Former US Army chief General Ben Hodges admitted that Putin’s successor would be “much worse.” That’s what I warned, because Putin is surprisingly a centrist leader compared to the others. Hodges believes that the Russian government is already divided over the Ukraine war, with many personally facing sanctions and financial losses. People think that the war can end once Putin is overthrown, but that is simply not true.
“Alexander Dugin[the Russian ultra-nationalist philosopher]says openly that Putin needs to be killed,” Hodges said. “We see the North Caucasus and (Chechen leader Ramzan) Kadyrov, who foresees the possible collapse of Russia and is trying to somehow protect himself. I am not at all calling for regime change in Russia – This is the choice that the Russian people have to make, but we must understand that whoever comes after Putin will be much worse. “
The West began discussing reparations payments from Russia months ago. Thus, losing the war could mean losing Russia. More than just the Donbass region is at stake as we have seen nations and empires divided after wars countless times. Hodges believed that the loss of Russia would lead to the complete disintegration of the Russian state.
“With the scenario of the disintegration of Russia, you can have a lot Nuclear-armed countries which were divided among themselves along ethnic lines. This raises concerns about conflict, spillover, escalation, and nationalism. How do you manage those nuclear weapons? How do you prevent a type of statelet from going rogue? This will only lead to an increase in civil unrest and wars between the newly created states. History will never surprise us – it always repeats itself.
Removing Putin will not end the war. There are men waiting in line behind Putin who would rather plunge us all into oblivion than watch their country decay. That is why I say that the West should abandon Ukraine and urge peace. Ukraine could not defeat Russia without Western help, and Russia could not be controlled without the West’s checks and balances. Politicians do not understand that there will be no victor in this war.