Terminate Putin Now, And The War In Ukraine May End, And World War III Might Be Avoided

12 03 2022

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Americans, Europeans and much of the world are shocked by Vladimir Putin’s 21st Century atrocities, and that of his Russian thugs in Ukraine.  Each day this nightmare continues and grows more grotesque, but it follows the pattern of his twisted life.  Twelve years ago, I wrote that it was a mistake to view him as a “Westernized Russian democrat.”  He is a cold-blooded killer, and pure evil—just as evil and sinister as Adolf Hitler, Mao Tse-tung and Joseph Stalin, who murdered millions.[2]

There are so many people in this world who are struggling each and every day to make it, and survive, and to be good neighbors—as China’s Coronavirus pandemic may be winding down, which has killed and hurt millions.  To witness evil like that of Putin adds to the stress and anxiety in their lives.  This is certainly true of mothers who empathize with the victims, but also of fathers whose anger toward Putin and the cruelty of his military is not difficult to fathom or comprehend.

It has been said that Putin’s attack on Ukraine’s capital Kyiv may become his Stalingrad.  The UK’s Daily Mail has summarized that battle as follows:

The battle for Stalingrad was the turning point of the Second World War. After the German invasion of Russia — codenamed Operation Barbarossa, which began in June 1941 — the Wehrmacht continued to head eastward, destroying whole Soviet armies and capturing two million prisoners, most of whom they starved to death.

In Washington and London, leaders wondered gloomily how long the Russians could stave off absolute defeat.

In the spring of 1942, Hitler’s legions drove deeper into the Russian heartland, besieging St Petersburg, over-running the Crimea, and threatening the oilfields of the Caucasus.

The Fuhrer was convinced the Russians were at their last gasp.  He was exultant when in June ‘Operation Blue’ enabled his armies to occupy new swathes of central Russia.

Scenting final victory, Hitler deputed General Friedrich Paulus, a staff officer eager to prove himself as a fighting commander, to lead a dash for the city on the Volga that was named after Stalin, and secure a symbolic triumph, while another German army group swung southwards to grab the oilfields.

Hitler’s top soldiers were appalled by the perils of splitting the Wehrmacht merely to capture Stalingrad, which was strategically unimportant.  Their protests were ignored: the Fuhrer insisted.

Likewise in Moscow, when the German objective became plain, Russia’s dictator Josef Stalin gave the order that ‘his’ city must be held at any cost.  Thus the stage was set for one of history’s most terrible clashes of arms, in which on the two sides more than a million men became locked in strife between the autumn of 1942 and the following spring.

On September 12, the first German troops entered Stalingrad.  From the Kremlin came a new order to the Red Army: ‘Not a step back . . . The only extenuating circumstance is death.’

The first German air attacks killed between 10,000 and 40,000 people — almost as many as died in the entire London blitz. Shellfire and bombs rained down on the city, day after day and week upon week.

Stuka pilot Herbert Pabst wrote: ‘It is incomprehensible to me how people can continue to live in that hell, but the Russians are firmly established in the wreckage, in ravines, cellars, and in a chaos of twisted skeletons of factories’.

General Vasily Chuikov, commanding Stalin’s 62nd Army in the city, wrote: ‘The streets of the city are dead.  There is not a single green twig on the trees; everything has perished in the flames.’

The Russians initially held a perimeter 30 miles by 18, which shrank relentlessly as Paulus’s men thrust forward to within a few hundred yards of the Volga.

Each night, up to three thousand Russian wounded were ferried eastward from the city, while a matching stream of reinforcements, ammunition and supplies reached the defenders.

New units were thrust into the battle as fast as they arrived, to join duels in the ruins that often became hand-to-hand death grapples.

Both sides were chronically short of food and water.  The few surviving civilians suffered terribly, eking a troglodyte existence in cellars.

Some soldiers were reduced to cannibalism in order to stay alive in the ruins of the city as the mercury plunged to -40C.

The bloodiest battle in Second World War came to an end on January 31, 1943 when Field Marshall Paulus surrendered, disobeying the orders of his Fuhrer to kill himself.

Of the 110,000 Germans who surrendered, only 5,000 would survive Stalin’s gulags to return to a defeated Germany.

The battle cost the German army a quarter of everything it possessed by way of material – guns, tanks and munitions.  It was a defeat from which it never recovered and for days afterwards in Berlin all shops and restaurants were closed as a mark of respect.[3]

Again, will Putin’s siege of Kyiv become his Stalingrad, and lead to his demise?  Many Ukrainians remember Stalin’s brutality toward those who came before them, in which an estimated 4 million died; and it is unlikely that they will trust Putin or any Russian.[4]

Assuming that Putin is terminated, will that bring the war in Ukraine to an end?  Likely so.  His cronies who survive may not wish to be targeted for the rest of their lives.  Also, none may be psychopathic megalomaniac killers like Putin.  Will Putin’s death make World War III less likely?  Probably so, unless China’s Xi Jinping is willing to die too, or be viewed as a global pariah for the rest of his life.


