiks).

     The Swedes were all over Eastern Europe, capturing and enslaving an unknown European group that we now call Slavs.

     Around 800 AD, a Swede chieftain called Olaf decided to establish a personal kingdom and did so in a place he called Kyiv Rus. The capital of Kyiv Rus was at Kyiv.

      Kyiv Rus is seen as the first Russian people that entered history. Kyiv Rus was composed of an amalgam of fiefdoms, one of which was what became Muscovy (Moscow).

THE RULE OF THE MONGOLS

     Genghis Khan (1162-1227), a Mongol, founded the Mongolian Empire. He gradually subdued the other Mongol tribes and used them, they were excellent horse riders, to conquer China and thereafter turned west and conquered his way to the borders of Germany, conquered Persia, Iraq and much of the known civilized world. He conquered the Slavic people and made them his vassals and they paid tributes to him (taxes etc.). Genghis Khan established the world’s largest continuous land Empire.

     Mongols began ruling the Slavic lands in the thirteenth century. Naturally, the Slavs did not like been ruled by the Mongols and fought back. Their first fight took place in 1223 at the River Kalka; the Mongols defeated the Kiev Rus army. In 1240 the Mongols sacked the city of Kiev and proceeded to conquer Poland.

     The Mongols ruled Kyiv Rus for another two hundred years. During that time, the Mongols rootlessly suppressed any Kyiv Rus opposition.

     In the early 1400s, the Lux (leader, duke) of Muscovy rallied his Slavic people and they finally defeated the Mongols. The capital of Kyiv Rus moved to Moscow.

     Moscow has been the capital of Russia since then, except in the eighteenth (1703) century when the Tzar Peter the Great moved it to a city he built on the Baltics called saint Petersburg.

       What do we make of the brief history sketched above? It is that there is a group of Europeans called Slavs (the other European groups are Celts and Germans).

    The Slavic group are found in Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Poland, Bulgaria, former Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia; all these people do understand each other’s language.

     Russians tend to see their original capital, Kyiv (now in Ukraine) as still part of their homeland; they tend to see themselves and Ukrainians as the same people.

      The area now called Ukraine had been ruled by many other people, including the Polish, Lithuanians, Turks; whereas it is difficult to state exactly when Ukraine became a separate country, what is clear is that the people desire to be separated from Russia.

THE 1917 BOLSHIVIK REVOLUTION

      Russia had always thought itself the big brother of all the Slavic people and had always fought to liberate them from whoever was ruling them. It did extricate Ukraine from the Ottoman empire and thereafter incorporated the area into the Russian empire. Since the 1700s Ukraine had been part of the Russian empire.

      In 1914 the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated while visiting Serbia and the first world war began. Russia fought on behalf its Slavic brothers; it fought Germany and Austro-Hungary and its British and French allies.

     By 1917 the much-abused Russian peasant soldiers had had enough and began deserting the warfront. Tzar Nicholas, the last Romanov, himself went to the war front and tried to rally his troops to fight on, but it was too late.

     Revolution broke out at St. Petersburg; the Tzar was forced to abdicate. Initially, the Mensheviks (social Democrats) obtained power, but Kerensky’s rule was feckless.

    Lenin returned from Germany (at Finland station, in St. Petersburg) and maneuvered his Bolshevik Party to take control of the Duma (Parliament) from the Mensheviks.

      America and the West maneuvered to generate a civil war in Russia between the Reds (Bolsheviks) and Whites’ (social democrats).

     By 1922 the Bolshevik communists won the civil war, and Russia became a communist country. Lenin had sustained a shot from an assassin; he did not recover from the wound and suffered stroke and could no longer speak; he died in 1924.

     There was power struggle between Lenin’s two lieutenants, Stalin and Trotsky; Stalin won and chased Trotsky out of the country (he fled to Mexico, where Stalin’s assassins murdered him in 1941).

      Stalin ruled Russia as a sole dictator. He gave Ukraine republic status (the USSR was composed of fifteen republics). He also attached Crimea to Ukraine but otherwise Crimea belonged to Russia, after all Russia fought a series of wars with Turkey and the Tartars to be able to get Crimea (during the 1853 Crimean war, the English and French joined Turkey to fight Russia and so exhausted Russia’s economic resources that it had to sell Alaska to the USA in 1867 for a pittance).

    Ukraine was a republic in the USSR but prior to that was part of the Russian empire (it had some freedom when it allied itself with the Cossacks in fighting for Russia, but it really was never an independent country).

