Vlad the Invader

The violent history of Eastern Europe and a real-life villain inspired Irish author Bram Stoker to create the frightening character Dracula in 1897. Stoker based his vampire on the 15th century Romanian ruler Vlad III, who took sadistic pleasure in carrying out unspeakable atrocities, among them roasting little children and mutilating women. Old Vlad's favorite tool of terror was impaling, which he did to thousands of his enemies.

The tyrant is known to history as "Vlad the Impaler."

Now we have Vladimir Putin, the Russian martinet, who has annexed Crimea and made it part of his Russian Federation. Using the old Third Reich ruse of "protecting" ethnic Russians living in Ukrainian territory, Putin instigated an action that has angered most decent people.

This modern tyrant should be known to history as "Vlad the Invader."

But why is Putin doing this? Well, like Dracula, it is in his blood. The former KGB thug relishes using harsh methods to achieve his goal of expanding Russia's scope and power. Under his rule, Russia has become a crime-ridden state where dissenters (and homosexuals) are beaten, imprisoned, and even murdered.

His vision is a Russia that dominates the countries on its borders and competes with the United States and China for global influence. But with Russia's economy moribund and its population in a downward spiral, Putin is forced to look outside his own borders.

A few weeks ago Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters predicted that Vladimir Putin would run wild after the Sochi Olympics. Peters was prescient then, and his crystal ball is clouded with violence now. He says Putin has only just begun, and that his next target will be eastern Ukraine. "We are witnessing an aggressive dictator," Peters warns, "dismantling a major European country. Putin has never backed down from anybody. He has Obama's number, and Obama's number is zero!"

Meanwhile, President Obama, while ruling out military action, tweaked Putin by imposing sanctions on a handful of Putin confidants. Wow, can't you just feel Vlad the Invader trembling? This brutal man senses weakness in America and Europe, weakness that will likely drive him to become bolder. The only thing a guy like Vlad understands is the stick.

But how to wield it, that is the question. President Obama is organizing an emergency G7 meeting for next week, hoping to convince other leading economies to come down hard on Russia. But Europe needs Russia's natural gas and oil and is not likely to challenge Putin by supporting tough sanctions.

If the West doesn't find a way to effectively neutralize Putin, Vlad the Invader – much like Vlad the Impaler – will continue to run roughshod over Eastern Europe while thumbing his nose at the West. The dire situation makes a missing airliner in Asia seem, well, downright trivial.

  • Bob Olden

    “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” by William Shirer gives case after case of times when Hitler could have been stopped before he was able to consolidate power and become much more difficult to stop. Putin never wrote a book like “Mein Kampf”, but he surely knows a lot about consolidating his gains.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      There are other similarities as well. Putin like Hitler, feels ripped off by history. As WW1 came to a close, while the Germans had lost Belgium (the 1st victim of the war), their armies remained not only in the field, but they had not yet lost even one inch of German soil. Most German soldiers were incredibly dismayed by their ignominious surrender, while still on the field, (and preparing for a vigorous defense of their homeland). Like them, Corporal Hitler nurtured this grievance, (worsened by the treaty of Versaille) and sought (in his mind) to right this terrific wrong. Putin sees the fall of the Soviet Empire in a similar light. A Nation wronged by history and needing only a strong will to make things right. That Hitler (in light of history) was evil is beyond doubt. But much of the evil portrayed is a simple caricature. True but falsely represented. The same can be said of Putin. The lesson, (and there is a lesson here), is that Putin, (like Hitler before him), has the capacity to be far more dangerous, than the simple evil caricature he’s portrayed as.

  • PeterFitzwell

    Looks like Vlad.Putin is not afraid of our former community organizer or the UN.
    Military action will not happen so hi the Russians in their wallet.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    It seems power does abhor a vacuum. While counter intuitive to both lefties and libertarians, the path to peace is to to be (mightily) prepared for war. In a personal anecdote, while serving as a Police Officer in the large suberb, of a major metropolitan city, I diffused many a situation simply by pulling a night stick. While my tongue, remained my weapon of choice, turns out, a cop pulling a night stick projecting no fear of using it, creates a fog of uncertainty among a certain element of inner city delinquents.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    I guess a missing plane looks trivial, unless it’s loaded with a North Korean nuke, disguised as UPS cargo plane, and flown into a magor population center somewhere? (Tel-Aviv? Seoul? London? Washington? etc). Not plausible, but unhappily, it is possible.