Warning: “Putin’s World War Strategy – Nato is Next”
By TruePublica Editor: This headline is not scaremongering. It is a warning from someone who knows an awful lot about Putin. In 2015, a book was written with a forward that said: “The ascension of Vladimir Putin – a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB – to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years – as America and the world’s other leading powers have continued to appease him – Putin has grown not only into a dictator but an international threat. With his vast resources and nuclear arsenal, Putin is at the centre of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order.”
That book, Winter is Coming, was written by a man who formed the United Civil Front movement and joined as a member of The Other Russia, a coalition opposing the administration and policies of Vladimir Putin. He is currently chairman of the Human Rights Foundation and chairs its International Council. In 2017, he founded the Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI), an American political organization promoting and defending liberal democracy in the U.S. and abroad. He serves as chairman of the group.
This man also happens to be the most accomplished player of the strategic game of chess and holds a world record for the most consecutive straight wins, a record that outstrips all other previous and current players.
Gary Kasparov has used that strategic expertise and experience of Putin’s Russia and predicted exactly what Putin would do in back in 2015.
Yet years of his prophecy like warnings about Putin’s intentions went unheard – but what he predicted was a darker truth: Putin’s Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world – and what is coming next is truly grim.
As Putin has grown ever more powerful, the threat he poses has grown from local to regional and finally to global. Kasparov writes that the collapse of the Soviet Union was not an endpoint – only a change of seasons, as the Cold War melted into a new spring. But now, after years of complacency and poor judgement, winter is once again upon us.
Kasparov says in no uncertain words that Putin is an existential danger to us all in the free world – hiding in plain sight.
Today, we learn that Putin’s forces have used military munitions targeted at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. News reporters on the ground report (07.15 hrs GMT) that -“Firefighters are struggling to reach the power plant because they face “heavy weapons fire” from Russian troops, with Ukraine’s foreign minister warning: “If it blows up, it will be 10 times larger than Chernobyl.”
Leaving aside the danger of shelling a functioning nuclear power plant with ten times the output of Chernobyl – when Putin’s forces seize complete control – if forced to leave at some stage, could blow it up leaving Ukraine uninhabitable and the rest of Europe dealing with a disaster worse than Fukushima.
This is what Kasparov had to say just two days ago about Putin and the war in Ukraine before the attack on that nuclear power plant.
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Putin’s war on Ukraine has entered its next phase, one of destruction and slaughter of civilians. It is also a part of Putin’s World War, a war on the civilized world of international law, democracy, and any threat to his power, which he declared long ago.
The free world’s denial of this war and decades of appeasement allowed Putin to threaten and conquer abroad while turning Russia into a police state. The price to stop him has gone up every time he has advanced unchallenged. Ukrainians are paying that price in blood.
If Putin is not stopped now, not prevented from destroying Ukraine and committing genocide against its people, there will be a next time and it will be in NATO, with an unprecedented nuclear threat. Do not let Putin escalate again in a time and place of his choosing.
Everyone is quoting my 2015 book Winter Is Coming and saying I was right and “listen to Kasparov”. But will you still listen when I say this will take sacrifice and risk? Not just wheat and gas prices, not just empty chalets and unemployed lobbyists. Easy is over.
Or will you say that I am irrational, blinded by hate, as I heard in 2015? I hope not. Putin must be stopped because the unthinkable is now the possible. The world has awoken, at long last, and many steps I recommended last week are happening. It’s not enough.
I cannot demand NATO attack Russian forces directly, but I can speak from history and a knowledge of Putin. A dictator who has already crossed every line cannot be prevented from escalating with restraint. If he destroys Ukraine, he won’t stop.
We are not trying to appeal to the murderer in his bunker in the Urals. The message is to those who carry out his orders. Will they? Do they all wish to die? Putin will escalate anyway if he is not stopped now. He will, as he always has before, and the price will be higher.
Send Russia to the technological stone age. No support, no parts, no services. Oil boycotts aren’t necessary if oil tech is unavailable. The industry will grind to a halt. This means a war footing in sacrificing, retooling and increasing production to substitute. It’s war.
It’s always tragic that ordinary people suffer, but they are not being bombed in their homes like Ukrainians. Every element of Russian society that can pressure Putin must know they have to choose between him and everything else. Some will cling to him, but for how long?
Send a clear message to Russian generals that they will suffer annihilation if one inch of NATO is touched. Send Ukraine every weapon, including the jets that have been blocked, as if Putin cares about the difference. Stop guessing about his thoughts and do what is needed.
Every day Ukraine endures gives opportunity to communicate this catastrophe to the only people who can really stop Putin, the Russian people, from oligarchs to commanders to protestors. Let all in the power vertical know they will be treated as war criminals. They are.
Leave nothing in reserve. Speed is of the essence to stop payments and catch them and their assets before they hide. Threats like “he doesn’t know what’s coming” don’t work if Putin doesn’t believe you. Show him. And show Russians there is no way back with Putin. Never.
The message is clear. This is war. This war in on European soil. This war will escalate – and to stop it – everything has to be thrown at it because the cost of failure will be catastrophic. And what if the West does not do what is needed and stop Putin just as China watches from another geopolitical direction? Imagine the same attack by China going on in Taiwan.
TruePublica also said just before the attack on Ukraine started that every Russian, with ‘golden visas’ or not should be told to leave and face the leader of their own country. All of their assets should be seized and put to the war effort because anything less is not enough. Innocent or not as these people may be, Putin needs to go – and the anger of its people, especially wealthy ones who have lost everything (just as tens millions of Ukrainians have) is another pressure point needed to defeat Putin. Make no mistake, the West is on the cusp of a major war that could be catastrophic.