      In 1991, because of many factors, the USSR collapsed. Briefly, the USSR was bankrupted by Ronald Reagan’s excessive spending on the military, including on so-called Star Wars; Russia could not keep up with such enormous spending.

     Here are the leaders of the USSR: V.I. Lenin, died in 1924; Joseph Stalin died in 1953; Nikita Khrushchev was replaced by Leonid Brezhnev in 1964; Brezhnev died in 1982; Yuri Andropov died in 1984; Konstantin Chernenko died in 1985; Mikheil Gorbachev (1985-1991).

     Gorbachev tried to liberalize the Soviet Union’s political culture by initiating what he called Perestroika and Glazunov. His reforms were not liked by hard core communists, and they tried to overthrow him while he was in Southern Russia on vacation.

     Boris Yeltsin opposed the coupists and for a few weeks Russia was in crisis. Eventually, Gorbachev gave the fifteen republics some autonomy and they proceeded to separate from the USSR in December of 1991 and the Soviet Union ended.

      Ukraine gained independence in 1991. Hardcore Russians resented Ukraine for separating from Russia (many of the Soviet leaders were from Ukraine, including Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Chernenko and Gorbachev). Russians consider Ukraine their heartland and would rather it have remained in Russia. That is the issue at stake.

     Vladimir Putin wants Ukraine to be part of Russia. He claims that NATO, specifically the USA deceived Russia, that Russia was told in 1991 that NATO would not incorporate Eastern European countries into NATO, thus, giving Russia some buffer zone. But NATO not only incorporated most Eastern European countries but members of the former USSR, including the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and want Ukraine in NATO.

      Putin’s redline is drawn at Ukraine. He believes that the West gave Ukraine the impression that Ukraine could join NATO and he does not want that to happen hence the current war in Ukraine.

THE PSYCHOLOGIES OF ADOLF HITLER AND VLADMIER PUTTIN

     In his autobiography, Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler talked about how his Germany was humiliated by the Treaty of Versailles that ended the first world war. He said that Germany did not really lose that war but was stabbed in the back by Jews; he considered the treaty unfair because it required Germany to reduce her entire military to about 100, 000 men and to also pay war reparations to the allies who won the war.

     Hitler felt that his country was humiliated, and he took his country’s humiliation as a personal humiliation and resolved to rectify the insult on his national pride. He entered politics in 1919 to assuage the injury his nation felt. He was thus a German nationalist in politics to make Germany great again.

     Hitler’s national socialist party, Nazi existed for one objective, to make Germany great again, and punish those who humiliated his country.

      In 1925 he tried the putsch to come to power in Munich and was arrested and sent to prison. While in Prison he wrote his autobiography, my battle, Mein Kampf; that book earned him money and notoriety; the book is also a manifesto on his fascist mission.

      In a few short years, his Nazi Party won enough seats in the German Parliament, Bundestag and he became the prime minister, Chancellor.

     He immediately maneuvered to make his self the unquestioned dictator, Fuhrer of Germany. From 1933 onwards he rebuilt Germany’s military and economy and when he felt ready, he marched into the Ruhr valley and took it over. In 1938 he annexed Austria, in the so-called Anschluss.

     In 1938 he humiliated Chamberlain at the Munich conference and was allowed to keep the Sudetenland; parts of Czechoslovakia were Germans lived (this is the great appeasement of Hitler; appease Hitler or Putin and they will keep asking for more and taking more).

      in 1939 Hitler began the second world war. His military’s blitzkrieg quickly took France and the low countries and then Poland and thereafter Russia. Operation Barbarossa was at the gate of Moscow when Hitler’s bad calculations, his pause and desire to go south to secure the Caucasus oil fields, gave Stalin time to regroup and find a capable General, Zhukov, who then began the gradual pushing of Germans’ out of Russia.

      The battle at Stalingrad was probably the most brutal battle in history; it ended with the defeat of Field Marshall Fredrich von Paulus’ sixth German army; thousands of Germans were captured by the Russians.

       Hitler was at war to humiliate those he believed humiliated Germany, including France (he made France sign the papers of surrender in the same train car where Germany had signed her loss in 1918).

      Hitler had loads of medical problems. He could not eat all kinds of food and became a vegetarian and non-alcohol drinker.

      His physical problems made him feel inadequate; in Alfred Adler’s individual psychological terms, Hitler compensated with desire to seem superior and powerful.

      Most psychologists who appraised Hitler diagnosed him as having paranoid, narcissistic and anti-social personality disorders.

