Who is Putin… and What if He is Gone?

By Alexander G. Markovsky, AM THINKER  Oct 2022

Speaking in Poland in March 2022, President Biden declared, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”

Despite the White House’s denial, it is widely understood that the US policy is a regime change in Moscow and, by extension, the promotion of Western democracy in Russia. However, those who wish that Vladimir Putin would go away and work to that end must be aware that the gods often punish men by fulfilling their wishes too completely.

The Western folly is that Westerners measure Putin per their values. But Russia is different; one cannot understand Putin without understanding the Russian national character, which derives from more than a thousand years of history and embraces different values and ideals than those of Western Europeans and Americans.

So, while we can concede that Vladimir Putin is not Thomas Jefferson and Russia does not pass muster with the National Endowment for Democracy, we should also acknowledge that from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin, with the notable exceptions of Czar Nikolas II and President Boris Yeltsin, Russia has been ruled by ruthless autocrats. Considering this background, Putin may be the most moderate leader Russia has ever had.

Regrettably, if history is any guide, the moderates and democracy do not do well in Russia. Russian Czar Nikolas II, a moderate autocrat, was forced to abdicate after a series of defeats Russia suffered in the First World War ignited a Marxist revolutionary movement.

A few months later, in October of 1917, the democratically elected Provisional Government was overthrown by the grisly gang of Bolshevik terrorists who took power in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) and proclaimed a revolutionary doctrine rejecting all established concepts of order. After a descent into a series of upheavals, civil war, famine, and Stalin’s “Great Terror” that took around forty million lives, the country defeated Nazi Germany and emerged as the powerful Soviet Union and the leader of the Warsaw Pact, threatening the world with nuclear annihilation.

In 1991 the communist colossal crumbled and democratically elected president Boris Yeltsin replaced the Marxist-Leninist government. The event was viewed as a triumph of democracy. But the jubilation proved to be premature. Russian democracy demonstrated pathetic frailty by allowing mobsters and heads of organized crime syndicates to get elected to the Duma – the Russian parliament, and shield themselves from law enforcement with parliamentary immunity. Oligarchs and organized crime de facto run the country. They looted the Soviet economy and plunged Russia into chaos and bankruptcy. Saint Valentine’s Day Massacres became a routine method of resolving business disputes.  Order needed to be restored if the country was not to disintegrate.

So, in 2000 Yeltsin was forced to pass on the reins to the unremarkable former KGB officer Vladimir Putin. Yeltsin handed over a country in a state of despair. Calamitous economic depression, hyperinflation, lawlessness, and disintegrated arm forces — this was the period that many Russians now associate with “democracy.”

Someone called him the capo di capi, the boss of bosses, the Lucky Luciano of Russia. However, unlike Lucky Luciano, Putin jailed the bosses, deposed the oligarchy, restored order, and cleansed the country from all possibilities of opposition, political or otherwise.

In January 2001, Time Magazine wrote, “As Vladimir Putin becomes an increasingly authoritarian president, his popularity is growing.” “This suggests that we have a president who will radically change Russia and go down in history along with other great rulers of Russia.”

By 2020, the Russian economy had rebounded, and the armed forces regained strategic capabilities. Putin felt strong enough to confront what Moscow considered a severe threat to her security: NATO’s eastward expansion. As the rearmament and training of the Ukrainian army prefigured the potential acceptance of Ukraine into the NATO alliance, the level of anxiety in Moscow skyrocketed. The stage had been set for a conflict.

But then, Putin revealed his moderate side in the poor prosecution of the war, primarily because of the insufficient number of troops committed to the operation, his restraint on attacking Ukrainian infrastructure, his unwillingness to prevent an unmolested supply of Western materiel to the Ukrainian army, and his so-far unfulfilled threats to attack Western centers of decision-making.  This perceived weakness has caused anger and dissatisfaction among some decision-making centers in Moscow. Putin ignored the KGB motto, “threats are the weapon of the weak against weaklings,” which tanked his credibility. Biden and the NATO allies are no longer afraid of him.

