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The Two-Day War
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Wednesday

Now we know something we did not know before about WHY Putin is attacking Ukraine. This has been the big question since 2014. Russia is an immense country. It has every kind of mineral resource, unlimited arable land, and abundant water. So why does it need Ukraine? Ukraine hates Russia. Ukraine remembers well that Stalin purposely starved millions of Ukrainians to death. Ukraine remembers that the USSR treated Ukraine so horribly that the Ukrainians enthusiastically joined up with the Nazis to fight Stalin.

So … why an invasion of Ukraine? Why annex a large country with 40 million people who hate you?

Because — according to Mr. Putin — Ukraine is filled with actual, card-carrying Nazis. Mr. Putin announced that his goal was to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine.

But there have not been meaningful numbers of Nazis in Ukraine since 1944. That’s almost 80 years ago.

Mr. Putin is appealing to a fictitious, imaginary reality that is supposed to scare us all. Or maybe he is not “feeling well.”

By the way, Tucker said that as far as he was concerned, Mr. Putin was no worse — and maybe far better than — U.S. politicians. But maybe there is one big difference: when Mr. Putin’s critics say negative things about him, they get murdered by the KGB.

Thursday

Well, that was quick. Russia has already won the “war” with Ukraine. Overwhelming force. More skill. It did not have to happen. Even in the last weeks of World War II, faced with really overwhelming power, the Nazis were fighting back like mad, sometimes pushing back the Red Army even after Hitler’s death. So it could have been done. It has to do with morale.

Obviously, the Nazi rule for its soldiers — if you retreat, we shoot you — is not what we want in Ukraine. I merely want to say that very large armies have been at least stalled by hard-fighting persons.

Second, and this is so obvious that it’s almost comical, the invasion did not happen when Trump was president.

Third, sanctions never work, and I mean NEVER work, to stop a madman. NOT EVER.

Fourth, for the millionth time, we should have never stopped fracking. That was pure idiocy.

Fifth, time to rearm in a serious way.

Sixth, this will be trouble for Putin in the long run. Invasions are always trouble. As a German leader said, starting a war is like opening a door into a dark room. You just don’t know what’s inside.

Seventh, what a sad day that we have a totally incompetent administration in a genuinely dangerous world.

Ben Stein
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Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He writes “Ben Stein’s Diary” for every issue of The American Spectator.
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