Word has come tumbling out that Russian Vladimir Putin is descending into madness. Is it too much to ask true Russian patriots to rid the world of this tyrant before he does further damage?
Putin apparently thought Ukraine would be a summer’s evening stroll, that within days, if not hours, his forces could overrun the country with minimal resistance.
Instead, his campaign met stiff and heroic resistance from the Ukrainians and President Volodymyr Zelensky, who inspired a nation and a world watching when he declined the Biden White House’s offer to pull him out. He didn’t need a ride, he said, he needs ammunition.
Now we have angry citizens from a number of nations who want to join the Ukrainians in their fight and they’re getting the blessings from their governments – even the regime of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who went to war last week on his own soil against truckers weary of his petty-but-growing tyranny, won’t stop Canadians who wish to fight.
With the world lining up against him, and his expected romp turning sour, it seems that events have broken Putin.
But then he was apparently broken before the invasion. The West just wasn’t seeing the cracks.
“I always thought that we were dealing with somebody who was actually very logical,” British journalist Nigel Farage said last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference conference in Florida. “But I now begin to wonder whether he is.
“And if something’s gone wrong with Putin and he’s lost logic and reason, it’s quite possible to think that he’ll want to go back to the days of Catherine the Great’s and Tsarist empire, and that Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are under threat.”
London’s Daily Mail reported also last week that “questions are being asked about the Russian leader’s state of mind after he announced the invasion of Ukraine in ‘rambling, terrifying, apocalyptic’ fashion.”
The Mail continued;
Rumors surrounding the Russian leader’s health have been swirling for years, with repeated reports suggesting that he is suffering from cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
On top of that, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on both the president’s physical and mental health can’t be underestimated, and it’s been suggested that brain fog as a result of long COVID could be impairing his cognitive function.
On the same day, Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, vice chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, tweeted that “it’s pretty obvious to many that something is off with Putin.
“He has always been a killer, but his problem now is different and significant.
“It would be a mistake to assume this Putin would react the same way he would have five years ago.”
The U.S. media, more concerned with global warming, diversity, equity, framing every issue with racial contours, and mask and vaccine mandates than they are with Putin’s crimes, is late but now on the case. The New York Times’ Sunday coverage said “Putin’s grasp on reality may be loosening.” Based on the Times story, MSN reported that “U.S. intel agencies are debating whether Putin has lost mental faculties or is bluffing to unnerve the West.” A USA Today headline questions his stability.
The world should be concerned that Putin, in our eyes a war criminal, is growing paranoid, given the nearly broad countering of his aggression. His decision to declare a nuclear weapons alert might be an indication that his mental hinges have come off. If he feels he’s being ganged up on, that he isn’t being allowed to take what he believes is rightfully his, he could become a global rather than regional threat, even if he isn’t suffering from cancer, or Parkinson’s, or long COVID. A cornered rat is dangerous, especially when he’s megalomaniac.
As is a deranged man so obsessed with a woman that he declares that if he can’t have her, then no one else will, even if it means his own end, too. And in his deteriorated state, he’s happy to take as many innocents along with him as possible. In similar fashion, Putin is desperate to annex a country that he’s fixated on, and has been told no.
He needs to be removed before he expands his list of enemies, and promptly tried for the crimes he’s committed against a sovereign nation. This shouldn’t be too hard for a country that for the last 105 years has routinely purged rulers and other officials who fell out of favor.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board