Moreover, after the failure to score a knockout blow and take Kiev, the war has entered a protracted phase, which is a bad development for Russia. Not least because the perception is that Ukraine wins if it doesn’t lose, while Russia loses if it does not win.

The perception, in this case, reflects reality because it is not the size, abundance of natural  resources, or economic strength that made Russia a world power; it is foremost its military prowess. And to maintain this status, Moscow must be victorious in this war, whether with Putin or without him.

Hence, if the situation in Ukraine does not improve dramatically in Russia’s favor, Time’s 2020 prediction may not fully materialize – Putin may go down. Against this backdrop, we should not deceive ourselves about the mysterious Russian soul hoping that all the demons in the Russian political DNA have evaporated over the last hundred years.

Indeed, the history of Nikolas II can repeat itself. If the failure to prosecute the war successfully leads to regime change in Russia, it may not be in a direction to our liking.

Alexander G. Markovsky is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, a conservative think tank that examines national security, energy, risk analysis, and other public policy issues. He is the author of Anatomy of a Bolshevik and Liberal Bolshevism: America Did Not Defeat Communism, She Adopted It. Mr. Markovsky is the owner and CEO of Litwin Management Services, LLC. He can be reached at alex.g.markovsky@gmail.com

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  1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Saturday, 7 October 2023), from the Kirya¬ in Tel Aviv [translated from Hebrew]:

    “Citizens of Israel,

    We are at war, not in an operation or in rounds, but at war. This morning, Hamas launched a murderous surprise attack against the State of Israel and its citizens. We have been in this since the early morning hours.

    I convened the heads of the security establishment and ordered – first of all – to clear out the communities that have been infiltrated by terrorists. This currently is being carried out.

    At the same time, I have ordered an extensive mobilization of reserves and that we return fire of a magnitude that the enemy has not known. The enemy will pay an unprecedented price.

    In the meantime, I call on the citizens of Israel to strictly adhere to the directives of the IDF and Home Front Command. We are at war and we will win it.”

    Due to the sanctity of the Shabbat and the holdiay, only life saving updates will be posted

  2. @Michael
    There is no proof that anything that happened to Yshchenko was at the hands of Russia, and it was far more likely to be the work of one of his fellow Ukrainian ollgarchs. Furthermore, you are comparing a targeted assassination attempt to widespread bombing of civilian populations. Quite a distorted image to support your view such as it is.

  3. “The Cabinet of Ministers assigned Zelensky’s father a lifetime scholarship.

    Alexander Semenovich Zelensky became one of 118 scientific and pedagogical employees who are included in the government’s list to receive monthly payments in the amount of 3 living minimums – 8000 UAH.

    I don’t know Zelensky’s father, and maybe he is a great educator, but at a time when so many people are in very difficult circumstances, homeless, jobs, injured and disabled, is it right now time to single out Zelensky’s relatives? Is this extremely necessary? Does this help in consolidation?

    The leader of a country who is fighting for his survival should stand on the same level with his citizens, not alienate his loved ones. Principled equality among all – such a leader will have support.

    Although I do not rule out that it’s some lizoblûdi trying to please the President!’

    Poppled up on my Facebook Feed with picture of document

  4. @Sebastien
    Yes, there is no hiding the fact that the US proxy force in Ukaine is impervious to such distinctions of war crimes. This is not new in Ukraine. Civilian targeting has been ongoing since 2014, of course, back in 2014 the Ukrainians were very careful not to attack the Russians in Crimea, as the joke goes, because that is where the real Russians were located, ie they had an army to fight back and not just a rag tag militia force.

    It was quite difficult for the people of Dombas, and there was a great deal of resentment towards Putin for leaving them to their fate with the Ukrainian Battalions. Many people such as the notorious Igor Ivanovich Strelkov, who built the Dombas militia from scratch into a credible match for the Ukainian Battalions during the first months of the war, have still not forgiven Putin for doing so. Strelkov currently has his own telegram channel where he publishes daily reports which invariably condemn Putin for most everything that Putin does. (Aside: Strelkov was recently arrested for criticizing Russian leadership from Putin on down thru the military staff and for demanding that a general mobilization be put into effect in Russia following the Progoghyn mutiny – also it is believed that he might run for president in next year’s election, but personally I fiind this unlikely.)

