The Window for Peace in Ukraine Is Closing…

Author’s Note: I am a pessimist. I aways see the dark side of everything. It’s what I do. I’m “negative.” Yet believe it or not, there is tremendous value in that. Pessimists like me—and perhaps like you—tend to see the storm coming long before anyone else. So it is with that mindset that I wrote the article pasted below. It was my attempt at a roadmap to peace—and not merely for the sake of it, but because I fear that without peace, the war in Ukraine will spiral into absolute chaos, and maybe even nuclear war. Unfortunately, recent events there have forced me to reevaluate my position on the best way to sidestep catastrophe. You see, I figured that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to avoid a long and costly quagmire, and therefore, it might be possible to bring him to the negotiating table. Yet now I fear he is not interested in that. Instead, he seems to be playing for all the marbles, and he is not going to back out now. But for today, I still think it is worthwhile to publish my “roadmap to peace” in the vain hope that someone, somewhere will find it compelling. Heck, maybe it isn’t too late. But don’t look for me to tell you that. I am a pessimist.

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