The news headline tonight is that President Barack Obama and Chancelor Angela Merkel are “demanding” that President Vladimir Putin withdraw his “humanitarian aid” truck convoy from Ukrainian territory.
They can save their breath.
Speaking to Putin with threats, given the number of threats they have made and not carried out—resorting to new threats instead, is like trying to communicate with a human by blowing a dog whistle which is out of the human range of hearing.
The only language Putin and Russia can hear is the language of actions. This assertion is fully supported by the factual record.
(1) “REPRISE: The language of actions—Russia, the Ukraine, and the response of the West,” The Trenchant Observer, July 20, 2014.
(2) “The language of actions: Russia, the Ukraine, and the response of the West,” The Trenchant Observer, April 10, 2014.
Obama and Merkel should quit calling and meeting with Putin, and immediately impose broad and deep economic or “stage 3” sectoral sanctions against Russia, as they threatened they would do if he invaded the Ukraine again.
The policy of appeasement has dramatically failed.
More than that, as Putin probed for weaknesses in the West, he found them in the pacifism and appeasement of Western leaders, in which Western responses to his aggressions were deeply rooted.
This pacifism and appeasement emboldened him, and is a major cause of the Russian aggression in the Crimea, and its agggression in the eastern Ukraine that we are witnessing now.
So, Merkel and Obama can save their breath and not even bother to make threats of future actions if Putin does or does not do a certain thing.
His forces have invaded and are fighting in the Ukraine. The West must find actions, not words or threats, that can reverse this course of events.
The Trenchant Observer