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Postulating Potential Comparisons Requires Common Points of Reference - Missing Here

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), May 25, 2022 at 11:23

That historical figures have demonstrated unbalanced character traits and excessive ambitions of power in their particular frame of reference, the term of insanity does not necessarily provide the 'diagnostic' assessment required to determine a course of responsive action in order to neutralize any threat when it appears the neurosis has somehow exceeded the individual's innate capacity for restraint when it further appears harm to others may result. Typically, the time for responsive action has long passed before the threat is manifest.
A clue is best analyzed when the responsibilities of the head of state are 'constitutionally' modified to conform the power structure to the person, and not to the protections of power that may end up being abused. Then the distinctives of the personality are released to bring the tendencies of megalomania to the forefront; then it is too late.
Case in point; dreams of empire were different for Saddam Hussein- he could never raise a new Babylonia, Kuwait notwithstanding.
In the case of the Ukraine, it is a means to an end, the end of which is still not developed, but be sure the Ukraine is only the beginning. That the advisory panel which was in place has no clue where this is going is evident, since the inital advise was flawed and nothing to indicate a true change of course is evident either.

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