He Cannot Buy Forgiveness — Ever
Ukraine is not Georgia, Chechnya, Syria, Donbas or any other of Putin’s adventures (which he could hide from public view).
Putin has killed too many children on the world stage for there to be any forgiveness.
Sure, it can be argued that both Bush Sr., Jr., Obama and Clinton are war criminals. It can be argued that the world is callous and will lose interest in Ukraine.
The following is why I believe Putin will not survive.
To me, what waits for Putin is explained in Unforgiven, one of my favorite movies. (Another movie is Fast Runner.)
In Unforgiven the plot begins (from Wikipedia):
In 1880, in Big Whiskey, Wyoming, two cowboys — Quick Mike and Davey Bunting — slash prostitute Delilah Fitzgerald’s face with a knife, permanently disfiguring her, after she laughs at Quick Mike’s small penis. As punishment, local sheriff “Little Bill” Daggett orders the cowboys to turn over several of their horses to her employer, Skinny DuBois, for his loss of revenue. Outraged, the prostitutes offer a $1,000 bounty for the cowboys’ deaths.
The movie goes through many twists and turns. The audience never doubts the ending.
What crimes can be forgiven based on some sort of financial restitution and what crimes cannot be forgiven? That’s the theme running through Unforgiven. Throughout the movie, the rational men, for want of a better term, look for a negotiated settlement between the women and the cowboys. No matter how hard they try, the women won’t accept a settlement.
If the men the women hired won’t kill the cowboys, they’ll find others who will.
The question of what can be forgiven or not goes back to the beginning of recorded history. There’s Cain and Abel. Or crimes that can’t be negotiated away, like adultery.
From Leviticus: ‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife — with the wife of his neighbor — both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.”
That’s right. Society isn’t interested in who started it. Men don’t get a special dispensation.
In Proverbs: “For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.”
As true then, as it is today, there are crimes which create a lasting hatred and desire for revenge, which cannot be removed by any amount of money.
Putin can offer up all the oil in Russia. All the men, from every nation, can talk this deal or that.
The women, so to speak, don’t care. They will not rest until Putin is dead.