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May 15, 2022



Unless Russia is forced out of Ukraine entirely - including Donbass and Crimea - Putin will be able to claim at least a fig-leaf of victory and justification, and if he can do that the tipping point for change in Russia won't be reached. Putin has already established his own 'stab in the back' narrative.

John the Drunkard

Fostering the 'self esteem' of defeated tyrants has a terrible history. Here in my country, our failure to enforce the defeat of the Confederates has poisoned the country ever since.

Acknowledging defeat was the 'humiliation' that the German establishment could never accept. The reparations went almost entirely unpaid. Billions of foreign capital pouring into the intact German industrial economy were squandered by the German elite.

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