       For our present purposes, the man was a neurotic, he felt inferior and wanted to seem superior. He associated superiority with his nation’s strength and worked for the strength of his country. Germany becoming powerful meant that he became powerful.

      If Germans are a superior people, as he claimed that they are, then he is a superior person, he reasoned. His personal struggle for power and strength was projected to his nation’s struggle for power and glory. He wanted to make his country powerful to make his self-powerful.

      Extreme nationalists, also called fascists, who want to make their nation powerful are often men who feel weak and want to make their nation strong, hoping to become strong from identification with a strong country.

     We know what Hitler did to make his country powerful; he conquered most of Europe and killed over fifty million persons. In the end, whereas he won many battles, he lost the war; when allied troops entered his Berlin, he took poison and shot his self in the head.

      Albert Speer (Inside the Third Reich) and William Sheer (The Third Reich) provided us with excellent descriptions of Hitler’s day-to-day life; Trevor Roper, the Oxford Don who admired Hitler, in his book, Hitler’s Table Talks, also provided us with useful insights into Hitler’s personal psychology. Robert Waite saw Hitler as a psychopathic god, an inadequate feeling man trying to seem godlike. Alan Bullock provided a comparative analysis of Stalin and Hitler as dictators.

     Hitler had delusion disorder, grandiose type, with co-occurring narcissistic and antisocial personality disorders.

      Vladimir Putin is about the same height as Adolf Hitler. He, too, is a little man. He, no doubt, feels like he is small, weak and powerless and joined the KGB and from conducting its nefarious activities for his state felt powerful. He wanted his mother Russia to be strong and powerful. A powerful Russia made little feeling Putin feel powerful. He, too, is a nationalist who feels inferior and seeks false superiority through identification with a powerful nation-state.

      Then the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and he was discharged from the KGB. For a while he drove taxis at Saint Petersburg and thereafter got involved in the city’s politics and maneuvered his way to advantageous positions and Boris Yeltsin, the President of the Russian Federation, noticed him, and brought him to Moscow, and made him his prime minister.

     In 2000, Yeltsin resigned and made Putin the president and the rest is history.

     Putin is a little, inferior feeling man who is using the power of the state to make him seem powerful. He felt the loss of the USSR as an attack on his prestige and power. He must reconstitute the Soviet Union, especially bring Ukraine back to Russia. He is now in the process of defeating Ukraine.

     He may well succeed before the whole thing blows up in his face. Ukrainians will fight a guerilla warfare and Russian troops will be bogged down fighting that war in the next ten or more years and the result is that Putin won the battle and lost the war; he would exhaust Russia’s meagre income fighting a war of choice.

PUTIN IS A TERRORIST

       Putin is a terrorist; as such, he does not mind killing people, Ukrainians if in doing so he got what he wanted, a powerful Russia.

      He is using terror to attain a public policy that he thinks would make his ego and Russia’s ego great again. He is a wily and calculating little egotist on a mission to make himself and his country seem powerful and does not hesitate in killing folks if doing so enables him to attain his neurotic goal of false power and superiority.

      Putin, like Hitler, will kill many people, all in a misguided effort to make his ego and country seem strong and powerful.

       Killing people is a crime and for that crime the International Criminal Court ought to arrest Putin, try him and jail him for his crimes against humanity.

      His psychological issues notwithstanding, the fact is that he is killing people and has no right to kill anyone.

      We ought to find a way to prevent these psychologically sick little men who use state power to make themselves seem powerful.

DISCUSSION

     Both Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin are nationalists, fascists and terrorists; both feel personally inferior and restitute with desire for superiority; they attached superiority and power to their nations and in serving their nations they gratify their need to seem personally superior and powerful.

     Both men are mentally ill; they are deluded.

     I generalize by stating that to be a nationalist fighting for one’s nation’s greatness is to be psychologically sick. Donald Trump is doing the same thing in the USA and is personality disordered and deluded.

     John Maynard Keynes said that nationalism and patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. People take refuge in nationalism, in ingroup feeling and from there see other people as not members of their group, hate and persecute them.

     As we talk, many white Americans seek refuge in white nationalism, aka white supremacy which they equate with Americans’ superiority to other races. They see nonwhites as not members of their nation and feel justified in attacking and harming, even killing them. They want nonwhite persons to leave their country.

     Who decides who owns what country? Only the individual and members of his group decide what is their country.

     God certainly did not decide who belongs to what country. Human military power claims some territory, defend it, and keep others away from it.

