Time to listen to Yogi once again

In 1938, it was the annexation of Austria, followed by the Sudetenland, followed by 1939 and disaster. As our old friend Yogi Berra put it, “It’s déjà vu all over again”.

I am glad that Bill Clinton has spoken up. Sadly enough, he may be the one “global leader” left who has sufficient respect to make national leaders in both North America and Europe stop talking, think hard, and truly stand together. Putin’s approach is much too reminiscent of Adolf Hitler in 1938. Now we must answer the same question faced by Britain’s Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, 76 years ago. What will we do about it?

I cannot answer that question today, my friends, but that is why we elect Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Chancellors. But there is certainly one requirement. They must stand together and be very, very clear in their response. You should never negotiate with a fascist from a position of self-created weakness. Can Putin be called a fascist? He is earning his label, one way or another. Let Putin be Putin; there is no escaping that anyhow. But let us remember the past and focus on how we are to be labelled in the future. “Indecisive” and “ineffectual” are not good choices.

It has been a long time since I have written here at Future Brief. It will not be the last time. Appearances may still be rare, but I am back.

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