How Vladimir Putin Saved The World

Joe Brunoli
4 min readJan 16, 2023

His Special Military Operation may have prevented World War III

President Vladimir Putin saw the threat of WWIII when Western leaders did not [Source: Wik]

The West is by now very used to condemning Russia for its “unprovoked” invasion of Ukraine. Every Western media outlet, every politician, every pundit and poster is now in the habit of automatically inserting the word “unprovoked” into every mention of the Ukrainian conflict.

But that narrative is simply not true, and any person with even a cursory knowledge of the history of NATO and Russia over the past 30 years knows that we have witnessed three decades of uninterrupted, incessant provocation of Russia by the West.

But let’s be real — “provocation” in this case is a euphemism. What we are really talking about are threats to Russia and its sovereignty, if not its very survival.

Those threats have been ratcheted up radically since 2014, to the point where Russia was seeing an existential threat developing in the way that NATO and the USA were turning Ukraine into a NATO partner.

And yet, Western leaders refused to recognise the looming threat of war. They refused to take Putin seriously. They refused to LISTEN. But those who knew and understood the situation, even including the renowned war criminal Henry Kissinger and the cynical Sovietologist George F. Kennan, knew that the actions of the U.S. and its allies were leading the world towards disaster.

As Thomas Hodgson writes in Foreign Affairs Review:

“Not one inch eastward” was the assurance given by US Secretary of State James Baker to Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9th, 1990. Seven years onward, former ambassador to the Soviet Union and architect of many American Cold War policies, George Kennan declared NATO’s expansion to be “the most fateful error of American foreign policy in the entire post-Cold War era.” Since this proclamation, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has grown to encompass twelve former socialist republics.

Avoiding disaster through pre-emptive action

Putin’s Special Military Operation in Ukraine, however, avoided such a larger and much more dangerous general conflict with the West.

Had Putin not invaded when he did, then the US and NATO would have continued to arm and



Joe Brunoli

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