     While people keep other people away from their territory, other animals feel free to enter their territory, for, to them the entire world belongs to all animals.

      Birds from south of the equator spend their summers in the north and winters in the south and do not pay attention to human beings’ arbitrary demarcation of who owns what territories.

     The entirety of the world belongs to all animals and all of us; any arbitrary demarcation of who belongs where is act of aggression.

     Nationalism is an act of aggression, it is not a natural act; therefore, nationalism is a mental disorder. What is mental health is humanism.

       In humanism one sees the entire world as belonging to all human beings and does not keep anyone out of anywhere.

     Regarding the realistic concern that poor people breed too many children and would flood rich countries where folks have only two children per family, we can do something about the poor. We can teach the poor to have no more than two children per couple.

     No one needs more than two children in their family. Teach family planning and folks will learn. Show people the example on how to reduce the human population and do not just talk about folks coming to take over your land; you have no naturally exclusive land. Whatever land you call yours was stolen from the people.

      All lands belong to all human beings. When folks fight for all human beings good, they are mentally okay.

CONCLUSION

      Nationalism, fascism, and terrorism are all mental disorders rooted in short-sighted belief that a certain part of the world belongs to one and one’s people and not to other people.

      The entire world belongs to all human beings. We must, therefore, replace nationalism with humanism, hate with love.

    Vladimir Putin is motivated by nationalism, fascism and terrorism; in the process he rationalizes killing people for his goals. He is mentally ill; out of that nationalist mental disorder he kills people.

     We must heal these mentally ill nationalists, fascists and terrorists and teach them to love all people instead of use some manufactured ideology to justify killing some persons.

     Love is what makes people mentally healthy. Hatred is mental illness.

“Whoever tries to interfere with us, and even more so to create threats for our country, for our people should know that Russia’s response will be immediate and will lead to such consequences that you have never experienced in your history,” Putin said. “We are ready for any development of events. All necessary decisions in this regard have been made.” Vladmir Putin

     Vladmir Putin, in the last couple of days, since he began his invasion of Ukraine, has been saying that anyone who dares interfere in his military intervention will receive such devastating consequences that he had not imagined possible. This is the terrorist and bully in him trying to scare people away; he is saying, if you do not let me invade and take over Ukraine, I will destroy you with my nuclear weapons. Such statements are made from fear and weakness, not courage and strength.

     Putin feels weak, not strong. Call his bluff and he would not have the guts to use nuclear weapons, kill people, and get killed. He is a little scared coward who, deep down, is afraid to die.

         The former Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev brushed off sanctions imposed on Russia over the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We are being driven out of everywhere, punished and threatened, but we don’t feel scared,” he said.

In retaliation for the sanctions, Moscow is threatening to back out of a nuclear treaty.

A top Russian government official on Saturday warned that Moscow may react to Western sanctions imposed on the country over its invasion of Ukraine by severing diplomatic ties with Western nations and freezing their assets. 

       Dmitry Medvedev, a former president and the deputy chair of Russia’s security council, said the country would also back out of the previous nuclear arms deal made with the United States. The Associated Press reported.

     People with real courage and do not mind dying do not threaten folks with force and death; it is the weak person trying to intimidate people to leave him alone to commit crime that makes empty threats.

    I say, strike Putin with overwhelming force and knock the terrorist trait out of him. He is a terrified little child, so folks should not allow the lily-livered coward to scare them away from doing the right things, support Ukraine.

Postscript

I see the killing of Ukrainians as the killing of my people. One can ask if I also see the killing of Africans as the killing of my people. Are you kidding me? I have written volumes on the killings of Africans in the Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria. I identify with all human beings and see the killing of any of them as the killing of my people. I am a humanist, a universal man. People have short attention span; many have already lost interest in the war in Ukraine and do not see the killing of Ukrainians as their problems. They have moved on and will not fight for universal good until someone kills their people and at that time, they ask us to help them. Ask not for whom the bell tolls for it tolls for you. Get involved in fighting for human rights and freedom.

Ozodi Osuji

February 26, 2022

ozodiosuji@gmail.com

(907) 310-8176

Dr. Osuji is available in the evenings, Alaska time, USA, if you want to chat with him on this paper; in this paper, he gave the most cursory history and politics of Europe and would freely engage in a more robust discussion of the history and politics of Europe. Before turning to other matters, Dr Osuji was a Professor of The US Government and International Politics.

FURTHER READING

Santon, Kate and McKay, Liz (2012). Editors, Atlas World History. London: Paragon.

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