© 2022, Timothy D. Naegele


[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/accomplishments/  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/ and https://naegeleknol.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams.  He can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/russias-putin-is-a-killer/ (“Russia’s Putin Is A Killer”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/the-silent-voices-of-stalin%E2%80%99s-soviet-holocaust-and-mao%E2%80%99s-chinese-holocaust/ (“The Silent Voices Of Stalin’s Soviet Holocaust And Mao’s Chinese Holocaust”)

[3]  See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10605505/Kyiv-Putins-Stalingrad-Russias-assault-capital-doomed-fail-officials-say.html (“Russia warns US military shipments to Ukraine are ‘legitimate targets’, prompting fears other nations could get drawn into war as Zelensky says Putin will have to raze Kyiv to the ground to take the city and condemns lack of NATO bravery”) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Stalingrad (“Battle of Stalingrad”)

Putin is as sinister as any other figure in our lifetimes.

See, e.g.https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/the-death-of-putin-and-russia-the-final-chapter-of-the-cold-war/ (“The Death Of Putin And Russia: The Final Chapter Of The Cold War”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/02/24/russias-kgb-trained-killer-putin-may-be-more-dangerous-than-hitler-or-stalin/ (“Russia’s KGB-Trained Killer Putin May Be More Dangerous Than Hitler Or Stalin”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/01/27/ (“Will Putin Seize Ukraine, And If So When?”)

[4]  See, e.g., https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/03/12/holodomor-famine-ukraine-stalin/ (“Cut off from food, Ukrainians recall Stalin’s famine, which killed 4 million of them”)



13 responses

12 03 2022

I don’t stand with Ukraine. I stand with the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Sorry these clowns tried to force the issue of joining NATO. Big bad Russian did not like that and they are paying the price!


12 03 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you for your comments.

I too stand with the United States, and only the United States. My concern, however, is that the war in Ukraine may lead to a much wider conflict; and that if Putin is successful, Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders may be emboldened to seize Taiwan, and move elsewhere. Hence, unless Putin is stopped now, we may truly witness World War III.

Yes, of course Ukraine would like to join NATO. But for Putin to inflict the human suffering that he has on Ukrainians repulses the civilized world. True, he has done it before, but the world is riveted on his actions in Ukraine now, which may cost him his life. As I said in the article, any notion that he is some “Westernized Russian democrat” no longer exists. He has been exposed to the world for what he really is.

See also
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10606279/Russian-paratroopers-doomed-raid-airport-Video-shows-elite-troops-Hostomel.html (“Russian paratroopers’ doomed raid to take airport: Video shows elite troops before they were wiped out at battle of Hostomel at the start of invasion as Russia admits five were killed in ‘special operation'”)


12 03 2022

Again, Tim, well said. The similarities between Putin & Hitler, as well as despots throughout history cannot be ignored. I have to think that quietly but surely there are heroes who will end his ability to continue to cause murder, mayhem and suffering in the world. For heaven’s sake, it’s the 21st century and we’re still behaving like cavemen (and women)! This is absurd. Whether its Russians or someone from the West, I hope and pray, like many others, that someone is successful in bringing this to an end soon.


12 03 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you as always, Susan.

I agree completely.

Imagine two “world leaders” who may be “mentally-challenged” at best, Biden and Putin. One is an incompetent far-Left woke fool; and the other is a killer, who has killed and killed again, without any hesitations.

Moreover, Putin’s reputation as such is on the line with China’s killers. If he balks or hesitates or appears the least bit weak, their “alliance” may be doomed.

Compare https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10606487/Is-Putin-suffering-roid-rage-Spies-suggest-bloated-appearance-drugs-effect.html (“Vladimir Putin ‘is suffering roid rage from steroid treatment for cancer’: Western spies believe his ‘increasingly erratic’ behaviour, bloated appearance and absurd social distancing for visitors is caused by medical treatment”) and https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roids (“Roids”) with https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/biden-is-brain-dead/ (“Biden Is Brain Dead”)

Also, few Americans or their counterparts in other Western countries are focused on the possibility of Cyberattacks and/or EMP Attacks.

Scary . . .


13 03 2022
Timothy D. Naegele


See https://www.c-span.org/video/?518447-1/president-trump-florence-south-carolina (“Former President Trump in Florence, South Carolina”); see also https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10606461/Trump-throws-support-GOP-challengers-Rep-Nancy-Mace.html (“‘My personality is what kept us out of war’: Trump rips Biden as ‘physically and mentally challenged’ and claims he’s not fit to lead during ‘the most important time in history’ at his first rally since Putin invaded Ukraine”)


13 03 2022
Richard Schultz

Tim A great history and well written. Congratulations. RCS


13 03 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, the Great Schultz.

Any thoughts about this?