    Even after Putin did join the fight in Dombas, it was made clear that he was doing so to achieve a negotiated settlement which again raised the anger of the Dombas since they were once again to be abandoned to live attached to the people who had been murdering them for 8yrs. They initially had wanted autonomy, but after 8yrs they wanted to be part of the Russian Federation, being quite convinced by their fellow Ukrainian citizens that they were, themselves, no longer Ukrainians.

    This is why the referendums of last fall were so important. It placed the protection of the Russian state squarely over Dombas, which completely changed the perspectives of the people of Dombas who had no desire to be sold back to Ukraine for the price of a negotiated settlement.

    This perspective of the Dombas is something which few in the West actually appreciate. Dombas is quite lost to Ukraine, and Dombas is all the better for this fact.

  5. Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko says the quiet part out loud – Russia is winning:

    Russia is winning the battle of a protractor conflict today…unfortunately we have to say that they are gaining the upper hand yet again. They have done this back in 2014. The lessons weren’t learned. The aid was being delivered too slowly and uh at a non-stable rate and this is the results that we are getting. I am a firm believer that Russia could have been stopped with their escalation of the aggression in February 2022 when Ukraine was asking for weapons through January through October November December 2021 but was not being taken seriously and when the offer on the table for us ukrainians was to surrender to Putin’s demands.


    I am curious if Lesia is going to make it onto the Peacemaker execution list for this not too subtle attack on US aid, not to mention revealing the state secret that Ukraine is losing the war.

    I can’t help but be impressed with the continued arrogance of these Ukrainians. With all the aid, military, financial, bribes, all of it, it just wasn’t enough to drag Ukraine across the winning line. So what is the latest excuse for Ukraine losing the war? Well, if we started giving them the aid a year before the war started, they would have been able to stop Russia, but since the aid came too late and too slowly, well, now Russia is winning and Ukraine is whining, err, I mean losing.

    Bookmark this in your memory. Ukraine can not win. They never could win. The only hope Ukraine ever had was that the US economic war was going to win the war for them from within Russia. When Putin was able to bridge that potentiality, the possibility of Russia losing this war went to ZERO and there is little left in the cupboard to continue feeding the Ukainian desires to continue this war. The West, for all their economic strength, can not provide Ukraine with the means to win this war and the lives being sacrificed daily on the battlefield is just personified cruelty. It is time to negotiate, as it was before the Russians came to aid the Dombassers, just as it was 8yrs before that.

  6. Someday we must have a debate about how (seemingly) intelligent people can be deceived. If we can get to the bottom of that one, I think solving the rest of the problems of the world will be easy.

  7. @Michael

    It’s beyond me, how you two can support this thug

    Actually, if he is a thug, he is a Russian thug. If the Russians have a problem with this thug, let the Russians deal with him, as he is their problem. I don’t see any indication that the Russians are looking to regime change this thug, however, and this was made clear during the ‘spontaneous’ mutiny by Prighogyn, which somehow was known to the West some six weeks before it took place. During this event, there was no so much as a cricket climbing out of its den to support the popular waiter led mercenary group’s march on Moscow. So, if the Russians are content with Putin being their thug in chief, and they have suffered with far worse regimes than his, who are you to deem it necessary for the US to pay the Ukrainians to kill themselves trying to enact a regime change in Russia by war which they can not ever hope to succeed in doing. Furthermore, why is it so important to you that this ‘thug’ be regime changed in any event. Your obsessive dislike of the man seems deeply personal and nearly psychotic. What did Putin do to so terribly draw your ire down upon him? I think it is a fair question, even if you choose to leave the question unanswered.

  8. @Sebastien
    Michael is not reading your sources, but I am. Very well argued and very well sourced. It occured to me that as Zel was applauding the aged Hunka in the halls of the Ukrainian parlaiment, it was one Ukrainian war criminal saluting another Ukrainian war criminal, albeit their crimes were separated by a span of 80 years.

