LETTER / “That’s why a former KGB agent is ready to use the atomic bomb”

Dear manager,
it sounds strange to hear some say that Putin has changed over time. Putin has always been who he is, a former KGB agent with a very specific project in mind.

He has always wanted to annex Ukraine, or, secondarily (but I don’t believe so much), to make it a vassal state. He claims that he does not accept Kiev’s entry into NATO, that he sees it as a threat. In reality, this is just a pretext: what Putin really wants, a priori of any other consideration, is not to have free countries on their borders, especially if these nations show that former Soviet republics can become real democracies; above all, I would add, if to show it is a reality like the Ukrainian one that he considers the sister of Russia, indeed part of Russia: at this point, in fact, how would he manage to argue that democracy is designed more for the spineless peoples of the West than for the oriental ones, and in particular for his?

And so, it would not be clear on what parameters Putin’s idea of ​​power differs clearly, convincingly, from that of the Ukrainian neo-Nazis he says he hates.

Usually dictatorships criticize each other from democratic, not absolutist positions, to be credible, otherwise it is just propaganda (an area in which ours is absolutely at ease). To Communist friends who would object that it is one thing to be Nazis and another thing to be Communist – which is questionable in some respects, starting from the historical one – I remember that Putin does not want to restore Communism, or rather, the Communist dictatorship in Russia, even if managed to regain its “living space” among the former Soviet republics; Hitler’s formula, the latter, which, of course, Putin does not use, but which in fact would describe very well his attempt to expand Moscow’s current borders to the detriment of neighbors. He does not use the aforementioned formula, as a good propagandist as he is, capable as he was of being respected, and even loved, by a large number of Westerners, to the point that some had dreamed of a man like him at the head of their own democratic countries. People, evidently, in need of idols to look to, because if they had bothered to read just a couple of books on the Russian president written by world-famous dissidents such as former world chess champion Kasparov or former politician Boris Nemtsov, killed in 2015 in Moscow, well, perhaps they would have developed a more objective idea about Putin.

Which, let’s remember it well, never speaks at random.

When he informs us that for him Ukraine is part of Russia, he says something that should make us shiver. It is clear, in fact, that he intends to annex it. Furthermore, we should also be afraid of the usual, diabolical refrain, that is, the one on the use of atomic weapons. I take a step back: I am unable to understand, from Italy where I am, what Putin’s current position is in the Kremlin, how much he is in difficulty, and if he feels cornered by others members, and powers, of his regime. If he can still make decisions independently, however, I do not exclude that he may go to an unimaginable limit for us Westerners, taking into account what is written on Putin’s character and ideas by many of the aforementioned dissidents, some of whom I have met personally because of my job as a press officer. And so – I go back to the point I left for a moment – if the Russian dictator assures that he is willing to use atomic bombs it means just that, that he is capable of doing it.

It is also a way to prepare the world, his: it is a warning, which could be followed by a tragic, apocalyptic act. In fact, it escapes many that Putin is in trouble due to the many losses of Russian soldiers. And the Ukrainian cities that are fiercely resisting can become the grave of others, many other soldiers in his army. This can exacerbate the spirits against him at home, where there have already been large and widespread protests. Putin could decide at some point to raze some Ukrainian cities to the ground in the interest of the Russian army and economy in free fall due to sanctions, as he has already shown he can do in Chechnya; indeed, he could decide to raze a single city, at least initially, to set a “good example” for all the others. And this also by using more powerful and decisive weapons than those used up to now.

In fact, if his intent is to send a clear message to the world, something like “Warning, you are underestimating me, I really use the atomic weapon if you force me”, why think that this is all a bluff? Just don’t keep your gaze fixed on the West, and understand that Putin is really referring to Ukraine when he talks about the atomic attack. Not to his capital, however, not to Kiev, which would be counterproductive for propaganda, but to a city that lends itself to becoming a symbol for all the others who are resisting: a tragic symbol that shows how resolute, ruthless, powerful; something that could arouse a mixed terror, yes, admiration in certain undeveloped minds of the West.

After all, history teaches us that anything is possible.

It was not the philosopher and mathematical logician Bertrand Russell who argued that the United States itself used the atomic bomb in Japan not so much to quickly end a particularly bloody war (in fact, it had been months that Japan was proposing surrender, always rejected by the House Bianca), but as a warning to the Asian peoples? According to Russell, Washington intended to make them understand that if they did not behave as America wanted from the end of the war onwards, they could end up like Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But if things really went this way, couldn’t Russia do the same? That is, using the atomic bomb – a tactical, not particularly powerful atomic bomb – on a single city to send a warning not only to the other centers of Ukraine that are resisting tooth and nail, as I said, but to the whole world, especially to Westerners who are complicating his life, given that Putin is, in fact, refusing peace by dint of putting on the so-called “negotiating table” always and only conditions that are inadmissible for Kiev.

It is true that the comparison may seem risky, given that in the conflict between the US and Japan the act of war started from the latter. In short, the “bad guys” were the Japanese, while the Ukrainians today are “the good guys”. In reality, however, the clash between Washington and Tokyo had begun well before the Pearl Harbor air attack, and had not seen the Americans – at the time, among other things, officially racist -, soar in an ethical sense compared to the Japanese. . And then Putin is worse than Truman, and so even if Russell was wrong about the American president’s motives in rejecting the Japanese surrender, we, following his reasoning, could have little doubt in applying it to the Russian president, if placed in a similar situation.

Today he is in power in Russia, and I am honestly afraid of what may go through the mind of a cornered former KGB agent, who is in a hurry to win because of military losses and the sudden internal emergency.

After all, was it not the great writer Elias Canetti, not very attracted to the myth of Cassandra, who said that prophesying negative events is easy and that only those who can predict positive things are good at it? Of course, the fact that Putin can use the atomic bomb constitutes such a negative occurrence that at first glance it would seem easier to bet on the opposite, no matter what Canetti says. Of course I would like it to be so, but unfortunately Putin has accustomed us to the twists and turns, starting with the fact that few would have bet that he would have invaded the whole of Ukraine. And in short, when he is involved it would seem that the positive things are more difficult to predict. I hope I’m wrong.

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