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10606487/Is-Putin-suffering-roid-rage-Spies-suggest-bloated-appearance-drugs-effect.html (“Vladimir Putin ‘is suffering ‘roid rage from steroid treatment for cancer’: Western spies believe his ‘increasingly erratic’ behaviour, bloated appearance and absurd social distancing for visitors is caused by medical treatment”)


19 03 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-10628889/ANDREW-NEIL-Turn-Russia-Great-Power-shambolic-invasion-opposite.html (“Turn Russia back into a Great Power? This shambolic invasion has done exactly the opposite”)

This is a fine article that should be read by anyone who cares about the courageous Ukrainians, and how a post-Putin Russia will function.

See also https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10630145/Putin-fires-hypersonic-missile-Ukraine-Russia-steps-war-attrition-strike.html (“Putin fires hypersonic missile at Ukraine: Russia steps up war of attrition with another strike on west of country with 9,000mph missile as Kyiv claims invaders have suffered 15,000 casualties”)


20 03 2022

Thought you might be interested in seeing this short, 30 minute video entitled:

Why Russia is Invading Ukraine

IMO, it raises some serious questions that conflict with what we are being told by our government, along with the mainstream media.


20 03 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Ray.

You might wish to read this: https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/03/20/rip-joe-biden-and-vladimir-putin/ (“RIP Joe Biden And Vladimir Putin”)

I have watched the video, which is very well done. My biases vis-a-vis the Soviet Union and now Putin’s Russia are set forth clearly and unequivocally in the following article.

See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/the-death-of-putin-and-russia-the-final-chapter-of-the-cold-war/ (“The Death Of Putin And Russia: The Final Chapter Of The Cold War”)

I would have preferred if Hitler had destroyed Stalin and the USSR; and then, we had destroyed Hitler and Nazi Germany.

Stalin was pure evil; and he is Putin’s role model. As my 2015 article states, Russia may implode; and I want that too, so it never rises again. And obviously Putin’s death cannot occur fast enough, like Hitler’s before him.

See also https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/the-silent-voices-of-stalin%e2%80%99s-soviet-holocaust-and-mao%e2%80%99s-chinese-holocaust/ (“The Silent Voices Of Stalin’s Soviet Holocaust And Mao’s Chinese Holocaust”) and https://www.the-sun.com/news/4939080/russian-top-brass-plan-to-poison-vladimir-putin-and-have-chosen-his-successor-according-to-ukrainian-intelligence/ (“Russian top brass ‘plan to POISON Vladimir Putin and have chosen his successor according to Ukrainian intelligence’”) and https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/ruthless-ex-kgb-spy-tipped-26514671 (“Ruthless ex-KGB spy tipped by spooks to take over if Putin is toppled by Kremlin”) and https://theconversation.com/meet-russias-oligarchs-a-group-of-men-who-wont-be-toppling-putin-anytime-soon-178474 (“Are Putin’s oligarchs plotting to topple him?”) and https://www.dailywire.com/news/ukrainian-intelligence-says-russian-elites-planning-to-overthrow-putin-report (“Ukrainian Intelligence Says Russian Elites Planning To Overthrow Putin: Report”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10635187/Ukrainians-call-Russian-Presidents-gymnast-lover-extradited-Switzerland.html (“Switzerland is urged to extradite Putin’s mistress: Ukrainians call for Russian President’s gymnast lover to be evicted from luxury mountain retreat where she is allegedly ‘hiding with their secret children'”) and https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2022/02/25/sever-the-head-of-a-snake-and-it-dies/ (“Sever The Head Of A Snake, And It Dies”) and https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10640415/Russian-soldiers-raping-women-shooting-civilians-hiding-basements.html (“Russian soldiers ‘are raping women and shooting civilians hiding in their basements’, evacuee from Ukrainian city claims”)


26 03 2022

Ukraine on Fire: 2016 Documentary by Oliver Stone


NOTE: I watched this entire documentary and found it quite informative. Warning: it does contain occasional graphic images.


26 03 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Ray.

I have never been a “fan” of Oliver Stone . . . but he has done good work at times.

I refused to watch CNN for years, but their coverage of Ukraine has been quite good. Even Don Lemon.


17 06 2022
Timothy D. Naegele

China’s Military Might Grows

For the longest time, China’s aircraft carriers were limited to the Liaoning, which was not a carrier at all, but a hulk of a ship that had been part of the vanquished Soviet Union’s fleet. It had been abandoned and rusting in a former Soviet shipyard, when the Chinese bought it.

See, e.g., https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_aircraft_carrier_Liaoning (“Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning”)

First, they put a flattop on it, but they were so inept that no planes could land on it.

Since those days that I have written about here, China has come a long way.

See, e.g., https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_aircraft_carrier_programme (“Chinese aircraft carrier programme”)

Today, in anticipation of moving on Taiwan and elsewhere, it has become a formidable threat.

See, e.g., http://a.msn.com/01/en-us/AAYzxJI?ocid=se (“China’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Shows Xi Jinping Catching Up With US”) and https://apnews.com/article/beijing-china-shanghai-government-and-politics-6ce51d1901b3a5658cc9ef7e62b65000 (“China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone”)


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