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Opinion | Biden, Putin and the War of Words Over Ukraine

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And, lastly, Mr. Putin’s declaration of battle permits him to draft as much as half one million conscripts (along with the 300,000 reservists already known as up) to overwhelm Ukraine, in a far stronger onslaught, which a divided West can not cease.

In brief, Mr. Putin can win with out utilizing nuclear weapons. Will this occur? No person is aware of. However from the whole lot Mr. Putin has and has not accomplished to date, there’s a sturdy risk that one thing like that is his recreation plan. Western “specialists” in authorities and academia, in Europe and America, can be clever to contemplate this a powerful risk, maybe the strongest of all. Many already do.

Fred Coleman
Paris
The author is a former Moscow bureau chief for Newsweek.

To the Editor:

I’ve not spoken to 1 European acquaintance who shouldn’t be acutely conscious that permitting Vladimir Putin to make everlasting territorial beneficial properties in Ukraine would result in a whetting of Russia’s urge for food for extra land conquests sooner or later, and a close to future at that.

Too dangerous the West didn’t learn the identical implications into Mr. Putin’s invasion and annexing of Crimea in 2014. In Mr. Putin’s handle to the Russian individuals he spoke of the West on a marketing campaign to destroy Russia. That is not about Ukraine; it’s concerning the precept of nationwide sovereignty, and Europe is on the entrance line and its residents comprehend it. President Biden is aware of it, too.

Susan Girod
Paris

To the Editor:

Re “Putin Is Backed Right into a Nook, and Might Be Extra Harmful Than Ever,” by Roger Cohen (information evaluation, Sept. 22):

The story that Vladimir Putin recounts of his expertise as a boy with a stick confronting a rat trapped in a nook is fascinating and instructive. Russia throughout World Battle II, Vietnam, Afghanistan and now Ukraine are examples of nations whose individuals have a powerful cultural id — and when backed right into a nook, they’ve fought again ferociously.

The Russian president, nonetheless, seems to have wrongly interpreted his personal parable. He’s not the rat; he continues to be the boy with the stick. The individuals he confronts will naked tooth and claw and struggle for his or her lives, their households and their nation. With overwhelming may, he might be able to destroy them, however he stays the boy with the stick, and never the hero of his nation.

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