The barbarism of Putin continues.
Many who are well informed argue it is going to get uglier and more brutal.
Putin’s forces have advanced on the capital, Kiev, and today the world has witnessed the appalling attack near the site of a memorial to the victims of Babyn Yar, a massacre of Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
The courageous Ukrainian President, Zelensky, released a statement saying, “To the world, what is the point of saying never again for 80 years if the world stays silent when a bomb drops on the same site of Babyn Yar.”
You might recall that one of many Putin absurdities was the argument that he would “de-Nazify” Ukraine, which has a Jewish President and a Jewish Prime Minister.
But it is clear, as we see the tragic and macabre pictures of bloodied children that Boris Johnson is right when he told reporters at a press conference in Poland, “It is clear that Vladimir Putin is prepared to use barbaric and indiscriminate tactics against civilians, to bomb tower blocks, to send missiles into tower blocks, to kill children.”
All that seems unarguable.
Yet the leader of the free world, Joe Biden, delivered his State of the Union address to the world today.
“Delivered” is a generous word.
He bumbled his way through, often, in the most inarticulate way; but he did say that Vladimir Putin can never be more isolated than he is today.
That is called being out of touch.
Sitting behind him was a leering and endlessly clapping Nancy Pelosi.
You will remember she is the one who tore up, in front of the world, the State of the Union address of Donald Trump.
Sitting beside her was Vice President Kamala Harris.
Only this morning we learnt that Kamala Harris tried to “break down in layman’s terms for people who don’t understand what is going on.”
Listen to the Vice-President treating the world as juveniles and speaking, as few teachers would even dare to speak, to an 8-year-old.
Listen to this infantile explanation, “Ukraine is a country in Europe. It exists next to another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia is a powerful country. Russia decided to invade a smaller country called Ukraine, so basically that’s wrong.”
Well, if Kamala Harris wanted to speak in “layman’s terms”, I will tell you what the layman is saying.
As Russia’s tactics become more barbaric and more indiscriminate, and even Boris Johnson is saying it is going to take time for the conflict to end, no one in the free world can answer the question, what will it look like for Putin to fail?
The layman is saying there are 195 countries in the world, Russia is but one of them.
And Russia is able to inflict this barbaric attack on one of the other 194 countries, and it has been going for 6 days, and there is not a leader capable of articulating how this should end and end immediately.
Boris Johnson said, at a press conference in Poland, in the last 24 hours, “Putin will fail,” and the West “will succeed in protecting and preserving a sovereign, independent and democratic Ukraine.”
But Boris Johnson was confronted by a campaigner who spoke of her own experiences and those of her family and accused the British Prime Minister of being afraid and ignoring the fact that the World War was “already starting.”
She criticised what she saw as a mismatch between Johnson’s rhetoric on sanctions and the fact that people like Roman Abramovich have not been punished and asked simply, “Where are all these mansions seized? I don’t see that.”
So if Kamala Harris wants to “break it down in layman’s terms”, the layman is saying it is beyond the comprehension of a civilised human being how, in a world of 195 countries, one country can become a human butcher and the other 194 seem impotent in the face of such behaviour.
Not for the first time has the political will of the West been found wanting.