Hitler’s Playbook 101: Invade to Repatriate My People.
Jumping to 21st century Europe, Vladimir Putin’s puppet, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, invades Georgia in 2008. After the ceasefire, he states five principles on State-sponsored media, in what is now known as the Medvedev Doctrine:
- “Russia recognizes the primacy of the fundamental principles of international law.”
- “The world should be multipolar.”
- “Russia does not want confrontation with any other country.”
- “Protecting the lives and dignity of our citizens, wherever they may be, is an unquestionable priority for our country.”
- “As is the case of other countries, there are regions in which Russia has privileged interests.”
Unquestionably penned by Putin, number five sounds, to me, like a 21st century version of, “common blood belongs in a common Reich.”
This brings us to Donetsk, the proclaimed capital of one of these breakaway states. Eighty-eight percent of this city’s population speaks Russian. Both entities are heavily armed by Russia, considered terrorist organizations by Ukraine, and were recognized as independent states by Putin on February 21, 2022. Three days later, Russia invaded Ukraine. Putin stated before the invasion that Ukraine had no “historical right to exist”. Europe has seen nothing like the last eight days since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Germany had an alliance with Italy, and Japan, and an agreement with the Soviet Union as it invaded Poland. The Western Allies’ response was too late.
Russia has some arrangements with China to mute the effectiveness of sanctions from the west. Both countries, along with several NATO countries, now have nuclear weapons.