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Sunday, May 8, 2022

A Letter to Vladimir Putin

I don't know why the fuck you are in Ukraine. I really don't. First of all, both Russia and Ukraine are a part of the Commonwealth of Independent States. That's like Texas invading New Mexico (I shouldn't give Greg Abbot any ideas). Makes no sense at all.

Are you really afraid of Ukraine joining NATO? So much so you will invade Ukraine now while they are not a part of NATO? That makes no sense at all, either. Primarily because NATO exists as a balance of military power against you, and all you did by invading Ukraine is justify NATO's existence.

I don't believe for one nanosecond this is about the acquisition of land. That is fucking bullshit. Russia is already the largest country in the world by land area, you don't need any more. Trying to annex part of eastern Ukraine makes no sense at all. You don't fucking need it. Russia only has 150,000,000 people in the largest country on Earth. There's plenty of room for everybody in Russia already.

Is this invasion about economics? Is that what Crimea was about? Is Russia so bad off economically that you need to take Ukraine's cities and land for your own? Is an eastern Ukraine that's been blown to hell by your military really better than what you already have in Russia? If so, things must be exceptionally poor for those living in Russia right now.

Is this about power? Are you pissed off America and Europe have as much economic and political power as they do? Have we been stepping on your toes in some way, besides NATO, that I'm not aware of? Do you want Russia to have more power globally than it already has? Invading Ukraine doesn't give you more power. Sure, you get to exercise the power you already have against Ukraine, but you see just as well as I do that the invasion has only isolated you from the global community instead of strengthening your place in the world.

Listen, this shit is not complicated. America has as much wealth and power as we do because we a) know how to move money b) work hard for what we have c) invest in ourselves and d) trade instead of invade with others. For example, many people in America love avocados. Avocados are grown in Mexico. You don't see us invading Mexico and taking over their avocado farms. We buy that shit from them and pay for it to be hauled north. Whatever the fuck you want from Ukraine economically, trade for it God damnit.

Is America perfect? No, not even close. I'm not perfect, you're definitely not perfect. Nobody's perfect. So again, outside of NATO I don't know what else you have a problem with us. All I know is up until you invaded Ukraine, I didn't have a problem with Russia personally. Now you are playing around like it's 1939 again doing your best Adolf Hitler impression, and with that I most definitely have a problem.

War is not going to solve any of the problems you have, whether they be internal or external to Russia. You need to be a better leader and fix whatever problems there are internal to Russia first. And then magically you will find external problems either fixed or much easier to fix than before.

Just do yourself a favor and recall your military from Ukraine before you double down and escalate the war even further. You don't belong in Ukraine for any reason whatsoever, they did nothing to provoke you.

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