Are Sanctions Working?
Imagine posing for a selfie with your “bestie”, Vlad Putin, uploading it globally, and days later he invades Ukraine where you have billions invested. Then he murders tens of thousands and plunges the world into hyper-inflation, food and energy shortages, and a global economic downturn. That’s exactly what has befallen President Xi Jinping of China this year. Chinese officials maintain that the invasion plans were not disclosed by Putin, but Xi has remained silent publicly about what was said or not said, nor has he criticized his partner’s murder and mayhem. However, he has been distancing himself from Moscow, and China has not provided a single bullet to Russia’s war machine. Even so, guilt by association has hurt China’s reputation and damage control is in order which is why attempts are underway for a bilateral meeting between Xi and President Job Biden at the G20 meeting on November 15. If this happens, it would represent a reset by China, will undermine Putin, and placate China’s customers in America and Europe. But if the bilateral isn’t held, Beijing’s current economic problems will worsen.
Putin is a dictator with staggering riches and a nuclear arsenal. In February, he audaciously started “World War III”, and upended the world order, by invading Ukraine, but only the initial victim has been directly fighting back. That is because the West and the rest are kept at bay by Putin’s ultimate weapon of mass destruction which is that he frightens foes or targets into believing that he’s capable of anything. So punches have been pulled and NATO has only given Kyiv enough weapons to avoid losing, but not enough as yet to win.
Warfare is like a deadly Super Bowl of Geopolitics, a match that includes violence, threats, boasts, trash talk, and posturing by quarterbacks designed to wither opponents. But during Russia’s war against Ukraine and Europe, the Kremlin has been tossing around nuclear threats and words like Armageddon in order to frighten off Ukraine and its Western allies. So far such fear-mongering has backfired. Ukraine has become more resolved. Loose talk about nukes has rattled the Russian public, resulting in the departure of one million from Russia since the invasion. In the United States, a survey by the American Psychological Association found that 70 percent were worried about nuclear confrontation and the possibility of World War III, but another poll showed that 75 percent of Americans support military help to Ukraine. Moscow’s threats have also alienated “friendly” fence-sitters like China and India and resulted in fierce pushback by Western leaders who are more determined than ever to stop Putin’s war.
If Russia was a dog -- circling, biting, snarling, and baring its teeth at a cornered victim -- the best recourse would be to injure it to avert an attack. Merely threatening to shoot it would be pointless. Doing nothing would simply embolden the beast and immobilize the victim.
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