This week’s Stupidocrisy goes to Russian “president” Vladimir Putin. From the beginning of his invasion of Ukraine, he has acted the world-class bully. Just Saturday, the US Sun reported and showed pictures of a Russian TU-160 nuclear bomber buzzing the skies near the Ukraine border in what could be construed as one of the most chilling and intimidating war moves yet by the embattled Putin. Putin has been seen carrying his attaché case with the nuclear code. Putin’s diplomats have repeatedly made mention of the word “nuclear” if the US or NATO got involved in directly assisting Ukraine. There have been reports of extreme atrocities by Russian soldiers and the targeting of Ukrainian civilians.
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky has been sounding the nuclear alarm since the sinking of Russia’s Moskva battleship last Thursday. On Saturday, Zelensky told Ukrainians to prepare for a nuclear attack by stockpiling iodine to mitigate radiation. He said, “We shouldn’t wait for the moment when Russia decides to use nuclear weapons…We must prepare for that.” In addition, TASS news agency cited Russian ambassador-at-large Nikolai Korchunov as saying on Sunday that increased activity of NATO forces in the Arctic risks “unintended incidents” occurring in the region. Korchunov said, “The recent increase in NATO’s activity in the Arctic is a cause for concern. Another large-scale military exercise of the alliance was recently held in northern Norway. In our view, this does not contribute to the security of the region.”
Korchunov was referring to combined NATO military drills with Finland and Sweden beginning in March. The drills were long-planned, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 drew more heightened awareness of the NATO military exercise. This is an age-old Soviet tactic of propagandizing everything and using it to justify their actions. Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have died because of Putin. It would appear that Putin’s Soviet-style military doctrine is not as successful as he would have hoped. It appears that Putin misjudged his military strength and the will of the Ukrainian people to defend their homeland—something socialists, communists, and fascists often underestimate.
Putin is trying to bully people into submission. He is doing so at the extraordinary threat of nuclear annihilation. In any other time in history, this would be considered not only dangerous, but the musings of a madman. To threaten the world with such destruction without provocation, but projecting one’s own provocation, Putin is putting everyone’s well-being at risk, especially given the vacuum of good leadership around the world. And the sad thing is, sometime or someday, somebody is going to pull the trigger on something bad because of all this push. As Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Desperately wicked indeed. Here we have one person, Putin, who like Hitler or Stalin or Hirohito or Mussolini, has become a danger to all humanity. It is, say it with me…Stupidocrisy.