How we got to this Ukrainian calamity…

lara Marlow was the first wife of Robert Fisk - Wikipedia the celebrated war correspondent. She is now the Paris correspondent for the Irish Times. I think her short piece this morning is very apposite.

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As I have been saying, you cannot reason or negotiate with a despotic mad dictator who had a plan and who has stuck to it all along.

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Others believe that all this started before Putin and that it is bigger than Putin. I do too.

Nigel posted this elsewhere Russia is attacking Ukraine. Why Putin pulled the trigger.

And I liked this quote

“ Since the beginning of NATO expansion in the mid-'90s, when Russia had a very different government under Boris Yeltsin, the Russian government, and Russian commentators and officials, opposed NATO enlargement but also warned that if this went as far as taking in Georgia and Ukraine, then there would be confrontation and strong likelihood of war. They said that explicitly over and over again. So this is not about Putin.”

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This is about Putin now John, just not all about him

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