Power is such a dangerous thing if the motivation behind it points to selfishness. For instance, the situation between Russian and Ukraine proves just that. Putin, the Russian president, is playing the power card over the Ukrainians, because he is implicitly sending a message to the world that, he too is the big dog in the power players club.
Why exert the use of military force over Ukraine?
Putin, doesn’t want to be told what to do by anyone, especially when if the United States has some say about the matter at hand. It is clear that Putin is simply reacting on impulse and he is trying to show the US that the power is in his hands, and no one tells him what to do. In short, Putin’s reaction is to send a message to the world that he is not a puppet and he has power to do as he pleases. Albeit, Putin’s motive is to actually nudge the US into responding with military forces toward Russia, he is searching for ways to rouse anger from the US government, because that’s what tyrannies are good at.
This is not the first time we have seen Putin react negatively towards the US when it comes to matters that involve military power. If you recall back when the US were trying to stop Assad from his continual attacks on innocent Syrians, Putin actually backed Assad up by sending more weapons to Assad and his regime. Clearly, all this was done to annoy the US and push their limit to see how far they could hold their frustration. Now we are in a similar situation as we bear witness to Putin’s dirty power games.
It is sad that it has indeed come to this, because if nothing is done to intervene Putin’s nonsense, innocent people will die. This game of thrones need to come to an end, playing with people’s lives is such a cowardice way to approach issues when diplomacy is clearly the way things should be handled. There is a reason why diplomacy reigns, because smart great leaders, will always seek out diplomacy before sinking their teeth into conflict/war.