astuteman wrote:It's uncomfortable and perhaps even scary, but we absolutely have to call Putin's bluff, and be hard-over about it too.
We have to make it absolutely clear to him that there is no winning scenario whatever he threatens to do.
That is NOT the same as being a "western power mad warmonger". It the opposite actually.
Being wet and pansy is virtually guaranteed to end up with more people being killed and displaced than taking the hard line.
I think there's plenty of examples in history to support that
Given how Putin is acting that is the inevitable conclusion, indeed.
Taking a hard line also clearly indicates to Putin's underlings that there is nothing but pain to be expected by continuing to execute Putin's war. And this is now a necessity.
Clarity about this on both sides is more likely to avoid at least some of the bloodshed than appearing limp and giving Putin the illusion that his intimidation tactics could actually improve his own fortunes.