The UN climate report released on April 4 shows an urgent need to stop pollution and keep global warming in check NOW! Of course, as usual the impact of too many humans is not mentioned. You can read my take on that key issue in my Op Ed here.
While written and warned about for years, the amount of progress on climate and environment has been well short of the promises of the nations who pollute the most, principally often the USA.
Read the UN story here.
UN climate report talks go into overtime as governments oppose firm language on fossil fuelshttps://t.co/yJjzhJeKnx
— CNN International (@cnni) April 4, 2022
Now the huge threat of Putin’s war doubtless diverts attention from the priority of planetary salvation while the world faces the threat of a nuclear exchange.
That combination can in my view be characterized as the onset of WWIII.
Realists who understand Putin such as Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once the richest oligarch in Russia, who when he said he was going to run for President was accused of tax fraud and lost his company.
Then Putin caused this man to serve 10 years in a Russian jail. Khodorkovsky has no illusions about what Putin will continue to do in the future!
He gave us his take on Putin on Fareed Zakaria’s April 3rd CNN program and Chuck Todd’s Meet the Press. He advised that our reaction must now avoid any negotiations as Putin will see this as weakness, perhaps encouraging more attacks on contiguous NATO member nations.
Read about this former oligarch history here.
“Putin can make [the oligarchs] do practically anything.”
Mikhail Khodorkovsky was once the richest billionaire in Russia. But after he criticized corruption in Putin’s Russia, he was arrested, charged with fraud, and spent 10 years in prison. https://t.co/K1bnC6mfeT pic.twitter.com/oT4W5CRhuv
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 5, 2022
Putin is the new Joseph Stalin, a man who ruthlessly killed millions and never was brought to justice.
NATO should now set up a new Nuremburg type organization that can subsequently bring Putin and his army commanders to justice. President Zelensky has asked the formation now of special criminal tribunal to get Putin.
Read here about the original post WWII Nuremburg trials.
The horrors of Bucha just seen there are probably only examples of what Putin’s army is guilty.
Ultimately our help to Ukraine will not achieve the ability to reach Putin who likely will come close to using nuclear weapons, although as the formerly imprisoned oligarch, Khodorkovsky, said at some point Putin will likely stand down.
And at some point our intense broadcasts and other ways of reaching all Russian citizens with the horror of the images of the crimes Putin has committed will bring him down.
Remember, bad internal Russian conditions without any sanctions, brought the USSR to its knees and allowed Reagan to convince Premier Gorbachev to end the Soviet empire and enter peaceful negotiations to end the Cold War.
Chances the same thing can happen but faster now that sanctions will slowly bring a viselike grip on Putin’s Russia.
War crimes and genocide are bad but charging Putin with waging an illegal war allows his prosecutors to get Putin more directly since these other charges can be too hard to prove.
The real bottom line is the obvious fact that democracy now confronts authoritarianism worldwide but is ironically threatened here in the USA with Trump and his agents of shame.
Too many of us aren’t listening! And as Post columnist Catherine Rampell explains, the GOP’s new goals are even scarier. Be sure to read here.
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) April 5, 2022
Governor Sununu’s Gridiron Dinner roast on Trump was not a joke even if he said it was.
Chris Sununu goes there on Trump: “The press often will ask me if I think Donald Trump is crazy. And I’ll say it this way: I don’t think he’s so crazy that you could put him in a mental institution. But I think if he were in one, he ain’t getting out.” https://t.co/UrELY1buBX
— Diana Manister (@DianaCialino) April 5, 2022
One excerpt from this Sununu’s speech I found particularly choice:
Sununu added: “The press often will ask me if I think Donald Trump is crazy. And I’ll say it this way: I don’t think he’s so crazy that you could put him in a mental institution. But I think if he were in one, he ain’t getting out.”
As one might expect, Sununu on Monday morning sought the plausible deniability that comes with delivering such remarks at a roast-style event.
“I don’t think he’s crazy,” Sununu said, according to the New Hampshire Journal. “It’s all a joke.”
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