Putin Saw Western Weakness as the Force for His Strategic Move

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All foreign policy experts from all walks of the life assured us that things had improved since the end of the Cold War. In “The End of History”, Francis Fukuyama stated that we have reached “the end of humanity’s ideologies” and the universalization of Western democracy as the last form of governance.

These dubious claims were made by the West, who adopted an “ostrich” foreign policy. This meant that it was willing to prioritize security and pursue utopian goals at great speed to achieve its green energy dreams. France was another example.

Instead, the West leaned more on economic interdependence via IMF and WTO and more diplomacy at Davos.

The West was dependent on its inability to accept reality. Obama laughed at Mitt Romney’s 2012 mistake reminding Americans of Russia’s geopolitical rival. Their foreign policies were rescinded in the 1980s.

The West did not respond when aggressive global competitors stated that they didn’t believe the West’s vision. The West failed to prevent Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2014.

In declaring war on all things, the West made peace by making it possible to end all conflicts.

The West has learned that ending war requires two people. Russian President Vladimir Putin saw the weakness in the West and used that knowledge to drive his last major strategic move: the occupation of Ukraine and the devastation it caused.

In 1940, George Orwell wrote about the rise and fall of the Nazis. “Nearly every western thought since 1945, and certainly any progressive’ thought following that war, has assumed that humans desire safety, security, and short work hours. Hitler, a joyless man who felt it with incredible strength, understood that humans also want struggle and self-sacrifice.

Hitler was challenged by the West. This will have lasting consequences for a West that’s just beginning to emerge from the sand.