Mass Delusion in the Nuclear Age

Source: Common Dreams
by Winslow Myers

“One adjective often, and correctly, used for Putin’s invasion is ‘delusional’. Even if he manages to pound Ukraine into scorched rubble, he’ll still be further than when he began from anything resembling victory. He and his henchmen will continue to be generally despised and feared, most intensely by the defiant Ukrainians themselves. As Hemingway wrote, ‘Man can be destroyed but not defeated.’ Another aspect of Putin’s delusion is projection: he rationalizes that he is destroying Nazis while behaving like a Nazi himself. While we’re quoting Nobel prizewinners, here is a snippet from Faulkner’s Nobel speech: ‘Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up?'” (04/26/22)