Russia, should we be frightened?
When Frank Herbert wrote his famous book ‘Dune’ he wrote one sentence that remained with me though my life. ‘Fear is the mind killer’.
When we get frightened our natural reaction is to run or to fight. Our body speeds up and as our brain prepares for action it no longer makes minor cognitive decisions. When I hear ignorant people demanding more and more aggressive action, I see frightened people. They think all problems can be resolved with greater levels of violence. Violence is neutral, it can destroy the user as easily as the receiver. Putin is starting to learn this lesson.
To answer my own question. No, we shouldn’t be frightened, but we should be very concerned. We should stop listening to false prophets who claim to know what will happen and trust in those who concentrate on what is already happening and what can be done to effect a positive outcome.
The strategic aim of the Western Powers is to win the proxy war against Russia – in Ukraine. The most important and difficult part of that aim is to keep it ‘in Ukraine’.
The requirements to win that war are several: To fight effectively on the ground, to finance the operation, to create strong supply lines, to control morale and public opinion, to manufacture the material necessary to maintain a long war, to strongly deter the enemy from expanding the theatre of operations, to destroy the enemy’s ability to engage in war. All these items are being actioned as you read this.
Steady, intelligent, concerned politicians and military experts are creating the circumstances that will lead to a Russian defeat. What works against those planners are those who spread Russian propaganda and generate fear. Fear of what might happen, fear of Putin’s mental state, (rest assured he is perfectly sane) fear of nuclear war, fear of the unknown! – Fear is the mind killer.
So, be concerned, think, follow the sensible informed news, avoid pointless speculation and continue to support Ukraine’s right to defend her sovereign territory.
Who Dares Shares.