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We Trusted Our Leaders Never to Permit Another Holocaust.

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We relaxed really, complacent, appalled at the past but confident that we as civilised people would never allow a tyrant to commit genocide, cause suffering on such a scale.  But that is exactly what Putin is doing in Ukraine.

The truth is our leaders are weak, indecisive and cowardly.  There is no leadership, merely reaction to opinion polls, focus groups and newspaper headlines.  None of them has the mettle that is required.  All of them will evade any courageous decision and any action they do take will be because they have been forced into it.

This is the perfect scenario for a bully and despot like Putin but we have already seen that the courage of the people of Ukraine is beating him back.  Were it not for the sheer quantity of soldiers and firepower that he has, he would already be defeated and probably disappeared to Siberia.

I believe the people of Europe, Britain and the EU countries are courageous like the Ukrainians, far more courageous than our leaders.

The only way to deal with a bully is to stand up to him, exactly as the Ukrainians are demonstrating.  We have submitted to Putin in Syria. We have appeased him over Crimea. We have stood back and watched him flatten Mariupol and now start the forced deportation of refugees – perhaps to slave labour or extermination camps?

We must stop him. Supplying arms and aid to Ukraine is helping to hold him back and he is running out of resources to run his war.  He is being backed into a corner, so we are creating the same peril as if we were fully engaged in the war.  He could easily unleash chemical, biological or nuclear weapons without any further reason.

I believe we have the capability from US and British warships in the Black Sea to impose a no-fly zone instantly and to launch devastating cruise missiles and air strikes at his key frontline units and supply lines.

My view is we should also have special forces engaged on assassination missions, multiple teams, each trying different routes and methods to locate and kill him.  This is the ethical choice, rather than military action that inevitably kills civilians.  The US, Britain and France have the military capability for this and now is the time to act.

We must not cower in fear, for if we do continue to permit these crimes against humanity then we become complicit in them.  I and I believe the majority of European people have the courage to act now and face him down.  If we do not, we may not get another chance.

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March 24, 2022 at 6:13 pm

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Putin’s War. He has to be Stopped Now. Delaying Will Make it More Difficult.

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Ukrainian soldiers trying to save the father of a family of four — the only one at that moment who still had a pulse — moments after being hit by a mortar while trying to flee Irpin, near Kyiv, on Sunday. Credit…Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

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March 6, 2022 at 7:46 pm

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Assassination Is the Ethical Option.

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I am for assassination of Putin and key Russian government and military officers.

sniper4 rifleThis is the option that minimises casualties and puts most risk on professionals who have chosen their role.  Special forces would welcome this task. They may bear heavy casualties before they succeed but they are volunteers and it is better than the death of civilians, particularly children. Multiple small teams infiltrating by helicopter, HALO parachute jump and every possible route equipped with our most sophisticated weaponry.  Many will die but only one needs to succeed.

It’s what we should have done with Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Netanyahu and Assad.  In any circumstances, if there is justification for action that may result in civilian casualties, there is better justification for assassination.  It’s the ethical option.

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February 26, 2022 at 8:15 pm

Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy

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The leader of a proud, free nation. A beacon of hope, strength, and freedom. A President willing to die for his people rather than cower to an autocrat. Centuries from now, statues of this man will stand across Ukraine remembering his leadership.

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February 26, 2022 at 2:41 pm

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Even When It’s Theresa May We Must Not Constrain Our PM From Taking Effective Military Action.

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I’d prefer Theresa May wasn’t in charge of putting out her own recycling, let alone the defence of our nation but those MPs and commentators calling for a vote in Parliament before military action are misguided and foolish.

It’s absurd to expect any prime minster to go to Parliament before acting on what may be an immediate threat to our nation or, indeed, to human life elsewhere.

It’s difficult to think of anyone more unsuitable to have their finger ‘on the button’ than Theresa May.  She’s a religious nutcase and shifts her position with the wind to suit her own political advantage.  Nevertheless, we just have to accept the fact that for now she is prime minister and she has to have the authority to act.

Whether we should attack the Syria government is another matter.  With the amount of disinformation coming from all sides it’s impossible for me to make a rational decision.  I don’t trust the Russians at all but then neither do I trust Mrs May nor the totally incredible Boris Johnson whose bluster and exaggeration has finally destroyed any confidence I had in him.

There’s disinformation from all sides on Syria, on the Salisbury nerve agent attack, even this morning from the Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, on gangsters and violent crime in London.  The news is full of propaganda these days and both the BBC and the press are playing their own games. They’re all unreliable and untrustworthy.

What I am sure of is that our weak and pathetic MPs, the likes of Chuka Umunna and Ken Clarke, should have had the courage to deal with Assad back in 2013 when he first used chemical weapons and before Putin muscled in when the West was too timid to act.   The last thing we need now is to let them delay and bicker and score party political points off each other.

Six Very Good Reasons To Panic

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April 12, 2018 at 3:25 pm