Only military defeat in Ukraine can stop Putin from pursuing his larger goals, Skobov says

Hitler goose-steps across the 'spineless leaders of democracy' towards his goal: 'Boss of the Universe.' The first 3 steps are labelled 'Rearmament,' 'Rhineland' and 'Danzig.' This prophetic cartoon by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper in July 1936.

Hitler goose-steps across the 'spineless leaders of democracy' towards his goal: 'Boss of the Universe.' The first 3 steps are labelled 'Rearmament,' 'Rhineland' and 'Danzig.' This prophetic cartoon by the British cartoonist David Low appeared in the Evening Standard newspaper in July 1936. 

Opinion, Russian Aggression

Edited by: A. N.

In proposing theses for an open letter condemning Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, Moscow commentator Aleksandr Skobov has stated in lapidary terms why the West must support the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people. The reason is simple: unless Putin is defeated in Ukraine, he will attack other countries, including those in the West.

Aleksandr Skobov (Image: kasparov.ru)

Aleksandr Skobov
(Image: kasparov.ru)

It should be obvious to all, he argues, that “Putin wants to put on its knees not just Ukraine. He is seeking to put the entire civilized world on its knees. He wants to impose ‘a new world order’ without any legal limitations on the use of force … In this world no one will have any guarantees of freedom and security.”

“This is the very same ‘world order’ which Hitler sought to impose, and the threat to human civilization emanating from Putin at a minimum is no less than the threat which came from Hitler,” Skobov continues. And just as Hitler could not be stopped by appeasement or compromises, Putin cannot be stopped by those means either.

According to Skobov, “Putin will unceasingly move toward his goal; and attempts by NATO countries to avoid at any price a direct military clash with him will only lead to an increase in his appetites and a further raising of the stakes and further escalation.”

If the Free World watches without acting while Ukraine bleeds, “this will mark the moral and political collapse of the Western community and the affirmation of Putin’s ‘new world order.’”

Moreover, NATO will “sooner or later” be drawn into this conflict but just as with Hitler in the 1930s “in still worse conditions for itself.”

“Today,” Skobov continues, “only a military defeat in Ukraine can stop Putin,” To that end, the West must “move from a policy of sanctions to a policy of complete economic blockade of Russia, a complete diplomatic blockade of Russia and refuse to have any talks with Putin,” having accurately described him as “a new Hitler.”

At the same time, he argues, the West must “immediately provide Ukraine with large-scale aid in arms,” including anti-aircraft weapons, military jets, and volunteers, and “if these measures prove insufficient,” to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

Those who might sign this letter but live in Russia and are thus at risk of repression by the Kremlin should remember the brave seven who went into Red Square to protest against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Skobov, himself a former Soviet political prisoner, says. Those seven knew what risks they faced; but they took them anyway for a larger goal.

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