Thomas L. Friedman | Did We Miss Biden’s Most Important Remark About Russia? – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/25/opinion/president-biden-russia-ukraine.html

“Pretty much every crucial line in President Biden’s recent marathon news conference has been dissected by now — except one, the one that may turn out to be the most prescient. You had to be listening closely because it went by fast. It was when Biden told President Vladimir Putin that Russia has something much more important to worry about than whether Ukraine looks East or West — namely, “a burning tundra that will not freeze again naturally.”

My translation: Yo, Vladimir, while you’ve been busy putting your “little green men” into Ukraine — all those masked Russian soldiers in green uniforms without insignia — little green shoots have been popping up in your warming tundra. Siberia had a totally freakish, hyper-extreme weather event — a forest fire that firefighters had to stomp out with their boots because the local water sources were all frozen.

I’m pretty sure this was the first time a U.S. president ever tried to persuade a Russian leader to get out of his neighbor’s front yard and focus instead on saving his own backyard — because as Siberia is affected by climate change, it will threaten Russia’s stability a lot more than anything that happens in Ukraine.”

DL: The tundra in Russia is one of the most dangerous feedback loops challenging Russia and the planet. If the US were not so divided itself, one might argue, we should go to war with Russia, for regime change there, just to refocus the Russians on climate change. Nature will take care of this, as it will refocus their attention in the future.

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