    Another point to share about the use of cluster bombs. Ukraine had been purchasing them from Turkey for about 6 months before the US agreed to send them theirs as well, making the big hype about the US sending theirs to Ukraine far less noteworthy than had been expressed at the time, that is beyond the further hypocrisy demonstrated by the US regarding the use of such weapons.


  9. @Michael I see you’re just one of those talkers who never bothers to listen to anything but the very last sentence that was said.

    . My two previous comments were about how Ukrainian forces murdered THOUSANDS – more than died in 9/11 – of civilians by shelling civilian areas with cluster bombs in 2014 in Donbas. This was not Russian propaganda. It was from Human Rights Watch and the UN. BBC covered it, too. Actually, I came across these news items by going to DuckDuckGo, which, unlike Google is not censored, and inputting search terms beginning with “Donbas 2014”

    Before this war. They kept it up for 8years and they’re still at it, the neo-Nazi bastards!

    The way you myopically focus on Putin, personally, and the handful of outlandish murders we’re supposed to take the word of Western intelligence and legacy media – the same folks who told us that Iraq had weapons of
    Mass destruction, railroaded Trump for Hillary Clinton with the Steele Dossier – that Putin supposedly authorized is pure Alinskyite diversion, disinformation, and demonization.

    I took pains to quote sources that could not be mistaken for Russian propaganda.

  10. blah blah…

    Who are you trying to protect, with all your deflections and straw men. We’ve been talking about Putin and his Russian Mafioso, who are responsible for the death of some 500,000 including innocent Ukrainian women and children. You’re apologizing for scum, no mystery there. The only thing left for me to ponder is “Why?”; and I’m not sure I want to hear the answer to that after a good meal.

    Saul Alinsky??? Did you think you haven’t paraded enough scumbags in front of me?

  11. @Michael

    The fact remains: Vladimir Putin, whom we now know you love, is a villain

    Right out of:

    “RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)”



  12. PS Sebastien and Peloni,

    It’s beyond me, how you two can support this thug; but before I turn in for the day, here’s a little article you might read:


    It’s about Viktor Yushchenko, duly elected President of the Ukraine 23 January 2005 – 25 February 2010. While he was running for election, Putin directed his henchmen to poison, in retalliation for Yushchenko previously ratting on him:

    Yushchenko built his campaign on face-to-face communication with voters, since the government prevented most major TV channels from providing equal coverage to candidates.[12][13] Meanwhile, his rival, Yanukovych, frequently appeared in the news and even accused Yushchenko, whose father was a Red Army soldier imprisoned at Auschwitz, of being “a Nazi,”[14][15] even though Yushchenko actively reached out to the Jewish community in Ukraine and his mother is said to have risked her life by hiding three Jewish girls for one and a half years during the Second World War.[16]
    TCDD poisoning
    Yushchenko at the University of Amsterdam, with chloracne from TCDD poisoning (2006).

    Yushchenko became seriously ill in early September 2004. He was flown to Vienna’s Rudolfinerhaus clinic for treatment and diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, accompanied by interstitial edematous abnormalities, due to a serious viral infection and chemical substances that are not normally found in food products. Yushchenko claimed that he had been poisoned by government agents. After the illness, his face was greatly disfigured: jaundiced, bloated, and pockmarked.

    British toxicologist Professor John Henry of St Mary’s Hospital in London declared the abnormalities in Yushchenko’s face were due to chloracne, which results from dioxin poisoning.[17] Dutch toxicologist Bram Brouwer also stated his abnormalities in appearance were the result of chloracne, and found dioxin levels in Yushchenko’s blood 6,000 times above normal.[18]

    You two are eager to talk about CIA interference in Ukrainian elections, but willfully ignorant of KGB interference in the same — including the attempted murder of the main candidate

    — and all this, TEN YEARS before the first Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    Argue all you want, about these matters; it makes no difference to me. All I know, is that Yushchenko never invaded his neighbor; Putin did; Y never tried to kill Putin; P tried to kill him; and most importantly, for the sake of me and my family, Yushchenko never threatened to nuke America; Putin did

    Good night.

  13. @Michael

    beginning at Jesus, and going on from there)

    You really sound like a Christian antisemite and Holocaust denier.

