DON’T READ THIS. IT WILL FRIGHTEN YOU (5/2/22)
But first, a joke about the wrong way to deal with a bully…
Charley suddenly arrives in heaven and is waiting for his “next step.” The head angel checks the “book” several times and says, “We can’t see that you did a lot of good in your life, but you never did anything bad either. Tell us one REALLY good deed that you did in your life and you’re in.”
Charley replies, “There was this little old lady who was being molested by a hoodlum when I came out of the drugstore. He had taken her purse and was shoving her, taunting and abusing her. I got so mad I threw my bags down, fought my way through the crowd and I helped her to her feet. Then I went up to this big, mean-looking bum and told him how despicable, cowardly and mean he was. And then I turned my back to him to show him what I thought of him.”
“Wow,” says the angel. “That’s impressive. When did this happen?”
“Oh, about ten minutes ago,” says Charley.
Lately I’m depressed because I have a feeling that on November 3, 2020, when I voted for Joe Biden I sealed my doom…and when you voted for him you sealed yours.
Who knew, when Biden announced he was pulling out of Afghanistan on August 17, 2021, that in Moscow, Vladimir Putin smiled his cold, nasty smile and thought, “We move. This is a man I can bully.”
In March, during a full-scale military assault on Ukraine, Putin ordered his country’s nuclear forces to move to the heightened alert status of a “special regime of combat duty.” This shocking decision further escalated a catastrophic war and upended international stability and years of nuclear arms control and disarmament.
Although Putin’s decision raised the risk of nuclear weapons confrontation, it was not entirely unexpected since a few days earlier Putin, the bully, threatened any country that tried to interfere in Ukraine with consequences “such as you have never seen in your entire history.”
The United States and NATO immediately criticized Moscow’s move, but their response was measured and there was no indication that the status of U.S. and NATO nuclear forces would change.
That was a mistake that may have killed us all.
Since 1945 no country has threatened to use nuclear force.
When Putin made his threat, Joe Biden should have immediately said that the United States, Great Britain, France, Israel and every other country with nuclear capability was immediately moving to heightened alert, warning that any use of a nuclear weapon by Putin – anywhere in the world – would be met by a rain of hydrogen bombs that would immediately turn Moscow into a parking lot. And that Putin would go down in history as the man who destroyed the great country that was Russia.
Instead Joe Biden ignored the threat.
Ignoring a threat from a bully like Putin will only encourage him to make more threats and finally follow through with using a nuclear weapon in Ukraine.
Last week in the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan, who I think is the smartest political writer in the country, speculated as to whether Putin was going to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine.
The thought is if he’s losing the war – and he is right now – he will drop a bomb in Ukraine and say he had to do it because the West was aiding and arming the “Nazis” he was so valiantly fighting.
Will he drop his nuclear weapon on Kiev? I doubt it. He will pick a smaller city in Ukraine, issue warnings to the civilians, wait a few days and then drop the bomb, killing thousands and scaring every country in the world.
What do you think our reaction will be?
Joe Biden, who speaks loudly and carries a small stick, will talk about “the mother of all sanctions.”
He will turn to the hopeless United Nations for help and watch as France and Germany retreat and decide it’s not their fight…yet.
Progressives in the United States will march with AOC saying, “We don’t want to die to save capitalism.”
Bernie Sanders will say why can’t we join with Russia for the greater glory of socialism?
China will see that they can take Taiwan anytime they want because Joe Biden and this country can be pushed.
The hydrogen bomb will hang over our lives for the rest of time.
In 2024, if we’re still here, Joe Biden will run against Donald Trump for the presidency.
I don’t plan to vote in that election.
-If you wish to comment on “Jerry’s Ink” please send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org