Thanks for the inspiration for this edition goes to friend and fellow poster at OEN, Nam.
I rarely call talk shows: I have spent so much time on the air I guess I may have control issues when it comes to my on the air presence. Plus, I want to control the pots: not be subjected to hang ups, fade outs. That’s what they do and sometimes for a very good reason. Personally, if I got one of these callers who talk over you as a tactic, I would do worse than hang up. I’d humiliate them. Do airhorns. Mocking prerecorded sounds.
Which probably means it’s best I didn’t go back into radio.
Which also brings us to our topic.
I hate bullies. And I suppose HOW one frames Putin truly matters when it comes to how we react to Ukraine. Randi Rhodes apparently frames him as a mad man. I can see that. I consider him more an extremely smart bully: a rare beast. Bullies usually come in various flavors of stupid and ignorant. A bully will use their inability to compete on an intellectual level like Putin has his soldiers using their weapons. Needless to say almost all his moves have been clever; indicating a rather evil intelligence burns inside this bully. And Putin: like Trump, cares for little except himself. Like Trump he will do what he can to destroy anyone who even remotely stands in his way, via proxies most of the time. Making it illegal to use the word “war,” say “two words,” or holding up a blank sign shows just how much he has to be in control.
Only, like all bullies, eventually they push to far. As bad as he has been, Ukraine is that “I’ll keep pushing as long as I’m not stopped” moment.
My suggestion, when calling Randi, all comes down to what he would do if we announced to the world we were going to do Berlin-style airlifts. Seriously: I don’t mean planes just painted Red Cross as some kind of rouse. I mean dropping no weapons of any kind. Food, clothes: at the most small generators with gas, or fully charged lithium batteries , solar panels, and small inverters. Maybe the battery idea because I would assume gas could be determined an act of war.
If he has his stormtroopers fire on clearly marked planes: game on.
It all comes down to Putin. I honestly think he doesn’t want World War III. He is that smart, yet evil, bully I mentioned. That doesn’t mean he won’t circle back around and try again. This is what bullies do.
Someone who has just gone crazy, yeah, that’s different. But I don’t quite sense Hitler in the bunker from him… yet. While I am usually no fan of framing, in this case assessing the enemy is crucial. But I do have to ask, since I have heard Randi echo the same sentiments about bullies I have, doesn’t it still apply that if we don’t give him as bloody nose he will continue? That he will keep ramping it up as long as he isn’t confronted more, the world show they are willing to protect the innocent out of humanitarian necessity? As of now all he has to do is keep bombing and shooting them into oblivion.
My suggestion is NOT firing on them unless they fire on us. Those not sucked up by obvious Putin misinformation will KNOW it’s humanitarian. As the mass murder continues, the starvation, dehydration something must be done.
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