  14. Seb,

    one people, my people

    Exactly. Do you think you had somehow hidden your hypocrisy? Your “straw men” (beginning at Jesus, and going on from there) are everywhere. I would rather see a little truth than so much BS.

    The fact remains: Vladimir Putin, whom we now know you love, is a villain; and the main difference between him and Hitler, is that Hitler is dead. You are the accomplice of a mass murderer. Call it what you want: religion, patriotism… Yoiur ultimate target is me — these others are just in the way.

    It is what it is, and you are what you are.

  15. @Michael

    You’re more interested in WHO was killed, rather than the fact that the perpetrator is a cold-blooded killer.

    Of course. That goes with out saying. Hitler didn’t kill the most people in history. he is uniquely evil in that he organized the complete extermination of one people, my people, world-wide, which is worse, and nearly succeeded. You accept this as well, or you wouldn’t have invoked his name in an attempt to piggyback on the outrage this generates.

    Moreover, the fact that you have defended Zelensky and his neo-Nazis’s crimes in the name of patriotism puts your hypocrisy on full display along with your insensitivity.

  16. @Michael

    1. Putin: The main difference between him and Hitler, is that Hitler is dead.

    “For more than twenty centuries, the Jewish people, more than any other segment of humanity, have been persecuted, uprooted, and annihilated. It is true that many other ethnic and religious groups have suffered grievously at the hands of tyrants, but there was a crucial difference.

    More Africans were killed in the era of slavery, but there was no determined intent to eradicate the entire Negro race. A higher percentage of Armenians perished in the Turkish genocide before World War I, but the main intent was to deport them, not extinguish their genetic pool. Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and Suharto murdered millions of their own citizens, but the motive for those crimes was political power, not racial animus.

    The most persistent explanation for the hatred of the Jews by some Christians and Moslems is that they refused to accept Jesus and were punished for pursuing their own faith. Yet close to a majority of Jews in Nazi Germany either were agnostic or had been converted to Christianity for several generations. People who had never set foot in a synagogue and who were physically indistinguishable from others in the Aryan genetic pool found themselves loaded into boxcars and taken to death camps. Religious affiliation, on its own, cannot be ascribed as the source of prejudice.”

    Excerpt from: “The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed The Jewish People” by John Loftus. Scribd.
    This material may be protected by copyright.

    Read this book on Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/363123502


    Excerpt from: “The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed The Jewish People” by John Loftus. Scribd.
    This material may be protected by copyright.

    Read this book on Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/363123502

  17. 1. Putin: The main difference between him and Hitler, is that Hitler is dead.

    2. Russia: It is a tyrranical regime, like PR China, Saudi Arabia and others, ruled by terrorizing the people into thinking and acting the way the government wants them to. These countries have some brave resistors, but they tend to disappear, wind up in gulags, commit suicide, etc. Australia, Canada and the US are becoming like those countries; but in the US, at least, we are resisting.

    3. Theology. Our (Christian) founding fathers all agreed, that free self-government can only happen among virtuous people; the default system is tyrrany. I don’t know what Jewish doctrine is on this matter, but some on Israpundit seem very comfortable with tyrants like Putin.

  18. When I said I agreed with Michael S., I was speaking of his opinion of Putin and Russia. I don’t necessarily agree with his theology. I respect Christianity. But my views about religious matters are best explained by the site, “Jews for Judiaism.”

  19. That Biden (one of the most corrupt politicians to “serve” in the US government), would say Putin cannot remain in power, is the surest indicator that he SHOULD remain in power. Putin has been very cautious and measured in the way Russia has conducted the war. If Putin is somehow forced from office, Medvedev will most likely replace him. Then watch out! From the west’s perspective, Putin’s reign will seem like the good old days.

  20. I agre e with Markovsky about the Russian soul . Russia;s political tradition is aauthoritatian and probably always will be. He is also right that in Russia, nice tsars have a way of finishing last. He did not even mention Alexander II, who abolished serfdom, gave the press more freedominstituted trial by jury and other reforms. He was murdered by self-destructive revolutionaries, who brought to power the harshly repressive and reactionary Alexander IIII

  21. @Liz Good post. Just a thought: They didn’t need a war to depose Putin. I don’t know about other jurisdictions but in New York County, any Notary Public could do that.

