Feeding the crocodile: If we allow Russia any more territorial wins, it will soon go for more

Russian soldiers march during the military parade in Moscow May 9
I had my own experience visiting Davos, a quaint Swiss village where most attendees come to discuss the global economic agenda, while Russian businessmen mainly shop at local jewelry stores for the latest models of Breguet watches.
This year Davos had some very special visitors I would say. That was the appearance of Henry Kissinger, a veteran US diplomat who is probably the most famous 90-year-old in the world along with George Soros and Warren Buffett.
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These individuals come from a generation that still remembers World War II and its rules. Her war lessons were less about the human side of events and more about realpolitik. Basically, the rule was: you chose who your enemy was, and you destroyed them. This is exactly what happened with Nazi Germany - the western allies just destroyed it since they had a military agreement with the Soviet Union.
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But the world political situation of the post-war period has shown that it is not easy to decide who your enemy is outside of direct military confrontations. You have to take many things into account: trade, business, cross-border relationships. This is where Western diplomacy, including the American tradition, learned its lessons about reaching all kinds of agreements and compromises.
Kissinger, in his Davos speech, suggested that Ukraine cede some of its territories to end the war that Russia started on February 24 with an all-out invasion.
"Kissinger is a man who cares more about substance than style," Niall Ferguson, a popular novelist and author of books on capitalism read around the world, once told me.
Obviously, Kissinger could have worded his message more camouflaged, but in the twilight of his diplomatic career, it's a bit like the words from the well-known Jon Bon Jovi song: "It's my life, and it's now or never." So Kissinger has at the forum in Davos what he really thinks about Ukraine and its situation.
He didn't go into great detail, but assuming he knows exactly what the Russian occupation map looks like, the famous diplomat might imply something like: Let Vladimir Putin's Russia take over Donbass and Kherson - and end the ongoing war.
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Of course, all western countries have experienced the effects of the Russian war against Ukraine. That's inflation, energy shortages, supply chain issues, and all kinds of geopolitical uncertainties that could potentially lead to things like a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
Weighing all the rights and wrongs, Kissinger probably thought that trading some Ukrainian territory for a pacification of all these things - from global inflation to the Chinese operation in Taiwan - was a worthwhile proposition.
However, he is wrong about that. Kissinger has a proven track record of getting things done, but if you look closely at his views on the war in Vietnam, the war in Bangladesh, Israel, you might find that he's always been very controversial.
Take Israel. Totally ignoring the Palestine issue, Kissinger disliked the local policy of attracting emigrants from the Soviet Union who brought their own worldview to this Middle Eastern country. Of course, Soviet influence should not be welcome in Israel, but given that thousands of people in the Soviet Union considered themselves Jews, one could not pretend that Israel had no obligation to welcome these people where they are felt like I belonged.
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