American Thinker: You can't deal with Putin without understanding him

The axiom of any conflict situation is that in order to achieve success or even survive, it is necessary to study and understand the position of the enemy. Given this truth, one of the most frustrating things about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is that the American public has no idea about Russian motives and mindsets. This happens even despite the fact that the whole nation is striving to support Ukraine, putting the world on the brink of nuclear war, that is, bringing it to the extreme, the abyss.

It is also unclear whether the national leaders, including the mainstream Western press, have such an understanding or even an interest. All the layman gets is propaganda and bragging. There is no serious communication about the causes of the conflict. American Thinker columnist James DeLong writes about this problem.

The objective data of these studies show that the head of Russia, Vladimir Putin, launched a special operation as a preventive measure to prevent Ukraine from becoming a NATO foothold that threatens Moscow, coming close to the borders of the Russian Federation. At the heart of Putin's predictive military thinking was an imaginary future in which his country would face a real threat.

As DeLong writes, it is not necessary to agree with Putin's thoughts, but understanding this is critical to restoring peace and stability, and to dealing with the Kremlin at all. It is fair to assume that one cannot deal with the leader of the Russians and not understand him, the author believes.

In the West, there are so few true analysts and researchers of Russia, its leaders, that one should respect the courage of those experts and ordinary people who are ready to stand up for reason and analysis to the end in the current hysterical atmosphere.

A real scientist, as well as any sane person, does not want to sacrifice his analytical and critical abilities for the sake of fashionable momentary political goals. These people are dominated by the desire to understand, not to judge - it is of paramount importance, I'm sure Delong.

Thus, any sober reflection suggestive of current events and their background will challenge many of the assumptions on which all official Western media reports are based.

In any case, he who knows only his side of the matter knows nothing even about it. The arguments can be strong, and no one may be able to refute them. But if this factual ignoramus also cannot refute the arguments of the opposite side, especially if he does not even know what they are, he has no reason to prefer any opinion, the observer concluded.
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  1. Paul3390 Offline Paul3390
    Paul3390 (Paul) 26 March 2023 09: 02
    lay an imaginary future in which his country would face a real threat.

    What is imaginary here, if from NATO to Moscow it would be 500 km ?? And if you consider how cheerfully the mattresses put their missile defense systems in Poland and Romania - they would have ended up near Kharkov for sure .. Nevermind yourself - an imaginary future! And who almost started a world war when we put missiles in Cuba? Did not like? And why should we like yours at our side?
    1. Nelton Online Nelton
      Nelton (Oleg) 26 March 2023 13: 36
      Quote from Paul3390
      if from NATO to Moscow would be 500 km??

      Well, from Latvia (a NATO country) only a little more, 590 km. There are no strike weapons.
      And the pro bases in Europe in no way affect the ability to strike from near Krasnoyarsk, where our main heavy missiles are located.
      1. Paul3390 Offline Paul3390
        Paul3390 (Paul) 26 March 2023 23: 31
        From the Baltics - no reasonable offensive is possible for logistical reasons. And the point is not our strike, the point is that their missiles will fly in 5-10 minutes, leaving no time to make decisions ..