  22. As far as the West is concerned, Putin must be deposed if at all possible because he is the main leader standing in the way of imposing the NWO. He resists the LGBT-WTF agenda and will not go along with the whole “trans” nonsense, pornography and the moral degeneracy of the West. His vision for Russia may not accord with that of the US, but he is far less of a threat than other possible replacements would be. The West goaded the Russian Bear into a needless war, thinking that Putin would be defeated very quickly and the world made safe for Coca-Cola and the NWO. It isn’t working out how they wanted, and we are wasting thousands of lives and millions of dollars and euros in this vain attempt to impose Western ideas on to Putin’s Russia. Like Trump, Putin is holding out against the NWO, but for how long? This war should be concluded as quickly as possible for everyone’s sake. Ukraine has suffered unjustly, and should be rebuilt with Western funds – and left free of NATO weapons and propaganda.

  23. It’s curious, how this article has been bumped up to the head of the line. I suspect your hand in this, Ted. Is this your answer to my assertion (in a different thread) that Putin is a villain and an autocrat?

    What a strange Yom Kippur this has been! Of all people whose sins seem to have been atoned for, front and center is Vladimir Putin! While I would be overjoyed to be greeted in heaven by a repentant Vladimir, he does not seem to be moving in that direction. His brutal attack on the civilian infrastructure of Odessa last night, doesn’t seem to be the action of a penitent.

    Markovsky’s article might impress some, but I don’t think it will impress God. It is true, that Russia has a long history of brutal tyranny. (Who should know this, more than the Jews?) That is not a proper excuse, for Putin to fill up the measure of his fathers’ guilt. Every day, a loud cry goes up to heaven, the cry of those who suffer and die at the hands of this man.

    It’s not my duty to pass a sentence against Putin; I leave that in the hands of his accusers; and there are many of them. My duty is to do what I can, to ensure that the liberty and justice brought to America by my forefathers does not get extinguished by the tyrants of the world.

  24. Hi, Tanna

    I’ll try to answer your comment, before we both get scrolled off into obscurity:

    I don’t think I like your conclusion. The seat of the beast, all that worship it and pay homage to it are to be destroyed. Maybe, a better position is to wage war against the beast…. even if it cost you in this life?

    Of course, I didn’t write those things as “my opinion”. I was simply quoting the Bible, word for word.

    [1] And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
    [2] And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
    [3] And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
    [4] And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
    [5] And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
    [6] And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
    [7] And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
    [8] And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
    [9] If any man have an ear, let him hear.

    It’s pretty straightforward. Either a person trusts in God, or he trusts in flesh. In these end times, “flesh” is epitomized by “big government”, and “big government” is epitomized by the beast.

    BTW, I made a list of the 18 most powerful countries in the world. They consist of the US and its ten most powerful allies, and seven others (China, India, Russia, Brazil, Saudi, Turkey, Iran); the next in line is Israel.

  25. I don’t think I like your conclusion. The seat of the beast, all that worship it and pay homage to it are to be destroyed. Maybe, a better position is to wage war against the beast…. even if it cost you in this life?

  26. The perception, in this case, reflects reality because it is not the size, abundance of natural resources, or economic strength that made Russia a world power; it is foremost its military prowess. And to maintain this status, Moscow must be victorious in this war, whether with Putin or without him.

    Of course, the same applies to Biden and the West. Both personalities have painted themselves into corners.

    I think this is a good piece, using reasonable logic. Putin is vulnerable. Biden is vulnerable. Both Russia and the Western Powers will likely collapse, under 1917-level stresses. The culture that habitually overcomes stresses like these by calling out to THE Living God will survive, whereas the one that relies to the end on its earthly prowess will fall.

    I believe both sides will ultimately fail, along with China, Iran, etc. In the meantime, the odds favor the West, which is far richer and more powerful than the East. The Christian Bible also favors the West, the seat of “The Beast”:

    Revelation 13:4 New American Standard Bible – NASB 1995 (NASB1995)
    they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?”