Agree or disagree, Jordan B. Peterson is always worth listening to. Brilliant as always, he puts the the Ukraine war into a greater context.
“Perhaps I might end this litany of warnings and woe with a story and not one that I think will improve anyone’s mood.
As has become somewhat widely known, Putin had an encounter with an angry and desperate rodent when he was young.
Quote: ‘There on that stair landing I got a quick and lasting lesson in the meaning of the word cornered. There were hords of rats in the front entryway. My friends and I used to chase them around wih sticks. Once I spotted a huge rat and pursued it down the hall until I drove it into a corner. It had nowhere to run. Suddenly it lashed around and threw itself at me. I was surprised and frightened. Now the rat was chasing me! It jumped across the landing and down the stairs. Luckily I was a little faster and I managed to slam the door on its nose’.
Now, Putin is not a rat and we are not children tormenting rats with sticks or at least we shouldn’t be. I spoke recently with the former Albanian minister of foreign affairs and he told me that there are Western leaders who hold the view that Russia’s president needs to be humiliated so that he will learn his lesson.
Here’s a lesson from the benighted, vengeful Versailles treaty, designed to humiliate and cripple the Germans in the aftermath of the brutalities of WWI: Don’t plant the seeds that will blossom into the next war. Putin will not be around in 10 years or so but Russia will remain. This isn’t or shouldn’t be personal although the relationships that might bring peace need to be and let’s not corner the explosive bear that is Russia, no mere contemptible rat, or aim at a highschool-like humiliation of its leader and therefore its people, no matter how misguided we may believe they presently are. We need to find a way out of this awful mess, this terrible tar baby before it engulfs us all and it needs to be the top priority of those who purport to lead and guide us here in the West.”