“ Terrorizing potential enemies into peace by indicating, as you put it, that there’s no limit to the potential savagery he can inflict — this is a perfectly sane war policy.”

Except if that’s what he was doing he wouldn’t be denying doing it at every opportunity and swearing up and down that he never would. If your goal is to make people terrified of you, you don’t saturate the airwaves of the state media swearing to them that you wouldn’t do that. The rest of your post hinges on this flawed premise.

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