Oh yes..wicked interfering Russia subverted America's glorious, exemplary democracy/elections with some Facebook ads and robbed divinely Democratic Hillary of the Presidency? (Sob, sob - a first-ever female President could have radically changed America as much as a first-ever Black Pres didn't..)
So Putin was a coward to finally resort to war, was he, Thomas Mann?
What? He should have continued to hope and figuratively pray, should he, that Ukraine would not become yet another US-NATO vassal state, right on Russia's borders - thereby setting a precedent for further gung-ho US-NATO expansionism?
Putin/we should have hoped, should he/we, that US-puppet Zelensky and his right-wing, neo-Nazi cohorts would finally see sense and end their war on and violent oppression of civilians in the Donbas ?
What would Thomas Mann have done in response to all of the above - the non-stop US anti-Russia propaganda war, the US-NATO + media war of attrition and aggression and sanctions and on and on and bl**dy on...
Was Putin a "coward" not to continue hoping for diplomatic solutions and a miraculous end to America's and its loyal puppets' 24/7 anti-Russia jingoism and sabre-rattling?
What should pacifists do when all else fails ?